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...
Video cameras are everywhere, and hundreds more are installed every day. Our society appears to be reaching a point of perpetual surveillance. It certainly feels as if we are always being watched even though it is not yet the case. But as cameras are becoming more common than ever, we are also entering a new era of privacy concerns and sensitivities, as evidenced by GDPR and other such initiatives. We presented this quandary to this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: Surveillance cameras can...
In the analog era, videotape was the storage media of choice for CCTV systems. Since the advent of digital video, and of IP-based systems, a variety of other storage formats have come to the fore, including hard drives, flash drives, SD cards and others. Now we are in the age of the cloud, which offers new opportunities to store vast amounts of video and presents challenges such as bandwidth and cybersecurity. For a current perspective on storage, we asked this week's Expert Panel Roundtable: Ho...
The concept of door locks means something totally different in our current age of smarter buildings that house data-driven businesses. Hardware locks and keys are still around, but they co-exist with a brave new world of electronic locks, wireless locks, networked systems, and smarter access control. Locks can also increasingly be a part of a smart building’s flow of data. The opportunities of these new technologies and approaches are significant, but there are also pitfalls. I heard an in...
A deep native integration of Bosch cameras with software from ISS proactively catalyzes the best in security and surveillance, while providing advanced intelligent video tools. ISS SecurOS provides intelligent enterprise video management solutions with emphasis on providing scalability and flexibility to meet the customer’s needs. Deeply integrating built-in video analytics from Bosch cameras improves operator efficiency and situational awareness to manage complex environments. ISS Secu...
AMAG Technology, a security solution provider specializing in access control, video management, policy-based identity solutions, visitor management and incident and case management, welcomes TagMaster as its newest member of the Symmetry Preferred Partner Program. TagMaster’s XT 1 and XT Mini long-range readers integrate with AMAG’s Symmetry™ Access Control software. AMAG Technology and TagMaster cooperatively tested and approved this integration. The quick and easy configurat...
Intelligent Traffic Systems (ITS) are a pillar of today's Smart City concept. ITS integrates video communications into traffic infrastructure to advance driver safety, reduce traffic congestion, and lower fuel consumption. As governments strive to achieve these goals with ITS, the high-speed point-to-point serial communication standard CoaXPress (CXP) is playing a vital role, especially in the migration of older analog systems to networked digital video platforms. CXP allows for the ‘repurposing’ of the coaxial cables already installed in the majority of ITS infrastructures, eliminating the cost of expensive new cabling such as twisted pair or fiber. Best of all, CoaXPress eases the migration from analog to digital video without any compromise in performance. CoaXPress enables ITS integrators to simply replace low-performing analog cameras with digital megapixel models for monitoring, controlling and managing traffic" Monitoring Traffic With Digital Cameras Donal Waide is Director of Sales for BitFlow, Inc., a manufacturer of frame grabbers and an early leader in CXP. According to Waide, the advantages of CXP make it ideal for ITS in both public and commercial enterprises: "CoaXPress enables ITS integrators to simply replace low-performing analog cameras with today's digital megapixel models for monitoring, controlling and managing traffic and enhancing security." Advantages Of CoaXPress CXP's bandwidth is 6.25 Gbps per channel with a maximum transmission speed of 25 Gbps. A re-developed CoaXPress 12 standard will be available later this year with double that data rate, achieving higher values than 10 GigE Vision. In ITS applications, the five to seven metres restriction of USB cables is insufficient to transmit camera data long distances, as are Ethernet cables. CXP-6 speed, currently the highest speed and best quality, allows up to 40 meters (131 feet) between the frame grabber as the host, and the camera as the end device, without any loss in quality. Even cable distances up to 100 meters (328 feet) are possible within levels CXP-1 to CXP-3. This is an ample distance to get from an overview camera at 10 meters up, or a red light camera at 30 meters from the junction box. Transmission adapters allow longer connections to be implemented at all speeds. Precise Camera Synchronization CoaXPress uses a single coaxial cable for power supply, controls end data transmission to ensure a simple connection with minimal cable clutter. CoaXPress provides precise camera synchronization and very low latencies. Synchronization is performed only via the frame grabber and does not require an additional trigger signal as with both USB3 and GigE. For example, if a car moving quickly through an intersection is to be captured and evaluated from several perspectives, the precise triggering of all cameras and the synchronization between the devices are crucial for high-quality analysis. It is here that CXP excels. While a higher resolution analog camera may offer a solution, an interface is needed to bring the data back to the processing center without latency Useful In License Plate Recognition To better appreciate these advantages let's look at license plate readers, an essential function of ITS. In Europe, license plates are large enough that they can be easily read: 18- to 20-inches long, 4-inches tall with large bold, unhindered fonts. In contrast, a U.S. license plate is only 12-inches x 6-inches. Apart from up to seven alphanumeric characters, there is also a state name, sticker and an image on the plate. This leads to a lot of confusion when using low resolution analog cameras; for example, deciphering whether the plate of a car that drove through a toll booth without paying was ABC123 or A8CIZ3. The processing center would have to verify the car make and interaction with the registry, which in turn dramatically reduces efficiency. If the resolution and data delivery were at high speed, however, ABC123 or A8CIZ3 would be a simple read. While a higher resolution analog camera may offer a solution, an interface is needed to bring the data back to the processing center without latency. This distance is typically much further than twisted pair cable can handle even with repeaters. CoaXPress combines the simplicity of standard coaxial cable with state-of-the-art high speed serial data technology Crystal Clear Images The CoaXPress interface is a major benefit in this instance. Legacy analog traffic cameras still make up the majority of cameras on U.S. highways. Analog images are transmitted back at a dismal 11Mb/S over coaxial cables to the processing center’s computers. Now consider that same volume of data coming back on a CXP link (650MB/S) at 6.25 Gbps. This would enable images to be crystal clear and also allow for better information dissemination about traffic backlogs, accidents or breakdowns. Images would even be clear enough to be seen on a smartphone app. And because CXP offers Power-over-Coax, there would be no need for additional cabling work. CoaXPress combines the simplicity of standard coaxial cable with state-of-the-art high speed serial data technology. The CoaXPress standard meets the requirements of ITS for extended cable length, high speed, and ease of use.
To construct flexible and cost-effective IP video surveillance systems, integrators often take advantage of Power over Ethernet (PoE) switches, especially in outdoor locations. The challenge lies in ensuring that PoE switches can provide high power output and sufficient network bandwidth while remaining highly available and reliable, even when operating in conditions of extreme temperatures, harsh environments, high environmental noise, and potential cybersecurity risks. To meet this challenge, Moxa has launched its EDS-P506E-4PoE series of PoE switches. In addition to being exceptionally rugged, each of the new switch's four ports deliver up to 60W to power IP cameras employing energy-draining functions such as PTZ, illumination, heaters, wipers and fans. Built-in Smart PoE Powered Device (PD) detection and plug-and-play integration eliminate the hassles of installation for effortless supply of power to any PD. SFP fiber ports can transmit data up to 75 miles from the device to the control centre with high EMI immunity, while its two Gigabit combo ports support high-bandwidth communications Support For High-Bandwidth Communications Device-level cybersecurity, remote control, and the capability to monitor powered devices round-out the EDS-P506E-4PoE's impressive feature set, and qualify it to meet the operational requirements of Intelligent Transportation Systems, traffic monitoring, and public utilities, among others. SFP fiber ports can transmit data up to 75 miles from the device to the control center with high EMI immunity, while its two Gigabit combo ports support high-bandwidth communications. "When deploying multiple IP surveillance cameras on industrial networks, there are several advantages to deploying PoE solutions as opposed to using separate power and Ethernet lines," said Jackey Hsueh, product manager of Moxa's Industrial Ethernet Infrastructure Division. "Owners need to carefully consider specific features when selecting an PoE switch in order to meet their requirements, such as a high-power PoE design, available bandwidth, fault recovery features, and last but not least, cybersecurity protection." In the event of camera failure, freeze or lag, the EDS-P506E-4PoE automatically reboots the camera Web-Based Smart PD One of the most useful features of the EDS-P506E-4PoE is its Smart PoE software that facilitates web accessible PD diagnostics and management. It helps end-users achieve automatic PD detection of power class, status, and errors for diagnostics, while checking for device failure. In the event of camera failure, freeze or lag, the EDS-P506E-4PoE automatically reboots the camera. The result is increased operational efficiency and significantly reduced effort required by maintenance staff. To ensure maximum uptime for data and power transfer in harsh conditions, the EDS-P506E-4PoE supports millisecond-level failover redundancy, along with dual power inputs, and -40° to 75°C (-40 F to 167° F) wide operating temperature range to ensure constant and robust connections. The switches incorporate embedded cybersecurity protection based on the IEC 62443 standard to protect the network from unauthorized device access. EDS-P506E-4PoE Highlights 2-port Gigabit and 4-port Fast Ethernet with PoE+/60 W functionality Up to 60 W output per PoE port Supports 12/24/48 VDC wide input voltage Web-based Smart PoE tool for easy operation and monitoring of PoE powered devices Cybersecurity features based on the IEC 62443 standard 4 kV LAN surge protection and -40 to 75°C operating temperature tolerance Supports MXstudio industrial network management suite for large-scale deployments and management Compliance with the IEC 61850 and IEEE 1613 standards
Schools today are charged to provide an environment that is both safe and conducive to learning, which can be difficult considering the range of security incidents and challenges they face, including bullying, fights, graffiti, theft and more. In addition to working within often tight budgetary constraints, a main challenge is to provide the highest level of security in an aesthetically pleasing way that doesn’t make students feel as if they are in prison. While these two needs may seem mutually exclusive to some degree, that doesn’t have to be the case. School security can be achieved without building 20-foot walls or putting barbed wire around the perimeter. The key to balancing the security and learning environment can be found in the four pillars of a good school security strategy, namely people, practices, technology and physical environment. A mobile app or text notification system could be used to alert students and staff of potential problems Situational Awareness One of the most effective measures to take is to educate staff and even students to learn to be aware about their surroundings and adopt the 'If you see something, say something' mentality. In an emergency, time is of the essence, so the speed of response becomes critical. Educating staff and students to recognize potential problems and report them is a good first step. Augmenting this with mobile apps and/or texting capabilities, for example, that allow someone to send a photo to school security or law enforcement for quick assessment and evaluation, can speed response even more. A mobile app or text notification system could also be used to alert students and staff of potential problems and provide instructions on what steps to take in order to remain safe. By providing real-time situational awareness about potential responses, these types of technologies can reduce the number of armed guards or resource officers needed to patrol a school or campus, which also makes students more comfortable and able to learn in a non-prison-like environment. Security Best Practices Every school should establish a set of security policies and procedures and ensure that staff and students understand what to do if they suspect a problem or if an incident should unfold at the school. However, too often, schools may not know where to start when seeking out best practices. And once these policies are in place, there may be confusion about how to audit them to ensure people are properly educated. The NFPA has begun work on a school security standard that would address a range of issues schools face on a daily basis A number of organizations are available to aid with this process, such as the Partner Alliance for School Safety a group founded in cooperation with SIA (Security Industry Association), which provides resources and tools to help schools and security professionals evaluate and establish the best security protection for their buildings. These guidelines and best practices are designed to help schools spend their often limited funds on the right security solutions. Safe and Sound Schools provides downloadable school security toolkits, and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has recently released the NFPA 3000 Active shooter response guidelines and has begun work on a school security standard that would address a range of issues schools face on a daily basis. The key takeaway is that the information is out there, and the organisations mentioned above are excellent resources for helping schools create safe, secure and learning-conducive environments. Technology In School Security The second thing that needs to be considered is how technology can be brought to bear to contribute to school security. Video surveillance with video analytics can be deployed to monitor areas at certain times of day. For example, once school starts, there shouldn’t be a lot of activity in the parking lot or in particular areas around the school. For these situations, intelligent cameras with video analytics can be used to detect activity in those areas of interest to alert school security that something may need their attention. This might be a vehicle entering a lot or driving against the normal traffic flow, which may simply be a parent arriving to pick their child up early, or it could be something worth following up on. Radar detection is ideal for perimeters, where a device can be set up unobtrusively to alert when someone enters a particular area In any case, this is something that should be brought to the attention of someone who can quickly assess the situation and determine what, if any, response is needed. Because the goal in a potentially dangerous situation is speed response times. The faster you’re able to detect something using technology, the faster you’re able to respond. Therefore, being able to identify something happening in a parking lot and alert school resource officers could provide 30 seconds or a minute head start for response, which can get the school into a lockdown situation and get first responders on site more quickly.Facial recognition systems and providing access through smartphones could help create a more welcoming and secure environment for students, staff and parents After-Hour Monitoring Solutions Monitoring buildings and facilities after hours presents a different set of challenges. For sporting events, the National Center for Spectator Sports and Security (NCS4) at the University of Southern Mississippi provides best practice guidance for sporting facilities and events not only just for universities but even including those at high schools. It’s been shown that using lighting at night can deter crime. However, it can be expensive to keep a building and grounds illuminated all night, every night. To mitigate these concerns and potential costs, there are video cameras available with extreme low-light capability that allows them to see in near-dark or in some cases complete darkness. This allows a school to save money by turning lights off while achieving a level of surveillance performance similar to daytime deployments. Radar Detection Another technology for effective school security, both during and after school hours, is radar detection. This is ideal for perimeters, where a device can be set up unobtrusively to alert when someone enters a particular area. Radar can be deployed with a single PTZ camera, which can track whatever has been detected to provide real-time situational awareness for a school resource officer or law enforcement to investigate to determine the potential threat, if any, related to the perimeter breach.Following the four pillars of school security can ease the process while improving the effectiveness and efficiency of securing educational facilities More often than not, schools are faced with issues that are not necessarily the worst-case scenario everyone fears, such as how to identify parents and others who are authorized to pick a child up from school early. In this instance, facial recognition systems and providing access through smartphones could help create a more welcoming and secure environment for students, staff and parents. Lighting And Landscaping In addition to technology, one of the things that can contribute to a safer school environment is environmental design. CPTED provides four basic principles, one of which is natural surveillance, which follows a 'see and be seen' philosophy. In other words, when people know they can be seen, they are less likely to commit a crime. The main points in this general principle are lighting and landscaping. For example, a school doesn’t want to block potentially vulnerable areas with landscaping, so the height and thickness of any potential landscaping elements should be carefully considered. In general, openness and visibility should be the guiding factors. Securing Physical Environment Another aspect of the physical environment is maintenance. If a window gets broken but isn’t fixed right away, that tends to invite vandalism. These are just two of the guidelines CPTED offers for creating a more secure environment that doesn’t feel like a prison. In general, finding the right mix between maintaining security and providing a welcoming, aesthetically pleasing and learning-conducive environment can seem like a difficult – if not impossible – task. Following the four pillars of school security can ease the process while improving the effectiveness and efficiency of securing educational facilities.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is having a significant and ever-changing impact on the way we view video security. Today, cameras are expected to be so much more than devices with which to simply capture images; they need to be far smarter than that. These future-facing cameras are becoming an integral part of the vast digital connectivity infrastructure, delivering a parallel performance as intelligent sensors with the ability to extract the kind of invaluable data that helps businesses make improvements in the area of video security, and beyond. However, as the list of possibilities grows, so too does the risk of unauthorized access by cybercriminals. We should all be aware that a single weak link in a communications infrastructure can give hackers access to sensitive data. That’s the bad news. Safeguarding Data And Utilizing Deep Learning The good news is cybercrime can be avoided by employing a data security system that’s completely effective from end-to-end. One technological advancement that the trend-spotters are predicting will become part of the video security vocabulary is ‘deep learning’ Once this level of safeguarding is in place you can begin to confidently explore the technologies and trends happening now, and those on the horizon. So, what will be having an influence on surveillance in 2018? Well, according to IHS Markit, one technological advancement that the trend-spotters are predicting will become part of the video security vocabulary is ‘deep learning’, which uses algorithms to produce multiple layers of information from the same piece of data, therefore emulating the way the human brain absorbs innumerable details every second. In Europe, GDPR compliance will also be a big talking point as new principles for video surveillance data collection, use limitation, security safeguards, individual participation and accountability are introduced. And, as the popularity – and misuse – of drones continues to rise, the recent developments in drone detection technology will be particularly welcomed by those whose primary concern relates to large areas, such as airport perimeter security. The Future Of 'Smart' Video Analytics An important feature of today’s intelligent cameras is the ability to provide smart video analytics. The Bosch ‘i’ series, for example, offers a choice of formats – Essential Video Analytics and Intelligent Video Analytics. Essential Video Analytics is geared toward regular applications such as small and medium businesses looking to support business intelligence (e.g. inter-network data transfer), large retail stores and commercial buildings for advanced intrusion detection, enforcing health and safety regulations (no-parking zones or detecting blocked emergency exits) and analyzing consumer behavior. The camera-based, real-time processing can also be used to detect discarded objects, issue loitering alarms and detect people or objects entering a pre-defined field. Intelligent Video Analytics provides additional capabilities. It is designed for demanding environments and mission-critical applications, such as the perimeter protection of airports, critical infrastructures and government buildings, border patrol, ship-tracking and traffic-monitoring (e.g. wrong-way detection, traffic-counts and monitoring roadsides for parked cars: all vital video security solutions). An important feature of today’s intelligent cameras is the ability to provide smart video analytics Intelligent Video Analytics can also differentiate between genuine security events and known false triggers, such as challenging environments created by snow, wind (moving trees), rain, hail, and water reflections. For more expansive areas, like an airport perimeter fence, the system has the range and capability to provide analysis over large distances. And, if a moving camera is employed, it is also possible to capture data on objects in transit when used in conjunction with the Intelligent Tracking feature. For roadside use, Intelligent Video Analytics systems, such as the Bosch MIC IP range, are resistant to vibrations and can still operate in extreme weather conditions, continuing to detect objects in heavy rain or snow. Evolving Cameras Past Surveillance It’s becoming ever clearer that the IoT is transforming the security camera from a device that simply captures images, into an intelligent sensor that plays an integral role in gathering the kind of vital business data that can be used to improve commercial operations in areas beyond security. For example, cities are transitioning into smart cities. The capabilities of an intelligent camera extend to the interaction and sharing of information with other devices (only those you have appointed) With intelligent video security cameras at the core of an urban infrastructure smart data can be collected to optimize energy consumption via smart city lighting that responds to crowd detection and movement. Cameras can also be used to improve public transport by monitoring punctuality and traffic flow based on queue lengths, with the ability to control traffic lights an option should a situation require it. As the urban sprawl continues and this infrastructure grows, the need for more knowledge of its use becomes more essential, necessitating the monitoring technology developed for use by human operators to evolve into smart sensing technology, that no longer just provides video feeds, but also uses intelligent analytics and sophisticated support systems. These systems filter out irrelevant sensor data and present only meaningful events, complete with all relevant contextual data to operators to aid their decision-making. Expanding The Video Security Camera Network Today, video analytics technology has tangible benefits for human operator surveillance, and delivers KPIs that are highly relevant to transport operators, planners and city authorities. As an existing infrastructure, a video security camera network can be improved and expanded by installing additional applications rather than replaced. From a business perspective, that means greater value from a limited investment. Thereafter, the capabilities of an intelligent camera extend to the interaction and sharing of information with other devices (only those you have appointed), image and data interpretation, and the ability to perform a variety of tasks independently to optimize both your safety and business requirements. The fact is, cameras see more than sensors. Sounds obvious, but a conventional sensor will only trigger an alarm when movement is detected, whereas a camera can also provide the associated image and information like object direction, size, color, speed or type, and use time stamps to provide historical information regarding a specific location or event. Based on this evidence, the video security camera of today is more than ready for the challenges of tomorrow.
Friday marked the closing day of ISC West 2018. ISC West, sponsored by the Security Industry Association (SIA), the largest converged security event of the year, experienced its biggest and most successful year to date. On the heels of ISC West being named to Trade Show Executive’s Next 50 List for Attendance Growth in 2017, this year included a larger show floor with more exhibits than ever before (an additional 4K square feet from last year), growth in featured areas (Unmanned Security & Safety Expo sponsored by Knightscope, Connected Security Expo, Public Security & Safety Expo, and Connected Home sponsored by Alarm.com, plus the addition of the brand new Emerging Technology Zone that had 40 companies participate), 120+ new products displayed in SIA’s New Products Showcase, six percent growth in overall attendees and 10 percent growth of the coveted ISC Executive’s Club. Security Education Program This year, ISC West had the pleasure of offering over 85 sessions throughout the SIA Education@ISC program, spanning a range of topics that impact security professionals across physical, IT and IoT security – from biometrics to drones to leadership skills.The enthusiasm of our attendees, loyal returning exhibiting companies and the 250 new exhibiting companies inspire us to put on the best show" Some of the most highly-attended sessions were Access Control and Video in the Cloud, The Evolution of Credentials and their Use in the IT, OT, and Physical Security Environment, Connected Home – The Future is Now, and The Future of Physical Security: The Decade Ahead. Providing comprehensive education is one of the cornerstones of ISC West, and more attendees are leveraging these offerings each year, learning from one another and networking with their peers. “Another successful year in the books,” said Sherida Sessa, Industry Vice President of ISC Security Events at Reed Exhibitions. “The enthusiasm of our attendees, loyal returning exhibiting companies and the 250 new exhibiting companies continue to inspire us to put on the best show we can. We’re so pleased with the turnout and want to formally thank everyone – attendees, exhibitors, speakers, our media partners and sponsors, and most importantly, SIA, for helping to make this year the biggest and best show we’ve had yet.” Re-Inventing Cybersecurity This year’s keynotes were unparalleled. Each one had a packed house, with Dr. Douglas Maughan of the Department of Homeland Security explaining how the DHS Science and Technology (S&T) is re-inventing cybersecurity, and Jeff Crume, Distinguished Engineer and Master Inventor, IT Security Architect at IBM talking about the dark side of the IoT.ISC West 2018 featured the SIA Women in Security Forum to mentor and empower other females to enter the industry ISC West 2018 also had several special events on the agenda, including the 23rd SAMMY Awards hosted by Security Sales & Integration, honouring dealers and integrators for their sales, marketing, business and installation excellence; tours of the new Emerging Technology Zone to showcase next-generation products on the market; SIA’s New Products Showcase awards ceremony, where over 120 product entries were pitched to leading industry experts and winners were selected in nearly 30 categories; the Security 5K Run/2K Walk, where all proceeds were donated to Mission 500, a non-profit charitable organization focused on the security industry and dedicated to serving children and families in need across the U.S.; the SIA RISE Happy Hour and SIA Autonomous Security Robotics Reception where security industry professionals had the chance to network with each other; and the inaugural committee meeting of the SIA Women in Security Forum, a place for women to engage, mentor and empower other females to enter the industry. Business Impact “There’s nothing better than hearing someone on the show floor say, ‘ISC West is like the Super Bowl of security events',” said Will Wise, group vice president of the ISC security portfolio. “At the end of the day, it’s so rewarding knowing that exhibitors and attendees – from end-users to integrators to dealers/installers to consultants and engineers – feel that ISC West made a measurable business impact for them. We’re looking forward to the Cyber: Secured Forum in Denver in June and are already setting our sights on ISC East in New York City in November!”
Dahua Technology, a global solutions provider in the video surveillance industry, presented ‘AI Creates Value’ during the International Security Conference and Expo (ISC West) to top security professionals on April 11. Dahua President Ke Li opened the keynote speech by expressing gratitude to all guests as well as to Dahua’s global network of partners and customers. James Wang, deputy general manager of Dahua overseas business, and Adam Burns, general manager of IoT vision solutions at Intel, were the keynote speakers. Burns spoke about the trends in AI technology, while Wang defined the challenges of big data, the value of cognitive analytics, the increasing business intelligence opportunities, the expanding possibilities for improved business operations, and the system architecture components that make all of this possible.The evolution from video to vision makes surveillance more connected, intelligent and autonomous" AI-Powered Security Technologies "Innovation has been the persistent force behind Dahua’s technology development,” said Ke Li. “Dahua will continue to lead the application of AI in the security industry, becoming a world-leading video-centric smart IoT solution and service provider that enables a safer society and smarter living.” “There have been several noteworthy advancements in AI in intelligence, computing, ecosystem and sensing,” said James Wang. “Dahua AI-powered security technologies mitigate the data challenges in physical security solutions like low processing efficiency, isolated data and massive data. Dahua AI security solutions, when applied to applications like retail, traffic management, logistics and warehousing, can boost business intelligence and performance, creating true value for physical security industry.” “It’s been years since Dahua and Intel started their cooperation,” said Adam Burns. “The evolution from video to vision makes surveillance more connected, intelligent and autonomous. Intel AI solutions, including Movidius, Intel FPGA and nervana, drive intelligence in the camera, at the edge and in the cloud, enabling various vision-based intelligent analytics and the expansion of vision to all IoT markets.” DeepSense Series Wang also introduced the Dahua DeepSense series, a suite of products that adopt state-of-the-art AI-deep learning technology, which will be released during 2018 H1. Dahua DeepSense series, including network (PTZ) cameras, network video recorders, servers, etc., supports various kinds of security solutions with an array of advanced capabilities including human characteristics analysis, face recognition, ANPR, metadata collection and analysis, people counting, image search, facial flow, traffic incident detection and traffic data statistics. Beyond seeing the world, the power of AI-deep learning allows devices to understand it in a better way, offering higher flexibility and accuracy for end-users and more business opportunities for Dahua customers and partners.
Located one hour outside of London, the borough of Runnymede is a local government district with over 80,000 residents in the county of Surrey. It is one of the most prosperous parts of the London commuter belt and home to some of the UK’s most expensive real estate. In order to enhance public safety, the borough council contracted service provider Safer Runnymede. Working with Nottinghamshire-based systems integrator Central Security Systems, the experts installed a platform combining public safety technology with personal safety services such as care solutions for the elderly. Bosch Video Security System Today, Safer Runnymede coordinates all connected solutions in a Control Room in the town of Addlestone, where a staff of three operators monitor security feeds from over 500 security cameras deployed around various boroughs within Surrey. Next to public streets in the area, the flexible system also monitors schools, hospitals and other public buildings around the clock. Every year, the team responds to 20,000 incidents from cameras, and the video security system has proven an asset in monitoring traffic, preventing crime, as well as providing evidence and following suspects after incidents. But achieving this level of integration was a challenge. Connecting the solutions via the BVMS allowed Runnymede to become one of the first councils to invest in a fully IP-based infrastructure Initially, the video security system consisted of hardware from several different manufacturers including Bosch – making updates or replacements a time-consuming process – that was networked on a Bosch Video Recording Management (VRM) solution. Looking for a future-proof and scalable system built on an integrated software platform, the officials in Runnymede tasked Bosch to design a fully IP-based security camera architecture. IP Video Surveillance System Since the Safer Runnymede system already included a Bosch monitor wall plus encoders, cameras, VRM and storage devices, system integrators could leverage the initial investment into a full suite of Bosch solutions. The system now combines new high-resolution AUTODOME IP 4000, AUTODOME IP 7000, MIC IP 7000 moving cameras, and FLEXIDOME IP 7000 fixed cameras, plus older Bosch and third-party analog cameras paired with encoders, decoders, and DIVAR IP 3000, 5000, 6000, and 7000 recorders. Connecting these solutions via the Bosch Video Management System (BVMS) allowed Runnymede to become one of the first councils to invest in a fully IP-based infrastructure. The flexible system design and management has provided an integrated approach to our business delivery" As a result, Safer Runnymede has benefitted from superior image quality delivered by the added network video security cameras, without the need of replacing the complete existing analog video security infrastructure; all in a resilient, easily expandable system at a reduced total cost of ownership (TCO). What’s more, the customer has used the flexibility of Bosch solutions in a deployable video surveillance camera at remote locations. Installed in a custom-built enclosure provided by Central Security Systems, it streams video data from an AUTODOME IP 4000 camera via 4G and sends alerts via SMS to the Control Room upon detecting activity such as illegal waste dumping. Bosch Video Management System Migrating from a fragmented, analog system to an integrated IP network managed via BVMS (Bosch Video Management System) has proven a forward-facing decision. “The flexible system design and management has provided an integrated approach to our business delivery, allowing us to make better operational decisions and become more dynamic and competitive in the video surveillance marketplace, “says Les Bygrave at Safer Runnymede.
To provide a practical solution to the monitoring of transportation infrastructure, where maximum situational awareness is paramount, Bosch Building Technologies has combined the innovation behind its video security cameras with the video management expertise of Intelligent Security Systems (ISS). ISS is a global developer of video management and video intelligence solutions. The video management platform, SecurOS, focuses on securing large mission-critical applications, such as industrial and manufacturing sites, transportation systems, banks, sports arenas, retail locations, and campuses and office complexes. ISS’ differentiating video intelligence and image analytics solutions, whether it is Face Capture & Recognition (SecurOS FACE), License Plate Recognition (SecurOS AUTO License Plate Recognition), or Container Character Recognition (SecurOS CARGO), provide effective monitoring solutions to the transportation sector. The capabilities stretch to large-scale entry and exit points such as ports, borders and airport car parks Surveillance Challenges Transportation security provides surveillance challenges in varying degrees of situation and scale, so effective license plate recognition is crucial. From tunnels and bridges, where a situation can change in seconds, to regulating traffic flow into a city and capturing a profile of each vehicle, Bosch and ISS can provide answers to the questions that matter. Has a particular vehicle been permitted access to a specific area? Has that vehicle been stolen? What’s the insurance or toll subscription status? Has that vehicle been authorized to operate as a taxi? The capabilities even stretch to large-scale entry and exit points such as ports, borders and airport car parks. Vehicle Monitoring Monitoring which vehicles are entering an area, and checking their legitimacy to be there, has never been more critical. Having the capability to capture license plates of every vehicle moving in the designated area gives users complete awareness of traffic flows and usage patterns, allowing them to configure and manage their monitoring preferences efficiently and permit secure data exchanges with other operational management systems and services for efficient infrastructure alignment. If driving conditions were perfect all-year round, the job of an operations manager, for example, would be quite straightforward. But the reality is quite the opposite. That is why the ISS certified Bosch cameras responsible for capturing this data are incredibly robust and built to produce usable images 24/7 in the harshest conditions, including after dark by employing a supplementary infrared light. The selected cameras have a special License Plate Recognition (LPR) mode which is developed in collaboration with ISS to deliver accurate information even when faced with the challenges of glaring headlights and fast-moving vehicles. Interpreting video data directly at source helps to improve levels of security substantially and can also offer clear business advantages SecurOS AUTO License Plate Recognition High standards are applied to the quality of the images captured. By incorporating the SecurOS AUTO License Plate Recognition (LPR/ANPR) solution, Bosch and ISS can provide several unique benefits for users, including the ability to accurately capture license plate information at 210 km/h (130 mph) in all kinds of weather conditions, including light fog, rain, and snow. Furthermore, utilizing advanced algorithms results in a level of accuracy that can distinguish letters from numbers (so an “8” is not mistaken for a “B,” for example) which is a crucial advantage, particularly in emergency situations. The partnership with ISS supports Bosch’s belief that the logical next-step for security is to enable customers to repurpose the vast amounts of video data that they now can capture. Interpreting video data directly at source helps to improve levels of security substantially and can also offer clear business advantages.
While 15 million passengers travel through Auckland Airport every year already, this number is anticipated to grow rapidly in the upcoming years. The Ground Transportations Plan was redesigned to ensure that service levels required meet the demands of the many passengers. To offer extremely reliable, fast and secure access to all ground transport vehicles, Nedap’s TRANSIT and MOOV were installed. Auckland Airport is the major connection between the world and 'the land of the long white cloud'. Over 70% of visitors enter or leave New Zealand via Auckland Airport, which handles over 19 million passengers a year. More than 20 international airlines serve Auckland Airport, Australasia’s third busiest international airport, after Sydney. As New Zealand's major transport hub, Auckland Airport is continually developing the capacity and services to ensure it will sustainably cope with an anticipated 40 million passengers a year by 2044, reflecting New Zealand’s growing popularity as one of the world’s leading tourism destinations. The Ground Transportations Plan was redesigned to ensure that service levels required meet passenger demands Nedap TRANSIT Readers In response to this expected growth, the Ground Transportations Plan was redesigned to ensure that service levels required meet passenger demands. All ground transport vehicles (such as taxis, tour buses, emergency services and other commercial vehicles) are automatically registered by the TRANSIT as they pass through the restricted areas, only accessible for authorised vehicles using Nedap’s compact tags. Each transport vehicle is identified up to 10 meters by Nedap’s TRANSIT readers. As soon as the vehicle approaches this high-end vehicle identification reader, the vehicle is automatically identified, ensuring a fast and secure traffic flow without any congestion. A wide variety of vehicles of different heights are accurately identified in each lane, which is key for any transaction-based charging solution. MOOV VMC System The TRANSIT readers are connected to Nedap’s MOOV VMC system. The MOOV VMC offers an independent control system that registers and records each transaction. The MOOV VMC application controls the entire vehicle access to the restricted Ground Transport areas. The MOOV VMC Lite is connected to the existing barriers on site The MOOV VMC Lite is connected to the existing barriers on site. Nedap’s TRANSIT readers and controllers are installed at the entrance and exit to the taxi, and bus holding area. In addition, each vehicle entering and existing the domestic and international terminals are registered using the Nedap TRANSIT and MOOV VMC system. Each controller is connected to a central web application. A service portal is available to monitor the status of each controller for each location, enabling easy remote management and control. Global Airport Applications Martyn Brewer, Commercial Manager Ground Transportation at Auckland Airport, says: “The Nedap Transit system provides a reliable solution for access by a large fleet of commercial vehicles. Auckland Airport is embracing new innovative technology and the Nedap solution is a direct example of leading solutions.” Nedap’s TRANSIT has proven itself world-wide in airport applications, where security and fast identification are the key to ensuring traffic flow in the airport. Extremely reliable identification is the basis for transaction-based payment processing. The TRANSIT readers and MOOV vehicle management controllers record over 30.000 transactions per month. GroundTransport is the leading traffic management solution that allows operators to manage traffic flow for taxis, limousines and buses GroundTransport System Each transaction with exact date and time is transferred to Advam’s GroundTransport system for payment processing of each transaction. GroundTransport is the leading traffic management solution that allows operators to manage traffic flow for taxis, limousines and buses. It facilitates the entry, exit and tolling of ground transport vehicles, whilst easing congestion and improving the overall passenger experience. The account-based solution allows drivers to register online and self-manage their funds. Once registered, drivers can seamlessly enter, exit and pay for access to nominated ground transport areas. The GroundTransport system receives the data on each transaction from the Nedap’s vehicle management controllers and Nedap’s TRANSIT system enabling the airport to easily manage the traffic flow and provide an automated solution for ground transport vehicles. Secured Vehicle Access Next to the Ground Transport application, Nedap’s TRANSIT readers are also installed at the airport to facilitate automatic long range secured vehicle access to restricted areas of the airport. The TRANSIT readers are integrated into the existing access control system provided by CEM. Authorised vehicles use a Window Button to get access to the restricted zone. The system has been supplied by ISCS New Zealand, Nedap’s distribution partner in New Zealand.
As is the case with any medical facility, East Texas Medical Center (ETMC) has a great need for reliable security solutions. With patient and staff safety at the forefront of their business, ETMC’s security team is responsible for managing a comprehensive security system across their multi-facility healthcare organization. Not only is that security system necessary to protect staff and patients, but also ETMC as an entity. The propensity of questionable incident reports among patients, including on-site injuries, can be cause for costly litigation processes. Because of an outdated legacy system, reliable footage to combat claims was often unavailable, so ETMC began searching for a solution that would help them avoid the costly processes necessary to verify claims across numerous facilities, while bringing additional value to their business. Flexible Surveillance SolutionsAvailable in both bullet and dome formats, H4 cameras are high quality yet cost-effective That’s where Avigilon’s flexible and scalable solutions came in. The final set of hardware installed featured more than 500 cameras, including Avigilon HD Pro, HD Dome, and H4 SL dome cameras. The HD Pro cameras—available with up to 7K (30 MP)—provide excellent image detail in a variety of settings throughout each campus, including parking lots and extended campus perimeters. The quality of images these cameras provide coupled with their resilience against the elements makes them crucial for monitoring critical areas of high foot and vehicle traffic. The inclusion of the H4 SL camera further expanded ETMC’s security capabilities with its versatile and flexible formats. Available in both bullet and dome formats, H4 cameras are high quality yet cost-effective, making them ideal for general surveillance requirements in various settings. All of the chosen solutions were flexible and scalable, enabling ETMC to gradually replace equipment across their various locations over time. “The variety of different products allow for specification of camera sizes and lenses which saves a lot of time from testing different brands of cameras,” said Kenneth Webb, Director of Security at ETMC. “It’s much easier to use than previous systems, and the team loves using it.” Avigilon Control Center allowed the operator to pull footage from 14-15 different camera views and lace them into oneIntegrated Video Monitoring The ETMC team felt their new Avigilon solutions allowed them to deal with previously challenging security situations more efficiently. For instance, with all camera footage integrated into Avigilon Control Centre (ACC) video management software, the team at ETMC can pull footage from multiple cameras and weave them together to create one holistic view of events when they happen, giving ETMC more effective evidence for investigation. After a threatening incident took place in the peripheral of an ETMC campus, the security team utilized the ACC software to create a powerful narrative of events. “This integrated footage has already been used as evidence in court,” reports Webb. “Avigilon Control Center allowed the operator to pull footage from 14-15 different camera views and lace them into one.” Having access to this comprehensive example of evidence was not only necessary to protect the individuals involved, but it provided ETMC with credible, clear footage protecting the company in itself. Working together, Avigilon and East Texas Medical Center achieved the healthcare system’s mission of offering exceptional service by using reliable and effective security technologies. The solutions implemented provide East Texas residents with safe and secure experiences, resulting in comfort for patients and staff, as well as overall protection of ETMC’s network and business.
One of the oldest cities in the world dating back to 782 BC, Yerevan, the capital of the Republic of Armenia, is the country’s political and economic hub. With more than a million residents and attracting tourists from around the world, Yerevan is compact and crowded, with an intense cultural life that draws a lot of traffic. Like all municipalities, Yerevan is vulnerable to threats driven by overcrowding, criminal activity, and natural disasters. To improve the safety of its citizens and visitors, the city has launched a ‘Safe City’ initiative to reduce and prevent crime and enhance the quality of life in the city. At the heart of its Safe City initiative is the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system, currently deployed in the city’s roads and parking lots with plans to cover the entire city to better protect its people, property, and assets.Parking City Service installed the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system in no time Collaboration For High-Definition Surveillance As a first step in Yeravan’s Safe City Project, the municipality engaged Parking City Service, a local provider of surveillance system design, installation, and support, to manage the surveillance system deployment at the city’s parking lots and to monitor traffic in the crowded downtown core. “We believe that customers of the new paid parking system should receive good value for their money—ensuring the safety of vehicles is absolutely critical,” said Vazgen Harutyunyan, director at Parking City Service. “We looked at solutions from all the major players and selected the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system for its exceptional image quality that captures the smallest details, advanced search and playback functionality, and ease-of-use.” Parking City Service has installed 1,600 Avigilon HD 5 MP bullet cameras with adaptive IR technology in designated parking areas to date and plans to install another 5,400 Avigilon HD cameras for complete coverage across the entire city. Six operators manage the surveillance system using Avigilon Control Center (ACC) software with High Definition Stream Management (HDSM), storing up to two weeks of continuous surveillance footage on 20 Avigilon network video recorders (NVRs), located in the company’s new air-conditioned data center. Parking City Service installed the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system in no time, with excellent support from the Avigilon team. “We had no issues with installation and set-up, and Avigilon answers any questions we had promptly and accurately,” confirmed Harutyunyan.Avigilon Control Center is extremely user-friendly and intuitive, so we can quickly search through multiple cameras for fast results Intuitive Search-Powered Parking Management The Avigilon high-definition surveillance system is used primarily to manage the city’s new paid parking system and regulate what has been a disorderly situation for years. “We leverage the image quality of the Avigilon HD cameras to capture the license plates of vehicles parked in our lots and if payment is not made, a ticket is issued,” explained Harutyunyan. Operators review archived footage to identify vehicles that have not paid, creating a five-minute video clip that is attached to the ticket. “We create between 500 to 600 video clips each day, which we are able to do efficiently using the advanced search and playback features of the Avigilon Control Center software,” noted Harutyunyan. The Avigilon high-definition surveillance system ensures patron safety and parking availability and helps generate revenue for the city that can be used to further improve traffic flow in the downtown core. Searching through large amounts of footage can be time consuming work, but operators can dramatically reduce the time required using the advanced functionality of the ACC software. Operators can digitally zoom in on image details from single or multiple cameras to capture necessary data and have full control over forward and reverse playback with drag and zoom capabilities for faster search times. “Avigilon Control Center is extremely user-friendly and intuitive, so we can quickly search through multiple cameras for fast results—in fact, we can complete all our reports in just a half an hour, even when multiple cameras are involved,” stated Harutyunyan.The Avigilon HD bullet cameras are equipped with built-in adaptive infrared (IR) illumination to increase in-the-dark visibility Traffic Surveillance For Crime Mitigation The city also leverages the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system for public safety purposes, reviewing footage of theft, vandalism, crime, and accidents in surrounding areas for investigative purposes. Feedback from local law enforcement and municipal agencies has been positive. “We can quickly and easily export video to help police in their forensic work,” explained Harutyunyan. “In one case, in which a man entered a building with a rifle, we were able to immediately provide footage which led to his arrest within hours.” Surveillance video is also shared with the city to assess traffic flow or analyze other urban planning concerns. “By collaborating with the city, we can help improve traffic flow, reduce crime and congestion, and enhance the overall quality of life in Yerevan.” Another key selling feature of the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system is its exceptional image quality—both day and night. The Avigilon HD bullet cameras are equipped with built-in adaptive infrared (IR) illumination to increase in-the-dark visibility without using a visible light source, important for operators to effectively capture minute details, such as license plate numbers, at any time of the day or night. “I also really like the fact that the Avigilon HD cameras come with an integrated lens for remote focus and zoom control,” said Harutyunyan. “I can easily change a camera’s focus from 3 mm to 9 mm or 22 mm for even greater clarity.” Efficient Incident Management Scalability was another important requirement, especially given the city’s plans to expand the surveillance system right across the municipality. “With the Avigilon surveillance system, we will have no blind zones in the city center, with cameras installed on posts every 30 to 40 meters,” described Harutyunyan. “The Avigilon system will easily grow with us as we work towards 100 percent coverage of the entire city within the next few years.” The parking lot surveillance solution is just the first step in Yerevan’s Safe City Initiative to enhance public safety and protect critical infrastructure, property, and assets. With broader access to surveillance footage, city officials can respond to events faster and more accurately than before to reduce crime and manage crisis situations in real-time on every street corner. “Our final goal is to create a safer city for residents and visitors alike,” concluded Harutyunyan. “With easier and more timely access to high-quality surveillance footage through the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system, we can easily achieve greater situational awareness for better overall protection.”
The ceremonial opening of the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg was celebrated on 11 January 2017 with a gala evening attended by many leading lights in politics, business and culture and a concert by the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra. A video security system by Dallmeier formed part of the arrangements providing security in and around the new city landmark and protection for the inaugural guests, who included German President Joachim Gauck and Chancellor Angela Merkel. The full-IP system was planned and installed by Hamburg-based DEKOM Video Security & Network GmbH, a member of the Dallmeier group of companies. About a dozen weather-proof Dallmeier infrared cameras are located strategically to keep watch Building-Wide Security System Built in 1875, the Kaiserspeicher building serves as the historic backdrop and architectural foundation for the fascinating Philharmonic hall, which towers well over 70 metres above it into the Hamburg sky. Originally a warehouse and once the largest of its kind in the Hanseatic League city, the Kaiserspeicher was still in use as late as the 1990s. Nowadays, behind its imposing brick façade, the building has room for an extraordinary restaurant, modern multi-purpose rooms and a car park. Even as they drive in here, visitors can already rely on the discreet work being carried out by the building-wide video security system, which guarantees orderly traffic flow and theft-proof parking spaces. About a dozen weather-proof Dallmeier infrared cameras are located strategically to keep watch over all the entrances and levels of the car park. The DF4920HD-DN/IR type cameras deliver high-resolution video material even in darkness. The ultra-modern recording devices are covered in a surface finish designed, especially to reflect the remarkable character of the building. Besides the “car park” utility area, five more areas - each with different requirements – were defined in the planning phase for the net-based video system, so that they could still be combined into a single, overall system: Concert hall, Hotel, Residential, Restaurant and Plaza. Intelligent Video Analysis System As an area open to the public, it was important to make specific video analysis options available for the Plaza. The Plaza is located on the 8th story, at a height of 37 metres, and is reached from the building lobby via the “Tube”, an 82-meter-long moving walkway. Since this is a heavy traffic area, it was considered necessary to add an intelligent analysis system for the image information supplied by the first line of protection, the cameras. Consequently, a process for automatic detection of objects, particularly unattended packages is in operation. The entrance to the lobby of The Westin Hotel Hamburg is on the same level as the Plaza, which increases the likelihood that suitcases or the like may be left or even forgotten here. Video detection helps to keep the Plaza clear of obstructions. The video analysis take place on dedicated servers and even includes a people counter: Virtual boundaries are defined in the image, and these serve as a counter threshold that detects visitors individually as they enter or leave a detection zone. In addition to the total number of visitors, movement trends and peak times can also be discerned. Using this data management, the concerned authority can make well-founded decisions about the layout of retail space, such as that of the Elbphilharmonie Shop, for example. At the same time, they may also reveal consideration points for the continuous improvement of emergency and evacuation plans prescribed by the fire and police services. Notwithstanding their benefits for other applications, the combination of recording and analysis aims primarily at ensuring the safety of the building and protecting visitors to the Philharmonic hall, hotel guests and tourists. The seamless interaction of all system components is directed via SeMSy III video management system Seamless Integration Of All Security Components In total, security management for the Elbphilharmonie is supported by more than 300 camera systems spread throughout the building and its outdoor surroundings, including the Panomera patented multifocal sensor system by Dallmeier. The Panomera was developed specifically to be able to capture enormous expanses as well as large distances, and it has been deployed at a number of locations on the premises of the Philharmonic hall. Among several benefits, the MFS technology also safeguards the building on the riverside. And with their new, specially coloured surface finish, the Panomera models can be integrated unobtrusively in the architecture of the new city symbol. The seamless interaction of all system components is directed via the high-performance, user-friendly SeMSy III video management system. The operators can see everything at a glance at the six specially configured workstations, and can respond rapidly to any dangerous situations by automatic actuation of the necessary cameras, for example. DEKOM managing director Wolfgang Haack is also in no doubt that the pioneering Dallmeier video system will render an important contribution to the untroubled enjoyment of the Arts and Culture by all visitors for a long time to come. He adds, “It was a really enjoyable project and a huge success for the Dallmeier corporate group. We look forward to working together with the Elbphilharmonie in future, and of course to the occasional musical delight – I do not intend to miss an opportunity to experience the marvelous acoustics.”