RaySecur, a security imaging technology company with the world’s first DHS Safety Act-designated millimeter wave (mmWave) desktop scanner, for mail and package threat detection, announced that former Boston Police Commissioner, Ed Davis has joined the company’s Advisory Board. Ed Davis will leverage his decades of law enforcement experience, in order to help RaySecur accelerate adoption of its flagship MailSecur mail and package threat detection solutions. MailSecur scanners MailS...
SharpEagle recently featured in the top 10 list of regional and global brands that manufacture the best explosion-proof cameras, according to the consumption status for the period 2021-2026. SharpEagle is one of the ten brands featured in the list. While conducting the research, the team has analyzed the market thoroughly. Some major things that they considered include the market share, size, growth, dynamics, and prospects. They also analyzed the in-depth historical data of the explosion-proof...
Johnson Controls, the globally renowned company in smart, healthy, and sustainable building solutions is announcing the addition of body-worn cameras and autonomous robots to its physical security portfolio, along with the integration of package screening technology, powered by RaySecur. Intelligent technologies These intelligent technologies further strengthen Johnson Controls comprehensive building security portfolio and enable customers to extend the power of their systems, far beyond...
PSA Security Network (PSA), the world’s renowned consortium of professional systems integrators, has announced the addition of IronYun, to its network. With its VAIDIOTM AI-enabled video search and analytics platform, IronYun brings PSA members an enhanced offering, to apply cross-functional AI analytics. PSA partners group adds IronYun “PSA is excited to bring IronYun into the PSA technology partners group,” said Chris Salazar-Mangrum, PSA Security Network’s Vice Presi...
Patriot One Technologies Inc. announced it has released the next phase of its threat detection multi-sensor gateway (MSG) with technology enhancements that make it increasingly accurate, flexible, and practical for sports and entertainment venues. MSG is a weapons detection scanner that stadiums and entertainment venues can deploy at points of entry. Unlike traditional metal detectors, the system uses sensors and purpose-designed artificial intelligence (AI) to scan for prohibited items such as...
Cost is a reality to be managed. No matter how powerful or desirable a technology may be to a customer, the sale often comes down to the basic question: Can I afford it? And affordability extends not just to the purchase price, but to the cost of technology over its lifespan. In addition to advances in technology capabilities, the security industry has also achieved inroads to make its offerings more worth the cost. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What is the physical securi...
The first signs of fire can be spotted 24/7, even in challenging outdoor conditions, on a manufacturing complex, thanks to algorithm-driven video camera, AVIOTEC from Bosch Security Systems. AVIOTEC firmware version 7.81 AVIOTEC takes the next step, as it goes outdoors. The performance has been extended for equal reliability in sheltered outdoor areas. AVIOTEC's new firmware version 7.81 comprises AI-supported algorithms, which can now detect flames and smoke in changing weather and light conditions. The AI-supported algorithms have been developed further to ensure reliability for sheltered outdoor areas. The fire risk in these areas and nearby buildings can now be monitored with intelligent, fast and reliable detection. AVIOTEC IP starlight 8000 The video-based fire detection camera, AVIOTEC IP starlight 8000 is now delivered with the new firmware version 7.81 The video-based fire detection camera, AVIOTEC IP starlight 8000 is now delivered with the new firmware version 7.81. Existing installations can be upgraded to the new technology by a free firmware update. The fundamental purpose of manufacturers is the efficient output of parts and products for delivery to partners or consumers. These vast work environments, however, pose huge challenges to safety managers. They accommodate a large workforce, whose occupational safety must be protected from identified hazards. Securing valuable cargo in outdoor depots The sites typically store valuable materials and facilities for business operations, in outdoor depots on site, some of which are highly flammable. A severe lack of effective solutions, which include outdoor fire detection, basically means innovative, reliable fire detection cameras with state-of-the-art technology are a welcome development for safety managers, who are responsible for reducing risks to personnel and business continuity. Manufacturing storage space may house large stocks of flammable or combustible substances, like solvents, or materials which kindle rapidly, such as wooden pallets or wood chips. In addition, combined waste from diverse production activities may be stored nearby in large quantities, creating a high fire load. Materials and equipment stored Materials and equipment typically stored, and for how long, depends on the specific industry and operations. They can include: Pulp and paper - Timber, wood chips, paper, solvents Agriculture – Fertilizers, pesticides, hay, animal feed Automotive – Tires, benz, welding materials Recycling – Card, paper, plastics, residues of substances in discarded materials Facility and premise security Many storage areas for manufacturers are sheltered, but open, outdoor perimeter areas, rather than locked warehouses with fire-proof exteriors. This makes them vulnerable to vandalism, theft or arson by intruders, so additional security measures are essential for protection of premises. Another danger is that strong sunlight, wind speeds or the storage of a hazardous mix of materials and substances means fires or explosions could occur spontaneously. Industrial buildings pose high fire risk Business costs of fire damage to manufacturing complexes and their vicinity can run into hundreds of millions An industrial building is usually open plan. Flames could be fanned by breezes through open windows or movement, and fabrics, paper, chemicals and dust could accelerate the spread of fire to a wider area, including adjacent structures and outdoor storage. Similarly, a fire that started outside could rapidly blaze through to adjoining buildings. The safety of employees still on site, during a fire incident, are also immediately at risk from explosions, burns or collapsing structures. Inhalation of smoke or toxic vapors from burning substances could have a detrimental short- or long-term impact on health. Business costs of fire damage to manufacturing complexes and their local vicinity can run into hundreds of millions. Production can be halted abruptly or site shutdowns may be necessary for repairs, reconstruction or relocation to alternative sites. A large-scale industrial fire could have a dramatic negative impact on the environment as well. smoke detectors not effective in outdoor settings While standard fire detection systems function well to protect people and property indoors, these typical smoke detectors are not effective in outdoor settings. The high ceilings and open structure of outdoor storage shelters often do not offer a practical set-up for positioning devices for a suitable fire detection range, so that they can function reliably. The open area and fresh air environment will dilute the concentration of the smoke, or the wind can redirect smoke away from the position of the detector, so it goes unnoticed, giving the impression of no imminent threat of fire. Importance of fire detection in outdoor areas Cigarette or chimney smoke may drift upwards, so it is picked up by a smoke detector which signals frequent false alarms interrupting production. There is a serious deficit of solutions which address challenging outdoor conditions, thus increasing hazards on the properties storing materials with a high fire load in open-air constructions. Safety managers may feel a false sense of security by installing fire detectors indoors and consider their entire premises as well-equipped for fire safety, but if something ignites outside, near flammable storage facilities, indoor fire alarms may be triggered too late. AVIOTEC’s video-based fire detection system For comprehensive fire safety on a large manufacturing complex, the fire detection and monitoring system must have the following features: Rapid in detection and triggering prompt alerts Robust against false alarms and poor weather conditions Reliable, even in low lighting and overnight AVIOTEC flame and smoke detection camera AVIOTEC IP Starlight 8000 camera provides rapid fire and smoke detection through video surveillance A flame or smoke detection camera, which monitors an area and recognizes the first signs of smoldering, offers an ideal solution. AVIOTEC IP Starlight 8000 camera provides rapid fire and smoke detection through video surveillance, which functions effectively both indoors and on sheltered outdoor premises. The video smoke detection can be installed where CCTV cameras are already positioned, so safety and security of the entire premises can be covered from the same fixture points, making installation and maintenance easy. Integrated with Bosch intelligent video analytics Bosch intelligent video analytics are integrated into the AVIOTEC camera in addition to its flame and smoke detection algorithms. This means this smart video can provide surveillance for premises security as well as monitoring for any signs of fire. A combination of AI algorithm and technologies create a winning formula for fire safety with AVIOTEC IP Starlight 8000. This fire detection camera offers the following features: Uses a unique approach of cutting-edge AI alarm decision in combination with hand crafted algorithms. Works reliably in low-lighting conditions, as infrared illuminators provide a light source for the camera, enabling it to capture a clear image of an area and identify smoke and flames, even at night Is extremely reliable, as while traditional smoke alarms depend on smoke rising in close range to the device to activate it, AVIOTEC detects signs of fire through video analytics and activates alerts much sooner. As the camera is more sensitive in identifying a fire than smoke detectors, it is also robust against false alarms, so production downtime is reduced. AVIOTEC is, therefore, the all-round solution for fire safety and efficient business operations.
3xLOGIC, Inc., a globally renowned provider of integrated, intelligent security solutions, will be attending ISC West 2021, taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada, from July 19-21, 2021. The company will be demonstrating its innovative security solutions, including its new Gunshot Detection Solution, which was named best new product in the Law Enforcement/Public Safety/Guarding Systems category of the 2021 SIA New Product Showcase. Self-contained gun detection device Rather than utilizing microphones, infrared sensors, or complex analytics, the self-contained device relies on simple concussive force recognition sensors to detect gunshots. When a gun is fired, the bullet creates a shockwave as it exits the barrel of the gun and travels through the air. This shockwave creates a unique concussive force that the 3xLOGIC solution is able to detect. Because the solution can be integrated with video, access control, and intrusion systems, it can provide early alerting and insights into an event, allowing first responders to de-escalate an active shooter situation quickly. VIGIL CLOUD 3xLOGIC will also be demonstrating VIGIL CLOUD, which expands the company’s ecosystem into the Cloud with features designed to harness the power, scalability, and ease of use that are all hallmarks of cloud services. Building on 20-plus years of experience recording and managing video, VIGIL CLOUD provides end-users with the ability to view, manage, and share video from anywhere, at any time, on any device. VX-5M20-B-RIAL camera The VX-5M20-B-RIAL camera offers a remote zoom lens, 5 MP resolution, and a visible light lens filter The company will also be showcasing its license plate capture camera, which is designed for scaled-down applications, in which post-event investigations require precise imaging, to identify license plates. The VX-5M20-B-RIAL camera offers a remote zoom lens, 5 MP resolution, and a visible light lens filter that allows IR light band to pass. This allows the camera to effectively and accurately capture license plates day or night for video review post-event. ISC West 2021 In addition to product offerings, 3xLOGIC will participate in an educational session – ‘Cloud Security Made Powerful, Simple, and Secure: The True Advantages of a Natively Developed Cloud Solution’ – as part of the SIA Education@ISC program, at ISC West 2021. This session aims to provide insights into how developed-for-the-cloud solutions are uniquely equipped to address business owners’ new expectations, growing challenges, and ever-changing network and data security considerations. The session is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, July 20, at 1:15 p.m.
SMARTSHOOTER, a globally renowned designer, developer, and manufacturer of innovative fire control systems that significantly increase the accuracy and lethality of small arms, will present its SMASH 2000 Plus Fire Control System and SMASH Hopper Light Remote-Controlled Weapon Station (LRCWS) at the DEFEA exhibition in Athens, Greece. Ideal for defense, HLS, maritime patrol, border control, strategic infrastructure protection, and counter-UAS missions, SMASH is a combat-proven Fire Control solution that ensures each round finds its target. SMASH technology SMARTSHOOTER's SMASH technology enhances mission effectiveness through the ability to accurately engage and eliminate ground, aerial, static, or moving targets, during both day and night operations, at land and sea. It is a cost-effective solution that can be integrated onto any type of assault rifle, in order to increase force lethality, while keeping friendly forces safe and reducing collateral damage. SMASH 2000 Plus fire control solution SMASH 2000 Plus includes the SMASH fire control solution's full feature set, with an additional advanced Counter-UAS mode that provides accurate Hard Kill capability against drones or any static or moving ground targets. Designed to give soldiers and law enforcement professionals a decisive tactical edge in almost every operational scenario, SMASH 2000 Plus is suitable for defense and armed forces, HLS, border security, strategic facilities protection, police, and paramilitary uses. SMASH Hopper LRCWS SMASH Hopper is a modular and rapidly deployable Light Remote-Controlled Weapon Station SMASH Hopper is a modular and rapidly deployable Light Remote-Controlled Weapon Station (LRCWS) that provides ‘One Shot – One Hit’ capability, while controlled by an operator from a safe distance. Weighing approximately 15 kg, SMASH Hopper is ideal for deployment on various lightweight manned and unmanned vehicles and platforms, with a wide range of applications. Offering day and night capability with automatic scanning and target detection, SMASH Hopper is ideal for multiple mission scenarios, including force protection, border security, anti-drone missions, remote ambush, and other low-profile operations, in complex urban environments. Advanced electro-optical processing capabilities Michal Mor, SMARTSHOOTER’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), said “Bringing precision-missile targeting algorithms and advanced electro-optical processing capabilities into standard infantry, Smart Shooter's SMASH technology is a cost-effective solution for defense, border control, strategic infrastructure protection and counter-UAS uses, at land and sea.” Michal Mor adds, “The SMASH solutions are fielded and in operational use by friendly forces around the world, including the IDF and the US Special Forces, and more than 10 other countries are currently in different stages of evaluating the technology.”
Boon Edam Inc., a provider of security entrances and architectural revolving doors, announces a new solution mapping tool, BoonSelect, that breaks down the complex entry selection process and helps decision-makers choose the right entrance solutions for their unique goals. BoonSelect features seven factors to consider prior to making an entrance decision. Boon Edam entry experts are trained on the right questions to ask as they walk a decision-maker through each of the factors – all with the goal of helping their clients make the most well-rounded entrance choice. Entrance implementation strategy Being responsible for making the decision to implement new security turnstiles or revolving doors at a facility can be a challenge. Security and Facility Managers are responsible for the safety and security of all who enter a campus or facility via its entrances. BoonSelect formalizes the selection process, providing clarity and confidence in an investment And each entrance location has a different set of users, traffic levels, security requirements, environmental requirements, etc. BoonSelect formalizes the selection process, providing clarity, peace of mind, and confidence in an investment that can last ten or more years. BoonSelect outlines seven decision factors to be considered prior to an entrance implementation strategy: Throughput – Types of users and number of users, especially at peak traffic periods? Security – Tailgating deterrence, detection, or prevention? Remote locking? Safety – Local codes and fire or evacuation strategies? Aesthetics – Entrances blend in or stand out? Technology – Integration capabilities with new or future technologies? Comfort – Ease of use? Energy efficiency? Service – Planned preventative maintenance and user training? Starting productive conversations “BoonSelect is an efficient driver for starting productive conversations that our customers appreciate,” said JC Powell, Vice President of Sales at Boon Edam Inc. “A client will often ask for an entrance solution that does not meet the overall security goals or traffic requirements of their facility. BoonSelect helps all the stakeholders explore what they don’t know and think about their overall risk posture, and eventually come to the best entrance decision for their unique facility or campus.”
With 13 participating companies and organizations, Israel will make an impressive presence in DEFEA Exhibition, in Athens, Greece. It should be noted that the close strategic relationship developed between Greece and Israel, now also expands in the field of defense industry. DEFEA Exhibition SIBAT, the International Defense Cooperation Directorate of the Israel MOD, will co-ordinate the country’s participation in a National Pavilion. SIBAT is positioned within the IMOD, while having a close, ongoing relationship with Israel's defense industry. This ensures that SIBAT maintains in-depth and updated knowledge of the defense world’s concepts, as well as a clear understanding of the Israel Defense Forces' (IDF) operational needs. SIBAT's facilitates international cooperation through various services: Generating Government–to-Government agreements. Initiating visits of official foreign delegations. Identifying cooperation opportunities and joint ventures with Israel defense industries. Locating technological solutions for specific requirements. Marketing and sales of IDF inventory. Organizing the Israel national pavilions at international exhibitions. Israeli companies participating in DEFEA include: Aeronautics Group - Aeronautics Group, a globally renowned developer and manufacturer of defense solutions, based on unmanned-aerial systems and advanced ISTAR systems. The group provides integrated turnkey solutions, based on unmanned solutions payloads and communications for defense, HLS and civil applications. Aeronautics broad product portfolio offers combat proven solutions for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions, with demonstrated excellent performance and operability. Sustained by continuous research and development, these systems are on the outcome of three decades of technological and operational experience aeronautics group offers a one-stop shop, cost-effective solutions, for defense, HLS and civil missions. Aitech Systems Ltd. - As a pioneer in the field of computing technologies, Aitech provides reliable, rugged COTS boards and embedded systems on industry-standard, open architectures VMEbus, VPX, CompactPCI and high-speed serial fabric-based computers and subsystems for use in defense, aerospace and space flight applications. Their products address the design challenges that system engineers face, by balancing the need for more computing performance and tighter system integration, with the appropriate risk mitigation and reliable system operation requirements. They offer cost-effective COTS boards and systems that meet the industry’s ever-evolving requirements, by offering design flexibility, optimal cost-to-performance ratios and continued technological advancements. Astronautics C.A. Ltd. - Astronautics C.A. Ltd. Israel, established in 1971, is a hi-tech defense systems company, working directly with end customers, integrators and OEMs. Their solutions for aviation include integrated avionics systems, civil-certified glass cockpit avionics, multi-function cockpit displays, avionics & mission computers, engine data systems, air data systems, navigation solutions for GPS denied environment, and embedded-cyber protected systems. Their systems are used onboard the most advanced fighters, transports, and helicopters. Their solutions for land systems include automated tactical artillery fire control systems for various artillery platforms, artillery battle management systems, combat vehicle computers, displays, & controllers. Their solutions for naval platforms provide highly accurate onboard navigation systems with advanced real-time data distribution solutions, including predictive algorithms that improve overall system accuracy, prevent jamming and spoofing, and provide cyber-attacks protection. In addition, we supply Operator control stations with WECDIS / ECDIS applications. Their systems are used onboard the most advanced surface vessels and submarines. Bet Shemesh Engines Ltd. (BSEL) - Bet Shemesh Engines Ltd (BSEL) has been Israel’s leading jet engines house since 1968, manufacturing & casting jet engine parts, providing MRO services, as well as delivering small jet engines self - developed for UAV’S. The maintenance repair & overhaul (MRO) division of BSEL, being OEM, FAA & EASA certified, provides overhaul, repair & engineering services to complete P & W F100 and PT6A engines, and Rolls Royce (Allison) M250 engines; as well as to modules, components and accessories. Elbit Systems Ltd. - Elbit Systems Ltd is an international high technology company engaged in a wide range of defense, homeland security and commercial programs throughout the world. The company, which includes Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries, operates in the areas of aerospace, land, and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (‘C4ISR’), unmanned aircraft systems, advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, EW suites, signal intelligence systems, data links and communications systems, radios and cyber-based systems and munitions. The company also focuses on the upgrading of existing platforms, developing new technologies for defense, homeland security and commercial applications and providing a range of support services, including training and simulation systems. EMTAN KARMIEL LTD. - EMTAN, is an Israeli manufacturer of small arms, guns and weapons with over 40 years of experience and knowledge. EMTAN employs over 120 skilled personals in a sophisticated computerize facilities that ensure optimized manufacturing and quality assurance all this in order to deliver the end-user a reliable robust weapon within budget. They manufacture the MZ Rifle range, which includes MZ-4 Fully Automatic rifle in caliber 5.56 NATO, MZ-4 P Piston operated Fully Automatic rifle in caliber 5.56 NATO, MZ-47 Fully Automatic rifle in caliber 7.62X39 to suite AK47 magazine and accessories, MZ-10/25 S Semi-Automatic rifle in caliber 7.62 NATO for snipers, MZ-300 Fully Automatic rifle in caliber 300 Blackout for operations with silencers, MZ-9 Fully Automatic sub machine gun in Caliber 9mm NATO, MZ-15 Sami Automatic DMR rifle in caliber 5.56 NATO and RAMON Pistol 9mm. Nir-Or Israel Ltd. - Nir-Or Israel Ltd. designs develops, manufactures, and integrates innovative electronic systems and products for a vast range of military applications at land, air, and sea. Developing ideas into prototypes and prototypes into fielded, operational products, the company's wide-ranging capabilities cover all aspects of electronic-based military and para-military solutions. Nir-Or line of solutions includes Multi-dimensional Situational Awareness, AI-powered, Video System (Video Servers, Ruggedized Displays and Camera Clusters) for APC and designated military platforms. Nir-Or is also an important defense solutions provider of the IDF, providing its video systems to the new Namer APC. Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) - In a fast-evolving world, where adversaries constantly challenge national defense, you need experienced and skillful allies to rely on. A trusted partner, courageous and innovative to deliver the capabilities you need and afford. That's IAI – Where Courage Meets Technology. A renowned company in defense, aerospace, and commercial markets, IAI leverages state-of-the-art technology and decades of combat-proven experience, delivering solutions for national defense and security challenges. Delivering large turnkey projects, IAI acts as a prime contractor, subcontractor, and team members in dozens of large programs for the aerospace, land, sea, and cyber domains and multi-domain applications. They offer a vast portfolio producing air and missile defense, unmanned aerial systems (UAS), ground robotics, precision-guided weapons, and loitering munitions. They deliver special-mission aircraft, modernize military aircraft and helicopters, and convert passenger jets into cargo aircraft. Their technology expertise features systems and solutions from reconnaissance satellites and radars, to all aspects of command, control, and communications, computing and cyber, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems. Israel Weapon Industries Ltd. (IWI) - IWI has been a globally renowned company in the production, marketing, design and development of unrivaled weapons for over 85 years. Their weapon systems include the new CARMEL & ARAD AR, X95 (AR & SMG), TAVOR & GALIL ACE AR, NEGEV LMG, GALIL SNIPER, DAN Bolt Action Sniper Rifle, UZI PRO SMG and the JERICHO & MASADA pistols. IWI also provides Riot-Control solutions, including offensive and defensive products, top-level methodology, tailored training and integration of cutting-edge technologies. IWI customers are: Governmental, Military and Police Entities, as well as Law Enforcement Agencies around the world, along with commercial markets. JV Plasan SK (Plasan) - Founded in 1985, JV Plasan SK is a global company in offering safer vehicle environments and survivability solutions for defense and security forces. Their solutions offer high-end protection and mission readiness for defense and security vehicles, while reducing operational costs. With extensive battlefield experience and expertise in automotive systems, and materials, Plasan deliver solutions to support even the most complex vehicle and team missions. Plasan offers a variety of vehicle protection solutions, including advanced kitted armor hulls, the Guarder and SandCat armored tactical vehicles, and a wide range of survivability and personal protection solutions. Plasan, a recognized innovator and international provider of state-of-the-art lightweight ballistic protection and survivability solutions for the war fighter, the peacekeeper and law enforcement personnel alike, provides customized survivability suites that offer a unique optimization between protection, mission adaptability, payload and cost. With its many design wins, Plasan has emerged as a global company in providing the right solution at the right price. With three decades of experience and over 32,000 vehicles across the globe fitted with our protection solutions, Plasan has a unique understanding of the challenges found on the modern battlefield. They translate operational needs into high-end protection solutions. With a comprehensive and creative approach to vehicle protection and armored vehicles, and the ability to provide customized solutions for a wide variety of missions, Plasan’s expertise in engineering, manufacturing, and system integration has been a major differentiator for their customers and partners. The company offers comprehensive solutions for the optimal balance of performance, survivability and safety. Plasan helps create a safer, mission-ready vehicle environment for defense and homeland security forces. RAFAEL Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. - RAFAEL Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. is synonymous with Dynamic Defense, Daring Innovation, and Technological Ingenuity. For over 70 years, the company has pioneered advances in defense, cyber and security solutions for air, land, sea, and space. Their innovations are based on extensive operational experience and understanding of evolving combat requirements. They enable the rapid development of effective solutions for complex battlespace challenges. Always ahead, they ensure an ongoing advantage for their worldwide client base. They are dedicated to continuously enhancing their customer service, as well as expanding their global industrial cooperation program. Smart Shooter Ltd. - Smart shooter develops intelligent fire control systems for small arms that significantly increase weapon accuracy and lethality, when engaging static and moving targets, on the ground and in the air, day and night. With proven ‘one shot - one hit’ precision, their SMASH product line empowers defense and security forces, by maximizing rifle effectiveness against enemy targets, while minimizing friendly casualties and collateral damage. Based on artificial intelligence (AI), computer vision and machine learning technologies, SMASH is also designed to interconnect with other operational resources to form a micro-tactical network that delivers real-time situational awareness.
3xLOGIC, Inc., a globally renowned provider of integrated, intelligent security solutions, is introducing its Gunshot Detection solution, which features a reliable dry contact that allows it to be easily integrated into existing security systems. Gunshot Detection solution Rather than utilizing microphones, infrared sensors, or complex analytics, the self-contained device relies on affordably simple concussive force recognition sensors to detect gunshots. When a gun is fired, the bullet creates a shockwave as it exits the barrel of the gun and travels through the air. This shockwave creates a unique concussive force that the 3xLOGIC solution is able to detect. With a detection radius of 75 feet and 360 degrees coverage, offering 15,000 cubic feet of coverage per device, the Gunshot Detection solution minimizes the number of Gunshot Detection sensors required, allowing for affordable coverage, with no need for software, servers, or relay control board. Deterrence to active shooter incidents We are excited to roll out the 3xLOGIC Gunshot Detection device, which provides an effective, affordable solution" “Active shooter situations are all too common, and given the potential for these events to escalate quickly before police can arrive, it’s important for security teams to be better prepared to react quickly and effectively,” says Bill Hobbs, Global Vice President of Sales, 3xLOGIC. Bill Hobbs adds, “We are excited to roll out the 3xLOGIC Gunshot Detection device, which provides an effective, affordable solution that can play an important role in active shooter safety and security plans.” Ceiling and wall mount options Typical use cases for the 3xLOGIC Gunshot Detection solution include K-12 education, warehouses and distribution centers, small/medium businesses, and financial and banking institutions. The Gunshot Detection solution offers a ceiling and wall mount options, to provide installation flexibility. Designed and manufactured in the U.S., the indoor-rated solution features a die-cast aluminum casing, with a temperature rating of -35°F to 135°F. It also offers test mode via contactless switch and trouble relay for AC power loss. The Gunshot Detection solution is backed by a one-year warranty.
According to the reports of not-for-profit organization Gun Violence Archive, the year 2018 has seen 323 mass shooting incidents as of November 28 in the United States. This number is 346 for the year 2017 and 382 for 2016 (more statistics are available here), with “mass shooting” defined as cases where four or more people are shot or killed in the same time period and location. While definitions of mass shooting vary with organizations in the US, the count of over 300 incidents per year, or about once per day on average, is simply alarming. It raises public safety concerns, ignites debates and protests, which in turn lead to public unrest and potentially more violence, and increases costs for governments from the regional to federal level. Most importantly, the loss of lives demands not only improvement in post-incident handling and investigation, but also new prevention technologies. Gunshot Detection Solutions AI weapon detection offers a more efficient alternative to prevent active shooting There are several gunshot detection solutions in the security market, commonly used by law enforcement agencies to detect and locate gun fires. These systems function based on acoustic recordings and analyses and often in combination with signals detected by sensors of the optical flash and shockwave when a gun is fired. However, gunshot detection by nature dictates that the law enforcement can only react to a shooting incident that has occurred. With fast action, law enforcement can prevent the incident from escalating, but lives that are lost cannot be recovered. With the development of artificial intelligence in object recognition, AI weapon detection offers a more efficient alternative to prevent active shooting: AI can visually detect guns based on their shapes before they are fired. The AI is trained to recognize firearms in different shapes, sizes, colors, and at different angles in videos, so that the AI weapon detector can be deployed with existing cameras systems, analyze the video feeds, and instantly notify security staff when a gun is spotted. Comparison of the advantages for law enforcement and public security agencies Legacy gunshot detection using sensors AI weapon detection Reactive measure: detect after guns have been fired Proactive measure: detect before guns are fired Time to action: within 1 second Time to action: within 1 second Unable to provide visual data about shooter(s) Can provide data about shooter(s) based on the camera recording: clothing, luggage (backpack, handbag, etc.), facial features, vehicle Unable to track the location of the shooter(s) before and after shooting because of the lack of sound Can track the shooter(s) using AI Person & Vehicle Tracking, AI Face Recognition, and AI License Plate Recognition False detection caused by similar sound such as fireworks and cars backfiring Minimal to no false detection, as AI can distinguish different types of handguns and rifles from normal objects (umbrella, cellphone, etc.) Require physical deployment of gunshot detection sensors Can be used with existing camera systems, do not require special hardware Complicated to deploy, require highly trained professional Easy to deploy as an add-on to existing video surveillance system - Can integrate with gun-shot detection to create a “double knock” audio and video active shooter alert system Gun-Shot Detection Advantages In addition to advantages for law enforcement and public security agencies, this type of visual-based pre-incident detector has three-fold advantages for the public: Save lives by spotting the shooter before the shooting event. Minimize the chaos entailing an incident: panic and chaos caused by a shooting incident often adds to injury, as people run, fall, trample on others… With an AI weapon detector, when a gun is spotted, the system sends an alert to security staff, who can quickly control the situation in an organized manner and apprehend the intending shooter. Can be added as a SaaS (Security as a Service) component to small business and home surveillance systems, e.g., intrusion detection alerts (home invasion incidents with firearms number over 2500 per year nationwide). For a complete active shooter detection system, video-based AI detector can operate in conjunction with gunshot detectors for enhanced security. Traditional X-ray based weapon detection or metal detection entrance systems are complicated and expensive; with AI video technology, active shooter detection system can be cost-effective, and after all, what price tag can one put on a life? Written by Paul Sun and Mai Truong, IronYun
It amazes me how in a few short years security systems have gone from simple, dumb cameras witnessing events to intelligent eyes, ears, speech and touch solutions that boost situational awareness far beyond human capabilities. It seems the only senses missing from the equation now are smell and taste. And who knows, someone might be working on those in a lab somewhere right now. But what’s really fascinating to me is how the Internet of Things (IoT) has opened a world of possibilities for transforming security technology into something new yet again. With IoT we’re able to push and pull nuggets of intelligence from sources we never considered before: environmental sensors, pressure plates, door lock timers and much more. It’s helped us break through the constraining mindset that security systems are strictly single-purpose. With interconnectivity at the core, we’re starting to imagine myriad ways to apply these tools to challenges outside the realm of security. Here are just a few examples. Flood Management Assistance Network camera adds another dimension and timeliness to flood management by helping responders investigate remotely As recent hurricanes and floods have shown, water damage can be devastating to a community. That’s why some municipalities are using their city surveillance cameras in conjunction with water sensor to proactively address the problem. Water sensors collect data from multiple sources such as rain gutters, sewer systems and pump stations, in order to monitor fluctuations in water levels and water quality. If an alert triggers, having a network camera in proximity to visually verify the situation helps responders determine the best course of action. For instance, if multiple water detection sensors trigger alerts simultaneously or sequentially over a large area it’s probably due to natural runoff from recent rainfall. But without eyes on the scene, how can you be sure? Network camera adds another dimension and timeliness to flood management by helping responders investigate and identify the cause of a trigger remotely. It might be a fire hydrant spewing water, a water main break or even a chemical spill. With video streaming live to the command center, staff can remotely inspect the area, determine the cause of the trigger and decide whether remediation is required, thus avoiding the expense of dispatching an investigative crew to a non-event. Some municipalities are using their city surveillance cameras in conjunction with water sensor to proactively address the problem Environmental Control Assistance Data centers house the lifeblood of a business so it’s no wonder why companies work hard to protect them. We’re all familiar with the integration of network cameras with access control systems to visually verify who is actually using the credentials. Network camera adds another dimension and timeliness to flood management by helping responders investigate and identify the cause of a trigger remotely But there’s another aspect to protecting data centers and that’s environment control. Data centers need to maintain optimum humidity and temperature for the racks of electronics. When environmental sensors in the facility detect out-of-norm ranges technicians can remotely command a network camera to zoom in on the gauges and help them determine whether remediation might be necessary. Coupling network cameras with other sensors in the data center can provide visual confirmation of other conditions as well. For instance, every time a data rack door-open-close sensor detects an event it can trigger the camera to pan to the location and stream video to security. Some data centers employ weight sensors at the doorway to weigh personnel and equipment as they enter the room and when they exit to ensure no additional hardware is being taken out of the facility or left inside without permission. Any discrepancy would trigger the camera to zoom in for a close-up of the individual’s face and send a visual alert and ID information to security. Roadway Management And Parking Assistance Network cameras have long played a part in city-wide traffic management. Adding video analytics and integration with network sensors, makes those cameras that much smarter and versatile. They can detect cars driving in bike lanes or driving in the wrong direction and capture license plates of offenders. Their ability to detect anomalous traffic flow patterns can be integrated with car counting sensors, networked electronic road signs and traffic light systems to automatically redirect vehicles to alternate routes. They make great, intelligent parking lot attendants, too. Working in conjunction with weight sensors network cameras can count vehicles coming into and leaving a lot or garage and verify when the facility has reached capacity. License plate recognition and video analytics can be used to ascertain that a vehicle entering a reserved parking space doesn’t match the credentials and vehicle attributes in the database. With the addition of noise sensors and audio analytics, network cameras can improve roadway and parking facility safety by detecting and identifying specific sounds – breaking glass, car alarms, gun shots, and aggressive speech – and triggering a visual alert to first responders. Network cameras can improve roadway and parking facility safety by detecting and identifying specific sounds and triggering a visual alert to first responders Shopper Experience Assistance In the early days of online shopping, e-tailers designed their sites to replicate the in-store customer experience. In an ironic turn of events, today brick-and-mortar stores are trying to mirror the online shopping experience. To do so, they’re turning their security systems into adjunct sales assistance. With network video and audio system automation they can recognize and acknowledge loyal customers with personal greetings. Retailers are applying people counting video analytics to checkout activity to create rules-based consistency in customer service With heatmapping analytics they can measure how much time a customer spends in a specific department or observe how they walk through the aisles of the store. They can track shopping behaviors such as items looked at that made it into the cart or didn’t, or whether a customer actually checked out or left the merchandise behind. By capturing these shopping patterns and trends retailers can shape a more positive, more profitable customer shopping experience. For instance, integrating video analytics with point of sale systems and RFID sensors on merchandise tags can result in timely alerts to sales associates to recommend additional merchandise. This is a case of emulating how e-tailers let the customer know that other customers who bought X often also purchased items Y and Z. Or to avoid disappointing customers due to stock outages, retailers are linking weight sensors and video analytics to make sure their shelves are well-stocked and if not, quickly alert associates to what items need to be restocked. Capturing Business Intelligence Retailers are also using video cameras to monitor checkout queues and trigger automated announcements over the public-address system, closed system such as smartphones or other wireless communications devices that checkers are needed rather wait for a person to call for backup. IoT laid the groundwork for network security solutions to seamlessly integrate with other IP-based technologies, sensors and programs They’re applying people counting video analytics to checkout activity to create rules-based consistency in customer service. While retailers will always use their surveillance camera for loss prevention, they’re finding that integrating traditional technology in new ways can yield even bigger returns. Linking network video surveillance, video analytics, network communications system and sensors with point-of-sale systems and customer loyalty databases, retailers are capturing the business intelligence they need to get back in the game and make brick-and-mortar a greater overall experience than online shopping. A Natural Cross-Over Technology This trend towards integration has forever changed how organizations view their investment in security technology. The intelligence and versatility of a tool that can see, verify and analyze what’s happening in real-time is spurring users to tap its cross-over potential for a host of other tasks that could benefit from more astute situational awareness – everything from manufacturing and equipment maintenance to logistics, inventory control and beyond. IoT laid the groundwork for network security solutions to seamlessly integrate with other IP-based technologies, sensors and programs. 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Audio is often overlooked in the security and video surveillance industry. There are some intercom installations where audio plays a key role, but it’s not typically thought about when it comes to security and event management. Audio takes a back seat in many security systems because audio captured from a surveillance camera can have a different impact on the privacy of those being monitored. Audio surveillance is therefore subject to strict laws that vary from state to state. Many states require a clearly posted sign indicating audio recording is taking place in an area before a person enters. Analytic information derived from audio can be a useful tool and when implemented correctly, removes any concerns over privacy or legal compliance. Audio analytics on the edge overcomes legal challenges as it never passes audio outside of the camera Focused Responses To Events Audio analytics processed in the camera, has been a niche and specialized area for many installers and end users. This could be due to state laws governing audio recording, however, audio analytics on the edge overcomes legal challenges as it never passes audio outside of the camera Processing audio analytics in-camera provides excellent privacy since audio data is analysed internally with a set of algorithms that only compare and assess the audio content. Processing audio analytics on the edge also reduces latency compared with any system that needs to send the raw audio to an on-premises or cloud server for analysis. Audio analytics can quickly pinpoint zones that security staff should focus on, which can dramatically shorten response times to incidents. Audio-derived data also provides a secondary layer of verification that an event is taking place which can help prioritise responses from police and emergency personnel. Microphones And Algorithms Having a SoC allows a manufacturer to reserve space for specialized features, and for audio analytics, a database of reference sounds is needed for comparisonMany IP-based cameras have small microphones embedded in the housing while some have a jack for connecting external microphones to the camera. Microphones on indoor cameras work well since the housing allows for a small hole to permit sound waves to reach the microphone. Outdoor cameras that are IP66 certified against water and dust ingress will typically have less sensitivity since the microphone is not exposed. In cases like these, an outdoor microphone, strategically placed, can significantly improve outdoor analytic accuracy. There are several companies that make excellent directional microphones for outdoor use, some of which can also combat wind noise. Any high-quality external microphone should easily outperform a camera’s internal microphone in terms of analytic accuracy, so it is worth considering in areas where audio information gathering is deemed most important. Surveillance cameras with a dedicated SoC (System on Chip) have become available in recent years with in-built video and audio analytics that can detect and classify audio events and send alerts to staff and emergency for sounds such as gunshots, screams, glass breaks and explosions. Having a SoC allows a manufacturer to reserve space for specialized features. For audio analytics, a database of reference sounds is needed for comparison. The camera extracts the characteristics of the audio source collected using the camera's internal or externally connected microphone and calculates its likelihood based on the pre-defined database. If a match is found for a known sound, e.g., gunshot, explosion, glass break, or scream, an event is triggered, and the message is passed to the VMS. If a match is found for a known sound, e.g., gunshot, explosion, glass break, or scream, an event is triggered, and the message is passed to the VMS Configuring A Camera For Audio Analytics Audio DetectionThe first job of a well-configured camera or camera/mic pair is to detect sounds of interest while rejecting ancillary sounds and noise below a preset threshold. Each camera must be custom configured for its particular environment to detect audio levels which exceed a user-defined level. Since audio levels are typically greater in abnormal situations, any audio levels exceeding the baseline set levels are detected as being a potential security event. Operators can be notified of any abnormal situations via event signals allowing the operator to take suitable measures. Finding a baseline of background noise and setting an appropriate threshold level is the first step. Noise ReductionA simple threshold level may not be adequate enough to reduce false alarms depending on the environment where a camera or microphone is installed. Noise reduction is a feature on cameras that can reduce background noise greater than 55dB-65dB for increased detection accuracy. Installers should be able to enable or disable the noise reduction function and view the results to validate the optimum configuration during setup. With noise reduction enabled, the system analyzes the attenuated audio source. As such, the audio source classification performance may be hindered or generate errors, so it is important to use noise reduction technology sparingly. Audio Source ClassificationIt’s important to supply the analytic algorithm with a good audio level and a high signal-to-noise ratio to reduce the chance of generating false alarms under normal circumstances. Installers should experiment with ideal placement for both video as well as audio. While a ceiling corner might seem an ideal location for a camera, it might also cause background audio noise to be artificially amplified. Many cameras provide a graph which visualises audio source levels to allow for the intuitive checking of noise cancellation and detection levels. Messages And EventsIt’s important to choose a VMS that has correctly integrated the camera’s API (application programming interface) in order to receive comprehensive audio analytic events that include the classification ID (explosion, glass break, gunshot, scream). A standard VMS that only supports generic alarms, may not be able to resolve all of the information. More advanced VMS solutions can identify different messages from the camera. Well configured audio analytics can deliver critical information about a security event, accelerating response times and providing timely details beyond video-only surveillance. Analytics take privacy concerns out of the equation and allow installers and end users to use camera audio responsibly. Hanwha Techwin's audio source classification technology, available in its X Series cameras, features three customizable settings for category, noise cancellation and detection level for optimum performance in a variety of installation environments.
During the Parkland, Florida, school shooting in 2018, the shooter was caught on a security camera pulling his rifle out of a duffle bag in the staircase 15 seconds before discharging the first round. However, the School Resource Officer didn’t enter the building because he wasn’t confident about the situation, and the Coral Springs Police Department had no idea what the shooter even looked like until 7 minutes and 30 seconds after the first round was fired. If the video system had included technology to recognize the gun threat in real time, alerts could have been sent to the security team. An announcement could have been made right away for all students and faculty in Building 12 to barricade their doors, and law enforcement could have responded a lot faster to a real-time feed of timely and accurate information. Automatically Recognizing Gun Threats Actuate offers such a technology, which the company says enables existing security cameras to automatically recognize gun threats and notify security in real-time. The technology is centred around a convolutional neural network (CNN) that aims to replicate how a human brain would process information. This neural network is trained to recognize what hands holding a firearm look like from hundreds of thousands of images in a proprietary data set. The technology is centred around a CNN that aims to replicate how a human brain would process information Over time, the system is able to mathematically calculate what a gun threat in a security camera feed looks like with a high degree of accuracy (well over 99% detection accuracy within the first 5 seconds), according to Actuate. “Active shooter situations are often marred by chaos and confusion,” says Sonny Tai, Chief Executive Officer of Actuate. “People are in fight-or-flight response and prioritize immediate survival instead of reaching for their phones and calling 911. When the 911 calls are made, callers often provide delayed, conflicting, and inaccurate information, inhibiting law enforcement’s ability to respond.” Enhances Law Enforcement Response Tai says Actuate helps to clear up that chaos and confusion. He says: “It provides visual intelligence of the location of the shooter, what they look like, what direction they’re heading, and what they’re armed with. This real-time information enhances law enforcement response and enables building occupants to make critical decisions that maximize survivability." AI methods including deep learning enable high levels of accuracy in detecting weapons in real-time camera footage Tai is a Marine Corps veteran and a social entrepreneur who co-founded Actuate with the mission of addressing America’s gun violence epidemic. The start of the company stems from Tai’s upbringing in South Africa, where gun violence rates are some of the highest in the world. Growing up, several of his family friends were personally impacted, resulting in a lifelong passion for the issue of gun violence. In early 2018, Tai interviewed dozens of law enforcement leaders across the country and found that their biggest challenge in gun violence response was the lack of timely and accurate information. Actuate mitigates that challenge and enables both first responders and security staff to respond more rapidly, he says. More Than 99% Accuracy In Detecting Weapons Actuate's solution is completely AI-based, says Ben Ziomek, Chief Product Officer. AI methods including deep learning enable high levels of accuracy in detecting weapons in real-time camera footage. “Legacy, non-AI based solutions generally rely on older methods like motion detection, which is not reliable in differentiating between objects such as phones and firearms,” says Ziomek. “Our AI solution lets us achieve more than 99% accuracy in detecting weapons with an exceptionally low false-positive rate.” Ziomek runs engineering, data science, and operations for Actuate. Before joining the firm, he led teams of AI engineers and data scientists at Microsoft, leveraging AI to identify high-potential startups globally. Actuate is a software-only solution that plugs into existing security camera hardware and software, including video management systems (VMS). Existing capabilities of a customer’s VMS does initial, basic analysis and then routes the remaining video to Actuate’s processing units for AI analysis. Alerts can then be sent back however a customer wants, including through a VMS. Actuate can also feed information into a PSIM or command-and-control system if requested by a customer. Equipping Customers With AI Tools As an early-stage company, Actuate is pursuing customers through multiple routes, including directly to end-users and via security integrators, distributors, and dealers. They are currently deployed at diverse customer sites including schools, office buildings, industrial facilities, and public buildings, says Ziomek. Our current focus for the company is to get our technology into the hands of as many customers as possible “Our current focus for the company is to get our technology into the hands of as many customers as possible,” says Ziomek. “We are working closely with customers across segments and industries to equip them with the tools they need to make their spaces safer. We’re currently working on educating the market on our offerings, as this technology is very new to many security organizations.” There are no privacy or compliance concerns because Actuate stores no customer data until a weapon is detected, and even then the data is not cross-indexed with any sensitive information, says Ziomek.
According to the reports of not-for-profit organization Gun Violence Archive, the year 2018 saw 323 mass shooting incidents as of November. This number is 346 for the year 2017 and 382 for 2016, with ‘mass shooting’ defined as cases where four or more people are shot or killed in the same time period and location. A variety of gunfire detection solutions and other technology approaches seek to address the problem. ShotSpotter SiteSecure and ShotSpotter SecureCampus provide critical outdoor infrastructure protection against active shooter attacks. SiteSecure delivers critical information such as the number of shots fired, a detailed map of the airport or transportation facility, with the shooting location clearly identified. SiteSecure also provides law enforcement and transportation facility management with real-time information that can be useful to identify and address false alarms and reduce mass panic. Gunfire Detection And Precise Shooter Location ShotSpotter SecureCampus solution is a gunfire detection system designed to provide outdoor coverage at university and school campuses. Designed for college campuses and K-12 schools, SST SecureCampus provides gunfire detection, precise location, and number of shooters to first responders and school personnel, enabling faster response to an incident. Designed for college campuses and K-12 schools, ShotSpotter SecureCampus provides gunfire detection Data capture form to appear here! Gunshot detection can offer tremendous benefits in mitigating active shooting incidents occurring in a public facility or commercial environment. Data shows that active shooter attacks often begin outside a building and then progress indoors. Thus, the first line of defense for security professionals lies outside a facility, in a zone of protection surrounding it or comprising the entire outdoor area of a larger facility of many buildings. Audio Solutions for Perimeter Security Video cameras are effective surveillance tools in the event of a shooting incident, but they are not able to capture everything. Deploying audio solutions can automatically flag incidents not caught on camera, as well as alert central station guards of what surveillance zones need to be closely monitored. Audio analytics solutions for aggression and gunshot detection are some of the best security tools in the security market when it comes to detection, intervention and deterrence. They are the next generation of monitoring; equipping security teams with critical information and enhancing perimeter security. End users can identify high-risk situations in real-time and prevent acts of physical aggression before they happen Aggression detectors are capable of accurately recognizing duress in a person’s voice. The software automatically and objectively detects the presence of rising human aggression, anger or fear, and subsequently warns staff by a visual alert or alarm trigger. As a result, end users can identify high-risk situations in real-time and prevent acts of physical aggression before they happen. Artificial Intelligence To Detect Weapons A gunshot detector recognizes firearm discharge from various firearms in different settings. Within seconds of a gunshot, the software accurately classifies and triggers an immediate notification through a designated VMS. Security staff can then verify the alert, effectively reducing the reaction time of first responders. With the development of artificial intelligence (AI) in object recognition, AI weapons detection offers an efficient alternative to gunshot detection to prevent active shooting: AI can visually detect guns based on their shapes before they are fired. The AI is trained to recognize firearms in different shapes, sizes, colors, and at different angles in videos, so that the AI weapon detector can be deployed with existing camera systems, analyze the video feeds, and instantly notify security staff when a gun is spotted. Audio analytics, processed inside a video camera, are another approach that can quickly pinpoint zones that security staff should focus on, which can dramatically shorten response times to incidents. Audio-derived data also provides a secondary layer of verification that an event is taking place which can help prioritize responses from police and emergency personnel. Detecting Audio Levels And Alerting Operators The first job of a well-configured camera or camera/mic pair is to detect sounds of interest while rejecting ancillary sounds and noise below a preset threshold. Each camera must be custom-configured for its particular environment to detect audio levels which exceed a user-defined level. Since audio levels are typically greater in abnormal situations, any audio levels exceeding the baseline set levels are detected as being a potential security event. Operators can be notified of abnormal situations via event signals allowing the operator to take suitable measures Operators can be notified of any abnormal situations via event signals allowing the operator to take suitable measures. Finding a baseline of background noise and setting an appropriate threshold level is the first step. Well configured audio analytics can deliver critical information about a security event, accelerating response times and providing timely details beyond video-only surveillance. Analytics take privacy concerns out of the equation and allow installers and end users to use camera audio responsibly. Hanwha Techwin's audio source classification technology, available in its X Series cameras, features three customisable settings for category, noise cancellation and detection level for optimum performance in a variety of installation environments.
Gunshot detectors use digital microphones installed on (or in) buildings or along streets that listen for evidence of gunshots, provide near instantaneous notification, triangulate the location of shooters and direction of a shot, detect the type of gun and ultimately aid in catching fleeing suspects and solving crimes. Gunshot detection is just one technology playing a role in the larger trend by city agencies to improve core city services. Cities are turning to what are referred to as ‘smart city’ solutions – new, innovative technologies that improve and maintain a high quality of life and ‘liveability’ for citizens. Several cities in the United States have implemented gunshot detection systems. Identifying And Deterring Gun Violence ShotSpotter, a provider of gunshot detection solutions that help law enforcement officials and security personnel identify, locate and deter gun violence, announced that seven new cities have deployed ShotSpotter technology in their communities. Gunshot detection systems can shorten the response time in an active shooter situation The new cities include Cincinnati, OH; Jacksonville, FL; Louisville, KY; Newburgh, NY; Pittsfield, MA; Syracuse, NY and St. Louis County, MO – joining the more than 90 jurisdictions that rely on ShotSpotter to ensure a fast, accurate response to gunfire incidents. Three existing ShotSpotter cities, New York City, Chicago and Birmingham have also recently expanded their coverage areas. Gunshot detection systems can shorten the response time in an active shooter situation. Early detection should be a primary aim, second only to prevention. Security professionals must be part of both of these areas, working in partnership with relevant administrators, local government, law enforcement, first responders and the community to help prevent and better respond to gun violence. Gunshot Localization Solution In addition, active shooter events – large or small – are almost always sudden and unexpected, which places a burden on security personnel to manage these risks without creating a prison-like environment. A gunshot localization solution can turn a video camera system into a real-time safety system in the event of an active shooter A gunshot localization solution can turn a video camera system into a real-time safety system in the event of an active shooter. Called ShotPoint, the system is completely automated. Working with a video management system (VMS), it can enable a video image of an active shooter to be provided in seconds based on the location of a gunshot. ShotPoint is a network of sensors which can be mounted on walls, ceilings, streetlight poles or other indoor or outdoor locations. Using a ‘sensor mesh approach’, ShotPoint reliably detects and localizes the source of gunfire; ranging from small handguns to high caliber rifles. The system can cover large indoor or outdoor areas such as schools, office buildings, retail centers, campuses, and parks. Accurately Provides Gunshot Location Each sensor has an array of four acoustic channels (microphones) that can locate the source of a gunshot sound, the time of arrival and the time distance of arrival. ‘Hearing’ shots from several vantage points (using multiple sensors) enables the system to take into account the angle and time of the sound, which vary in different environments, thus accurately providing the location of the gunshot. A ‘fusion processor’ box (at the edge) listens to the various sensor nodes and computes the location of the gunshot, relative to a floorplan and/or based on global positioning system (GPS) location. In an outdoor location, additional information may also be inferred, such as the trajectory of the gunshot and/or the caliber of the firearm.
Compania Naţională de Căi Ferate ‘CFR’ - SA, the state railway carrier of Romania, has invested in an integrated security and safety solution from Johnson Controls, to protect passengers traveling on a new railway link, connecting the Otopeni Henri Coandă International Airport to Bucharest Nord main railway station, in Bucharest, Romania. Securing Bucharest’s new rail link The 2.95 km rail link, which was planned to facilitate the large number of fans traveling from the international airport to attend the Bucharest-hosted EURO 2020 football matches and was completed in just 14 months, from the design stage, at a cost of approximately 120 million Euros, is now being increasingly used by business travelers and tourists, who wish to visit the city of Bucharest. The contract to design and execute the entire project was won, as part of a competitiveness tender process, by the Arcada – ISPCF – DB Engineering consortium. Alfred Net, a systems integrator that specializes in designing and implementing turnkey security, telecommunications and network solutions, was subsequently tasked to provide the new railway terminal’s safety and security systems, as well as the passenger communications and information systems. Need for a sophisticated security solution We were very pleased to have the opportunity to use our experience of providing sophisticated solutions" “We were very pleased to have the opportunity to use our experience of providing sophisticated solutions for complex and mission critical applications, in order to contribute to the success of this important project,” said Alex Vladutoiu, the Managing Director & Solutions Architect at Alfred Net. Alex Vladutoiu said, “With the new link terminating within the airport, we immediately realized that any security and safety solution that we recommended to the consortium would need to meet the demanding requirements of airport security, as well as railway- related EU regulations and directives.” Deep integration of security components He adds, “This meant that as well as being robust, ultra-reliable and cyber secure, the various component parts of the solution would need to be deeply integrated with each other, so as to provide control room operators with a high level of situational awareness, which would enable them to react quickly and effectively to any incidents.” Alex Vladutoiu further said, “With this in mind, our previous experience led us to recommend that all the security and safety products should be single sourced from the Johnson Controls’ access control, fire, intrusion and video surveillance brands, which come under its Tyco umbrella. Simply put, we knew these various brands could collectively provide us with everything needed to put together an effective solution for this project.” He adds, “Importantly, we were confident that the various products, which to a large extent are ‘plug & play’, could be easily integrated without the time-consuming process of developing new drivers and interfaces.” Tyco victor security management platform The Alfred Net design team specified the Tyco victor security management platform The Alfred Net design team specified the Tyco victor security management platform, to be at the heart of the safety and security solution. In addition to helping control room operators manage and monitor the images, captured by Tyco Illustra high-definition IP network cameras, victor’s graphical user interface (GUI) alerts operators in real time, as to any fire or intrusion events, as well as any access control activity. The design of the security and safety solution was based on a rigorous Risk Assessment Report, which took into account the worst case scenarios, in terms of the threat to the safety of passengers, disruption and the protection of assets. Unified security solution “By providing a unified solution, which can manage the combined data captured by the intrusion detection, access control, fire detection and video surveillance systems, victor offers authorized users with all the information they need, to monitor and strictly control the movement of passengers.” The products include: Video Surveillance & AI Analytics: In addition to the Tyco Illustra cameras and VideoEdge video recorders, which have been deployed to monitor the railway terminal proximity, mission critical machinery, platforms and areas open to the public, control room operators are also able to take advantage of video analytics, in order to help them quickly detect any suspicious activity or danger. Tripwire detection, for example, can generate an alert, if a passenger oversteps a platform’s safety line, while people counting analytics can alert security personnel to overcrowding. It can also be used by operations personnel to help them make best use of human resources, by having a greater understanding of which parts of the station are busy, at different times of the day. Access Control: A CEM Systems AC2000 access control software platform, together with eDCM350 OSDP protocol IP door controllers, are supporting smart card readers and encrypted cards, to limit access to sensitive areas throughout the railway station, such as communications, signaling, staff and locker rooms. As a highly scalable solution, AC2000 enabled Alfred Net to implement access control throughout expansive areas of the railway. By utilizing RS485 serial communications with strong AES 128 encryption between the eDCM 350 intelligent door controllers, the OSDP readers and the smart cards, the railways is protected against the threat of controller signal cloning, as well as the threat of personnel card cloning. Fire Detection: Zettler Profile Flexible addressable panels, flame detectors and smoke sensors have been installed throughout the station terminal, to ensure mandatory compliance with EU fire regulations. Integration with the station’s PAVA system means that pre-recorded announcements are automatically broadcast, when a fire-related event occurs. Intrusion Detection: A DSC PowerSeries Neo intrusion system is providing protection for areas, which may be left unattended, such as cash handling areas, with integrated panic buttons to ensure there is a rapid reaction to any intrusion alarm. Johnson Controls and Alfred Net partnership Alfred Net worked closely with the Johnson Controls’ pre-sales team, in order to ensure the best products were specified for each location and application, and the comprehensive security and safety solution was installed, alongside the station’s iPIS communications and information software. Alex Vladutoiu said, “This was without doubt the most complex project that the client has been involved with and reflects its determination to invest in the latest technology, to ensure maximum operational efficiency and to protect its passengers and assets.” Video analytics and flame detection This has resulted in diverse solutions, such as video analytics and flame detection" He adds, “This has resulted in diverse solutions, such as video analytics and flame detection, based on video technology interacting with laser detection, RGB LED displays, digital signage, Text-to-Speech and many other state-of-the-art technologies, to deliver a highly effective total solution.” Since December 2020, when the new rail link became operational, the highly complex and integrated security and safety solution from Johnson Controls has been playing a key role, in ensuring the smooth operation of the train station and the running of 72 trains per day, (36 pairs), which arrive and depart every 20 minutes, both from and to the airport. Tyco suite of security products Alex Vladutoiu, Managing Director and Solutions Architect at Alfred Net, concludes “As a solution architect, Tyco is indeed my preferred security provider for integrated projects. As a unified solution, the Tyco suite of products are almost ‘plug and play’ and give you everything you need to build-up an integrated system, without spending additional time or money on developing other interfaces. He concludes, “We were delighted to have designed and implemented the new Otopeni Airport Railway Terminal project in less than one year and we look forward to our continued partnership with Tyco.”
The Tachi-Yokut Tribe announces that Walter Gunn has been named Director of Safety and Security for Tachi Palace Casino Resort. Gunn boasts over a decade of security experience, including casino stints at Harlow’s Casino Resort and Spa in Greenville, Miss., and Rivers Casino in Philadelphia. He has 27 years of experience in security management and law enforcement with expertise in law enforcement training, emergency management, as well as extensive knowledge of security system design and installation. “The safety of our guests and employees is of the utmost importance to us,” said Michael Olujic, General Manager of Tachi Palace Casino Resort. “Walter comes to us with great ideas and vision to upgrade and enhance our security measures in and around the casino.” Multi-sensor gateway One of the newest safety measures on the property is the addition of Patriot One’s Multi-Sensor Gateway. A total of eight gateways will be installed at locations in the resort, casino, Yokut Gas Station, Coyote Entertainment Center, and Bingo Hall. These will be rolled out during each phase of the current renovations that are underway. Patriot One’s Multi-Sensor Gateway detects concealed weapons other potentially dangerous objects This state-of-the-art sensor detects concealed weapons other potentially dangerous objects. If a weapon is detected, the system will automatically trigger a camera and alert security staff. The system is non-intrusive and designed to not interrupt the flow in and out of the various locations at Tachi Palace Casino Resort. Highest security standards “We’re delighted to have been chosen by Tachi Palace to secure their casino resort,” said Peter Evans, CEO of Patriot One. “This has been a fun and exciting program to work on with the casino.” “Deployments in a casino can be complex; they want to have the highest security standards and also wish to maintain the aesthetics of their venue. Tachi has developed the right combination of people, processes, and technology to deliver a solution that is a model for all casinos struggling to address the issue of how to deploy correctly.” Ensuring people and asset safety Gunn is also working closely with local law enforcement, ensuring more of a presence on the property with on-site patrolling and walk-throughs. “I look forward to building productive working relationships with Federal, State, and local law enforcement as well as working closely with our Tribal officials,” said Gunn. “Adding all of these new extra security measures, we are taking advanced precautions to ensure the safety of the guests, employees, property, and assets.”
The Mexico City Police Department will deploy Xerafy Pico and XS Dot on-metal RFID tags for a weapons tracking application, which will improve the security and accountability of its armories. Xerafy’s partner in Mexico, Ofi Equipos PC, is spearheading the project. The RFID solution was adopted in an effort to address an ongoing problem, with the loss of police department weapons. Mexico City Police Department The Mexico City Police Department employs more than 34,000 officers, as well as 40,000 auxiliary police and 15,000 banking police officers. They are tasked with protecting the nearly 20 million residents in the city, with the highest crime rate in Mexico. Like other major metropolitan police departments, the Mexico City Police Department manages a large inventory of different types of weapons. Effectively tracking and securing these weapons is critical for public safety, as well as better managing the efficiency and cost of maintaining the weapons. RFID technology offer real-time visibility By matching weapons and badges, the police department hopes to create greater accountability RFID technology can provide real-time visibility, into which weapons have been removed from the armory and who took them. All police badges and weapons will be tagged and tracked so that as weapons are checked out of the local armory, the RFID tags can be associated with the officer. By matching weapons and badges, the police department hopes to create greater accountability. In addition, the department will be able to quickly take inventory in its armories. Xerafy Pico and Dot XS tags for tracking weapons In phase one of the project, the department ordered 154,000 Xerafy Pico and Dot XS tags for tracking weapons and badges. Phase Two will involve the deployment of the RFID reader infrastructure. An RFID solution for weapons tracking has to be able to withstand rough handling, shock/vibration, and remain readable for the life of the weapon. Xerafy has provided tags for this application that could be permanently mounted on metal and that were also resistant to high temperatures, humidity, chemicals, and magnetic interference. Accurate reading on metal objects and in harsh environments The Xerafy Pico and Dot XS tags were designed to provide reliable and accurate reads on metal objects and in harsh environments. The Dot XS tag has a small footprint and can be easily concealed, or embedded on small weapons. The Pico has an excellent performance-to-size ratio and can also be easily attached to a weapon, without impeding its use. “Xerafy was able to meet the performance expected to deliver the visibility we need to monitor high-value assets such as weapons. Our technology helps companies and governments transform the way they operate, giving them an edge that translates into cost reductions and improved safety,” said Dennis Khoo, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Co-Founder of Xerafy. Five other major municipalities in Mexico have also committed to using the same solution, once the deployment in Mexico City is complete.
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.
Rohde & Schwarz has installed Ireland’s first Quick Personnel Security (QPS) scanner at Kerry Airport, Farranfore, Ireland, delivering state-of-the-art technology that enables a high throughput, enhanced security, and increased safety for airport customers and staff. The airport has chosen the latest model, the latest generation R&S QPS201 launched earlier in 2020, becoming the first Rohde & Schwarz security scanner installation in Ireland. R&S QPS201 security scanner The R&S QPS201 security scanner by Rohde & Schwarz features enhanced second-generation algorithms that increase sensitivity to further boost threat detection while minimizing false alarms and reducing processing time. In addition to strengthening security, these performance gains reduce post-alarm manual checks and so help avoid physical contact to ensure social distancing. Moreover, a more efficient scanning time with R&S QPS201 balances the effects of incoming new X-ray inspection systems, which scan items inside baggage that previously had to be removed, such as laptops. The security scanner restores parity to baggage- and personnel-scanning times, helping security staff manage throughput at checkpoints and avoid excessive queuing. Rohde & Schwarz QPS scanners The Rohde & Schwarz QPS scanners are highly regarded by the air travel industry worldwide" “The Rohde & Schwarz QPS scanners are highly regarded by the air travel industry worldwide and the latest technology takes performance to an even higher level,” said Gary Walker of Rohde & Schwarz, adding “I am confident that Kerry Airport and its customers will appreciate the enhancements to service, security, and safety, and that others in Ireland will follow their lead.” Tom O’Driscoll, Chief Security Officer of Kerry Airport, commented “Now is the right time for this investment in the future of Kerry Airport, to meet the heightened expectations for safety and security within our industry. Having recently installed explosives detection systems for cabin baggage (EDS CB), we are proud to now also adopt this state-of-the-art technology in Ireland, which will set new standards for service and well-being.” R&S QPS201 was installed and setup at Kerry Airport with minimal disruption to daily activities. The system is designed to be easy to use, with intuitive graphical displays that require minimal training and let operators quickly achieve full proficiency. Integrated with millimeter-wave technology Leveraging Rohde & Schwarz expertise in millimeter-wave technology and utilizing machine-trained software algorithms, R&S QPS201 detects all types of potentially dangerous objects whether metal, ceramic, plastic, or liquid. The harmless low-energy millimeter-waves enable personal privacy to be maintained while capturing high-resolution data that enhances threat detection. The system allows an easy, hands-down posture for scanning, which is comfortable while at the same time ensuring effective screening for safety and security.
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.
Round table discussion
The new school year is a good time to reflect on the role of security in protecting our schools. From video to access control to some newer technologies, our Expert Panel Roundtable found plenty to talk about when we asked this week’s question: How does security technology make our schools safer?
A big trade show, such as the upcoming ISC West, has a lot to offer for attendees. How can attendees maximize the value they get out of ISC West? For advice, we go to our Expert Panel Roundtable, all seasoned veterans of many big trade shows. Specifically, we asked the panel: How can attendees get the most out of a big trade show like ISC West?