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The DVTEL Quasar 4K Ultra HD Camera line is a core component of the “DVTEL 4K Certified Solutions.” Bringing the latest 4K technology to DVTEL’s value-added resellers and end users, the DVTEL Quasar 4K Ultra HD Cameras deliver technology that sets a new industry evidentiary quality standard. Employing a state-of-the-art, broadcast-quality Ultra HD media processor, the cameras deliver four times more detail at full 30 fps than today’s best HD1080 cameras and also more detail than legacy 10MP. The full DVTEL Quasar Camera line already delivers the most cost-effective storage options in the market, typically 60 percent less than comparable solutions. The Quasar 4K Cameras build on this cost-cutting efficiency by using the most advanced 4K Ultra HD media processor, providing pristine imagery at an industry leading 250M pixels per second while using 30% less storage than many competitive HD1080 solutions. The 4K models also introduce the most advanced low-light 4K image sensor ever introduced to the video surveillance industry, making them the perfect solution for a wide variety of indoor and outdoor applications. The cameras are also vandal resistant designs with integrated IR illumination.Add to Compare
The next generation of Quasar cameras from DVTEL brings the most advanced technologies with 4K Ultra HD, the new evidentiary standard, and building on the proven foundation of best in class broadcast quality cameras. Offering the industry’s lowest bandwidth through its broadcast motion processing architecture, the 4K Ultra HD camera series delivers predictable storage, lower utility costs and a reduction in your Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Now you can... get the 4K evidence you need at a cost you can afford. Deploy a 4K Ultra HD surveillance solution that easily handles wide variations in motion and lighting found in airports, city surveillance projects, critical infrastructure sites, commercial offices and campuses utilising the most technologically advanced HD IP camera.Add to Compare
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.Add to Compare
1/3 inch, Colour / Monochrome, 1920×1080 TVL resolution, Digital (DSP), HD, Auto Iris, 0.1 lux, C/CS mount, 12 V DC, Motion Activated, Wide Dynamic Range, Back Light Compensation, Auto Gain Control, White Balance, 1.0 ~ 1 / 10,000, >50 dB, 6 W, 115 x 82 x 52, 398, 0 ~ 50, 0 ~ 95Add to Compare
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.Add to Compare
1/3 inch, Colour / Monochrome, 1280 x 1024 TVL resolution, Digital (DSP), HD, Auto Iris, 0.1 lux, C/CS mount, 12 V DC, Motion Activated, Wide Dynamic Range, Back Light Compensation, Auto Gain Control, White Balance, 1.0 ~ 1 / 10,000, >50 dB, 6 W, 115 x 82 x 52, 398, 0 ~ 50, 0 ~ 95Add to Compare
The FLIR Saros™ line of security cameras combines multiple traditional perimeter protection technologies into a unified solution that delivers accurate, actionable alerts and verified alarm data. Saros includes multiple FLIR Lepton® thermal sensors, one or more 1080p or 4K cameras, IR and visible LED illuminators, advanced onboard analytics, two-way audio, and digital I/Os. FLIR Saros enables businesses to implement reliable, state-of-the-art outdoor intrusion detection in a cost-effective manner by minimizing the equipment required and reducing false alarms. Saros is designed to reduce false alarms, improving law enforcement or security guard response. Saros is easier to install and more reliable for security professionals, making it ideal for construction sites, auto dealerships, schools, and critical infrastructure. Saros provides visual verification of alarm events at night and in adverse conditions. The reliable, actionable alerts enable security professionals to provide remote guarding for large and small customers, reducing both losses and the cost of securing their operations.Add to Compare
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. The user can choose for a version equipped with an uncooled Vanadium Oxide (VOx) microbolometer producing crisp images of 640 x 480 pixels. Users that do not need this image quality can choose for a 320 x 240 pixels version. Models with a 160 x 120 pixels detector are also available. More pixels allow the user to see more detail and to detect more and smaller objects. Advanced internal camera software delivers a crisp image without the need for user adjustments. It provides high quality thermal imaging in any night- or daytime environmental conditions. Equipped with a 100 mm lens, the SR-Series is designed for mid-range security and surveillance applications. The SR-606 has a 6° field of view. With the SR-606 you will be able to detect a man-sized target at a distance of over 2.4 km. The SR-Series provide high contrast imagery optimized to get the most out of video analytics software. Digital Detail Enhancement ensures clear, properly contrasted thermal images in all weather conditions. Equipped with an “athermal lens”, all SR-Series are able to maintain focus no matter what the environmental temperature is. There is no need for user adjustments. The absence of a motorized focus mechanism prevents mechanical break downs. The SR-Series do not need any maintenance whatsoever. This guarantees an extremely low total cost of ownership. All SR-Series can be easily connected to common power and video interfaces found in existing and new security systems. They can be easily integrated into any existing CCTV infrastructure providing early detection and visibility 24/7 all the year round. The images from the 640 x 480, 320 x 240 or 160 x 120 pixels detector can be displayed on virtually any existing display that accepts composite video. The SR-Series are extremely rugged systems. Their vital core is well protected, meeting IP66 requirements, against dust and water ingress. For easy integration in analog video environments. Serial control and analog composite video output enable ready integration into legacy network designs. The SR-Series come at an extremely affordable price. From now on, price is no longer an object to integrate thermal imaging into your new or existing video security networks.Add to Compare
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 captionsAdd to Compare
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In 2017, IoT-based cyberattacks increased by 600%. As the industry moves towards the mass adoption of interconnected physical security devices, end users have found a plethora of advantages, broadening the scope of traditional video surveillance solutions beyond simple safety measures. Thanks in part to these recent advancements, our physical solutions are at a higher risk than ever before. With today’s ever evolving digital landscape and the increasing complexity of physical and cyber-attacks, it’s imperative to take specific precautions to combat these threats. Video surveillance systems Cybersecurity is not usually the first concern to come to mind When you think of a video surveillance system, cybersecurity is not usually the first concern to come to mind, since digital threats are usually thought of as separate from physical security. Unfortunately, these two are becoming increasingly intertwined as intruders continue to use inventive methods in order to access an organisation's assets. Hacks and data breaches are among the top cyber concerns, but many overlook the fact that weak cybersecurity practices can lead to physical danger as well. Organisations that deploy video surveillance devices paired with advanced analytics programs often leave themselves vulnerable to a breach without even realising it. While they may be intelligent, IoT devices are soft targets that cybercriminals and hackers can easily exploit, crippling a physical security system from the inside out. Physical security manufacturers Whether looking to simply gain access to internal data, or paralyse a system prior to a physical attack, allowing hackers easy access to surveillance systems can only end poorly. In order to stay competitive, manufacturers within the security industry are trading in their traditional analogue technology and moving towards interconnected devices. Due to this, security can no longer be solely focused on the physical elements and end users have taken note. The first step towards more secured solutions starts with physical security manufacturers choosing to make cybersecurity a priority for all products, from endpoint to edge and beyond. Gone are the days of end users underestimating the importance of reliability within their solutions. Manufacturers that choose to invest time and research into the development of cyber-hardening will be ahead of the curve and an asset to all. Wireless communication systems Integrators also become complicit in any issues that may arise in the future Aside from simply making the commitment to improve cyber hygiene, there are solid steps that manufacturers can take. One simple action is incorporating tools and features into devices that allow end users to more easily configure their cyber protection settings. Similarly, working with a third party to perform penetration testing on products can help to ensure the backend security of IoT devices. This gives customers peace of mind and manufacturers a competitive edge. While deficient cybersecurity standards can reflect poorly on manufacturers by installing vulnerable devices on a network, integrators also become complicit in any issues that may arise in the future. Just last year, ADT was forced to settle a $16 million class action lawsuit when the company installed an unencrypted wireless communication system that rendered an organisation open to hacks. Cybersecurity services In addition, we’ve all heard of the bans, taxes and tariffs the U.S. government has recently put on certain manufacturers, depending on their country of origin and cybersecurity practices. Lawsuits aside, employing proper cybersecurity standards can give integrators a competitive advantage. With the proliferation of hacks, malware, and ransomware, integrators that can ease their client's cyber-woes are already a step ahead. By choosing to work with cybersecurity-focused manufacturers who provide clients with vulnerability testing and educate end users on best practices, integrators can not only thrive but find new sources of RMR. Education, collaboration and participation are three pillars when tackling cybersecurity from all angles. For dealers and integrators who have yet to add cybersecurity services to their business portfolios, scouting out a strategic IT partner could be the answer. Unlocking countless opportunities Becoming educated on the topic of cybersecurity and its importance for an organisation is the first step Physical security integrators who feel uncomfortable diving headfirst into the digital realm may find that strategically aligning themselves with an IT or cyber firm will unlock countless opportunities. By opening the door to a partnership with an IT-focused firm, integrators receive the benefit of cybersecurity insight on future projects and a new source of RMR through continued consulting with current customers. In exchange, the IT firm gains a new source of clients in an industry otherwise untapped. This is a win for all those involved. While manufacturers, dealers and integrators play a large part in the cybersecurity of physical systems, end users also play a crucial role. Becoming educated on the topic of cybersecurity and its importance for an organisation is the first step. Commonplace cybersecurity standards Below is a list of commonplace cybersecurity standards that all organisations should work to implement for the protection of their own video surveillance solutions: Always keep camera firmware up to date for the latest cyber protections. Change default passwords, especially those of admins, to keep the system locked to outside users. Create different user groups with separate rights to ensure all users have only the permissions they need. Set an encryption key for surveillance recordings to safeguard footage against intruders and prevent hackers from accessing a system through a backdoor. Enable notifications, whether for error codes or storage failures, to keep up to date with all systems happenings. Create/configure an OpenVPN connection for secured remote access. Check the web server log on a regular basis to see who is accessing the system. Ensure that web crawling is forbidden to prevent images or data found on your device from being made searchable. Avoid exposing devices to the internet unless strictly necessary to reduce the risk of attacks.
Where are video surveillance cameras headed? At the core of next-generation Internet Protocol (IP) cameras are advanced chips with artificial intelligence (AI) at the edge, enabling cameras to gather valuable information about an incident: scanning shoppers at a department store, monitoring city streets, or checking on an elderly loved one at home. Thanks to advanced chip technology, complex analytics operations are becoming more affordable across the full spectrum of surveillance cameras —professional to consumer — fueling the democratisation of AI in the IP camera market. Complex analytics operations are becoming more affordable across the full spectrum of surveillance cameras Expanding the global IP camera market The video surveillance equipment market grew to $18.5 billion in 2018 and is expected to increase this year, according to IHS Markit. The latest research points to video everywhere, edge computing, and AI as the top technologies that will have a major impact in both commercial and consumer markets in 2019. Computing at the edge means that the processors inside the camera are powerful enough to run AI processing locally, while still encoding and streaming video, and are able to do it all at the low-power required to fit into the limited thermal budget of an IP camera. New SoC chips will be able to perform all of the processing on camera and provide accurate AI information, with no need to send data to a server or the cloud for processing. Instead, data can be analysed right in the camera itself, offering high performance, real-time video analytics, and lower latency — all critical aspects of video surveillance. This new AI paradigm is made possible by a new generation of SoCs, a key driver behind the market growth of IP cameras. Complex analytics operations are becoming more affordable across the full spectrum of surveillance cameras to fuel the advent of AI in the IP camera market Micro-processor-enabled video analytics Next-generation video cameras will be able to create heat maps of stores to see where people spend the most time Microprocessor-enabled analytics allow users to more easily extract valuable data from video streams. How about an insider’s view into retail customer behavior? Consider video cameras at a department store, monitoring shoppers’ behavior, traffic patterns, and areas of interest. Next-generation cameras will recognise how long a shopper stays in front of a specific display, if the shopper leaves and returns, and if the shopper ultimately makes a purchase. Next-generation video cameras will be able to create heat maps of stores to see where people spend the most time, so retailers will be able to adjust product placement accordingly. Analytics will also help identify busy/quiet times of the day, so retailers can staff accordingly. By understanding customers’ behavior, retailers can determine the best way to interact with them, target specific campaigns, and tailor ads for them. Cue the coupons while the shopper is still onsite! Analytics will also help identify busy/quiet times of the day, so retailers can staff accordingly Fast processing for rapid response at city level City surveillance and smart cities are depending on advanced video surveillance and intelligence to keep an eye on people and vehicles, identify criminals, flag suspicious behavior, and identify potentially dangerous situations such as loitering, big crowds forming, or cars driving the wrong way.Quick local decisions on the video cameras are also used to help analyse traffic situations Quick local decisions on the video cameras are also used to help analyse traffic situations, adjust traffic lights, identify license plates, automatically charge cars for parking, find a missing car across a city, or create live and accurate traffic maps. Real-time HD video monitoring and recording When it comes to home monitoring, what will next-generation video surveillance cameras offer? Real-time monitoring and notification can detect if a person is in the back yard or approaching the door, if there’s a suspicious vehicle in the driveway, or if a package is being delivered (or stolen). Advanced video cameras can determine when notifications are and aren’t required, since users don’t want to be notified for false alerts such as rain, tree branches moving, bugs, etc. Next-generation video camera capabilities can also help monitor a loved one, person or pet, helping put families at ease if they are at work or on vacation. For example, helpful analytics may be used to detect if someone has fallen, hasn’t moved for a while, or does not appear for breakfast according to their typical schedule. City surveillance and smart cities are depending on advanced video surveillance and intelligence to keep an eye on people and vehicles, identify criminals, flag suspicious behavior, and identify potentially dangerous situations Next-gen IP cameras When evaluating next-generation IP cameras (cameras on the edge), look at the brains. These cameras will likely be powered by next-generation SoCs chips. Here is what this means to you: Save on network bandwidth, cloud computing and storage costs. There is no need to constantly upload videos to a server for analysis. Analysis can be performed locally on the camera, with only relevant videos being uploaded. Faster reaction time. Decisions are made locally, with no network latency. This is critical if you need to sound an alarm on a specific event. Privacy. In the most extreme cases, no video needs to leave the camera. Only metadata needs to be sent to the cloud or server. For example, the faces of people can be recognised in the camera and acted upon, but the video never reaches the cloud. The cameras can just stream a description of the scene to the server “suspicious person with a red sweater walking in front of the train station, has been loitering for the last 10 minutes, suggest sending an agent to check it out.” This could become a requirement in some EU countries with GDPR rules. Easier search. Instead of having to look through hours of video content, the server can just store/analyse the metadata, and easily perform searches such as “find all people with a red sweater who stayed more than five minutes in front of the train station today.” Flexibility/personalisation. Each camera at the edge can be personalised to work better for the specific scene it is looking at, compared to a generic server. For example, “run a heat map algorithm on camera A (retail) as I want to know which sections of my store get the most traffic; and run a license plate recogniser on camera B (parking lot) as I want to be able to track the cars going in/out of my parking lot.” No cloud computing required. For cameras in remote locations or with limited network bandwidth, users have the ability to perform all analytics locally, without relying on uploading video to a server/cloud. Higher resolution/quality. When AI processing is performed locally, the full resolution of the sensor can be used (up to 4K or more), while typically the video streamed to a server will be lower resolution, 1080p or less. This means more pixels are available locally for the AI engine so that you will be able to detect a face from a higher distance than when the video is streamed off camera. AI at the edge Professional-level IP cameras capable of performing AI at the edge are coming soon with early offerings making their debut at this year’s ISC West. As we enter 2020, we will begin to see the availability of consumer-level cameras enabling real-time video analytics at the edge for home use. With rapid technology advancement and increased customer demand, AI is on the verge of exploding. When it comes to image quality and video analytics, IP cameras now in development will create a next-generation impact at department stores, above city streets, and keeping an eye on our loved ones.
Across the country, law enforcement officers are finding it increasingly difficult to respond to the near overwhelming number of calls coming from security alarms. Police departments commonly define a false alarm as a call, which upon investigation, shows no evidence of criminal activity, such as broken windows, forced doors, items missing, or people injured. While false alarms bog down police, they can also negatively impact customers and integrators. End users can expect hefty fines for false alarm responses, and when these customers receive large bills from the city, many turn to installers, dealers, and even manufacturers expecting them to accept the responsibility and pay the bill. What first brought the issue of alarm verification to your attention? It is crucial to both see a situation and concurrently listen to any corresponding sounds to gain full insight I’ve been aware of the problem of false alarms for about 5 years. I believed audio capture, through microphone deployment, could be an active part of the solution when used as a second source for indicating ‘out of the norm’ activity and as an equal component with the video surveillance technology. In 2015, I found similarly minded security professionals when introduced to the Partnership for Priority Verified Alarm Response. After reading PPVAR’s paper on ‘Audio Verified Alarms Best Practices; [April 2015],’ I knew that the Partnership was on to something important. In our lives, two of the five senses we count on day-in and day-out are sight and sound. It is crucial to both see a situation and concurrently listen to any corresponding sounds to gain full insight. What is the false alarm rate? In 2016, the International Association of Chiefs of Police reported that over 98 percent of all alarm calls in the United States were false. This number is obviously staggering, and something we need to work towards correcting. Why did this issue resonate so strongly with you? When I first investigated this issue, I was sure that the security industry would have already recognised this and was acting to ensure improved alarm verification, preferably through a combination of audio and video technologies. However, I quickly saw that this was not the case, or even close to the norm. I have questioned the rationale behind the lack of adoption and found the deployment of audio is often hindered by the concern of privacy. I’ve spearheaded many initiatives to explain the monitoring policies surrounding audio As CEO of Louroe Electronics, I’ve spearheaded many initiatives to explain the monitoring policies surrounding audio. I’ve had to reassure many security personnel and customers how the law supports the use of audio in public places as long as there is no expectation of privacy. By dispelling fears with facts around deploying and implementing audio sensors, customers can confidently include audio in their surveillance systems and gain a more effective security solution. Who is affected by this? Truth be told, everyone from the end user to the manufacturer is affected by this issue. Not to mention the strain this puts on law enforcement who are tired of ‘wasting time’ and effort out in the field on these nuisance alerts. When an end user receives a bill for their false alarm, many of them will immediately blame the integrator and or the monitoring center for a faulty set up and management and expect the integrator to remedy the situation, including carry the burden of paying the fines. The integrator, on the other hand, will turn to the manufacturer, assuming faulty equipment and installation instructions; therefore, looking for reimbursement for the cost. What is the average false alarm fee? It depends on many factors, and especially your first responder assigned location for responseIt depends on many factors, and especially your first responder assigned location for response. According to the Urban Institute, fees generally range from $25-$100 for the first offense, rising as high as a few thousand dollars per false alarm if a location has a large number in a single year. What’s worse, in extreme cases, alarm systems may even be blacklisted by the police dispatch center if they have raised too many false alarms in the past. Why do you believe audio is the ideal technology for secondary source verification? Video surveillance has been the main option for security monitoring and alarm validation for decades, however industry professionals are realising that video alone is not enough. Video only tells half of the story, by adding audio capture, the responsible party gains a turnkey solution with the ability to gather additional evidence to verify alerts and expand overall awareness. In reality, audio’s range is greater than the field of view for a camera. Sound pickup is 360 degrees, capturing voices, gunshots, breaking glass, sirens, or other important details that a fixed camera many not see. How would a secondary source verification system work with audio? Using a video monitoring solution equipped with audio, the microphone will pick up the sounds at the time a visual alert or alarm is triggered. If embedded with classification analytics, the microphone will send alerts for specific detected sounds. The captured audio, and any notifications are immediately sent to the monitoring station, where trained personnel can listen to the sound clip, along with live audio and video from their station. When law enforcement receives a validated alarm, they can better prioritise the response From here, an informed decision can then be made about the validity of the alarm, along with what the current threat is at the location. If the alarm is in fact valid, the information is then passed along to the law enforcement within minutes. When law enforcement receives a validated alarm, they can better prioritise the response. It also provides more information in a forensic evaluation. Are there any additional resources you would suggest looking into? Yes, we would suggest looking into the following to see a few different perspectives on the matter: NSA Support For 2018 Model Ordinance For Alarm Management and False Alarm Reduction Partnership for Priority Verified Alarm Response Support for the Term “Verified Alarm” and Prioritising Verified Alarm Responses Urban Institute Opportunities for Police Cost Savings without Sacrificing Service Quality: Reducing False Alarms
FLIR Systems, Inc. has announced six FLIR Saros dome cameras at the 2018 IFSEC International in London. The FLIR Saros dome cameras are the first group of products introduced to the FLIR Saros family of outdoor security cameras that include patented and patent pending technologies that can deliver accurate, actionable alerts, and verified alarm data for outdoor commercial perimeters. Saros dome cameras Saros dome cameras integrate multiple technologies in one device, including two low-cost FLIR Lepton thermal sensors supported by advanced onboard analytics, IR and visible LED illuminators, 2-way audio and digital input/outputs, and the choice of a 1080p or 4K video camera. These technologies enable business owners to benefit from the detection advantages of thermal imaging for perimeter and wide area protection. Integration with central alarm monitoring stations will expand the outdoor perimeter protection opportunities for security dealersThe FLIR Saros dome camera not only reduces the cost of initial deployment by minimising equipment requirements, but also reduces false alarms with built-in advanced analytics. Integration with central alarm monitoring stations will expand the outdoor perimeter protection opportunities for security dealers. The first six models offer 1080p or 4K options, and various thermal resolutions: FLIR Saros DH-390 2MP (1080p camera) and FLIR Saros DH-390 8MP (4K camera) offer a thermal resolution of 320x120 with a 90-degree field-of-view. FLIR Saros MH-6180 4MP (dual 1080P cameras) and FLIR Saros MH-6180 16MP (dual 4K cameras) include a thermal resolution of 640x120 with a 180-degree field-of-view. FLIR Saros MH-9270 6MP (triple 1080P cameras) and FLIR Saros MH-9270 24MP (triple 4K cameras) provide a thermal resolution of 960x120 with a 270-degree field-of-view. FLIR will begin shipping the Saros dome cameras in North America and Europe in the third quarter of 2018 through FLIR’s established network of dealers and integrators.
The security industry was strong and healthy in 2017. High-end security markets, such as the power distribution and critical infrastructure sectors, saw continued growth and opportunity for perimeter security technologies like thermal imaging, video analytics and radar. For the low-end security markets, there was significant competition from Chinese manufacturers. Despite this challenge, we saw continued growth from premium Western security manufacturers in 2017 in which many introduced cost-effective security solutions for the small to medium enterprise markets. Increased adoption of AI In 2018, the increased adoption of artificial intelligence in the video surveillance sector will play an important role. As the demand for an ROI beyond the traditional security system increases, developing camera hardware that can support edge analytics will be essential. The brands that will succeed will be the ones that can provide end users with video solutions that not only provide intrusion detection with low false alarm rates, but also offer features such as equipment condition monitoring. As the demand for an ROI beyond the traditional security system increases, developing camera hardware that can support edge analytics will be essential Other technologies that will see continued performance enhancements and greater adoption in 2018 are cloud storage, advanced video management systems and physical security information management (PSIM) solutions. Demand for thermal imaging In 2017, we continued to see strong interest and demand for thermal as it remains the industry standard for 24/7 perimeter monitoring and protection. As the leader in thermal imaging, FLIR introduced several noteworthy solutions this year such as the FB-Series line of premier thermal security cameras for any size perimeter. The FB-Series brings state-of-the-art thermal imaging technology to small to medium enterprises where perimeter size is no longer a barrier for adoption. FLIR United VMS For our enterprise business, there was great success with new FLIR United VMS platform, which received praise and recognition across the marketplace. FLIR United VMS is an enterprise level video management solution scalable for any size deployment. At ISC West, it received the Security Industry Association New Product Showcase 2017 Award in the VMS category, which is one of the highest accolades in the industry. Receiving the award was a significant milestone for our enterprise business, validating the hard work the FLIR team has put into delivering exceptional solutions for video operations management.
FLIR Systems has introduced the Quasar 4x2K panoramic camera featuring four, full-high-definition visible sensors. The latest security camera in the FLIR Quasar family, the 4x2K produces 4K resolution for highly detailed scenes. The mini-dome camera offers wide area surveillance to monitor cities, critical infrastructure, and other high-profile security areas. Adjustable field of view Offering interchangeable field-of-view options of 180- and 360-degrees, the Quasar 4x2K can replace multiple individual cameras, allowing security operators to reduce the number of security cameras required for monitoring wide areas. With automatic stitching that combines the four sensors into a 180-degree view, the camera generates a highly detailed, seamless image that eliminates blind spots and scene duplication. Built-in infrared illumination automatically adjusts to the 180- or 360-degree viewing mode and monitors without the need to illuminate the scene. IP67-rated dome enclosure The Quasar 4x2K integrates with FLIR’s video management systems (VMS) and major third-party VMS. Using a one-step configuration process that guarantees quick and efficient mounting, the Quasar 4x2K easily adjusts to either 180- or 360-degree viewing mode in the field. With an IP67 environmentally-rated dome enclosure to withstand mist, rain, and accidental submersion, the Quasar 4x2K provides 24/7 video surveillance either indoors or outdoors. The Quasar 4x2K camera is available to purchase through established FLIR dealers and integrators.
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