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Over the last year, we have continued to see the rise of manufacturers from China in the mid- to low-end market for video surveillance - a trend that currently shows no signs of tapering. Additionally, the shift from analogue to IP systems has remained consistent, with end users increasingly looking to network-enabled devices to mitigate risk from both a physical and cyber perspective. Complex network attacks in 2016 demonstrated the need for increased network security for network-connected devices such as IP cameras and network video recorders. More and more manufacturers are considering the potential for such attacks when designing updates for existing hardware and software technology, strengthening password requirements, incorporating robust data encryption, and educating integrators and end users on how to put protocols in place to protect the valuable information being collected. Increased security collaborations Today’s surveillance technology - and the new innovations right around the corner - incorporates more IT protocols in response to high-profile cyber incidents. As a result, IT standards will finally start being adopted by security system manufacturers over the course of the next few years. At the same time, we'll see increased collaboration between IT and security leaders within enterprises. Intelligent, big data analysis Video technologies such as panoramic 360-degree cameras with advanced dewarping capabilities are being rapidly adopted, along with video analytics software that enables the extraction of data for business intelligence, apart from just security video. The future includes more widespread availability of cloud technologies and services. In 2017, we can look forward to the more widespread adoption of intelligent analytics and big data analysis, which has the potential to streamline processes and optimise sales operations for organisations to drive new levels of business intelligence. See the full coverage of 2016/2017 Review and Forecast articles here Save
No matter how strong the security planning, it will take only one small failure tocreate an opportunity for unimaginable events(Photo credit: Marco Iacobucci EPP / Shutterstock.com) Successful security at UEFA Euro 2016 may well depend on the ability of the French to bring cohesiveness to disparate technologies. Given the scale of the threats, a variety of security solutions are being used visibly and behind the scenes – in addition to the presence of 90,000 police, gendarmerie and uniformed soldiers. I can’t remember an event where there has been a greater need for multi-agency working than the Euro 2016 football tournament now taking place at 10 stadiums across France, a country still recovering from the Paris attacks in November, torn apart by ethnic tensions, and in the grip of labour strikes. The security backdrop to the tournament is already dampening what should be a joyous festival for 2.5 million spectators watching the 51 matches over four weeks. Despite the comprehensive resources available to France and her neighbours, I see little cause for optimism. Security communications Starting at a macro level, there will be an enormous signals intelligence (SIGINT) operation in an attempt to intercept and analyse information from suspected terrorist cells, potential “lone wolf” jihadists and anybody whose communications arouse suspicion. The French government has been fighting a protracted battle to have voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) communication services (notably Skype, which is a known favourite of terrorists) registered as telecoms operators and thus subject to stricter regulation. The French government has beenfighting a protracted battle to haveVoIP communication servicesregistered as telecoms operatorsand thus subject to stricter regulation Internet communication may yet solve rather than cause problems during the tournament with the release of a mass notification phone App. In the event of an attack, the App will alert users on a geo-location basis and in a discrete manner should they be near an incident. Users will also be able to pre-program up to eight geographical zones that they might be visiting in order to receive context-specific information and advice on how to minimise risk. Hooligans distract police attention from terrorism During the first weekend, the tournament was already marred by fighting between Russian and English fans (with involvement from locals) in the port of Marseille, where tear gas and water cannon have been deployed. An England supporter is critical after suffering a heart attack while being beaten senseless. UK politicians have been quick to denounce these incidents but also to make the broader point that hooliganism distracts French police from vigilance against terrorism. The England vs Russia game in Marseille has thrown up concerns at many levels. Toward the end of the match, Russian fans donned gum shields and martial arts gloves, turned their t-shirts into masks and charged English fans including family groups who were forced to jump over perimeter barriers with 10-foot drops in order to escape. Neutral observers complained about a lack of police presence and ineffective stewarding. Inappropriate security scanning As if this wasn’t bad enough, Russia’s equalising goal in the final minutes saw one of their supporters using a flare gun. Yes, a flare gun, which is larger than a handgun. This was accompanied by smoke bombs. A photo is doing the media rounds of a Russian holding two flares, each the size of a Coke bottle. One doesn’t have to speculate long on what might have happened if these containers were filled with plastic explosives. During the first weekend, the tournament was already marred by fighting between Russian and English fans(Photo credit: Marco Iacobucci EPP / Shutterstock.com) Am I alone in thinking that terrorists, seeing how lax security must be at the Stade Vélodrome, may be tempted to smuggle in more sophisticated explosives? The presence of the fireworks is doubly embarrassing since security at the Stade de France failed miserably in May during a domestic cup final when dozens of firecrackers were brought into the ground despite what was claimed to be vigilant searching of fans. Debate over fan zone The French are flexing their technological muscle and have made much of the fact that there is anti-drone technology at the 90,000-capacity fan zone beneath the Eiffel Tower. This is to guard against a possible terrorist “spectacular” such as a chemical or biological attack of the kind hinted at in data found on a laptop used by Paris attacker Salah Abdeslam. The future of the fan zone is uncertain. Former president Nicolas Sarkozy sees it as a sitting duck for a terrorist attack and has asked for it to be scrapped while police chief Michel Cadot wants it to operate only during games played outside the two Parisian stadiums. Am I alone in thinking thatterrorists, seeing how laxsecurity must be at the StadeVélodrome, may be tempted tosmuggle in more sophisticatedexplosives? Generally, the French government prefers a concentration of fans rather than dispersed groups. Of course, commerce should not be a factor, but there will inevitably be behind-the-scenes pressure from advertisers to retain fan zones since their merchandising potential is enormous. If they go ahead, the zones will feature CCTV surveillance, bag searches and even body-frisking should police suspicions be aroused. Conducting mock disaster drill to improve emergency response I recently reported on a disaster scenario exercise in London, and the French are conducting exhaustive equivalents in order to test response techniques should there be an attack at a stadium or fan zone. One such operation saw volunteers pretend to be fans at a mocked-up Northern Ireland vs Ukraine game in Lyon where actors, pretending to be jihadists, conducted a suicide bombing. Other drills have simulated chemical attacks, and in Nîmes over 1,000 cadet police officers acted out the role of spectators at a fan zone while colleagues in protective clothing went through decontamination routines. Violence likely to overshadow Russia vs. Ukraine match In terms of fan behaviour, what are the upcoming games with the most potential for violence? Turkey vs Croatia has passed off peaceably despite grave concerns. One nightmare scenario that UEFA must be dreading is if Russia were to come top of their group and Ukraine qualify as a third-placed team. Then the tournament has the prospect of the two sides meeting in Paris. Anybody who thinks this would be a sporting contest is misguided. The game would be a hate-filled microcosm of the recent Russian annexation of Crimea and the war in east Ukraine. No matter how much planning and technology the French authorities have at their disposal, it will take only one small failure to create an opportunity for unimaginable events. All we can hope is that sport will soon disappear from the front pages of our newspapers and be relegated to the back with the tournament remembered for sporting achievement rather than security lapses. Read more about security at UEFA Euro 2016 here
The nature of crime in general – and particularly types of theft – are changing. Craig Mackey, Deputy Commissioner of London’s Metropolitan Police Service, says falling rates of conventional “property” crime are being of offset by an increase in computer-related crimes. Fall in “property” crime rate Mackey stressed that there has been no “magic bullet” responsible for the pronounced fall in burglaries and other property crimes. Theft of, say, a flat-screen television from a house in Brent [a north-west London borough] by a prototypical thief is no longer representative of the standard challenge facing the Met, he notes. Rather, sending out 10,000 phishing emails is more likely to be the operational method of the average small-time criminal. In 2014, burglaries in London fell by 8% (7,500 incidents) to their lowest level in London since 1974. (This figure was not quoted specifically by Mackey but has been reported widely by major news sources including the BBC.) Deputy Commissioner Mackey speculated on the typical day of an employee in London and observed that they are probably far more vulnerable to criminals during their leisure computing time once they have returned to the suburbs than they are while travelling to their place of work Deputy Commissioner at Cass Business School Addressing MBA students at Cass Business School, City University London, Deputy Commissioner Mackey asked how many of the audience had an iPhone 6 in their pocket. Seeing a healthy show of hands, he pointed out that now Apple has enabled a remote “Kill Switch” facility for its latest release. The phones now have little intrinsic worth when stolen. What thieves really value is the data they can extract from a mobile phone in the first vital minutes before it is reported missing. The second most senior British chief police officer, Deputy Commissioner Mackey addressed the MBA students on current trends in policing. His wide-ranging talk covered many aspects of security technology as it relates to modern policing. His lecture at the London Transport Museum was set against a backdrop of a city where people speak 300 languages and are bucking national trends insofar as the population is getting younger. For the evolving Met, “new policing” is synonymous with new types of crime that increasingly take place on the Internet and can be anything from online harassment to fraud Internet-related crime Deputy Commissioner Mackey speculated on the typical day of an employee in London and observed that they are probably far more vulnerable to criminals during their leisure computing time once they have returned to the suburbs than they are while travelling to their place of work. He noted with concern that people unthinkingly share information on Facebook that they would hesitate to share with one of his officers. For the evolving Met, “new policing” is synonymous with new types of crime that increasingly take place on the Internet and can be anything from online harassment to fraud. Better police support through refurbished Met premises SourceSecurity.com (with justification) speculated gloomily about every conceivable physical threat to London during the 2012 Olympics. The fact is that the Met, aided by regional police forces and the army, delivered a spectacularly successful Games to the capital and the rest of the world. Just as the Olympic sites have continued as sporting and residential legacies for Londoners, the Metropolitan Police Service is seeking to evaluate and change the usage of its own real estate. "Policing can only have legitimacy if it enjoys the trust of the community, and we’re working with the Royal Society of Arts to help us move forward in terms of talking to stakeholders" The deputy commissioner described how the service’s properties are being modified in line with modern requirements and explained how a third of the square footage of police premises will be released since many of them “have more to do with Peel than a strategic plan.” The reference to Sir Robert Peel may have been lost on Mackey’s audience since most of these high-achieving MBA students were under 30 and resembled a mass audition for the British (and US) reality TV show “The Apprentice.” Twice a prime minister during the 19th century, Peel founded the modern police force and his name survives in the antiquated slang “Peeler” for a policeman. Mackey’s history lesson had a point. He was at pains to show that police premises will either be refurbished so that they are better designed places of work for staff and more suitable places for the public to visit, or they will be returned to the property market with the capital being reinvested into technology that better reflects the challenges faced by a modern police force. In this way, the deputy commissioner argued (credibly) that cuts of £800m to a £3.5bn budget over the next four years will not be at the expense of front-line staff whose numbers will in fact increase from 63 to 74 percent of total employees. (The Met is one of the few police forces worldwide to be increasing its presence on the street.) And business support will be squeezed from 26 to 15 percent of wage bills. The deputy commissioner took evident pride in being able to tell his audience that even in a time of spending austerity, London can make a credible claim to be the safest major city in the world. He said: “We talk about policing as part of the economic development of London. People thinking of relocating here will ask: ‘How safe is it? How tolerant is it of business and how inclusive is it?’ With fewer senior managers and supervisors in the force, we see a culture where there is less and less physical reliance on front desks and counters for getting hold of police support. We offer this service but in reality it isn’t used very much, and a more technological approach is better suited to putting people through to interpreters for any of the 300 languages I’ve mentioned. Policing can only have legitimacy if it enjoys the trust of the community, and we’re working with the Royal Society of Arts to help us move forward in terms of talking to stakeholders. Outside of the Ministry of Defence and the National Health Service, this is likely to be the biggest [post UK general election in May] change programme. It would be an organisational challenge for anybody.”
EverFocus, GeoVision, PLANET and VIVOTEK—were the highlights of a press conference at ISC West 2018, organised by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), Taiwan’s foremost trade promotion organisation. These breakthrough products, with potential to transform the global security market, include a futuristic Virtual Reality 720° camera, a facial recognition dome camera, a cutting-edge Internet of Vehicle (IoV) fleet surveillance system, an IP camera armed with anti-intrusion software, and a next-gen intuitive colour touch LCD switch.We are proud to showcase Taiwan’s finest at one of the United States’ most prestigious security tradeshows" Extensive engagements “Today, the United States and Taiwan enjoy an ever-expanding relationship and extensive engagement in many fields, especially in electronic security." "Our products launch event unveil some of Silicon Island’s most cutting-edge products and technologies in the areas of IoT and Internet of Vehicles (IoV), unmanned security and cyber + physical integration." "We are proud to showcase Taiwan’s finest at one of the United States’ most prestigious security tradeshows and look forward to having participants experience the future of security,” said TAITRA Executive Director Simon Lai. These Taiwanese ICT companies, all winners of the Taiwan Excellence Awards, generated a lot of excitement and buzz with the unveiling of their new products at the conference. XFleet management platform EverFocus demonstrated its engineering and research prowess as Regional Technical Sales Manager Marques Phillips unveiled details of the company’s XFleet Management Platform which he described as not only transforming the IoV experience, but the future of vehicle fleet management. The new solution allows users to easily track, monitor and manage any type of fleet vehicles on a Web browser anywhere and anytime. With Xfleet, users can not only reduce overall costs by effectively utilising resources such as vehicles, fuel, and manpower, but also improve management efficiency and business performance by keeping and analysing the historical records of the vehicle data as needed.GeoVision cameras can recognise human faces in 1.5 seconds, making possible identification of authorised versus un-authorised personnel Virtual reality camera GeoVision showed off the VR 360, the world’s first Virtual Reality camera that can provide a 720° view. President David Huang said it’s the only camera with two Fisheye lenses to provide a floor to ceiling, 720° view with no blind spots. It’s ideal for security environments such as airports, train stations, city streets, harbors and highways. The camera uses advanced computer vision technology to simulate a three-dimensional, highly realistic, and practical 3D space. It’s water-proof, vandal-proof and dust resistant, making it ideal for outdoors. It also boasts IR Night Mode for clear images even in dark environments. Huang also demonstrated new facial recognition IP dome camera with cutting-edge AI. It can recognise human faces in 1.5 seconds, making possible identification of authorised versus un-authorised personnel, creation of blacklists for restricted personnel, and VIP lists to improve relationship management. Intruitive touch LCD switch PLANET explained how the Intuitive Touch LCD Switch makes it possible to easily manage powered devices in real time, greatly enhancing network management efficiency. Tammy Huang, Sales Manager, noted that it’s the unique touch LCD that makes such management possible. In addition to the touch LCD interface, the solution features L2+ switching, intelligent PoE management and an ONVIF support function. An Industrial flat-type touch LCD switch model is also offered, making possible management of large-scale networks.VIVOTEK’s Smart Stream II and H.265 technology allows users to benefit from reduced bandwidth and data storage demands VIVOTEK’s network cameras With the theme ‘Security within Security,’ Shengfu Cheng, Director of Marketing and Product Development, demonstrated the first cybersecurity enhanced network cameras in the IP surveillance industry. The three new cameras are armed with Trend Micro’s anti-intrusion software, allowing them to automatically detect and prevent credential attacks and block suspicious events. They also feature VIVOTEK’s Smart Stream II and H.265 technology, allowing users to benefit from reduced bandwidth and data storage demands by up to 90% more than systems employing H.264. Low-light surveillance Add to that a new generation of night visibility technology, Supreme Night Visibility II (SNV II) which allows them to reproduce high-quality colour images, even in very low-light conditions. In the security industry, the United States is the largest buyer of electronic security products and spent $12.3 billion on imports in the field in 2016. And Taiwan constitutes North America’s 4th largest trade partner in the electronic security field, with an import value that was close to $1 billion in 2016. Throughout ISC West 2018, Taiwan exhibitors will present their latest innovations. In pursuit of Asia’s Silicon Valley vision of propelling Taiwan to the international forefront of technology, Taiwanese companies continue their pursuit of excellence and innovation.
Report from IMS Research cites adoption of HD and high megapixel video surveillance systems Major global players in the world of security and safety are responding to rapid demand surges and accelerating delivery of innovative leading-edge products, services and solutions. Taiwan Excellence Award-winning Taiwanese companies EverFocus Electronics Corporation, VIVOTEK Inc., QNAP Systems Inc., and PLANET Technology Corporation have contributed significantly to Taiwan hitting the top position worldwide in IP video surveillance, disaster prevention and fire safety. Latest reports from research company Memoori estimate the total worldwide market value of the security industry to be over $25 billion. These latest figures highlight a rapid growth rate of 7.5% in 2014 alone. The main drivers for growth are listed as IP video networks and higher demand from Asia, as well as greater success in penetrating vertical markets including transport, retail, healthcare and education. A report from IMS Research cited the increasing adoption of HD and high megapixel video surveillance systems as the key driver for growth in the video surveillance market. With more than 2,000 manufacturers, Taiwan makes up over 10% of the global market share of surveillance systems and sets its sights on future growth in the security sector. Leading lights of secure-tech innovation Speaking at an exclusive showcase of seven Taiwanese products at IFSEC International 2015, Dr. C.K. Liu from the Taipei Representative Office in the U.K. said: “Taiwan is committed to continuing to grow its market share in the security technology sector. We are already home to the leading lights of secure-tech innovation and will be seeking to build on our track record of success in order to maximise on the opportunities presented by global rising demand.” Business Development Manager Jason Chen of QNAP Security said: “QNAP is the only network storage company offering professional grade network surveillance globally. All products are 100 percent designed, engineered, tested and manufactured in Taiwan – something we are incredibly proud of. World’s first Linux-embedded NVR developer “We are the world’s first Linux-embedded NVR developer and our spirit of continuous innovation means we continue to provide professional surveillance solutions with market-fresh applications.” Mr. Chen outlined QNAP’s strategic priority of working to attract global talent to its base in Taiwan in order to drive growth and further strengthen local reach. VIVOTEK Vice President William Ku explained that future plans for growth centre on delivering high quality cost-effective products that are fully integrated and seamlessly connect to the Internet of Things. VIVOTEK has continued to receive a number of awards in recognition of its innovative products, including the 2013 Deloitte Technology Fast 500 Asia Pacific Ranking award, the 16th Taiwan SMEA National Outstanding SMEs Award and most recently the 2015 Taiwan Excellence Award from the Ministry of Economic Affairs. "Taiwan is committed to continuing to grow its market share in the security technology sector..." says Dr. C.K. Liu from the Taipei Representative Office Also presenting at the technology showcase, Lidia Sung, the Regional Sales Manager at leading IP-based networking company PLANET explained: “The automated home sounds very futuristic but it is happening now.” Automation Control Gateway - designed to make home networking smarter & safer Targeting the IoT, the Z-Wave e-Home Automation Control Gateway is a powerful tool designed to make home networking smarter and safer. Controllable by smart phone or tablet anywhere, anytime, PLANET’s solution uniquely integrates IP-based networking (intercoms, cameras and wireless APs) with Z-Wave Plus (smoke detection, temperature control, door and window) technology. Michel Verhoeven, the Senior Sales Manager at EverFocus, commented: “The security and safety sector has evolved dramatically in the last decade and there are no signs of it slowing down. At EverFocus, a core part of our growth plan is ensuring that our products are ever more adaptable and versatile. This was recently recognised at ISC West where the ESK1000 Sidekick was crowned the winner of the Tools and Hardware category of the SIA New Product Showcase.”
Companies like – VIVOTEK, QNAP, EverFocus Electronics & PLANET Technology to display their products An exclusive showcase of security technology excellence will be unveiled on the opening day of IFSEC International 2015 which runs 16 to 18 June at ExCeL London. The session is supported by the Bureau of Foreign Trade and the Ministry of Economic Affairs of Taiwan, and will be executed by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA). This dedicated event for security industry experts on 16 June will showcase – for the first time in Europe – the latest innovations from Taiwan Excellence Award-winning Taiwanese companies VIVOTEK Inc., QNAP Systems Inc., EverFocus Electronics Corporation and PLANET Technology Corporation. VIVOTEK will display network security cameras – FE8181V & FD8168 Fresh from receiving a 2015 Taiwan Excellence Award from the Ministry of Economic Affairs, VIVOTEK will display two of its leading-edge network security cameras – the FE8181V, a 5 megapixel fish eye network camera, and the FD8168, a 2 megapixel ultra-mini fixed dome network camera. The latest addition to the VIVOTEK portfolio, the new FE8181V is a true day-to-night camera that offers superior image quality 24 hours a day thanks to a removable infrared-cut (IR) filter. Built-in LEDs provide 360 degrees surround illumination up to 10 metres – even in completely dark environments. Vandal-proof IK10 and weather-proof IP66-rated housing make the VIVOTEK FE8181V ideal for coverage of open areas such as airports, sports arenas and retail developments. FD8168 - ideal for use in luxury developments Launched in April 2015, the compact VIVOTEK FD8168 fixed dome network camera has been specifically designed for indoor applications where both form and function are required. The FD8168’s 2 megapixel sensor outputs 15 frames per second in H.264 compression from compact housing, making it ideal for use in luxury developments where superior image quality should not come at the compromise of discreet design. Simple to install and with a power-over-ethernet (PoE) input design, a single networked fisheye FD8168 fixed dome camera offers the same viewing capabilities as up to four traditional CCTV cameras, but at the fraction of the installation cost. QNAP will exhibit its new Linux-based VS-2200 Pro+ series NVR. The compact 2-bay VS-2200 Pro+ series is packed with functionality and designed to reduce the cost of ownership for SMB and SOHO users. The VS-2200 Pro+ series offers superior performance and advanced surveillance features compared to other entry level NVRs. It is a highly scalable network surveillance system and offers end users a cost-effective way of adapting or expanding their storage capacity based on their long-term recording needs. Compatible with over 3,000 IP camera models An HDMI output allows users to set up and manage the NVR by plugging in a mouse, keyboard, and monitor – with no need for a separate PC – and to remotely monitor multiple cameras, as well as providing the option to play back recordings on a Full HD 1080p local display. Compatible with over 3,000 IP camera models, QNAP has received over 300 orders for the VS-2200 Pro+ and secured a 2015 Secutech Excellence Award since bringing the product to market in April 2015. The latest developments from award-winning Taiwanese companies work to enhance quality while managing costs and driving efficiencies Leading IP-based networking company PLANET will showcase its Z-Wave e-Home Automation Control Gateway. Targeting the IoT, the system is a powerful tool designed to make home networking smarter and safer. Controllable by smart phone or tablet anywhere, anytime, PLANET’s solution uniquely integrates IP-based networking (intercoms, cameras and wireless APs) with Z-Wave Plus (smoke detection, temperature control, door and window) technology. Long Reach PoE Solution PLANET will also exhibit its Long Reach PoE Solution. It is designed to offer a cost-effective way to extend the reach of Ethernet networking and efficiently upgrade analogue CCTV to an IP-based surveillance system via existing coaxial cables. TAITRA’s technology showcase will also see EverFocus launch its award-winning ESK1000 Sidekick. Recently crowned the winner of the ‘Tools & Hardware’ category of the SIA New Product Showcase 2015 at ISC West, the ESK1000 is uniquely placed to meet IP camera sidekick demands in a variety of security installation settings. Simple & cost-effective set up Benefitting from simple and cost-effective set up – with no need for support from a technician – the ESK1000 has revolutionised IP camera installation and testing. Unlike analogue systems which use TV outputs and often involve time-consuming testing, installers using the EverFocus ESK1000 can monitor and adjust new and existing camera images remotely by connecting the sidekick to a smart phone or tablet, with no need to contact a central control room. Over 5,000 orders have been placed for the lightweight ESK1000, which is compatible with all major IP cameras and features built-in power-of-ethernet (PoE) and USB outputs allowing the sidekick to charge while completing IP camera installations or tests. Display eclectic mix of products TAITRA is delighted to be showcasing a selection of Taiwan’s latest technology innovations at IFSEC International. This is all about sharing excellence and best practice in the world of security and safety. The exclusive showcase is set to display an eclectic mix of products as they make their inaugural debut in Europe. The latest developments from award-winning Taiwanese companies VIVOTEK Inc., QNAP Systems Inc., EverFocus Electronics Corporation and PLANET Technology Corporation work to enhance quality while managing costs and driving efficiencies.
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