Plymouth Rock, a pioneer in the development of cutting edge threat detection technologies, announces that it will be presenting their platform of technologies, that includes the PRT X1 Drone, a next level Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) and the SS1 Shoe-Scanner at the International Security Conference and Exposition (ISC West) at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Built entirely from NATO-coalition sourced components, the PRT-X1 UAS platform will enable airborne visual weapon and object d...
Napco Security Technologies has announced the availability of its award-winning iSecure Complete Cellular Alarm Systems, now at distribution centers nationwide. iSecure is designed to help security professionals to be more competitive, adding more residential accounts and new RMR, while offering the professional-grade security systems, remote Smart App & notification alerts consumers want. iSecure Cellular Alarm Systems iSecure is uniquely installable in about an hour, and programmable usi...
Attracting trade visitors from across the subcontinent, the region’s most influential trade fair for the security industry, Secutech India, is scheduled to return for its 9th edition from 7 – 9 May 2020 at the Bombay Exhibition Center, Mumbai. With exhibitor registration still open, the fair has already attracted more than 350 of the world’s leading security brands with less than three months remaining before it commences. The 2020 exhibition will feature Axis Communication, C...
Tamworth-based trade association, the Door and Hardware Federation (DHF), is reflecting on what has been one of its most successful years to date. In 2015, the pro-active federation had under 300 members on its books, but just alone in the past five years that number has seen considerable growth across every area of the organization with more than 500 members. It remains the oldest trade association in the industry, and the ‘go to’ body for technical knowledge, information, advice, a...
The rise of DIY home security is driving traditional vendors to pursue new growth strategies. Recent activity at ADT exemplifies how firms that have historically focused their business on professional monitoring are expanding to offer their own branded security equipment that users can monitor themselves without having to sign a long-term contract – a key to competing with firms like Amazon, Nest, and SimpliSafe. Freedonia’s newly published Safety & Security Alarms explores the i...
Infusion Direct Marketing, a public relations firm specializing in the security industry, announced that the company has kicked off 2020 with a new sales representative agreement in the Florida territory with Security Network Associates (SNA) of Colorado. In this new sales role, Infusion Direct will be responsible for supporting SNA’s sales efforts for IPVideo Corporation’s HALO IOT Smart Sensor in the state of Florida. HALO has taken off this year in response to the nationwide youth...
“Normally when we talk about trends and the future, we are actually thinking more about the present. The reason we are keen on understanding trends is because we want to know how they will affect our current business and how we should act now to avoid being outdated.” Significant changes have shaped the security industry during the last decade, and more exciting innovations should be expected in the 2020s. Emerging technologies and applications, such as multi-dimensional perception, UHD, low light imaging, artificial intelligence, and cloud technology, open new possibilities for the security industry. At the same time, millions of cameras and other security devices are being connected into networks, making the security industry a very important part of the future IoT world. Hikvision shares their thoughts on a few key trends that will affect the security industry in 2020, and probably even longer into the future. Multi-dimensional perception Video cameras integrated with centimetre and millimetre wave radars are becoming popular in object detection For security cameras, image capturing simulates the sense of sight, extending the power of people’s “eyes.” But what if security cameras could use other kinds of “senses,” like “hearing,” “smelling,” or even detections that are beyond visual range, to identify and respond to incidents? For example, video cameras integrated with centimeter and millimeter wave radars are becoming popular in object detection. With deep integration of radar and video, a multi-dimensional camera extends perception beyond visual range to improve the detection of objects and movement tracking, up to a distance of 100 meters and in any weather. Another approach is the integrated automobile horn-detection camera. Equipped with sonar arrays, this camera can precisely detect and locate the source of a vehicle’s horn, while identifying the vehicle and generating photos and videos of the event as evidence. This ability can help reduce noise pollution on roadways and in communities with rules against the unnecessary use of horns. More “senses,” like smoke detection, heat detection, or even pressure detection, can be embedded in cameras to precisely monitor and report events or incidents. The multi-dimensional perception trend will powerfully shape security systems and endow them with more capabilities to create safety in the near future. Multi-intelligence cameras The computing power of security cameras has been enhanced greatly with the increased performance of AI chips Artificial intelligence applications have been slowly emerging in the security industry for many years already, but most AI-powered security cameras can only run a single algorithm because of the limitation of computing power, which means they can incorporate only one intelligent function at a time, counting people or counting cars, for example. Now, the computing power of security cameras has been enhanced greatly with the increased performance of AI chips. Multi-intelligence technology will be the trend for the next generation of AI-empowered cameras as several intelligent tasks will be accomplished by one camera. Vehicle intersections can be used as an example. In many cities one can see ten or more cameras installed at intersections to detect traffic flow, to identify violations, to detect vehicle types and license plate numbers, protect sidewalks, and so on. But now, with multi-intelligence cameras, two or three cameras will be enough for an intersection. Since fewer cameras will be equipped for one application scenario, the cost of equipment, installation and maintenance and management will all be reduced. Moreover, scenario-defined cameras will become common as manufacturers can insert different algorithms into security cameras according to specific application scenarios, allowing customers to choose customized functions for their needs. Proactive and comprehensive security systems Proactive video analysis enables deployment of valuable comprehensive security systems Merely reactive CCTV systems will no longer meet the demands of security operations teams as they are often looking for new opportunities to enhance their operational efficiency. Many customers are now asking for proactive and comprehensive security systems that combine CCTV monitoring, alarm systems, access control, and even fire protection. With the development of AI technology, monitoring processes of CCTV systems are becoming more automated by analyzing live and recorded video to detect, classify and track predefined objects. These processes can be especially effective in proactively identifying events as they happen and extracting information instantly from recorded video. Meanwhile, proactive and intelligent video analysis enables deployment of valuable comprehensive security systems and improves the return on investment for integration of CCTV and non-CCTV systems. For example, now, when a camera detects an incident, a linkage will trigger the alarm system automatically, telling security personnel to check the surveillance camera live feed. Conversely, when alarm, access control or fire protection systems report an incident, the CCTV system will be activated to verify what actually happened. Digital transformation to increase productivity is a business imperative for most organizations nowadays, and proactive and comprehensive security systems will be the direction for security operations to increase their efficiency and value. Ultra-high definition UHD is benefiting from improvements in transmission and encoding technologiesPeople want to see more and see with more clarity; thus pursuing ever higher image resolution has been a key driving force in the development of security industry technology. After the HD era, the Ultra High Definition (UHD) era will be the natural next step. UHD used to mean “expensive cost”, but now UHD is benefiting from improvements in transmission and encoding technologies. It is becoming more and more cost-effective for large-scale use in the security industry, from entry levels to the top. With greater bandwidth and lower latency transmission technology, the smooth transmission of UHD images is becoming possible, and widespread adoption of 4K and 8K resolution cameras will meet real opportunities. Furthermore, continuously optimized encoding technology, which is vastly decreasing the bitrate of video, is another stimulus for UHD applications in the security industry. As the bitrate of recorded footage is greatly reduced, bandwidth and storage costs are reduced as well. Visibility, any time and any condition Low light imaging technologies have become more and more popular in the security industry Most security incidents happen at night, but images and footage from conventional security cameras may easily lose colors and critical details in ultra-low light environments. Low light imaging technologies have become more and more popular in the security industry, enhancing the visibility of objects for identifying details at any time and in any condition. Another important innovation is thermal imaging, which can detect the heat information of any object with a temperature above absolute zero. Taking advantage of heat zone imaging, thermal imaging technology allows cameras to “see” in low-visibility conditions, such as fog, smog, rain, and snow, even at night. And thermal cameras have huge potentials in various applications, like perimeter defense, fire detection and temperature measurement. Moving to the cloud As mentioned at the beginning, more security devices, including cameras, are being connected over the Internet, making them parts of the IoT world. Thus, “moving to the cloud” has been a focus for the security industry, especially for video surveillance operations. Why are people enthusiastic about the cloud? It’s because cloud services can bring vast benefits in efficiency, flexibility, cost-effectiveness, and security. Among security operations, video surveillance as a Service (VSaaS) has been a major trend in the security industry as it is an ideal choice for small and medium-sized businesses to move their video-based security systems to the cloud. It is a technology to host the hardware and software of security operations in the cloud, so that users can access their IP cameras and IoT devices and check video footage or alarm linkage from anywhere. Since no on-site server installation and system configuration is needed, it is often more convenient than traditional video surveillance solutions. On the cloud, users can distribute costs over a contract term and pay for exactly and only the services that are used. With VSaaS, system integrators are able to provide services for their clients using the cloud For enterprises running chain stores, demands on VSaaS are increasing greatly. Moving video surveillance services to the cloud, these businesses can quickly and economically centralize their security operations and remotely check the status of their stores. To greet the “moving to the cloud” trend, security system integrators are also taking hold of VSaaS as it is a good chance to strengthen their business models. With VSaaS, system integrators are able to provide services for their clients using the cloud, such as system checks and remote maintenance, and consistently scale their business with efficiency. Higher demands on cybersecurity With millions of security devices being connected in IoT, security systems are evolving from single and isolated to open and connected. People are getting more and more concerned about the security of their data and privacy, and accordingly have set higher demands for the security industry on cybersecurity. To help minimize the risk of security breaches, a multi-layered approach, including network, application, and device layering, that addresses a full range of cybersecurity threats concurrently will be demanded and expected by security organizations and IT departments. Security manufacturers, will also have to cover the security of their products throughout the whole lifecycle. 5G, big data affect the industry Just as 2020 is the beginning of a new decade, we expect to see a new decade of innovation in technologies and applications. Along with the prominent security industry trends mentioned above, other trends such as 5G, big data, smart enterprise operations, and stricter data protection regulations like EU’s GDPR, might also greatly affect the industry in the 2020s.
Digital Watchdog (DW), the manufacturer of digital recorders, surveillance cameras and related management software, announces its partnership with HALO IoT Smart Sensor for easy integration into DW Spectrum IPVMS. As a trusted technology partner, IPVideo Corporation’s sensor is now supported directly from the DW Spectrum interface. “This integration really demonstrates DW Spectrum’s open architecture platform capabilities,” said Patrick Kelly, Director of IP Video Solutions, DW. “Bringing the Halo smart sensor interface right into DW Spectrum’s grid with real-time alerts and notifications greatly enhances the user experience.” HALO sensor IPVideo Corporation’s HALO sensor delivers an MJPEG stream showing the current status and alerts to DW Spectrum’s interface when thresholds are exceeded. Combined with DW Spectrum's high-resolution quality video, e-mail notifications and alarm monitoring tools, these alerts give staff the tools to investigate the cause of any alarm. HALO can detect flammables, hazardous chemicals, air quality changes such as vaping and smoking and more With HALO, designated personnel will be alerted when environmental changes occur in typically unsupervised areas. HALO can detect flammables, hazardous chemicals, air quality changes such as vaping and smoking and changes in temperature and humidity. HALO can also detect noise level fluctuations and can send alerts when unusual activity occurs. HALO will also analyze room occupancy through light detection. Simple remote connectivity “With HALO, DW Spectrum partners and end-users now have a way to receive event-based alerts in the DW Spectrum Interface for privacy concern areas, providing security for every possible indoor location a facility may have. All areas where cameras are not allowed like bathrooms, hotel rooms, dorm rooms, locker rooms and patient rooms will now have protection,” states Rick Cadiz VP of Sales and Marketing for IPVideo Corporation. “We are excited about this integration and expect DW’s K12 customers to receive immediate benefits with HALO’s vaping and THC detection capabilities.” The DW Spectrum IPVMS is accessed with the freely distributed DW Spectrum client software (Windows/Linux/Mac) and the free DW Spectrum mobile app for iOS and Android devices. DW Cloud, a web client service powered by AWS, is included to enable simple remote connectivity, streaming and management of one or an unlimited number of DW Spectrum IPVMS systems from all web browsers (Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari and Opera). The VMS software is included with pre-configured DW Blackjack NVR servers, MEGApix CaaS all-in-one camera systems or it can be installed on third-party Windows or Ubuntu Linux-based systems.
Hochiki Middle East FZE, part of the Hochiki Group, is showcasing its comprehensive range of intelligent life safety systems on Stand 4-B22 at this year’s INTERSEC exhibition in Dubai, from 19th – 21st January 2020. Experts from the company’s Middle East team will be on hand giving visitors the latest advice and insight around fire safety trends and technology in the life safety industry, as well as providing guests with live product demonstrations. During the exhibition, the Hochiki Middle East team will demonstrate L@titude, the company’s powerful and sophisticated control and indication system, the EN-approved version of which is now Part 13 approved. Fire detection networks The platform enables customers to quickly locate and examine incidents occurring across premises from any location, in real time. It can also be operated alongside the company’s new L@ti-View graphics software which building managers can use to have complete visual overview and control over their fire detection networks. Hochiki’s innovative emergency lighting system, FIREscape will also be included on the company’s Intersec stand. Highly cost effective and environmentally friendly, FIREscape is a fully compliant emergency lighting system that features self-testing technology to locate and identify problems, making maintenance quick and easy. Perhaps the biggest news – and an exclusive for the Intersec event – is the unveiling of Hochiki’s newest generation of UL approved addressable smoke sensors, specifically designed to meet the new 7th edition of the UL standards. Reduction of false alarms The changes to the standard come into effect for manufacturers in May 2020 and represent a major increase in scope, most notably the addition of three new fire tests: detection of flaming Polyurethane (PU) furniture foam, detection of smouldering Polyurethane foam and the reduction of false alarms from cooking fumes. Shinsuke Kubo, Managing Director at Hochiki Middle East, commented: “The reliability and innovative nature of our product range is renowned within the life safety market." "Those who have visited our stand at Intersec before know we always come prepared with the latest knowledge and insight collated from the previous year. 2020 will be an exciting year for Hochiki with a number of product developments and service announcements in the pipeline. If you want to learn more about how our world-leading solutions can protect your business, then come visit us!”
While Cobalt robots have been patrolling the hallways at Slack offices for some time now, the recent trip to Chicago for GSX came with some exciting news about the next phase of the company’s relationship with Slack. The company’s new integration with this industry-leading enterprise collaboration platform will help keep safety and security a priority for you and your entire office. “Slack is one of the most ubiquitous communications platforms among modern enterprises, and we see this integration as a way to bridge your digital and physical offices. The ability to communicate issues through Slack allows our Cobalt Security Service to create a more effective, productive working environment for both security and facilities management teams and the employees they serve. Real-time collaboration and issues management are key factors in mitigating risks for a more safe and secure workplace, and we’re excited to work with Slack to bring this integration to life,” said Cobalt CTO and co-founder Erik Schluntz. Safe and secure in times of emergency Accidents and threats to safety and security in a business setting can occur at a moment’s notice—with the Cobalt and Slack integration, workplaces are armed with another tool to keep employees alert, safe and secure in times of emergency. With this in mind, we’re proud to announce the launch of a new public alert integration for enterprises to identify and notify employees of safety risks as well as mitigate issues in the workplace in real-time. This integration brings all of a company’s security assets onto a real-time visibility dashboard and communication service Slack’s VP of Global Workplace and Real Estate, Deano Roberts, said, “With this new integration, security teams add the Cobalt Security Service to a shared channel within a corporate Slack workspace. Anomalies identified by Cobalt needing further analysis or review from the company populate the channel in real-time, extending the visibility of the Cobalt Dashboard into a collaborative space.” Real-time alert When Cobalt detects anything that needs escalation or further review—from an unauthorized visitor to CO emissions to a water leak—it triggers a real-time alert in a designated Slack channel. Cobalt follows all company post orders to determine which anomalies and detected events require escalation and review. If the event requires further discussion or action, companies can create new temporary channels in a workspace from the alert. Onsite security personnel can use the new channel to collaborate with each other and with the Cobalt Specialist Command Center to determine courses of action, including potential new patrol paths or public announcements and broadcasts through the robot. In the case of an emergency, such as a fire or carbon monoxide leak, security teams can activate Cobalt’s PA system and siren through the Slack integration and send Cobalt on a new patrol to monitor an evacuation. Real-time visibility dashboard This integration uniquely brings all of a company’s security assets onto a real-time visibility dashboard and communication service. Hardware, software and people — now in one place to help collaboratively monitor issues and mitigate risks onsite or remotely. This is an exciting next step on our journey, and we look forward to helping keep more company workspaces more safe and secure and furthering our mission of using robotics to be maximally helpful to the benefit of all.
Two promising technology companies will be joining forces to create a global smart safety management system. Born2Global Centre member companies Alchera and GSIL recently signed an MOU for joint technology development and commercialization in the construction safety sector. AI video-based fire detection The MOU provides the basis for the technological convergence of Alchera’s AI video-based smoke and fire detection solution and GSIL’s IoT smart safety management system. After the two solutions are effectively integrated into a single system, the newly-integrated system will be used at construction sites worldwide as well as for real-time worksite management purposes. Alchera is known for its AI-based video recognition technologies, such as Visual Anomaly Detection Technology Alchera is known for its AI-based video recognition technologies, the most prominent of which is its Visual Anomaly Detection Technology (VADT), which identifies dangerous and/or unusual situations (forest fires, etc.) through videos. AI is applied to the streaming video data, and real-time monitoring is conducted to check conditions on site. All relevant personnel are then notified if any unusual situation has been confirmed. IoT smart safety management system GSIL is a company that specializes in construction safety. It develops integrated safety management systems for work sites and offers everything from safety accident prevention to safety inspections and on-site, real-time monitoring services. GSIL’s smart construction safety management system not only pinpoints the real-time locations of workers at construction sites (even in tunnels and closed structures) but is also able to identify dangerous environmental conditions, such as the presence of seismic (and/or other types of) vibrations, abnormal water levels, and noxious gases, etc. The company received prime ministerial recognition for this system at Korea Safety Technology Awards 2019. GSIL CEO Jungwoo Elisha Lee said, “This collaboration with Alchera, a company known for its world-class AI video analysis technologies, will bring groundbreaking changes to Korea’s construction and safety sectors, which thus far have relied on SI companies. We hope that by working together, we can take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to expand our businesses not only in Korea but in foreign markets.” Alchera and GSIL sign MoU Alchera Co-Founder Young Kyoo Hwang added, “Alchera’s outstanding AI technological expertise and wealth of experiences with commercialization will no doubt create synergy with GSIL’s comprehensive safety management system and business acumen. Through this collaboration, we hope to gain a clear upper hand in terms of the technologies and businesses of the global safety management market.” Through the MOU, Alchera and GSIL will conduct joint projects in the construction, disaster prevention, and safety management sectors that will target global construction sites and the maintenance/management of completed facilities. The two companies will also jointly develop and supply safety management systems needed by smart cities in the United States, Kuwait, and the UAE. Integrated AI analysis-based safety management Alchera suggests using GSIL’s safety management system for forest fire detection projects underway in Silicon ValleyAfter the integrated AI analysis-based safety management system is completed by the two companies, Alchera will be suggesting the use of GSIL’s safety management platform system for forest fire/fire detection projects currently underway in Silicon Valley. Similarly, GSIL will be pitching it to at least five large Korean construction companies and public ordering organizations. Alchera’s fire/smoke detection solution recently completed one year of testing as part of the Korea Electric Power Corporation’s facility management system and is currently being applied on a trial basis to approximately 300 surveillance cameras. It will soon be applied to the forest fire detection system in the state of California, which suffers severe damage from forest fires every year. Safety Innovation Day GSIL is actively establishing and operating safety systems in cooperation with 50 ordering organizations and construction companies. Currently, its smart safety management designs are being used for multiple purposes, such as for industrial pipe rehabilitation in Ulsan and Pohang (total length: 80 km) and turn-key order placements for public districts, etc. Three of GSIL’s products selected for use by the Samsung Group will be introduced at Safety Innovation Day, which will be held in October.
Johnson Controls will exhibit security technologies and platforms that are helping to advance the safety, comfort and intelligence of spaces in order to power the mission of its customers at Global Security Exchange (GSX) in Chicago from Sept. 8 through Sept. 12. In booth #703, Johnson Controls will showcase innovative technologies that work together to construct connected, intelligent facilities in an “Integrated Smart Buildings Command Center.” Attendees will have an inside look into Johnson Controls integrated security, building controls, and life safety offerings that help to create safer, smarter and more sustainable environments. Create smarter, more integrated buildings “As we help empower our customers to create smarter, more integrated buildings, it is important for us to exhibit our solutions in a connected environment instead of having siloed displays,” said Hank Monaco, vice president, marketing, Johnson Controls, Building Solutions North America. “At GSX, we have traditionally demonstrated our security, fire and life safety technologies, but we are excited to also layer in our additional capabilities in building controls and data-driven solutions to reinforce how critical they are to the equation of more secure and intelligent spaces.” Johnson Controls Digital Solutions group will be highlighting the following solutions that work at the nexus of data and business to gather insights that allow for smarter buildings, increased efficiencies and new business value. Assurance Services helps deliver preventative service insights to maintain high availability of security assets Enhancing life-safety standards Connected Converged Security (CCS), a SaaS-based platform that provides proactive, holistic, and smarter security solutions, CCS is a hardware agnostic software solution that enhances health and life-safety standards while providing measurable results and a basis for superior decision-making. As a result, customers can save on operational costs and hardware spend, and improve their security return on investment. Assurance Services and False Alarm Reduction Service (FARS), both offerings analyze data to increase safety, streamline operations and decrease costs through actionable insights into a facility’s space and security considerations. Assurance Services helps to deliver preventative service insights to maintain high availability and reliability of security assets. When problems are detected, a remote resolution team can automatically resolve issues in minutes, rather than days. FARS analyzes and identifies alarm patterns to deliver to help reduce false alarms and their associated risks and costs. Identify false alarm triggers Athena Security sends authorities an alert, getting people to the scene faster with an up-to-speed video feed into what’s going onThe software leverages artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities to identify false alarm triggers and help to stop the activities that trigger them. In addition, cutting-edge startups from Johnson Controls Open Innovation – a global innovation center in Tel Aviv, Israel launched to foster collaboration between the company, customers and the startups to deliver effective solutions worldwide – will be revealing emerging technologies, including: Indoor Robotics A smart robot that operates indoors after-hours to run security and inspection missions, follow up on alerts, detect leaks and fires, patrol the indoor space, learn the environment and respond to various anomalies detected. Weapons detection Athena Security offers a sophisticated AI-driven solution that utilizes existing security cameras to work to detect dangerous objects, such as guns and knives, in real-time. The platform sends the authorities an alert, getting the right people to the scene faster with an up-to-speed video feed into what’s going on and where. Evolv Technology, a fully automated high-speed concealed weapons detection solution, integrates firearm and explosives detection with facial recognition for early detection of unauthorized concealed weapons or persons of interest.
Video surveillance is commonly associated with security. But in most cases, it's used to record incidents and assist in investigations after the fact rather than prevent undesirable events. Artificial intelligence–powered video analytics is a highly promising trend that fundamentally changes the way things work. Extracting manageable data from a video stream can help recognize risky situations early on, minimizing damage and, ideally, completely avoid emergencies. At the same time, AI significantly expands the areas of application of video surveillance beyond security systems. AI significantly expands the areas of application of video surveillance beyond security systems However, the hype around this new, trendy technology prevents the potential user from choosing quality solutions in a wide variety of products. This often leads to over-expectation, followed by a complete let-down. Can AI-powered video analytics really be the key to a technological breakthrough in video surveillance? We'll take a look at what the technology can do, what it can't, and where it can go from here. Technological breakthrough or just another bubble? It's often said that the video management software (VMS) market is becoming increasingly commoditized and widely available. A lot of products with similar features (or, at least, similar promises from the manufacturer) make it hard to choose. As a result, vendor names and reputations are turning into one of their primary selling points. Manufacturers have two choices available: get wrapped up in a price war and rely on cutting expenses, or offer a product that's truly innovative and revolutionary. Manufacturers have two choices available: get wrapped up in a price war, or offer a product that's truly innovative and revolutionary VMS developers who choose the second route are gravitating towards creating products that use artificial intelligence based on neural networks and deep learning. Emerging two or three years ago, the AI video analytics market is experiencing a boom in growth. This new tech wave has stirred the still, stagnant backwaters of the VMS world and gave small, ambitious developers something to be optimistic about. It seems they now have a chance to emerge as market leaders in the next few years. However, the hype around this popular trend is raising reasonable concerns among experienced security industry professionals. These concerns come from clients looking for a solution to their problems, and from suppliers building a long-term development strategy. This largely resembles another tech bubble, like the one built up around pre-AI video analytics and burst when it became clear that the sensational promises around it were pure marketing hype (and rather unscrupulously so). However, there are a lot of factors that indicate that AI-powered video surveillance systems aren't another bubble. The three factors The first — and the main one — comes from systems already in place on customers' sites. They fulfill the same promises made during the previous bubble by hotheads in a rush to teach the computer to analyze events in real time using a classical algorithmic approach. The second is the fact that this new technology has seen investment from not only software and cloud startups, but also established VMS developers. Even giants like Intel, which has presented a full line of neural network accelerator hardware and a set of software tools that streamlines working with them, specifically in the field of computer vision. This new technology has seen investment from not only software and cloud startups, but also established VMS developers The third factor lies in artificial intelligence's abilities. AI plays chess, drives cars, and works wonders in many other fields. Why shouldn't it be applied to video monitoring and analysis? What AI can do Just what can artificial intelligence do in video surveillance systems at this stage of development? It can't quite analyze a sequence of events and understand the "logic" of what's happening in the cameras' field of view. At least not yet. But it's probable that AI will learn to do this in the next few years. But neural network analytics can already detect, classify, and track objects very well, providing high accuracy even in busy scenes. Artificial intelligence can be used in the real world to: detect smoke and flames for early fire warning at open areas (forest, open warehouse, parking lot, etc.); distinguish people/vehicles from animals and other moving objects, e.g. to protect the perimeter of a nature park from poachers; distinguish a person in a helmet and protective clothing from a person without them to prevent accidents at a dangerous production facility or construction site; count objects of a specific type, e.g. cars in a parking lot, people in the sales floor, wares moving on a conveyor belt, etc. in non-security-related solutions. Those are just a few examples. After training a neural network, it can tackle other, similar tasks, too. Generally, a neural network trained in specific conditions isn't replicable. In other words, it won't work as well under different conditions. On the other hand, developers have learned how to quickly train AI for the needs of a specific project. The most important requirement is having enough video footage. Somewhat apart from that is the use of neural networks in facial and automatic number-plate recognition. This is an example of reproducible neural networks (train once, deploy everywhere), which makes them more appealing commercially. If non-reproducible neural networks have only recently become economically feasible due to the rapid evolution of specialized hardware (aforementioned Intel's product, for example), then the use of AI in facial recognition and ANPR has been well established for a long time. The use of AI in facial recognition and ANPR has been well established for a long time Another kind of AI analytics that we'll explore is behavior analytics. This function, probably more than any other, is bringing video surveillance systems closer to understanding what's happening on camera. Its potential is vast. How Behavior Analytics Works From a technical point of view, behavior analytics combines artificial intelligence with a classic algorithmic approach. A neural network trained on a multitude of scenarios can determine the position of the bodies, heads, and limbs of humans in the camera's field of view. The algorithm outputs an array of data containing descriptions of their poses. Conditions can be set for data to detect a specific pose, such as raised hands, prostrated or crouching persons. Developers can use this to quickly create new detection tools to identify potentially dangerous behavior specified by a government or business client. There's no need for additional training of the neural network. How Behavior Analytics Can Be Deployed Someone crouched down next to an ATM could be a technician, CIT guard, or burglar. Bank security should be notified in any of the cases. A person in shooter position, together with a bank employee or cashier with their hands raised could indicate a robbery. The system can be configured to automatically send alerts with a surveillance snapshot to the police so they can assess the threat and take action if needed. It's vital that the police receive the alert, even if the employee is unable to activate the alarm. In many cases, attention should be directed to a prostrate individual. This could be somebody who needs immediate help, or it could be someone sleeping in an inappropriate public place, for example, a 24/7 ATM space. Behavioral analytics can also be used to ensure workplace safety. For example, tracking whether employees are holding the handrails when using the stairs at a manufacturing facility or a construction site. What Now? Behavior analytics can be deployed wherever your clients' imagination takes them. With this feature, practically any pose that indicates potentially dangerous behavior can be detected. Timely response to an alarm helps avoid material damages or, in other situations, casualties. Practically any pose that indicates potentially dangerous behavior can be detected An area of potential development for behavior analytics is the ability to analyze a sequence of poses by the same person or a combination of poses and relative positions of several individuals. That will be the next level of evolution in AI's use in video surveillance: moving from "detecting" to "understanding" behavior in real time. In its most basic form, this type of analytics can be deployed to detect deviations from the search procedure in correctional facilities when a person being inspected must assume a pre-defined sequence of poses. A more advanced form allows it to detect any kind of abnormal behavior, such as a brawl breaking out in a public space. Ideally, behavior analytics can predict dangerous situations based on nearly imperceptible cues gleaned from collected statistics and a Big Data analysis. At the moment, this sounds like pure fantasy, but what seemed like whimsy not too long ago is now a reality with AI. It's already beaten humans in chess and the game of Go (Weiqi). Will artificial intelligence be able to outplay humans at charades one day? It's entirely possible that we'll soon see for ourselves.
In the digital age, speed has never been more critical. Customers expect an instant response to a query. Executives expect sales data on their tablets in front of them in real-time. A site manager at an oil refinery needs an instant alert about a defective valve. An IT manager expects to know about a phishing email before it hits his employees’ inboxes. The 'need for speed' is impacting the physical security sector too. Customers increasingly expect their security systems to identify and act upon threats before they turn into real incidents. They expect to know right now if the fire or intruder alarm is false, and to take corrective action swiftly. Driven by this heightened customer demand for quicker information to make better decisions faster, innovation in video surveillance technology has accelerated in recent years. Video Analytics For Fast Threat Detection Video analytics enables site managers and security teams to swiftly address threats in any building or around a perimeter, often before they take place. For example, Honeywell’s Xtralis LoiterTrace is a technology that can identify an individual hovering suspiciously in an area, alert the security team or central monitoring station (CMS) and is even capable of delivering a pre-emptive voice warning to the potential criminal. So sophisticated are the latest technologies available on the market that, when correctly installed, they are capable of differentiating between a sheep grazing near an airport fence and a would-be intruder crawling on their hands and knees. They are also designed to withstand outside forces that negatively impact system performance such as adverse weather conditions or animal interference. Some developments from Honeywell also enable geo-fencing of specific sections of a video frame so the system can be set up so that an alarm is only triggered if a specific section of the picture is occupied by an individual. In busy areas such as a parking garage or a shopping center, these innovations help to target specific areas that require surveillance and minimize false alarms. Technology can identify an individual hovering suspiciously and alert the security team or central monitoring station Video Verification Technology Reduces False Alarms False alarms cost organizations money, and cause hassle and reputational damage if they are not quickly and decisively addressed by a business. For that reason, the integration of video verification technology that can visually confirm the presence of a threat, is one of the most exciting developments in the physical security sector today. Let's imagine that a CMS supporting a major industrial site detects an alarm going off in one of the maintenance buildings. The default decision today is often a call to the site manager followed by an inconvenient, time-consuming site visit or a call to the local police force with a request to investigate (which may be ignored). Video verification enables the existence and nature of an intrusion to be immediately detected and addressed. Using Honeywell’s Videofied, a visual verification technology, an Arizona-based security contractor Eyesite Security recently apprehended a copper theft ring of three men and a woman who had been repeatedly targeting a construction site and stealing metal in the back of a van. The company used mounted wireless, cordless, weatherproof MotionViewers throughout a jobsite to act as portable sentries which enabled a quick, effective response. Detecting Fire And Toxic Emissions Another area that video verification is accelerating decision-making is in the crucial early detection of fire and other toxic emissions. Honeywell’s VESDA air sampling technology is up to 15 times more sensitive than a standard ceiling-mounted smoke detector. The addition of video verification to this product is compelling for installers and end users. Triggered by the smoke alarm, new technologies such as the ADPRO SmokeTrace can analyze images from strategically placed cameras to confirm the presence of smoke using video technology. These images are then transmitted to a CMS for assessment and appropriate action as well as actionable intelligence for first responders that speeds up and improves their decision making. Video verification is accelerating decision-making in the crucial early detection of fire and other toxic emissions Integrating Security And Building Management The seamless integration of various security, safety and building management technologies into one unified system is another way organizations can significantly accelerate the speed of both human and machine-to-machine decision making. A simple example is video management systems - like Honeywell’s MAXPRO® VMS, which enable a user to control multiple sources of video subsystems in a facility to collect, manage and present video in a clear and concise manner. This provides security teams at large sites with the ability to view multiple video inputs concurrently, weighing up risk in real-time and reacting quickly to threats. A sophisticated example is the Honeywell deployment of the Pro-Watch® integrated security management suite at Nantes University Hospital in France, which includes video surveillance, access control, and intruder detection systems to improve the security of staff members, visitors and patients. A single monitoring center allows alarms and video footage to be monitored by security staff, while another set of cameras are deployed to control the access of emergency and service vehicles to the hospital. The management tool also allows the hospital’s 12,000 professionals, and 5,000 guest visitors, to access the hospital’s buildings, car parks and restaurants using a unique access card. Benefits Of Superior User Interface Much has been made about the ‘Apple effect’ on all industries, driving up the quality of the user interface and simplicity of the experience. However, the major benefit of a superior UI is not aesthetic, it’s functional. Simple, clearly laid out user interfaces can significantly speed up the amount of time taken to install, learn, operate and maintain a system, as well as reducing manual errors. Honeywell seeks to create its systems with a ‘"Learn One, Know Them All" philosophy for this reason. In summary, the digital world has significantly increased the speed of doing business. It has raised customer, employee and stakeholder expectations to new heights. Video surveillance technology – analytics, verification, integration, UI - is quickly evolving to match, but companies must adopt it aggressively to keep pace with the breathless new business environment.
By drawing data from a number of different sources and subsystems, including building automation, it is possible to move towards a truly smart environment Security solutions should be about integration not isolation. Many organizations are considering their existing processes and systems and looking at how to leverage further value. Security is part of that focus and is a central component in the move towards a more integrated approach, which results in significant benefits. Gert Rohrmann, Technical Manager for the solutions division of Siemens Building Technologies UK, examines how by drawing data from a number of different sources and subsystems, including building automation, it is possible to move towards a truly smart environment.For larger systems that can leverage existing IT network infrastructures, integration is an important factor. It makes sense to move away from a single discipline approach to one that views security in a more holistic way. This applies not only to the integration of different security functions, but also how security and safety can be integrated into general business processes. The market has moved significantly in connectivity terms, particularly with the development of open architecture.New Physical Access Control StandardsOriginally driven by the network video sector, the focus for the security industry has switched to the adoption and development of new physical access control standards with a push to build compliant devices. Open architecture continues to develop around the BACnet protocol, particularly in the building management systems environment, with a further drive towards standard protocols in the security arena led by industry forums such as ONVIF (Open Network Video Interface Forum) and PSIA (Physical Security Interoperability Alliance). Supporting customers to move away from proprietary communication protocols, providing software through cross-domain management and command and control solutions will become an increasing focus as the trend towards integration and standard IT solutions accelerates. Operational teams require intelligent and integrated management tools as the business environment becomes more complex. The focus for the security industry has switched to the adoption and development of new physical access control standards Enterprise Resource Planning Software Smart cards have the potential to enhance workplace security through the inclusion of authentication for accessing the IT network and applications, digital signature and email encryption, biometric data, printer access management and other ‘bolt on’ functionalities such as cashless vending. Increasingly, standardized and certified interfaces are being established with Enterprise Resource Planning software systems such as SAP and Human Resources, as well as facilities management. This ability to interface with data sources enables an automated process for identity management, including automatic assignment of access entitlements based on the individual’s role and responsibilities. The operational cost savings, increased data consistency and security that can be achieved is significant.Enhanced Energy EfficiencyAn important area of integration is to enhance energy efficiency and subsequent cost savings. Security has a vital role to play in this process as the security systems provide the information relating to the occupancy of a building. At its simplest, if the alarm detection or access control system knows that no-one is present in a given room, the heating, ventilating, lighting and air conditioning systems can be automatically adjusted to reflect the situation. It is also possible to set building conditions based on the person that has entered Furthermore, it is also possible to set the conditions based on the person that has entered a building, as the access control reader will know the identity of that individual and their role. An example would be lowering the temperature for cleaning staff, whose role is more physically active than that of an office worker carrying out more sedentary tasks for a longer period of the day.Intrusion And Emergency ManagementAnother benefit of integrating security and building management systems is the ability to handle an emergency incident. In the event of an intrusion, the appropriate lighting and surveillance video cameras can be activated automatically, or in response to an emergency evacuation, wayfinding instructions can be set in motion to ensure safe exit.Enhancing Fire ProtectionObtaining a return on investment is an important factor in implementing integrated management systems and capitalizing on synergies between core subsystems - such as security and fire safety protection, power, communications and building energy management – makes it possible to minimize or remove system overlaps, thereby saving money and improving manpower allocation. It is common for security and fire safety systems to operate independently; however, deep integration across security and fire technologies will not only offer higher levels of performance from these areas, but also create a fully automated approach to task handling and incident management by extending cause and effect to include security within life safety systems. Deeper integration will enable identification and analysis of unusual behaviour and facilitate more proactive decisions We are familiar with security subsystems such as CCTV, alarms, access control and perimeter protection working together to protect assets and restrict entry to specific areas; however, fire safety systems such as fire detection and clean extinguishing still usually work in isolation. Deeper integration will enable identification and analysis of unusual behavior and facilitate more proactive decisions. By combining a wide variety of systems and creating a logical sequence, it is possible to limit potential damage. For example, in the event of fire, a workflow-oriented approach driven by security and safety devices would maximize protection across the site, as video surveillance cameras would verify the situation, ventilation systems would adjust to prevent smoke from spreading, escape routes would be activated and live messaging would alert relevant personnel and facilitate safe, orderly evacuation. The integration of these multiple technologies would enable a complete incident record to be collated and communication with the access control system would create an instant roll call of people on site.Fully Integrated Security InstallationSiemens has installed a fully integrated fire, security and energy management solution at Sabiha Gökçen International Airport in Turkey. This intelligent solution has been designed to deliver first-rate protection and maximum energy efficiency for the airport’s passengers, staff and assets and the general public. The operator can view displays of alarms, messages and the status of all connected systems The safety and security system required the installation of 200 video surveillance cameras and 28 digital recorders, and 9,000 Sinteso fire detectors combined with 400 carbon monoxide gas detectors, all fully integrated to provide maximum levels of protection. The operator can view displays of alarms, messages and the status of all connected systems and the modular architecture makes it both cost-effective and scalable. In the event of evacuation, an integrated voice notification system using 4,600 loudspeakers will be activated automatically.Total Integrated Power SystemTo further enhance safety, a Total Integrated Power system enables power distribution from the medium voltage supply right through to the socket outlet, providing maximum control and improved protection, helping to detect any irregularities in the energy distribution system to prevent the possibility of a fire or power failure. The solution has the flexibility to adapt to changes in usage and requirements and can be expanded at any time in the future Cost And Energy Efficient SystemsThe Siemens Desigo building automation system measures 11,000 data points and reacts by raising blinds, turning off lights and reducing or increasing heating and air conditioning, thereby saving energy and ensuring a comfortable environment inside the terminal.The integration of security, fire safety and energy management means that all the disciplines are fully coordinated to ensure that the airport buildings are safer, more comfortable, more efficient and economical. The solution has the flexibility to adapt to changes in usage and requirements and can be expanded at any time in the future, thus maximizing the value of the original investment.Integrated And Automated Security ManagementAt a corporate level, successful integration contributes to the delivery of strategic and operational objectives and on a day-to-day level, provides a safe and efficient working environment, which is essential to the performance of any organization. Businesses are increasingly demanding technology that will assess and manage critical situations, distribute information and co-ordinate and manage resources. It is common for building systems to operate independently; however, deeper integration of building management with security technology will not only offer higher levels of performance and greater energy efficiencies, but also create a fully automated approach to task handling and incident management.
Gunshot detection today is part of more physical security systems than ever before, and many manufacturers are developing interfaces to the latest gunshot detection technologies. Genetec has integrated ShotSpotter gunshot detection technology into its unified IP security platform, Security Center. Thanks to this integration, police departments and security professionals will be able to receive more actionable information, gain rapid access and detailed location insights when a gunshot situation occurs. Cloud-Based analysis software ShotSpotter uses wide-area acoustic surveillance that automatically gets activated when gunfire occurs ShotSpotter uses wide-area acoustic surveillance that automatically gets activated when gunfire occurs, providing comprehensive outdoor coverage on campuses and in complex urban geographies. ShotSpotter sensors and cloud-based analysis software triangulate and pinpoint the precise location of each round fired within seconds, the number of shots fired and provide an immediate gunfire alert with an audio clip. Data capture form to appear here! Detailed incident data is immediately sent to SST’s Incident Review Center (IRC), a secure data processing and alert validation facility, where acoustics experts analyze the data and qualify the incident in real-time 24/7. Once validated, an alert is sent directly into Genetec’s Security Center, all in under a minute. Once the alarm is triggered within Security Center upon gunshot detection, operators can quickly access video and other related data surrounding the location of a gunshot alert, and immediately visualize it on Security Center maps, leveraging the dynamic visualization capabilities of the Security Center Plan Manager. Genetec has integrated ShotSpotter gunshot detection technology into its unified IP security platform Gunshot identification software Stanley Security has announced a partnership with Shooter Detection Systems LLC (SDS), gunshot detection solutions provider. As an authorized dealer, STANLEY Security is now certified to sell, install and service SDS products and services. SDS’s Guardian Indoor Active Shooter Detection System combines acoustic gunshot identification software with infrared gunfire flash detection for a fully automated gunshot detection and alerting solution. The Guardian System immediately detects gunshots and simultaneously alerts building occupants The Guardian System immediately detects gunshots and simultaneously alerts building occupants and first responders within one second and with zero false alerts. Johnson Controls has announced that its exacqVision video management system now integrates with Databuoy Corp.’s ShotPoint acoustic gunshot detection and localization system to speed response time and heighten the decision-making process for local responders during active shooter situations. Integrated security systems Johnson Controls has also released the Detect360 Active Shooter Response (ASR) system, combining reliable gunshot detection with notification technology to provide immediate warning when a gunshot is fired within a building. By providing early notification and precise location of the shooter, the ASR system gives occupants time to find safety and allows police and security personnel to mitigate the threat up to 60 percent faster. Detect360 ASR gives first responders information as it develops at the scene, including shot location, number of shots, location of the shooter in near real-time and the ability to remotely monitor the situation through integrated security systems. It also collects forensic information that can later be used by law enforcement. The system supports multiple integration options, including video feeds from existing CCTV and intrusion systems, mass notification systems, access control systems and panic button/manual initiation systems. Detect360 ASR gives first responders information as it develops at the scene Public safety access points Listed as one of the most important new technologies debuted at CES 2019 by the Wall Street Journal and NBC News, Safe Zone also showcased its Safe Zone Gunfire Detector (GFD) at ISC West 2019. Priced at $149 per unit, the Safe Zone Gunfire Detector combines infrared and sound detection technologies with immediate cloud-based data analysis that can analyze more than 3,000 data points of each loud noise that exceeds ambient levels by a certain threshold. The system determines the location of shots fired, the number of shots, and the type Utilizing the data from multiple detectors simultaneously, the system determines the location of shots fired, the number of shots, and the type and caliber of gun being used. Within 10 seconds of the trigger pull, an alert is sent to Public Safety Access Points in the appropriate dispatch center, giving local 911 dispatchers all critical information on their computers. Reseller recruitment program Shot Tracer has launched a reseller recruitment program with a highly attractive on-boarding proposition for qualified dealers. Qualifying resellers can receive a Gunshot Simulator Kit valued at $1,000 when they commit to becoming a Shot Tracer dealer. Shot Tracer’s Eagle Gunshot Detection System easily integrates with virtually any security, alarm, surveillance and access system via contact closure – or wirelessly via IP integration. In fact, Shot Tracer gunshot detection sensors are as easy to install as a smoke detector, so there’s virtually no learning curve for installing dealers. The new Shot Tracer Reseller Recruitment Program includes an exclusive offer for installing dealers to receive a free Gunshot Simulator Kit, valued at over $1000, which is essential for demonstrating Shot Tracer Eagle Gunshot Detection sensors. Terms and conditions apply for qualifying resellers.
Cybersecurity is a growing concern for manufacturers of life safety and security products, and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) wants to help solve the problem. Specifically, UL seeks to work with manufacturers to up their game on cybersecurity and to certify compliance to a minimum level of cybersecurity “hygiene.” UL Cybersecurity Certification UL is a familiar brand in consumer goods and in the security and life safety markets. UL certification is sought by manufacturers in a range of product lines, from electrical goods and smoke alarms to access control and central monitoring stations. Approximately 22 billion UL marks appeared on products in 2016. In the physical security industry alone, products are certified to around 20 different standards covering access control, intrusion detection, locks, safes and vaults, software and other categories. Now UL is working to increase the prominence of their brand in cybersecurity with the UL Cybersecurity Assurance Program (CAP). The UL 2900-1 standard, the standard that offers General Requirements for Software Cybersecurity for Network-Connectable Products, was published in 2016 and in July 2017 was published as an ANSI (American National Standards Institute) standard. The standard was developed with cooperation from end users such as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. National Laboratories, and other industry stakeholders. UL 2900-2-3 – the standard that focuses on electronic physical security/Life Safety & Security industry, was published in September 2017. Testing For Cybersecurity Weaknesses The UL 2900 standard encompasses three main areas related to cybersecurity – software weaknesses, known vulnerabilities and risk control such as encryption, access control, passwords, remote communications, and software patches and updates. UL conducts structured penetration, fuzz testing and other tests to establish a reasonable level of confidence that a product or system has addressed cybersecurity concerns. “Certification to the standard means that a product or system has been evaluated to a minimum level of cyber hygiene,” says Neil Lakomiak, Director of Business Development and Innovation, Building and Life Safety Technologies, for UL LLC. “It covers the ‘blocking and tackling’ that you would expect manufacturers to do. It doesn’t provide absolute assurance, but rather a level of confidence that a product has been vetted.” The certification is good for one year, and changes in products require recertification. UL has written more than 1,600 standards defining safety, security, quality and sustainability Lakomiak says applying the standard will: “create an environment where companies are starting to incorporate cybersecurity into their development processes; creating security by design. It will elevate the industry to consider cybersecurity earlier in the development process.” An overall goal of UL is to “give people peace of mind around the products and systems they use.” Underwriters Laboratories At ASIS 2017 Companies that achieve certification can promote it as a point of differentiation in the market, although not a guarantee that a product is cybersecure. UL’s independent evaluations carry weight in the market, as reflected by the ubiquity of the UL brand, and Lakomiak contends the industry can benefit from applying the same level of testing and certification to the area of cybersecurity. He sees UL’s cybersecurity initiative as complementary to other cybersecurity measures, such as “white hat” hacking. From a standards perspective, UL’s efforts seek to complement industry efforts such as SIA, ASIS International, PSA and ONVIF. Lakomiak was at the ASIS 2017 show in Dallas, where he met with existing manufacturer customers and potential future clients – including large and small companies in the industry – to discuss cybersecurity and the road to certification. He says many manufacturers are not yet ready for certification, in which case UL provides consultancy and advisory services to help them get there. “A lot of companies just need help understanding what their current processes and cybersecurity posture are,” says Lakomiak. “They want help to create a roadmap to get certification. A variety of manufacturers are on the path to certification.” Underwriters Laboratories Security Mission The cybersecurity element is an extension of UL’s mission to help companies demonstrate safety, confirm compliance, deliver quality and performance, and build excellence. Lakomiak says many people mistakenly perceive UL as a quasi-governmental organization, perhaps because UL standards are sometimes incorporated into regulations. However, the organization is a business and wants to operate like one by serving the needs of its manufacturer customers. “We want to have the service we provide be market-driven. We understand the pain points of manufacturers, integrators and others as they interface with technology. We want to devise programs to help them be successful in the market. Our focus is to make our customers succeed by providing objective certification.” To the extent that cybersecurity is a growing pain point for the physical security industry, there is a large potential role to be played by UL and many others.
Intelligent LiDAR sensor technology from OPTEX, a globally renowned sensor manufacturer, is helping to protect the Belfast Call Centre premises and employees of a Fortune 500 company. Redscan laser sensor The Redscan laser sensor, which was installed by ZEST Fire & Security, a fire and security systems specialist, was required by the company to increase security in private areas of the facility only accessible to authorized personnel. This area, however, is only separated from the rest of the office space by partition walls which leave a gap between the wall and ceiling. OPTEX LiDAR creates a ‘virtual’ detection area that cannot be seen by the naked eye and that can be easily adjusted to the site requirement using the configuration software. In this instance, the REDSCAN RLS-2020S creates a virtual wall between the top of the partition wall and the ceiling of the building, and monitors movement or objects being thrown from one side to the other. OPTEX LiDAR technology OPTEX LiDARs work by analyzing the speed, size and distance of the objects detected OPTEX LiDARs work by analyzing the speed, size and distance of the objects detected, meaning they track the objects within the detection area and understand the ratio size/distance of the object. This provides the ability to accurately detect a specific size of object either at a distance or close up. In the event of any movement being detected, a security alarm is raised, and alerts are immediately sent to the 24-hour on-site security team. Masaya Kida, Managing Director of OPTEX EMEA, says “OPTEX’s LiDAR technology delivers the greatest accuracy of detection. We are constantly working to improve our technology to provide the highest quality sensing solutions.” REDSCAN RLS-2020 series Masaya adds, “Thanks to the high sensitivity and high-speed detection of the Redscan LiDAR sensor, it is able to detect a thrown object as small as a USB stick. The exact point of detection can also be mapped and associated with the cameras monitoring this area.” Justin Doherty, Director at Zest Fire & Security, said, “OPTEX provided us with great support and service throughout. The client was very pleased with the speed and simplicity of the installation, and is very happy with the performance of this new solution.” REDSCAN RLS-2020 series provides 95° detection and either 20x20m or 30m radius detection range and PoE connectivity.
Patriot One, developer of the PATSCAN Multi-Sensor Covert Threat Detection platform, is pleased to announce a collaboration partnership with Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC), part of Major League Soccer (MLS), to pilot its PATSCAN platform at Banc of California Stadium. Threat and intrusion detection “We are excited to announce this PATSCAN pilot deployment project with another U.S. major sport franchise,” said Martin Cronin, Patriot One CEO and president, adding “In the New Year, our installation team will begin work with the Los Angeles Football Club and Banc of California Stadium on this important game safety initiative. MLS fans will enjoy an added layer of security while attending their favorite team’s home games in Southern California”. Martin further said, “Our vision is to not only to create a world safe from acts of violence, but also to help save a way of life people have come to expect in their normal everyday lives, and that includes participating in professional sports and entertainment activities with their fellow fans.” PATSCAN Multi-Sensor Covert Threat Detection The PATSCAN Multi-Sensor Covert Threat Detection platform will ship in January 2020 to the security team at LAFC The PATSCAN Multi-Sensor Covert Threat Detection platform will ship in January 2020 to the security team at Los Angeles Football Club, where they will be joined by Banc of California Stadium security and Patriot One implementation engineers to begin the integration and pilot deployment project. Specific location of the Platform’s deployment will not be disclosed. “Customer safety is our number one priority at Banc of California Stadium,” said LAFC Vice President of Information Technology Christian Lau. “We are excited to work with Patriot One to give customers an extra layer of security while attending events at our world-class venue in the heart of Los Angeles.” Stadium security Following the initial pilot deployment of the PATSCAN platform with LAFC at an undisclosed location within Banc of California Stadium, Patriot One will work with the team and stadium management to broaden deployment throughout the complex.
Vanderbilt’s SPC Wireless is an ideal fit for the retail sector. First off, SPC Wireless devices’ aesthetically appealing design is perfect to fit in with retail environments and compliment the surrounding environments of a modern-day retail store. But, as well as featuring a sleek design, the Wireless devices also have many standout features that specifically benefit the retail sector. Automatic power saving One of these benefits is long battery life as the devices are supported by an automatic power saving mode for a battery life on average of five years. In fact, the SPC Wireless smoke detector comes with a battery life of over ten years. This means retail owners won’t have to worry about continually changing out batteries, giving them peace of mind that their shop is under consistent protection against intruders. More so, Vanderbilt also uses conventional batteries meaning they are accessible to source, again focused on making life easier for the system user. Vanderbilt’s SPC Wireless devices are a cost-effective and reliable intruder alarm range Extended range for every detector In commercial environments, the SPC Wireless range can extend to 500 meters meaning one single detector can cover a whole building. This is more cost effective than having to wire an entire building with cable, thus cutting down on install time, and ultimately cutting down on expenses. Easy and seamless installation Lastly, SPC Wireless device installs can be hassle-free. The installer just puts up the control panel, wires the mains to it, positions the wireless device in the shop, and the retail owner is good to go. In contrast, a wired solution can take, at a minimum, a day’s work fitting cable. By reducing the installers time on site, retail owners don’t have to worry about losing out on potential customers due to the disruption to their business that a lengthy install might cause. Efficient intruder alarm range Overall, Vanderbilt’s SPC Wireless devices are a cost-effective and reliable intruder alarm range. The range is a two-way wireless technology that delivers ease of installation without compromising on the reliability of a wired system. The demand for integrated solutions and the growing influence of the Internet of Things (IoT) is an area that Vanderbilt has been paying close attention toward. We believe that wireless technology is coming of age, with two-way communication capabilities now cementing the technology’s potential and reliability.
With its capacity of 32 million tons per year and water frontage of 6 kilometres, Chernomorsk sea port is one of the largest transport terminals in Ukraine, providing trade links with more than 100 countries all over the world. This port is a part of Eurasian transport corridor connecting the Western European countries, Ukraine, Georgia and the Asian countries. Its territory embodies the unique multimodal terminal that serves railway-ferry and auto-ferry lines as well as roll-on/roll-off vessels. The mission was to implement round-the-clock monitoring of the port territory and port waters in order to detect violations and prevent them. Monitoring in challenging light conditions PTZ cameras with integrated Axis Lightfinder are used for monitoring Experts from Inlimited suggested fitting the port with thermal technology platforms using 11 Axis network thermal cameras aboard (including models with two sensors: optic and thermal). PTZ cameras with integrated Axis Lightfinder technology are used, among others, for monitoring in challenging light conditions with low object contrast or difficult light sources. Thermal network cameras support guard tour function that can be used for continuous monitoring of a particular area according to the preset guard tour. In the context of modernization, the existing port security system was extended with the following video surveillance solutions: computer-aided continuous visual monitoring of the water frontage, the adjacent port area and the port waters of Sukhyi Estuary, the area along the port perimeter as well as monitoring of vehicles (license plate recognition) and approaches to the mounting locations of the main cameras. Integrated video surveillance Centralized security service control center offer video analysis capabilities. Video surveillance solutions integrated into a single software and hardware platform provide high-quality digital video real time record and store the archive for a minimum of 30 days. The integrator considered all the challenging conditions that cameras may encounter at sea and in the maritime area Integrated video surveillance and alarm system modernization project developed by Inlimited Ltd. for Chernomorsk sea port is of strategic importance for the customer since it is aimed at increasing the reliability of the guard tours and critical infrastructure of the port and its entire water area. When developing the architectural concept, the integrator considered all the challenging conditions that cameras may encounter at sea and in the maritime area, such as hurricane hazards, lightning strikes, salt air impact, as well as restricted visibility due to fog, heavy rain, snowfall and direct sunlight. Installation of PTZ network cameras Thermal platforms with Axis PTZ network cameras installed on the top became the ultimate solution for the port. Optical and thermal sensors combined into one system is the specific feature of bispectral modules. With this capability, such a device can substitute a significant number of conventional optical cameras and partially the security alarm system. Hence, the extensive territory of the port was covered by turntables with a total of 11 Axis network cameras: bispectral, optical and outdoor. Due to the intelligent capabilities of Axis network cameras, a real-time detection signal is automatically transferred to operator screen, immediately providing a very clear image of an object and ensuring reliable detection under any visibility and weather conditions. Moreover, the system can also detect suspicious objects even before an intrusion attempt. Recognizing person, car or watercraft We chose to go with Axis cameras because they are flexible and yet can be customized to solve particular problems"Automatic systems facilitate the work of security service operators displaying only actual violations, which helps to minimize the percentage of false responses. With this intelligent system, it is possible to immediately recognize a person, car or small-sized watercraft as well as detect possible smoke spread and other abnormal situations. Thus, the security staff has extra time to provide quick response. The video surveillance and alarm system of Chernomorsk sea port is integrated with IP-video control system Milestone Xprotect and vehicle license plate recognition system VIT AutoCode. “We chose to go with Axis cameras because they are flexible and yet can be customized to solve particular problems. Axis network cameras gained an excellent reputation as a part of the video surveillance system currently operating at the port and for this reason, we selected them again for additional security platforms,” noted the Chernomorsk sea port security service.
W Group is one of the foremost developers of premier office buildings in Manila, the capital of the Philippines. In the financial district of Bonifacio Global City, W Group recently completed two state-of-the art office buildings: The 25-story Citibank Plaza building offers 50,000 square meters of offices spaces, while the 29-story W City Center boasts 55,000 square meters of offices plus three stories of retail space. Citibank occupies the entire Citibank Plaza building, while W City Center is home to a range of local and internationals enterprises. Every tenant has different needs in terms of floor plans: Call centers require open spaces while other businesses divide entire floors into individual offices. Centrally-managed fire alarm system Bosch experts installed advanced optical smoke detectors – 2,000 units at Citibank Plaza and over 1,300 at W City Center Putting the safety of tenants first, security managers at W Group needed a fire alarm system that allowed for central management of each building in its entirety while accommodating unique tenant safety needs. They commissioned Bosch Philippines to equip Citibank Plaza and W City Center with a seamless interface of fire detection and public address systems in a scalable solution. At both locations, Bosch experts installed advanced optical smoke detectors – 2,000 units at Citibank Plaza and over 1,300 at W City Center – for quick and accurate fire detection, supplemented by heat detectors and manual call points. Connected to the Modular Fire Panel 5000 Series, the number and positioning of detectors can be adjusted and expanded flexibly to meet every tenant’s floorplan. IP-based fire safety system The IP-based system provides full visibility to operators: Each building floor is defined as its own zone, while addressable smoke detectors report the exact location of a fire down to a specific room. For ease of maintenance, the advanced detectors perform constant self-monitoring and send cleaning or replacement alerts to the Modular Fire Panel 5000 Series. At Citibank Plaza, the solution is part of the Building Integration System (BIS) from Bosch, allowing operators to use the BIS Automation Engine as the graphical user interface for monitoring and control of alarms on a single platform. The system features Smart Safety Link – a superior interface between the fire alarm system and the Plena Voice Alarm System (VAS) from Bosch. This secure interface can be set up and configured in a matter of minutes through the RS232 connection (serial interface standard). By comparison, creating a point-to-point connection for ten evacuation zones would require up to two hours. Smart Safety Link Combination of fire alarm and voice instructions achieves time for emergency responders The Smart Safety Link achieves an added level of security: In case of fire or emergency, operators can conduct an evacuation by zones in order of priority. Evacuation starts with occupants closest to the threat – building occupants are addressed over separate loudspeaker zones – then moving on to adjacent floors for a highly effective approach to an emergency. Plena Voice Alarm System (VAS) The Plena VAS provides clear pre-recorded voice instructions supported by coordinated horn and strobe alarms. This combination of fire alarm and voice instructions achieves time for emergency responders. Meeting the requirements of the developer, the interfaced Bosch system has proven an asset at Citibank Plaza and W City Center. The flexible and modular system is easy to expand and adjusts to changing tenant needs, while the seamless interface between fire alarm and public address creates a complete safety chain from earliest detection to orderly evacuation.
Decades of experience, innovative ideas, a strong commitment to quality, and a full range of first-class offset printing services: Mohn Media Mohndruck GmbH, a company of the Bertelsmann Printing Group, is one of Europe’s providers of printing and media services. At its facility in Gütersloh, Germany, some 2,000 employees are involved in professionally creating and executing tailored solutions for customers across a variety of industries. To avoid endangering staff and production, the company also has extremely high standards where the plant’s safety and security are concerned. And Bosch has supported the print specialists with advanced technology and services through multiple system generations. Cutting-Edge Solution The latest new project involved implementing a networked solution to improve fire safety “Again and again, we’ve been impressed by the innovative solutions that Bosch comes up with for us,” says Jörg Naumann, who heads the company’s fire brigade. “Bertelsmann has been partnering with Bosch for over 35 years, and for good reason.” The latest new project involved implementing a networked solution to improve fire safety in the eight-meter-high waste paper warehouses. On average, around 300 tons of paper are stored there at any given time. Problems in waste paper removal would directly impact production. To enable prompt responses to any fire events in these sensitive areas, the Bosch experts planned and implemented a cutting-edge solution. Fire Detection System AVIOTEC, the first video-based fire detection system to be certified by VdS Schadenverhütung GmbH (the VdS is an independent, renowned institution for enterprise safety and security, and harmonized body for international safety standards) plays a key role in it. Intelligent algorithms directly integrated in cameras reliably detect the first signs of any smoke or flame. This technology detects fires at their source much more reliably than conventional detectors Particularly in challenging large-volume buildings, this technology detects fires at their source much more reliably than conventional detectors, which are not triggered until smoke reaches them. The data generated by the new fire protection solution come together in the Bosch Video Management System. If AVIOTEC identifies a potentially dangerous situation in any of the waste paper warehouses, it immediately alerts the continuously staffed emergency service desk of the plant fire brigade. Building Integration System The situation can then be checked on a video screen and appropriate steps will be initiated. The use of this innovative technology permits very early detection of any fires. This prevents major damage and resulting production downtimes, thus saving the company a great deal of time and money. To additionally enhance security and efficiency, all of the integrated on-site systems for fire protection and video security are managed by the Building Integration System from Bosch. As required, the security systems can be centrally or locally monitored and controlled by staff as appropriate. Not only Mohn Media benefits from this, but also all of the other companies of the Bertelsmann Printing Group operating at the same site.
Round table discussion
The new school year is a good time to reflect on the role of security in protecting our schools. From video to access control to some newer technologies, our Expert Panel Roundtable found plenty to talk about when we asked this week’s question: How does security technology make our schools safer?
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