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DINION is a completely new camera family from Bosch Security Systems (formerly Philips CSI) that provides superb pictures right out of the box at very attractive prices. Combining smart operation functions to reduce installation time with performance features: NightSense - automatically switches to higher sensitivity at night Auto-black - boosts contrast in low visibility or fog Colour fidelity - improves colour reproduction Lens Wizard - automatically detects lens type and optimises performance Fully compatible with most other video equipment New stylish shape for an ultra-modern look On-screen menu for easy set-up Available pre-configured for outdoor/indoor use for faster installation Other - backlight compensation, colour temperature tuning and auto-aperture correction Available in a choice of 4 colour and 4 mono versions in high or standard resolution, operating from 220 /110V AC or 12/24VDC for maximum flexibility. The DINION range is backed by a comprehensive 3-year warranty.Add to Compare
The first Dinion cameras from Bosch set a new benchmark for high picture quality and ease of set-up. The new DinionXF cameras surpass even that by delivering even higher picture quality and more detail – thanks to its 15 bit video processing.Other features include: Fast automatic set-up for easy installation Optional Bosch ‘Bilinx’ system allows remote set-up over the video coax cable – with no extra wiring required Higher sensitivity and sharper images More detail in both the high-light and low-light areas Built-in global scene change detector automatically adjusts to changing light conditions (switching on security lights etc, sun etc) Lens wizard automatically detects the lens type for quick automatic set-up and accurate focus 24 hours a day Monochrome or colour versions with extra NightSense for enhanced night viewing Video motion detection using 4 independently programmable areas Alarms displayed on-screen or used to activate alarm outputs Up to 3 programmable operating modes with easy switching between them – e.g. for day, night or alarm conditions Programmable backlight compensation handles even the most difficult lighting conditionsAdd to Compare
The LTC 0455 series are compact rugged, 1/3-inch image format digital colour CCD cameras. Their superior sensitivity, 540 TVL resolution and picture quality provide optimal performance in virtually all situations. Easy Installation, digital signal processing, on screen displays, superior picture quality and reliability, brings the video performance of high resolution color cameras to a level never reached before and makes the LTC 0455 series the best choice for first time and professional users.Add to Compare
At IFSEC 2005, Bosch Security Systems displayed two new Day/Night versions of its high-performance, 15-bit DSP DinionXF range. For round-the-clock surveillance, the DinionXF Day/Night versions feature a built-in infrared filter for daylight surveillance that automatically moves from in front of the lens when the light level falls below a present value (at night infrared is the most useful region of the electromagnetic spectrum for imaging). For night-time surveillance, the camera also automatically switches to monochrome mode to increase sensitivity. The DinionXF Day/Night versions have built-in, through-the-lens infrared metering and detection that prevent reversion to daylight mode if the camera is illuminated by an infrared source at night. The IR filter can also be switched manually via the alarm input, through the camera menu or via the Bilinx coaxial bi-directional control interface. The new cameras also feature SensUp that dramatically enhances the effective sensitivity by decoupling image accumulation from the video output and by increasing accumulation time on the CCD up to ten times. Bosch’s SensUp works with continuous shutter speed adjustment for the smoothest possible video level control. SensUp is most effective where the only light is from the moon, stars and scattered radiation. Enhanced night-time imaging guarantees round-the-clock surveillance Lens Wizard automatically detects lens type and sets focus for 24-hour cycle Video Motion Detection allows selection of four fully programmable areas XF-Dynamic feature extends dynamic range for outstanding image quality CCD imaging and DSP technologies enable best possible sensitivityAdd to Compare
Bosch VUC-1055-F211 is an analogue video surveillance camera for indoor use. The flexible, compact design allows the camera to be used in a variety of applications. The camera is easy to install and has a menu system where functions such as privacy and motion detection zones can be set. It has a discreet microdome housing with digital noise reduction.Add to Compare
Bosch VTI-2075-F311 is an IR bullet camera which offers resolution in variable lighting conditions. It features 960H 1/3?inch CCD sensor & provides a resolution of 720TVL. The camera is available with a 3.6 mm fixed lens. The integrated infrared LEDs provide up to 15 m (50 ft) of night vision.Add to Compare
Bosch VTI-4075-V311 features 960H 1/3?inch CCD sensor & provides a resolution of 720TVL. The true day/night feature automatically switches from color to monochrome using a mechanical IR filter depending on the available light. The water resistant (IP66 rated) and vandal resistant (IK08 rated) housing ensures reliable video surveillance in a variety of indoor and outdoor applications.Add to Compare
Bosch Security Systems has won the NSCA’s 2005 Innovations in Technology award in the Security/Fire/Life Safety category. Bosch was one of only three finalists and won the award for the highly innovative mechanically-switchable IR filter featured in its high-performance LTC 0495 and LTC 0620 DinionXF Digital CCD Day/Night Cameras. The IR filter, which is automatically removed when the light level falls below a preset value, ensures the highest image quality, even under poor lighting conditions, day or night. For night-time surveillance, the camera also automatically switches to monochrome mode to increase sensitivity.The advanced technology of the 1/3-inch LTC 0495 and LTC 0620 Digital CCD Day/Night Cameras guarantees around-the clock surveillance, making the camera ideal for high-security areas including public utilities, prisons, and banks, as well as for situations where identification and image detail are critical, such as in retail stores. Over 100 companies entered products for consideration in this year’s Innovations in Technology Award Program, held at the Systems Integration Expo, Orlando, FL. Finalists were selected by a panel of judges, and then voted on by Expo attendees to determine the winner of each category.The National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA) is the leading non-profit association representing the commercial electronic systems industry, and has more than 2,500 member companies worldwide.Add to Compare
The WZ20 bullet camera has 30 high-power infrared LEDs that provide high performance night vision images up to 45 m (150 ft). The 1/3-in CCD sensor delivers 540 TVL of color imaging with outstanding IR spectral response, and video images with low-smear, low-streaking and excellent anti-blooming characteristics.Add to Compare
The GVS1000 is a system designed for long range, day/night, pan-tilt-zoom surveillance. The system delivers 1 km of recognition-level performance and 1200 m (3900 ft) of classification-level performance in total darkness. The GVS1000 provides long range 24/7 imaging for critical applications such as port and maritime monitoring, transportation and airport surveillance, and border and extended perimeter security.Add to Compare
The new Dinion Infrared Imager from Bosch overcomes all the challenges posed by critical infrastructure surveillance. Capable of providing up to 160m (525ft) of detection level surveillance and 120m (390ft) of classification level surveillance in total darkness at night, the camera is ideal for installation along a fenceline or perimeter. All Dinion Infrared Imager cameras are tested to DCRI standard surveillance levels - Detection, Classification, Recognition and Identification of target - to ensure reliable performance at the stated distances. Unrivalled image qualityPoor lighting conditions can prevent effective 24/7 perimeter surveillance. The Dinion Infrared Imager combines 2X-Dynamic technology for 20-bit processing and wide dynamic range with our advanced infrared technology in a single, robust outdoor unit to deliver unmatched image quality night and day. Our innovative 3D Diffuser infrared technology balances scene foreground and background for perfectly evenly illuminated night-time images. Unique Constant Light technology automatically compensates for naturally-occurring LED degradation to ensure a consistent level of lighting performance for the life of the camera. New Variable Field Illumination reduces installation time and delivers total flexibility, by allowing you to easily adjust IR intensity and beam patterns on-site. Easy installationA quick connect system between the camera and mount makes it quick and easy to install. The camera can be fully configured without exposure to the elements, an integrated on-screen display with remote capabilities provides a single interface for controlling most infrared and camera functions. Advanced intelligenceNeed help detecting loitering, line crossing and other potential threats? Embedded Intelligent Video Analysis (IVA) processes video signals and alerts operators to potential security threats, allowing the camera to function as a reliable, automated fence-line detection appliance. Install and forgetThe unit is rated to IP67 and NEMA4X for corrosion resistance and tested to desert solar radiation conditions, shock and vibration. It is designed to stay securely in place even through hurricane-force winds. The Dinion Infrared Imager overcomes all the challenges posed by perimeter, border and general monitoring surveillance at critical infrastructure sites to deliver round-the-clock protection you can rely on. //Add to Compare
EX14 is an all-environment camera for harsh weather applications. The simple, effective design allows performance in the most challenging of environmental conditions, including wash-down facilities, corrosive environments and sub-zero temperatures.Add to Compare
The EX27D is specifically designed for day/night surveillance in hot, dusty, desert conditions. An optimised heat-sinking design protects the camera from internal overheating caused by solar heat gain. The EX27D delivers reliable performance to 65ºC (149ºF). The EX27D Desert camera incorporates MFP (Mechanical Filter with Photocell) technology. Using dual-window mechanical filter technology, the EX27D delivers accurate colour during the day and outstanding infrared sensitivity at night.Add to Compare
The EX65 Explosion Protected Camera is a high performance, smart surveillance camera for explosive environments. Utilising Dinion 2x imaging, the camera offers unrivaled image quality in the worst lighting conditions. Electropolished 316L stainless steel construction ensures the ultimate environmental protection available today.Add to Compare
The VBC-255 is a compact, rugged, 1/3-inch image format digital colour CCD camera. The superior sensitivity, 540 TVL resolution and picture quality provide optimal performance in virtually all situations. The lens wizard automatically detects the lens and allows the installer to easily adjust the lens level and focus without special tools or filters.Add to Compare
Bosch VTN-4075-V311 features 960H 1/3 inch CCD sensor & provides a resolution of 720TVL. The water resistant (IP66 rated) and vandal resistant (IK08 rated) housing ensures reliable video surveillance in a variety of indoor and outdoor applications. The true day/night feature automatically switches from color to monochrome using a mechanical IR filter depending on the available light.Add to Compare
The V1180P/V1182P provide a wide range of features. These small, sleek, rugged bullet cameras can be installed in almost any architectural design and provide the ultimate in anti-vandalism protection with their die cast aluminium housings. They are even submersible in water to a depth of 3 m. These cameras provide a variety of features that make choosing the best camera for a particular application easy and affordable.Add to Compare
Bosch Dinion XF cameras the first to use true 15 bit video processing for higher image quality. They not only capture the full dynamic range of the scene but also adapt intelligently to poor changing or conditions.Features include: Low light capability down to 0.018 lux High resolution of 768 x 492 pixels Up to 1 km cable lengths for long runs without video amplifiers NightSense boosts sensitivity in low light Motion Detection with 4 selectable areas SensUp and Dynamic Noise Reduction maintains high image quality under adverse condition Lens Wizard for automatic set-upAdd to Compare
A new, highly informative demonstration CD on CCTV camera innovation is now available from Bosch Security Systems. Essential for both dealers and end-users, the CD provides comprehensive information on all aspects of camera requirements, installation and usage. The CD begins with a short introduction on the increasing importance of CCTV and how more and more organizations rely on secure and efficient surveillance. It continues with a non-technical overview of the company's key camera ranges and their various applications, and includes product documentation as well as a download of a Configuration Tool for Imaging Devices. Dynamic video clips illustrate the main product features/benefits, and examples of applications of traffic, city centers, banks and dark scenes are clearly and attractively presented. Connectivity to control devices – an important aspect of camera innovation - is also briefly explained. Documentation includes data sheets, installation manuals and application notes. The entire program, available in English, is easy to navigate. The CD is aimed at installers, dealers and end-users in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. It can be obtained from the Bosch website www.boschsecurity.comby clicking on the appropriate region and country, then on 'Free Camera CD' and completing the order form. Comprehensive CCTV camera information for dealers and end-users Easy-to-navigate chapters covering all aspects of camera surveillance Non-technical overview of camera ranges for convenience of choice Full product literature and Configuration Tool for Imaging DevicesAdd to Compare
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Cyber threats hit the headlines every day; however digital hazards are only part of the security landscape. In fact, for many organisations - physical rather than virtual security will remain the burning priority. Will Liu, Managing Director of TP-Link UK, explores the three key elements that companies must consider when implementing modern-day business surveillance systems. 1) Protecting more than premises Video surveillance systems are undoubtedly more important than ever before for a huge number of businesses across the full spectrum of public and private sector, manufacturing and service industries. One simple reason for this is the increased use of technology within those businesses. Offices, workshops, and other facilities house a significant amount of valuable and expensive equipment - from computers, and 3D printers to specialised machinery and equipment. As a result, workplaces are now a key target for thieves, and ensuring the protection of such valuable assets is a top priority. A sad reality is that some of those thieves will be employees themselves. Video surveillance system Of course, video surveillance is often deployed to combat that threat alone, but actually, its importance goes beyond theft protection. With opportunist thieves targeting asset-rich sites more regularly, the people who work at these sites are in greater danger too. Effective and efficient surveillance is imperative not just for physical asset protection, but also for the safety From this perspective, effective and efficient surveillance is imperative not just for physical asset protection, but also for the safety of colleagues as well. Organisations need to protect the people who work, learn or attend the premises. A video surveillance system is, therefore, a great starting point for companies looking to deter criminal activity. However, to be sure you put the right system in place to protect your hardware assets, your people, and the business itself, here are three key considerations that make for a successful deployment. 2) Fail to prepare, and then prepare to fail Planning is the key to success, and surveillance systems are no different. Decide in advance the scope of your desired solution. Each site is different and the reality is that every solution is different too. There is no ‘one-size-fits-all solution and only by investing time on the exact specification can you arrive at the most robust and optimal solution. For example, organisations need to consider all the deployment variables within the system’s environment. What is the balance between indoor and outdoor settings; how exposed to the elements are the outdoor cameras; what IP rating to the need? A discussion with a security installer will help identify the dangerous areas that need to be covered and the associated best sites for camera locations. Camera coverage After determining location and coverage angles, indoors and outdoors, the next step is to make sure the cameras specified are up to the job for each location. Do they have the right lens for the distance they are required to cover, for example? It is not as simple as specifying one type of camera and deploying it everywhere. Devices that can use multiple power sources, Direct Current, or Power over Ethernet well are far more versatile You have to consider technical aspects such as the required level of visual fidelity and whether you also need two-way audio at certain locations? Another simple consideration is how the devices are powered. Devices that can use multiple power sources, Direct Current or Power over Ethernet as well are far more versatile and reliable. Answers to these questions and a lot more need to be uncovered by an expert, to deliver a best-of-breed solution for the particular site. 3) Flexibility breeds resilience Understanding exactly what you need is the start. Ensuring you can install, operate and manage your video surveillance system is the next step. Solutions that are simple to install and easy to maintain will always be favoured - for example, cameras that have multiple sources of power can be vital for year-round reliability. Alongside the physical aspect of any installation, there is also the software element that needs to be considered. The last thing organisations need is a compatibility headache once all their cameras and monitoring stations are in place. Selecting cameras and equipment with the flexibility to support a variety of different operating systems and software is important not just for the days following the installation, but also to future-proof the solution against change. Easy does it Once the system is up and running, the real work of video surveillance begins. Therefore, any organisation considering deploying a system should look to pick one that makes the day-to-day operation as easy as possible to manage. And again - that is all about the set-up. Cameras can also provide alerts if they have been tampered with or their settings changed The most modern systems and technology can deliver surveillance systems that offer smarter detection, enhanced activity reporting so you learn more about your operations, and also make off-site, remote management easy to both implement and adjust as conditions change. For example, camera software that immediately notifies controllers when certain parameters are met - like motion detection that monitors a specific area for unauthorised access. Cameras can also provide alerts if they have been tampered with or their settings changed without proper authorisation. Remote management of HD footage What’s more, the days of poor quality or unreliable transfer of video are long gone. The high-quality HD footage can be captured, stored, and transferred across networks without any degradation, with hard drives or cloud-based systems able to keep hundreds of days of high-quality recordings for analysis of historical data. Finally, the best surveillance solutions also allow for secure remote management not just from a central control room, but also from personal devices and mobile apps. All this delivers ‘always-on’ security and peace of mind. The watchword in security Modern video surveillance takes organisational security to the next level. It protects physical assets, ensures workplace and workforce safety, and helps protect the operations, reputation, and profitability of a business. However, this is not just an ‘off-the-shelf purchase’. It requires proper planning in the form of site surveys, equipment and software specifications, as well as an understanding of operational demands and requirements. Investing time in planning will help businesses realise the best dividends in terms of protection. Ultimately, that means organisations should seek to collaborate with vendors who offer site surveys - they know their equipment best, your needs, and can work with you to create the perfect solution.
Technology based on the cloud has become a popular trend. Most IT systems now operate within the cloud or offer cloud capabilities, and video surveillance is no exception: virtually every major hardware and software vendor offers cloud-based services. Users benefit from the cloud due to its numerous advantages, such as ease of implementation, scalability, low maintenance costs, etc. Video surveillance as a service (VSaaS) offers many choices, so there is an optimal solution for each user. However, what about integrators? For them, VSaaS is also a game-changer. Integrators are now incentivised to think about how they can maintain their markets and take advantage of the new business opportunities that the cloud model provides. Hosted video surveillance The cloud service model has drastically changed the role of an integrator. Traditionally, integrators provided a variety of services including system installation, support, and maintenance, as well as served as a bridge between vendors and end-users. In contrast, hosted video surveillance as a service requires a security system installer to simply install cameras and connect them to the network, while the provider is in direct contact with each end-user. The cloud service model has drastically changed the role of an integrator There is no end to on-premises systems. However, the percentage of systems where the integrator’s role is eliminated or considerably reduced will continue to increase. How can integrators sustain their markets and stay profitable? A prospective business model might be to become a provider of VSaaS (‘cloud integrator’) in partnership with software platform vendors. Cloud-based surveillance Some VMS vendors offer software VSaaS platforms that form the basis for cloud-based surveillance systems. Using these solutions, a data centre operator, integrator, or telecom service provider can design a public VSaaS or VSaaS in a private cloud to service a large customer. The infrastructure can be built on any generic cloud platform or data centre, as well as resources owned by the provider or client. So, VSaaS providers have the choice between renting infrastructure from a public cloud service like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud or using their own or clients’ computing infrastructure (virtual machines or physical servers). Gaining competitive advantage When integrators purchase commitment use contracts for several years, they can achieve significant savings As an example, a telecom carrier could deploy VSaaS on their own infrastructure to expand their service offering for clients, gaining a competitive advantage and enhancing profits per user. Using a public cloud, a smaller integrator can host the computing infrastructure immediately, without incurring up-front costs and with no need to maintain the system. These cloud services provide scalability, security, and reliability with zero initial investment. When integrators purchase commitment use contracts for several years, they can achieve significant savings. Next, let’s examine VSaaS options available in the market from an end-users point of view. With hosted (or cloud-first, or true-cloud) VSaaS solutions, all the video feeds are transmitted directly from cameras to the cloud. Optionally, video can be buffered to SD cards installed on cameras to prevent data losses in case of Internet connection failures. Dedicated hardware bridges There are many providers of such services that offer their own brand cameras. Connecting these devices to the cloud should only take a few clicks. Firmware updates are usually centralised, so users don’t have to worry about security breaches. Service providers may offer dedicated hardware bridges for buffering video footage and secure connections to the cloud for their branded and third-party cameras. Service providers may offer dedicated hardware bridges for buffering video footage Typical bridges are inexpensive, basic NVRs that receive video feeds from cameras, record on HDD, and send video streams to the cloud. The most feature-rich bridges include those with video analytics, data encryption, etc. Introducing a bridge or NVR makes the system hybrid, with videos stored both locally and in the cloud. At the other end of the spectrum relative to hosted VSaaS, there are cloud-managed systems. Video management software In this case, video is stored on-site on DVRs, NVRs, video management software servers, or even locally on cameras, with an option of storing short portions of footage (like alarm videos) in the cloud for quick access. A cloud service can be used for remote viewing live video feeds and recorded footage, as well as for system configuration and health monitoring. Cloud management services often come bundled with security cameras, NVRs, and video management software, whereas other VSaaS generally require subscriptions. Keep in mind that the system, in this case, remains on-premises, and the advantages of the cloud are limited to remote monitoring and configuring. It’s a good choice for businesses that are spread across several locations or branches, especially if they have systems in place at each site. On-site infrastructure All that needs to be changed is the NVRs or VMS with a cloud-compatible model or version All locations and devices can be remotely monitored using the cloud while keeping most of the existing on-site infrastructure. All that needs to be changed is the NVRs or VMS with a cloud-compatible model or version. Other methods are more costly and/or require more resources to implement. Hosted VSaaS helps leverage the cloud for the highest number of benefits in terms of cost and technological advantages. In this case, the on-site infrastructure consists of only IP cameras and network equipment. This reduces maintenance costs substantially and also sets the foundation for another advantage of VSaaS: extreme and rapid scalability. At the same time, the outgoing connection at each site is critical for hosted VSaaS. Video quality and the number of cameras directly depend on bandwidth. Broadband-connected locations Because the system does not work offline, a stable connection is required to stream videos. In addition, cloud storage can be expensive when many cameras are involved, or when video archives are retained for an extended period. The hosted VSaaS is a great choice for a small broadband-connected location The hosted VSaaS is a great choice for small broadband-connected locations and is also the most efficient way to centralise video surveillance for multiple sites of the same type, provided they do not have a legacy system. Since it is easy to implement and maintain, this cloud technology is especially popular in countries with high labour costs. Using different software and hardware platforms, integrators can implement various types of VSaaS solutions. Quick remote access For those who adhere to the classic on-premises approach, adding a cloud-based monitoring service can grow their value proposition for clients with out-of-the-box capabilities of quick remote access to multiple widely dispersed sites and devices. For small true-cloud setups, there is a possibility to rent a virtual machine and storage capacity in a public cloud (such as Amazon, Google, or Microsoft) and deploy the cloud-based VMS server that can handle dozens of cameras. In terms of features, such a system may include anything from plain video monitoring via a web interface to GPU-accelerated AI video analytics and smart search in recorded footage, depending on the particular software platform. Optimising internet connection Hybrid VSaaS is the most flexible approach that enables tailoring the system to the users’ needs High-scale installations, such as VSaaS for public use or large private systems for major clients, involve multiple parts like a virtual VMS server cluster, web portal, report subsystem, etc. Such systems can also utilise either own or rented infrastructure. Some vendors offer software for complex installations of this kind, though there are not as many options as for cloud-managed systems. Finally, hybrid VSaaS is the most flexible approach that enables tailoring the system to the users’ unique needs while optimising internet connection bandwidth, cloud storage costs, and infrastructure complexity. It’s high time for integrators to gain experience, choose the right hardware and software, and explore different ways of building systems that will suit evolving customer demands in the future.
The ‘new normal’ was all we heard about when it came to the working model shift after the pandemic hit. Businesses worldwide adopted working from home, and then the hybrid model: a balance of remote work and office work. And according to a recent survey by 451 Research, nearly 80% of organisations surveyed said they have implemented or expanded universal work-from-home policies as a result of COVID-19, whilst 67% expect these policies to remain in place either permanently or for the long-term. With more vacant office spaces, the question is: is hybrid working a red flag for business security? Empty-office days When buildings and office spaces are still active with advanced technology, equipment and assets on show, yet footfall is not as busy as it once was, opportunistic criminals are closely watching and taking note. But what are they learning? Security systems provider, Expert Security UK, investigates our new normal. Offices are nests for expensive, valuable equipment, with maybe the latest technology Instead of a packed, busy office five or six days a week, hybrid working means more empty-office days, which is music to the ears of burglars. Offices are nests for expensive, valuable equipment, with maybe the latest technology and safes sitting there, or potential stacks of cash or company cards. You may be thinking, well, who leaves company cards or cash out? You’d be surprised, especially when business owners think they’ll never be a victim, or sometimes, staff make mistakes. Hybrid working model And don’t forget, burglars don’t always know what’s been left and will take their chances. And when a hybrid working model is the ‘new normal’, that means a lapse in security - at least in a thief’s mind. So how worried should business owners be? Well, the latest figures are pretty worrying, but also, not massively shocking. Reiterating the temptation and lure the working model shift has on robbers, Statista recorded a 12-year high for robbery offences in the UK in 2019/2020. When more businesses either shut up shop or sent staff away to home offices, it’s not hard to make a connection. These figures reflect how, when given the opportunity, thieves will strike and take advantage. Handing vital information Whether you’ve decided to go fully remote, it’s crucial to review and rethink your business security However, it’s worth noting that the lockdowns and empty streets would also have played a part in this spike, and now that we’re out of lockdowns with a world back to flipping its sign to ‘open’, many businesses will be carrying on working from home, but towns, shops, and streets are busy again. Whether you’ve decided to go fully remote, or have adopted the hybrid model, it’s crucial to review and rethink your business security, starting with your social media presence. It’s a good idea to review your social media channels. We forget how open we can be on social media, and how our digital presence can actually work as a perfect guide and insight for criminals. All they have to do is follow your channels to pick up on clues. And if you’re not giving it a minute’s thought about what you're putting out there, you may even be just handing them vital information and helping their plans. Remote working shift Of course, there is information readily available such as your opening times, location etc. But, do you really want/need to show off the new, state-of-the-art tablets you’ve just kitted your office out with? It can be hard as a business, or even as a social person, to not want to share positive news on social media, but we really do have to stop and think, especially if people know a lot about the company and its remote working shift. It’s also a good idea to have a meeting with your staff about a social media policy Maybe share a post about that new, intelligent security system you've installed instead. It’s also a good idea to have a meeting with your staff about a social media policy or maybe just a casual chat about best practices, e.g. not to tag the business in a post about their new office gadget etc. Improving business security With fewer office days, you probably won’t need to take up as much work space anymore. Maybe some equipment has become more ornamental. Anything you don’t use or need, you could sell or donate. If you do have expensive equipment lying around that’s not being used, try and make money back from it or store it elsewhere. If you are keeping a lot of expensive equipment in vacant premises, especially fixed equipment and technology, then consider installing bars and shutters over the windows. Whatever your budget, you can improve your business security tenfold with key security measures. One of them being access control. Security gates with access control are incredibly effective at stopping unauthorised people from gaining entry. There are also car park barriers and bollards that are highly effective at keeping any potential getaway vehicles out. Easily portable technology High-quality CCTV is a best friend to any business, but you need to be reviewing it frequently High-quality CCTV is a best friend to any business, but you need to be reviewing it frequently, especially if you’ve done a perimeter check and noticed any signs of forced entry or damage. Don’t forget those signs either, let visitors or trespassers know they’re on camera. To fit in with the hybrid working model, static fixtures are becoming redundant. For instance, companies are switching to laptops instead of computers, so that workers can transport them easily to and from the office. This is not only more efficient and convenient, but it means assets are more guarded. It’s the same for any other gadgets. Having easily portable technology is good for business, hybrid working, and security. Don’t forget about your deterrents. Simple signs to warn people of alarms, CCTV, and even the fact that you don’t leave equipment inside overnight can go a long way. Best security technology Thieves are famous for taking their chances. Some will meticulously plan, and many strike at a convenient, opportune time. So having signs in place that show you have high-quality, intelligent security in place can work wonders, making them think twice. It’s also worth noting that you may not have the best security technology in place at the moment, but those on the outside don’t need to know that; they can be fooled. However, having the best physical security in place is vital, as criminals lurk and will take chances. Keep reviewing your security, especially as your business adapts and reshapes - whether you return back to full office days or carry on the hybrid working model. This guest post was contributed by Danny Scholfield, Managing Director of Expert Security UK.
Intrusion alarm systems are currently facing a growing number of potential error sources in the environment. At the same time, alarm systems must comply with increasingly demanding legal requirements for sensors and motion detectors. As a future-proof solution, detectors equipped with Sensor Data Fusion technology raise the level of security while reducing the risk of cost- and time-intensive false alarms. This article provides a comprehensive overview of Sensor Data Fusion technology. Anti-masking alarms A cultural heritage museum in the South of Germany for decades, the installed intrusion alarm system has provided reliable protection on the premises. But suddenly, the detectors trigger false alarms every night after the museum closes. The system integrators are puzzled and conduct extensive tests of the entire system. When they finally identify the culprit, it’s unexpected: As it turns out, the recently installed LED lighting system in the museum’s exhibition spaces radiates at a wavelength that triggers anti-masking alarms in the detectors. Not an easy fix situation, since a new lighting system would prove far too costly. Ultimately, the integrators need to perform extensive detector firmware updates and switch to different sensor architecture to eliminate the error source. This scenario is by no means an isolated incident, but part of a growing trend. Need for reliable detector technology Legal requirements for anti-masking technology are becoming stringent in response to tactics by criminals The number of potential triggers for erroneous alarms in the environment is on the rise. From the perspective of system operators and integrators, it’s a concerning development because every false alarm lowers the credibility of an intrusion alarm system. Not to mention steep costs: Every false call to the authorities comes with a price +$200 tag. Aside from error sources in the environment, legal requirements for anti-masking technology are becoming more stringent in response to ever more resourceful tactics employed by criminals to sidestep detectors. What’s more, today’s detectors need to be fortified against service outages and provide reliable, around-the-clock operability to catch intruders in a timely and reliable fashion. Sensor Data Fusion Technology In light of these demands, one particular approach has emerged as a future-proof solution over the past few years: Sensor Data Fusion technology, the combination of several types of sensors within one detector – designed to cross-check and verify alarm sources via intelligent algorithms – holds the keys to minimising false alarms and responding appropriately to actual alarm events. This generation of detectors combines passive infrared (PIR) and microwave Doppler radar capabilities with artificial intelligence (AI) to eliminate false alarm sources without sacrificing catch performance. Motion detectors equipped with Sensor Data Fusion technology present a fail-proof solution for building security “It’s not about packing as many sensors as possible into a detector. But it’s about including the most relevant sensors with checks and balances through an intelligent algorithm that verifies the data for a highly reliable level of security. The result is the highest-possible catch performance at the minimum risk for erroneous alarms,” said Michael Reimer, Senior Product Manager at Bosch Security Systems. Motion detectors with sensor data fusion Looking ahead into the future, motion detectors equipped with Sensor Data Fusion technology not only present a fail-proof solution for building security. The comprehensive data collected by these sensors also unlock value beyond security: Constant real-time information on temperature and humidity can be used by intelligent systems and devices in building automation. Integrated into building management systems, the sensors provide efficiency improvements and lowering energy costs Integrated into building management systems, the sensors provide the foundation for efficiency improvements and lowering energy costs in HVAC systems. Companies such as Bosch support these network synergies by constantly developing and optimising intelligent sensors. On that note, installers must be familiar with the latest generation of sensor technology to upgrade their systems accordingly, starting with a comprehensive overview of error sources in the environment. Prominent false alarm triggers in intrusion alarm systems The following factors emerge as frequent triggers of false alarms in conventional detectors: Strong temperature fluctuations can be interpreted by sensors as indicators of a person inside the building. Triggers range from floor heating sources to strong sunlight. In this context, room temperatures above 86°F (30°C) have proven particularly problematic. Dust contamination of optical detectors lowers the detection performance while raising susceptibility to false alarms. Draft air from air conditioning systems or open windows can trigger motion sensors, especially when curtains, plants, or signage attached to the ceilings (e.g. in grocery stores) are put in motion. Strong light exposure directly on the sensor surface, e.g. caused by headlights from passing vehicles, floodlights, reflected or direct sunlight – all of which sensors may interpret as a flashlight from an intruder. Extensive bandwidth frequencies in Wi-Fi routers can potentially confuse sensors. Only a few years ago, wireless routers operated on a bandwidth of around 2.7GHz while today’s devices often exceed 5GHz, thereby catching older detectors off guard. LED lights radiating at frequencies beyond the spectrum of visible light may trigger sensors with their infrared signals. Regarding the last two points, it’s important to note that legislation provides clear guidelines for the maximum frequency spectrum maintained by Wi-Fi routers and LED lighting. Long-term security But the influx of cheap and illegal products in both product groups – products that do not meet the guidelines – continues to pose problems when installed near conventional detectors. For this reason, Sensor Data Fusion technology provides a reliable solution by verifying alarms with data from several types of sensors within a single detector. Beyond providing immunity from false alarm triggers, the new generation of sensors also needs to comply with the current legislature. These guidelines include the latest EN50131-grade 3, and German VdS class C standards with clear requirements regarding anti-masking technology for detecting sabotage attempts. This is exactly where Sensor Data Fusion technology provides long-term security. Evolution of intrusion detector technology Initially, motion detectors designed for intrusion alarm systems were merely equipped with a single type of sensor; namely passive infrared technology (PIR). Upon their introduction, these sensors raised the overall level of building security tremendously in automated security systems. But over time, these sensors proved limited in their catch performance. As a result, manufacturers began implementing microwave Doppler radar capabilities to cover additional sources of intrusion alarms. First step detection technology In Bosch sensors, engineers added First Step detection to trigger instant alarms upon persons entering a room Over the next few years, sensors were also equipped with sensors detecting visible light to catch flashlights used by burglars, as well as temperature sensors. In Bosch sensors, engineers added proprietary technologies such as First Step detection to trigger instant alarms upon persons entering a room. But experience in the field soon proved, especially due to error sources such as rats and other animals, that comprehensive intrusion detection demands a synergetic approach: A combination of sensors aligned to cross-check one another for a proactive response to incoming signals. At the same time, the aforementioned bandwidth expansion in Wi-Fi routers and LED lighting systems required detectors to implement the latest circuit technology to avoid serving as ‘antennas’ for undesired signals. Sensor data fusion approach At its very core, Sensor Data Fusion technology relies on the centralised collection of all data captured by the variety of different sensors included in a single detector. These data streams are directed to a microprocessor capable of analysing the signals in real-time via a complex algorithm. This algorithm is the key to Sensor Data Fusion. It enables the detector to balance active sensors and adjust sensitivities as needed, to make truly intelligent decisions regarding whether or not the data indicates a valid alarm condition – and if so, trigger an alarm. Advanced verification mechanisms The current generation of Sensor Data Fusion detectors, for instance from Bosch, feature advanced verification mechanisms, including Microwave Noise Adaptive Processing to easily differentiate humans from false alarm sources (e.g. ceiling fans or hanging signs). For increased reliability, signals from PIR and microwave Doppler radar are compared to determine whether an actual alarm event is taking place. Additionally, the optical chamber is sealed to prevent drafts and insects from affecting the detector, while the detector is programmed for pet and small animal immunity. Sensor cross-verification Further types of sensors embedded in current and future generations of Sensor Data Fusion detectors include MEM-sensors as well as vibration sensors and accelerometers. Ultimately, it’s important to keep in mind that the cross-verification between sensors serves to increase false alarm immunity without sacrificing the catch performance of actual intruders. It merely serves to cover various indicators of intrusion. Protecting UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in China Intelligent detectors equipped with Sensor Data Fusion are protecting historic cultural artifacts in China from theft and damage. At the UNESCO-protected Terracotta Warriors Museum site, one hundred TriTech motion detectors from Bosch with PIR and microwave Doppler radar technology safeguard the invaluable treasures against intruders. To provide comprehensive protection amid the specific demands of the museum site, the detectors have been installed on walls and ceilings to safeguard the 16,300-square-meter museum site. To ensure an optimal visitor experience without interference from glass walls and other barriers, many detectors are mounted at a height of 4.5 meters (15 feet) above ground under the ceiling. Despite their height, the detectors provide accurate data around the clock while exceeding the performance limits of conventional motion detectors, which clock out at a mere 2 meters (6 feet) catchment area. Integrated video systems The site also presents additional error sources such as large amounts of dust that can contaminate the sensors, as well as visitors accidentally dropping their cameras or mobile phones next to museum exhibits. To distinguish these events from actual criminal activity, the intrusion alarm system is integrated with the museum’s video security system. This allows for verifying alarm triggers with real-time video footage at a fast pace: In the case of an actual alarm event, the system alerts the on-site security personnel in the control room in less than two seconds. Added value beyond security Sensor Data Fusion technology provides a viable solution for the rising number of error sources in the environment As of today, Sensor Data Fusion technology already provides a viable solution for the rising number of error sources in the environment while providing legally compliant building security against intruders. In light of future developments, operators can leverage significant added value from upgrading existing systems – possibly without fundamentally replacing current system architecture – to the new detector standard. Added value how? On one hand, the detectors can integrate with access control, video security, voice alarm, and analytics for a heightened level of security. These synergetic effects are especially pronounced on end-to-end platforms like the Bosch Building Management system. On the other hand, the data streams from intelligent detectors also supply actionable intelligence to building automation systems, for instance as the basis for efficiency improvements and lowering energy consumption in HVAC systems. New backward-compatible detectors Bosch will release a new series of commercial detectors by end of 2021, based on the latest research on risk factors for false alarm sources in the environment and line with current legislation and safety standards. Throughout these developments, installers can rest assured that all new detectors are fully backward compatible and work with existing networking/architecture. With that said, Sensor Data Fusion technology emerges as the key to more secure intrusion alarm systems today and in the future. TriTech detectors from Bosch For reliable, fail-proof alarms the current series of TriTech detectors from Bosch relies on a combination of different sensor data streams, evaluated by an integrated algorithm. These Sensor Data Fusion detectors from Bosch combine up to five different sensors in a single unit, including: Long-range passive infrared (PIR) sensor Short-range PIR sensor Microwave sensor White light sensor Temperature sensor Equipped with these sensors, TriTech detectors are capable of detecting the most frequent sources of false alarms; from headlights on passing cars to a mouse passing across the room at a 4.5-meter distance to the detector. What’s more, TriTech detectors provide reliable performance at room temperatures above 86°F (30°C) while fully guarding against actual intrusion and sabotage attempts from criminals.
LENSEC is proud to announce the integration of their Perspective Video Management Software (PVMS)® with Bosch’s Intrusion Control Panels (B and G Series). This new partnership allows security operators to manage intrusion, fire, and access control systems while monitoring video surveillance cameras from behind one pane of glass. Through the integration, operators can view events issued by the panel, such as gas, fire, and burglar alarms, and send commands to the connected device. Supported commands include the arming and disarming of devices, activating and silencing bells, bypassing points, and more. This integration places alarm monitoring, device control, and event reaction into one intuitive interface, eliminating the need for multiple monitoring points. Bosch Intrusion Panel Most importantly, all applicable events and actions are available from a unified security platform provided by the Perspective Video Management Software. The ability to bring control of disparate systems into a single, browser-based application delivers critical time-saving advantages. By leveraging the capabilities of the Bosch Intrusion Panel and the existing monitoring, reporting, and analytic features provided by PVMS, security operators can manage multiple life-safety programs from one visual interface. “We are excited about the integration between PVMS and Bosch’s intrusion panels because it will no doubt make things easier for security operators,” said Michael Trask, Director of North American Sales for LENSEC. “What was once managed from three or four different platforms is now available under one system. This integration aligns with both LENSEC’s and Bosch’s goal of providing easy-to-use solutions for our clients.”
Global MSC Security announces that former Chief Constable of Derbyshire Constabulary and now a Strategic Advisor to the Home Office’s Accelerated Capability Environment (ACE) initiative, Peter Goodman OBE QPM, will participate in the Global MSC Security Conference and Exhibition 2021. The event takes place in Bristol on Tuesday 19th October and this year focuses on the use of artificial intelligence in the surveillance industry. During his 33 years’ service working across three police forces, Peter Goodman OBE QPM was also the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for cybercrime, as well as leadership roles focused on counter-terrorism, forensics, and tackling serious and organised crime nationally. Right business processes At the Global MSC Security Conference and Exhibition 2021, he will share insights into his work at ACE - a Home Office initiative within the Homeland Security Group that solves public safety and security challenges, arising from rapidly changing digital and data technologies. Peter Goodman OBE QPM states: “With over 300 commissions under our belt, ACE has demonstrated that the public sector can be at the cutting edge of innovation and match the pace of the best innovators with the right business processes and the very best partners.” ACE has demonstrated that the public sector can be at the cutting edge of innovation" He joins a high calibre programme of speakers that includes Fraser Sampson, the Commissioner for the Retention and Use of Biometric Material and Surveillance Camera Commissioner; Philip Ingram MBE of Grey Hare Media; Professor Martin Innes, Director, Crime and Security Research Institute at Cardiff University and Director of the Universities' Police Science Institute; Louise Stapleton, Counter Terrorism Security Advisor at Avon & Somerset Police, and Professor James Ferryman from the University of Reading. Solving security challenges Derek Maltby, MD of Global MSC Security states: “The Global MSC Security Conference and Exhibition stands alone in its ability to bring together national and local government, policing, academia and the private sector to address and advance the challenges and opportunities facing the surveillance industry, of which artificial intelligence presents both. I am looking forward to learning about Peter’s perspective through his work with ACE.” The Global MSC Security Conference and Exhibition takes place on Tuesday 19th October 2021 at The Bristol Hotel in Bristol City Centre, from 9 am until 3.30 pm. The event is sponsored by Genetec, Synectics, Bosch, 360 Vision, Milestone, and DSSL Group. The chosen charity for this year is Meningitis Now.
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