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Security At Sea: Where Technology Benefits Marine Environments
Security At Sea: Where Technology Benefits Marine Environments

The term ‘marine’ comes from the Latin mare, meaning sea or ocean, and marine habitats can be divided into two categories: coastal and open ocean. Video surveillance (VS) applications can cover both types of marine environment with system for ships, maritime ports, onshore and offshore installations, etc. We should want to further analyze VS for ships and try to explain the types of ships on which it can be used, the ways in which VS can be used on ships, the typical certifications in use and what features a camera station must have to be installed on a ship. Starting with ships that have a minimum tonnage, around the world we have: liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers, passengers ships, chemical tankers, crude oil tankers, container ships, general cargo ships and bulk carriers.As the LNG market grows rapidly, the fleet of LNG carriers continues to experience tremendous growth, offering more opportunities for VS Video surveillance for all marine vessels An LNG carrier is a tank ship designed for transporting liquefied natural gas. As the LNG market grows rapidly, the fleet of LNG carriers continues to experience tremendous growth. A passenger ship is a merchant ship whose primary function is to carry passengers by sea. This category does not include cargo vessels which have accommodation for a limited number of passengers, but rather includes the likes of ferries, yachts, ocean liners and cruise ships. A chemical tanker is a type of tank ship designed to transport chemicals in bulk. These ships can also carry other types of sensitive cargo which require a high standard of tank cleaning, such as palm oil, vegetable oils, tallow, caustic soda and methanol. An oil tanker, also known as a petroleum tanker, is a merchant ship designed for the bulk transport of oil. There are two basic types of oil tankers: crude tankers and product tankers. Crude tankers move large quantities of unrefined crude oil from its point of extraction to refineries. Product tankers, generally much smaller, are designed to move refined products from refineries to points near consuming markets. Container ships are cargo ships that carry their entire load in truck-size intermodal containers: a technique called containerization. They are a common means of commercial intermodal freight transport and now carry most seagoing non-bulk cargo. Today, about 90% of non-bulk cargo worldwide is transported by container. A cargo ship or freighter ship is any sort of ship or vessel that carries cargo, goods and materials from one port to another. Cargo ships are specially designed for the task, often being equipped with cranes and other mechanisms to load and unload, and come in all sizes. Bulk carriers make up 15%–17% of the world's merchant ships and they are specially designed to transport unpackaged bulk cargo such as grains, coal, ore and cement in its cargo holds. For all these ships the protection of vessels, cargo and crew is a priority, that’s why the adoption of VS technology plays a key part in terms of security and safety. Human error is regularly named as a major factor in ship accidents, and one way to avoid it is to aid seafarers by providing them with technology and equipment that is reliable and easy to use in all weather and sea conditions. Marine VS encompasses liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers, passengers ships, chemical tankers, crude oil tankers, container ships, general cargo ships and bulk carriers Emergency security solutions on ship One of the most important applications for camera stations is during “docking”. Mooring is the securing or confining of a vessel in a particular location with a fixed or a floating object (jetty, pier, ship, barge, buoy, etc.) as various cargo operations are carried out. Docking is the final stage of mooring operations when the ship docks to the jetty. This is a very delicate operation and cameras are very helpful in making sure docking is done without accidents.'Man overboard’ is an emergency in which a person has fallen off a boat or ship into the water, and can happen at any time during the day or night Another important application for camera stations is the Man Overboard detection system (MOB). ‘Man overboard’ is an emergency in which a person has fallen off a boat or ship into the water. Man overboard events can happen at any time during the day or night, in all types of weather and sea conditions, and from almost any location on the ship, ranging from a few tens of feet above the water, to over 180 feet.  When these events occur, the immediate availability of important data is crucial. Accurate confirmation of the event including time of occurrence, location on the ship and location in the sea is critical. A proactive detection system must immediately and accurately detect man overboard events and provide prompt, actionable data to response personnel. A typical man overboard detection system can report a MOB event in under 1 second. VS on a vessel can also monitor the engine room at all times and provide a good view of people working on dock, machinery and stowed equipment. But what are the most important features that a camera station must have to work in one of the most aggressive environments in nature? Ruggedized reliability in surveillance First of all, and perhaps it’s obvious, but it’s extremely important to have camera stations with amazing reliability. Housing units manufactured from AISI 316L stainless steel, passivated and electropolished, makes the cameras completely impervious to air, water, rusting and corrosion, therefore offering excellent weather protection and increased reliability.Housing units manufactured from AISI 316L stainless steel, passivated and electropolished, makes the cameras completely impervious to air, water, rusting and corrosion Sometimes ships also use cameras constructed entirely from technopolymer, which guarantees high impact resistance and superior protection from external weather agents. Keeping the camera glass clean at all times is another essential feature, and it can be done via a wiper/wash system that greatly reduces the need for maintenance. In the case of PTZ cameras, the best option would be a great pan and tilt speed (up to 100°/s). What is the operative temperature range for the cameras? Sea is everywhere and therefore ships go everywhere, from the Arctic Ocean to the Mediterranean, so we need cameras that have to be fully operational across a wide temperature range.  -40°C to +65°C covers almost all areas. Analog or IP Cameras? Actually, both options can be used, especially for applications like docking where it’s important to avoid image delay (as can happen with IP cameras due to the natural latency of data communication over a network). Marine certifications Last but not least, the certifications: Certifications guarantee the quality and reliability of camera stations. There is no compromise! One important certification is the Lloyd’s Register Type Approval which subjects cameras to rigorous testing for performance, vibration (critical on ships), humidity, etc. The application field of the LR Type Approval is VS in public places (e.g. passenger ships), open decks, enclosed spaces that are subjected to heat generated from other equipment, and technical premises. Often, VS cameras used in specific areas of ships, such as hazardous areas, are required to have ATEX and IECEX certifications.

Networking Basics For Security Professionals: The 60 Watt Dilemma
Networking Basics For Security Professionals: The 60 Watt Dilemma

Standards for camera manufacturers presented a new challenge with the introduction of security cameras that require more than 30 Watts of power Standards for camera manufacturers presented a new challenge with the introduction of security cameras that require more than 30 Watts of power. Many of these involve pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) domes and heaters and blowers that require additional power. This development created two areas of confusion which is highlighted in this article by Neil Heller - Vice President, Vigitron. The first is the ability to define what a 60-watt camera is and what power sources are actually required. The second and more serious is how to provide that power. Both share a commonality in that they lack any form of standardization. PoE To Power 60-Watt Security Camera Alone? Let’s start with the definition of the 60-watt camera. As the term suggests, it requires 60 watts or greater, but that doesn’t necessarily mean all the required power comes from a single PoE source. In many cases, camera manufacturers require that PoE only power the camera itself. Looking at these cameras’ power specifications will indicate a required PoE power of 802.3at or 30 watts, thus leaving power to the heaters and blowers requiring a local AC power source. This situation brings into question the value of PoE power if it is restricted to only providing camera power. Another group of PTZ cameras does use PoE for both camera and heater/blower functions, but only when the heater operates within a restricted temperature range. This usually means if your camera is installed in areas where the temperature that can fall below -20 degrees C (approximately -20 degrees F) you will still need a local power AC power source. The third type of security camera relies only on PoE power for both PTZ and heater blower operations.  This is confusing, and is often the source of users finding their PTZ has failed at the most inopportune time. Any attempt to transmit 60 watt power over coax cable that is only a single pair should be considered with a great deal of caution, requesting from the transmission equipment provider that they will accept liability for any damages PoE For Greater Than 30 Watt Applications The three different operations of how these “PoE” cameras are powered brings into question the value of using PoE for greater than 802.3at, 30 Watt applications. Value exists in the ability to centrally control power operations from a single accessible point. Certainly those cameras that are solely dependent upon PoE have the greatest advantage. This brings to the second point of confusion, the composition of the PoE power. To review a brief history, 802.3af (15.4) was the first PoE standard used for IP cameras and is for the most part a standard. 802.3at (30 Watts) was introduced as four different standards, two of which, Type 1 and Type 2 are supposed be compatible, but in reality are not.     Transmission Restriction Over Physical Cables 60 watts has no standards. To understand this, we need to look at the limitations of transmitting power over physical cables. Any form of transmission over a physical media has limitations in the form of resistance. As resistance increases, so does the heat generated by this process. The higher the power, the greater the resistance and resulting heat generated. Based on CAT5e cable, a single wire can handle about 0.75 amps. In PoE transmission, power is transmitted on a pair of wires or 0.75amp X 2= 1.5amps.  According to the 802.3at specifications, Class 4 specifications generally are considered to start around 48 volts. So we take 48 x 0.75= 36 watts or 72 watts for the pair. Dual PD (Power Device) System So how do we get to 60 watts? For “over” 30 watts, camera manufacturers use a dual PD (power device) system. In short, it operates as if it where two IP cameras and requires use of all four pairs within Cat cabling. Exceeding these power limits can be dangerous in overheating the cable and its installation. Therefore, any attempt to transmit 60 watt power over coax cable that is only a single pair should be considered with a great deal of caution, requesting from the transmission equipment provider that they will accept liability for any damages. The need to operate two PDs within a single camera is where the incompatibility exists. There are no standards as to the sequence of turning on  separate PDs in a single camera The need to operate two PDs within a single camera is where the incompatibility exists. There are no standards as to the sequence of turning on separate PDs in a single camera. Most such camera manufacturers provide their own PoE source in the form of a PSE or camera power supply; however, don’t try to interchange these power sources among different cameras from different manufacturers as they will not work. If you attempt to use a third party version, make certain you confirm that the power source manufacturer has actually conducted certification testing and can provide proof of compatibility or provide any operational limitations. Distance Of Transmission Finally, there is the question of transmission distance. This takes us back to the physics of high-powered PoE transmission. Even with manufacturer-supplied PSEs, the distance limitation is still 328 feet (100m), the Ethernet standard. Most applications such as perimeter and parking lots will be hard pressed to find a power outlet within 328 feet of where the cameras needs to be installed. This is where third-party transmission equipment providers come into play, but again the ability of transmitting 60 watts PoE power for distances greater than 328 is more complex that standard 802.3af and 802.3at, and more limited. This combined with the non-standard make a detailed knowledge and interaction with the manufacturer critical to a successful installation.

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Taiwan External Trade Development Council Promotes Security Innovations At ISC West 2018
Taiwan External Trade Development Council Promotes Security Innovations At ISC West 2018

EverFocus, GeoVision, PLANET and VIVOTEK—were the highlights of a press conference at ISC West 2018, organized by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), Taiwan’s foremost trade promotion organization. These breakthrough products, with potential to transform the global security market, include a futuristic Virtual Reality 720° camera, a facial recognition dome camera, a cutting-edge Internet of Vehicle (IoV) fleet surveillance system, an IP camera armed with anti-intrusion software, and a next-gen intuitive colour touch LCD switch.We are proud to showcase Taiwan’s finest at one of the United States’ most prestigious security tradeshows" Extensive Engagements “Today, the United States and Taiwan enjoy an ever-expanding relationship and extensive engagement in many fields, especially in electronic security." "Our products launch event unveil some of Silicon Island’s most cutting-edge products and technologies in the areas of IoT and Internet of Vehicles (IoV), unmanned security and cyber + physical integration." "We are proud to showcase Taiwan’s finest at one of the United States’ most prestigious security tradeshows and look forward to having participants experience the future of security,” said TAITRA Executive Director Simon Lai. These Taiwanese ICT companies, all winners of the Taiwan Excellence Awards, generated a lot of excitement and buzz with the unveiling of their new products at the conference.  XFleet Management Platform EverFocus demonstrated its engineering and research prowess as Regional Technical Sales Manager Marques Phillips unveiled details of the company’s XFleet Management Platform which he described as not only transforming the IoV experience, but the future of vehicle fleet management. The new solution allows users to easily track, monitor and manage any type of fleet vehicles on a Web browser anywhere and anytime. With Xfleet, users can not only reduce overall costs by effectively utilizing resources such as vehicles, fuel, and manpower, but also improve management efficiency and business performance by keeping and analysing the historical records of the vehicle data as needed.GeoVision cameras can recognize human faces in 1.5 seconds, making possible identification of authorized versus un-authorized personnel  Virtual Reality Camera GeoVision showed off the VR 360, the world’s first Virtual Reality camera that can provide a 720° view. President David Huang said it’s the only camera with two Fisheye lenses to provide a floor to ceiling, 720° view with no blind spots. It’s ideal for security environments such as airports, train stations, city streets, harbors and highways. The camera uses advanced computer vision technology to simulate a three-dimensional, highly realistic, and practical 3D space. It’s water-proof, vandal-proof and dust resistant, making it ideal for outdoors. It also boasts IR Night Mode for clear images even in dark environments. Huang also demonstrated new facial recognition IP dome camera with cutting-edge AI. It can recognize human faces in 1.5 seconds, making possible identification of authorized versus un-authorized personnel, creation of blacklists for restricted personnel, and VIP lists to improve relationship management. Intruitive Touch LCD Switch PLANET explained how the Intuitive Touch LCD Switch makes it possible to easily manage powered devices in real time, greatly enhancing network management efficiency. Tammy Huang, Sales Manager, noted that it’s the unique touch LCD that makes such management possible. In addition to the touch LCD interface, the solution features L2+ switching, intelligent PoE management and an ONVIF support function. An Industrial flat-type touch LCD switch model is also offered, making possible management of large-scale networks.VIVOTEK’s Smart Stream II and H.265 technology allows users to benefit from reduced bandwidth and data storage demands  VIVOTEK’s Network Cameras With the theme ‘Security within Security,’ Shengfu Cheng, Director of Marketing and Product Development, demonstrated the first cybersecurity enhanced network cameras in the IP surveillance industry. The three new cameras are armed with Trend Micro’s anti-intrusion software, allowing them to automatically detect and prevent credential attacks and block suspicious events. They also feature VIVOTEK’s Smart Stream II and H.265 technology, allowing users to benefit from reduced bandwidth and data storage demands by up to 90% more than systems employing H.264. Low-Light Surveillance Add to that a new generation of night visibility technology, Supreme Night Visibility II (SNV II) which allows them to reproduce high-quality colour images, even in very low-light conditions. In the security industry, the United States is the largest buyer of electronic security products and spent $12.3 billion on imports in the field in 2016. And Taiwan constitutes North America’s 4th largest trade partner in the electronic security field, with an import value that was close to $1 billion in 2016. Throughout ISC West 2018, Taiwan exhibitors will present their latest innovations. In pursuit of Asia’s Silicon Valley vision of propelling Taiwan to the international forefront of technology, Taiwanese companies continue their pursuit of excellence and innovation.

IFSEC 2015: TAITRA To Support Display Of Innovations From  VIVOTEK, QNAP, EverFocus And PLANET Technology
IFSEC 2015: TAITRA To Support Display Of Innovations From VIVOTEK, QNAP, EverFocus And PLANET Technology

Companies like – VIVOTEK, QNAP, EverFocus Electronics & PLANET Technology to display their products An exclusive showcase of security technology excellence will be unveiled on the opening day of IFSEC International 2015 which runs 16 to 18 June at ExCeL London. The session is supported by the Bureau of Foreign Trade and the Ministry of Economic Affairs of Taiwan, and will be executed by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA). This dedicated event for security industry experts on 16 June will showcase – for the first time in Europe – the latest innovations from Taiwan Excellence Award-winning Taiwanese companies VIVOTEK Inc., QNAP Systems Inc., EverFocus Electronics Corporation and PLANET Technology Corporation. VIVOTEK Will Display Network Security Cameras – FE8181V & FD8168 Fresh from receiving a 2015 Taiwan Excellence Award from the Ministry of Economic Affairs, VIVOTEK will display two of its leading-edge network security cameras – the FE8181V, a 5 megapixel fish eye network camera, and the FD8168, a 2 megapixel ultra-mini fixed dome network camera. The latest addition to the VIVOTEK portfolio, the new FE8181V is a true day-to-night camera that offers superior image quality 24 hours a day thanks to a removable infrared-cut (IR) filter. Built-in LEDs provide 360 degrees surround illumination up to 10 meters – even in completely dark environments. Vandal-proof IK10 and weather-proof IP66-rated housing make the VIVOTEK FE8181V ideal for coverage of open areas such as airports, sports arenas and retail developments. FD8168 - Ideal For Use In Luxury Developments Launched in April 2015, the compact VIVOTEK FD8168 fixed dome network camera has been specifically designed for indoor applications where both form and function are required. The FD8168’s 2 megapixel sensor outputs 15 frames per second in H.264 compression from compact housing, making it ideal for use in luxury developments where superior image quality should not come at the compromise of discreet design. Simple to install and with a power-over-ethernet (PoE) input design, a single networked fisheye FD8168 fixed dome camera offers the same viewing capabilities as up to four traditional CCTV cameras, but at the fraction of the installation cost. QNAP will exhibit its new Linux-based VS-2200 Pro+ series NVR. The compact 2-bay VS-2200 Pro+ series is packed with functionality and designed to reduce the cost of ownership for SMB and SOHO users. The VS-2200 Pro+ series offers superior performance and advanced surveillance features compared to other entry level NVRs. It is a highly scalable network surveillance system and offers end users a cost-effective way of adapting or expanding their storage capacity based on their long-term recording needs. Compatible With Over 3,000 IP Camera Models An HDMI output allows users to set up and manage the NVR by plugging in a mouse, keyboard, and monitor – with no need for a separate PC – and to remotely monitor multiple cameras, as well as providing the option to play back recordings on a Full HD 1080p local display. Compatible with over 3,000 IP camera models, QNAP has received over 300 orders for the VS-2200 Pro+ and secured a 2015 SecutechExcellence Award since bringing the product to market in April 2015. The latest developments from award-winning Taiwanese companies work to enhance quality while managing costs and driving efficiencies Leading IP-based networking company PLANET will showcase its Z-Wave e-Home Automation Control Gateway. Targeting the IoT, the system is a powerful tool designed to make home networking smarter and safer. Controllable by smart phone or tablet anywhere, anytime, PLANET’s solution uniquely integrates IP-based networking (intercoms, cameras and wireless APs) with Z-Wave Plus (smoke detection, temperature control, door and window) technology. Long Reach PoE Solution PLANET will also exhibit its Long Reach PoE Solution. It is designed to offer a cost-effective way to extend the reach of Ethernet networking and efficiently upgrade analog CCTV to an IP-based surveillance system via existing coaxial cables. TAITRA’s technology showcase will also see EverFocus launch its award-winning ESK1000 Sidekick. Recently crowned the winner of the ‘Tools & Hardware’ category of the SIA New Product Showcase 2015 at ISC West, the ESK1000 is uniquely placed to meet IP camera sidekick demands in a variety of security installation settings. Simple & Cost-Effective Set Up Benefitting from simple and cost-effective set up – with no need for support from a technician – the ESK1000 has revolutionized IP camera installation and testing. Unlike analog systems which use TV outputs and often involve time-consuming testing, installers using the EverFocus ESK1000 can monitor and adjust new and existing camera images remotely by connecting the sidekick to a smart phone or tablet, with no need to contact a central control room. Over 5,000 orders have been placed for the lightweight ESK1000, which is compatible with all major IP cameras and features built-in power-of-ethernet (PoE) and USB outputs allowing the sidekick to charge while completing IP camera installations or tests. Display Eclectic Mix Of Products TAITRA is delighted to be showcasing a selection of Taiwan’s latest technology innovations at IFSEC International. This is all about sharing excellence and best practice in the world of security and safety. The exclusive showcase is set to display an eclectic mix of products as they make their inaugural debut in Europe. The latest developments from award-winning Taiwanese companies VIVOTEK Inc., QNAP Systems Inc., EverFocus Electronics Corporation and PLANET Technology Corporation work to enhance quality while managing costs and driving efficiencies.

Safran Morpho Biometric Access Solution Wins SIA Award At ISC West 2015
Safran Morpho Biometric Access Solution Wins SIA Award At ISC West 2015

MorphoWave biometric access solution captures and matches four fingerprints with a single wave of the hand MorphoWAVE from Safran Morpho took the top honor at the Security Industry Association's 2015 New Product Showcase (NPS), winning the coveted Best New Product Award at the NPS awards ceremony at ISC West on Wednesday. MorphoWave is the market's first biometric access solution featuring high-speed touchless fingerprint matching. MorphoWave captures and matches four fingerprints with a single wave of the hand, for an efficient and comfortable user experience, according to Safran Morpho. Users simply wave a hand over the MorphoWave sensor to be identified. Because the sensor is touchless, the surface remains clean through repeated scans. It reads wet and dry fingerprints without difficulty, which is a supporting factor in its very fast and highly accurate capture and matching rate. SIA's New Product Showcase at ISC West "Each year, the companies competing in SIA's New Product Showcase at ISC West present the leading-edge security solutions that are shaping the industry," said SIA CEO Don Erickson. "These new technologies and solutions are the drivers that are moving the security industry forward, and I congratulate Safran Morpho on their win at this year's NPS." Since its inception in 1979, the NPS has been the security industry's premier awards-based marketing program. This year's NPS Program had 110 entries from 88 companies. In addition, the Judges' Choice Award was presented to IC Realtime for its IC720 360x360 Video Surveillance Camera product. The NPS judges presented awards in 25 product and service categories, and they also presented six honorable mention awards in six categories. The Award Winner’s List appears below, and it also will be posted on the SIA NPS website at http://www.sianps.com. 2015 NPS Award Winners Access Control Devices & Peripherals Cypress Computer Systems / Cypress Integration Solutions OSMIUM Series OSDP Interface Module Access Control Devices & Peripherals Wireless HID Global HID Mobile Access Access Control Software And Controllers IDenticard Access Control PremiSys Security Management Dashboard Convergence And Integrated Software And Solutions Optigo Networks Optigo Integrity Fire/life Safety Xtralis VESDA-E VEA Green / Sustainable Solutions Products MicroPower Technologies SOLVEIL Surveillance System Hosted Solutions CheckVideo HD Analytics Gateway Intrusion Detection And Prevention Solutions Bosch Security Systems, Inc. G Series Control Panel Intrusion Detection And Prevention Solutions Wireless Interlogix ZeroWire Locks/Safes/Hardware KT&C KEES Mobile Apps Honeywell Security Products Americas MAXPRO Mobile App Network Support Solutions Phybridge CLEER (Coax Leveraged Ethernet Extended Reach) Switch Outdoor Perimeter Protection Knightscope, Inc. K5 Autonomous Data Machine Residential And Monitoring Solutions NETGEAR ARLO Tools And Hardware EverFocus Electronics Corp. Sidekick User Authentication, Identification, Credentialing And Management Zwipe Zwipe Access Video Analytics NICE Systems NICE Suspect Search Video Surveillance Advanced Imaging Technologies Axis Communications Axis’ Zipstream technology Video Surveillance Cameras HD (Megapixel) HauteSpot Networks Corporation HiveCAM Video Surveillance Cameras IP Samsung Techwin Open Platform Video Surveillance Data Storage DDN Storage DDN - GS7K Appliance Video Surveillance Hardware And Accessories Dotworkz Systems BASH All-Pro Video Surveillance Management Systems Spectra Logic NVR3 Video Management Solutions