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The Middle East is proving to be a hot bed of business for global suppliers of security, safety, and fire protection, with the world’s top industry players all set to converge at Intersec 2019 in Dubai to drive more double digit growth. From video surveillance technologies with Artificial Intelligence and deep learning capabilities, to cloud-based access control solutions and flame retardant protective clothing, Intersec 2019 will shine the spotlight on game changing solutions solving cha...
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...
LENSEC is celebrating its 20th year in the physical security industry. The company was founded November 6, 1998 as Progressive Systems, a custom solutions provider of networked video surveillance. This year marks a milestone of perseverance in an ever-changing industry. As a provider in browser-based video management, Progressive Systems was able to lead the physical security industry in the transition from analog-based cameras to devices communicating over an IP network architecture. In the in...
Senstar, a global provider of perimeter intrusion detection and video management solutions, is pleased to announce the FiberPatrol FP7000 fiber optic pipeline integrity monitoring system. The system enhances integrity management programs for both gas and liquid-carrying pipelines by providing early detection of leaks and third-party interference (TPI) and offers distinct performance advantages over other systems on the market. FiberPatrol FP7000 can also be used for fence-mounted intrusion detec...
PerpetuityARC Training, part of Linx International Group, is proud to announce that associate trainer Paul Barker has been made a life member of ASIS International and life CPP. The accolade acknowledges Paul’s significant contribution to the international success of its Certified Protection Professional (CPP) qualification. In 1993 Paul became the third security professional in the UK to be awarded the CPP qualification, and two years later he was instrumental in expanding the course in...
The rise to prominence of smart cities should not go unnoticed. To the untrained eye, you might not realise just how connected your city is and how it’s helping your everyday life. From crossing the road to monitoring water levels, technology is allowing cities to think quicker and act smarter. Data-Driven Decisions A recent whitepaper by ABI Research has revealed that the total global cost-saving potential offered by smart cities stands at more than $5 trillion. This shows how technolog...
Pelco by Schneider Electric, a global provider of surveillance and security, announced a new initiative to deliver fully-integrated, scalable solutions incorporating predictive and automation capabilities. The solutions-led approach helps end users better leverage technology to solve specific application problems, improve their organizations’ effectiveness and respond to a wide range of challenges using Pelco’s VideoXpert video management system software. The company will be showcasing a variety of solutions targeting specific markets including traffic management, law enforcement, transportation, oil and gas, casinos and education at ISC West 2018, booth #20031, from April 11-13. By focusing on end user problems in all functional areas, we can offer tailored solutions that provide cities and enterprises a more complete view" Tailored Solutions For Safe City Surveillance “Today’s world is being driven by the convergence of data from multiple management systems to form a single operational picture of a city, a road network or a facility,” said Robert Beliles, Pelco Chief Marketing Officer. “By focusing on end user problems in all functional areas, not just security, we can offer tailored solutions that provide cities and enterprises a more complete view, enabling them to be more effective and responsive to the needs of their citizens, employees and customers.” Traffic operation managers and engineers often rely on a patchwork of video cameras and third-party platforms to help keep traffic moving and pedestrians safe. A slowdown at one intersection often has a ripple effect, effectively backing up traffic along main thoroughfares and increasing commute times exponentially. VideoXpert Video Management System The combination of Pelco’s VideoXpert video management system with the wide range of Pelco cameras and video analytics helps cities deploy sophisticated traffic management solutions in a fraction of the time with a lower total cost of ownership. Using this solution, traffic engineers can respond appropriately to congestion - whether that means adjusting signal timing or dispatching emergency services. They can also begin to predict pedestrian and traffic patterns to improve traffic flow. By leveraging Pelco’s city surveillance expertise and integration of video and analytics with various communication tools and emergency response platforms, law enforcement officials are able to protect against and rapidly respond to criminal activity, traffic incidents and a variety of other threats. This same approach can be applied to numerous vertical markets supported by Pelco today. Pelco is also introducing enhancements to its popular, award-winning VideoXpert (VX) video management system platform Improvements In Detection Technology, Cybersecurity Pelco is also introducing enhancements to its popular, award-winning VideoXpert (VX) video management system platform, which supports the company’s move toward tailoring solutions to meet the needs of its customers. Included in the VX Pro 2.0 and VX Enterprise 2.2 software releases are advances in detection technology, IT management, cybersecurity, automation, and operational efficiency. Additionally, customers will find a few ‘throwback features’ such as motion pixel search to identify and alert operators to motion within specific camera field of view areas and full de-warping capabilities on the VXPortal webview without having to administer all the client software. Security Education Sessions At ISC West 2018 In Booth 20031, conference attendees can experience Pelco’s advanced solutions in action and learn how its solutions can be customized to meet industry and application-specific needs. Attendees can also hear more about Pelco’s point of view and solutions-based approach to security during the following education sessions: Another Brick in the Firewall: Security leaders discuss the elements of complete cyber protection – Wednesday, April 11 at 3:45 – 4:45 p.m. Interoperability: The Engine Running Safe Cities – Thursday, April 12 at 1:15 – 2:15 p.m.
Internet of Things (IoT)-based attacks are already a reality. A recent CEB, now Gartner, survey found that nearly 20 percent of organizations observed at least one IoT-based attack in the past three years. To protect against those threats Gartner, Inc. forecasts that worldwide spending on IoT security will reach $1.5 billion in 2018, a 28 percent increase from 2017 spending of $1.2 billion. Factors such as Endpoint Security, Gateway Security and Professional Services will be the main drivers of spending growth Externalizing Network Connectivity "In IoT initiatives, organizations often don't have control over the source and nature of the software and hardware being utilized by smart connected devices," said Ruggero Contu, research director at Gartner. "We expect to see demand for tools and services aimed at improving discovery and asset management, software and hardware security assessment, and penetration testing. In addition, organizations will look to increase their understanding of the implications of externalizing network connectivity.” Factors such as Endpoint Security, Gateway Security and Professional Services will be the main drivers of spending growth for the forecast period with spending on IoT security expected to reach $3.1 billion in 2021. Hindrance In IoT Security Despite the steady year-over-year growth in worldwide spending, Gartner predicts that through 2020, the biggest inhibitor to growth for IoT security will come from a lack of prioritization and implementation of security best practices and tools in IoT initiative planning. This will hamper the potential spend on IoT security by 80 percent. "Although IoT security is consistently referred to as a primary concern, most IoT security implementations have been planned, deployed and operated at the business-unit level, in cooperation with some IT departments to ensure the IT portions affected by the devices are sufficiently addressed," explained Mr Contu. "However, coordination via common architecture or a consistent security strategy is all but absent, and vendor product and service selection remains largely ad hoc, based upon the device provider's alliances with partners or the core system that the devices are enhancing or replacing." Gartner expects specific and stringent regulations, especially in heavily regulated industries such as healthcare and automotive Security By Design While basic security patterns have been revealed in many vertical projects, they have not yet been codified into policy or design templates to allow for consistent reuse. As a result, technical standards for specific IoT security components in the industry are only now just starting to be addressed across established IT security standards bodies, consortium organizations and vendor alliances. The absence of "security by design" comes from a lack of specific and stringent regulations. Going forward, Gartner expects this trend to change, especially in heavily regulated industries such as healthcare and automotive. IoT Impact On Industrial Security By 2021, Gartner predicts that regulatory compliance will become the prime influencer for IoT security uptake. Industries having to comply with regulations and guidelines aimed at improving critical infrastructure protection are being compelled to increase their focus on security as a result of IoT permeating the industrial world. "Interest is growing in improving automation in operational processes through the deployment of intelligent connected devices, such as sensors, robots and remote connectivity, often through cloud-based services," said Mr Contu. "This innovation, often described as Industrial Internet of Things or Industry 4.0, is already impacting security in industry sectors deploying operational technology, such as energy, oil and gas, transportation, and manufacturing."
On Booth 1339 from 30 April to 03 May at OTC Houston, E2S Warning Signals, a global independent manufacturer of audible and visible warning devices, is featuring its market-leading LED beacons technology. Along with multiple operating modes, the LED units offer extended operating life of more than 60000 hours, lower current requirements and higher output levels. The typical light output level from the LED units is a very bright 338 candela, significantly higher than the 120 candela effective intensity of a 5J Xenon tube unit. The LED beacons have five flash rates for warning beacon applications: 1.0, 1.5 and 2.0 Hz and double and triple flashes. They also offer high and low steady outputs for status indicator use.The field-replaceability of the lens filters enables the reassignment of beacon function to be a simple and quick process Field-Replaceable Lens Filters DC voltage versions feature three remotely selectable stages, enabling multiple warnings to be signalled from one device. The same light engines and control electronics are common across all different product families: the STEx 316L stainless steel, the GNEx and E2x GRP and BEx and D2x marine grade LM6 aluminium enclosures, which provide a variety of mechanical protection, corrosion resistance, weight and price to suit different environmental requirements and applications. For all families, the Amber, Blue, Clear, Green, Magenta, Red and Yellow Polycarbonate, UV stable lenses are available as separate items; whilst enhancing the light output, the lens filters are also field replaceable without disassembly, enabling the reassignment of beacon function to be a simple and quick process. ATEX And IECEx Compliance Also, on show will be two manual call point families, the latest additions to E2S’s SIL2 capable products that meet the remote monitoring and testing requirements of SIL2 systems. The spark-resistant, corrosion-proof GRP GNExCP6 and the marine grade, copper free LM6 (A413) aluminium BExCP3 explosion-proof manual call points, which meet the design requirements of EN54-11, are available in break glass, push button or tool reset versions, are certified to ATEX and IECEx standards, carry many other local certifications and are approved for use in Zone 1, 2, 21 and 22 hazardous areas for the initiation of fire and gas alarm systems.
Motorola Solutions has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire video surveillance provider Avigilon in an all-cash transaction that will enhance Motorola Solutions’ portfolio of mission-critical communications technologies. Under the terms of the agreement, Motorola Solutions will acquire all of Avigilon’s outstanding shares for CAD$27.00 per share. The enterprise value of the transaction is approximately US$1.0 billion including Avigilon’s net debt. Avigilon Advanced Security Solutions Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Avigilon designs, develops and manufactures advanced security surveillance solutions, including video analytics, network video management software and hardware, surveillance cameras, and access control solutions. Avigilon products are used by a range of commercial and government customers including critical infrastructure, airports, government facilities, public venues, healthcare centers and retail. The company holds more than 750 U.S. and international patents. “This acquisition will bring Avigilon’s advanced video surveillance and analytics platform to the rapidly evolving public safety workflow, while also expanding our portfolio with new products and technologies for commercial customers,” said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO, Motorola Solutions. “Video can play a powerful role in creating safer cities and thriving businesses. It can serve as highly efficient ‘eyes and ears’ for monitoring a given location, and advanced video analytics can proactively alert officials to a perimeter breach or quickly find a person who left behind an object of interest.”This acquisition will bring Avigilon’s advanced video surveillance and analytics platform to the rapidly evolving public safety workflow, while also expanding our portfolio" Expanding Motorola Solutions' Portfolio As more cameras feed into public safety workflows, video surveillance and analytics will enable more public-private partnerships between local communities and law enforcement. The acquisition will also enable Motorola Solutions to extend into new segments of its commercial markets business, which provides secure, reliable communications technology to industries such as oil and gas, transportation, utilities, manufacturing and higher education. Customers will now be able to purchase advanced security and surveillance solutions as part of Motorola Solutions’ portfolio of critical communications technology for commercial markets. Avigilon’s video surveillance platform helps transform video from reactive – looking back at what has taken place – to proactive, issuing alerts in real time when a person, object or vehicle of interest is detected. This critical intelligence enables users to take the right action more quickly. New Opportunities For Avigilon “We’re very pleased to be joining Motorola Solutions, as their vision and strategy aligns fully with our own,” said Alexander Fernandes, Avigilon’s founder, chief executive officer and chairman of the board. “This combination will bring new opportunities to Avigilon, allowing us to accelerate our innovation and provide even more value to our customers.”This combination will bring new opportunities to Avigilon, allowing us to accelerate our innovation and provide even more value to our customers" Motorola Solutions has sufficient capital resources, including cash on hand and available commercial credit facilities, to complete the transaction. The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of the second quarter of 2018, subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory, shareholder and court approvals. For more information on the acquisition rationale and market opportunity, view the investor presentation on the Motorola Solutions Investor Relations website. Avigilon Shareholder Agreement The transaction is structured as a statutory plan of arrangement under the Canada Business Corporations Act. The transaction has the unanimous support of the Special Committee of the Avigilon Board, as well as Avigilon’s full Board. Shareholders representing approximately 12 percent of the issued and outstanding common shares of Avigilon have already agreed to support the transaction. Full details of the transaction will be included in an information circular to be mailed to Avigilon shareholders in respect of an Avigilon shareholders meeting to approve the transaction.
Arecont Vision®, a provider of IP-based megapixel camera technology, has announced that Visual Management Systems Ltd., the developer of the TITAN VISION PSIM (Physical Security Information Management System), has joined the Arecont Vision Technology Partner Program. Visual Management Systems “We are excited to team with Arecont Vision and to be part of their Technology Partner Program”, said Jay Shields, Managing Director for Visual Management Systems Ltd. “Our complete, tailored PSIM solutions help our customers and partners to integrate and manage the largest and most complex security systems in a variety of verticals. The excellent image quality from the Arecont Vision cameras allows our applications to work at peak performance, providing the best solution for our mutual customers.” Visual Management Systems Ltd. is the provider of Titan Vision, the open platform, vendor independent, comprehensive security information management system. Developed in the UK for the protection of critical national infrastructure, police and military installations, airports, oil, and gas assets, the TITAN portfolio has custom deep integration with the Arecont Vision camera family, and is fully ONVIF conformant. Technology Partner Program “Visual Management Systems Ltd. prides themselves in being able to provide significant cost savings, future proof solutions, reliability, and ease of use to their customers,” said Jason Schimpf, Director, Marketing Programs, Arecont Vision. “This is a great fit with the installer friendly, highly reliable, and feature-rich megapixel cameras built by Arecont Vision. Our unique architecture allows new features and capabilities to be added to both new and existing Arecont Vision cameras to extend their useful life, and provides cybersecurity protection that is unmatched in the industry.” Through the Arecont Vision Technology Partner Program, sales, development, and support contacts are established between the two companies to better engage with end user customers and systems integrators, validate integration of new features and technologies, and quickly resolve any customer support issues. As part of the program, Arecont Vision cameras are in the Visual Management Systems test labs in the UK, while Visual Management Systems software is in the Arecont Vision MegaLab™ test and certification facility in Los Angeles, California.
V5 Systems, a provider of self-powered outdoor security and computing solutions, has been selected by Pelco, by Schneider Electric , for integration with its V5 Camera Adaptive Platform (V5 CAP). The integration will enable Pelco to expand the capabilities of its world-class Sarix Professional IP Surveillance Cameras to the outdoor security market in areas without fixed power and communications. As a result, public safety can be improved in any outdoor area, even remote zones or blind spots. Pelco is a global provider of professional video surveillance and security system solutions and technologies, supported by a comprehensive portfolio of VMS and imaging products. The company’s Sarix Professional IP Surveillance Cameras provide the perfect balance of performance and value, with exceptional resolution and Smart Compression to reduce bandwidth and storage requirements. V5 CAP Features The V5 CAP is an ongoing power, computing and communications platform for 3rd party surveillance cameras. The V5 CAP features: Ongoing power via a combination of proprietary bullet-resistant solar technology and a battery management system Computing platform enabling easy integration of 3rd party cameras Up to 1TB of onboard video storage with the ability to transfer data to the cloud or back-server Wireless communications via Wi-Fi, cellular or RF Self-Powered Devices For Outdoor Environment With Pelco’s Sarix Professional IP Surveillance Cameras integrated on the V5 CAP, the cameras have been transformed into self-powered devices that can be rapidly deployed in virtually any outdoor environment. The solution further documents V5 Systems’ leadership in bringing video surveillance to the outdoors where there is no ready access to fixed power. The innovative solution can benefit any organization in need of outdoor security, including school campuses, law enforcement, as well as those in the oil and gas, city surveillance and transportation markets. Future Collaborative Expansions Validating the Pelco Sarix Professional IP Surveillance Cameras on V5 Systems platform is the first step of this collaboration. Several more Pelco integrations, including software integrations, are slated to launch in 2018. "Our V5 CAP is an innovative platform, which is proving enormously popular as a platform for 3rd party applications. It enables Pelco surveillance cameras to expand its market for HD video surveillance to the outdoors. The integration with Pelco Sarix Professional IP Surveillance Cameras is part of our partner-centric business model, which enables us to bring the benefits of our V5 Systems technology to our partners in the HD video camera industry," the president of V5 Systems, Mazin Bedwan, stated. "These partnerships support our mission to enhance public safety and the quality of life in all outdoor areas." Delivering Market-Specific Solutions John Roman, Pelco Vice President of Global Strategic Accounts and Sales Support, commented, “We welcome the integration of our Sarix Professional IP Surveillance Cameras with the V5 Camera Adaptive Platform as it further expands our ability to deliver market-specific solutions in core vertical markets. Now campuses, cities, airports and seaports, oil and gas facilities and municipalities can implement the proven performance and value our Sarix Professional IP Surveillance Cameras in outdoor locations where connection to an electrical grid is not available.” The V5 CAP and Pelco Sarix Professional IP Surveillance Cameras combo can be deployed in under 30 minutes, providing security in areas once deemed impossible due to the lack of power and connectivity.
With the ever-growing availability of video data thanks to the low cost of high-resolution video cameras and storage, artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning analytics now have become a necessity for the physical security industry, including access control and intrusion detection. Minimizing human error and false positives are the key motivations for applying AI technologies in the security industry. What Is Artificial Intelligence? Artificial intelligence is the ability of machines to learn from experience using a multi-layer neural network, which mimics the human brain, in order to recognize items and patterns and make decisions without human interference. The human brain is estimated to have 86 billion neurons; in comparison, the newest Nvidia GPU Volta has 21 billion transistors (the equivalence of a neuron), which offers the performance of hundreds of CPUs for deep learning.AI can learn continuously 24 hours per day every day, constantly acquiring, retaining and improving its knowledge In addition, unlike humans, AI can learn continuously 24 hours per day every day, constantly acquiring, retaining and improving its knowledge. With such enormous processing power, machines using Nvidia GPU and similar chips can now distinguish faces, animals, vehicles, languages, parts of speech, etc. Depending on the required complexity, level of details, acceptable error margin, and learning data quality, AI can learn new objects within as fast as a few seconds using Spiking Neural Network (SNN) to a few weeks using Convolution Neural Network (CNN). While both SNN and CNN offer advantages and drawbacks, they outperform tradition security systems without AI in terms of efficiency and accuracy. According to the research reports of MarketsandMarkets, the market size of perimeter intrusion detection systems is projected to increase from 4.12 billion USD in 2016 to 5.82 billion USD in 2021 at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 7.1%. Meanwhile, the predicted market of AI in security (both cyber security and physical security) will grow from 3.92 billion USD in 2017 to 34.81 billion USD by 2025, i.e., with an impressive CAGR of 31.38%. Legacy Perimeter Intrusion Detection Systems Legacy perimeter intrusion detection systems (PIDSs) are typically set up with the following considerations: Geographical conditions: landscape, flora, fauna, climate (sunrise, sunset, weather conditions, etc.), whether there are undulations in the terrain that would block the field of view of cameras Presence or lack of other layers of physical protection or barriers Integration with other systems in the security network: camera, storage, other defensive lines (door, lock, alarm, etc.) Types of alarm triggers and responses System complexity: intrusion detection with various types of sensors, e.g., microwave sensors, radar sensors, vibration sensors, acoustic sensors, etc. Length of deployment Local regulations: privacy protection, whether the cameras/sensors must be visible/hidden/buried, etc., electromagnetic interferences that may affect other systems such as oil rigs or power plants Human involvement: on-site personnel arrangement, human monitoring, human action in response to alarms AI object detection can easily distinguish different types of people and objects Pain Points In Intrusion Detection Systems And Benefits Of AI The conditions listed above correspond to certain requirements of an intrusion detection systems: minimal false alarm, easy setup and maintenance, easy integration, and stable performance.AI by nature is designed to learn, adapt itself and evolve to work in multiple conditions: it should be integrated with existing video recording systems Minimal false alarms: False alarms lead to increased cost and inefficiency but are the main problem of PIDSs without AI technology, where animals, trees, shadows, and weather conditions may trigger the sensors. AI object detection can easily distinguish different types of people and objects, e.g., in a region set up to detect people, a car driving by, a cat walking by, or a person’s shadow will not trigger the alarm. Therefore, the amount of false alarms can be reduced by 70% to orders of magnitude. Easy setup and maintenance: Legacy PIDSs without AI must account for terrain, line of sight of cameras, sensor locations; any changes to the system would require manual effort to recalculate such factors and may disturb other components in the system. In contrast, AI PIDSs enable the system administrator to access the entire system or individual cameras from the control room, configure the region and object of interest in the field of view of cameras within minutes, and adjust with ease as often as necessary. Computing knowledge and even specific security training are not required to set up a secured PIDS with AI because AI PIDS is designed to relieve humans from knowing the inner working of machines. Easy integration with complementary technologies: Legacy PIDS without AI relies on physical technology, which are often proprietary and require complete overhaul of systems to function smoothly. On the other hand, AI by nature is designed to learn, adapt itself and evolve to work in multiple conditions, so AI PIDS is easily integrated with existing video recording (camera) and storage (NVR) systems. AI also eliminates the need for physical wireless or fiber-based sensors; instead, it functions based on the videos captured by cameras. Furthermore, AI enables easy and instantaneous combinations of multiple layers of defense, e.g., automatic triggering of door lock, camera movement focusing and access control as soon as a specified object is detected in the region of interest, all set up with a click of a button. Stable performance and durability: Legacy PIDS without AI requires complicated setup with multiple components in order to increase detection accuracy. More components mean a higher probability of malfunction in the system, including exposure to damages (e.g., sensors can be destroyed) and delay in detection, while human monitoring is inconsistent due to human fatigue (studies have shown that a person can concentrate in mundane tasks for only up to 20 minutes, and the attention span decreases even more rapidly when humans are faced with multiple items at once, e.g., multiple camera monitoring screens). AI significantly reduces, if not completely eliminates the need for human involvement in the intrusion detection system once it is set up. In addition, AI reduces the risk of system malfunction by simplifying the hardware sensors needed. Minimizing human error and false positives are the key motivations for applying AI technologies in the security industry Additional Benefits Of AI In Intrusion Detection Artificial Intelligence is undeniably reshaping every business and weaving into every aspect of daily life Maximal detection capability: The most advanced AI intrusion detection system today provides an all-in-one solution to distinguish any combination of alarm-triggering criteria beyond perimeter protection. Using AI, the system administrator can configure as many zones with different settings and object of interests as necessary, which include detections for specific colors or attributes (e.g., person not wearing the required uniform or carrying food/drink), numbers and dwell time (e.g., group of more than 5 people loitering), or movements (e.g., cars moving faster than the speed limit). In addition, AI can accurately pinpoint the location of event occurrence by displaying the camera that records the event in near real time, i.e., with few-second delays. Lower security operation cost: By minimizing the number of false positives and human involvement while maximizing ease of use and stability, AI intrusion detection systems significantly decrease the total cost of ownership. Companies can reduce the large security personnel overhead and cost of complicated and expensive legacy PIDS systems. McKinsey Global report in June 2017 shows that proactive AI adopters can realize up to 15% increase in profit margin across various industries. Artificial Intelligence is undeniably reshaping every business and weaving into every aspect of daily life. In security, legacy systems are giving way to AI-based systems, and the first enterprises to adopt AI-based systems will soon, if not immediately, benefit from such investment. By Paul Sun, CEO of IronYun and Mai Truong, Marketing Manager of IronYun
The demand for security consultancy services has increased as recent terror events have highlighted the need for effective and proportionate mitigation measures. Security training has seen an increase in demand, especially for technical courses in the areas of access control and CCTV. Security management training has also risen, except in the oil and gas sector where demand dropped significantly; this is attributed to the suppressed oil price. However, recently there are signs indicating this trend has bottomed out and oil companies are beginning to invest once again in security management training. Security Ramifications Of Brexit Important trends developing in the last year include higher demands for training in cyber-security, and the facilities management market’s pushing to upskill in security disciplines in response to the heighten risk of terrorism. The Brexit situation is having an impact as companies seek to safeguard their international supply chains. For example, there is an increased demand for security advice on Authorized Economic Operator applications. Those businesses which ignore EU requirements, which include producing risk assessments, are at risk of legal restrictions in trading operations. The changing tactics of terrorists – for example, using vehicles as a weapon and marauding attacks – have demonstrated the need for flexible mitigation strategies. Educating Against Cybercrime Terrorism and cyber-related crime, often involving extortion, are amongst the leading issues looking ahead to 2018, with the C-suite continuing to place reputational risk as a top-three agenda item. The impact of lax security can be extreme, as evidenced recently via international media of many leading brands targeted by cyber criminals and terrorists. In the next year, we at The Linx International Group will continue to invest in increasing our eLearning programs portfolio, and are gearing to provide more consultants to meet higher demands overseas, particularly across EMEA and the Far East. What has emerged in 2017 is an increasing mandate from overseas for British-based security consultancy and training services, which are widely regarded as “best in class.” In 2017, there is an increasing mandate from overseas for British-based security consultancy and training services Winners And Losers The winners in the new year will be those companies that invest in quality training to produce increased skills sets in their people, appreciating such investment will increase outputs and ultimately customer confidence. The losers will be those security businesses, particularly in the guarding sector who resist investing in their people and rely on winning business based purely on price alone. We have seen a clear trend in corporates wanting multi-disciplined third-party contractors able to supply personnel with recognized industry qualifications, not just providing manpower at the cheapest possible price. Continuing Success Into The New Year The Linx International Group has had a successful 2017, increasing staff numbers to address double-digit increase in sales. Key achievements for the group have included: the design and creation of two new technical training centers in Dubai and Singapore, the creation of a new professional register for Certified Technical Security Professionals and the launch of a new Master’s Degree in International Security and Risk Managements (developed in conjunction with the University of South Wales). Building on these successes will be a challenge in 2018, as will keeping pace with the ever-rapid changes in technology. One thing is certain, the demand for security across most areas of life will increase – our biggest challenge will be to meet that demand.
Video surveillance solutions have come a long way in recent years, including this past one, with IP-based imaging solutions delivering incredible resolution and detail to provide higher levels of situational awareness, information and overall security. In 2017, we also witnessed how video surveillance serves an emerging need and desire to acquire greater business intelligence. Today’s cameras and VMS are able to truly deliver on the promise of IP video without requiring end users to break the bank on infrastructure and storage. To that end, technologies such as low-light and WDR technology, smart compression and advanced camera analytics solved many end user security challenges in 2017. Emerging Video Analytics In 2018 In 2018, video analytics will increasingly be used for a wide range of solutions including to reduce risk, enable efficiencies, reduce costs, ensure compliance and provide faster access to stored video. Emerging video analytics such as behavior recognition technologies will allow security personnel to more accurately detect irregularities in behaviors that can trigger alerts and allow for a proactive response and effective risk mitigation.Behaviour recognition technologies will allow security personnel to more accurately detect irregularities in behaviours that can trigger alerts We also expect to see the beginnings in the industry of advanced applications of video analytics, including artificial intelligence, predictive and reactive analytics, and machine learning, all of which will ultimately broaden the use of analytics beyond security operations to business intelligence applications. Pelco Re-brand In 2017, Pelco emerged again as a strong industry player in video surveillance. The company re-branded to signal that we are “moving ahead – by your side” and delivered on that promise with the launch of new products like VideoXpert™ Professional VMS, exciting partnerships with Dell, V5 Systems, Ruckus and more. Pelco focused its attention on key segments such as airports, oil and gas and city surveillance to better understand customer pain points and continuously improve products and services to minimize these challenges. In 2018, Pelco is uniquely positioned to deliver product and technology enhancements, new integrations and new solutions that bring meaningful innovation to the market.
More crowded aisles and productive conversations continued to set the tone on the second day of ISC West in Las Vegas. No big technology breakthroughs have surfaced, but there is plenty of interest, and some degree of curiosity, about whether (and when) the recent hype about artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning will translate into usable products. Vertical Market Solutions “Yesterday we saw a tremendous amount of traffic in the booth, and today is more of the same,” said Miguel Lazatin, Director, Product and Channel Marketing, Hanwha Techwin America. The layout of the Hanwha Techwin booth is different this year, although the “footprint” is the same size. “We lessened the number of kiosks within the booth, which allows for better flow, and the ability to accommodate more customers and do the demonstrations more effectively and focus more on product solutions,” Lazatin adds. “We are introducing products in new categories for Hanwha Techwin,” Lazatin says. “We have new thermal cameras, new stainless steel cameras, new multi-sensor cameras, as well as new mobile products. We are expanding our product set to address new applications and new markets.” The new products are tailored and specific solutions for those new markets, which include food processing plants, oil refineries and areas where Hanwha Techwin has not played in the past. Although there is a lot of talk about deep learning and artificial intelligence at this year’s show, there don’t appear to be a lot of actual products being introduced in those categories. Companies of all shapes and sizes are embracing the new buzzwords, leaving some attendees unsure how these new ideas — or marketing concepts? — fit into the “real world.” Hanwha Techwin America lessened the number of kiosks within the booth, which allows for better flow Meeting Customer Needs With AI A key to leveraging the value of new technologies such as AI and deep learning is to get beyond the buzzwords and position the new capabilities in the context of actual end user benefits such as operation efficiency and automation, says Stuart Rawling, Director of Global Business Development, Pelco by Schneider Electric. “The customer doesn’t care about buzzwords, he just wants to know what are the benefits? What solutions are we offering?” At the show, Pelco announced a new alliance with IBM that will leverage Big Blue’s advanced knowledge of deep learning and analytics, and combine it with Pelco’s VideoExpert video management system (VMS). “We have a version of that integration at the show, but the real news is that we are merging our development plans to solve specific use case problems,” says Rawling. Video Analytics In The Cloud Cloud applications are also gaining traction, including the Avigilon Blue cloud platform. “It allows integrators to manage everything from one easy, central site,” says Willem Ryan, Avigilon’s Vice President, Global Marketing and Communications. “They can respond quicker and with knowledge of what the system is doing.” Video analytics are built in as an inherent part of our solution. Any IP cameras — Avigilon or ONVIF-conformant — become equipped with analytics when they are connected to the Blue platform. A new announcement at the show is Avigilon’s ACC System Health Monitoring, a new service added to the Blue platform. Health monitoring enables integrators to be more proactive in their service and keep systems running smoothly. “Cloud allows you to scale how you can manage systems and service systems rather than having to go on site to upgrade systems,” says Ryan. “People think it’s a buzzword, but really it’s a means to an end to make systems more secure, more efficient, more responsive. We’re putting a lot of investment in it.” A new announcement at the show is Avigilon’s ACC System Health Monitoring, a new service added to the Blue platform Building RMR For Customers The cloud also enables integrators to build more recurring monthly revenue (RMR). A cloud approach that encompasses products and ongoing service ensures that an integrator continues to “touch” customers. “For us, they can package this around service in a new way,” says Ryan. “The customer doesn’t have to worry about a large capital expense in the beginning. And as new capabilities come along, they can be added. So it becomes a way to sell a package around their company, service and products; but less about the products and more about a platform that allows them to sell their [integration] company in a new way. What we’re hearing is, it’s a change in mindset, and you need buy-in from the top of the organization. And the sales people have to get used to selling in a different way. It’s going to take time, and our industry needs to evolve. Customers love the flexibility. And integrators need stickier customers and better profit margins.” Avigilon also continues to upgrade its Appearance Search product to enable faster review of stored video. Now a search for video related to an investigation can begin with a physical description of a person (rather than using a reference image as a starting point in the search). There’s one more day for attendees to roam the aisles of ISC West in search of new and useful technologies. Foot traffic historically drops off on the final day, but that just leaves more quality time for interaction among those staying until the bitter end. Count me among that group, and I will have much more to report after the show ends.
The Middle East security market provides a healthy opportunity for manufacturers who can capitalize on the region’s key verticals. Intersec’s 20th edition show focused more on solutions than on products, including solutions for the growing retail sector and an infrastructure market requiring ruggedized equipment to stand up to harsh environments. Intersec hosted security, safety and fire protection exhibitors from over fifty countries at Dubai’s spacious International Convention and Exhibition Centre on January 21 - 23. For the security market, the show was an opportunity to demonstrate how the industry’s latest technologies can benefit end-users in the UAE and globally. While the show hosted many impressively-sized stands from key security players, these tended to reflect the ongoing shift from a product-centric market to a focus on customer problems and solutions. Rather than filling the floorspace with an abundance of products, many brands chose to showcase how their flagship solutions could function in real-world applications. Retail Surveillance Delivers ROI Numerous companies opted to highlight their retail solutions – a key vertical for Dubai, which is known for its elaborate city shopping hubs. The Axis Communications stand allowed visitors to experience its network video offerings for the retail sector, including integrations with Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) and Point of Sale (POS) technologies. Solutions on show reflected how security systems are increasingly expected to provide a tangible return on investment: With options for queue management and people counting, Axis video technology can be used to provide business intelligence and improve the customer experience, as well as enhancing safety. IP video manufacturer Vivotek also showcased its latest retail offering, including fisheye cameras with built-in crowd detection and heatmap technology, which can help retail managers analyze customer traffic patterns and highly frequented areas. The panoramic nature of Vivotek’s IP cameras makes them ideal for collecting comprehensive data from retail stores. MOBOTIX CEO Thomas Lausten demonstrates how the company’s dual modular camera delivers high-quality images in extreme weather conditions IP Video In Extreme Conditions The MOBOTIX stand was also less product-driven than at past shows. Instead, the focus was on how the manufacturer combines intelligent IoT technology and robust materials to address real end-user needs. CEO Thomas Lausten, who joined the company in June 2017, was on-hand to demonstrate how the company’s dual modular camera continues to deliver high-quality images in extreme weather conditions including ice, rain and sand. Rugged solutions were a big theme across the show floor. This is unsurprising given Intersec’s location in Dubai – the Middle East provides ample opportunity for the security market to capitalise on large outdoor projects, including the oil and gas industry. Video surveillance manufacturer Videotec showcased its latest HD PTZ cameras built to withstand harsh outdoor environments. The stand hosted an immersive ‘Experience Center’, where the company’s flagship PTZ cameras moved in sync to a rolling video, demonstrating their use in vertical markets including oil and gas, marine surveillance, and critical infrastructure. Video surveillance manufacturer Videotec showcased its latest HD PTZ cameras built to withstand harsh outdoor environments MENA Security Market Requirements Storage provider Promise Technology showcased its latest portfolio of surveillance solutions, including a cloud-based infrastructure optimised for growing IP video requirements. The manufacturer also introduced its new Vess A700 network video recorder series. This latest NVR offering specifically targets medium- to large-scale applications such as banking and industry. Such a solution is ideal for the growing Dubai market, where strict legislation requires a video retention time of 180 days. Intersec is set to return to Dubai from 20th - 22nd January 2019. Organisers expect over 1,300 exhibitors from across to globe to come together for a bigger, wider ranging and more innovative show.
Milestone Systems, an open platform company for IP video management software (VMS), has announced a collaboration with NMS Security, SpotterRF, Canon, Dell, Utah's Hogle Zoo, and Polar Bears International to implement a unique video surveillance solution that helps the city of Churchill, Manitoba, to keep citizens, sightseers and polar bears at a safe distance from each other. Every year, nearly 10,000 tourists pour into this small town of 1,000 to view the polar bears that migrate along the shores of Hudson Bay. The impact of modern climate change is forcing many polar bears to wander into populated areas in search of food. With more than 300 polar bear response calls made in 2016, city managers and conservationists alike were looking for a way to use technology to safely manage the situation. "At Polar Bears International, part of our mission is to be involved with helping to prevent conflicts between polar bears and humans," said BJ Kirschhoffer, Director of Field Operations, Polar Bears International.The system does a great job of tracking polar bear movement and giving workers enough of a warning to pack up and get out Intrusion Detection Radar Milestone’s partner firm, NMS Security from Anchorage, Alaska, already had experience with protecting oil pipeline employees from with polar bears. They worked with SpotterRF to deploy and fine-tune the use of an innovative intrusion detection radar system as a solution at Churchill. “The system does a great job of tracking polar bear movement and giving workers enough of a warning to pack up and get out," said Ed Knoch, Director of Security Technology Solutions, NMS Security. "We’ve been doing this in Alaska for a few years now, and we've gotten really good at it." Polar Bear Warning Alarm A Canon VB-R10VE vandal-resistant, outdoor PTZ dome camera and two SpotterRF radar units were installed. A Dell server runs the Milestone VMS platform with the Spotter XProtect plug-in interface installed. The radar units provide warnings at about 200 meters out from the shoreline, giving people enough time to get into the community center and away from a bear. When a bear is detected, the system is triggered to automatically send out email alerts and sound a bear warning alarm throughout the community. Through the Milestone Mobile client application, the system can send notifications directly to the bear alert system and to wildlife officers, so they can see the radar screen and camera views on their smartphones. "We're very happy with all the elements of the project. The radar units, the camera, the Milestone video management software, everything is working well," said Kirschhoffer. "NMS Security did a fantastic job of getting us set up. All the pieces are pretty complex, and it's important to have a partner like that when doing these projects."As conservationists, we need to look at different strategies to help people and wildlife coexist Camera-Radar Surveillance With the camera/radar system up and running and yielding positive results, there is no doubt among the team that there is great potential for Churchill and for replicating this system into more polar bear impacted communities, as well as in environments around the world where humans and wildlife come in conflict. "There are many habitats around the world where humans and wildlife are sharing the same space and competing for water and food. As conservationists, we need to look at different strategies to help people and wildlife coexist," said Liz Larsen, Director of Conservation, Utah's Hogle Zoo who also help sponsor PBI initiatives.
Senstar is pleased to announce its FiberPatrol ranging fiber optic intrusion detection system is successfully securing the perimeter of the US headquarters campus of a major international oil and gas company. FiberPatrol has been successfully up and running along the site’s 40,000 ft (7.57 mi) perimeter, consisting of three fence types and 40 gates, for several months. “Going into the project the customer was no stranger to perimeter security with various sites around the world using fence-mounted intrusion detection systems. However, the performance of the previously-installed systems was not always up to the customer’s expectations, particularly in regard to the nuisance alarm rate (NAR),” said Nancy Marshall, Executive Director of Business Development for Senstar. “With FiberPatrol, we were able to address the issue of NAR, as well as meet a number of other strict requirements. The system is working extremely well and the customer is very happy with the results.” Detect And Locate Intrusion Attempts FiberPatrol’s advanced fiber optic technology detects and locates intrusion attempts along fences, offering the lowest NAR and highest Probability of detection (Pd) on the market. It also offers accurate location of intrusions even when there are multiple simultaneous intrusions or in the presence of non-localized environmental noise that would overwhelm the location capability of other long-range fiber optic sensors, and built-in cut immunity, meaning when set up in cut immunity configuration, it continues to provide detection on the full perimeter after a cable cut. FiberPatrol also passed the project’s mandatory penetration testing. The implementation of this project was a team effort, with Senstar working with integrator Kratos Public Safety and Security Solutions Inc. (PSS) and installer W-Industries Inc.
BASF is one of the world’s leading chemical companies. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. The company has been a committed partner to Greater China since 1885 and currently is one of the largest foreign investors in the Chinese chemical industry with major investments in Nanjing, Shanghai and Chongqing. Need For Protection According to BASF’s Greater China Report published in 2012, local production enables more intensive collaboration with customers based in Greater China, and improves resource efficiency. BASF posted sales of over $6.8 billion in 2012 and employed 7,305 people. Protecting BASF’s chemical facilities demands high levels of security because of the nature of the operations and their potential for being the target of threats and/or criminal activities. To help safeguard people, property and assets, BASF’s security management has implemented a layered security approach that starts with perimeter protection. Fences and intrusion detection systems only provide limited protection, and false alerts create additional security issues. To provide more comprehensive and actionable coverage, BASF China needed real-time, visual monitoring of the perimeter on a 24/7 basis, without adding any additional lighting.To help safeguard people, property and assets, BASF’s security management has implemented a layered security approach Megapixel Solution Working in collaboration with Tyco Fire and Security China, the BASF security team selected Arecont Vision’s 3-megapixel (MP) AV3135 color cameras to meet their video security needs. The dual sensor AV3135 also has a 1.3MP true monochrome sensor that provides low-light performance. As the ambient light diminishes, the AV3135 switches to the monochrome sensor to deliver clear, high resolution surveillance images for identification and recording purposes. The Arecont Vision AV3135 megapixel cameras also provide an increased coverage area for better situational awareness compared to analog or IP VGA cameras; and improved functionality including the ability to digitally zoom into live scenes and recorded video while maintaining high resolution. And because of the cameras’ superior day/night capability, no expenses were incurred to install additional lighting. No Local Power Sources Needed Another cost saving benefit of the Arecont Vision AV3135 megapixel cameras is that they are Powered over Ethernet (PoE) which eliminates the need to install local power sources. The AV3135 megapixel cameras are part of Arecont Vision’s H.264 MegaVideo® line of cameras that offer bandwidth and storage efficiency of 10x greater on average over traditional megapixel counterparts. The proven results laid to rest management’s concerns about storage space. BASF’s corporate security team was highly impressed with the quality and coverage of the Arecont Vision megapixel cameras when images were compared to analog cameras. “Arecont Vision megapixel cameras provide the extremely clear images that are needed for security monitoring of the facility perimeter," said Raylene Xie, Global Account Manager, Tyco Fire and Security China. "Even BASF corporate was excited about the difference in quality between the megapixel and analog images." The increased image quality of megapixel video played the largest role in providing superior perimeter security for the BASF facility. Expanded coverage areas and day/night capability of the Arecont Vision AV3135 cameras also contributed to a successful and effective new system.
SALTO Systems has been chosen to provide its smart access control solution for the new global headquarters of Life Sciences giant Abcam at their Cambridge biomedical campus. The construction company Kier has appointed SALTO Inspired Business Partner GBE Fire & Security to carry out the installation and commissioning of the system, as well as providing Fire, Gas Suppression, Disabled Alarms, CCTV and Data Network systems for the state-of-the-art £46 million office and laboratory scheme. Abcam Cambridge Biomedical Campus The new site consisting of a three-storey laboratory building and a four-storey office building, connected by an atrium link, will combine Abcam’s current facilities in Cambridge and will house the group’s UK innovation and manufacturing capabilities, laboratories, logistics, sales, marketing and corporate functions. It will also be the company’s European distribution hub. GBE will be working with partners SALTO, Gent, Baldwin Boxall and Pelco to implement the project, with GBE’s work commencing in October 2017 with a scheduled completion in August 2018. Steve Rossiter, Key Accounts Manager SALTO Systems Ltd, says “SALTO access control is in use at a number of bio-medical facilities around the world and we are very pleased that GBE has selected us for this prestigious new campus in Cambridge. Security measures in such places need to be robust and effective and SALTO will provide them with total control over who can access what, when and where at all times.” GBE’s Business Development Manager Paul Walsh said of the appointment “This is another prestigious contract win for GBE and we are very proud to be part of this leading, biotech construction project.”
Harland and Wolff uses AC2000 Security Hub for alarm and CCTV event management CEM Systems, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, announced they have successfully won the contract to secure Harland and Wolff Heavy Industries sites in Belfast, Northern Ireland. G4S were selected as integrator to install the AC2000 security solution throughout the Harland and Wolff sites. Harland and Wolff is a heavy engineering company to the maritime, offshore oil and gas, and renewable energy sectors. Located in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Harland and Wolff is one of Europe’s largest heavy engineering facilities. Purposely developed to create some of the world’s largest ocean going vessels, the world class facilities can handle the largest of structures in a safe, productive, and cost effective environment. AC2000 Security Management System Environmental Health and Safety management is a vital element of Harland and Wolff’s business, and ensuring the safety of their personnel is paramount. To protect their employees and secure valuable equipment across their vast site, Harland and Wolff installed AC2000 security management system and a comprehensive range of CEM’s innovative access control readers. “Our site presents a range of unique security and safety challenges; we therefore required a solution that would provide more than access control. We needed a complete security management system that would also help us improve efficiency and ensure the safety of all our employees. CEM’s AC2000 was the ideal solution, and combined with their range of sophisticated access control readers we have a system that meets our security and business requirements” said Chris Neill, Security Operations Manager, Harland and Wolff Heavy Industries. Security Hub Application "CEM’s AC2000 was the ideal solution, and combined with their range of sophisticated access control readers we have a system that meets our security and business requirements" CEM Systems AC2000 is a powerful access control solution that comes with a comprehensive range of software applications that enhance site operations. Harland and Wolff uses AC2000 Security Hub for alarm and CCTV event management. Security Hub is the new centralized command and control application for AC2000. It seamlessly blends IP security surveillance systems and alarm processing into a single, simple, and intuitive user interface. Security Hub is a flexible and highly configurable central command and control application that manages all events and alarms within the AC2000 access control system and its integrated sub-systems; including video, fire, intruder, and building management systems. Harland and Wolff also make use of range of other key AC2000 applications including Time and Attendance, Mustering and Zone Monitor, to ensure that all their additional security and business needs are met. S610 And S3040 Access Control Readers A broad array of CEM access control readers, to suit specific door locations and security and access requirements, are also in place across Harland and Wolff’s immense and diverse site. Using S610 readers installed at turnstiles and S3040 portable readers at dry dock areas, in combination with AC2000 Mustering and Zone Monitor applications, Harland and Wolff successfully reduced their mustering time from an evacuation drill from 45 minutes to 9 minutes on rigs with up to 1,200 people. "Going beyond security,CEM Systems is able tohelp Harland and Wolffbecome more operationally efficient" S610 readers are deployed throughout the main Harland and Wolff building, providing card and PIN access to key areas. emerald intelligent access terminals are installed at the Harland and Wolff reception building. emerald’s LCD touch screen enables Harland and Wolff to improve corporate branding on entry points to the building where they are regularly working with high value clients. The built in audio intercom also allows visitor communication with the reception desk and remote door opening. TS300F Fingerprint Readers High security areas including the server room and equipment warehouse are secured with emerald TS300F fingerprint readers, requiring biometric verification for the entry of select authorized staff. In the equipment warehouse, emerald’s Checklist feature allows Harland and Wolff to prompt staff on exit to sign the register if they are removing any tools or equipment. This provides Harland and Wolff with details of who accessed their warehouse, and helps prevent the loss of valuable equipment and tools. “Harland and Wolff is an iconic company in Northern Ireland with a rich history, and we are delighted to secure their vast site with AC2000 security management system and a range of CEM Systems access control readers, including emerald. Going beyond security, CEM Systems is able to help Harland and Wolff become more operationally efficient, saving them both time and money and assisting them in ensuring the safety of all their staff and equipment,” said Philip Verner, Regional Sales Director, EMEA, CEM Systems. Save Save
The thermal cameras not only outperform visual cameras at night, but are also highly effective during the day LUKOIL Neftochim Burgas, based in Bulgaria, is the largest oil refinery in Southeastern Europe, processing 9.5 million ton of crude oil per year. The Lukoil oil production sites are vital to the Bulgarian economy, but also present a significant risk. To make sure its critical infrastructure is protected against unwanted intruders, the company called upon FLIR Systems for a fail-proof perimeter security solution centered around thermal imaging cameras. “Lukoil Neftochim Burgas is a strategic site for Bulgaria. That’s why the security requirements are so demanding. We do everything we can to achieve these requirements,” says Petar Bakalov, Executive Director at Lukom-A, Lukoil Neftochim Burgas’s dedicated security agency. Cost-Effective Perimeter Protection Until recently, Lukoil Neftochim Burgas had used two independent systems for perimeter security: two fences with sensor cable systems about five meters separated from each other. While they delivered quality results, the installation was quite expensive: digging, cabling, and visual cameras and lighting for visual verification of the detected target. According to Lyubomir Dimov, Project Manager at Lukom-A, the company therefore investigated alternative solutions: “We decided to try thermal cameras, because they provide us with the opportunity to control the entire territory with a relatively small number of cameras. When a movement is detected, we receive an alarm in our control room. The difference is that, with the sensor cable system you need cables, lighting along the perimeter, a video camera at each 60 m – all this is more difficult to implement and more expensive. With thermal cameras, we always see directly what happens, regardless of lighting, daytime or night time. Better Vision, Night And Day Lukoil Neftochim Burgas discovered the power of thermal imaging by testing a small set-up. The company learned that thermal cameras not only outperform visual cameras at night, they’re also highly effective during the day. Lyubomir Dimov: “Three years ago, we decided to install cameras to guard a torch, an installation with a high level of explosion risk. We were able to perform tests with a thermal imaging camera from FLIR and discovered that even during the day, with a normal color camera, intruders can get lost in the greenery, when they wear the same color of clothes. In contrast, thermal cameras can still follow them when they hide behind the bushes. This really convinced us that thermal imaging technology was the way forward.” Telelink & 2 Plus Bulgaria recommendedFLIR thermal imaging cameraswith advanced video analytics Powerful Thermal Imaging And Video Analytics For its petrochemical plant in Burgas, Lukoil Neftochim Burgas called on main FLIR distributor for Bulgaria, Telelink EAD, a leading system integration company in South-East Europe, and its partner system integration company 2 Plus Bulgaria AD. Together, they proposed FLIR’s FC and F series cameras in combination with advanced video analytics software for achieving a higher level of perimeter protection. Ivan Ilchev, systems technician at Telelink, comments: “The sensor cable system that Lukoil Neftochim Burgas is using has its merits, but it requires extensive maintenance and the system’s false alarm rate is relatively high. Also, a visual CCTV camera system has its drawbacks. If you consider that the Lukoil Neftochim Burgas site has a very big perimeter for surveillance – more than 22 kilometers, then you actually would need more than 400 standard CCTV cameras. However, we knew that with one thermal imaging camera, you can easily replace six or seven visual CCTV cameras. That’s why we advised Lukoil to use thermal cameras from FLIR Systems in combination with advanced video analytics. This is a so called thermal fence, which is indeed a very cost-effective solution. What is so amazing about thermal imaging cameras is that you can use them in almost any condition, at night, during fog, rain, hard environments, like here, with no clean surface and with bushes and trees.” Thermal Cameras: An Investment That Pays Off The benefits are very clear for Lukoil Neftochim. The investment for thermal cameras is much less than for lighting and visual cameras around the entire perimeter. Petar Bakalov comments: “Thermal cameras have proven to be the best solution for us, because of the specifics of the secured area. The Lukoil refinery is located in an area where there is no lighting and most of our problems occur at night. That’s why thermal cameras are extremely convenient for us.” “The most important benefit is the reliability of the FLIR cameras – you can see the object day and night. Shortly after we had installed the thermal cameras, we were already able to capture two groups of intruders who were trying to enter the Lukoil Neftochim Burgas territory with the intent of stealing scrap metal. For me, FLIR is one of the best camera providers in the world and I will recommend it to our management so we can continue our cooperation with FLIR in the future.”