QNAP Security releases VioStor Firmware V3.5.1 offering PSIA compliance and large capacity 3TB SATA HDD compatibility
QNAP Security releases VioStor Firmware V3.5.1 offering PSIA compliance and large capacity 3TB SATA HDD compatibility

QNAP Security released firmware version 3.5.1 for its VioStor NVR lineup. The new firmware enables VioStor Pro series products and VS-2008L/2004L to support 3TB SATA hard drives and PSIA compliant IP cameras of renowned brands LG and Sharp. The newly supported 3TB hard drives include Hitachi Ultrastar 7K3000 (HUA723030ALA640) and Deskstar 7K3000 (HDS723030ALA640), and Seagate Barracuda XT (ST33000651AS). Enterprise and SMB customers that need a large capacity NVR solution to archive long time recording assets can now benefit from the new firmware release.PSIA is a globally recognised standard that becomes more common with time. "With the PSIA support in firmware V3.5.1 release, users immediately have at least 150 new network devices to choose from," commented Andrew Yu, product manager of QNAP Security. QNAP VioStor NVR lineup has supported over 1,100 camera models of 47 different brands to date. The new PSIA-compliant IP cameras addition will further provide system integrators with flexibility when planning a proper security setup for their customers.The VioStor NVR offers rich features such as 128-channel monitoring from multiple NVR servers without additional PC software, Intelligent Video Analytics (IVA) for fast video retrieval, generic IP camera integration by JPEG CGI command, digital watermarking, advanced event management, email and SMS alerts, online RAID capacity expansion, and online RAID level migration. In order to make it more convenient for operators to easily manage over hundreds of IP cameras, VioStor's E-map feature allows users to pinpoint the position of each IP camera on a multi-layered digital map. E-map also provides instant notification of alerts and provides the user immediate access to the corresponding live view simply by clicking the desired camera icon.

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How AI and security guards work together using video analytics
How AI and security guards work together using video analytics

How AI and humans can work together is a longstanding debate. As society progresses technologically, there’s always the worry of robots taking over jobs. Self-checkout tills, automated factory machines, and video analytics are all improving efficiency and productivity, but they can still work in tandem with humans, and in most cases, they need to. Video analytics in particular is one impressively intelligent piece of technology that security guards can utilise. How can video analytics help with certain security scenarios? Video analytics tools Before video analytics or even CCTV in general, if a child went missing in a shopping centre, we could only rely on humans. Take a crowded Saturday shopping centre, a complex one with a multitude of shops and eateries, you’d have to alert the security personnel, rely on a tannoy and search party, and hope for a lockdown to find a lost or kidnapped child. With video analytics, how would this scenario play out? It’s pretty mind-blowing. As soon as security is alerted, they can work with the video analytics tools to instruct it precisely With the same scenario, you now have the help of many different cameras, but then there’s the task of searching through all the CCTV resources and footage. That’s where complex search functions come in. As soon as security is alerted, they can work with the video analytics tools to instruct it precisely on what footage to narrow down, and there’s a lot of filters and functions to use. Expected movement direction For instance, they can tick a ‘human’ field, so the AI can track and filter out vehicles, objects etc., and then they can input height, clothing colours, time the child went missing, and last known location. There’s a complex event to check too, under ‘child kidnap’. For a more accurate search, security guards can then add in a searching criterion by drawing the child’s expected movement direction using a visual query function. A unique function like this enables visual criteria-based searches rather than text-based ones. The tech will then narrow down to the images/videos showing the criteria they’ve inputted, showing the object/child that matches the data and filter input. Detecting facial data There are illegal demonstrations and troublesome interferences that police have to deal with A white-list face recognition function is then used to track the child’s route which means the AI can detect facial data that has not been previously saved in the database, allowing it to track the route of a target entity, all in real time. Then, security guards can confirm the child’s route and current location. All up-to-date info can then be transferred to an onsite guard’s mobile phone for them to confirm the missing child’s movement route, face, and current location, helping to find them as quickly as possible. Often, there are illegal demonstrations and troublesome interferences that police have to deal with. Video analytics and surveillance can not only capture these, but they can be used to predict when they may happen, providing a more efficient process in dealing with these types of situations and gathering resources. Event processing functions Picture a public square with a number of entries into the main area, and at each entry point or path, there is CCTV. Those in the control room can set two events for each camera: a grouping event and a path-passing event. These are pretty self-explanatory. A grouping event covers images of seeing people gathering in close proximity and a path-passing event will show when people are passing through or entering. The video analytics tool can look out for large gatherings and increased footfall to alert security By setting these two events, the video analytics tool can look out for large gatherings and increased footfall to alert security or whoever is monitoring to be cautious of protests, demonstrations or any commotion. Using complex event processing functions, over-detection of alarms can also be prevented, especially if there’s a busy day with many passing through. Reducing false alarms By combining the two events, that filters down the triggers for alarms for better accuracy to predict certain situations, like a demonstration. The AI can also be set to only trigger an alarm when the two events are happening simultaneously on all the cameras of each entry to reduce false alarms. There are so many situations and events that video analytics can be programmed to monitor. You can tick fields to monitor any objects that have appeared, disappeared, or been abandoned. You can also check events like path-passing to monitor traffic, as well as loitering, fighting, grouping, a sudden scene change, smoke, flames, falling, unsafe crossing, traffic jams and car accidents etc. Preventing unsafe situations Complex events can include violations of one-way systems, blacklist-detected vehicles Complex events can include violations of one-way systems, blacklist-detected vehicles, person and vehicle tracking, child kidnaps, waste collection, over-speed vehicles, and demonstration detections. The use of video analytics expands our capabilities tremendously, working in real time to detect and help predict security-related situations. Together with security agents, guards and operatives, AI in CCTV means resources can be better prepared, and that the likelihood of preventing unsafe situations can be greatly improved. It’s a winning team, as AI won’t always get it right but it’s there to be the advanced eyes we need to help keep businesses, premises and areas safer.

The EU called for a ban on police use of facial recognition but not commercial use. Why?
The EU called for a ban on police use of facial recognition but not commercial use. Why?

Recently, the European Parliament called for a ban on police use of facial recognition. In the US, too, some cities have restricted police use of facial recognition. The first question that comes to mind is - why ban police from using technology that is allowed to private companies? Point of difference The key difference between the way police use facial recognition and the way commercial facial recognition products work is that: The police get a picture of a suspect from a crime scene and want to find out: "Who is the person in the picture?" That requires as wide a database as possible. Optimally - photos and identities of all the people in the world. Commercial facial recognition products such as those used by supermarkets, football stadiums, or casinos answer different questions: "Is the person in the picture on the employees' list? Is the person in the picture on a watch-list of known shoplifters?" To answer these questions doesn't require a broad database but rather a defined list of employees or a watch-list of specific people against whom there is an arrest warrant or a restraining order. Use of facial recognition AnyVision helps organisations leverage facial recognition ethically to identify known persons of interest "Facial Recognition Apps Should Be Provided to the Police with an Empty Database". This is exactly the subject of the open letter sent by AnyVision, to the British Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner, Prof. Fraser Sampson, titled: "Facial Recognition Apps Should Be Provided to the Police with an Empty Database". AnyVision recently raised $235M from Softbank and another leading VCs is a visual AI platform company that helps organisations across the globe leverage facial recognition ethically to identify known persons of interest, including shoplifters, felons, and security threats. Ethical use of facial recognition AnyVision CEO Avi Golan wrote, "The ethical use of facial recognition is a thorny one and requires a nuanced discussion. Part of that discussion has to explain how facial recognition works, but, just as important, the discussion must also involve how the technology is used by police departments and what checks and balances are built into their processes.” “We recommend building their watchlists from the ground up based on known felons, persons of interest, and missing persons. Some facial recognition solution providers have scrapped billions of photos and identities of people from social networks, usually without their consent." "Unfortunately, this method of facial recognition has justifiably angered privacy groups and data protection agencies around the globe and damaged the public trust in accuracy and reliability of facial recognition systems.” Preventing invasion of citizen’s privacy We believe an unjustified invasion of citizens' privacy can be prevented, false arrests can be reduced" “We believe that lists of suspects should be limited and justified. In this way, unjustified invasion of citizens' privacy can be prevented, false arrests can be reduced and public confidence in technology can be increased.” Golan added: "AnyVision is willing to share its industry insights and best practices from our vast research experience with leading global players, including name-brand retailers, global hospitality and entertainment companies, and law enforcement agencies from around the world.” Balancing public order and crime prevention “If the regulations set forth by Surveillance Camera Code of Practice are committed to the principles outlined above, then law enforcement agencies can strike the right balance between the need to maintain public order and prevent crime with the rights of every person to privacy and non-discrimination before the law." Recently Clearview AI CEO told Wired; the company has scraped 10 billion photos from the web - 3 times more than was previously known.

A three-point plan for enhancing business video surveillance
A three-point plan for enhancing business video surveillance

Cyber threats hit the headlines every day; however digital hazards are only part of the security landscape. In fact, for many organisations - physical rather than virtual security will remain the burning priority. Will Liu, Managing Director of TP-Link UK, explores the three key elements that companies must consider when implementing modern-day business surveillance systems.  1) Protecting more than premises Video surveillance systems are undoubtedly more important than ever before for a huge number of businesses across the full spectrum of public and private sector, manufacturing and service industries. One simple reason for this is the increased use of technology within those businesses. Offices, workshops, and other facilities house a significant amount of valuable and expensive equipment - from computers, and 3D printers to specialised machinery and equipment. As a result, workplaces are now a key target for thieves, and ensuring the protection of such valuable assets is a top priority. A sad reality is that some of those thieves will be employees themselves. Video surveillance system Of course, video surveillance is often deployed to combat that threat alone, but actually, its importance goes beyond theft protection. With opportunist thieves targeting asset-rich sites more regularly, the people who work at these sites are in greater danger too. Effective and efficient surveillance is imperative not just for physical asset protection, but also for the safety From this perspective, effective and efficient surveillance is imperative not just for physical asset protection, but also for the safety of colleagues as well. Organisations need to protect the people who work, learn or attend the premises. A video surveillance system is, therefore, a great starting point for companies looking to deter criminal activity. However, to be sure you put the right system in place to protect your hardware assets, your people, and the business itself, here are three key considerations that make for a successful deployment. 2) Fail to prepare, and then prepare to fail Planning is the key to success, and surveillance systems are no different. Decide in advance the scope of your desired solution. Each site is different and the reality is that every solution is different too. There is no ‘one-size-fits-all solution and only by investing time on the exact specification can you arrive at the most robust and optimal solution.  For example, organisations need to consider all the deployment variables within the system’s environment. What is the balance between indoor and outdoor settings; how exposed to the elements are the outdoor cameras; what IP rating to the need? A discussion with a security installer will help identify the dangerous areas that need to be covered and the associated best sites for camera locations. Camera coverage After determining location and coverage angles, indoors and outdoors, the next step is to make sure the cameras specified are up to the job for each location. Do they have the right lens for the distance they are required to cover, for example? It is not as simple as specifying one type of camera and deploying it everywhere. Devices that can use multiple power sources, Direct Current, or Power over Ethernet well are far more versatile You have to consider technical aspects such as the required level of visual fidelity and whether you also need two-way audio at certain locations? Another simple consideration is how the devices are powered. Devices that can use multiple power sources, Direct Current or Power over Ethernet as well are far more versatile and reliable. Answers to these questions and a lot more need to be uncovered by an expert, to deliver a best-of-breed solution for the particular site. 3) Flexibility breeds resilience Understanding exactly what you need is the start. Ensuring you can install, operate and manage your video surveillance system is the next step. Solutions that are simple to install and easy to maintain will always be favoured - for example, cameras that have multiple sources of power can be vital for year-round reliability. Alongside the physical aspect of any installation, there is also the software element that needs to be considered. The last thing organisations need is a compatibility headache once all their cameras and monitoring stations are in place. Selecting cameras and equipment with the flexibility to support a variety of different operating systems and software is important not just for the days following the installation, but also to future-proof the solution against change.  Easy does it Once the system is up and running, the real work of video surveillance begins. Therefore, any organisation considering deploying a system should look to pick one that makes the day-to-day operation as easy as possible to manage. And again - that is all about the set-up. Cameras can also provide alerts if they have been tampered with or their settings changed The most modern systems and technology can deliver surveillance systems that offer smarter detection, enhanced activity reporting so you learn more about your operations, and also make off-site, remote management easy to both implement and adjust as conditions change. For example, camera software that immediately notifies controllers when certain parameters are met - like motion detection that monitors a specific area for unauthorised access. Cameras can also provide alerts if they have been tampered with or their settings changed without proper authorisation. Remote management of HD footage What’s more, the days of poor quality or unreliable transfer of video are long gone. The high-quality HD footage can be captured, stored, and transferred across networks without any degradation, with hard drives or cloud-based systems able to keep hundreds of days of high-quality recordings for analysis of historical data. Finally, the best surveillance solutions also allow for secure remote management not just from a central control room, but also from personal devices and mobile apps. All this delivers ‘always-on’ security and peace of mind. The watchword in security Modern video surveillance takes organisational security to the next level. It protects physical assets, ensures workplace and workforce safety, and helps protect the operations, reputation, and profitability of a business.  However, this is not just an ‘off-the-shelf purchase’. It requires proper planning in the form of site surveys, equipment and software specifications, as well as an understanding of operational demands and requirements. Investing time in planning will help businesses realise the best dividends in terms of protection. Ultimately, that means organisations should seek to collaborate with vendors who offer site surveys - they know their equipment best, your needs, and can work with you to create the perfect solution.

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Dahua announces 88 models of PTZ series network cameras are now compatible with QNAP NAS
Dahua announces 88 models of PTZ series network cameras are now compatible with QNAP NAS

Dahua Technology, a solution provider in the global video surveillance industry, announced that an additional 88 models of its Eco-savvy 3.0, Wi-Fi 265 and H.265 PTZ series network cameras are now compatible with QNAP NAS from QNAP Systems, Inc. Now, more customers are able to choose Dahua Technology’s network cameras per their application scenarios. Comprehensive video surveillance Dahua Eco-savvy 3.0 network camera series can deliver real-time 4K video streams at 15 fps, providing security applications with impressive range of smart detection features including face detection, tripwire detection, and intrusion detection. Dahua Wi-Fi 265 series supports H.265 compression, Human Detection and Smart Tracking features. Dahua H.265 PTZ camera can provide large monitoring range with clear details, while the latest H.265 compression cuts bandwidth in half to ensure video recording with great security efficiency and lower cost. QNAP keeps improving product and third-party software compatibility. It released QVR Pro surveillance solution, QVR Center central management software and QVR Guard failover application to integrate comprehensive video surveillance features into NAS, providing live monitoring, storage expandability and storage space management functions for home and business users. Third-party integrations Open, Integration and Innovation has been Dahua Technology’s guiding principle. In recent year, the company has been working with more and more renowned third-party platforms, like QNAP NAS in this case, to greatly broaden the application scale of its cameras. This enables security users to enjoy the products and services provided by Dahua Technology in more applications.

MOBOTIX showcases new products and integration capabilities at Innovation Summit 2018
MOBOTIX showcases new products and integration capabilities at Innovation Summit 2018

MOBOTIX welcomed almost 200 Alliance and Channel Partners as well as flagship customers to the inaugural Innovation Summit Europe that took place in Valencia, Spain from the 6th to 8th of May. The Summit offered attendees valuable insights into new trends, sneak peeks at new products and technologies along with networking opportunities between the wider pan-European MOBOTIX community. Alongside the Summit, the Technology Partner Expo offered demonstrations showcasing integration capabilities from several technology leaders that work closely with MOBOTIX including ABP, Genetec, Kentix, Konica Minolta, Microsens, QNAP and Sesys. The Summit provided an alliance forum to showcase the exciting collaborative work with our technology partners we are doing across areas such as Cyber Security and Internet-of-Things" Cybersecurity and IoT “Our Innovation Summit expands on our ongoing strategy of making MOBOTIX more open and responsive to the needs of our customers and innovative technology partners,” explains Thomas Lausten, Chief Executive Officer of MOBOTIX. “The Summit also provided an alliance forum to showcase the exciting collaborative work with our technology partners we are doing across areas such as cyber security and Internet-of-things.” The Summit was hosted at the Barceló Hotel in Valencia and kicked-off with a Keynote speech from MOBOTIX CEO Thomas Lausten that provided insights into how Partners can focus on value by solving real world challenges using innovative MOBOTIX technologies. Presentation on video surveillance ‘Put Technology on Everything: Understanding an Exponential World’ was the topic of a talk by Enrique Dans, Futurist and Professor of Innovations at IE Business School of Madrid. In his work as a researcher, disseminator and advisor, Dans studies the effects of technological innovation on people, companies and society. Other presentations and demonstrations touched on areas such as video surveillance and cyber security within a full agenda aimed at helping attendees gain broader insights into emerging trends. “The summit also provided a great opportunity for networking with like-minded partners and MOBOTIX staff to explore potential business opportunities amongst guests that had been invited from nearly 30 countries,” Lausten adds.

QNAP Systems launches TS-x73 NAS series for enhanced data security
QNAP Systems launches TS-x73 NAS series for enhanced data security

QNAP Systems, Inc. has launched the cost-effective high-performance 4-bay (TS-473), 6-bay (TS-673), and 8-bay (TS-873) TS-x73 series NAS featuring an AMD RX-421ND quad-core CPU with Turbo Core up to 3.4GHz and two PCIe slots for installing a QNAP QM2 card, wireless network card or a graphics card to extend NAS functionalities. The TS-x73 series provides small and medium businesses with an ideal NAS solution to build a private cloud for applications including high-speed data transfer, backup/recovery, virtualisation, media playback and graphics display. “The TS-x73 NAS series presents a budget-friendly solution by allowing users to add more value to their NAS based on their individual needs. Through the two PCIe slots, users can install a QNAP QM2 card to add SSD caching/10GbE connectivity for boosted performance; a wireless card with WirelessAP Station app to turn the NAS into a wireless access point; or even an PCIe bus-powered graphics card to enable 4K transcoding and HDMI output for a greater media multimedia experience,” said Jason Hsu, Product Manager of QNAP.The TS-x73 provides optimal storage efficiency across M.2 SSDs, 2.5-inch SSDs and high-capacity HDDs Mitigating ransomware attacks The TS-x73 series is powered by a high-performance and energy-efficient AMD RX-421ND quad-core 2.1 GHz CPU (Turbo Core up to 3.4 GHz) and 4GB/8GB DDR4 RAM (up to 64GB). With an optional 10GbE network card installed, it delivers up to 1661 MB/s throughput and up to 1575 MB/s with AES-NI hardware-accelerated encryption. With two built-in M.2 SATA SSD slots and SSD caching (M.2 SSD sold separately), coupled with Qtier auto-tiering technology, the TS-x73 provides optimal storage efficiency across M.2 SSDs, 2.5-inch SSDs and high-capacity HDDs for balanced cost, performance, and capacity. The TS-x73 series supports block-based snapshots to record the state of the system at any time to help users mitigate the impact of ransomware attacks and to ensure the stability of service operations. Enhanced data protection The TS-x73 series features two PCIe (Gen3 x4) slots that allow greater system flexibility. In addition to installing a 10GbE network card for boosting virtualisation performance, users can also install a QNAP QM2 card that allows for adding two M.2 SSDs for SSD caching or to create a RAID 5-tiered storage along with the two M.2 SSDs in the NAS to increase data protection. There are also QM2 cards that include 10GbE 10GBASE-T connectivity to provide SSD caching with high-speed network connectivity on a single card. Alternatively, users could install a low-power graphics card (powered solely by the PCIe slot) to boost system performance and enable smooth 4K video transcoding and HDMI output; install a wireless network card (for example: QNAP QWA-AC2600) to use the TS-x73 as a wireless base station, allowing users to directly access the NAS, including NAS services and Internet connection.Users can also use QNAP VJBOD technology to leverage the unused space of another QNAP NAS for storage expansion Unified data storage solution The business-ready TS-x73 series is a NAS and iSCSI-SAN unified storage solution that not only supports VMware, Citrix, Microsoft Hyper-V and Windows Server 2016 environments, but can also natively host multiple virtual machines (with Windows, Linux, UNIX and Android) and containers (LXC and Docker). Storage space can be flexibly expanded using two 8-bay UX-800P or 5-bay UX-500P or four 10-bay REXP-1000 Pro expansion enclosures. Users can also use QNAP VJBOD technology to leverage the unused space of another QNAP NAS for storage expansion. Key specifications: TS-473-4G: supports 4 x 3.5-inch HDD or 2.5-inch HDD/SSD, 4GB DDR4 RAM TS-473-8G: supports 4 x 3.5-inch HDD or 2.5-inch HDD/SSD, 8GB DDR4 RAM TS-673-4G: supports 6 x 3.5-inch HDD or 2.5-inch HDD/SSD, 4GB DDR4 RAM TS-673-8G: supports 6 x 3.5-inch HDD or 2.5-inch HDD/SSD, 8GB DDR4 RAM TS-873-4G: supports 8 x 3.5-inch HDD or 2.5-inch HDD/SSD, 4GB DDR4 RAM TS-873-8G: supports 8 x 3.5-inch HDD or 2.5-inch HDD/SSD, 8GB DDR4 RAM Tower model; AMD RX-421ND quad-core 2.1 GHz CPU (burst up to 3.4 GHz), dual channel DDR4 RAM (4 x SODIMM memory slots, upgradable to 64GB); hot-swappable 2.5-inch/3.5-inch SATA 6Gbps HDD/SSD; 2x M.2 SATA 6Gb/s 2280/2260 SSD slots; 2x PCle Gen.3 x4 slots; 4 x USB 3.0 ports; 4x Gigabit LAN ports; 2x 3.5 mm microphone jacks (dynamic microphones only); 1x 3.5 mm Line-out audio jack; 1x built-in speaker

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