SightSensor thermal cameras detect intrusions and auto-steer PTZs using SightTracker
SightSensor thermal cameras detect intrusions and auto-steer PTZs using SightTracker

PTZ cameras deployed for site perimeters and outdoor areas are often pointed in the wrong direction when an event occurs. The solution is a hands-free, auto tracking PTZ controller that automatically zooms a PTZ to follow an intruder in real time. With the SightLogix Outdoor Video System, a fixed Thermal SightSensor is used to locate a target, never taking its eye off the perimeter, while automatically steering a PTZ camera to zoom in on the event in real time. The key is the SightSensor’s use of GPS technology. SightSensors are calibrated to map their field of view to the GPS coordinates of all points in the scene so every object’s location, size and direction is known. This information is used by the SightTracker to direct a PTZ camera to the precise location of the intrusion, providing detailed information for making fast response decisions. The result is a new dimension of accuracy to your security operations, ensuring “eyes on until hands” capability over your entire facility. SightLogix SightTracker Product Details: Feature Benefit Automatically steers PTZ cameras to zoom and follow targets using their GPS positions as determined by SightSensors Solves the challenge of manually locating a detected alarm with a PTZ camera over large outdoor areas Interfaces with PTZ cameras using Pelco™ D extended protocol via a physical EIA RS-422 interface Enhances the functionality of new or existing PTZ assets with automated target tracking Detected targets and PTZ camera Fields of View are also shown on SightMonitor® topology map moving in real time Quickly identify the location and movement of security violations, even over large outdoor areas Configurable for tracking priority, including first target acquired, newest target, closest target, fastest moving target, and largest target Automatically track the most relevant targets for your application Adjustable optical zoom setting automatically enlarges or reduces target magnification within the field of view  Continual up-close view of tracked objects provides sufficient detail (minimum 10% of the screen) for identification and forensic analysis A single SightSensor can control multiple SightTracker/PTZ cameras Detect and follow multiple divergent objects within a large scene  10/100 Ethernet with support for satellite, cellular, and full broadband communications; AES 256 bit encryption and SSL protocol  Flexible and secure communications Seamless integration with third-party PTZ cameras. Open-system design supports leading industry systems. Refer to SightLogix Third Party Compatibility List for details.  Ruggedized (NEMA-4X) enclosure; rugged, multi-contact sealed Mil-C electrical connector Built to withstand outdoor elements (rain, snow, humidity, sand, temperature extremes) for extended life

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SightLogix thermal SightSensor video analytic IP cameras protect ports and waterside perimeters
SightLogix thermal SightSensor video analytic IP cameras protect ports and waterside perimeters

In the past, achieving accurate intruder detection for waterside assets has been difficult due to the unique challenges posed by the environment. Many waterside assets cover large geographic areas that include varied perimeters that cannot be secured using traditional solutions. For example, fences aren't feasible for the waterside segment of a perimeter, while physical barriers do not provide the necessary situational awareness over the large areas typical for these settings. Some waterside assets such as ports are adjacent to public areas or neighborhoods where pedestrian intruders represent both security and safety threats. Challenges of climate, weather, poor lighting and large areas of coverage pose additional difficulties.   Achieving security awareness around waterside perimeters at ports, bridges, utilities and other critical assets requires timely, credible alerts with detail to respond. Knowing the nature and location of an intrusion is the key to mounting an effective response. While there are a number of options available, thermal cameras with video analytics have become a best-of-breed solution for waterside requirements. Smart thermal cameras operate day or night, and can “see” what the eye would miss, even over large outdoor areas in complete darkness  Recent advances in thermal camera image processing have expanded their traditional role as night vision cameras to provide 24-hour outdoor security. SightLogix Thermal SightSensors provide clear, detailed thermal images night and day, and can detect intrusions across large site perimeters, enclaves and outdoor areas in complete darkness or in bright sun. To endure the challenges of the water environments, SightSensors are enclosed in ruggedized, NEMA 4X nitrogen-sealed enclosures.  By geo-registering their field-of-view to GPS coordinates, SightSensor smart cameras can make accurate determinations regarding target location, size, bearing and speed, critical details for securing large areas like ports and other waterside infrastructure. Such geo-registration can be used to display a target’s precise location against a topology map of the area under security to pinpoint the location of an intrusion in real time. The same information can be used to automatically steer a PTZ camera to zoom and follow detected targets for making fast response decisions.  SightSensor cameras can also accurately discriminate legitimate targets from extraneous motion, while presenting very clear details about the scene. In a waterside perimeter application, thermal video analytics can identify intruders despite background water movement or glare off the water.  Smart thermal cameras can also be an economical solution. Outdoor surveillance involves additional infrastructure costs, including construction, trenching, camera poles, network connectivity, video display and storage. SightSensor cameras with their higher level of video processing can operate at twice the distance and cover four times the area of traditional thermal cameras, creating a larger buffer zone for early detection of intruders, along with a direct economic benefit: Fewer SightSensor cameras are needed to protect the same location, lowering overall costs accordingly.

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SightLogix Visible SightSensor: Accurate outdoor detection for perimeter security
SightLogix Visible SightSensor: Accurate outdoor detection for perimeter security

The SightLogix Visible SightSensor is an intelligent day/low night video analytic detection camera for large outdoor perimeter and buffer zones.The Visible SightSensor, which leverages a high degree of on-board image processing for high Probability of Detect (PD) and low Nuisance Alarm Rates (NAR) in all weather and geographic conditions, consists of a visible imager, complete with lens optics, electronic stabilisation, video analytics software, camera control, and geospatial target tracking within a ruggedised, NEMA 4X nitrogen-purged housing. Extended range drives greater savingsWith their higher level of imaging processing, each SightSensor camera can cover as much as three times the distance of other surveillance cameras. This means that SightLogix systems require fewer cameras, reducing the supporting infrastructure (poles, trenching, networking, power, etc.) and associated costs. As a result, SightSensor cameras lower installation, infrastructure and overall project costs significantly. Visible SightSensor Feature Benefit Multiple digital signal processors (DSP) integrated with the camera imager Analyses all detail of every video frame for increased accuracy and extended range Image processing for 3D Image Stabilisation (translation, rotation and zoom) Eliminates video shake induced by wind and machinery (trains, airplanes, construction equipment) to eliminate nuisance alarms Image processing for dynamic lighting correction Reveals objects in varying and low-light conditions Image processing for accurate detection of small objects in a background of environmental movement (leaves, reflections, wind-blown objects) High probability of detect with low nuisance alerts Operates in the visible spectrum to detect objects that violate a site's alarm policies. Specifies the GPS position for up to 64 simultaneous targets Accurate intrusion detection over large outdoor areas Optical zoom lens (18x) Supports various field of view/detection distances Detects inbound vehicle-sized objects up to 1,230 meters (4034 feet) and human-sized targets at distances up to 500 meters (1640 feet); requires no more than sixteen (16) scene pixels for object detection Accurate intrusion detection over large outdoor areas GPS-based analytics determine object location, size, and velocity with real-time display onto geo-positioned topology map Accurately filters objects based on size and velocity; provides situational awareness 10/100 Ethernet with support for satellite, cellular, wireless (802.11a), and full broadband communications; AES 256 bit encryption and SSL protocol Flexible and secure communications Seamless integration with third-party Video Management, Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) and Access Control Systems. Open-system design supports leading industry systems. Refer to SightLogix Third Party Compatibility List for details. Dry-nitrogen pressurized enclosure (NEMA-4X); rugged, multi-contact sealed Mil-C electrical connector Built to withstand outdoor elements (rain, snow, humidity, sand, temperature extremes) for extended life

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SightLogix Automated Outdoor Video System accurately detects intrusions in all conditions
SightLogix Automated Outdoor Video System accurately detects intrusions in all conditions

The SightLogix® Automated Outdoor Video System featured at ISC West solves the toughest outdoor security problems. The system is designed to accurately detect, assess and locate intrusions over outdoor areas and perimeters in all weather and geographic conditions. SightLogix systems are deployed around the world, protecting assets in the desert heat to the frozen arctic.  By integrating many times the typical processing power at the "network edge," the SightLogix system eliminates variations from wind, lighting, precipitation, moving clouds, shadows and vibrations. The benefit is increased coverage area with a high probability of target detection and greatly reduced nuisance alarms. Increased coverage also means fewer cameras and infrastructure, making SightLogix the most cost-effective solution for outdoor security. SightLogix systems are geo-registered to the scene, providing the "what" and "where" of security breaches, while accurately determining target size across a large field of view to filter out small animals and blowing debris. SightLogix systems also use geo-registration to display the coordinates of detected targets onto a sitemap for situational awareness, and to automatically position PTZ cameras to zoom and follow targets. SightLogix extends security from the walls of your building to the perimeter with automated video awareness. SightLogix systems are interoperable with existing video management, PSIM and Access Control systems, without middleware, custom integration or additional equipment. The system supports end-to-end data security, open IT standards and configurable bandwidth. The SightLogix solution includes long range Thermal and Visible SightSensor™ security cameras, WideView SightSensor security cameras, SightTracker™ automated PTZ/dome camera controllers for target identification, and SightMonitor™ coordination and GPS target location topology map display software. SightLogix remote systems are available in fixed, rapid deployment or mobile deployment. The net-centric SightLogix system is designed to operate over low-bandwidth wireless networks and can run on solar/battery power.

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SightLogix Clear24 thermal camera – Clearest thermal images, night and day
SightLogix Clear24 thermal camera – Clearest thermal images, night and day

Thermal cameras are known for "seeing in the dark." But most thermal images look blurry and lack detail. SightLogix® Clear24 provides clear, detailed thermal images day and night, under all conditions including rain, bright sun, and humidity.Clear24 is the only outdoor thermal video camera with multiple built-in Digital Signal Processors (DSPs) engineered to present an outstanding thermal image optimised for the eye to see. SightLogix image enhancement technology provides a high contrast image that comes close to black and white photo quality regardless of conditions, eliminating the need for additional visible cameras.SightLogix Clear24 cameras are specifically designed for outdoor use. A sealed, nitrogen-filled NEMA4X-compliant enclosure keeps grit, dust, and moisture out, and ensures maximum performance even in humid conditions. Like all SightLogix cameras, Clear24 is designed to operate in environments ranging from the Canada Oil Sands to the Middle East desert.The Clear24 is a cost-effective, durable solution that reveals what the human eye misses. Clear24 uses image processing technology to: Reveal objects that blend into the backgroundAutomatically adapt to low-contrast (rain, humidity, fog)Eliminate "white-out" to reveal targets in bright sunObtain clearer details at greater ranges with lower cost Clear24 Feature Benefit Digital Signal Processing (DSP) with Contrast Image Enhancement See crisp, clear image detail: 24 hours/day, all seasons Long Wavelength Infrared (LWIR) Uncooled Microbolometer See what would be missed in zero light or difficult lighting environments, such as unlit areas near roads and over water in bright sunlight Multiple Field of View options (48°, 36°, 24°, 18°, 13°, 9.1°, 6.6°, 4.6°) Supports various distance needs 10/100 Ethernet with support for satellite, cellular, and full broadband communications Flexible and secure communications Seamless integration with third-party VMS, PSIM and C2 Systems Open-system design supports leading systems Dry-nitrogen pressurised enclosure (NEMA-4X); rugged, multi-contact sealed Mil-C electrical connector Built to withstand outdoor elements (rain, snow, humidity, sand, temperature extremes) for extended life

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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.