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Artificial intelligence (AI) is improving everyday solutions, driving efficiency in ways we never imagined possible. From self-driving cars to intelligent analytics, the far-reaching impacts of Deep Learning-based technology empower human operators to achieve results more effectively while investing fewer resources and less time. By introducing AI, solutions are not merely powered by data, but they also generate valuable intelligence. Systems which were once leveraged for a narrow, dedicated purpose, can suddenly be engaged broadly across an organisation, because the previously under-utilised data can be harnessed for enhancing productivity and performance. Video analytics software The video intelligence software processes and analyses video to detect all the people and objects that appear When it comes to physical security, for instance, video surveillance is a standard solution. Yet, by introducing AI-driven video analytics software, video data can be leveraged as intelligence in previously inaccessible ways. Here are some examples of how diverse organisations are using AI-based video intelligence solutions to enhance security and performance with searchable, actionable and quantifiable insights. Law enforcement relies on video surveillance infrastructure for extracting investigation evidence and monitoring people and spaces. Instead of manual video review and live surveillance – which is prone to human error and distraction – police can harness video content analysis to accelerate video investigations, enhance situational awareness, streamline real-time response, identify suspicious individuals and recognise patterns and anomalies in video. The video intelligence software processes and analyses video to detect all the people and objects that appear; identify, extract and classify them; and then index them as metadata that can be searched and referenced. Maintaining public safety For law enforcement, the ability to dynamically search video based on granular criteria is critical for filtering out irrelevant details and pinpointing objects of interest, such as suspicious persons or vehicles. Beyond accelerating video evidence review and extraction, police can leverage video analysis to configure sophisticated real-time alerts when people, vehicles or behaviours of interest are detected in video. Instead of actively monitoring video feeds, law enforcement can assess triggered alerts and decide how to respond. In this way, officers can also react faster to emergencies, threats and suspicious activity as it develops. Video analysis empowers cities to harness their video surveillance data as operational intelligence Empowering law enforcement to maintain public safety is important beyond the benefit of increasing security: A city with a reputation for effective, reliable law enforcement and enhanced safety is more likely to attract residents, visitors and new businesses, exponentially driving its economic development. Furthermore, in cities where law enforcement can work productively and quickly, time and human resources can be reallocated to fostering growth and building community. Video surveillance data Video analysis empowers cities to harness their video surveillance data as operational intelligence for optimising city management and infrastructure. When video data is aggregated over time, it can be visualised into dashboards, heatmaps and reports, so operators can identify patterns and more seamlessly detect anomalous behaviour. A city could, for instance, analyse the most accident-prone local intersection and assess the traffic patterns to reveal details such as where cars are dwelling and pedestrians are walking; the directional flows of traffic; and the demographic segmentations of the objects detected: Are cars lingering in no-parking zones? Are pedestrians using designated crosswalks – is there a more logical location for the crosswalk or traffic light? Do vehicles tend to make illegal turns – should police proactively deter this behaviour, or should the city plan new infrastructure that enables vehicles to safely perform these turns? Finally, does the rise in bike traffic warrant implementing dedicated biking lanes? With video intelligence, urban planners can answer these and other questions to facilitate local improvements and high quality of life. By leveraging the video insights about citywide traffic, public transit organisations can make data-driven decisions about scheduling and services Enhancing situational awareness Insight into traffic trends is also critical for transport companies, from public transit services to transportation hubs and airports. By leveraging the video insights about citywide traffic, public transit organisations can make data-driven decisions about scheduling and services. Analysing video surveillance around bus stops, for instance, can help these companies understand the specific hours per day people tend to dwell around bus stops. Correlating this information with transactional data for each bus line, bus schedules can be optimised based on demand for individual bus lines, shortening waiting times for the most popular routes. Similarly, the traffic visualisations and activity heatmaps derived from the video of major transit hubs, such as international airports and central stations, can be beneficial for increasing security, enhancing situational awareness, identifying causes of congestion, improving throughput and efficiency and, ultimately, solving these inefficiencies to provide a streamlined customer experience for travellers. Large education campuses Campus law enforcement can leverage video data to increase situational awareness and public safety Much like a city, large education campuses have internal transportation services, residential facilities, businesses and law enforcement, and video content analysis can support the campus in intelligently managing each of those business units, while also providing video intelligence to these individual groups. Campus law enforcement can leverage video data to increase situational awareness and public safety, driving real-time responses with the ability to make informed assessments and accelerating post-event investigations with access to easily extractable video data. When campuses are expanding or developing additional infrastructure, they can plan new crosswalks, traffic lights, roads, buildings and entrances and exits based on comprehensive video intelligence. By understanding where pedestrians and vehicles dwell, walk, cross or even violate traffic laws, the campus can inform construction projects and traffic optimisation. Countless business operations The campus can leverage video business intelligence to justify leasing pricing for different retailers across campus Finally, the campus can leverage video business intelligence to justify leasing pricing for different retailers across campus, demonstrating property values based on traffic trends that can be correlated with retailer point of sale data. Whether its empowering security, productivity or decision-making, the insights generated by AI-based technology can drive significant optimisation – especially when data is fused and cross-referenced across smart sensors and systems for even deeper intelligence. In the case of AI-backed video analytics, diverse organisations can harness video surveillance impactfully and dynamically. Whereas once video technology investments could be justified for their security value – with the introduction of AI capabilities – procurement teams can evaluate these solutions for countless business operations, because they offer broadly valuable intelligence. And video surveillance and analytics is merely one example of AI-driven solutions’ potential to disrupt business as we know it.
The healthcare sector is a crucial part of a functioning society as it provides life-saving care and reassurance to the population. A key part of ensuring the professionals in this industry have the best work environment is the ongoing security of the facilities. Overcoming environmental challenges Hospitals are challenging environments for security integrators. There is little room for mistakes because staff, patients and assets cannot be compromised. Medical centres and their facilities can be vast complexes and security teams must be confident in their ability to identify and nullify threats as soon as possible. Chubb provided Queensland Children’s Hospital's security team with a simple and easy-to-use tool Chubb Fire & Security offers a range of intelligent video and access control systems to solve these challenges. The Queensland Children’s Hospital in Australia, formerly named Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, is the major specialist children’s hospital for families living in Queensland and Northern New South Wales. The facility not only provides care to the local families but also the state’s sickest and most critically injured children who need highly specialised care. This state-of-the-art hospital, coupled with a leading academic and research facility and the high calibre staff, provides a platform to continue to develop as a leader in paediatric health care, education and research. Comprehensive security solution Chubb developed a solution for Queensland Children’s Hospital that included access control, video management, communications and asset tracking. By creating a common infrastructure for all security systems managed through a comprehensive user interface, Chubb provided the hospital’s security team with a simple and easy-to-use tool that enables them to resolve situations as they happen and action events automatically on command. Chubb also developed a 3D model of the building that allows the security team to respond quickly to a wide variety of events. The protection of patients and staff is naturally a hospital's number one priority Also crucial to the implementation of security systems in a hospital is minimal disruption to its everyday operations. Professionals in hospitals are working 24/7 so there is little time when it comes to disabling security systems for maintenance or repairs. Continued maintenance and upgrades are vital elements to Chubb’s work and key to this is a great deal of collaboration with clinical and operational stakeholders. Securing mission-critical environment Hospital facilities are not always state-of-the-art and often face the slow upgrade process that a limited budget imparts. However, through the audit and update of security systems, steps can be taken to ensure continued operations without external disruption. The protection of patients and staff is naturally a hospital's number one priority and Chubb shares the same commitment to making sure the environment is safe and secure. Carrying out a technically demanding project in a large, mission-critical environment like a hospital takes strong teamwork, including expert strategic partners, and collaboration between stakeholders.
There’s almost no installation that goes 100-percent smoothly in the field of video surveillance. Unexpected issues routinely arise that can increase time on the job, cost of the project and frustration. Manufacturers work on the product side to help ensure their products are easy to install and – when troublesome situations do arise – are flexible enough for installers to quickly find a remedy. Importance of ease of installation Ease of installation is a very important part of the project to the system integrator because the cost of labour is variable Ease of installation is a very important part of the project to the system integrator because the cost of labour is variable and can be very expensive. In some cases, the cost of labour to install a camera can be more than the cost of the camera! If labour costs are high – or are more expensive than a system integrator planned – they can lose a great deal of money on a project. If a cautious system integrator includes too high of an estimate for labour in a project bid, his overall bid will to high and it could cost him the project. The easier the camera is to install, the lower the labour cost, subsequently achieving higher savings for end-users. Hence it is essential that camera manufacturers develop products that are easy to install or are flexible in the field for system integrators and installers who know that time is money. Enterprise projects can involve thousands of cameras installed Simplifying installation of cameras Camera installation typically involves an electrician, the camera installer and the person who configures the VMS (Video Management Software). Of course, one person can play all three roles, and in many cases, does, but enterprise projects can involve dozens, hundreds or even thousands of cameras with teams of individuals involved in an installation. The electrician runs conduit with an electrical or PoE (Power over Ethernet) connection to the housing or the backplate of the camera; the installer then installs the camera at that location, hooking it up to power; and then a configurator adds cameras to the network and makes adjustments – renaming the camera, setting the frame rate, enabling WDR (Wide Dynamic Range), and the like. When it’s a project that involves different players for any of these functions, there is the potential for a bottleneck and delay in project completion. And if a system integrator is paying an electrician, installer and software configurator – and they are all three on site waiting for each other to finish – that’s a system integrator’s worst-case scenario. Enhancement through modular cameras Video surveillance camera manufacturers like Hanwha Techwin are producing products that take different roles Video surveillance camera manufacturers like Hanwha Techwin are producing products that take the different roles of electrician, installer and configurator into consideration, allowing them to complete their tasks independently. With a focus on modular design which includes a USB dongle, a device manager, magnetic module and included accessories, the Wisenet X series Plus is one of the fastest cameras to install, service and upgrade – saving installers time and money. Wisenet X series Plus cameras have a detachable camera module that utilise magnets to lock into the housing for instant configuration. Electricians can run conduit with a single PoE connection to the back plate/housing while the configurator is working on configuring the camera module, allowing security professionals to later snap the camera into place in just minutes. The VMS configurator can then come and add the cameras to the network and program their functionality. Modular cameras offer flexibility In the past, an end user might determine after the camera is installed that there aren’t enough pixels on target, or they need certain different functions like video analytics for example, resulting in the time-consuming replacement of the entire camera. With modular-designed cameras, the camera module can be swapped with a new one without having to focus or replace the camera – even to change the resolution or field of view, also Wisenet X series Plus has optional PTRZ modules that can be remotely adjusted to the field of view and the position of the camera lens. Making camera adjustments in the field is also now easier and perhaps even safer. Installers have been known to climb a ladder and juggle a bulky laptop to access the network to be able to see video of how the camera is positioned. Or they’ve had to use analogue video output to view the video feed on a separate monitor which provides the field of view, but not megapixel quality. Using a smartphone, the installer can wirelessly see full and not cropped quality video directly from the camera Wisenet X series Plus cameras have a USB port that allows installers to connect it to a small dongle that converts the camera to a Wi-Fi device. Using a smartphone, the installer can wirelessly see full and not cropped quality video directly from the camera. It’s a much easier way to evaluate video while at the camera. Eliminating the second person looking at live view on a computer guiding through a cellphone to the installer to accurately point the camera to the proper position. If system integrators can do some of the legwork prior to even getting on site, it can reduce cost and improve efficiency. Imagine having 300 cameras ready to send to a project site. To configure those cameras, a system integrator has to take each camera out of the box, plug each into a switch, configure it, take it off of the switch and put it back in the box. To improve this process, camera manufacturers have now developed packaging that provides access to the camera port without even having to remove it from the box. It’s an innovative solution that saves time. Modular cameras have optional PTRZ modules that can be remotely adjusted to the field of view Software programs help in enhancing installation Whether it’s a one-man show or a team of electricians, installers and configurators, software programs can greatly enhance the installation process. Device managers are important tools in adding multiple cameras to a project. Using that 300-camera project, for example, it’s easier when a manufacturer has a device manager that allows the mass programming and configuration of cameras. Adding 300 cameras one by one is time consuming and leaves room for error when making so many multiple entries. A device manager should be able to scan the network and locate its devices, allowing them to be grouped, configured and much more. Every video surveillance camera project is going to have its ups and downs. But camera manufacturers can do their part in the production process to address the many issues known to slow down progress. It’s impressive that many are taking the lead in producing innovations like modular camera design, flexibility in the field and accessible packaging that can truly reduce installation cost and improve efficiency.
Vandalism and arson attacks at schools have been on the rise in the Swedish city of Malmö since 2001. In the five years between 2001-2006, school property damage cost the city more than 60 million Swedish Krona (SEK), the equivalent of nearly $6.5 million USD. In addition to parents not feeling safe about sending their children to school, academic performance also dropped, as many students found it difficult to concentrate with so much disruption.The municipality of Malmö realized that something had to be done to increase security at its schools. The cost in damages was intolerable and the children's safety was a key issue. With a new state-of-the-art security solution, including an advanced video analytics system from VideoIQ, Malmö was able to achieve significant cost savings while offering students and faculty a new level of proactive security protection. The challengeAside from arson attacks providing a constant source of worry, one of the biggest problems in Malmö was vandals breaking windows and panes of glass. On one occasion in particular, 600 panes of glass were smashed at a school which cost 1.2 million SEK. Some students contributed to the archaic atmosphere at the schools by regularly pulling fire alarms, causing everyone in the school to immediately evacuate while the fire department surveyed the scene, only to determine there wasn't a threat. With each incident, feelings of anxiety and concern grew while time spent learning in the classroom was diminished. With no security system or mechanism in place, the school had to find a way to protect the staff and students and identify the culprits. To meet that need, Malmö municipality contacted systems integrator TAC Säkerhet to discuss the purchase and installation of a state-of-the-art surveillance system. Mårcus Djerf, business area manager at TAC Säkerhet, said: "The city of Malmö believed that the amount of money being spent to repair property damage caused by arson and vandalism could be far better spent on things like new computers and technology for the students, or on field trips. They sought something that would help prevent crime while allowing them to save considerable money."The solutionWith no security system or mechanism in place, the school had to find a way to protect the staff and students and identify the culprits The right solution for the schools came in the form of video surveillance cameras mounted at strategic, highly trafficked places across five schools. It was critical, however, that the solution didn't just consist of "dumb" cameras that passively record events while acts of crime go undetected. Said Djerf: "While recording events could help provide forensic evidence after an incident had taken place, Malmo wanted to be proactive and address potential security issues before they happened. We looked for an intelligent analytics system that would serve as the ‘front line' for the schools since they did not have any security guards on-site."TAC recommended the use of VideoIQ's HD Intelligent Video Analytics Engine, which acts as a digital guard, providing instant alerts and security protection across nearly any environment or condition, including bad weather and at night. The technology is in use at hundreds of customer sites around the world and is recognized for its ability to transform passive video surveillance into a dynamic, real-time and proactive system for early warning and security protection.Djerf said: "The VideoIQ HD system continuously watches for security threats across all of the cameras at all of the schools. Just one HD can simultaneously analyze eight video streams from eight different cameras. When an intruder comes onto the property, the system instantly captures a video clip and sends it to our remote guards and security personnel at the Malmö City Alarm Center who can then contact the police, fire department or other emergency responders.""The combination of VideoIQ's next-generation analytics and remote guards is the ideal approach to minimize costs while maximizing security protection," said Scott Schnell, president and CEO of VideoIQ. "Our technology works accurately and reliably in any weather, is simple to install and has been in use for years at schools, chemical sites, water facilities, border crossings, and many other kinds of businesses that want to keep their most prized assets safe."The VideoIQ HD system continuously watches for security threats across all of the cameras at all of the schoolsTAC also chose the VideoIQ HD Analyzer for its self-learning capabilities which enable it to learn and get smarter with each incident detected. The analyzer watches and learns its environment, as well as patterns of motion, so that it can instantly distinguish between a person, automobile, cat, tree, or any other object. Additionally, the system responds to rules established by the user, enabling a high level of customization and specificity to minimize false alarms and increase accuracy."VideoIQ's self-learning technology is a huge asset because the system recognizes viable threats instantly and accurately, which reduces the number of false alarms generated. This enables security personnel to respond only when needed, saving the city of Malmö considerable time, energy and money," said Djerf.The self-learning capabilities were not the only user-friendly feature that the VideoIQ HD Analyzer offered. VideoIQ is the only video analytics technology without required calibration and TAC found the system to be extremely easy and fast to install, without any lengthy testing or set-up time required. Said Djerf: "VideoIQ's plug-and-play approach saved us considerable effort, while ensuring very reliable protection." Another reason TAC chose the VideoIQ HD Analyzer is because it can work with any type of stationary analog PTZ or other video camera - whether color, black and white, thermal or ones that use infrared illumination. The ability to support a heterogeneous camera environment was essential since the cameras used by the Malmö schools come from a variety of camera manufacturers and vendors.The right solution for the schools came in the form of video surveillance cameras mounted at strategic, highly trafficked places across five schoolsThe resultAfter just one year of having the security system in place, the municipality of Malmö reduced costs by an astounding 90 percent and the city saved 3 million SEK on a reduction in smashed panes and broken glass alone. Djerf said: "Malmö's expenses were improved within a very short space of time. They now have more money which can be used to make other needed improvements at the schools. The security system is seen as an investment and one that will help reduce crime for years to come."Additionally, the number of false alarms has been reduced dramatically and both school personnel and students feel safer. Several of the teachers have reported an improved school environment and that the children find it easier to concentrate on their studies. "TAC's goal is to offer our customers effective solutions that improve security while increasing profitability. VideoIQ's intelligent security products are an important part of this equation and we are proud to provide the city of Malmö with a reliable, effective and easy-to-manage security system," said Djerf.
Chiron’s IRIS alarms-over-IP used in Danish education projects International building systems integrator TAC has utilised the operational benefits of Chiron Security Communications' IRIS alarms-over-IP monitoring solution to help protect a large educational institution in Denmark. As part of TAC's ongoing contract to install integrated access control and intruder alarm systems at a large number of on-site university buildings, Chiron's IRIS 840 IP dialler is being installed at each location.TAC's Project Manager - Technical support, Henrik Olsen, explains that his client required security coverage for up to 150 separate buildings within its large, distributed campus area, all of which will be linked to a common management system at a centralised control room. "We opted to use Chiron's IRIS system at every one of the locations because it's simple to install and engineer, as well as being reliable in operation in our experience," he says.So far, some 10 buildings have been completed in this ongoing project and the Chiron systems are transmitting alarm signal information via IP links to a third party alarm receiving centre, Rednings-Ringen, Lemvig A/S. Mr Olsen adds that the university employs some 5-10,000 staff and has around 30,000 students. Once fully installed, he adds, the IRIS system may be expanded to include visual verification of alarm alerts.Meanwhile, in another important move, TAC has also selected Chiron's latest IRIS Touch system for use with its powerful I/NET Seven integrated building control solution. Offering a comprehensive package for end users such as telecoms providers, manufacturing plants, military bases and government institutions, I/NET Seven's distributed architecture incorporates HVAC, digital video, lighting and access control. "We opted for IRIS Touch because it offers the most usable and user-friendly system available on the market and as such complements the I/NET Seven system perfectly," Mr Olsen comments."We opted to use Chiron's IRIS system because it's simple to install and engineer, as well as being reliable in operation in our experience"Chiron's Corporate Account Manager, Vikram Datar, adds that the advantages of IRIS and IRIS Touch alarm transmission and monitoring systems include faster alerting, cheaper line monitoring, a range of value-added services such as building management system monitoring, plus improved network resilience. IRIS Touch is a recent major update to the IRIS range that provides a variety of extra user-friendly features as well as a fresh new design and operating interface, which makes life much easier for end users and installers alike. It now boasts independent, Europe-wide VdS verification and accreditation - the benchmark standard most widely recognised across Europe."IRIS is now supported by around 100 monitoring centres across Europe and being used by businesses including Travelex, the largest retail foreign exchange specialist in the world, High St retailers such as Halfords, Toys ‘R' Us and Topps Tiles, leading financial institutions, as well as schools, petrol station operators, chemist chains and a variety of other companies," Mr Datar notes.Many alarm panel manufacturers are also now offering IRIS technology embedded within their panels, while an increasing number of insurers are backing the system too. IRIS offers the reassurance of secure primary and back-up communications routes between a monitored site and alarm receiving centre, while providing the ability to make tangible operating cost savings and significantly adding value to a company's existing IT network.
Day Automation, a TAC partner integrates security with building controls Day Automation Systems, headquartered in Victor, N.Y., experienced an 85 percent increase in product sales in 2008 from the previous year. Day Automation is the volume-leading partner for TAC, the building management, energy services and security solutions business of Schneider Electric. Day Automation attributes its strong showing to its dedication to expanding from building controls into the security market. With four office locations, Day Automation represents TAC for heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) control, security and door access control, and digital video surveillance systems in Central and Eastern New York State.Day Automation, a TAC partner since 1978, began selling security the mid-90s, believing that it had the potential to be a major growth engine for its business. Success did not come easy or happen overnight; rather, it took a major commitment from management along with dedicated resources."We've recommended integrating security into building management systems for years, and I think the marketplace is becoming receptive to the advantages of this approach," said Eric Orban, president of Day Automation. "Integrated systems provide a tremendous amount of value, and our customers see the difference that Day Automation brings to the table. Our focus on quality is demonstrated by the fact that most of our business is generated by word of mouth from end-user customers to consulting engineers. As a result, we've been able to expand our security business through existing HVAC customers."In 2003, after observing other control integrators adding security to their portfolios and analyzing the security market, the Day Automation management team committed to making security a major part of its business and began to grow the offering. The company added resources to focus solely on security and to build out the expertise in-house by investing in the right people and putting a dedicated sales force in place.Day Automation, a TAC partner, attributes its strong showing to its dedication to expanding from building controls into the security market. "At that time, the marketplace saw us only as an HVAC systems integrator," observed Orban. "We anticipated that there would be a perception that we lacked security expertise and experience, so we made it our mission to attract and retain knowledgeable and dedicated people on staff. It's critical to be viewed in the marketplace as competent and capable - and this starts with building your knowledge base one person at time."This meant hiring a dedicated security sales professional from the industry as well as hiring students out of college and providing them with extensive on-the-job training and mentoring. Once the expertise and a sales force were in place, the next step for the partner was to carefully analyze the marketplace to determine the type of customers that would most benefit from its solutions. Then the Day Automation sales team began tapping into its existing customer base, which consisted mainly of HVAC customers."Our strategy today is that when we lead with BAS, we follow up introducing security. And when we lead with security, we introduce our BAS solutions," explained Orban. "We always make sure to bring all of our expertise to the table in order to maximize on the total opportunity."
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