MESSOA spotlights ANPR/LPR solution with new CatchAll™ Engine inside its IFSEC 2008 stand
MESSOA spotlights ANPR/LPR solution with new CatchAll™ Engine inside its IFSEC 2008 stand

MESSOA's latest video surveillance solutions feature industry-leading technology and reliability.  These new offerings, which include the CatchAll™ Engine, a 560 TVL H.264-like standalone DVR, 1.3 megapixel progressive-scan CCD network cameras, and the Lumii series of products, impressed IFSEC visitors from more than 50 countries.  MESSOA's innovative CatchAll™Engine was a particular favourite and won overwhelming praise at IFSEC 2008. MESSOA's ANPR/LPR series of cameras incorporates the company's new CatchAll™ Engine, an innovative technology for optimized video processing designed to deliver clear colour overviews and razor-sharp number-plate shots of speeding vehicles to external recognition software, regardless of the setting or lighting conditions.  The technology also enables cameras to ignore extraneous information on number plates and even eliminates problems related to oncoming headlights.  Messoa spotlighted the SCR520 at its IFSEC stand to demonstrate the outstanding performance of the CatchAll™ Engine technology. The CatchAll™ Engine is also available in MESSOA's SRD100 series, which comes in 4-, 8-, and 16-channel models, and delivers superior 560 TVL resolution for live-viewing, recording, and playback for ANPR/LPR applications.  The series ensures exceptional reliability with its twin heat vents, fan- and power-failure detectors, and hardware-watchdog function, and saves recording space with a built-in noise-reduction filter.  It also provides a straightforward, easy-to-use interface, a bundled viewer that simplifies remote control, and incredible 24/7 dependability. MESSOA further impressed IFSEC 2008 visitors by offering a full range of hybrid security solutions of the future.  These included: 1.3 Mega-pixel progressive-scan CCD network cameras with PoE and SD card slots Vandal-proof high-speed domes featuring a super-wide 128X dynamic range The highly sensitive Lumii series of products, featuring vandal-proof IR domes, built-in UTP circuits, and varifocal IR bullet-cameras Vandal-proof side-opening housings with cable-management brackets and optional built-in IR IED.

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MESSOA presents its latest full HD H.264 IP cameras and new technologies for traffic solutions
MESSOA presents its latest full HD H.264 IP cameras and new technologies for traffic solutions

The MEGASSOA™ Full HD H.264 network camera series incorporate a full range of functions, including intelligent detection, HyperDynamic and Smart Focus. These functions coupled with amazingly clear and detailed images to deliver a superior security solution. The MEGASSOA™ series cameras are also equipped with Lumii™ II technology that increase sensitivity and reduce video noise in low light conditions. Furthermore, it is ONVIF compliant, facilitating integration and enhancing scalability by ensuring interoperability between network video products regardless of their brand. MESSOA's complete traffic solutions deliver the latest technological excitement. The new CatchAll™ II technology enables the camera to suppress high beam headlights and capture crisper, clearer images for identification. Moreover, MESSOA's patented Lumii™ II technology helps increase the sensitivity and reduce video noise in low light conditions. It is worth mentioning that cameras equipped with the industry's leading fog penetration technology can greatly enhance its identification ratio by delivering more information-rich imagery. The full range of dedicated traffic surveillance cameras is ideal for intersections, freeways, parking areas, ports, metros, railways and tunnels, making it the most effective solution on the market for applications ranging from law enforcement to vehicle inspection. Feedback has been positive with users commenting on the many applications and features such as the user friendly interface and MESSOA's outstanding MEGASSOA™, CatchAll™ II and Lumii™ II technologies. The extremely detailed clips and the vast improvement in picture quality were also well received. Further advantages were the extremely sturdy nature of the camera and low maintenance. MESSOA is committed to employing state-of-the-art technology to offer the best products at exceptional value, accompanied by excellent customer service. We would like to thank everyone who visited us at IFSEC 2010.

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Messoa SCR 505 infrared 15M plate-capture camera
Messoa SCR 505 infrared 15M plate-capture camera

MESSOA introduced two new LPR/ANPR cameras for entrance and parking applications at IFSEC 2009. One of the new offerings features our CatchAll™ Engine, an innovative technology for optimised video processing that delivers clear colour overviews and razor-sharp number-plate shots of moving vehicles to external recognition software. Both new cameras also feature vandal resistance and an IP66 weatherproofing rating. Both new LPR/ANPR cameras make outstanding traffic-security solutions. The SCR505 features high-contrast imaging performance that delivers sharp, clear licence-plate captures of vehicles moving up to 30km/h, even in bad weather and low-light conditions. The SCR506 incorporates colour-overview functionality that enables this plate-capture camera to monitor its surroundings, gathering information on vehicle type, colour, and model. The SCR506 can also capture non-reflective plates at short range (less than 5 meters), and includes an ICR day/night mode that enables it to adapt to diverse lighting conditions. The cameras' compact design and durable housings are vandal-resistant and deliver IP66 weatherproofing, helping make them the most cost-effective solutions on the market for gated-community and parking-lot applications, as well as for traffic monitoring, law enforcement, and border control. Key features of MESSOA's traffic-security solutions include: 1/3" Sony CCD/DSP 9-22mm IR-corrected lens IR visible distance to 15 Meters (50 ft.) and an effective capture distance 3-8m (10-27 ft) Easy installation, including external controls (zoom and focus) Sunshield and rainguard Protection class: vandal-resistance and IP66 weatherproofing Applications: entrance/parking, access control, etc.

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MESSOA introduces the NCC800 its first cube network camera
MESSOA introduces the NCC800 its first cube network camera

Targeting retail and small business applications, this feature-packed yet easy-to-use NCC800 cube camera provides 2-megapixel Full HD resolution with built-in IR LEDs and comprehensive network capabilities, suitable for any detail-demanding installation that requires 24/7 surveillance and remote monitoring in clear megapixel image quality over the network.Advanced features, including 2-way audio communication with the built-in microphone and speakers, input and output ports for alarms and sensors, local storage support, and a variety of intelligent video functions, are all packed in the NCC800 to provide a versatile surveillance solution that addresses the unique requirements of small businesses.Exceptional full HD video qualityProprietary Lumiitechnology significantly enhances the camera sensitivity while reducing video noise to deliver optimized video images in unparalleled sharpness without distortion in a low light environment. Whether it is general overview or close-up focus, day or night, the NCC800 provides wider and clearer images in full HD video quality at full frame rates around the clock. Blurry images are minimised, and individuals and objects of interest come through in perfect clarity.True visibility in pitch darknessLeading the industry in illumination distance, the integrated infrared LED illuminator gives true, maximised visibility in complete darkness with uniform light distribution up to 10 meters (33ft.), suitable for off-hour surveillance, low to no light applications or places required for 24/7 covert surveillance.Hassle-free installation with flexible connectivity The NCC800 can be powered by either DC 12V or Power over Ethernet (PoE), adding flexibility to camera installations where power outlet is unavailable. In addition to the standard Ethernet connection to a wired network, the NCC800 is also compatible with Wi-Fi connectivity and provides the high-speed, reliable wireless network connection without the hassle of complicated wiring.

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MESSOA innovative license plate capture camera with overview functionality
MESSOA innovative license plate capture camera with overview functionality

End users often ask ANPR cameras to play a dual role: plate recognition and overview monitoring. But when cameras are tasked with capturing plates while simultaneously providing wide-area coverage, their performance suffers. MESSOAdeveloped the SCR506R specifically to address this issue. The camera delivers uncompromising close-range number-plate capture (for reflective plates) and overview-monitoring performance. The SCR506R features MESSOA's innovative CatchALL™technology. An innovative solution to the main challenges faced in traffic surveillance, CatchALL™ technology enables the camera to ignore extraneous information on number plates and even eliminates headlight glare. The SCR506R is a comprehensive solution that requires no external LPR software: reflective plates can be visually identified directly from the monitor. The camera also features integrated Day/Night overview functionality that facilitates monitoring of surrounding areas and delivers information on vehicle type, colour, and shape. Equipped with a powerful 850nm IR LED, the SCR506R works perfectly even in total darkness to deliver clear and sharp plate captures. The camera's varifocal IR-corrected lens and IR day/night mode keep it in focus day and night, optimizing its round-the-clock image-capture capabilities. In short, the SCR506R delivers the kind of reliability and day-and-night surveillance-and-capture performance crucial to maximizing the efficacy of LPR. Features: Reflective plates: optimized to capture reflective plates. Day / night overview functionality: monitors surrounding areas, gathering information on vehicle type, colour, and shape. 24-hour surveillance: ICR day/night switching enables the camera to adapt to diverse lighting conditions. Powerful IR: a high-powered LED helps minimise energy usage. Wide field of view: captures a wide 3-8m (10-27 ft) field. Rain guard / extendable sunshield: minimise the effects of rain and sunlight on image quality. Easy installation: a cable-management bracket facilitates installation in any location.

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MESSOA presents its 50 metre (164ft) Infrared camera with vari-focal lens - the SCR368
MESSOA presents its 50 metre (164ft) Infrared camera with vari-focal lens - the SCR368

MESSOA is proud to present their newest, superior infrared CCTV camera - the SCR368. The SCR368 possesses a 50 metre (164 feet) view range that can capture sharp pictures in even the darkest night. Enhanced with Lumii™ III - the latest in image enhancing technology - the SCR368 is able to make images appear sharper and clearer than traditional cameras. Clear, visible pictures at night The MESSOA SCR368 is a high quality, CCTV, bullet camera that can show clear pictures in all conditions. It is equipped with a 1/3" SONY Exview HAD CCD II that is able to reproduce 700 TV lines of image clarity. Implemented with exclusive Lumii™ III technology, the SCR368 is capable of displaying first rate 12-bit images. This enables the SCR368 to deliver a representation of the detected image that is sharper and clearer than conventional cameras. Lumii™ III technology also helps to tackle difficult conditions. For instance, Lumii™III greatly enhances camera sensitivity in extremely low light environments. Conventional cameras switch to B/W mode when encountering a poorly lit environment; not so with the SCR368 which allows for crystal clear clarity even in 0 lux situations. Wide coverage area let's you see more A quality, 6mm~50mm vari-focal lens allows you more flexibility in camera placement while giving a wide coverage area. Proper view angles are easy to set up using only a single lens thus reducing inventory requirements. The 6mm~50mm vari-focal lens provides great shots at any angle. Intelligent power consumption The SCR368 uses 7W of power max - much lower than other IR cameras. A single light control reduces power consumption by 30%-40%. Additionally, IR LEDS do not always need to be on during night time surveillance, but only until the monitored environment reaches under 10 lux. Thus, LED life is extended and requires less maintenance. No IR reflections and focus shift problems The SCR368 comes with superior IR LED design to reduce IR disturbance. Reflection is prevented and a wide variety of installation locations become available. It is also equipped with an IR corrected lens to remove focus shift problems when switching between day and night modes. Built tough and feature packed With an IP66-rated housing, the SCR368 is resistant to extreme weather, vandalism and tampering. Also, intelligent cable management protects the cameras wires from water, heat and other hazards while making installation simple in any location. The settings can be easily adjusted using the controls on the housing, without the need to open the case. Motion detection automates and enhances the ability to detect potential threats. Customisable privacy zones allow ultimate flexibility when blocking out residential and private areas that do not need to be recorded.

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Remote Monitoring technology: Tackling South Africa’s cable theft problem
Remote Monitoring technology: Tackling South Africa’s cable theft problem

For decades, cable theft has caused disruption to infrastructure across South Africa, and an issue that permeates the whole supply chain. Here, Ian Loudon, international sales and marketing manager at remote monitoring specialist Omniflex, explains how new cable-alarm technology is making life difficult for criminals and giving hope to businesses. In November 2020, Nasdaq reported that, “When South Africa shut large parts of its economy and transport network during its COVID-19 lockdown, organised, sometimes armed, gangs moved into its crumbling stations to steal the valuable copper from the lines. Now, more than two months after that lockdown ended, the commuter rail system, relied on by millions of commuters, is barely operational.” Private security firm Despite this most recent incident, cable theft is not a new phenomenon to sweep South Africa Despite this most recent incident, cable theft is not a new phenomenon to sweep South Africa. In 2001, SABC TV broadcast a story following two members of a private security firm working for Telkom, a major telecoms provider. In the segment, the two guards, working in Amanzimtoti on the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal, head out to investigate a nearby alarm that has been triggered. They reach a telecoms cabinet and discover that it has been compromised, with the copper cable cut and telephone handsets strewn across the ground. In the dark, they continue to search the area when one of the guards discovers the problem: 500 metres of copper wire has been ripped out. In their haste, the thieves have dropped their loot and fled. Widespread cable theft Had they managed to get away, they would have melted the cable to remove the plastic insulation and sold the copper to a local scrap dealer for around 900 Rand, about $50 US dollars. For the company whose infrastructure has been compromised, it may cost ten times that amount to replace and repair the critical infrastructure. The disappointing takeaway from this story is that two decades on from this incident the country still faces widespread cable theft, whether it’s copper cables from mines, pipelines, railways, telecoms or electrical utilities. In fact, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry estimates that cable theft costs the economy between R5–7 billion a year. The answer to the problem must go further than the existing measures used by companies. Detect power failure Most businesses already invest in CCTV, fences, barriers and even patrol guards, but this is not enough. Take the mining sector, for example. These sites can be vast, spanning dozens of kilometres - it’s simply not cost effective to install enough fences or employ enough guards or camera operators. As monitoring technology gets better, the company has seen site managers increasingly use cable alarms in recent years that detect when a power failure occurs. The idea is that, if one can detect a power failure, they can detect whether the cable has been cut The idea is that, if one can detect a power failure, they can detect whether the cable has been cut. The problem is though: how does one distinguish the difference between a situation where a cable has been cut intentionally and a genuine power outage? Power outages in South Africa are an ongoing problem, with the country contending with an energy deficit since late 2005, leading to around 6,000 MW of power cuts in 2019. Remote terminal units Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd., the company that generates around 95 per cent of South Africa’s power has already warned of further blackouts as the company works to carry out repairs to its power plants. According to a statement on the company’s website, “Eskom spends in the region of R2 billion a year replacing stolen copper cables." The result is that criminals take advantage of the gaps in power to steal cable, timing their robberies to coincide with the published load shedding schedules. The basic alarms used to detect power outage won’t recognise the theft because they register a false-positive during a power cut. By the time the power comes back on, the deed has been done and the criminals have gotten away with the cable. The good news is that recent breakthroughs in cable monitoring technology are helping tackle just this problem. New alarms on the market now combine sophisticated GSM-based monitoring systems that use battery powered remote terminal units. Legitimate supply chain Unlike the basic alarms that look for the presence or absence of power, these new systems monitor whether the cable circuit is in an open or closed state. In the event of a power outage, the unit continues to run on battery power and can detect if a cable has been cut, sending a priority SMS alert to the site manager immediately, giving them a fighting chance to prevent a robbery in progress. Beyond the opportunistic theft carried out by petty criminals, the theft of copper cables forms a wider problem Beyond the opportunistic theft carried out by petty criminals, the theft of copper cables forms a wider problem across the supply chain in South Africa. In recent years, the combination of unscrupulous scrap dealers, the alleged involvement of large scrap processing companies and lax penalties meant that much of the stolen copper ended up back in the legitimate supply chain. However, recent changes in the law have sought to take a tougher stance on copper theft. Alarm monitoring technology According to the Western Cape Government, “The Criminal Matters Amendment Act, regulates bail and imposes minimum offences for essential infrastructure-related offences." The act, which came into effect in 2018, recommends sentencing for cable theft, with the minimum sentence for first-time offenders being three years and for those who are involved in instigating or causing damage to infrastructure, the maximum sentence is thirty years. It seems to be working too. In January 2021, the South African reported that a Johannesburg man was sentenced to eight years behind bars for cable theft in Turffontein. While the longer-term outlook is a positive one for industry, the best advice for businesses seeking to alleviate the problem of cable theft in the immediate future is to invest in the latest cable-theft alarm monitoring technology to tackle the problem and make life difficult for criminals.

We have the technology to make society safer – how long can we justify not using it?
We have the technology to make society safer – how long can we justify not using it?

While the application of facial recognition within both public and private spheres continues to draw criticism from those who see it as a threat to civil rights, this technology has become extremely commonplace in the lives of iPhone users. It is so prevalent, in fact, that by 2024 it is predicted that 90% of smartphones will use biometric facial recognition hardware. CCTV surveillance cameras  Similarly, CCTV is a well-established security measure that many of us are familiar with, whether through spotting images displayed on screens in shops, hotels and offices, or noticing cameras on the side of buildings. It is therefore necessary we ask the question of why, when facial recognition is integrated with security surveillance technology, does it become such a source of contention? It is not uncommon for concerns to be voiced against innovation. History has taught us that it is human nature to fear the unknown, especially if it seems that it may change life as we know it. Yet technology is an ever-changing, progressive part of the 21st century and it is important we start to shift the narrative away from privacy threats, to the force for good that LFR (Live Facial Recognition) represents. Live Facial Recognition (LFR) We understand the arguments from those that fear the ethics of AI and the data collection within facial recognition Across recent weeks, we have seen pleas from UK organisations to allow better police access to facial recognition technology in order to fight crime. In the US, there are reports that LAPD is the latest police force to be properly regulating its use of facial recognition to aid criminal investigations, which is certainly a step in the right direction. While it is understandable that society fears technology that they do not yet understand, this lack of knowledge is exactly why the narrative needs to shift. We understand the arguments from those that fear the ethics of AI and the data collection within facial recognition, we respect these anxieties. However, it is time to level the playing field of the facial recognition debate and communicate the plethora of benefits it offers society. Facial recognition technology - A force for good Facial recognition technology has already reached such a level of maturity and sophistication that there are huge opportunities for it to be leveraged as a force for good in real-world scenarios. As well as making society safer and more secure, I would go as far to say that LFR is able to save lives. One usage that could have a dramatic effect on reducing stress in people with mental conditions is the ability for facial recognition to identify those with Alzheimer’s. If an older individual is seemingly confused, lost or distressed, cameras could alert local medical centres or police stations of their identity, condition and where they need to go (a home address or a next of kin contact). Granted, this usage would be one that does incorporate a fair bit of personal data, although this information would only be gathered with consent from each individual. Vulnerable people could volunteer their personal data to local watchlists in order to ensure their safety when out in society, as well as to allow quicker resolutions of typically stressful situations. Tracking and finding missing persons Another possibility for real world positives to be drawn from facial recognition is to leverage the technology to help track or find missing persons, a lost child for instance. The most advanced forms of LFR in the market are now able to recognise individuals even if up to 50% of their face is covered and from challenging or oblique angles. Therefore, there is a significant opportunity not only to return people home safely, more quickly, but also reduce police hours spent on analysing CCTV footage. Rapid scanning of images Facial recognition technology can rapidly scan images for a potential match Facial recognition technology can rapidly scan images for a potential match, as a more reliable and less time-consuming option than the human alternative. Freed-up officers could also then work more proactively on the ground, patrolling their local areas and increasing community safety and security twofold. It is important to understand that these facial recognition solutions should not be applied to every criminal case, and the technology must be used responsibly. However, these opportunities to use LFR as force for good are undeniable.   Debunking the myths One of the central concerns around LFR is the breach of privacy that is associated with ‘watchlists’. There is a common misconception, however, that the data of every individual that passes a camera is processed and then stored. The reality is that watch lists are compiled with focus on known criminals, while the general public can continue life as normal. The very best facial recognition will effectively view a stream of blurred faces, until it detects one that it has been programmed to recognise. For example, an individual that has previously shoplifted from a local supermarket may have their biometric data stored, so when they return to that location the employees are alerted to a risk of further crimes being committed. Considering that the cost of crime prevention to retailers in recent years has been around £1 billion, which therefore impacts consumer prices and employee wages, security measures to tackle this issue are very much in the public interest. Most importantly, the average citizen has no need to fear being ‘followed’ by LFR cameras. If data is stored, it is for a maximum of 0.6 seconds before being deleted. Privacy Privacy is ingrained in facial recognition solutions, yet it seems the debate often ignores this side of the story Privacy is ingrained in facial recognition solutions, yet it seems the debate often ignores this side of the story. It is essential we spend more time and effort communicating exactly why watchlists are made, who they are made for and how they are being used, if we want to de-bunk myths and change the narrative. As science and technology professionals, heading up this exciting innovation, we must put transparency and accountability at the centre of what we do. Tony Porter, former Surveillance Camera Commissioner and current CPO at Corsight AI, has previously worked on developing processes that audit and review watch lists. Such restrictions are imperative in order for AI and LFR to be used legally, as well as ethically and responsibly. Biometrics, mask detection and contactless payments Nevertheless, the risks do not outweigh the benefits. Facial recognition should and can be used for good in so many more ways than listed above, including biometric, contactless payments, detecting whether an individual is wearing a facemask and is therefore, safe to enter a building, identifying a domestic abuse perpetrator returning to the scene of a crime and alerting police. There are even opportunities for good that we have not thought of yet. It is therefore not only a waste not to use this technology where we can, prioritising making society a safer place, it is immoral to stand by and let crimes continue while we have effective, reliable mitigation solutions.  

Securing empty premises: Product performance is everything
Securing empty premises: Product performance is everything

Since the start of the pandemic, almost a quarter of UK businesses have been forced to temporarily close, pause trading, or work remotely, with very little notice. Now nearing the 12th month of the crisis, the country is currently enduring its third national lockdown, with an unspecified timeframe. Most workers are being urged to remain at home and only venture out for essential travel. This means a huge number of premises across the board, from recreational venues such as theatres, pubs and leisure centres, to office buildings, and storage facilities, will remain empty. It’s likely that security has been scaled back, so many buildings could be vulnerable to attack for the foreseeable future. Just recently we’ve seen empty pubs in London targeted by opportunistic illegal rave organisers. Physical security strategy Even rural areas aren’t exempt from the problem, as burglars have reportedly targeted beauty salons, etc Even rural areas aren’t exempt from the problem, as burglars have reportedly targeted beauty salons, food stores and vehicle hire premises this winter. Vandalism and burglary remain very real threats, therefore it is vital that facilities managers and property owners ensure the physical security of these empty buildings is maintained to the highest standard to protect property and the assets within. Below we outline key considerations when evaluating a physical security strategy for an empty building. Assess the risk We would urge facilities managers and building owners to carry out regular, thorough checks of the building and the perimeter to assess any obvious factors which would elevate the risk of attack. This includes assessing the location. Is the crime rate high? How visible is the property? Are the contents of the property on show? How secure is the access or perimeter boundary? View the premises from a potential intruder’s perspective, and when you can’t be at the site in person, use photographs, notes and drawings to identify potential weaknesses. For example, there may be high security fencing at the front of the premises, but make sure it is not at risk of being compromised at the back. Conducting regular maintenance Retain and maintain quality Inspecting the fence line may seem obvious and straightforward, but it needs to be a deliberate, scheduled event Conducting regular maintenance is even more essential while premises are left empty, as it is much easier for any issues to appear and escalate undetected. We highly recommend regularly inspecting your fencing for disrepair or damage as this can affect the perimeter’s integrity. Alternatively, choosing high quality galvanised and preferably powder coated steel fencing with a 25-year guarantee will offer longer-lasting protection against rust and corrosion. Inspecting the fence line may seem obvious and straightforward, but it needs to be a deliberate, scheduled event. Take time to check the perimeter on both sides. As you inspect the fencing, keep an eye out for any attempted breaches and note if foliage, weather conditions, or topography changes have affected security integrity. Check all fixtures and fittings are in good working order, look for damage and corrosion, and clear all litter and debris away. Huge security risk Quality investments In a time when businesses are already stretched, it can be tempting to opt for quick, inexpensive fixes. However, poorly executed design or cheap, low quality products can lead to costly, long-term remediation or worse, significant loss to the business. Make wise, informed decisions and specify solutions based on your organisation’s security needs first and foremost. While generic steel palisade is a popular option, owing to its intimidating aesthetic, it is easily compromised. Steel palisade fencing has inherent weaknesses that undermine performance. Its wide pales can obstruct surveillance, while the bolted construction is a huge security risk. Simply removing or breaking the lower fixing on one or two pales would allow them to swing aside to give repeated access to the site without leaving an easily visible sign that the perimeter has been breached. It’s a false economy, as the initial lower price is offset by the costs and inconvenience incurred by regular repairs. Performance classification system The standard works via a performance classification system, and even considers the tools that an intruder may use Specifying a higher quality product that’s fit for purpose makes more sense both in the short and long term, and it adds little to the original cost. Fortunately, there are a number of security accreditations that facilities managers and building owners can refer to when specifying security measures at their site, helping them choose effective solutions to combat the risks the property faces. Proven performance Certifications and approvals, such as The Loss Prevention Certification Board’s (LPCB) LPS 1175 and the British Standards Institution’s (BSI) PAS, prove a product has been thoroughly tested to a specific standard. They prove the strength and durability of the item in multiple different situations. It is worth noting also that investing in effective perimeter protection can actually deliver a positive return by reducing the incidence of burglary and vandalism, and their associated costs. The technical evaluation work carried out by LPCB is extremely thorough. The product is subjected to rigorous quality audit processes, to certify the security products tested by BRE deliver verified levels of protection. All LPS 1175 rated products are vigorously tested before receiving an accreditation. The standard works via a performance classification system, and even considers the tools that an intruder may use. Intrusion detection system Our law enforcement teams are stretched to capacity and coping with reduced workforces due to illness By predicting a likely toolset, specifiers can construct multiple defensive layers to maximise how much time a facility has to respond to an attack. Different levels of security are crucial for the ‘5D defence’ concept, whereby a quintet of security assets work together to prevent access to your site, resulting in a strategy that will: Deter, Detect, Deny, Delay and Defend unwanted access from intruders. 360° security There is no single solution when it comes to securing a building. Every situation must be considered on an individual basis, starting with a full risk assessment. We recommend an integrated approach where appropriate. Along with a secure perimeter, this might also include effective lighting in shaded areas and at doors, gates, and vulnerable windows, Perimeter Intrusion Detection Systems (PIDS) and well-placed CCTV. These measures can hinder entry and escape, or increase the chance of discovery and detection. Domestic burglaries While domestic burglaries have become less attractive as many of our homes are now occupied around the clock, commercial properties have become increasingly more vulnerable. Our law enforcement teams are stretched to capacity and coping with reduced workforces due to isolating and illness. Therefore it has never been so important for building owners and facilities managers to assess the properties they’re responsible for to ensure they’re protected effectively in the event of an attack.

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Digital Watchdog DW Spectrum IPVMS v2.5 video management software adds new storage and performance features
Digital Watchdog DW Spectrum IPVMS v2.5 video management software adds new storage and performance features

Digital Watchdog (DW™), the industry leader in digital recorders, surveillance cameras and related management software, announces the release of the latest update for DW Spectrum™ IPVMS. The new v2.5 software adds powerful new features including a bookmarks engine and storage backup, performance improvements and improved support for multi-sensor cameras. Easy approach to HD surveillance DW Spectrum IPVMS is an elegantly easy cutting-edge approach to HD surveillance, addressing the primary obstacles and limitations of managing enterprise-level HD video while offering the lowest total cost of deployment and ownership of any solution on the market. The software offers advanced search features to help you quickly find incidents or instantly review an exact date and time. The software is cross-platform, installs quickly and provides instant network mapping and discovery to start viewing your entire security system in minutes. DW Spectrum IPVMS is a perfect solution for any application that requires ease, speed, efficiency, and unprecedented image quality. “With the timely release of DW Spectrum 2.5, it continues to deliver unprecedented return on investment without the need for an annual maintenance agreement.” said Patrick Kelley, Director of IP Sales – North America, Digital Watchdog. “These new features are seamlessly incorporated into the DW Spectrum user interface, providing a dramatically easier user experience for all user levels than any other video management solution on the market.” DW Spectrum™ IPVMS features: New Mobile Apps - Brand new cross-platform mobile apps for iOS and Android with better performance, revamped design and consistent user experience across both Apple iOS and Google Android devices. Bookmarks - Users can create bookmarks for specific segments of archived video with names, descriptions, and tags either manually or via the Rules & Events engine. Storage Backup - Users can now set up scheduled or real-time archive backup of high-res, low-res, or all streams from selected cameras to local, NAS, or even cloud-based storage locations (e.g. ftp sites, Amazon Prime Storage, etc). PTZ Preset as an Action - Users can now set up rules to trigger a PTZ preset as an action (e.g. create a motion event on a fixed camera that triggers the PTZ to look at the spot where motion occurred). Alarm Layout - allows users to set display-camera-on-Alarm-Layout as an action (aka pop-up video on alarm). Live Video Text Overlay - allows users to create custom text overlays-as-an-action (including Generic Event API). New device support: Axis F44 Main Unit Axis Q6000E panoramic camera ACTi V23 4 Channel Encoder (with I/O Support) Messoa IP Cameras (with I/O Support) Hikvision DS-6704HFI 4 Channel Video Server Implemented "Advanced" Settings for DWC-BVI2IR cameras Improved support for DWC-PZV2M72T cameras Vista VK2-1080XVRDPTPMF camera now mapped for advanced PTZ Arecont RTSP camera support implemented Digital I/O support for Arecont cameras implemented Improvements to management software: Added "Connect" button to the "Test" dialogue during dialogue Updated viewing cell icons and improved styling for "info" data Calendar widget can now be pinned Added layout background support for video wall Transcoding is now enabled by default for video export from multi-sensor cameras (e.g. DWC-PZV2M72T) Added warning before export if export will result in video downscaling (applies only to very high resolution or multi-sensor cameras) "Timeline mode" renamed to "Time Mode". Change can be seen in timeline, timestamps in Event Logs, Audit Trail and Bookmark Log Added ability to sort Alarm/Event Rules by any column Improved "Server Settings" and "System Administration" dialogs - now changes can be applied without closing dialog Storage Analytics improvement - storage utilised by deleted/moved out cameras is displayed separately Storage usage optimisations and improvements Improved time synchronisation mechanism between Servers Improved error messages for some cases of push updates failure "Free Storage Space" is increased from 5Gb to 50Gb for NAS   Server SSL can now be disabled API documentation is improved and extended General Server stability improvements based on anonymous usage and crash statistics

MESSOA Maven IP cameras secure Tokyo shopping district
MESSOA Maven IP cameras secure Tokyo shopping district

The shopping District, or Shoutengai, in Koto-Ku, Tokyo is located next to a busy train station that gathers many restaurants, shops, and sake bars together in this newly vibrant neighbourhood. As the area becoming more commercially alive, there was an increasing concern for crimes taken place within the district, especially during late nights. For the purpose of crime prevention, the Shopping District Association began to consider deploying surveillance cameras at the crime hot spots as a way to strengthen the public safety in the neighbourhood. Yet with its limited finances, the association had to look for an effective solution at a lower cost that would cope with its tight budget. Solution With the help from MESSOA, more than 60 Maven series NCR365 IR bullet cameras and a dozen of NOD385 IR dome cameras were introduced in this project. Equipped with a 3MP CMOS sensor and removable IR-cut filter for 24/7 monitoring, these cameras deliver exceptional image quality for accurate identification at crime-prone spots. Both cameras support onboard memory with microSD card slot that utilises edge recording technology. Up to 64GB of HD quality CCTV footage can be recorded locally on each camera without the need of installing NVRs, saving a significant amount of installation costs. Structure-wise, both the NCR365 and NOD385 are IP67 certified, featuring built-in heater and weatherproof enclosure to ensure the cameras are capable of withstanding any harsh environments in Japan, particularly in winter times. Result By utilising the edge-based recording technology, the whole project eliminated the need for a centralised recording server or storage, helping the association saving a great deal of costs as planned. This solution did not compromise reliability thanks to SD card’s solid state without any moving parts like a hard drive. The files can be securely stored and easily retrieved when needed. The motorised lens with auto focus of the NCR35 provided benefits to the project as well by drastically facilitating the time-consuming installation. Technicians were able to get the job done fast with easy by taking advantage of remote configuration with simple mouse clicks. The simplified set up cut the installation process short and saved lots of labour costs as result.

Messoa, PlateSmart enter into integration partnership for effective license plate recognition solution
Messoa, PlateSmart enter into integration partnership for effective license plate recognition solution

Partnership comes fresh on heels of Messoa’s exhibition of its latest HD IP cameras specifically designed for ALPR at IFSEC 2015 PlateSmart automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) software-only solutions are known for working with cameras across the spectrum of the security industry. Messoa, one of the security industry’s premier video camera manufacturers, has consistently produced cameras that work effectively with PlateSmart’s products, making for a strong and productive association. The relationship between the two companies has now been cemented by recently joint announcement that PlateSmart and Messoa have entered into an official integration partnership agreement. Messoa’s HD IP cameras for ALPR applications at IFSEC 2015 The announcement comes fresh on the heels of Messoa’s successful exhibition at IFSEC 2015 in London, where it displayed its latest models of high-definition IP cameras specifically designed for ALPR use. Among the cameras on display was a model boasting 3 megapixels of resolution in addition to headlight suppression, built-in infrared (IR) illumination, and other features conducive to excellent ALPR performance. Pairing of PlateSmart’s HD ALPR engine with Messoa’s HD cameras In addition to the high-quality product offerings from both companies, the effectiveness of the PlateSmart-Messoa combination springs from the pairing of PlateSmart’s high-definition (HD) ALPR engine with Messoa’s HD cameras, which enables users to cover a wider area and capture multiple plates with only a single camera. According to PlateSmart CEO John Chigos, the partnership with Messoa fits perfectly with the Company’s market philosophy. “PlateSmart has always made a point of choosing best-of-breed channel partners,” he says. “With Messoa, we are able to offer our customers everything they could want in license plate recognition. Messoa gives them a fantastic video image while PlateSmart gives them our unparalleled accuracy, flexibility, and data integrity protection.” “We are very excited about the partnership with PlateSmart”, said Allan Lee, President of MESSOA Technologies Inc. “With the integration of MESSOA CatchAll™ engine and PlateSmart HD LPR engine, it makes the state-of-art LPR solution obtainable and affordable, which ultimately benefits to the public safety as well as increases management effectiveness for applications in need of LPR solution such as parking lots, campus and schools, for example.”

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