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Axxon Intellect Enterprise is a remarkably advanced distributed physical security information management (PSIM) software platform that combines intelligent video analytics, universal IP connectivity and event-driven automation capabilities in a single environment. The purpose of Axxon Intellect Enterprise is to help your business attain a higher level of security than ever before — with less cost, and less effort. Axxon Intellect Enterprise PSIM software platform succeeds in giving you these results because it has the built-in intelligence to recognize events as they occur, and the ability to respond appropriately. It also has the capability to distil and present information to support smart, timely decision-making. It achieves this by aggregating data from a wide range of devices and systems, analyzing data more intelligently, and automating processes that could never be automated before. Because it's built on a modular architecture, the software is extremely flexible, so you get all the functionality and capabilities you need without paying for features you don't want. And, because Axxon Intellect Enterprise is an integrated platform, you increase the value of your existing systems and avoid the cost and effort of replacing legacy systems. As a result, you can better protect people and facilities, prevent asset loss and damage, and improve business efficiency, all at the same time. Axxon Intellect Enterprise is the best choice for managing hundreds or thousands of cameras in a custom-built security system, or when you need CCTV integrated with access control, perimeter protection, fire and security alarms, and sophisticated functionalities such as facial recognition, ANPR, road traffic monitoring, and bundled POS or ATM monitoring systems. LIMITLESSLY SCALABLE DISTRIBUTED ARCHITECTURE FOUR LEVELS OF AUTOMATION LOW-LEVEL INTEGRATION WITH EDGE DEVICES Integration SD and HD analogue cameras Intercoms ATM Cash register systems BACnet OPC SNMP Warning systems IP devices 10,000+ models Access control 40+ systems Fire and security alarm 40+ systems Perimeter security 15+ systems Advantages of the integrated platform Combine equipment from different manufacturers and manage it from a single control center. Minimize the financial costs of equipping the facility by reducing the hardware and software needed and connecting existing equipment to the system. Implement new features that aren’t available with self-contained systems. Reduce the amount of information that the operator has to process, with a more intuitive interface. Get improved situational analysis based on information from various sources. Automate decision making for standard situations. Significantly reduce the likelihood of operator mistakes. Better protect the system from external interference. Integrated Solutions Users can select only the modules they need to build an effective system that is tailor-made for the security needs of their site, ensuring they will have a robust system with finely-honed features at a minimal cost. ACFA Intellect is a comprehensive tool for managing access control, fire and security alarm, and perimeter security systems using the Intellect PSIM platform. It supports dozens of ACS, PSS, and FSA systems. Retail Intellect offers retailers protection and valuable intelligence by combining in-store surveillance, industry-specific video analytics, and transaction monitoring. Deep learning–based Sweethearting detection tool helps to prevent asset loss at the cash desk. Retailers can detect when the cashier acts in collusion with the buyer to fake scan merchandise/products. The System Monitoring module receives and processes alarms from widely dispersed sites and monitors the condition of hardware and software, even in low-bandwidth areas. It can dramatically improve the operations of large, widely distributed systems. ATM Intellect automates the monitoring of ATMs and payment kiosks by integrating video and transaction data. The system tracks alerts as well and comes with the System Monitoring module for real-time asset protection. Auto Intellect monitors highway traffic flows and records vehicles, containers, and railway wagons via ANPR. It controls vehicle access to facilities and keeps an eye on the road by recording traffic violations and collecting statistical data on traffic flows. Face Intellect was developed for public places and important infrastructure sites for which access control is critical. The facial recognition software identifies people and also captures, records and retrieves faces matching a picture.Add to Compare
Siemens Cerberus ECO fire safety integrated into Axxon Intellect PSIM platform The open-platform Axxon Intellect PSIM software from AxxonSoft now offers support for the Siemens Cerberus ECO fire safety system. Siemens constantly improves its technologies, reacting flexibly to market preferences and consumer needs. The company's developers, based in Switzerland and China, were faced with a complicated task: to design a high-reliability fire detection system that is affordable for small and mid-sized business. Their labours resulted in creation of Cerberus ECO, a simple and inexpensive device that meets international quality standards. Cerberus ECO has been developed with small to medium-sized premises in mind, including hotels, shopping centres, hospitals, schools, and similar venues. The system supports up to 504 connected points. Devices integrated into Axxon Intellect PSIM platform: FC1840-A3 control panel. Wall-mounted. Can be programmed from PC or panel. Large LCD (320x240) for rapid and accurate programming. Flexible file handling ensures low start-up and operating expenses. FD181 loop devices: automatic fire sensors FDT181 (thermal), FDO181 (smoke). For automatic alarm call in case of fire. False positives are prevented by special signal processing circuits. Two sensitivity levels plus integrated alarm indicator with 360° field of view. FDM18 manual call points. For manual activation of fire alarm in case of fire. Provided together with a reset key. FDB181 detector base. Weather-resistant for outdoor and indoor use. Can be installed horizontally and/or discretely. FDCI181-2 input module with 2 monitored digital inputs + FDCIO181-2 I/O module with four monitored digital outputs. Allow monitoring the state of dry contacts. Open line and short circuit monitoring for input and output lines. FDCL181 short circuit isolator. Line separator for protection against short circuits. Allows connecting stub lines and prevents breakdown of multiple lines in case of a short circuit, maintaining operational capacity. Advantages of integration Axxon Intellect offers software-level integration support for all subsystems. Free configuration of logical relationships allows performing almost any task through simple programming, which makes system installation remarkably easy. Threat protection becomes more effective. Thanks to integration of video surveillance and fire alarms, false alarms can be avoided more effectively. Intellect also allows performing high-quality fire monitoring by correlating signals with surveillance footage.Add to Compare
AxxonSoft is delighted to announce the release of version 3.6.2 of the company's Axxon Next video management software. Highlights in the new version include support for the new Axxon iOS client and new options added to GreenStream. This allows boosting security system performance. Key new updates in Axxon Next 3.6.2: Improvements in GreenStream dynamic selection of bandwidth-efficient streams. GreenStream is now compatible with cameras that have configurable profiles for streams, as well as ONVIF and RTSP drivers. Access permissions: it is now possible to set user access rights for video archives and mass-configure access rights for hardware. Improved tools for scene analytics: object colour is now supported as a criterion and support has been added for controlling for camera shake. New version 3.0 of iOS client. The updated version of the mobile app has been redesigned to incorporate new features for more efficient and convenient remote management. Axxon Next is installed by default in trial mode and can be activated with a free or commercial license. The free version supports 1 server, 16 cameras, 1TB storage, and an unlimited number of clients.AxxonSoft has also recently introduced version 5.1 of its Auto Intellect LPR and Traffic Monitoring module and version 4.9.4 of its Axxon Intellect PSIM software platform.For more information about Axxon Next VMS, please visit: www.axxonsoft.comAdd to Compare
Version 3.6.1 of the Axxon Next video management software is now available. Highlights in the new version include improved stability and performance. What's new in Axxon Next 3.6.1: Slow connection times for remote clients on domains with large configurations have been fixed. A newer version of the ffmpeg library (2.3) has been included. Web client functionality has been improved. Thumbnail loading has been optimized, reducing server loads in many cases. New localisations have been added: European and Brazilian Portuguese, Slovak, Lithuanian, and Italian. In addition, Axxon Next 3.6.1 includes ease-of-use improvements: refinements have been made to Time Compressor, which dynamically generates visual scene synopses that include all moving objects recorded during selected video intervals while maintaining true-to-life speed. Changes have been made for storage as well, thanks to stability improvements to the timeline that make viewing of recorded video easier and more convenient than in previous versions. This release includes Drivers Pack 3.2.27 for IP device support which offers support of 93 new models of IP devices. Drivers Pack makes it possible to quickly augment the lists of integrated devices with the most popular models of network cameras and video servers on the market. The wide spectrum of compatible IP equipment allows the user to select the optimal system configuration for any type of site. Download the latest version of the Axxon Next 3.6.1 VMS at www.axxonnext.com. Axxon Next is installed by default in trial mode and can be activated with a free or commercial license. The free version supports 1 server, 16 cameras, 1 TB storage, and an unlimited number of clients.Add to Compare
Version 3.6 of the innovative open-platform video management software Axxon Next is now available. Highlights in the new version include improved system performance and stability, as well as added features and enhancements to functionality and usability. What's new in Axxon Next 3.6 The existing information display boards – the Health Board and Counter Board – have been supplemented with an Events Board. The Events Board displays a list of system events as chosen by user filter settings. When an events board is linked to a camera, operators can simply click an event on the board to view the relevant recorded footage. This allows operators to quickly jump to relevant video, making them more efficient and productive. The new version also allows playing live audio on camera speakers. Thanks to full duplex support, operators can listen to camera audio and speak through the camera speaker at the same time. Camera speakers can be used both to notify of alarms (by playing a sound file) and to give voice notifications (by broadcasting the operator's voice in real time). The opportunities for responding to incidents and alarms with this tool are enormous. Other changes in Axxon Next make the software more manageable and informative. Operators are now warned of interruptions in video recording: if recording of video to the archive on any storage volume is stopped due to hardware error, the user GUI displays a corresponding notification. AxxonSoft has gone to great lengths to integrate the video analytic tools found on the cameras of leading world manufacturers, since the company believes that unlocking on-board capabilities is the largest unmet need on the security market today. To this end, Axxon Next 3.6 supports MotionMask-based detection tools found on board Panasonic cameras. This offers a multizone motion detection, which thanks to integration with Axxon Next allows managing alarms in various detection areas without needing to decompress video. Increased efficiency means that several times less CPU power is required. The release includes Drivers Pack 3.2.24 for support of IP devices. Axxon Next can be activated in free, commercial, or trial versions. The free version supports 1 server, 16 video channels, 1 TB of recorded video, and an unlimited number of clients.Add to Compare
AxxonSoft at IFSEC 2015: Results and Highlights AxxonSoft took part in the world's most influential security-themed event, IFSEC 2015, in London from 16 to 18 June. As a marquee event on the European market, IFSEC opens its doors every year to security customers seeking information on the latest IT innovations in video surveillance, fire/alarm solutions, and digital security. As in years past, IFSEC 2015 was a unique venue for hotly awaited demos. AxxonSoft used the opportunity to showcase its latest video surveillance platforms. This year AxxonSoft demonstrated Axxon Next 4.0, the newest version of the company's innovative video management software. Axxon Next has already earned a reputation as reliable, effective software for building security systems adapted to the individual needs of sites with diverse size and complexity. Highlights in the new version include functionality as well as ease of use: a redesigned user interface, multidomain monitoring, Failover, macros, and flexible management via hotkeys and security keyboards are just a few of the features that make Axxon Next so delightfully convenient to use. In addition, Axxon Next drew substantial visitor interest at IFSEC and earned a spot on the event's Innovation Trail, which offered visitors interactive demos of the biggest new breakthroughs of 2015. The AxxonSoft stand also featured industry-specific vertical solutions for business based on the Intellect PSIM: Auto Intellect vehicular access control, road safety enforcement, and traffic management POS Intellect monitoring of checkout/POS transactions ACFA Intellect comprehensive access control, fire/security alarm monitoring, and perimeter protection management Another highlight of the event was signing of a strategic agreement between AxxonSoft and Pivot3 to take the companies' partnership to the next level. The agreement is slated to bring exciting results starting in the very near future. Confirmation of the friendship between the companies includes both demonstration of Pivot3-based solutions at the AxxonSoft stand and successful implementation of a number of joint projects, including: Marks & Spencer stores, OceanPlaza Mall in Kiev, Gulliver Business Center in Kiev, METRO Ukraine, and more. Guests and exhibitors alike remarked on the truly unique feature set and capabilities offered by AxxonSoft software. "AxxonSoft once again brought a new product with outstanding functionality. The new features are out of this world!" commented Robin Hughes, Sales Director, Secure Logiq Enthusiasm was shared by AxxonSoft staff, who noted the opportunities provided by IFSEC for pursuing promising large-scale surveillance projects. "IFSEC was a great event for us: we were able to hold talks with important clients. Visitors to our stand were clearly impressed with the features in AxxonSoft software. The United Kingdom remains a key priority for the company and, thanks to what we accomplished at the event, deployment of major AxxonSoft-powered projects is due to begin almost immediately," said Yury Akhmetov, EMEA Business Development Director, AxxonSoft. "IFSEC is one of the highest-profile events in the industry. The large number of participants shows both the importance of the event and the lively interest of the public in new smart approaches. Visitors expressed interest in going beyond customary solutions. Innovative capabilities such as forensic search of recorded video using VMDA technology impressed users greatly. So when vendors are developing and presenting new products, they are going above and beyond existing technologies in an attempt to solve serious problems in a way that reflects the needs of the market. And this is something that our company has been doing very well," – Alexander Kurinnoy, Director of AxxonSoft Ukraine.Add to Compare
Watch and listen! AxxonSoft ships version 2.0.1 of iOS client AxxonSoft has released a new version of its free Axxon Next client app for iOS-based mobile devices. The app allows remote access and monitoring of video surveillance systems based on the Axxon Next VMS platform, as well as integrated security systems powered by the Intellect PSIM. Version 2.0.1 offers additional features for working with Intellect-based systems. The app now implements full duplex support: users can both see and hear what is happening at the protected site. Voice alerts have been added as well, and can be broadcast through loudspeakers connected to IP cameras, for example. This means that an operator using the client app can inspect the site from a mobile device and give voice commands to employees in a central monitoring station. This communication is a convenient time-saver at large and geographically spread-out sites. The iOS client for Axxon Next and Intellect offers a wide range of features. For Axxon Next: Connect to any system server and any camera to view live video or previously recorded footage. Quickly search for important recordings by jumping to the first frame of the previous/next video fragment or to the first/last frame of all recorded video. For Intellect, the client supports all of the above features, plus: Manage alarms. Arm and disarm all cameras. View interactive maps that show camera and sensor locations. Tap to view footage from a camera. Get push notifications about alarms on your iPhone or iPad even when the app is not running, via the Apple Push Notification (APN) service. Both versions of the mobile client are compatible with Axxon Next versions 3.1 and later. Intellect features will become available later when Intellect version 4.9.0 is released. The iOS client supports the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd, 4th, and 5th generations), and iPad (2nd generation and later). iOS 6 or later is required. Download the app at the App Store.Add to Compare
AxxonSoft POS Intellect synchronises the information from cash registers with video surveillance from cameras pointed at the register area. Tools allow for quickly analysing video from events of interest based on merchandise name or bar code, receipt amount, cashier last name, and more. Both in real time and in later analysis, the operator sees video of a buyer transaction with text (captions) containing information on the screen. This information includes the receipt contents as well as what is shown on the cash register (such as cash drawer opening or manual product code entry). Operators get a full picture of events happening in checkout areas and can pinpoint common fraud methods, such as: Credit card and discount card abuse Theft of cash when pretending to give change Failure to scan merchandise Change of receipt contents in favor of the cashier Switching the barcode of an expensive product with the barcode of a cheaper one Unauthorised discounts "Arrangements" between cashiers and buyers (resulting in the accomplice bringing goods out of the store) Canceling a receipt after the transaction is complete, and pocketing the money Taking a returned merchandise without conducting a return transaction at the cash register Using counterfeit credit card slips Making false product returns ...and moreAdd to Compare
Axxon Next is a limitlessly scalable Video Management Software that combines comprehensive support for 10,000+ IP devices and a streamlined user interface. Axxon Next offers unique value through features like smart forensic search in recorded video, TimeCompressor visual scene synopsis, and customizable video analytics powered by artificial intelligence. Axxon Next features AI-powered Analytics Behavioral Analytics Behavior Analytics recognizes hazardous situations by detecting specific human postures: for example, a cashier’s raised arms, or a person crouching by an ATM. Early alarm notification enables the police or corporate security to neutralize the threat quickly. Active Shooter detection Based on Behavior Analytics, the Active Shooter detection tool performs real-time recognition of a person with a gunman’s demeanor. Swift alerts to first responders minimize the risks for individuals, groups, and facilities. Tracking and counting specific object types When applied to the Object Tracker, the neural network accurately detects specific types of moving objects, e.g. humans or vehicles. This technology can filter out false alarms in busy scenes where multiple moving objects might interfere with the results. You can apply any conventional video analytics (loitering, line crossing, object appearance and disappearance, etc.) to the detected objects. The Neural Counter counts moving or static objects of a specific type within the scene, e.g. cars in a parking lot, people on the sales floor, wares moving on a conveyor belt, etc. This is a valuable tool for non-security-related solutions. Neural networks can meet the needs of a particular facility by learning from video material obtained onsite. Smoke and fire detection Intelligent fire and smoke video detection operates in areas where other types of sensors are ineffective, e.g. in open spaces. It provides early detection of fire hotspots which leads to a significant reduction in damage. Number plate recognition Configure automatic scenarios when a match is found. For instance, notify the operator if the recognized number is blacklisted. ANPR runs on the server side or on supported LPR/ANPR cameras. Intel® Distribution of OpenVINO™ toolkit OpenVINO™ is a toolkit for computer vision applications which extends workloads across Intel® hardware (including accelerators) and maximizes performance. Intel® Distribution of OpenVINO™ toolkit is applied for neural network inference in AxxonSoft AI analytics tools. Axxon Next supports the latest Intel® Vision Accelerator Design products with Intel® Movidius™ VPU and Intel® Arria® 10 FPGA: Neural Compute Stick 2 Mustang-V100-MX8 Mustang-F100-A10 AxxonSoft benchmarked neural network inference performance using OpenVINO™ toolkit on an Intel® Xeon® E5-2630 v3. The score is 8.3 up! Smart Forensic Search MomentQuest MomentQuest analyzes live video and generates a stream of metadata – a lean description of moving objects within the scene – which is recorded along with video stream. To retrieve recorded footage of an event of interest, just enter specific criteria: motion in area(s), crossing of a line, object color or size, etc. Within seconds the system displays thumbnails of relevant video episodes. Save a search query for later use on any camera. Face and number plate search Axxon Next captures and recognizes human faces and vehicle number plates. You can quickly check a person’s photo or a vehicle number, full or partial, against the video footage. Multiple camera search is also possible. TimeCompressor TimeCompressor captures objects in motion at different times and displays them in a condensed visual synopsis. The tool is a viable alternative to the painstaking process of scrolling through hours of footage. You can also view search results (MomentQuest, face and number plate search) in TimeCompressor mode. Offline analytics Use all the forensic search features with imported video. Axxon Next Retail Pack POS supervision Axxon Next receives data from cash registers and links it to video feeds. The receipt text is superimposed on the video or displayed in a separate pane. This offers a full picture of what’s happening at the checkout. You can use receipt data to retrieve POS transaction videos from the recorded footage. Queue management The tool detects the number of people in queueing areas. Knowing actual customer numbers empowers you to manage human resources in both the short and long-term. Visitor counter This tool counts customers entering or exiting the store or a specific area. The information collected may be used, along with sales data, to estimate your sales conversion rate and/or for market research. Facial recognition Configure an automatic scenario, when a match is found. The positive list may notify store personnel of VIP customer arrivals, while the negative list may indicate shoplifters. Age and gender guesstimation The facial recognition tool guesstimates the age and gender of visitors. The saved data may be used for customer analysis, digital signage targeting, and other marketing purposes. Heat map A heat map is a graphic representation of visitor activity (visitor numbers/time spent) in different store areas. The heat map can be generated from tracking data for all objects or objects specified with forensic search criteria. Online comprehensive reports You can build custom reports based on POS transaction data, visitor count, queue length, age and gender guesstimation, and data generated by other Retail Pack tools. The web interface enables you to obtain reports from any store within your retail chain via the Internet. Axxon Next versions AXXON NEXT DEMO Evaluation version Full functionality except replication of recorded video, cross-system client, and offline analytics Works from 8:00 to 18:00 AXXON NEXT START For smaller systems Up to 64 cameras Basic functionality Video analytics AXXON NEXT PROFESSIONAL For demanding projects Any scale TimeCompressor visual scene synopsis LPR, face and criteria-based forensic search, Tag&Track Pro (optional) AXXON NEXT UNIVERSE For projects of any complexity Full functionality Advanced features for large and distributed systemsAdd to Compare
The new version 4.0 of the open Axxon Next VMS, features the latest continuing advancements for ease of use, functionality, effectiveness, and robustness. The new version includes technologies that take security to the Next level: Axxon Next 4.0 is now a full-fledged integrated enterprise-class security system for protection of large, geographically distributed sites. In addition, Axxon provided industry-specific vertical solutions based on the Intellect PSIM: Auto Intellect for vehicular access control, road safety enforcement, and traffic management; Face Intellect for automatic facial recognition; POS Intellect for monitoring of point-of-sale transactions, and ACFA Intellect for comprehensive access control/fire and security alarm/perimeter security solutions.Add to Compare
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The sound of sirens in the distance is commonplace, nowadays. Whether related to a medical emergency or everyday crimes, such as theft, property crimes, and so on, we’re all accustomed to hearing these sirens by now. It is worth noting that many incidents that police respond to take place at night. According to a recent report by the Sleep Judge, more than half of murders, manslaughter, sexual assaults, robberies, aggravated assaults and motor vehicle thefts happen long after the sun has set. To anyone looking to address the round-the-clock security challenge, deploying the most comprehensive surveillance solution is a must, and this means, looking at the instrumental role illumination plays in video capture. Limitations of traditional video surveillance For surveillance cameras relying on video analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) to deliver functionalities such as facial recognition, license plate reading and motion detection, nighttime crimes can pose something of a problem. Without adequate illumination, images from video cameras are grainy and unusable.If surveillance cameras can’t be used to prevent, detect and/or resolve crimes that occur in these areas, the entire security operation is obsolete Without proper lighting, potential criminals and moving objects essentially become indistinguishable, at night, thereby inhibiting even the most advanced security technologies. This limitation of traditional surveillance technology not only hinders immediate police response, but it also stops crime investigations dead in their tracks. Often, without video evidence that is clear and discernible, conviction in a court of law is next to impossible. A common response to this issue is to place security cameras near streetlights or well-lit areas. After all, according to NPR, street lights are effective in deterring crime, as “there are people such as neighbors, pedestrians, or police, to actually see suspicious activity.” However, even if streetside and primary entrances are well lit, the areas that still need most to be surveilled are rear or side doorways shrouded by darkness, unlit back alleys, and so on. If surveillance cameras can’t be used to prevent, detect and resolve crimes that occur in these areas, the entire security operation is obsolete. Best-in-class security solutions must be able to see everything, day and night. A purpose-designed illumination solution Addressing this issue is easier than you might think. Much like a human eye needs some sort of light to “see,” so does video surveillance technology. Integrating external illuminators into a security solution can optimise camera performance exponentially, expanding a camera’s video capture and coverage abilities and ensuring the operation of video analytics, day and night. Opting for an external illuminator allows system integrators to select a device that matches the exact emission range of a camera’s field of view (FOV). The result is an evenly lit visual field, where captured images are clear and effective for security purposes. The two most common options available to integrators include infrared (IR) and white light illuminators. Each technology is built to optimise particular deployments, depending on their needs. Infrared versus white light IR illuminators emit IR light, which is invisible to the human eye and perfect for covert surveillance operations. When cameras need to be able to detect potential threats over long distances, IR illuminators are perfect for the job as they typically have longer emission ranges. IR illuminators are optimal for surveillance operations in license plate recognition, border patrol, safe cities, theme park, and medical sleep lab applications.Cameras deployed without proper illumination are rendered blind, especially at night If an end user needs to implement full-color video analytics for identification purposes, such as facial, object and license plate recognition, white light illuminators are undoubtedly an integrator’s best bet. IR illumination and traditional thermal security cameras, after all, are only able to provide black-and-white images, whereas object recognition software often identifies objects based on their color. White light illuminators installed alongside AI-powered surveillance cameras enable enhanced video image clarity, which, optimises video analytics performance. When customers want to physically deter suspicious activity, deploying white light illuminators is effective. A recent study out of Crime Labs New York found that businesses that deployed visible lights to deter crime “experienced crime rates that were significantly lower,” which “led to a 36 percent reduction in ‘index crimes’”. On top of all this, LED based white lights operate at low running costs and typically have long lifespans, saving end users thousands of dollars a year in energy costs without having to sacrifice surveillance optimisation. External versus built-in illumination Security customers looking to use lighting to deter crime and improve the performance of video surveillance may consider “all-in-one" solutions, as some cameras have LEDs (light emitting diodes) built into them. These LEDs typically encircle the lens and therefore shed light in whatever direction the camera is pointed. However convenient these may seem, built-in illumination can cause problems. First, LEDs built into cameras and next to other electronic components often cause heat to build up, which attracts insects that can trigger motion detection and obstruct a camera’s view. This heat buildup also shortens the LED lights lifespan. Built-in LEDs also tend to create “hot spots” with glare and reflection back into the camera, often because these lights only cover a 30-degree field of view (FOV), even though the average camera’s FOV is 90 degrees. This issue can severely limit a camera’s visibility, essentially rendering those remaining 60 degrees dark and unusable. All in all, when integrating lighting solutions into your security deployment, a cost-effective solution that enhances a camera’s video capture and coverage abilities, are external illuminators because they offer flexible choices of field of view and distances. Best-in-class security solution When it comes to criminal conviction in a court of law, “seeing really is believing.” Cameras deployed without proper illumination are rendered blind, especially at night, just as any security officer would be when patrolling the same unlit area. To guarantee end users the most reliable and highest performing security solution, consider integrating best-in-class illumination into your offerings.
Urban populations are expanding rapidly around the globe, with an expected growth of 1.56 billion by 2040. As the number of people living and working in cities continues to grow, the ability to keep everyone safe is an increasing challenge. However, technology companies are developing products and solutions with these futuristic cities in mind, as the reality is closer than you may think. Solutions that can help to watch over public places and share data insights with city workers and officials are increasingly enabling smart cities to improve the experience and safety of the people who reside there. Rising scope of 5G, AI, IoT and the Cloud The main foundations that underpin smart cities are 5G, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Cloud. Each is equally important, and together, these technologies enable city officials to gather and analyse more detailed insights than ever before. For public safety in particular, having IoT and cloud systems in place will be one of the biggest factors to improving the quality of life for citizens. Smart cities have come a long way in the last few decades, but to truly make a smart city safe, real-time situational awareness and cross-agency collaboration are key areas which must be developed as a priority. Innovative surveillance cameras with integrated IoT Public places need to be safe, whether that is an open park, shopping centre, or the main roads through towns Public places need to be safe, whether that is an open park, shopping centre, or the main roads through towns. From dangerous drivers to terrorist attacks, petty crime on the streets to high profile bank robberies, innovative surveillance cameras with integrated IoT and cloud technologies can go some way to helping respond quickly to, and in some cases even prevent, the most serious incidents. Many existing safety systems in cities rely on aging and in some places legacy technology, such as video surveillance cameras. Many of these also use on-premises systems rather than utilising the benefits of the cloud. Smart programming to deliver greater insights These issues, though not creating a major problem today, do make it more challenging for governments and councils to update their security. Changing every camera in a city is a huge undertaking, but in turn, doing so would enable all cameras to be connected to the cloud, and provide more detailed information which can be analysed by smart programming to deliver greater insights. The physical technologies that are currently present in most urban areas lack the intelligent connectivity, interoperability and integration interfaces that smart cities need. Adopting digital technologies isn’t a luxury, but a necessity. Smart surveillance systems It enables teams to gather data from multiple sources throughout the city in real-time, and be alerted to incidents as soon as they occur. Increased connectivity and collaboration ensures that all teams that need to be aware of a situation are informed instantly. For example, a smart surveillance system can identify when a road accident has occurred. It can not only alert the nearest ambulance to attend the scene, but also the local police force to dispatch officers. An advanced system that can implement road diversions could also close roads around the incident immediately and divert traffic to other routes, keeping everyone moving and avoiding a build-up of vehicles. This is just one example: without digital systems, analysing patterns of vehicle movements to address congestion issues could be compromised, as would the ability to build real-time crime maps and deploy data analytics which make predictive policing and more effective crowd management possible. Cloud-based technologies Cloud-based technologies provide the interoperability, scalability and automation Cloud-based technologies provide the interoperability, scalability and automation that is needed to overcome the limitations of traditional security systems. Using these, smart cities can develop a fully open systems architecture that delivers interoperation with both local and other remote open systems. The intelligence of cloud systems can not only continue to allow for greater insights as technology develops over time, but it can do so with minimal additional infrastructure investment. Smart surveillance in the real world Mexico City has a population of almost 9 million people, but if you include the whole metropolitan area, this number rises sharply to over 21 million in total, making it one of the largest cities on the planet. Seven years ago, the city first introduced its Safe City initiative, and ever since has been developing newer and smarter ways to keep its citizens safe. In particular, its cloud-based security initiative is making a huge impact. Over the past three years, Mexico City has installed 58,000 new video surveillance cameras throughout the city, in public spaces and on transport, all of which are connected to the City’s C5 (Command, Control, Computers, Communications and Citizen Contact) facility. Smart Cities operations The solution enables officers as well as the general public to upload videos via a mobile app to share information quickly, fixed, body-worn and vehicle cameras can also be integrated to provide exceptional insight into the city’s operations. The cloud-based platform can easily be upgraded to include the latest technology innovations such as licence plate reading, behavioural analysis software, video analytics and facial recognition software, which will all continue to bring down crime rates and boost response times to incidents. The right cloud approach Making the shift to cloud-based systems enables smart cities to eliminate dependence on fibre-optic connectivity and take advantage of a variety of Internet and wireless connectivity options that can significantly reduce application and communication infrastructure costs. Smart cities need to be effective in years to come, not just in the present day, or else officials have missed one of the key aspects of a truly smart city. System designers must build technology foundations now that can be easily adapted in the future to support new infrastructure as it becomes available. Open system architecture An open system architecture will also be vital for smart cities to enhance their operations For example, this could include opting for a true cloud application that can support cloud-managed local devices and automate their management. An open system architecture will also be vital for smart cities to enhance their operations and deliver additional value-add services to citizens as greater capabilities become possible in the years to come. The advances today in cloud and IoT technologies are rapid, and city officials and authorities have more options now to develop their smart cities than ever before and crucially, to use these innovations to improve public safety. New safety features Though implementing these cloud-based systems now requires investment, as new safety features are designed, there will be lower costs and challenges associated with introducing these because the basic infrastructure will already exist. Whether that’s gunshot detection or enabling the sharing of video infrastructure and data across multiple agencies in real time, smart video surveillance on cloud-based systems can bring a wealth of the new opportunities.
Securing Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) in the transportation industry is multi-faceted for a multitude of reasons. Pressures build for transit industry players to modernise their security systems, while also mitigating the vulnerabilities, risks, and growth-restrictions associated with proprietary as well as integrated solutions. There are the usual physical security obstacles when it comes to increasingly integrated solutions and retrofitting updated technologies into legacy systems. Starting with edge devices like cameras and intelligent sensors acquiring video, analytics and beyond, these edge devices are now found in almost all public transportation like buses, trains, subways, airplanes, cruise lines, and so much more. You can even find them in the world’s last manually operated cable car systems in San Francisco. The next layer to consider is the infrastructure and networks that support these edge devices and connect them to centralized monitoring stations or a VMS. Without this layer, all efforts at the edge or stations are in vain as you lose the connection between the two. And the final layer to consider when building a comprehensive transit solution is the software, recording devices, or viewing stations themselves that capture and report the video. The challenge of mobility However, the transportation industry in particular has a very unique challenge that many others do not – mobility. As other industries become more connected and integrated, they don’t usually have to consider going in and out or bouncing between networks as edge devices physically move. Obviously in the nature of transportation, this is key. Have you ever had a bad experience with your cellular, broadband or Wi-Fi at your home or office? You are not alone. The transportation industry in particular has a very unique challenge that many others do not – mobility Can you trust these same environments to record your surveillance video to the Cloud without losing any frames, non-stop 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year? To add to the complexity – how do you not only provide a reliable and secure solution when it’s mobile, travelling at varying speeds, and can be in/out of coverage using various wireless technologies? Waiting to upload video from a transport vehicle when it comes into port, the station, or any centralised location is a reactive approach that simply will not do any longer. Transit operations require a more proactive approach today and the ability to constantly know what is going on at any given time on their mobile vehicles, and escalate that information to headquarters, authorities, or law enforcement if needed; which can only occur with real-time monitoring. This is the ultimate question when it comes to collecting, analysing, and sharing data from mobile vehicles – how to get the video from public transportation vehicles alike to headquarters in real time! Managing video data In order to answer this question, let’s get back to basics. The management and nature of video data differs greatly from conventional (IT) data. Not only is video conducted of large frames, but there are specific and important relationships among the frames and the timing between them. This relationship can easily get lost in translation if not handled properly. This is why it’s critical to consider the proper way to transmit large frames while under unstable or variable networks. The Internet and its protocols were designed more than two decades ago and purposed for conventional data. Although the Internet itself has not changed, today’s network environments run a lot faster, expand to further ranges, and support a variety of different types of data. Because the internet is more reliable and affordable than in the past some might think it can handle anything. However, it is good for data, but not for video. This combination makes it the perfect time to convert video recording to the Cloud! Video transmission protocol One of the main issues with today’s technology is the degradation of video quality when transmitting video over the Internet. ITS are in dire need for reliable transmission of real-time video recording. To address this need a radical, yet proven, video transmission protocol has recently been introduced to the market. It uses AI technology and to adapt to different environments in order to always deliver high quality, complete video frames. This protocol, when equipped with encryption and authentication, enables video to be transmitted reliably and securely over the Internet in a cloud environment. One of the main issues with today’s technology is the degradation of video quality when transmitting video over the Internet Finally, transportation industry has a video recording Cloud solution that is designed for (massive) video that can handle networks that might be experiencing high error rate. Such a protocol will not only answer the current challenges of the transportation industry, but also make the previously risky Cloud environment safe for even the most reserved environments and entities. With revolutionary transmission protocols, the time is now to consider adopting private Cloud for your transportation operations.
Dahua Technology, a renowned video-centric smart IoT solution and service provider, will hold its online Dahua Technology Partner Day 2020 on 1st of December. The event will be a perfect occasion to get a taste of the Dahua ECO system in the EMEA region. 26 technology partners will bring solutions in the field of security and IoT. Smarter Together is the central theme of the Dahua Technology Partner Day 2020. A total of 26 distinguished Dahua partners will gather to share their knowledge and expertise on the development of security and IoT applications for a variety of vertical markets. This online event will serve as a technological and commercial hub for end-users and system integrators from different markets, ranging from Logistics, Traffic and Infrastructures to Healthcare, Retail and Residential. Attendees can Register free of charge and tune in to all the partner keynotes. Explore business opportunities In the partner hub, participants can chat with technology partners, explore business opportunities or technical challenges and get the latest product information. The event will kick off with an opening speech by Mr. Jason Zhao, Dahua VP & General Manager of Overseas Business to introduce how Dahua Technology and its technology partners become smarter together. 26 Partners will showcase their solutions in a main auditorium and six different break out rooms, including Axxonsoft, Qognify, Ivideon, TechnoAware, Vaelsys, A.I. Tech, Optex, Eagle Eye Networks who joined in the 2019 offline partner day and gained much exposure and business opportunities last year. Global security industry We are moving the Partner day to an online event in order to sustain the opportunity of getting together" Integrated solutions developed by both Dahua Technology and its partners will be displayed during the event, which will surely raise spectators’ interest as they meet different needs of system integrators and end users with greater versatility.“The 2019 Partner Day held on September 26th at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid was a success with many of our partners’ participation. However, 2020 is challenging because of COVID-19." "We are moving the Partner day to an online event in order to sustain the opportunity of getting together. During the event, leading representative companies in global security industry and IoT industry will have the chance to present their insights into the latest Security Application and also reflect on current challenges in the industry”, says Mr. Jiaqi Gao, Overseas Marketing Director at Dahua Technology. Smart integrated security solutions “The attendees will have the chance to meet security players in the market and create new and diverse business opportunities.” Committed to its mission of “Enabling a Safer Society and Smarter Living,” Dahua Technology will continue to adhere the core value of “customer-centred” and provide the market with smart integrated security solutions, systems, and services to create value for city operations, corporate management, and consumers.
AxxonSoft has launched version 4.4 of the Axxon Next intelligent VMS. This version includes new functions of neural analytics and camera management, enhanced GUI and Web Client, and many other enhancements and improvements. Supported body temperature measurement with a number of thermographic camera models. Measurement results appear as captions over video and are saved to an archive. Upon discovering an individual with abnormal body temperature, the camera creates an alarm event, and sends it to Axxon Next. The user can set up an auto response scenario to notify operators or responsible staff, start video recording, etc. Based on alarm events, the user can quickly find videos of individuals with elevated body temperature. Mask detection - Based on neural network algorithm for facial recognition, this tool detects the presence or absence of a mask on a face. Social distancing violation detection - Based on Behavior Analytics, close-standing people detection helps in social distancing enforcement. Along with non-contact body temperature measurement and mask detection, this function is included in a dedicated anti-pandemic solution. Video analytics The neural network analyses video and generates data on the postures of people in the FOV AI analytics - Neural tracker recognises and tracks moving objects of a specified type, e.g., individuals or vehicles. The user can further apply Scene Analytics to recognised objects to detect their motion, stopping or lingering in an area, crossing a line, etc. Detection based on the neural tracker can be applied to complex scenes with a large amount of non-relevant detail, whereas classic motion detection would be drowned out by numerous false alarms. In a specified time interval, the neural tracker counts objects of a specified type within a pre-defined area, and generates an alarm event upon reaching/exceeding a specified limit. Posture detection The neural network analyses video and generates data on the postures of people in the FOV. This data is processed by analytical algorithms which are capable of detecting specified postures, such as crouching, man-down, shooting, or raised arms. Posture detection helps recognise potentially dangerous scenarios, such as: an individual crouched down next to an ATM could be a burglar an individual(s) in a shooting position and other(s) with raised arms - could be an armed robbery Handrail holding detection helps in labour safety enforcement at production facilities, construction sites, working at height, etc. Posture detection–based counter tracks the total number of individuals within a specified area, and notifies staff upon reaching/exceeding the pre-defined limit. Update required analytics Network hardware acceleration - Added support for neural network acceleration in NVIDIA and Intel GPUs, including Mustang-V100-MX8 (HDDL), Neural Compute Stick 2 and Intel HD Graphics Water level detection - This tool reads water level values from measurement scale video. Its output is represented in the Camera window with a colour-coded level indicator and, as an option, a numerical value. The user can use water level detection to monitor levels of any liquid in any basin or container. Facial recognition - Facial recognition now operates in real-time. Use the AxxonNet cloud service to create lists of Facial Templates and synchronise them across all Servers connected to the user’s AxxonNet account. Upon detecting a face, a list-specific response scenario is launched. The user can use this option to create lists of VIP and/or unwanted visitors, and automatically notify retail and security staff on their entry. DetectorPack - Axxon Next detection tools are now grouped by type (core, AI, facial, LPR) and compiled into a separate DetectorPack module, subject to independent continuous development and delivery. This makes it possible to download and update required analytics between point releases of VMS. Axxon Next 4.4 includes DetectorPack 3.4.0. Web client The new Web Client functions include: Simultaneous search on multiple camera channels for specified faces, vehicle numbers, detection events, or time interval Criteria- (MomentQuest) and time-based (TimeSlice) search Building a motion heat map Alarms panel displays all active alarms across the Axxon domain H.265 playback is supported (in the Edge browser with hardware acceleration set to on) The user can select one of the two H.264 display modes: all frames, or I-frames only Select the default layout to be displayed after the Web Client launch The user can now group cameras, create camera lists and sort cameras within a list by their names or IDs Camera management Recording on motion from embedded VMD - When the user adds a camera to their system, they can now quickly set up motion-based recording from on-board Video Motion Detection. For each added camera, the system automatically creates a VMD tool and a rule for automated recording to the specified file. When VMD triggering ends, video recording stops. Adding links to other cameras - Users can now include links to other cameras in a camera window. Clicking a link brings the user to the linked camera. This function facilitates object tracking between different camera FOVs. User Interface Videowall management - A video wall is a set of display monitors physically and logically connected to act as a single screen. A video wall may include any monitor connected to any Client within the Axxon domain. In Axxon Next 4.4, the users can set up a video wall via a WYSIWYG GUI: monitor images on screen now match their physical layout. User rights now include an option to manage other Clients' monitors, not only local ones. On each monitor, users can set up layouts and quickly add cameras by dragging their icons from the Objects panel (Devices tree) or interactive Map. Hot keys for video walls control were added as well. Geo Map management - The user can specify coordinates of a camera: latitude, longitude, and bearing. When they add a camera to a geo map, its icon appears in a location that corresponds to its coordinates. On the map, the user can now search geo objects by their names. These functions will be useful for large-scale and distributed systems, including Safe City projects. Temporary layout in archive mode - The user can now create a temporary layout that includes cameras selected for Archive (video footage) viewing. This is a convenient tool for simultaneous viewing of multiple camera feeds for event analysis. When another layout is selected, the temporary layout is automatically deleted. Fast access to detection triggering events - The users can now quickly access detection triggering events on any layout with the newly introduced events panel to the right of the camera window. The panel contains the list of most recent detection events from tools created for this particular camera.
The coronavirus pandemic has brought about an unprecedented crisis for businesses and individuals. It has also created a new normal, notwithstanding the disruption to our lives, ultimately changing life as we knew it. However, our resilience as humans will ensure that we survive and become better, stronger, and more determined than ever before. As I mentioned, both businesses and individuals have struggled significantly to balance the need for safety versus survival. But at AxxonSoft, we remain committed to keeping our people safe, while ensuring that our support and commitment to our clients are not compromised. Ensuring business continuity At AxxonSoft, our vision has always been to ensure business continuity through enhanced safety and video surveillance offerings. Adhering to the COVID-19 regulations, we are prescribing to social distancing to slow the spread of the virus. As such, we are utilising this time to ensure that our service offering is optimised to afford our clients the ability to repurpose and extend their remote working viabilities. As an essential service provider, we have ensured that we are providing the right tools to our clients to comply with regulations. Our video analytics and face recognition services have no reliance on on-site control rooms and, therefore, clients’ security solutions and personal safety are not compromised. Innovation reimagined During these precarious times, our focus remains on support and service. Our development team continues to work tirelessly to ensure that you can use our software during the lockdown and have accelerated innovation to this end. While we must maintain social distancing, we can and will still be of service to our community Therefore, we are proud to present version 4.11 of the Intellect PSIM, which offers our clients a neural network-based analytical tracker which recognises specific types of objects, such as humans and vehicles. We have also equipped this version with video wall management interface, automatic object tracking and a web reporting subsystem. Behavioural analytics generates data by detecting specific postures, like crouching, shooting or any potentially dangerous scenario. Our surveillance software operates on a three-pronged approach: calibration, detection and measurement, offering a comprehensive bird’s-eye view to clients. This upgrade also upholds mandated social distancing measures and keeps any face-to-face meetings to a minimal. The silver lining is that you can even use this technology when the pandemic is over. Now that’s what I call experiencing the next with AxxonSoft! Finding solutions to the challenges Our specialist technology and frontline technical support staff will ensure that your business is protected during and post-lockdown. We will continue to ensure that we provide solutions to the new challenges that the coronavirus brings, ensuring that our clients can emerge stronger and more responsive to any changes in the future. Our surveillance software operates on a three-pronged approach: calibration, detection and measurement While we must maintain social distancing, we can and will still be of service to our community. After all, change is not just about technology but about mastering mindsets. The COVID-19 disaster has demanded that businesses embrace tech disruptions as early as possible and apply technology in imaginative ways to define the new world of work. Until next time, stay safe!
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