The recent incident at London Gatwick airport caused major travel disruption for more than a day after drones were spotted flying over this sensitive area. This incident once again highlighted the need for anti-drone technologies to address this evolving threat and secure the safety of airplanes. Following the episode, the US Federal Aviation Administration was instructed to develop a strategy to allow wider use of counter drone technologies across airports. Detecting drones, and any UAV threat...
Security is among the defining topics at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019 this week in Las Vegas. More than 4,500 exhibiting companies are participating, including some 1,200 startups, highlighting the next wave of innovation in consumer electronics – and security. Twenty-four product categories at CES feature solutions to transform how consumers live, work and play. Technologies being highlighted include 5G connectivity, artificial intelligence (AI), augmented and virtual reality...
ISS, Intelligent Security Systems, global provider of intelligent VMS and analytics, is showcasing two highly specialized analytics solutions for vehicle surveillance and law enforcement applications at ISC East 2018 (booth #527). Natively developed and designed to seamlessly integrate with ISS’ SecurOS v10 platform, SecurOS UVSS (Under Vehicle Surveillance System) combines advanced software and hardware for remote under-vehicle surveillance. Furthermore, the ISS SecurOS Motus is an IP-cam...
FLIR Systems, Inc. has announced FLIR TruWITNESS, an industry-first wearable sensor platform designed for city-level security and public safety operations. TruWITNESS combines video, audio, location data, Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities, and cloud and management software in one solution, allowing organizations to reach a new level of situational awareness. FLIR TruWITNESS Wearable Sensor Platform TruWITNESS is designed for any public safety organization that requires on-scene, real-time...
GJD, a UK manufacturer, designer and supplier of professional external detector equipment, as well as Infra-Red and White-Light LED illuminators is proud to announce that its IP drivers are officially Control4 certified. The certification means GJD’s IP devices are Control4 ready straight out of the box, further enhancing GJD’s commitment to the Custom Install industry. The drivers are listed on the Control4, Janus Technology and GJD websites. All certified drivers must pass stringe...
Opening up new possibilities for competitive video surveillance deployments in retail, restaurant and small business applications, IDIS has launched a compact range of robust, high performance cameras and recorders. The IDIS Compact Solutions series is designed for rapid installations and both single and multi-site roll outs, allowing for the mixing and matching of analog and IP technologies, making upgrades and system extensions more affordable than ever. IDIS Compact Solutions The new line i...
HGH Infrared Systems has won a multi-million contract from a shipyard, to equip three new warships with the latest generation of SPYNEL panoramic thermal cameras. In a context of maritimization of the global economy, HGH Infrared Systems affirms its position in the field of security optronics for wide area surveillance. Edouard Campana, Sales Director at HGH Infrared Systems, said: "We are proud to have been selected as the preferred wide area surveillance sensor manufacturer by an African navy. SPYNEL 360° has become part of the must-have security equipment based on thermal imaging technology to detect asymmetric threats. We have been equipping ports and military ships for many years now, and this significant contract demonstrates the leadership of HGH Infrared Systems in panoramic imaging sensors. We are committed to providing the best situational awareness whether at sea or along the coast." Complete surveillance equipment These warships will be built during the next five years and will be equipped with the latest maritime technologies. Part of the complete surveillance equipment of the vessel, Spynel 360° InfraRed Search & Track System provides the highest image resolution in the world. With its 24/7 wide area surveillance capabilities, SPYNEL-X can detect, track and record an unlimited number of threats from a distance of 15km With its 24/7 wide area surveillance capabilities, SPYNEL-X can detect, track and record an unlimited number of threats from a distance of 15km, night and day, even in adverse weather conditions. The new V-LRF technology features a visible channel to enhance threat identification as well as a Laser Range Finder to measure the threat distance while keeping continuous tracking. Hence, Spynel ensures the best of visual identification of potential threats within the air and sea zone. Panoramic thermal imaging HGH’s surveillance systems have been selected for their ability to maintain a high detection rate without false positives, to resist all the vibrations that affect ships and to be stabilized at sea state level 6, with 4 to 6-meter waves. Built up to military standards, the SPYNEL sensors were already chosen by several Navies and installed on multiple war frigates and maritime platforms around the world. Always focused on being one step ahead in panoramic thermal imaging technology, HGH Infrared Systems is committed to serving the naval industry with the most advanced and reliable 360° IRST systems. Meet the experts at the HGH Infrared Systems booth (C37 HALL 2B) at Paris Le Bourget, Parc des Expositions to discover the complete range of SPYNEL thermal imaging cameras.
Carbon Black, a pioneer in next-generation endpoint security delivered via the cloud, introduced Cb ThreatHunter, delivering powerful, new, advanced threat hunting and IR capabilities on the Cb Predictive Security Cloud (PSC). The new offering will be the fourth service delivered on the PSC this year. The Cb ThreatHunter announcement was made from the company’s sold-out annual user conference, #CbConnect18, in New York. “One year ago, at Cb Connect in San Francisco, we outlined our vision to rapidly extend the Cb Predictive Security Cloud to make it easier for our customers to move off legacy AV and address multiple security use cases through a single cloud platform and single sensor,” said Patrick Morley, Carbon Black’s Chief Executive Officer. “With the addition of Cb ThreatHunter, this market-leading platform will have five offerings and delivers customers the ability to prevent, detect, respond to, predict and now, hunt threats in the cloud using a single agent, single console and single platform.” Adding Advanced Threat Hunting Investigations that often take days or weeks can be completed in just minutes with Cb ThreatHunter Cb ThreatHunter is delivered through the PSC, Carbon Black’s powerful endpoint protection platform that consolidates multiple critical endpoint security capabilities supporting both IT and security operations, including: next-generation antivirus (NGAV) + endpoint detection and response (EDR); advanced threat hunting and IR; virtualised data center security; real-time endpoint query and remediation; and managed threat hunting and triage. Most EDR and IR tools on the market collect only a limited set of historical data. As a result, SOCs and IR teams struggle to get their hands on the information they need to investigate, proactively hunt and remediate. Cb ThreatHunter solves this problem by continuously collecting unfiltered data, giving security teams all the information they need to: proactively hunt threats, uncover suspicious behavior, disrupt active attacks, repair damage quickly and address gaps in defences. Investigations that often take days or weeks can be completed in just minutes with Cb ThreatHunter. Enhanced Anomaly Detection Cb ThreatHunter further enhances our ability to deliver rapid incident detection and response to our global customers" “Cb ThreatHunter has simplified incident response by allowing quick discovery of both simple and advanced threats, and quickly making decisions to take conclusive actions,” said Denis Xhepa, IT Systems Security Engineer of MidCap Financial Services. “Its simplicity and responsiveness are amazing, especially when you are running an investigation where every minute matters. When I find something, I can prevent it for the future, and also look for other related or similar things. All this can be done very intuitively. Anomaly detection is also going to be enhanced by the backend intelligence applied to the data. Endpoint security used to be difficult.” “The combination of rapidly searchable, unfiltered endpoint data for advanced threat hunting, combined with an array of prevention and response capabilities built-in to one endpoint sensor is a significant step forward. Cb ThreatHunter further enhances our ability to deliver rapid incident detection and response to our global customers,” said Marc Brawner, Principal at Kroll’s Cyber Risk practice. Minimizing Attacker Dwell Time Inspired by Cb Response, an EDR market pioneer with more than 2,000 active customers, Cb ThreatHunter is a brand-new product, built from the ground up on the PSC, offering security teams advanced threat hunting and IR capabilities, including: Cb ThreatHunter equips security teams with the ability to flexibly hunt threats, even if an endpoint is offline More Powerful Search Fields: Cb ThreatHunter equips security teams with the ability to flexibly hunt threats, even if an endpoint is offline. With this level of visibility, researchers can see what happened at every stage of an attack with intuitive attack-chain visualizations, and uncover advanced threats, while minimizing attacker dwell time. This insight provides immediate answers with comprehensive behavioral context to stop attacks as quickly as possible. Custom Watchlists For Real-Time Detection Enhanced Threat Intel Matching: Cb ThreatHunter’s sophisticated detection combines custom and cloud-delivered threat intel, automated watchlists and integrations with the rest of the security stack to efficiently scale hunting across the enterprise. This advanced level of detection allows security teams to proactively explore environments for abnormal activity, leverage cloud-delivered threat intelligence and automate repeat hunts. Additionally, the PSC’s platform extensibility allows developers to create custom watchlists to power real-time detection and correlate data across the security stack. Elastic Cloud Scalability: Cb ThreatHunter is natively built on the PSC, allowing security teams to rapidly deploy and scale the solution across their enterprise without investing in (or maintaining) on-premise infrastructure. By eliminating these costs and processes, Cb ThreatHunter enables teams to simplify their operations and focus their energy on hunting and responding to threats.
Arecont Vision Costar, global provider of IP-based megapixel camera technology and video surveillance solutions, announces the immediate availability of all ConteraIP single-sensor cameras. The four new bullet and dome models are part of the Arecont Vision Total Video Solution, composed of megapixel cameras, video management system, cloud-enabled web services, and video recorders. The Total Video Solution and its components will be on display this week at both GSX 2018 Las Vegas, in Conference Room 10, Westgate Hotel, September 25 – 26, and at Security Essen, Hall 5, booth 5F30 (ALLNET Deutschland GmbH), September 25 - 28. ConteraIP Megapixel Cameras ConteraIP megapixel cameras are among the most feature-rich cameras available today for professional video surveillance, with world-class capabilities and affordability combined with Arecont Vision’s industry-leading designs. This new advanced series was first unveiled in April at ISC West 2018 as a complementary offering to Arecont Vision’s customer-proven, cyber-secure MegaIP camera family that is also part of the Total Video Solution. Contera cameras feature H.264 and H.265 codecs, SNAPstream and SNAPstream+ bandwidth reduction technologySingle-sensor ConteraIP cameras are now available in indoor or outdoor dome, bullet, and micro bullet configurations, with choice of 2MP or 5MP capability across the entire product line. Both the ConteraIP and MegaIP camera families offer ONVIF compliance and integration with the ConteraVMS and dozens of other video management systems through MegaLab testing and validation. Cloud-Enabled ConteraVMS “Our initial customers are already benefiting from use of the new ConteraIP family in a variety of application environments and VMS choices,” said Brad Donaldson, Vice President of Product Development for Arecont Vision. “We are very excited to be in full production with these powerful new cameras that are proving popular with our cloud- enabled ConteraVMS and with many MegaLab-pretested VMS and NVR choices that customers traditionally employ.” Outdoor models are compliant with the IP66 environmental and IK-10 impact resistance standardContera cameras feature H.264 and H.265 codecs, SNAPstream and SNAPstream+ bandwidth reduction technology, NightView color low light technology, and offer Enhanced WDR up to 120db. All models include multi-streaming at full frames per second (fps), defog technology, industry-standard security and network protocol support, and are ONVIF G and S compliant. Most models include Smart IR technology that adapts to object distance and angle, plus include an SD card slot for onboard storage. Outdoor models are compliant with the IP66 environmental and IK-10 impact resistance standards. MegaIP Cameras And ConteraCMR Both the ConteraIP and MegaIP camera families support the Arecont Vision API, offer a three-year standard warranty, and support MegaLab integration with 3rd party hardware and software applications that go beyond the ONVIF standards. Conference attendees can experience both the ConteraIP and MegaIP camera families, as well as learn about the new ConteraVMS, ConteraWS web services, and ConteraCMR cloud-managed recorders that form the Total Video Solution for traditional, cloud-based, or hybrid local/cloud video surveillance.
iluminar Inc., the specialist manufacturer and supplier of infrared and white light illuminators, is proud to announce that CEO Eddie Reynolds has been selected as an ambassador for the 2018 IoT Now Applications in Connectivity Conference. The seminar will take place Sept. 19, 2018 in the Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner Center, in Tysons, Va. 2108 IoT Now Applications In Connectivity Conference IoT Now will focus on innovations in physical security, cybersecurity, industrial automation, digital transformation and connectivity requirements IoT Now will welcome CEOs, CISOs, IT managers, network operations managers, facilities managers and other senior executives from various companies in manufacturing, utilities, healthcare, transportation and infrastructure. This high-level, one-day seminar will focus on innovations in physical security, cybersecurity, industrial automation, digital transformation and connectivity requirements. Senior executives will be able to listen to education sessions that provide valuable insight on what solutions to invest in for increased productivity and efficiency in security. Attendees will also be able to network with peers and see cutting-edge solutions on the expo floor. Bringing over 20 years of security experience, Reynolds will serve as an ambassador for IoT Now, driving collaboration and facilitating important discussions between industry leaders. IoT Devices To Grow Exponentially By 2030 “With the number of Internet of Things devices predicted to grow to 125 billion by 2030, it is critical that we discuss the implications of this technological revolution for security,” said iluminar CEO Eddie Reynolds. “I am honored to serve as an ambassador and host for IoT Now.” iluminar's lineup of Power over Ethernet (PoE) enabled lighting solutions will also be showcased on the expo floor in the Alternate E Source/ Kentix US booth, demonstrating the tight integration between lighting and IP video as well as keypads provided by Alternate E Source/ Kentix US.
After a great success at Eurosatory 2018, HGH Infrared Systems continue their technological innovations tour in Poland at MSPO 2018. The company recently launched new technologies to support the modernization of the Defense industry: CYCLOPE 5.0, the Tracking in Staring mode feature and the highly awarded V-LRF option. 360° Thermal Sensors The 360° thermal sensors SPYNEL-C and SPYNEL-M, respectively used for FOB protection and by special forces, will be presented at the show. SPYNEL-C, one of HGH’s key products which has proven its worth in various defense applications, has been continuously improved with the latest software innovations. The five SPYNEL models never stop evolving, to suit the users’ growing needs and to support the modernization of the Defense industry. The CYCLOPE software can now automatically track a threat in real time in staring modeOne of the biggest innovations presented at MSPO is CYCLOPE 5.0’s Alarm Management Module, enabling to automatically distinguish between a threat and an authorized intrusion, by analyzing the behavior of the target. In the event of a confirmed threat, SPYNEL’s integrated software CYCLOPE 5.0 automatically alerts the hypervisor, creates a visual alarm, sends an email or even a screenshot to the user. Another showcased innovation is the Automatic tracking in Staring Mode feature: the CYCLOPE software can now automatically track a threat in real time in staring mode, without requiring any manual intervention. When the sensor stops rotating to stare at the detected threat, the operator only has to click on the specific target to launch the automatic tracking. HRH’s V-LRF (Laser Range Finder) Option HGH will also present the highly awarded V-LRF option for Spynel-X and Spynel-S, which consists in adding a Visible Channel and/or a Laser Range Finder to the sensor for a better recognition. Charlotte Pantel, Sales Representative of HGH Infrared Systems in Europe, said: ''We are very happy to be back at MSPO and to showcase our latest innovations for Defense applications. 2018 has been full of innovations for SPYNEL so far, and such a tradeshow is the perfect way to make them known. We believe that listening to our clients’ needs is the best way to continually challenge ourselves to develop the best technologies.'' HGH Infrared Systems will exhibit booth G18 at the 25th International Defense Industry exhibition in Kielce, Poland.
MOBOTIX (Stand C310) is showcasing its latest product line and technology partnerships that reflect an emerging culture of openness within the company. MOBOTIX welcomes 6 partners onto its booth to demonstrate a range of exciting new integrated solutions. MOBOTIX MOVE Camera Line MOBOTIX is demonstrating the first public appearance of its new MOBOTIX MOVE line of cameras, the first ONVIF G compliant series. It is able to deliver three H.264 streams at the same time. The MOBOTIX MOVE series consists of four models and is also the first MOBOTIX camera series offered with the latest market standard features such as motorized varifocal lenses, integrated IR illumination and Wide Dynamic Range functionality. MOBOTIX MOVE products are specified and tested by MOBOTIX in Germany and manufactured under supervision" “We listened and the MOBOTIX MOVE series is our response to requests from integrators and installers who asked for standard products when it comes to tenders where the specification requires features like PTZ, varifocal lenses and WDR.” explains Thomas Lausten, Chief Executive Officer of MOBOTIX. “MOBOTIX MOVE products are specified and tested by MOBOTIX in Germany and manufactured under supervision. Our customers can be sure that we won’t lose our product DNA and all MOBOTIX MOVE branded devices are delivered and supported according to the same high-quality standards our customers expect.” MOBOTIX Mx6 Camera Line MOBOTIX is also showcasing the second generation of its flagship Mx6 camera line with new integrated MxBus functionality. This two-wire cable system developed by MOBOTIX is encrypted against cyberattacks and expands camera functions by including practical additional MOBOTIX modules such as the MX-GPS-Box, a reliable time server for a complete video system. MOBOTIX is welcoming several partners to its IFSEC booth this year, with products, services and executives from Genetec, Ipsotek, Kentix, SEDI, SeSys and Wavestore. The technology demonstrations from these partners showcases how MOBOTIX innovations in areas such as video encoding, decentralized operation and analytics delivers true end-to-end integrated solutions that solve real world challenges in not only security but other areas such as transportation, healthcare and manufacturing. The IFSEC presence highlights several additional themes including cyber security, Internet of Things and advances in artificial intelligence IFSEC 2018 “The inclusion of more partners at IFSEC is an example of our ongoing strategy of making MOBOTIX more open and responsive to the needs of our entire ecosystem for the benefit of our customers,” explains Lausten, “MOBOTIX is an innovative company with engineering excellence at its heart and as a global supplier, our inclusive strategy is helping us to enter new markets by providing our partners with more flexibility to address a wider range of projects with our systems.” The IFSEC presence also highlights several additional themes including cyber security, Internet of Things and advances in artificial intelligence that MOBOTIX technologies play a critical role in delivering as successful projects. “A number of solutions use our decentralized concept with various sensor technologies and other devices across the network to reliably detect situations and independently initiate actions in responses,” says Lausten, “Our goal is to take our industry beyond human vision and blend sensors, communication and analysis that helps users increase process efficiency and develop innovative business models.”
Global and domestic threats have highlighted the need for tighter security across all verticals. One of the technologies that has redefined situational awareness and intrusion detection is thermal imaging. Once a technology exclusively manufactured for the military operations, thermal cameras today are deployed across hundreds of security applications and continue to see strong demand in existing and emerging commercial markets. With thermal technology, security personnel can see in complete darkness as well as in light fog, smoke and rain Technology Overview And Early Adoption What distinguishes thermal cameras from optical sensors is their ability to produce images based on infrared energy, or heat, rather than light. By measuring the heat signatures of all objects and capturing minute differences between them, thermal cameras produce clear, sharp video despite unfavorable environmental conditions. With thermal technology, security personnel can see in complete darkness as well as in light fog, smoke and rain. Originally a military developed, commercially qualified technology, the first thermal cameras for military and aircraft use appeared in the 1950s. By the 1960s, the technology had been declassified and the first thermal camera for commercial use was introduced. However, it wasn’t until the late 1990s - when FLIR Systems introduced a camera with an uncooled thermal detector - when the technology began to see substantial adoption beyond government defense deployments. Installations At Critical Infrastructure Sites In the 2000s, industrial companies were some of the first adopters of thermal, using the technology for predictive maintenance to monitor overheating and machine malfunctions. In the years following the September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001, there was an increase in thermal camera installations across critical infrastructure sites. Stricter security requirements drove the deployment of thermal cameras for perimeter protection, especially in the nuclear power sector. Thermal cameras produce clear video in daylight, low light or no light scenarios and their sharp images result in higher performing analytics In 2010, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Committee released its 73.55 policy, which states nuclear facilities must “provide continuous surveillance, observation and monitoring” as a means to enhance threat detection and deterrence efforts onsite. Because thermal cameras produce clear video in daylight, low light or no light scenarios and because their sharp images result in higher performing analytics, thermal cameras quickly became the preferred option for nuclear facilities. Likewise, following the 2013 sniper attack on PG&E Corporation’s Metcalf transmission substation, the Federal Energy Regulation Commission introduced the Critical Infrastructure Protection Standard 014 (CIP-014). The policy requires utilities to identify threats to mission critical assets and implement a security system to mitigate those risks. This statute also led to more thermal installations in the utility sector as thermal cameras’ long-range capabilities are ideal for detection of approaching targets beyond the fence line. The demand from both industrial and critical infrastructure entities, as well as other factors, helped drive volume production and price reduction for thermal, making the technology more accessible to the commercial security marketplace. Commercial Applications In recent years, the increasing affordability of thermal cameras along with the introduction of new thermal offerings has opened the door to new commercial applications for the technology. In the past, thermal cameras were designed for applications with enormous perimeters, where the camera needed to detect a human from 700 meters away. Locations like car dealerships, marinas and construction supply facilities can be protected by precise target detection, thermal analytic cameras providing an early warning to security personnel Today, there are thermal cameras specifically designed for short- to mid-range applications. Developed for small to medium enterprises, these thermal cameras ensure property size and security funds are no longer barriers to adoption. Lumber yards, recreation fields and sports arenas are some of the commercial applications now able to implement thermal cameras for 24-hour monitoring and intrusion detection. Affordable thermal cameras with onboard analytics have become attractive options for commercial businesses Innovation And Advancements Innovation and advancements in the core technology have also spurred growth in thermal camera deployment, providing faster image processing, higher resolution, greater video analytic capabilities and better camera performance. In particular, affordable thermal cameras with onboard analytics have become attractive options for commercial businesses that need outdoor, wide area protection. Car dealerships, marinas and construction supply locations all store valuable merchandise and materials outside. Without protection, these assets are vulnerable to vandalism and theft. However, by providing precise target detection, thermal analytic cameras provide an early warning to security personnel so that they can intervene before a crime is committed. By helping to deter just one incident, the thermal solution delivers a clear ROI. New Market Opportunities Not only are there more thermal cameras in use today than ever before, but there are also more thermal sensors being integrated with other multi-sensor systems, driving the adoption of thermal in new markets. For large perimeter surveillance applications, thermal is repeatedly being integrated with radar and drones to expand situational awareness beyond the point of fixed cameras. Users get immediate, accurate alerts of approaching targets and evidentiary class video for target assessment In the commercial market, thermal imagers are combined with optical sensors, analytics and LED illuminators into one solution that integrates with central monitoring station platforms. By bringing these technologies together, users get immediate, accurate alerts of approaching targets and evidentiary class video for target assessment. The result is a lower number of false positives, reducing the total cost of ownership for the solution. These multi-sensor solutions also feature two-way audio capabilities, which enable remote security officers to act as “virtual guards” and speak to intruders in real-time to dissuade them from illegal activity. The introduction of solutions that integrate all these state-of-the-art technologies under one unit reduces the amount of capital and infrastructure needed for deployment. Consequently, more small businesses and alarm monitoring companies can implement advanced perimeter security technologies like thermal sensors, some for the very first time. Thermal cameras have gone from military defense devices to widespread commercial security cameras Multi-Sensor Thermal Solutions Multi-sensor solutions featuring thermal are quickly gaining traction and opening the door to new business opportunities for the security channel. One of the primary reasons for the strong market interest in these systems is they enable integrators to increase their recurring monthly revenue (RMR). With intense price competition and eroding margins on CCTV equipment, integrators have to rely on RMR to grow their businesses. Offering remote video monitoring services and virtual guarding technologies is one of the best ways to do so. Additionally, there is a clear demand for it. Central stations are continually looking for new technologies to offer their customers and businesses are interested in economical alternatives to physical guards. In conclusion, thermal cameras have gone from military defense devices to widespread commercial security cameras that are a substantial segment of the outdoor security protection market. From nuclear power plants to construction locations, thermal technology is being implemented to secure sites around the globe.
A deep native integration of Bosch cameras with software from ISS proactively catalyzes the best in security and surveillance, while providing advanced intelligent video tools. ISS SecurOS provides intelligent enterprise video management solutions with emphasis on providing scalability and flexibility to meet the customer’s needs. Deeply integrating built-in video analytics from Bosch cameras improves operator efficiency and situational awareness to manage complex environments. ISS SecurOS maximizes camera performance for license plate recognition, face recognition, and container / train carriages recognition. The cameras meet the performance needs for advanced analytics, ensuring the success of projects and saving time, resources, and cost. The partnership has delivered multi-thousand-camera safe city deployments, industrial analytics solutions, and systems for large-scale transport providers. The usage of roads and parking lots can be managed more effectively by knowing the whereabouts of each vehicle License Plate Capture The usage of roads and parking lots can be managed more effectively by knowing the whereabouts of each and every vehicle. Operations managers are accountable for efficient logistical flows and effective use of roads and parking lots. Knowing the ins and outs of the transport infrastructure and what’s going on at all times provides the knowledge required to ensure operations are running safely, efficiently and in compliance with the rules and laws. An important part of this comes from monitoring which vehicles are entering an area and ensuring they are allowed to be there. Capturing license plates of every vehicle moving in an area provides knowledge of traffic flows and usage patterns. Such a solution should also allow a customer to easily configure and manage monitoring preferences and permit easy data exchanges with other operational management systems and services to manage an infrastructure and logistics as a whole. Reliable License Plate Data Robust mechanical design of cameras ensures reliable 24/7 operation for many years even in harsh environments As transportation infrastructures are often operating around the clock, reliable vehicle identification data is required 24/7. This means that the cameras capturing this data should work in all lighting and weather conditions, for both slow- and fast-moving vehicles. Cameras must be built to produce usable images 24/7 in all weather conditions. For quality license plate recognition in both day and night, the cameras make use of supplementary infrared light. A special License Plate Recognition (LPR) mode, developed in collaboration with LPR software, delivers readable license plates even with glaring headlights and with fast moving vehicles. Robust mechanical design of cameras ensures reliable 24/7 operation for many years even in harsh environments. License Plate Capture solution The SecurOSTM AUTO system of ISS, when used with Bosch cameras, provides easy to deploy solutions for all of these requirements. It recognizes license plates from many countries, manages and matches white, hot and blacklists and notifies the operator either in the GUI or through a messaging interface to other management systems. Additionally, the system can be used and managed as a standalone or embedded in other management systems on the premises.
Lighting, or the absence of it, is one issue that significantly affects a camera’s video quality Video surveillance has rapidly advanced over the last two decades. Today, integrators can purchase IP cameras offering complete network control, megapixel cameras with HD imaging, and PTZ cameras with remote directional control. Although these features are impressive, they don't solve all the challenges that surveillance solutions face. Importance Of Lighting For Camera Performance Lighting, or the absence of it, is one issue that significantly affects a camera’s video quality. Many think street lamps emit a sufficient amount light for surveillance. The truth is they don’t provide enough illumination nor are they strategically placed to optimize object capture and video monitoring. To respond to the need for better lighting, video manufacturers have introduced cameras with built-in lights, which have worked to a limited degree. Today, the best lighting solution for a surveillance system is an independent illuminator. Let’s look at why. Built-In Illuminator Challenges Integrated cameras, or cameras with built-in infrared (IR) illuminators, are convenient. These surveillance and lighting all-in-one solutions offer the ultimate ease of use. Common types of infrared security cameras are day/night or black and white cameras. They often have several IR light-emitting diode (LED) lights surrounding the lens. These integrated night vision cameras are effective for short distance applications, as they typically capture objects within 100 feet. Although infrared cameras are useful for close range monitoring, there are significant challenges that occur when deploying these systems Although infrared cameras are useful for close range monitoring, there are significant challenges that occur when deploying these systems. Integrated cameras often create hotspots. A hotspot develops when the camera lens angle is wider than the LED field of view. For example, you may have a camera whose angle is 90 degrees, but your angle of illumination is only 30 degrees. The effect is similar to when a person shines a flashlight on someone and takes a picture. The person or object is washed out. When LEDs are inside a camera and next to other electronic components, heat can build up. The heat then attracts insects, which can trigger motion detection and set off false alarms. Other times, spiders are attracted to the light and will spin webs around the camera lens, obstructing the camera’s view. Moreover, the heat buildup actually erodes the LED light, shortening its lifespan. Once the lights burn out, there is no easy way to replace it. Often, the end user has to replace the entire camera. However, the better option is to install a separate light source. Independent illuminators are the premier option today based on their coverage and flexibility Eliminating Hotspots Independent illuminators are the premier option today based on their coverage and flexibility. Whereas the built-in, fixed infrared lights have narrow angles that only produce partial coverage, separate illuminators are available in a variety of angles that can achieve total coverage. For example, when working with a panoramic or PTZ camera, an integrator can install a triple mounting bracket that holds three, 120-degree illuminators that can be angled in different directions. The result is 360 degrees of light. In the same way, an integrator can pair a dome camera with a 10-degree illuminator to target a specific area of interest such as a gate or doorway. By deploying a light whose angle of illumination directly corresponds with the camera lens angle, hotspots are eliminated. End users can enjoy consistent lighting and a clear picture. Typically, you can purchase lights that yield 10, 30, 60, 100 and 120 degrees of coverage. Preserving LED Life For independent illuminators, heat accumulation is not a concern. In infrared cameras, all of the heat is centralized in one area – the camera lens. Separate light sources are designed differently. The lights are usually arranged in rows, which allow the heat to dissipate in all directions. This not only deters insects, but also preserves the life of the LED. Increasing Distances In an era where cameras are capturing more data than ever before, it’s important to maximize your camera’s storage space Another advantage of stand-alone illuminators is that they capture light at longer distances. On a street corner where an infrared integrated camera provided 10 degrees of coverage, it could capture objects up to 100 feet. On the other hand, an independent infrared light emitting 10 degrees illumination can cover over 900 feet. This is more than 9x the average of an integrated camera. Lastly, deploying a separate light source frees up bandwidth on the camera. In an era where cameras are capturing more data than ever before, it’s important to maximize your camera’s storage space. Independent illuminators help you do that. Spreading Awareness It’s clear that independent light sources provide more powerful, adjustable illumination. However, if there’s not a general understanding of the critical need for lighting in security solutions, knowledge on various lighting products will be a moot point. Generally speaking, many professionals in the security sector are in the dark when it comes to lighting. People forget that that without light, there is no video and that a camera will only pick up as much video as the light in its environment allows for. So what can you do? You can spread awareness among your peers about the importance of proper illumination. Share training resources and educational webinars. Review case studies and testimonials. Empower your team and decide to invest in high-quality lighting.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament is bringing 32 national teams and more than 400,000 foreign soccer fans from all over the world to 12 venues in 11 cities in Russia. Fans are crowding into cities including Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kazan. Given continuing global concerns about terrorism, security is top-of-mind. Protection of the World Cup games in Russia is focusing on an “integrated safety, security and service approach,” according to officials. Combining the term “security” with the terms “safety” and “service” is not an accident. An aggressive security stance is necessary, but at the end of the day, fan safety is paramount, and a service-oriented approach ensures a positive fan experience. Medical responders will be working side-by-side with police and antiterrorism personnel. Risk Management Best Practices We asked Sean T. Horner and Ben Joelson, directors of the Chertoff Group, a global advisory firm focused on best practices in security and risk management, to comment on security at FIFA World Cup 2018. Although not involved in securing the 2018 World Cup, the Chertoff Group is experienced at securing large events and enterprises using risk management, business practices and security. Integration is another important aspect of protecting the games, says Horner. The use of multiple resources, including Russian military, intelligence and law enforcement, will be closely integrated to provide the best security for the large-scale event in each of the host cities, he says. The approach will be centralized and flexible, with resource deployment guided by effective situational awareness.Primary security and emergency operations centers will be dispersed throughout each host city “There is a unified command structure at the Russian Federation level, and they will keep resources in reserve and shift them as needed to various events and venues based on any specific intelligence, in effect deploying resources where threats are greatest,” says Joelson. “There will also be some regional commands, and resources will incorporate a spectrum of police and military personnel ranging from the ‘cop on the beat’ to the Spetsnaz, the Russian ‘special forces.” Primary security and emergency operations centers will be dispersed throughout each host city, and additional forces can be shifted as necessary, he notes. Role Of Law Enforcement In Russia, the lines of separation between law enforcement and the military are not as stark as in the United States, for example, where military forces are restricted from deployment for domestic law enforcement by the Posse Comitatus Act. In Russia, there is no such restriction. A broad range of technology will play a role at the World Cup, Horner and Joelson agree. Technology will be used primarily as a force multiplier and a decision-support tool for security personnel. There are robust CCTV systems in many Russian cities, and mobile CCTV systems, such as camera towers or mobile security centers on wheels, will also be deployed. Technologies will include infrared cameras, flood lights, and ferromagnetic screening systems to scan hundreds of individuals as they walk by. In some locations, facial recognition systems will be used, tied into various intelligence, military and law enforcement databases of known bad actors. Behavior analytics will be used as a decision-support tool. In addition to security in public areas, private CCTV systems in hotels, at transportation hubs, and inside the venues themselves will be leveraged. Video analytics and detection will help personnel review live view of people who may be acting suspiciously or who leave a bag unattended. In some locations, facial recognition systems will be used, tied into various intelligence, military and law enforcement databases of known bad actors Rigorous Anti-Terrorism Measures A Fan ID card is required to enter the 2018 FIFA World Cup Tournament, even for Russian residents. The Russians have an aggressive stance against domestic terrorism, which will also help ensure the safety of the World Cup games, say Horner and Joelson. Terrorist group ISIS has promised “unprecedented violence” at the games, but they make similar threats at every major global event. Russia has been an active force disrupting ISIS in Syria, and experts suggest that losing ground geographically could lead to addition “asymmetric” terrorist attacks. However, Russia is leveraging all their intelligence resources to identify any plots and deploying their security apparatus to disrupt any planned attacks, experts say. Russia’s rigorous anti-terrorism measures include a total ban on planes and other flying devices (such as drones) around the stadiums hosting the World Cup. Private Security In addition to military, intelligence and law enforcement personnel, private security will play a have a high profile during the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Private security personnel will be on the front lines in hotels and in “fan zones.” They will operate magnetometers at entrances, perform bag checks, enforce restrictions on hand-carried items, etc. Private security will be especially important to the “guest experience” aspects of protecting the games.Private security will be especially important to the “guest experience” aspects of protecting the games Another private security function at the World Cup is executive protection of dignitaries and high-net-worth individuals who will be attending. Executive protection professionals will arrive early, conduct advanced security assessments before VIPs arrive, and secure trusted and vetted transportation (including armored cars in some cases.) VIPs will include both Russian citizens and foreign (including U.S.) dignitaries attending the games. Private security details will be out in force. Aggressive Security Approach Overeager and outspoken fans are a part of the football culture, but Russia will deploy a near-zero tolerance policy against hooliganism and riots. An overwhelming force presence will take an aggressive approach to curbing any civil disturbances, and offenders will be removed quickly by Russian security forces. Strict restrictions on the sale and consumption of alcohol will be enforced in the venue cities before and after the matches. Officials will also be cognizant of the possibility of a riot or other event being used as a distraction to draw attention from another area where a terrorist event is planned. It will be a delicate balance between deploying an aggressive security approach and preserving the fan experience. Joelson notes that freedom of speech is not as valued in Russia as in other parts of the world, so the scales will be even more tipped toward security. “The last thing they want is for things to get out of control,” says Horner. “The event is putting Russia on the world stage, and they want visitors to walk away safely after having a great time and wanting to go back in the future.”Attendees should also have good situational awareness, and keep their heads up, scanning crowds and identifying unsafe situations" Precautions for World Cup attendees Attendees to the World Cup in Russia should take some basic precautions, Horner and Joelson agree. For example, Russia requires a translated, notarised letter explaining any prescription drugs. The country has a more aggressive foreign intelligence environment, so visitors cannot depend on their data being private. Joelson recommends the usual “social media hygiene” and privacy settings. Visitors should not post information about their travel plans or locations, and it’s best to travel with a disposable mobile phone that does not contain personal information. Location tracking should be deactivated. Travelers should also beware of talking and sharing information with others, or of saying anything derogatory. “They should also have good situational awareness, and keep their heads up, scanning crowds and identifying unsafe situations,” says Joelson. “If you bring a personal electronic device, you should expect that it has been compromised,” says Horner. Text messages and email will not be private, and he suggests creating an email address used only for travel. Don’t leave drinks unattended. Travelers from the U.S. should register at the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) operated by the U.S. State Department. “Plan before you travel and before you get to the airport,” says Horner.
Today’s video cameras are better than ever, now able to capture images despite low light and other impediments. But do the images always provide enough clarity for security applications and/or for video analytics? The ability to capture an image in a variety of environments isn’t the same as capturing the best possible image, says Eddie Reynolds, President and CEO of Iluminar Inc., a provider of LED white light and infrared illuminators to the video surveillance market. Better cameras capable of adapting to various lighting situations are just part of the equation. The resulting images, though much better than those provided by previous-generation cameras, still may not provide the needed clarity. More light can improve the situation. “There is a lot of misunderstanding in the industry about the hows and whys of lighting,” says Reynolds. And lighting matters even more with the new 4K and 7K cameras, she adds. Infrared Vs. Visible Light LEDs By touting their cameras’ abilities at lower lux levels, camera manufacturers may have even increased end users’ tolerance of lower image quality. For all their improvements, cameras operating in low light can still produce pixelated, cloudy and/or grainy images. Yes, you can now see the color of a car even in extremely low light, but can you recognize a face? “When you have a lot of pixels and high-definition cameras, you just need more lighting,” says Reynolds. “Video analytics only work well with good clean images.” “Cameras work like our eyes,” she says. “You can see that restaurant menu in low light, but if you want to see the details – to read the menu – you need more light. When an event occurs, customers want to see the details.” In addition to visible light LEDs, Iluminar provides “invisible light” infrared illuminators that work with cameras that are “true day/night” – the cameras have an infrared filter that is removed when light goes down to a certain level. Infrared LEDs have greater range than visible lights – up to 919 feet for infrared versus 643 feet for visible light. Infrared light is also covert (cannot be seen by the human eye). Separate Illuminator Advantages "When you have a lot of pixels and high-definition cameras, you just need more lighting. Video analytics only work well with good clean images," says Iluminar CEO, Eddie Reynolds Many of today’s cameras have attached lighting, of course, but that lighting may not be optimum for every setting of the camera, says Reynolds. For example, a camera’s built-in infrared illuminator may cover only a 30-degree field-of-view (FOV), even though the camera’s widest FOV is 90 degrees. Using the narrower light with the wider FOV produces a “hot spot” in the middle of the camera view, which can white-out the image if someone comes onto the scene. It’s like walking around with a flashlight – you can’t see the larger image. In contrast, a separate light source can have a larger selection of fields-of-view – from 10 degrees to 120 degrees – and can also provide light at longer distances. With more choices, a separate light source can specifically match the FOV of the camera lens – in short, the exact amount of light needed for each application. Separate illuminators can also have longer life, since they are not affected by the heat of camera components and they are designed for greater heat dissipation, says Reynolds. Separate LED lights also tend to attract fewer insects to the camera lens. About Iluminar Reynolds launched Iluminar in 2008 to supply LED white light and infrared illuminators. Iluminar designs the products and works with a third-party manufacturer in the United Kingdom. The products are distributed all over the world. In the security industry for 22 years, Reynolds has built the business rapidly through her relationships in the market and partnering with camera manufacturers, distributors and clients. “My challenge is to change the perception out in the market of what good video is,” says Reynolds.
Cloud-based video systems have been slow to take off, but a new offering being introduced at ISC West seeks to give the concept new life. Unveiling the new system is Ivideon, a provider of hosted Cloud-based video, which is joining forces with Global Innovations, manufacturer of the Oco line of smart cameras. New Oco Pro cameras are pre-configured to interface easily with the Ivideon Cloud system, and distributors and integrators who sell the cameras make money both on the camera and installation, and as recurring revenue on the Cloud service. Win-Win Proposition For Both Distributors And Installers Once a camera is installed, end user customers can choose a Cloud service subscription plan, with distributors and installers receiving a monthly cashback percentage of any subscription fees through a new Partner Program. Distributors can earn 15 percent on each active monthly Cloud service plan sold by their installers, and installers can earn from 20 to 35 percent, depending on volume of sales. In conjunction with the introduction, Ivideon is offering bigger Cloud subscription discounts than are typically available via its website. Each distributor and/or installer will be provided a Web portal that lists all their installed cameras along with a tally of associated Cloud service revenue, and specifying the share for the distributor and/or installer. Full HD Video Streaming Quality, Hybrid Storage, Seamless Cloud Service Global Innovations, which has historically specialized in Oco consumer do-it-yourself video cameras, is introducing a new professional camera line to work in conjunction with Ivideon’s Cloud system. The new Oco Pro cameras offer improved Full HD video streaming quality, hybrid storage (on-board [up to 128 GB], on a local server and/or in the Cloud), and a selection of models that includes indoor as well as outdoor cameras with infrared. The new cameras were developed by engineers and designers in California and are assembled in China. A unique ID included in each camera’s software connects the camera seamlessly to the Cloud service, with no need to contend with problems such as firewalls. Each distributor and/or installer will be provided a Web portal that lists all their installed cameras along with a tally of associated Cloud service revenue, specifying the share for the distributor and/or installer Motion and sound detectors on the cameras can trigger video feeds into the Cloud as needed based on alarms; video can also be stored locally inside the camera. If an end user customer does not have enough bandwidth to access Cloud storage, Ivideon offers a software video management system that can be loaded on a desktop or laptop computer on the site to access video. Each camera that feeds video into the Cloud requires an Internet bandwidth of about 1 Mbps, depending on resolution and bit rate. A typical customer might be a small- to medium-sized business (SMB), with usually five or six cameras per location. Video from any camera can be viewed via the Cloud via the Internet or on a mobile device using a free App, with access to video configurable based on need. Select camera views can also be made viewable by the public. Cybersecurity Assured With Secure Servers And Encryption Cybersecurity of Cloud systems is typically a concern for customers, and Philipp Ryzhkov, CEO, Oco North America, offers details of how the system is secured. Once the Oco Pro camera captures the video, it is compressed, encrypted and sent to the server. All data stored in Ivideon’s Video Cloud is on secure servers, via 15 or so data centers around the world. Servers are certified for security with standards such as ISO 27001, PCI DSS and SOC 1. Encryption includes an Advanced Encryption Standard 256-bit (AES-256) key, which is approved by the National Security Agency for protecting "top secret" classified U.S. government information. “As with any online services, we encourage users to use strong passwords and to take measures to keep private information safe,” he says. In addition, all Ivideon servers are certified as Norton Secured. Video stored on an Oco Pro SD card or a local device is private and inaccessible unless it is set up to link to the Cloud, he says. For local devices, video is compressed and encrypted, and users own their content. If the phone or any other device is taken by someone, the user should use their device’s security measures to disable it (similar to Find My iPhone feature by Apple). In addition, the user can log in via any browser and change the password to the app. Ivideon, a first-time exhibitor at ISC West, also works with other camera partners such as Hikvision, Dahua and Axis.
The first Starbucks coffee house opened in in Moscow in 2007 and in ten years the chain’s growing popularity across Russia has seen more than 100 outlets open. There are now several different store formats including classic coffee shops located in shopping centres; stand-alone stores characterized by open vaulted ceilings; smaller kiosk outlets; and drive-through outlets where customers can buy fragrant coffee and fresh-baked goods round the clock without leaving their cars. Following a survey of the latest solutions AVIX recommended IDIS technology as the best option for reliable, scalable video that could be remotely accessed via PCs and mobile devices. Maximum Design IDIS Solution Suite was identified as the best video management software option to integrate existing legacy equipment IDIS Solution Suite was identified as the best video management software option to integrate existing legacy equipment, the analog IDIS DirectCX range to leverage existing infrastructure as well as the latest IDIS IP solutions. The VMS also offered the most user-friendly and convenient for use not only for Starbucks security controllers but also by the senior operations managers In the classic coffee house outlets IDIS HD TVI DVRs have been installed handling either 8 IDIS cameras (TR-3108) or 16 cameras (TR-4116) depending on the site requirements. A mix of analog and IP camera technology is used across the Starbucks estate, giving maximum design and installation flexibility. New drive-through outlets are protected by a combination of external and internal cameras. Older Legacy Cameras In the shopping centre kiosk outlets an easy-install and compact full-HD flat dome camera (DC-F1211) has been deployed, while a compete view of the entire point of sale is covered by a vandalresistant IR camera, the DC-D2233WR, with both cameras linked to an H.265 4K recorder (DR-2304P). With thousands of customers visiting stores every day, and hundreds of staff to take care of, Starbucks’ management wanted a robust, flexible video surveillance solution that would operate effectively in every store location and in all store formats. AVIX, a Russian distributor was challenged with designing a system that would deliver optimum quality video regardless of the store format and make use of older legacy cameras in certain locations. The system also needed to be convenient to install while maintaining the aesthetics of each outlet with the ability to focus in on sales transactions in real-time. Maintaining Quality Standards This IDIS solution gives us excellent video quality the operational control we need to manage our continued expansion" The system was required not just to ensure high security standards but also to be used by Starbucks’ senior operations managers to control efficiency and underwrite customer service and performance as the number of stores continues to grow. Senior staff in the Starbucks operations department, and security managers, now use the video system day-to-day, verifying working hours, maintaining quality standards and controlling incidents. “This IDIS solution gives us excellent video quality the operational control we need to manage our continued expansion. The IDIS Solutions Suite VMS is comfortable and convenient for remote monitoring and it works perfectly by allowing our current mix of IP and analog cameras, including the latest IP IDIS models and equipment. The system is future scalable, and we will easily adapt it to changing needs.” Alim Sizov, General Manager ‘SVS Project’ – Starbucks Partner. Following the success of this first phase installation a comprehensive upgrade to IDIS video cameras is being implemented across the entire Starbucks estate.
Fazakerley High School, a co-educational secondary school in Liverpool, moved into new buildings in 2003 and embarked on a successful transformation program to raise standards. The school, which is in a challenging catchment area, established a new reputation as a nurturing, well run learning environment. But fifteen years later senior staff found themselves struggling with an outdated video surveillance system that was no longer fit for purpose. Analog Video Surveillance The introduction of video surveillance at the time of the move to new buildings was a key step in setting high standards of personal behavior and protecting students and staff. However, the old analog video system had become almost impossible to use, with blurred and grainy images, no easy search facility and failing cameras. A recent attempt to upgrade the system also proved disappointing, explains Matt Fleming of Apex Network Solutions: the replacement technology turned out to be difficult to maintain and use, and the user interface was too complex. Apex was asked to re-design the system from scratch and challenged to recommend a solution that was affordable and easy for staff to use as well as delivering high quality images. Internal Dome and IR Fisheye Dome Cameras Apex recommended IDIS technology to deliver significantly upgraded video coverage of corridors and key internal areas Apex recommended IDIS technology to deliver significantly upgraded video coverage of corridors and key internal areas. Forty-three full HD vandal-resistant DC-D3233RX-N internal domes were installed to record activity across the site. Easy to install they capture high quality images in all lighting conditions. Four 12MP IR Fisheye domes (model DC-Y3C14WRX) were installed in the dining hall to provide a complete view of the area. With various viewing composition options, and six de-warping view modes, these fisheye units ensure image quality that allow individuals to be easily identified. Video is recorded on two IDIS DR-6332PS-S NVRs and all the cameras can now be viewed in real time by staff using PC monitors and/or tablets, with the system simple to use thanks to the free IDIS Center VMS video management system. IDIS Video Security Solution The IDIS video solution is a significant step up from both the original analog system, and the more recent upgrade, says the schools network manager Derek Harmston. Image quality is outstanding and by allowing staff to view real-time video on convenient devices, such as tablets, incidents involving groups of pupils are now quickly dealt with before they escalate. Recordings are now easily searchable with time/date stamped footage and the high definition images provide evidence that can be shown to pupils, parents and, if necessary, the police.
One of Fortaleza's largest hotels, the Gran Marquise Hotel, which hosts thousands of people each year and holds hundreds of events, has reinvented itself and converted analog technology to IP surveillance. Upon project completion, it is expected that the Gran Marquise will have 250 VIVOTEK network cameras installed, integrated and linked with all other hotel devices under Genetec’s cloud-based video-surveillance-as-a-service (VSaaS) solution, Stratocast. About Gran Marquise The Gran Marquise is a five-star hotel of 18 thousand square meters located on the seafront of Fortaleza (Ceará). With a 23 year history, the hotel has a large infrastructure of 230 apartments ranging in size from 29 to 131 square meters, two presidential suites and 21 floors in total, of which 14 are dedicated to guest rooms 7 are retained for events, recreation and administration. The Gran Marquise realised that its security system needed to be renewed It is one of the most in-demand destinations among national and international authorities, artists and athletes, such as Bill Clinton, former president of the United States, Vladimir Putin, current president of Russia, singer Paul McCartney, rapper Snoop Dogg, as well as the fighters of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. In addition, the Gran Marquise was the first hotel in Brazil to achieve the ISO 22000, certificate that ensures adherence to extremely high standards of food quality and safety. Unified Security And Operations The Gran Marquise realised that its security system needed to be renewed. The hotel had 500 analog cameras and 22 digital video recorders installed – an extensive system, but one which only provided low-quality images and demanded heavy workload when it was necessary to locate and retrieve footage of a recorded event. "We looked at the hotel and realised that we had good internet, excellent rooms, perfect service, but if a customer asked for footage from security cameras, the only thing we could offer were noisy images," said Jussieudo Gomes, Security and Information Technology Division chief of the Hotel Grand Marquise Fortaleza. To solve this dilemma and improve the management and security of the hotel, a plan was formulated to develop a pilot project with VIVOTEK – a global provider of network cameras, PoE switches, and network video recorders, and Genetec, a global provider of IP surveillance software, access control and license plate recognition solutions. Installing VIVOTEK Network Cameras Divided into four stages, the goal of the project was to enable the total unification of management, security, marketing and commercial operations Divided into four stages, the goal of the project was to enable the total unification of management, security, marketing and commercial operations. In the first phase, 250 analogue cameras were replaced by a mere 48 VIVOTEK network cameras. Also installed was the Genetec Stratocast software, a cloud-based video recorder tool that eliminates the need for any local server, making it possible to monitor and share images with fully encrypted data. Two models of network cameras were installed throughout the hotel: one is the IB8369A, a 2-megapixel camera capable of capturing high quality video, with IR illuminators effective up to 30 meters for superior image quality throughout the day and night. The camera also features Smart Stream II technology, which optimises image quality for the most important regions in any scene; in doing so it can reduce network bandwidth consumption and storage requirements by up to 50%. The other camera installed was the small-scale, but big-featured FD8166, an ultra-mini fixed dome network camera with a tiny diameter of only 90mm. Genetec Security Center Solution "Because of the ‘L’ shaped layout of the hotel, we previously had five analog cameras installed on each floor: two in the corridor, because the distance from one side to the other was too long to be monitored by a single analog camera; one in front of the elevator; another covering the 'L' and one more covering the maid’s service area. "Now, each floor has only three cameras: one camera that serves the 'L' and the elevator; another that serves the corridor and one more observing the service area. At the reception area, the same thing happens, we put a different camera on the ceiling, and with just that solution we managed to cover the lobby, the bar, a part of the reception and the stairs of the restaurant, "explained Gomes. The Genetec Security Center solution was implemented for the internal parts of the hotel In the second phase, the Genetec Security Center solution was implemented for the internal parts of the hotel. With this platform, Gran Marquise can unify operations by combining all IP surveillance systems into one interface. Now all access control and video surveillance are connected to, and accessible through, the cloud. Unified Access Control And Fire Security The third and fourth stages are still in progress. The goal is to install 250 network cameras in total and unify the security system with access controls and the fire alarm system. In addition, the KiwiVision analytical software was also installed, a system which counts people automatically through cameras and 3D sensors and detects objects added or removed from a scene. This way it is possible to automatically detect if a dangerous object has left behind or if something has been stolen from a particular area. "The new security system has come to improve the image quality of surveillance, the layout of the hotel and the promptness of response to the customer. In the past, if we needed an image we had to expend great effort in searching whole files and spend hours watching videos to be able to select and retrieve the relevant event - not to mention the impact power failures, and malfunctions issues in power supplies, recorders and hard disk drives. ", said Gomes. Video Security Integration The new IP surveillance infrastructure has already proven effective during a wedding held at the hotel The new IP surveillance infrastructure has already proven effective during a wedding held at the hotel. The bride had been in the spa area enjoying the luxurious Day of the Bride service. However, when she went to dress up for the ceremony, she did not find the jewelry she had prepared for the wedding. Security staffs were triggered to investigate the occurrence. “Through descriptions of the bag that carried the jewelry and the time when the bride last saw it, we were able to locate the footage though the synergy of VIVOTEK’s camera and the Genetec system, and then proceed to point of precise relevance in the video. We noticed that the bride carried the purse into the car, but on exiting the car she was no longer carrying it. When we showed her the pictures, she went to the car and the purse was there. If it wasn’t for the new IP surveillance solution, we would not have been able to ascertain what had happened, the bride would remember and find the jewelry only after the ceremony, and her day would have been ruined. This entire investigation process, finding the images and resolve the case, took only 15 minutes, but saved a very important day" said the security chief. Genetec Public-Private Partnership The Hotel Gran Marquise’s new security system is part of Genetec's private-public sharing initiative The Hotel Gran Marquise’s new security system is part of Genetec's private-public sharing initiative, which enables the sharing of certain cloud-recorded images with police forces. The Military Police, the Ceará State Government and the ABIH (Brazilian Hotels Industry Association in Ceará) are partners in this project along with the hotel. The purpose of this private-public partnership is that, with the monitoring carried out by private companies, the public sector can achieve a more effective action, speedily curbing the action of criminals in monitored places. The private-public partnership is founded on the belief that such sharing of private company surveillance with the public sector will enable a more expedient and effective curbing of criminal activity in such monitored areas. In this way, it is possible to expand monitored areas and reduce crime without direct public sector investment. Recorded images are transmitted in real time to the police, and a two-way relationship benefits both sectors. "The goal of projects with public-private partnerships is prevention. It is possible to increase public safety with little investment from the private sector," explained Country Manager of Genetec Brazil, Denis André Côté. With such initiatives, we are beginning to see the benefits of advances in total surveillance systems expand beyond those companies who take the initiative to invest in them and begin to serve the broader public.
Coop wanted a security system to protect a number of their valuable instore goods, such as home electronics, cell phones, and tablets, perfumes, and jewelry. They wanted a modular alarm system that could transmit reliably with the most modern means of communication to the standard alarm receiving centers in Switzerland. They also wanted a solution that had proven reliability and fast alarm detection, and that was certified according to SES EN standards. It was essential that this solution would satisfy special customer-specific programming for the various Coop needs. For example, allowing overnight delivery without sacrificing optimal object protection. Vanderbilt SPC IP Communication System Coop installed Vanderbilt’s SPC across their sites. SPC is a modular, flexible alarm system that is adapted to the respective needs. SPC can be deployed in various shops of different sizes with different security concepts. This greatly simplified the maintenance and training of Coop employees and had a positive effect on costs. SPC is a full IP communication system that provides cause and effect programming for custom solutions. SPC also includes self-monitoring capabilities for Coop’s security employees. Coop also chose a number of other Vanderbilt security solutions to protect their sites. These include PDM infrared detectors with mirror optics, Seismic detectors, glass break detectors, and magnetic contacts. Vanderbilt’s solutions provided easy integration of external systems such as fog systems, integration in building systems or in-house alarm receiving stations via EDP and Flex-C.
One of the UK’s largest video surveillance projects in recent years involving the deployment of 845 Wisenet cameras manufactured by Hanwha Techwin, is nearing completion. The video surveillance system, which is designed to play an important role in helping ensure the safe and reliable delivery of public transport across the West Midlands, is being used to monitor activity at over 50 railway stations, 11 bus stations, 3 Midland Metro park and ride sites, as well as the main Number 11 bus route around the City of Birmingham. Live and recorded images from all cameras are being monitored at an advanced control room, located in central Birmingham Wisenet HD IP camera integration The project which is targeted for completion in July 2018 has so far seen approximately 845 Wisenet cameras installed by Total Integrated Solutions Ltd. (TIS) on behalf of Transport for West Midlands which was set up by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) to co-ordinate investment needed to improve the region’s transport infrastructure. The remaining work includes the deployment of the latest generation of Wisenet high definition IP cameras at a number of car parks, together with significant camera upgrades in Walsall and Solihull, two of four Local Authority public space CCTV systems are already monitored by WMCA. Live and recorded images from all the cameras are being monitored at a £1.2M state-of-the-art control room located in central Birmingham. “Our approach to this very large, complex project was not simply one of agreeing to meet exacting KPI’s from a performance perspective,” said Eamonn Murphy, Coleshill based TIS’s key account manager. “We felt the route to success would be to adopt a more partnership type approach, where we were not only the provider of technical solutions but were also involved at a strategic level in identifying with Transport for West Midlands a pathway of system upgrade, improved efficiency, cost reduction, innovation and utilising latest technology such as video analytics to the best advantage.” TIS is assured seamless integration between Wisenet cameras and Veracity Coldstore ‘direct to storage’ solution Wisenet cameras & Veracity Coldstore solutions Transport for West Midlands evaluated cameras available from 9 different manufacturers. The subsequent decision to source all the cameras from Hanwha Techwin, (previously known as Samsung Techwin), was partly due to the price/performance ratio of its cameras, but there were two other important factors which were taken into consideration. Firstly, Hanwha Techwin has a close working relationship with its technology partner, Veracity. This meant TIS could be assured that there would be seamless integration between Wisenet cameras and the Veracity Coldstore ‘direct to storage’ solution. This negates the need for Network Video Recorders (NVRs) and thereby substantially reduces capital costs, as well as minimising setup and maintenance requirements. Open Platform cameras The Veracity Coldstore recording solution is unique in the linear way that data is written to the hard drives. Only 2 hard drives are spinning at any one time, meaning a significant reduction in power consumption, lower heat generation and greater longevity of the hard drives, reducing the overall cost of ownership. When drive failures do occur, the faulty drive can be swapped with a new drive allowing uninterrupted use. The second important factor was the capability of the Wisenet open platform cameras to accommodate a variety of edge-based analytics such as ANPR and heat mapping, should Transport for West Midlands wish to deploy these at some point in the future. Trials of the Wisenet People Counting application are currently being carried out. This utilises the analytics software developed by Facit Data Systems, another Hanwha Techwin technology partner. Wisenet SNP-6320H cameras are configured for the transmission of 25 images per second (ips) at 1080p resolution Intelligent Day/Night cameras A large percentage of the cameras installed are Wisenet SNP-6320H 2 Megapixel Full HD network PTZ dome cameras. In addition to being a true Day/Night camera which is able to capture high quality images in low light, the SNP-6320H’s powerful 32 x zoom capability enables operators to observe the close-up detail of any activity. Trials were conducted where the cameras were capped at 2 Mbps and configured for the transmission of 25 images per second (ips) at 1080p resolution. The performance at this low bandwidth level was impressive and further contributed to the selection of the Wisenet SNP-6320H, which are also equipped with intelligent auto-tracking capability to ensure a greater level of detail can be captured when no operator is present. Other Wisenet cameras deployed as part of the project include the SNV-6084R vandal-resistant IR dome and the SNB-6004 fixed camera, both of which are able to capture Full HD 2 Megapixel images. Video Surveillance Technology “Working on rail, Metro and bus station sites spread across the wider West Midlands area is a complex and challenging operation and the TIS team deserve recognition for its expertise and diligence,” said Mark Babington, Safety & Security Manager for Transport for West Midlands. Suppliers such as Hanwha Techwin and Veracity have also worked extremely well in partnership with us to ensure we could achieve maximum benefit from this substantial investment" “TIS’s engineers were qualified to the highest degree to support the latest video surveillance technology, as well as being experienced to cope with older legacy systems. Both were needed within the unique environment of a busy integrated transportation network which brings its own exceptional requirements of compliance with bespoke health and safety legislation.” “Suppliers such as Hanwha Techwin and Veracity have also worked extremely well in partnership with us to ensure we could achieve maximum benefit from this substantial investment in the West Midlands transport infrastructure.” Commenting on the success of the project, Bob (H.Y.) Hwang Ph.D., Managing Director, Hanwha Techwin Europe, said: “We greatly value the opportunity to have been involved in this project. It is a excellent example of the benefit of all stakeholders interacting with each other in partnership at an early stage of a project to ensure the most suitable products are specified and subsequently installed to the client’s satisfaction.”
To provide a practical solution to the monitoring of transportation infrastructure, where maximum situational awareness is paramount, Bosch Building Technologies has combined the innovation behind its video security cameras with the video management expertise of Intelligent Security Systems (ISS). ISS is a global developer of video management and video intelligence solutions. The video management platform, SecurOS, focuses on securing large mission-critical applications, such as industrial and manufacturing sites, transportation systems, banks, sports arenas, retail locations, and campuses and office complexes. ISS’ differentiating video intelligence and image analytics solutions, whether it is Face Capture & Recognition (SecurOS FACE), License Plate Recognition (SecurOS AUTO License Plate Recognition), or Container Character Recognition (SecurOS CARGO), provide effective monitoring solutions to the transportation sector. The capabilities stretch to large-scale entry and exit points such as ports, borders and airport car parks Surveillance Challenges Transportation security provides surveillance challenges in varying degrees of situation and scale, so effective license plate recognition is crucial. From tunnels and bridges, where a situation can change in seconds, to regulating traffic flow into a city and capturing a profile of each vehicle, Bosch and ISS can provide answers to the questions that matter. Has a particular vehicle been permitted access to a specific area? Has that vehicle been stolen? What’s the insurance or toll subscription status? Has that vehicle been authorized to operate as a taxi? The capabilities even stretch to large-scale entry and exit points such as ports, borders and airport car parks. Vehicle Monitoring Monitoring which vehicles are entering an area, and checking their legitimacy to be there, has never been more critical. Having the capability to capture license plates of every vehicle moving in the designated area gives users complete awareness of traffic flows and usage patterns, allowing them to configure and manage their monitoring preferences efficiently and permit secure data exchanges with other operational management systems and services for efficient infrastructure alignment. If driving conditions were perfect all-year round, the job of an operations manager, for example, would be quite straightforward. But the reality is quite the opposite. That is why the ISS certified Bosch cameras responsible for capturing this data are incredibly robust and built to produce usable images 24/7 in the harshest conditions, including after dark by employing a supplementary infrared light. The selected cameras have a special License Plate Recognition (LPR) mode which is developed in collaboration with ISS to deliver accurate information even when faced with the challenges of glaring headlights and fast-moving vehicles. Interpreting video data directly at source helps to improve levels of security substantially and can also offer clear business advantages SecurOS AUTO License Plate Recognition High standards are applied to the quality of the images captured. By incorporating the SecurOS AUTO License Plate Recognition (LPR/ANPR) solution, Bosch and ISS can provide several unique benefits for users, including the ability to accurately capture license plate information at 210 km/h (130 mph) in all kinds of weather conditions, including light fog, rain, and snow. Furthermore, utilizing advanced algorithms results in a level of accuracy that can distinguish letters from numbers (so an “8” is not mistaken for a “B,” for example) which is a crucial advantage, particularly in emergency situations. The partnership with ISS supports Bosch’s belief that the logical next-step for security is to enable customers to repurpose the vast amounts of video data that they now can capture. Interpreting video data directly at source helps to improve levels of security substantially and can also offer clear business advantages.