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System OverviewWith upgraded H.265 encoding technology, Dahua Lite series network camera has efficient video encoding capacity, which saves bandwidth and storage space. This camera adopts the latest starlight technology and displays better color image in the condition of low illumination. It supports SD card storage, dust-proof function, waterproof function and vandal-proof function, complying to the standards of IP67 and IK10 (Supported by some select models). Functions Smart CodecWith advanced scene-adaptive rate control algorithm, Dahua smart encoding technology realizes the higher encoding efficiency than H.265 and H.264, provides high-quality video, and reduces the cost of storage and transmission. WDRWith advanced Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) technology, Dahua network camera provides clear details in the environment of strong brightness contrast. The bright and dark area can get clear video even in high brightness environment or with backlight shadow. StarlightDahua Starlight technology mainly applies to the environment of low illuminance, and it can provide clear colorful video. Even in the environment of ultra-low illuminance, the technology can guarantee the good image effect. IVSWith advanced video algorithm, Dahua IVS technology supports intelligent functions, such as tripwire and intrusion. Protection (IP67, IK10, wide voltage)IP67: The camera passes a series of strict test on dust and soak. It has dust-proof function, and the enclosure can works normal after soaking in 1 m deep water for 30 minutes.IK10: The enclosure can stand the punch more than 5 times from a 5 kg hammer falling from a height of 40 cm (Impact energy is 20J).Wide voltage: The camera allows ±30% input voltage tolerance (wide voltage range), and it is widely applied to outdoor environment with instable voltage.
Hanwha Techwin’s Wisenet PNM-9000VD multi-sensor/multi-directional camera provides quality images and modular lens configuration at an affordable price. This camera supports 30fps image capture and true 120 dB WDR without compromising frame rate for each of its two 5MP sensors. Each sensor has its own Wisenet 5 chip, providing a full suite of built-in video analytics including loitering, directional detection, fog detection, tampering, motion detection and objects entering or exiting an area.
VIVOTEK’s VAST 2 is an easy to use IP video management software (VMS). To meet the real-world needs of users, it comes with exciting advancements such as easy operation on single or multiple monitors, custom layout to accommodate both corridor and panorama orientations, rapid export of multi-channel video and the acquisition of VCA analytics & cybersecurity attack events from VIVOTEK cameras and substations (such as NVRs) in a hierarchical system structure. In the new version update of VIVOTEK’s video management software VAST 2, several advanced user-centered functionalities will be unveiled. The new features include the Deep-Learning Technology Smart Search II, Cybersecurity Management Solution, and License Plate Recognition Integration. With this update, users can enjoy the intuitive interface of VAST 2 while achieving a higher level of management efficiency. Three new user-oriented benefits will be highlighted in VAST 2： Smart Search II Building on Deep-Learning Video Content Analytics, the Smart Search II of VAST 2 allows users to quickly search for specific objects and people in the specified region. While enabling People Detection feature, only people-based activities will serve as event triggers. The security operator no longer needs to search through extensive footage for critical videos, thus improving both efficiency and effectiveness. Cybersecurity Management Solution Offering the complete end-to-end cybersecurity protection, the new VAST 2 is fully integrated with VIVOTEK cameras and NVRs and becomes a powerful cybersecurity central management site. The protection includes Instant Alert Notifications, allowing users to receive notifications automatically, and the Cyber Risk Dashboard to visually identify common types of cyber-attacks. In addition, users can filter attack logs according to a range of criteria, making it quicker to find abnormal events and take necessary actions to minimize risks. License Plate Recognition Integration Now, the new VAST 2 is fully integrated with VIVOTEK’s LPR/ Automatic Number-Plate Recognition (ANPR) camera, IB9387-LPR. Users can see the live images with selected information, such as confidence level or black list status, which can in turn become a trigger source in Alarm Management, making it easy to intelligently manage license plate data.
IDIS has extended its award-winning DirectIP® camera range with the introduction of a new flagship 2MP 36x Lightmaster IR PTZ outdoor-ready camera for fast and precise pan/tilt/zoom performance.The new DC-S6283HRX Lightmaster builds on the specification of IDIS’s successful PTZ models, with a high-grade lens combined with advanced sensor technology and finely tuned, client-side image processing, allowing the capture of vivid, true colour video in extremely low light conditions. Excellent performance at long distances, with minimum motion blur, makes the DC-S6283HRX ideal for perimeters, shopping centres, stadia, outdoor spaces and public area applications.The camera benefits from IDIS’ signature true plug-and-play, one-click configuration and features 36x optical zoom, IR up to 350 metres, true wide dynamic range (WDR), digital image stabilization (DIS), a built-in heater and a vandal proof casing.“Designed for 24/7 accurate pan/tilt/zoom operation this new Lightmaster PTZ camera delivers unparalleled performance and exceptional detail when zooming. The camera is equipped with a variety of intelligent features and can move between pre-set positions and zoom in automatically in response to detected events. The result is maximum protection for a wide range of applications,” said James Min, Managing Director, IDIS Europe.The user experience is enhanced with IDIS Smart UX Controls, which is an award-winning, advanced and simple to use interface featuring intuitive slingshot and rubber-band style controls. Operators can smoothly and seamlessly follow moving objects in real-time with ground-breaking accuracy by panning images at different speeds and in different directions - literally without lifting a finger - by using a CTRL button and mouse combination.The camera uses H.264 and H.265 combined with IDIS Intelligent Codec to deliver significant bandwidth and storage savings and benefits from low Power over Ethernet (PoE) energy consumption.The risk of gaps in footage is eliminated with IDIS Smart Failover. In the event of network instability, the camera automatically records to an integral 256GB SD card and transfers data to the network video recorder (NVR) once connection is restored, which avoids the need for engineer call outs to retrieve footage.“We are listening and responding to customer demand with our new 2MP PTZ Lightmaster camera, providing an easy to deploy, low-storage and bandwidth solution for wide area coverage and perimeter detection,” said James Min, Managing Director of IDIS Europe. “It’s particularly suited to town centre and city surveillance, stadia, outdoor retail parks, manufacturing and logistics sites and high-security perimeter applications where outstanding performance and ease-of-use combined with a low total cost of ownership are becoming essential.”
Increase safety and reduce risk on board your transit vehicles with March Networks® RideSafe MT Series IP Recorders. These all-IP units deliver highly-reliable video surveillance recording and management in a compact, rugged design that is ideal for mid-sized vehicles – like student and patient shuttles and paratransit buses. Available in 4-channel and 6-channel models, the RideSafe MT Series solution enables operators to capture everything that’s happening on the bus, inside and out. Whether you have one or a thousand vehicles, this plug-and-play recorder can operate as a standalone unit programmable through embedded software, or be remotely managed and monitored daily using March Networks Command™ for Transit video management software. Video from the recorder can also be integrated with existing CAD and AVL systems and mobile routers. Key RideSafe MT Series features include: Front panel LEDs for easy recorder diagnostics, including operational, recording and video export status Embedded Linux OS, to ensure reliable and secure video recording Real-time health monitoring, alerting operators to camera, recorder and network issues before they affect performance Vehicle metadata integration from CAD/AVL systems and accelerometers for accurate re-enactments, driver monitoring and investigations Configurable recording policies based on schedule, motion, incident/event and other user-definable variables Powerful video management software, providing the advanced tools and features needed to manage entire fleets Automated video and data extraction over WiFi or 4G networks Extended thermal range (ETR) models available
AI series products adopt the most advanced AI technologies, including deep learning algorithms that primarily target people and vehicles, which provides higher flexibility and accuracy for end-users. This enables the Dahua AI series to offer various advanced applications such as Face Recognition, Metadata, traffic data statistics, etc. The complete lineup of Dahua AI includes network (PTZ) cameras, network video recorders, servers, and more devices. Beyond seeing the world, the power of AI allows devices to perceive the environment and understand the world in a better way. System Overview Dahua PTZ AI network camera adopts advanced CNN deep learning algorithms to support face recognition with high accuracy. The Dual 4MP Starlight Smart Capture Camera consists of panoramic camera and PTZ camera. Panoramic camera captures panoramas, and then PTZ camera takes detailed snapshots of objects and keeps tracking objects after rule violations occur. This camera possess wide monitor range and PFA algorithm that can always present a clear, focused image while zooming. Functions Dual PTZ systemPanoramic camera and Detail camera of the dual PTZ system can be adjusted horizontally and vertically. Face RecognitionOnce facial features are extracted from captured faces, they are stored in a database where they can be easily searched and compared against other images. Once a successful match is found, the system outputs the result. The Dahua Face Recognition camera supports a built-in database that stores up to 10,000 facial images, helping the camera achieve realtime face capture and comparison. Starlight TechnologyFor challenging low-light applications, Dahua's Starlight Ultra-low Light Technology offers best-in-class light sensitivity, capturing color details in low light down to 0.001 lux. The camera uses a set of optical features to balance light throughout the scene, resulting in clear images in dark environments. PFA TechnologyPFA technology has innovatively introduced new methods of judgment to ensure the accuracy and predictability of the direction of subject distance adjustment. The result is a set of advanced focusing algorithms. PFA ensures clarity of the image throughout the process of zooming and shortens focus time. The realization of PFA technology substantially improves user experience and increases product value. MetadataMetadata is feature attribute information extracted from a target object which can be used for data retrieval. There are four kinds of metadata supported by Dahua PTZ AI camera: human face, human body, motor vehicle and non-motor vehicle metadata. Facial information includes gender, age, glasses, masks, beards, etc. Human body information includes hat, top, top color, bottom, bottom color, bag, etc. Motor vehicle information includes plate color, type, vehicle color, sunshield, ornament, calling, seatbelt, smoking, annual inspection sticker, etc. Non-motor vehicle information includes type, color, top type, top color, people number, etc. Smart trackingHuman, motor vehicle, and non-motor vehicle, or their combinations can be set as objects. Once the objects selected trigger detection rules (like tripwire and intrusion), the detail camera will track them automatically. Perimeter ProtectionAutomatically filtering out false alarms caused by animals, rustling leaves, bright lights, etc. Enables system to act secondary recognition for the targets. Improving alarm accuracy. InteroperabilityThe camera conforms to the ONVIF (Open Network Video Interface Forum) specifications, ensuring interoperability between network video products regardless of manufacturer.
VIVOTEK ‘s new CC9381-HV is a 180-degress panoramic network camera, featuring its compact design and high-quality image capability, making it suitable for a wide array of both indoor and outdoor environments, such as boutiques, convenience stores, banks, schools and homes. Along with offering amazing 180° HFOV coverage, CC9381-HV offers up to 20 fps at 5-Megapixel resolution (30 fps at 5MP with WDR Off). This Panoramic Network Camera also incorporates other value-added features.With IR built-in 180° IR illuminators up to 15 meters, no matter day or night, light or dark, the new CC9381-HV always provides complete video security. Further, due to the SNV technology, areas of low light visibility are no longer an issue either. Equipped with WDR Pro technology, the CC9381-HV enable the camera to maintain optimal image quality and unparalleled visibility in high contrast lighting environments, as well as combined both H.265 and VIVOTEK Smart Stream III, it can reduce bandwidth and storage consumption more than 90% compared to traditional H.264 without smart streaming. In addition to its versatile coverage and features, the CC9381-HV is safeguarded by Trend Micro IoT Security to provide users with higher levels of network protection.
Consider your security needs met. The experts in thermal and perimeter security have packed everything you need into one affordable, easy-to-install camera. The FLIR Saros DH-390 Dome Camera includes IR and visible illuminators, plus Lepton thermal sensors to allow you to see in any condition. And with high-resolution video, you’ll never miss a thing.
The Contera NVR Appliance from Arecont Vision Costar is designed to offer powerful IP recording in an affordable, compact chassis. The Contera NVR Appliance is equipped with an on-board 8 or 16 channel PoE switch, that can be upgraded to 24 channels, allowing for Plug and Play connection with ConteraWS® or ONVIF cameras. With full integration to Contera Web Services, the Contera NVR Appliance offers centralised user management, single sign-on convenience, mobile apps and a web client that allows for easy remote connection to your recorders. Network setup is fast and easy using Contera Web Services, and eliminates the need for port forwarding or DDNS. The Contera NVR Appliance runs on a secure Linux OS and comes preloaded with ConteraVMS® Server software as a turnkey solution.
The Evolution Stainless Steel cameras, part of Oncam’s Specialist Camera Range, are unique to the 360-degree video surveillance market as they are the only ones certified for tough environments, indoor and outdoor. The 05MP and 12MP versions have been specifically designed to meet the needs of customers operating in demanding environments such as Food Processing, Industrial, Maritime and Ports and Safe City applications. The cameras’ resilient Stainless Steel 316 housing is manufactured for enhanced corrosion resistance. The IP66, IP67, IP68, IP69K, and NEMA 4X and 6P ratings make the enclosure fit for harsh environments, while its IK10+ rating makes it resistant to impacts of 40 joules. The NSF certification and HCV EU mark make the camera range unique, guaranteeing compliance with standards for commercial food equipment in both North America as well as Europe. The only 360-degree fisheye camera in a stainless steel housing, Oncam’s new and improved camera range is available for surface and pendant mount installations. A matching stainless steel arm allows for wall, corner and pole mounting. Evolution 05 Stainless Steel: EVO-05-SS2 Evolution 12 Stainless Steel: EVO-12-SS2
Hikvision has launched a new Fisheye IP camera series (DS-2CD63X5G0) with AI. This 360˚ panoramic camera uses the deep learning technology to deliver a more accurate heat map functionality. It gives an enhanced view of its surroundings – and is especially useful in large retail applications. The cameras’ 360˚ panoramic image of the scene before it, means the user can see a wider area much more clearly. This is enhanced by independent control of a three-way infrared light, which can be separately configured to reduce the amount of ‘reflective’ wall space. This improves image quality, especially when placed in a corner location. The deep learning algorithm focuses only on human targets, improving the accuracy of the heat map functionality. This means users can see ‘hotspots’ in a space, showing areas that people visit, or pass, the most. An added layer to the heat map visualisation makes it a lot clearer than previous technologies, presenting more information in a clearer way. Despite the high quality of the images, the cameras boast extremely light bandwidth, saving storage and costs by using H265+ compression technology. They also support Multiple Expansion Modes, with up to 15 live view display modes available, designed for three different mounts. This means they can be more easily adjusted to meet the users’ exact preferences, and improve their browsing experience. Other features include: New Immervision lens (only 12MP, 1.29mm lens model) Up to 12MP resolution 120 dB WDR Up to 15m IR range Built-in microphone and speaker Smart features: 6 behaviour analyses, and 3 exception detections IK10/IP66 available. The cameras will be a useful addition to retail solutions, with heat mapping helping owners to understand customers’ psychology and identify which products attract the most attention on the shop floor. They can also be used in other large area applications, like train stations and public squares. The series will also be a boon to installers, with the ability to achieve monitoring which has no ‘dead angles’, making the solution more efficient and reducing installation costs. “We pride ourselves on continually advancing our technology and how it is implemented”, says Peter Guan, Director of Channel Sales and Marketing for Hikvision Europe. “This new Fisheye camera will provide clear flow information that will help users to make the right business decisions to make their spaces much more profitable.”
The Evolution 180 Indoor camera is built upon Oncam’s expertise and heritage on 360-degree technology. It’s been specifically designed for applications that require a dewarped panoramic view of a scene, without blind spots, from a single sensor camera. The 5:2 Panoramic+ stream provides a perfect balance between image quality and bandwidth efficiency. In addition, when mounting on an angle, Oncam’s Angle Compensation Technology (ACT) corrects the view, straightening vertical lines in the scene. The true day/night functionality allows images to be produced in all lighting conditions, including additional IR lighting. The camera is provided with three different mounting back boxes (0°, 25° and 45°), which also double up as pendant mount. EVO-180-WID (White) / EVO-180-WJD (Black)
Z3 Smart Camera Home Security System is the ideal solution for the small to mid-size home owner who is looking for a comprehensive smart home security system with boundless expandability. With so many sensors and accessories out in the market, how can a user find what they need to start off with? The multifunctional Z3 Smart Camera Security System provides an all-in-one solution with built-in basics, including 1080p HD Camera, PIR motion, temperature, humidity, and ambient lux light sensors, and two-way clear voice intercom system with echo cancellation feature. Z3 is compatible with RF, ZigBee and Z-Wave accessories, supporting up to 160 wireless sensors, to create endless possibilities to help users to create comprehensive smart home security. Add on voice prompt, loud siren, and backup battery, Z3 makes it possible to provide comprehensive smart home security services, including remote management, home security, live visual monitoring, home automation, energy management and emergency monitoring, designed to bring all-around convenience, comfort and safety. Z3 brings a complete and cost-effective smart home solution for users to experience a secure, and comfortable lifestyle. Features Communication Path: IP (Ethernet), WiFi, 3G/4G Built-in Protocol Options: RF, ZigBee, Z-Wave Two area configurations, supports up to 160 zones Alarm event reporting via CID/SIA Email / SMS /Push Notification via Cloud Server Camera: 1920x1080p high-resolution with 152° diagonal wide-angle lens Temperature Sensor: detects temperature from -10°C~ 50°C (14°F~ 122°F) Humidity Sensor: humidity range 0 ~ 100%RH PIR Motion Sensor: 7m range @ 100° degrees Ambient Light Sensor: detects light lux levels Home Security capabilities Security Visual Verification and Real-time Monitoring & Reporting ZigBee and Z-Wave based home automation capabilities Energy Management capabilities 24/7 Environment Emergency Monitoring Built-in siren, voice prompt, microSD slot Remote management via Smartphone App and Web browser Specifications ZigBee Protocol: ZigBee Pro HA 1.2, 2.4GHz Z-Wave Protocol: Z-Wave 868.40MHz (EU) / 908.40MHz (US) RF Frequencies: 433 MHz / 868MHz Wi-Fi Module: 802.11 b/g/ n 4G Frequencies: 2100 / 2600 / 1900 / 1800 / 900 / 850 / 700MHz Power Supply: 12V/2A, 100~240VAC Backup Battery: 7.2V, 1600mA NiMh rechargeable battery pack Backup Battery Life: 15 hours* Siren: 95dB @ 1m Memory Card Slot: MicroSD card Operating Temperature: -10° to 45°C (14°F to 113°F) Operating Humidity: Up to 85% non-condensing
VIVOTEK ‘s new MA9322-EHTV is a multi-sensor adjustable dome network camera. Featuring four independent 5MP CMOS Sensors with IR illuminators, the MA9322-EHTV allows users to simultaneously view four different areas while occupying only a single IP address, making this camera ideally suited for surveillance in areas such as hallway intersections, building corners, parking garages/lots, and shopping malls. It reduces the total number of cameras needed for surveillance, helping to lower total installation time and costs. By adding IR illumination up to 30 meters, no matter day or night, light or dark, the new MA9321-EHTV always provides complete video security. Further, due to the SNV technology, areas of low light visibility are no longer an issue either. The MA9322-EHTV is equipped with a removable IR-cut filter and WDR Pro technology, enabling the camera to maintain optimal image quality and unparalleled visibility in high contrast lighting environments, as well as combined both H.265 and VIVOTEK Smart Stream III, the MA9322-EHTV can reduce bandwidth and storage consumption more than 90%* compared to traditional H.264 without smart streaming. In addition to its versatile coverage and features, the MA9322-EHTV is safeguarded by Trend Micro IoT Security to provide users with higher levels of network protection
VIVOTEK's newly designed MS9321-EHV multi-sensor panoramic network camera applies the brand new Robocop design with built-in sunshield to cover four 5-megapixel sensors in 65-degree vertical field of view and support IR illuminators effective up to 30 meters. It offers the highest resolution and maximum field of view, reducing the total number of cameras required and helping save on the installation costs. Furthermore, the MS9321-EHV is also safeguarded by Trend Micro IoT Security. Featuring 4 x 5MP CMOS Sensors, the multiple sensor network camera can monitor full 180° horizontal views and deliver the highest-quality comprehensive coverage, making it an ideal outdoor surveillance solution with excellent image details. Improving on the previous version, the MS9321-EHV now includes H.265 compression for reduced bandwidth and storage over H.264 compression. WDR Pro (120dB) has been added for improved image quality in high contrast environments. Smart IR II is included for manual or auto IR adjustments based on different night viewing scenarios. And last but not least, the MS9321-EHV is capable of 30fps at all resolutions including the max 20MP. Like its predecessor MS8391-EV, the MS9321-EHV has the Video Alignment feature that allows you to adjust the positioning and image quality of each sensor, enabling users to view a seamless picture, with no repetition. MS9321-EHV's new housing design is IP66 and IK10-rated to enable use in rain and dust as well as to protect against vandalism or tampering. The new housing design also allows for more tilt and pan during installation, allowing for more versatility.
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Johnson Controls recently unveiled the findings of its 2018 Energy Efficiency Indicator (EEI) survey that examined the current and planned investments and key drivers to improve energy efficiency and building systems integration in facilities. Systems integration was identified as one of the top technologies expected to have the biggest impact on the implementation in smart buildings over the next five years, with respondents planning to invest in security, fire and life-safety integrations more so than any other systems integration in the next year. As advanced, connected technologies drive the evolution of smart buildings, security and safety technologies are at the center of more intelligent strategies as they attribute to overall building operations and efficiencies. SourceSecurity.com spoke with Johnson Controls, Building Solutions, North America, VP of Marketing, Hank Monaco, and Senior National Director of Municipal Infrastructure and Smart Cities, Lisa Brown, about the results of the study, smart technology investments and the benefits of a holistic building strategy that integrates security and fire and life-safety systems with core building systems. Q: What is the most striking result from the survey, and what does it mean in the context of a building’s safety and security systems? The results show an increased understanding about the value of integrating safety and security systems with other building systems Hank Monaco: Investment in building system integration increased 23 percent in 2019 compared to 2018, the largest increase of any measure in the survey. When respondents were asked more specifically what systems they we planning to invest in over the next year, fire and life safety integration (61%) and security system integration (58%) were the top two priorities for organisations. The results show an increased understanding about the value of integrating safety and security systems with other building systems to improve overall operations and bolster capabilities beyond the intended function of an individual system. Q: The survey covers integration of fire, life safety and security systems as part of "smart building" systems. How do smarter buildings increase the effectiveness of security and life safety systems? Hank Monaco: A true “smart building” integrates all building systems – security, fire and life-safety, HVAC, lighting etc. – to create a connected, digital infrastructure that enables individual technologies to be more intelligent and perform more advanced functions beyond what they can do on their own. For example, when sensors and video surveillance are integrated with lighting systems, if abnormal activity is detected on the building premise, key stakeholders can be automatically alerted to increase emergency response time. With integrated video surveillance, they also gain the ability to access surveillance footage remotely to assess the situation. When sensors and video surveillance are integrated with lighting systems abnormal activity on the premise can automatically be detected Q: How can integrated security and life safety systems contribute to greater energy efficiency in a smart building environment? Hank Monaco: Security, fire and life-safety systems can help to inform other building systems about how a facility is used, high-trafficked areas and the flow of occupants within a building. Integrated building solutions produce a myriad of data that can be leveraged to increase operational efficiencies. From an energy efficiency standpoint, actionable insights are particularly useful for areas that are not frequently occupied or off-peak hours as you wouldn’t want to heat or cool an entire building for just one person coming in on the weekend. When video surveillance is integrated with HVAC and lighting systems, it can monitor occupancy in a room or hallway. The video analytics can then control the dimming of lights and the temperature depending on occupant levels in a specific vicinity. Similarly, when access control systems are integrated with these same systems, once a card is presented to the reader, it can signal the lights or HVAC system to turn on. In this example, systems integration can ultimately help enable energy savings in the long run. Security and life safety systems contribute to help enable greater energy efficiency and energy savings in the long run Q: What other benefits of integration are there (beyond the core security and life safety functions)? Hank Monaco: Beyond increased security, fire and life-safety functions, the benefits of systems integration include: Increased data and analytics to garner a holistic, streamlined understanding of how systems function and how to improve productivity Ability to track usage to increase efficiency and reduce operational costs Enhanced occupant experience and comfort Increased productivity and workflow to support business objectives Smart-ready, connected environment that can support future technology advancements Q: What lesson or action point should a building owner/operator take from the survey? How can the owner of an existing building leverage the benefits of the smart building environment incrementally and absent a complete overhaul? Lisa Brown: Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency Indicator found that 77% of organisations plan to make investments in energy efficiency and smarter building technology this year. This percentage demonstrates an increased understanding of the benefits of smart buildings and highlights the proactive efforts building owners are taking to adopt advanced technologies. There is an increased understanding that buildings operate more effectively when different building systems are connected As smart buildings continue to evolve, more facilities are beginning to explore opportunities to advance their own spaces. A complete overhaul of legacy systems is not necessary as small investments today can help position a facility to more easily adopt technologies at scale in the future. As a first step, it’s important for building owners to conduct an assessment and establish a strategy that defines a comprehensive set of requirements and prioritises use-cases and implementations. From there, incremental investments and updates can be made over a realistic timeline. Q: What is the ROI of smart buildings? Lisa Brown: As demonstrated by our survey, there is an increased understanding that buildings operate more effectively when different building systems are connected. The advanced analytics and more streamlined data that is gathered through systems integration can provide the building-performance metrics to help better understand the return on investment (ROI) of the building systems. This data is used to better understand the environment and make assessments and improvements overtime to increase efficiencies. Moreover, analytics and data provide valuable insights into where action is needed and what type of return can be expected from key investments.
Remember the old adage “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts?” Nowhere is that truism more evident than when you add network video to the current generation of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. Whether we’re talking about industrial IoT applications, “Smart – X” (city, building, parking etc.) or retail operations, integrating network video into the solution provides value far beyond simple situational awareness. Optimising sophisticated video technology When video systems first moved from analogue to digital and then became part of the IoT world, they were primarily used to provide visual validation of sensor-detected events. For instance, if an industrial controller sensed an environmental issue such as a temperature exceeding set threshold maximum limits, the sensor would trigger the management software to notify the operator that this event had occurred. The operator could then pull up the video feed of the closest camera and observe the area remotely. While this application is simple, it shows how video enhances sensor management. As edge devices, such as sensors and network video become more intelligent, the interactions between systems are growing in sophistication and generating even greater value than each system could provide on its own. To appreciate how these smart applications are being used to improve overall efficiencies and profitability, let’s delve into three areas where they’re being deployed: intelligent buildings, smart cities, and smart retailing. By overlaying intelligent operational sensors with intelligent video, it’s now possible to automate lighting levels based on motion detection Video-based operational analytics Applying intelligent monitoring to environmental equipment (HVAC) makes it easy for building owners and property managers to determine existing operating costs based on current equipment performance. They can then compare that amount to the cost of upgrades and potential cost savings over time. Lighting is another significant operating cost within building management. By overlaying intelligent operational sensors with intelligent video (light sensors), it’s now possible to automate lighting levels based on motion detection. Lights can automatically turn on or off, brighten or dimmed, to eliminate wasteful energy consumption. With the addition of occupancy analytics via intelligent video, property managers can determine what caused the motion and learn other operational details such as occupancy counts. Did someone walk through and area causing lighting to turn on or up? Did they dwell in this area? These specifics can help managers efficiently optimise lighting controls and reduce the overall operating cost of the property. Businesses are also using smart applications to optimise allocation of desk space and conference areas. For instance, intelligent video can determine conference room occupancy (in use, number of people in room, free space even though showing booked) far better than stand-alone motion sensors. When tied to automated room assignment systems, the additional statistics provided by video analytics might suggest room changes based on room size and number of attendees through back-office applications such as Microsoft Outlook. These examples are just a few of a growing list of available video-based operational analytics currently on the market. Video analytics in smart cities Initial forays into smart city technologies such as smart lighting, smart grid, smart parking and so on relied on standalone sensor technologies. Their capabilities were good but limited. Smart Lighting for instance would use basic light detectors to turn street lighting. Smart Parking and traffic systems would use weight sensors to trigger vehicle counts, traffic signal changes or determine if a parking space was in use and paid for. Augmenting these applications with intelligent video and analytics, however, opens up a whole new world of additional details. In Smart Lighting, the video sensor can now trigger a change in lighting based on rules such as vehicular and pedestrian events. Video analytics can yield additional metadata such as vehicle type (commercial versus public use). Smart Parking becomes much more effective when you can begin to provide vehicle detail such as vehicle type or other information based on licence plate recognition. These additional details can help parking lots operate more efficiently and offer value-added services like space reservation and open space location notifications. Augmenting smart city applications with intelligent video and analytics opens up a whole new world of additional details Smart Grid offers some less obvious but equally valuable system augmentation capabilities. We often associate Smart Grid with simple automated meter reading but these systems also traverse critical power infrastructure. Solution providers in this arena are now offering heightened asset and perimeter protection via integration of network-based radar detection with video and audio analytics. This strategic mix of technologies can be used to minimise false detection alarms, turn on/off or change lighting levels and point cameras to areas of interest for extremely effective and cost-effective perimeter security. Network video for retail intelligence Retailing was one of the earliest adopters of smart device integration with network video and video analytics to support loss prevention and customer safety. They’ve been using video to analyse customer traffic and behaviour in order to improve product placement, increase product sales, as well as cross-sell related items. Adding programmable “Digital Signage” to the mix created new opportunities to display targeted messages based on viewer demographics about additional products and services of potential interest. Integrating network video with point-of-sale terminals to reconcile cash register receipts, adding heat mapping analytics to study customer foot traffic patterns, measuring check out wait times to increase employee productivity and efficiency as well as improve the customer experience are just some of the ways retailers have applied the principles of IoT to their advantage. Overlay intelligent building controls and you can see the exponential power of integrating intelligent video with other IoT devices and systems. Retailing was one of the earliest adopters of smart device integration with network video and video analytics to support loss prevention and customer safety Minimising metadata overload Smart application integration produces an enormous amount of metadata. Collecting, transporting and synthesising this data into meaningful business intelligence can be daunting. It requires disciplined use of resources from the network infrastructure transporting the data locally to the various cloud technologies (private cloud, hybrid cloud, public cloud) storing and disseminating it securely. Generally smart sensor data is fairly light weight in terms of actual data transmitted. Adding video elements can significantly increase bit-rate (bandwidth and storage) requirements. This highlights the need for the video to be more intelligent and interactive with the intelligent sensor and edge device technologies so that resources can be used more efficiently. Smart applications let you do that. You can fine tune video rules and optimise transmission based on retention value. You can program the video to sensor triggers or events, transmitting lower frame rate and resolution video for less interesting video and increasing the video settings when higher quality video is more relevant and valuable based on these sensor triggers. The back-end collectors of sensor metadata are becoming more mainstream and easier to operate. In many sectors, service providers are offering management of this sensor output “As a Service.” As smart IoT technology continues to mature, the benefits of integration between network video systems and other network solutions will only get better. We’re already seeing greater efficiency in operations as well as higher quantifiable returns on investment through cost savings and more in-depth, usable business intelligence.
Utility security staff have a responsibility to ensure they can identify risks associated with security threats Protecting North America’s power grid is a thankless job. Day in and day out, the good citizens of the United States and Canada wake up with the assumption that when they get out of bed each morning and flip on the lights, the room will illuminate, the coffee pot will come to life and their mobile phone will have been fully charged. After all, we live in a modern First World society, where we have come to depend on timely and efficient power at our fingertips. In reality, that reliable electricity that we all enjoy has many people working around the clock to ensure its reliability, resiliency and security. Today’s grid operators are inundated with natural and man-made threats. As utilities tackle the monster of the moment, which is the evolving cybersecurity threat, we must not take our eyes off the more primitive threat. Security threats to US grid Electricity is perhaps the most vital of the critical infrastructures and key resources that support our society. The mission of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) is to ensure the reliability of the North American bulk power system (BPS). While electric utility companies are responsible for administering the day-to-day operations of the electric grid, regulators such as NERC and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) are charged with the overall responsibility of ensuring reliability and security. NERC develops and enforces Reliability Standards, annually assesses seasonal and long?term reliability, monitors the bulk power system through system awareness, operates the Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center (E-ISAC) and educates, trains and certifies industry personnel. Normal everyday operations of the system are the responsibility of utility owners and operators. Currently, the most significant reliability threat to the U.S. grid is associated with squirrels and balloons, and not religiously inspired terrorists During emergencies, NERC supports industry actions to respond, mitigate and restore the BPS to normal operation by facilitating effective information sharing and communication with and between NERC registered entities, government agencies and the media. This information is not focused on operational decision making; but instead provides utilities data, best practices and mitigation strategies to help recover from crisis. Obviously as a regulatory body, NERC must stay out of emergency response until the utility has best mitigated the threat or reliability issue. Currently, the most significant reliability threat to the U.S. grid is associated with squirrels and balloons, and not religiously inspired terrorists. However – and more applicable to grid operators – we have recently seen noteworthy interest in disabling or destroying critical infrastructure. Coordinated attacks specifically targeting the grid are rare, but an attack by a disgruntled former employee, ideologically motivated activist, or a criminal stumbling across a “soft target”, could inflict significant damage. With an interconnected grid of over 450,000 miles of high voltage transmission lines (100 kV and higher) and over 55,000 substations (100 kV and larger), the targets of opportunity are endless. An attack by a disgruntled former employee, ideologically motivated activist, or a criminal stumbling across a “soft target”, could inflict significant damage Critical infrastructure protection Critical infrastructure protection is a cyclical process incorporating prevention, detection, mitigation, response and recovery. The key to this protection is the identification of credible threats, which will assist energy companies in assessing risks and potential vulnerabilities (weaknesses) of their facilities. Once a threat has been thoroughly analysed, it is then possible to institute preventative measures to deter, detect and delay an attack. Of course, critical infrastructure protection planning must always include mitigation, response and recovery actions in the event an attacker is successful. While the security of the grid is a shared responsibility between the government and the private sector, the primary responsibility rests with utility owners and operators. Utility security staff have a responsibility to ensure they are able to receive and act upon criminal intelligence and be prepared to identify risks and vulnerabilities associated with security threats. Any protection programme that is developed must be as efficient and cost-effective as possible, as budgets are limited and ratepayers are sensitive to wasteful spending. Effective security programmes rely on risk management principles and associated tools to establish priorities, allocate budget dollars and harden infrastructure sites. Physical security protection encompasses defensive mechanisms to prevent, deter and detect physical threats of various kinds. Specifically, these measures are undertaken to protect personnel, equipment and property against anticipated threats. Properly conceived and implemented security policies, programmes and technologies are essential to ensure a facility’s resistance to threats while meeting demand, reliability and performance objectives. Unfortunately, many do not realise the amount of reports, guidelines, standards and assessments that have been developed for use Electricity industry physical security standards Significant progress has been made in the electricity industry surrounding the issue of security. Unfortunately, many do not realise the amount of reports, guidelines, standards and assessments that have been developed for use. The industry has gone through multiple iterations of mandatory Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Standards that focus on security protections. The CIP Standards, while not perfect, may be an example for other sectors to immolate. These standards are a minimum baseline for compliance and utilities should not assume that because they have a good compliance programme they are somehow immune from attack. In addition, many electric utilities undergo a sector-wide Grid Security Exercise (GridEx) every two years to hone their skills and provide updates to their security practices and policies. This is in addition to annual exercises mandated by the cyber standards. It is fair to say that the industry has been very responsive to the evolving security threat and the mandatory requirements found within CIP compliance. As a result of the 2013 California substation attack that destroyed $15 million dollars in infrastructure, industry now has a physical security standard. This standard was created to protect the most critical transmission substations and control centres in North America. While protections vary, many utilities have upgraded their security measures to include concrete or non-scalable perimeters, robust access control, cameras, lighting and armed guards. It is highly likely that we will one day see similar standards put in place to better protect non-nuclear generation facilities, but only time will tell. Many utilities have upgraded security measures to include concrete perimeters, robust access control, cameras, lighting and armed guards The piece that the industry continues to struggle with is information sharing and the ability to quickly obtain actionable threat intelligence; an issue which has been combatted head-on through the sharing of security information amongst utility partners. Large utilities with the manpower and resources to address this initiative are changing the security model from reactive to proactive. If you understand your adversary’s tactics, intent, and capabilities, you can develop strategies to combat their attacks and better plan for future threats. Better, more proactive security, can be achieved through information sharing agreements and partnerships with other utilities, regulatory agencies and intelligence partners. Many utilities do not have the dedicated resources to dissect and aggregate this data and are thus unable to react appropriately, or wind up drawing inaccurate conclusions. As a result, the electricity sector is demanding more access to actionable intelligence and threat streams. With this added intelligence, utilities can better pinpoint threats to specific systems and focus efforts on system recovery and restoration. This will undoubtedly drive better, more informed responses to security incidents. The FBI, DHS and the DOE have made considerable strides in improving information sharing, and giving classified access to intelligence products Improving information sharing Over the past few years, the FBI, DHS and the DOE have made considerable strides in improving information sharing and giving classified access to intelligence products such as bulletins, alerts and secret level briefings. These products have been used to mitigate threats, reduce risk and update internal security policies. Additionally, this data flow has enhanced communications between security teams, management and board members by providing authoritative threat warnings. This ultimately drives better investment strategies by more directly connecting security priorities with business risk management priorities. Unfortunately, utilities still see risks in sharing information with federal partners. Recently, the Washington Post released an article with a salacious headline falsely suggesting that the grid was hacked via Russian malware. Even after correcting the story, the question remains: who leaked the information to the Washington Post? Utilities all over the country were witnessing an information sharing failure. We must assume that at some point in the future a North American utility will suffer from a planned and coordinated attack against electrical infrastructure. Have we looked at credible threats closely enough and did we prepare our people to respond, recover and communicate? As an industry, we will be judged and hard questions will be asked about how seriously we considered the threats and what we did to mitigate future attacks. Success will be determined by how quickly we are able to respond and the swiftness of system recovery. There is no doubt that security is an “all hands” approach by everyone involved.
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