FLIR Systems launches A3xx-series cameras with environmental housing or pan/tilt unit
FLIR Systems launches A3xx-series cameras with environmental housing or pan/tilt unit

Safety applications exist in any industry where protection of lives and assets is of importance and where an early warning of a potential critical condition is of utmost importance. Thanks to FLIR A3xx-Series thermal imaging cameras these environments can be very well monitored and protected. FLIR A3xx-Series thermal imaging cameras can be installed almost anywhere to monitor your critical equipment and other valuable assets. They will safeguard your plant and measure temperature differences to assess the criticality of the situation. This allows you to see problems before they become costly failures, preventing downtime, avoiding fires and enhancing worker safety. Fixed mounted thermal imaging cameras like FLIR A3xx-Series can also be installed almost anywhere to monitor production processes by detecting and measuring temperature differences and visualise heat patterns. Often these cameras are installed in harsh environments. In order to increase protection against environmental influences, the FLIR A-Series are now available in an environmental enclosure. FLIR A300f / A310f / FLIR A315f thermal imaging cameras The main purpose of the environmental housing is to increase the environmental specification of any FLIR A3xx thermal imaging camera to IP 66 without affecting any of the features in the camera itself. Since FLIR A-Series cameras are often installed in harsh environments, the environmental housing will protect the cameras against dust or water ingress. The FLIR A300f, A310f and A315f are fixed mounted thermal imaging cameras. The A300f is available with a 25º or 45º lens. The FLIR A310f and FLIR A315f are available with a 25º, 45º or 90º lens. Users that already have a FLIR A300, A310 or A315 that needs to be extra protected against dust and water can order the housing separately as an accessory. The FLIR A300f/A310f and A315f -cameras comes with a single sensor copy of FLIR Sensors Manager. This intuitive software allows users to manage and control the camera in a TCP/IP network. FLIR A310pt The FLIR A310pt consists of a FLIR A310 thermal imaging camera and a daylight/lowlight camera that offers a 36x zoom in an environmental housing. Both are installed on a robust pan/tilt mechanism. The A310pt is able to pan 360º continuously and tilt +/- 45º. The A310pt series precision pan/tilt mechanism gives operators accurate pointing control while providing fully programmable scan patterns and slew-to-alarm functionality. FLIR A310pt is available as a standard with a 15º and 25º lens. Other fields of view exists as an option. The FLIR A310pt has all the necessary features and functions to build distributed single- or multicamera solutions to cover large areas and monitor for example coal piles and sub-stations utilising standard Ethernet hardware and software protocols. The FLIR A310pt unit offers an affordable solution for anyone who needs to solve problems demanding built-in “smartness” such as analysis and alarm functionality. The FLIR A310pt camera comes with a single sensor copy of FLIR Sensors Manager. This intuitive software allows users to manage and control the camera in a TCP/IP network.

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FLIR end-to-end video security solutions
FLIR end-to-end video security solutions

Be it for cities, commercial, industrial or power generation and distribution facilities, FLIR offers the widest spectrum of end-to-end security solutions, answering the security monitoring needs of businesses of any size. Security cameras for perimeter protection and intrusion detection FLIR offers an unparalleled range of thermal and high-definition cameras, embedded with cutting edge intrusion detection analytics: FLIR’s FC-Series ID thermal cameras with on-board video analytics are easy to set up and capable of classifying human or vehicular intrusions with low false alarm rates. FC-Series ID provides a reliable thermal image in challenging imaging conditions, including total darkness, fog, and with static and moving light sources. FLIR also offers the ioi HD, a full HD Analytic IP bullet camera that combines military-grade video analytics with broadcast-quality IP camera technology. This camera features optimal picture quality in low-light and high-contrast lighting conditions coupled with high-end video analytics, ideal for perimeter and intrusion detection. FLIR’s ioi TRK is a small video encoder with built-in analytics that enables autonomous PTZ tracking with high-definition PTZ cameras and thermal Pan-Tilt cameras from FLIR. Operational scenarios include target hand-off from fixed position cameras as well as the option to click on a target from the control room to initiate tracking. Comprehensive video monitoring and management The United VMS 7.0 platform has been designed for corporations in all scales from entry-level to enterprise-grade. United VMS 7.0 provides global unified network topology, allowing users to connect multiple sites and systems utilising Latitude, Horizon, and Meridian to an aggregated system that can be controlled and monitored from a single location. Latitude is the enterprise-level IP surveillance system with forensic-quality imaging consisting of dedicated web-based and mobile client software. Latitude is a powerful VMS for organisations of all sizes. Latitude’s scalable architecture can support systems of any size or architecture. The Horizon NVR delivers best-in-class performance and stability for video installations requiring up to 100 cameras. Horizon is an ideal choice for securing high-performance small-to-medium sized business video installations with independent or multiple sites. The Meridian NVR is an enterprise grade, off-the-shelf, video surveillance system for up to 24 cameras. The system includes a network video recorder with 2TB or 4 TB of raw storage, and out-of-the-box video management software.

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FLIR launches LS-Series ultra-compact  handheld thermal night vision cameras
FLIR launches LS-Series ultra-compact handheld thermal night vision cameras

The new FLIR LS-Series thermal imaging camera gives every law enforcement officer the power to see clearly in total darkness. It gives law enforcement officers, security patrols and any other person that needs to see at night - without being seen himself, the information needed to make critical decisions, enhance mission effectiveness, maximize operational capabilities and improve safety. The FLIR LS-Series are extremely affordable units. Price is no longer an issue, from now on; every law enforcement officer can be equipped with thermal night vision. Crisp thermal images The FLIR LS-Series are equipped with an uncooled, maintenance free, microbolometer detector. It delivers crisp thermal images in any day or night situation. The FLIR LS64 produces thermal images of 640 x 480 pixels. Users that do not need this high resolution can choose the LS32 which produces images of 320 x 240 pixels. All cameras are equipped with advanced internal camera software that delivers a crisp image without the need for user adjustments. The FLIR LS32 comes with a 2x digital zoom, whilst the FLIR LS64 is equipped with a 2x, 4x digital zoom and continuous electronic zoom. The FLIR LS64 is equipped with a 35 mm lens. It allows detecting human targets at a distance of no less than 1,080 meters. The FLIR LS32 is equipped with a 19 mm lens that allows detecting a human target at a distance of 640 m.                                                                   FLIR LS32                       FLIR LS64 Image quality                                      320 x 240 pixels          640 x 480 pixels Discrete digital zoom                          2x                                2x & 4x Continuous electronic zoom               No                                Yes Range performance                            640 m                          1,080 m  Portable and rugged, ready for long missions The FLIR LS-Series comes with long-life rechargeable Li-Ion batteries offering a typical operating time of 5 to 7 hours on a single load. Weighing 340 grams, batteries included, the FLIR LS-Series are extremely compact and extremely light systems. They are ideal for go-anywhere operations, in all circumstances. They are IP67 rated and operate between -20°C and +50°C. Easy-to-operate Ergonomic and easy-to-use, FLIR LS-Series thermal imaging cameras are fully controlled with the buttons on top of the unit. Conveniently placed the buttons are all right underneath your fingertips. Laser pointer Both versions of the FLIR LS-Series come with an integrated laser to quickly and safely pinpoint suspects in the dark. InstAlert™ The unique InstAlert feature colours the hottest part of the scene in red, making it easy to spot suspects in the thermal image. Thermal imaging versus image intensification Image intensification, also referred to as I2 technology, amplifies small amounts of visible light thousands of times so that objects can be seen at night. Image intensification does require a certain level of ambient light, but even starlight can produce an image on a cloudless night. Because the system requires at least a minimum level of ambient light, conditions such as heavy overcast can limit its effectiveness. Similarly, too much light may overwhelm the system and reduce its effectiveness. Thermal imaging cameras like the FLIR LS-Series offer substantial benefits over image intensification. They work by detecting the heat energy being radiated and need no light at all to produce a clear image in the darkest environments. Thermal imaging cameras are not affected by the amount of light so that you will not be blinded when looking at a light source. About thermal imaging Thermal imaging is the use of cameras constructed with specialty sensors that “see” thermal energy emitted from an object. Thermal, or infrared energy, is light that is not visible to the human eye because its wavelength is too long to be detected. It’s the part of the electromagnetic spectrum that we perceive as heat. Infrared allows us to see what our eyes cannot. Thermal imaging cameras produce images of invisible infrared or “heat” radiation. Based on temperature differences between objects, thermal imaging produces a clear image. In contrast with other technologies, such as light amplification, thermal imaging needs no light whatsoever to produce an image on which the smallest of details can be seen. Thermal imaging provides full visibility irrespective of the prevailing light level and weather conditions. It can see in total darkness, in the darkest of nights, through fog, in the far distance, through smoke and are able to detect anyone hiding in the shadows. It is used for security and surveillance, maritime, automotive, fire fighting and many other applications.      See slideshow with captions

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FLIR Systems showcased its range of thermal imaging cameras at IFSEC 2012
FLIR Systems showcased its range of thermal imaging cameras at IFSEC 2012

FLIR Systems, world leader in the design and manufacturing of thermal imaging cameras showcased its range of security products at IFSEC. The following products were on show: FLIR D-Series The D-Series outdoor dome enclosure provides precision pan/tilt control while providing fully programmable scan patterns, radar slew-to-cue, and slew-to-alarm functionality. Fully enabled for control and operation over IP and serial networks, D-Series systems deploy a 640 x 480 or 320 × 240 pixel thermal imager along with a day/night 36× zoom color CCD camera. FLIR’s D-Series thermal multi-sensor security dome cameras are the perfect replacement for day/night dome cameras, providing clear 24/7 imaging capability in an attractive, discrete dome-style enclosure. FLIR SR-Series The SR-Series feature the same thermal imaging technology found in many of FLIR’s most sophisticated security and surveillance systems, but are packaged for users who have mid-range security and surveillance as their primary application. The SR-Series are excellent tools to install in new or existing security installations. They just need power and connection to a screen. FLIR PT-Series Network-Ready Pan-Tilt, Multi-Sensor Thermal Security Cameras PT-Series thermal security cameras let you see intruders and other threats to your facility’s security clearly in total darkness and in bad weather. The PT-Series precision pan/tilt mechanism gives operators accurate pointing control while providing fully programmable scan patterns, radar slew-to-cue, and slew-to-alarm functionality.Fully enabled for control and operation over digital and serial networks, PT-Series thermal cameras are available in 160 × 120, 320 × 240, and high-resolution 640 × 480 formats, providing up to sixteen times the image clarity and longer threat detection range performance than lower resolution thermal cameras. Multi-sensor configurations also include a day/night 36× zoom color CCD camera on the same pan/tilt package. FLIR F-Series F-Series thermal security cameras let you see intruders and other threats to your facility clearly in total darkness and in bad weather. Fully enabled for control and operation over digital and analog networks, F-Series thermal imaging cameras are available in 160 × 120, 320 × 240, and high-resolution 640 × 480 formats, providing up to sixteen times the image clarity and longer threat detection range performance than lower resolution cameras. FLIR HRC-Series The HRC-Series are equipped with a highly reliable, mid-wave, cooled detector which offers extremely long range detection in all weather conditions. The cameras offer a continuous optical and electronic zoom. This offers excellent situational awareness while also giving the possibility to zoom in at suspect activities, and have a closer look, once they are detected. The HRC-Series can be integrated into existing networks or used as a stand alone unit. The HRC-Series offer extreme long range detection and excellent image quality, in the darkest of nights, through smoke and dust. You can detect a man-size target several kilometers away. All thermal imaging cameras are extremely suited for border and coastal surveillance but also for mid-range threat detection.

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The many faces of today's facial recognition technology
The many faces of today's facial recognition technology

The use of facial recognition has become a highly debated topic recently, and has increasingly and misleadingly been criticised by some for being an unethical tool used to spy on the public. The reason for such criticism is however largely due to lack of information and regulation around the technology. Used proportionately and responsibly, facial recognition can and should be a force for good. It has the ability to do a lot more to increase security in the future – from street crime to airport security, all the way through to helping those battling addiction, the technology can take security and operations to new heights. These systems can memorise the faces of persons of interest, networks of gang members, wanted criminals and those suspected of involvement in serious violent crimes The rise in knife crime Knife crime has dominated the headlines in the UK throughout the year. Recent statistics show the number of people being admitted to emergency care due to attacks by a sharp object to be up by nearly 40 per cent from two years ago, whilst the number of children under the age of 18 being admitted to hospitals with stab wounds is up by 86 per cent in only four years. This recent surge in knife crime has put police forces under immense pressure, and the intelligent use of facial recognition has a role to play in enabling more informed stop & search interventions. Currently UK police can stop and search an individual they suspect to be carrying drugs or weapons or both, or they can stop and search a person in a location where there have been or are considered likely to be “incidents involving serious violence.” In both cases they must do so with access to limited information, leaving themselves open to accusations of bias or discrimination. Knife crime dominated the headlines in the UK throughout 2018 Police systems benefiting crime investigations This is where facial recognition can offer up additional intelligence. These systems can memorise the faces of persons of interest, networks of gang members, wanted criminals and those suspected of involvement in serious violent crimes. Furthermore, these systems don’t need prior personal engagement to recognise an individual and see only data, not gender, age or race. Facial recognition thus helps eliminate both weapons and criminals off the streets and potentially prevent crimes before they have a chance to take place. The technology doesn’t take the decision away from the human police officer. However, it does bring greater transparency and context to the decision-making process of whether a stop and search intervention is justified.  Similarly, the advanced technology can recognise and match an individual seen on a CCTV camera at a crime scene to someone the police encounters on the streets some time later, justifying a stop and search on that individual. Its ability to check in real time if a person is on a criminal watchlist adds an extra layer to the decision-making process prior to conducting a stop and search, lowering the likelihood of discrimination. Facial recognition thus helps eliminate both weapons and criminals off the streets and potentially prevent crimes before they have a chance to take place. Gambling addiction and how facial recognition can help There are an estimated 593,000 people in the UK currently battling a gambling problem, making it a serious public health issue in the country. Having understood the gravity of the issue, the UK gambling commission have set limits and advice in place to help those suffering this addiction; yet as with all addictions, gambling is a tough habit to beat. In order to put effective limitations in place and make a real difference, the gambling commission needs the right technology to protect those most vulnerable in the industry.   Facial recognition technology is able to keep track of customers and thus help gambling companies in protecting their customers Facial recognition technology is able to keep track of customers and thus help gambling companies in protecting their customers to a higher degree. Monitoring those entering and moving around gambling areas is an extremely difficult task for human staff to do alone, especially in large crowded areas such as casinos. Facial recognition technology installed around the premises would be able to help the company and the staff to identify people who have registered as gambling addicts, and keep record of their day’s play in order to inform staff if and when it was time for them to stop. It would also be able to ensure effective self-exclusion procedures, by identifying a self-excluded individual via CCTV as soon as they entered the venue to then allow security staff to respectfully escort them out. Utilising facial recognition at airport security Facial recognition has by now become a normal sight at many airports around the world. Several people today hold a so-called biometric passport, which allows them to skip the normally longer queues and instead walk through an automated ePassport control to proceed to the gate faster without having to deal with control officers. Facial recognition used in this way has managed to significantly cut waiting times at the passport control, but it also has the ability to enhance security in and around airports. Facial recognition uses algorithms to match physical characteristics against photos and videos of people's faces Earlier this year, facial recognition technology managed to catch an imposter trying to enter the US at the Washington Dulles Airport. The false passport may have been uncaught by the human eye, yet due to the accuracy of the facial recognition technology it managed to help officers catch the imposter and bring him to justice. Facial recognition thus allows officers to identify an individual faster and more accurately than the human eye. Facial recognition uses algorithms to match physical characteristics against photos and videos of people's faces, which have been collected from visas, passports and other sources.   Facial recognition allows officers to identify an individual faster and more accurately than the human eye At airports the use of facial recognition has proved to both enhance security as well as speed up processes such as check-inWhilst some critics may worry about issues of privacy related to the technology, at airports the use of facial recognition has proved to both enhance security as well as speed up processes such as check-in and, in the future, even boarding proceedings. If used correctly and proportionately, facial recognition can help safeguard the public and improve national security on several fronts. Whilst the many benefits of facial recognition are evident, the lack of regulation and understanding of the technology has led to misconception around how it works and what it is used for. Facial recognition technology can match faces in crowded public places against criminal watch lists, and register faces that match with those on criminal watch lists – whilst ignoring everyone else.

2019 to see a rise in cyber and cloud security solutions
2019 to see a rise in cyber and cloud security solutions

2018 was a good year for integrators and manufacturers across the board. The economy has been strong which manifested itself in many ways but in particular construction was booming. This was very good for the security industry, especially those integrators and manufacturers who provide services and products in the commercial space. Two of the most unexpected things that impacted the market, and will continue to impact it into 2019, are the trade war and the rapid rise of interest rates. I have been monitoring both very closely and didn’t expect the trade ‘skirmish’ to escalate into the trade war it has become. Similarly, interest rates have started to rise which was a bit of a surprise and one that will definitely impact the nation’s economy and by extension our market. Upcoming cloud-based trends Cyber has definitely taken a strong foothold in the industry and with the continued expansion of cloud-based services I see three main trends coming in 2019. The first is the rise of cloud-based products and service offerings that security integrators will have access to. While we have had a few key players already offering cloud-based solutions for a couple of years on the video side in particular, I see this really picking up steam across all other security and life safety solutions. This really leads into the second trend which is integrators adjusting their business models to leverage these cloud-based solutions into recurring revenue models as managed security service providers (MSSP). The ability for integrators to develop their own managed service portfolio will be key; PSA is already working with several partners to help bring a portfolio offering to our membership which is really exciting. I anticipate that we will see about 10% of security integrators take hold of this new model in 2019 and then expect that number to increase by around 10% each year until the majority of the security business is cloud-based and integrators accept the new model of being an MSSP. Finally, of course is cybersecurity. Cyber has definitely taken a strong foothold in the industry and with the continued expansion of these cloud-based services, it will be more important than ever to integrators, manufacturers and end users alike. MSSP portfolio offering The more progressive security professionals will see cyber as an opportunity, a part of the MSSP portfolio offering, rather than just a threat that we have been talking about for going on five years. The winners in this market will be the integrators and manufacturers who can adapt to all these changes, leverage new technologies we are seeing with AI and cloud-based solutions, and those who stick to commodity-based solutions will be left behind. There are some remarkable things happening with AI technology, analytics, biometrics PSA’s growth has been remarkable. We have exceeded our own growth plans year over year and have also exceed the market projected growth marks as well. We continue to add more offerings to our membership to help them stay ahead of the curve, which in turn helps us to do the same. Right now, we are investing in programs that provide data to our integrators to help inform their business decisions. Data is key for any business and PSA has spent a lot of time working with developers and our integrators to understand what the most meaningful data is they need and how we can best deliver that to them by way of dashboards and reporting tools. Future technology advancements The biggest challenge we face is really tied to the higher interest rates that we have seen so far this year and what lies ahead. We help future fund projects for our integrators so when we see higher interest rates, we must closely monitor that and make business adjustments along the way as well to flex along with those rate hikes. I have been in this industry a long time so clearly my enthusiasm for what the industry is doing doesn’t fade. But what makes it really exciting right now is really related to technology advances. There are some remarkable things happening with AI technology, analytics, biometrics – you name it. It is a very tech heavy industry that people can feel good about being a part of and is an industry that will continue to grow so the opportunities are endless.

Video surveillance vendors will face further challenges in 2019
Video surveillance vendors will face further challenges in 2019

Video surveillance equipment vendors report their 2018 revenue data to IHS Markit in the first quarter of 2019, which is when we calculate the rate the professional video surveillance market grew in 2018. However, we expect this rate will have been around 10 percent globally -- slightly higher than the 9.3 percent growth in 2017 and much higher than the 3.9 percent growth in 2016. Changing market trends Despite this healthy rate of growth, 2018 was not without its challenges and surprises. Challenges included continued price erosion, cyber-security attacks on video surveillance equipment, component shortages and increased barriers to international trade. Surprises included the US Government banning the use of products from Hikvision and Dahua (the two largest global vendors of video surveillance equipment) in its own installations and the entry of new vendors like Motorola Solutions and Amazon into the video surveillance market. The effects of these trends and surprises is likely to reverberate through 2019 and beyond. Increased tariffs and other barriers to international trade, banning vendors, and potential changes in the product mix could cause average prices to rise. Larger vendors offering fresh solutions, and new ways to acquire those solutions, could affect traditional industry sales models and cause market disruption. Competitive supply base While the currently strong market growth rate offers big opportunities, vendors must move with the times, since fortunes can change quickly. Hikvision, Dahua and Axis Communications were the world’s largest video surveillance vendors in 2017. However, just ten years ago, the market was led by Panasonic, Pelco and Bosch. The professional video surveillance supply base remains highly competitive, and there are many vendors with lofty ambitions. In 2019, we can expect to see some vendors decline in the market, or even disappear altogether, as other vendors take the lead in shaping the industry’s longer-term direction.