Axxon Intellect PSIM platform integrates with Siemens Cerberus ECO fire safety system
Axxon Intellect PSIM platform integrates with Siemens Cerberus ECO fire safety system

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.

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AxxonSoft releases version 3.6.1 of Axxon Next VMS
AxxonSoft releases version 3.6.1 of Axxon Next VMS

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.

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AxxonSoft Axxon Next 3.6 VMS with motion-mask detection support
AxxonSoft Axxon Next 3.6 VMS with motion-mask detection support

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.

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AxxonSoft at IFSEC 2015: Results and Highlights
AxxonSoft at IFSEC 2015: Results and Highlights

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.

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AxxonSoft version 2.0.1 of iOS client
AxxonSoft version 2.0.1 of iOS client

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.

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CCTV software - Expert commentary

Reopening doors: What steps should be taken to ensure safety and security?
Reopening doors: What steps should be taken to ensure safety and security?

A total of £1.6 billion worth of goods are reported as ‘lost’ to in-store theft in supermarkets each year, with figures increasing steadily. The presence of self-checkout systems have increased in supermarkets, as well as other industry retailers. By 2021, we’re globally on track to have 468,000 self-checkout machines in operation, nearly double the 240,000 in existence since 2016. While this increase comes with such benefits as reduced wait times for customers and staff costs, it also comes with a risk of retail theft at self-checkouts. With the circumstances the world now finds itself in i.e. mass unemployment, financial uncertainty, the retail industry has seen an influx in these types of petty crimes, hitting retailers during an already turbulent period. While retailers are taking precautions to protect themselves and their patrons in this new era of in-person shopping, it’s important to ensure the business itself is protected. A popular method to combat these fears is to employ on-site security personnel, however, as we continue to adapt to new operating guidelines, retailers must begin thinking past the immediate future, and begin implementing long-term security solutions to prepare for life after lockdown such as strong CCTV systems with remote access. How has the security industry adapted its services to a post-lockdown world? Technological innovations like thermal recognition are key to adapting security systems for a post-lockdown world. Businesses which previously relied on facial recognition now must update their methods to account for shoppers wearing masks on-site and in-store. By 2021, we’re globally on track to have 468,000 self-checkout machines in operation, nearly double the 240,000 in existence since 2016 Biometric systems are now able to identify people with face masks, and thermal recognition such ADT’s Thermi-Scan system which can track human body temperature without the need for contact. Implementing these safe protocol procedures protect both employees and customers against virus outbreaks such as COVID-19. The need for these advances in video surveillance will reportedly increase the biometric facial recognition market by 14 per cent by 2027. Artificial intelligence has been hailed recently as the way forward for remote security needs, and whilst business-owners continue to navigate procedures of returning to work post-lockdown, having remote access to real-time security monitoring is essential now more than ever. What are the main measures stores can take to prevent or reduce theft? Strategically placing a multi-camera surveillance system to ensure clarity, eliminate blind spots, and deter thieves should be top priority. It’s equally essential to invest in a system which has an efficient playback programme, particularly in situations where reviewing important footage efficiently can offer vital information to the police force. Advances in video surveillance will reportedly increase the biometric facial recognition market by 14 per cent by 2027 As business-owners continue operating at reduced hours and with limited on-site staff, being able to access camera footage quickly and remotely is a key factor to consider. Whether owners opt to receive an alert on a mobile device allowing them to review notifications, or if their system is monitored by a remote security centre, it’s important to be able to access footage quickly for added efficiency and ease. Facial recognition and AI have been popular points of discussion in relation to security cameras and CCTV. While careful considerations must be taken prior to utilising any sort of facial recognition technology, including conducting a Privacy Impact Assessment, the benefits include being provided with real-time tracking of repeat offenders which immensely helps the prevention of in-store theft. Here are some key points to consider when choosing in-store surveillance: Assess your needs – To get the best out of your security system, it is essential to analyse what your requirements are for your business as they might have changed to adapt to a post-lockdown world Camera setup – With store layouts shifting to accommodate social distancing guidelines, it’s important to re-evaluate the current set-up of any security cameras. Depending on any layout updates, it might be important to consider operating multiple cameras in one area to ensure a peripheral view and eliminate any blind spots Camera positioning – For optimal performance, check that light sources are not obstructing your view such as glare from the sun. It is also worth considering the height at which cameras are installed to maximise surveillance Check the focus – It is worth testing camera lenses bi-monthly to ensure that lighting or weather hasn’t affected the focus of the lens, resulting in a blurry visual Remote access – As guidelines continue to evolve, ensure you’re able to access any necessary camera footage quickly and safely in case of emergency Will we begin to see a reduction of theft as new technology is implemented? We’re beginning to see incidents of shoplifting and theft being taken more seriously by law enforcement. In the coming months, for the first time in Britain nearly twenty shoplifters who were either caught red-handed or identified on CCTV will be appearing before magistrates. While currently these court cases are being pursued by a private police force, these actions come after a Government plea to high-level police to prosecute shoplifters stealing under £200. Retailers have long voiced concerns that forces have abandoned low-level thefts and these steps are small but show that businesses are being heard. As innovations in surveillance security continue, we’ll be seeing a move away from human involvement which will create a more reliable and efficient system able to rely on machine learning and analytics. While there have been wider strides made in utilising AI for surveillance, these are largely being used currently by local governments to alert police forces to threats of criminal activity. It’s not unreasonable to think that in the near future, these types of smart technology will be employed by private businesses to analyse suspicious behaviour or possible theft. However, as we see an increase in the advancement of security technology, we anticipate that those inclined to commit in-store theft will adapt their methods, therefore retailers should look to regularly evaluate their security needs to keep risks at bay.

Can CCTV become a more effective tool?
Can CCTV become a more effective tool?

We all know that having CCTV around your home can help to protect you and your family. Without CCTV, you could end up in danger and an intruder could get away with breaking into your house, hurting your loved ones and stealing your possessions. Similarly, without CCTV in the office, you’ll be leaving yourself open to all kinds of damage and could lose a lot of equipment in the process. In short, making sure you have CCTV is important for both home and business security. However, it can be improved to become a more effective system so that you’re better protected, and can even deter a potential intruder without having to panic. In our world of ever-changing technology, we’re able to upgrade and enhance our CCTV systems so they can become a monitored system. Remote CCTV monitoring is an ideal way to protect everyone and everything whether you’re at home or at a workplace. What is remote CCTV monitoring? For a long time, CCTV was one of the best ways to keep your home, the office and people safe. But people started to notice that it would only deter people so much of the time and often the cameras were ignored by intruders. They would just cover their faces and hope for the best as they steal from a home, office or any other premises. Remote CCTV monitoring is a system that can loop into your existing CCTV, or come preinstalled with a new system. This technology sends a feed to a control room full of trained operators that are on call 24/7. Within this control room, operators are able to respond to any sort of distress call or unauthorised movement on the property line.  How does it work? Remote CCTV monitoring works by attaching to a live feed of your CCTV system, existing or new, so that the signal and images can be passed to a team of operators. These operators are on hand 24/7 so that if there is a problem, you know that you're safe in the hands of a specialist team. The specialist team has been trained to mitigate the chances of somebody breaking into your home when the system is triggered; similarly they call the local authorities instantly so that the potential intruder has less time to flee the scene. This is especially important if an intruder is already inside your property because they have less time to steal your items and leave. Without CCTV in the office, you’ll be leaving yourself open to all kinds of damage and could lose a lot of equipment in the process One of the biggest questions that revolve around remote CCTV monitoring is the idea of operators watching the CCTV at all times. Luckily most remote CCTV monitoring systems will incorporate a motion detection system to accompany your CCTV. Motion detection offers the ability to alert a control room if there is an unauthorised entry to the property line. These motion detection systems are state-of-the-art and so, depending on the system that you choose, they can watch over your property from a number of angles. Once the motion detection system has been triggered and the alert has been sent to the control room, then and only then will the operators get involved. This means that until the motion detection system has been triggered, nobody will watch your live CCTV feed. After one of the systems has been triggered, one of the specialist operators will instantly jump into action. This means that they can take different measures to deter any potential intruder and make sure that they do everything in their power to stop any damage or theft from the premises. In addition to the motion detection system and CCTV, you are able to opt for a public address (PA) system too. This means that an operator is able to shout commands through the PA system and potentially scare away any intruder. The intruder will also be warned about the fact that local authorities have already been called to the location.  Remote monitoring versus traditional CCTV Motion detection offers the ability to alert a control room if there is an unauthorised entry to the property line Having a monitored CCTV system means that you're able to better protect yourself, your business, employees and even your loved ones. Whether you're at home or in the office, having someone looking over your shoulder protecting your every move is something that can be appreciated by everybody. The biggest problem with just having traditional CCTV, is that it is a reactive system. This means that rather than stopping crime, a CCTV system just records it. While the thought is that having a CCTV camera visible can deter some intruders, there's no real evidence to suggest that it stops anybody; anyone can simply cover their face and carry on breaking into your home, office or even your car. As mentioned, remote CCTV monitoring is going to tackle that problem and make sure that someone is on hand to protect you at all times.

Thermal cameras and smart cities: Preventing COVID-19 in public places
Thermal cameras and smart cities: Preventing COVID-19 in public places

With the pandemic still in full swing and no certainty as to when exactly it will come to an end, the world has been battling anxiety for months now. And with each day, circumstances change quickly and almost make it impossible to predict what will happen next, how events will unfold, and what actions to take in light of a new situation. But one thing is certain: the world has been shut down and paralysed for way too long, and the eventual reopening is unavoidable – in fact, it’s well under way. In this situation, what is possible to control is how the world will continue reopening – and specifically, how to ensure the safest possible reopening that will ensure the return of some degree of normalcy to people’s lives and business operations, while also managing the risk of COVID’s spread in the most efficient way. Our highly digitised, technologically advanced world This is when the power of technology comes to rescue the day: what truly sets the global crisis we face today apart from other calamities that humanity has encountered over year is the fact that it has developed in a highly digitised, technologically advanced world where each day brings about innovations with a sole purpose to make daily life and operations easier and more streamlined. And among these, the star of the past decade has been artificial intelligence. The world has been shut down and paralysed for way too long, and the eventual reopening is unavoidable – in fact, it’s well under way While AI has many avenues of introducing efficiency and fast problem-solving, there is one specific application that will further fuel the reopening of the world and successfully keep the spread of the virus abate. This “collaborative security” application includes a synthesis of smart video analytics, facial recognition, object identification/detection, and thermal cameras that can support the reopening of businesses globally when installed within those facilities frequented by customers. With such a level of sophistication that can ensure uninterrupted monitoring and analysis of large public spaces, these AI technologies can ideally operate best as cloud solutions to ensure a collaborative network with maximum scalability and widespread implementation. As these technologies increase in ubiquity and find their way into daily operations of businesses globally, the cost of the smart solutions will decrease proportionally to the growth of their reach. There are some highly specific ways to create this collaborative network of interconnected safety tools in the current climate. Here are some applications that have been successful to date and will increase in usability in the foreseeable future, creating “smart cities” working together towards a safer, more secure world. Maintaining social distancing practices The most important step everyone around the world has taken to contribute to the effort of slowing the spread of the virus has been social distancing. A six-foot-distance has become a new social norm that has quickly been adopted globally and become a habit to people who are naturally used to being close to others and socialising without giving distance a second thought. The star of the past decade has been artificial intelligence So, it is natural that such distancing measures take time to get accustomed to – and it is also natural that individuals may forget about them from time to time. To help maintain the six-foot distance between people at all times and give them slight nudges to keep the rule top of their minds, AI video technology can be trained to estimate the distance between individuals in public and commercial areas and identify the cases in which people get too close to each other. By notifying local merchants or authorities about such cases, the system can help ensure the safety of everyone in the area at all times while positively reinforcing the public to gradually get more accustomed to maintaining the distance and thus helping stop the spread of the virus. Detecting the virus through facial recognition Perhaps the straightforward application of such high-level technology is using video surveillance to identify persons of interest who have tested positive for the virus. Modern AI has the ability to identify facial features and characteristics with a unique level of granularity, making it possible to identify individuals whose records show they have antibodies from those who can be potential carriers of the virus. After the initial differentiation and identification, the system can then notify the employers and employees of the facility about the results of the conducted analysis and the pursuant results, allowing them to be more vigilant and take action where necessary to ensure a safe experience for everyone. PPE reinforcement Wearing a mask or some sort of face coverage in public spaces and especially within facilities (such as stores, for instance) has been - and will continue to be - a requirement for maintaining a safe and healthy environment for people to continue with their day-to-day lives and businesses to resume regular operations. To this extent, the object detection and identification abilities of smart cameras can further reinforce this requirement and ensure that the absence of protective equipment doesn’t go unnoticed.  Essentially, these cameras can easily identify if an individual has coverage at any given point of time or not, notifying the local authorities about any risks immediately and helping them maintain necessary safety measures without having to interrupt their workflow or worry about missing a visitor without a mask. Detecting high temperature One of the key (and the most widespread) symptoms of COVID-19 is a high fever - a certain indicator of whether an individual may have been infected with the virus or not. While identifying fever with a regular human eye is nearly impossible, AI can do so at a fraction of time by quickly scanning body temperatures of any incoming individuals and determine whether it’s above CDC’s recommended temperature of 100.4F in order to determine the risk factor and notify the local authorities to take action. Modern AI has the ability to identify facial features and characteristics with a unique level of granularity This technology is a good tactic to objectively assess potential risks that come with elevated temperatures - and sometimes, the people themselves might not realise they might (unconsciously) be carriers of the virus and thus endanger the safety of others in their vicinity. The technology is yet another step towards ensuring a safer reopening of the global economy and a more streamlined way of getting back on track while minimising the risk of spreading the virus further. It’s not all about the theory  We have tested the described approaches in our own R&D campus in Europe. The latest release of the IREX cloud enables remote fever detection and monitoring of social isolation and mask policies with AI. We have integrated thermal cameras to detect people with elevated temperature and CCTV cameras for identification and notifying those who potentially ill. In case of any health threat, the venue manager gets an instant message with a picture and exact location. These preventive steps helped our employees return to the office months earlier than it's happening in other countries. Moreover, personnel coming back to the office by their own wish as now they feel a virus-free environment in the campus - even safer than in their own homes. Now we are launching a pilot project for a well-known pharmacy chain in Florida, USA. With the help of a Computer Vision platform, staff will be able to divide customer traffic into those with normal body temperature and those who come in with elevated temperatures, as well as effectively monitor social distance norms. The goal of our potential client is to maximise the safety of customers in the post-pandemic period. Also, IREX is already deployed across hundreds of locations in the UK and will add health monitoring capability soon.

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Lessons Learned with AxxonSoft: How have you adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic?
Lessons Learned with AxxonSoft: How have you adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic?

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!

AxxonSoft announces release of version 4.11 of the Intellect PSIM
AxxonSoft announces release of version 4.11 of the Intellect PSIM

AxxonSoft has announced the release of version 4.11 of the Intellect PSIM. The new version provides neural network–based analytics, video wall management interface, automatic object tracking with a PTZ camera, support for Intel Quick Sync Video hardware decoding, and servers for ONVIF and SIP protocols. The new release also includes updated versions of Face Intellect, POS Intellect, Auto Intellect, and Web Reporting subsystem, along with many other enhancements and improvements introduced. Video Analytics Neural Tracker The neural tracker uses DNN (deep neural network) to recognise specific types of objects, e.g., humans or vehicles. The neural tracker tracks objects in motion, which allows the application of any VMD-based detection tool: motion in an area, line crossing, appearance/disappearance of an object, etc. One neural tracker can work with several individually set-up counters, with various detection zones 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 false alarms. Object Counter A neural tracker can be linked to a counter that will periodically report the number of objects within a specified area in the FOV. One neural tracker can work with several individually set-up counters, with various detection zones, reporting intervals, etc. Neural Filter The neural filter works in parallel with the standard tracker, which allows the detection only of moving objects of a specified type or abandoned objects, while ignoring all other movement in the FOV. The results of their joint operation can be used by VMD-based detection tools in real time and recorded to a database that allows the quick location of objects of a specified type in recorded footage. Custom training of neural networks AxxonSoft offers custom training of the neural networks used by the neural tracker and neural filter To deliver high-quality video analytics, AxxonSoft offers custom training of the neural networks used by the neural tracker and neural filter. For each particular project, these AI tools are trained with the help of videos shot on site. Behavioural Analytics 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, lying prone, shooting, with hands up, or the appearance of an individual in any posture. Behavioural analytics detects potentially dangerous scenarios by specific postures, for example: An individual crouched down next to an ATM could be a burglar; One in a shooting position and other(s) with hands up could be an armed robbery. Enhanced and Optimised Added an option to save and recall templates for Forensic Search in Video Footage. A saved template can be re-used for further searches by using the same criteria. Updated neural algorithms for fire and smoke detection. Added Alarm Expired events for these detection tools, and an option to select processing hardware: GPU or CPU. Optimised memory consumption by the sweet-hearting neural detection tool that shows items not being swiped at the cash desk. Improved the stopped vehicle detection tool. Video Surveillance Added Tag&Track Pro feature that automatically tracks an object with a PTZ camera using coordinates obtained from the fixed camera's tracker. To start tracking a moving object, just click on its image. The PTZ camera will track it until the object leaves the fixed camera's FOV. Implemented support for the hardware decoding of H.264 streams using the Intel Quick Sync Video technology. The decoding is performed by an Intel GPU, which significantly reduces the Server's CPU load when applying video analytics, and the Client's CPU load when displaying video feeds. Added an option to hide selected portions of an archive. The availability of the options of hiding records and viewing hidden archives depends on the assigned user rights. One can now also mask faces on exported videos. To make it possible, the neural network automatically locates faces in recorded footage. These functions are required to comply with privacy and data protection requirements, such as the GDPR. Added an option to export videos from external storage, such as IP camera archives or NVRs. Added a comprehensive set of system events to audit operator's actions. Communication Protocols ONVIF Server - The ONVIF server is used for media streaming to external systems. It allows ONVIF clients to connect to an operating Intellect PSIM system, as they would to an ONVIF compatible device. Supported video streaming with synchronised audio in H.264/H.265/MPEG-4/MJPEG formats, multi-streaming, access to Video Footage, multicasting, authentication, and transmission of I/O events from devices and metadata. SIP Server - The SIP server allows the Intellect PSIM to connect to intercom devices such as IP door stations and push plates, and to create and route calls. The server supports audio and video calls, which can be recorded for further monitoring. Security system operators can now communicate via a new SIP Panel client interface. Each device and SIP Panel is assigned a calling ID number, and address books containing available call numbers are set up on SIP Panels. Other Protocols - Added support for the AMQP open messaging protocol, which allows the Intellect PSIM to receive and send RabbitMQ messages. Implemented the HTTP Server module, which is capable of sending events to an external system via HTTP polling. The User Interface Screen Manager Screen Manager is a new UI for video wall management. It enables convenient monitor layout management on selected PCs. Screen Manager can be used to: Create, edit, or delete layouts, and assign them to selected PCs; Remotely switch layouts on PCs. Operator Protocol For objects linked to a camera, they can now display a still image or recorded video of an event Operator Protocol is now completely revamped. Events list is now displayed as tiles, sortable by time and priority. Events processed by other operators are marked with a grey background, and their cells include the name of the Operator Protocol in which the processing has been completed. Users can now escalate an event to a specified operator. The parameters displayed along with the event are now selectable. For objects linked to a camera, they can now display a still image or recorded video of an event and zoom in on the alarm snapshot in a separate window. If an object is linked to multiple cameras, users can scroll between their images and can set video display in the Camera Window or ActiveX component. Set Bookmark checkbox All buttons and comments are now located on a single upper panel. An operator can now select several events, and work with them simultaneously. Another new feature added is a Set Bookmark checkbox for automatic creation of a bookmark in Video Footage when an event is processed by the operator. Operator's text comments are used for bookmark names. Incident management Additionally, a new feature added is the incident management function. If an operator selects an event, a list of required processing actions is displayed. The operator selects the required checkboxes, and information about their actions is added to text comments along with date/time stamps. In addition, the operator can now view processing instructions for events from any source object. Other new interfaces and enhancements The object context menu on the Map now includes an option to set the number of recent events to be displayed (up to 99). Introduced an option to request single frames or camera archives (also for cameras under a parent object) via the ActiveX component. The Main Control panel now includes the following information about the system - product name and version, installed subsystems' names and versions, available system objects list and the number of used objects, and license expiration date. Also added is a new graphs interface containing analog sensor data representations, and an interface allowing display of statistical data about objects' statuses as a table or a chart. User Rights Added support for Active Directory service, which enables synchronisation between users and groups of the Intellect PSIM and their relevant Active Directory objects. When creating a new user rights group, operators can now import settings from an existing group. If multiple groups are selected, their combination is created. Added a setting to automatically shut down the session if the operator becomes idle. Added an option to limit the list of available actions on objects in video surveillance monitor and Map UIs. Added an option to disable frame/video export and printing a still frame from the video surveillance monitor. Auto Intellect 5.5 Introduced a module that uses the neural network to detect vehicle types. The module is capable of classifying passenger cars, vans, buses, trucks, and motorcycles. Integrated the IntLab container number recognition module. Updated the IntelliVision car number recognition module. Added support for new national license plate formats and running recognition on GPU and increased overall recognition quality. Basic virtual loop is now replaced with the IntelliVision virtual loop. The SDK for the AutoUragan LPR module is updated to version 3.7. Added new national formats and templates and increased operational stability. Updated VIT LPR module to version 2.7.2. Added new national formats and templates, increased recognition quality and stability; the GUI now includes tools for fine-tuning the module. Face Intellect 7.3 Integrated new YITU and SCT facial recognition modules. Updated VisionLabs facial recognition module to version 3.6.3. In the Tevian engine, recognition of emotion, race, and facial attributes (glasses, moustache, beard, hair color, headwear, etc.) was added to the existing age and gender guesstimation capabilities. Facial recognition now warns of faces covered with masks etc. and performs "liveness" checks to preclude identity spoofing. Operators can now use facial attributes for filtering, e.g., to find all males wearing glasses and/or with a beard. Emotion recognition allows one to evaluate the quality of personnel operations and the degree of customer satisfaction in banking, retail, and other industries. The Face Search tab now includes filters by name, department, and similarity rate, time window presets, and saving search parameters (filters) option. Operators can now launch a filtered search by double clicking a facial image in the captured/recognised faces log. Other new features: The full names of recognised persons now appear on live video under the facial bounding box; Users can now check an entire folder containing facial images against your DB; Facial recognition now has a configurable capture area; Facial DB replication across servers now allows a face to be added to all DBs by adding it to just one database. POS Intellect 5.4 Integration of the screening system allows data to be received from connected devices Integrated 5 models of POS terminals, 2 models of vehicle scales, a printer scales and the Sphinx screening management system that supports up to 5 handheld metal or metal/radiation detectors. The integration of the screening system allows data to be received from connected devices, recorded to the POS Intellect DB, used for captioning screening videos, and utilised for searching by text comments in Video Footage. The integrated solution allows you to control equipment and personnel operations for more efficient and reliable screening. In POS Intellect, existing integrations have been enhanced, and the wildcard search in captions has been introduced. Intellect Web Report System 3.4 The web report subsystem now includes new and updated reports, and new functions have been introduced. New Types of POS Reports - A "sweet-hearting" report allows one to view event video live. A cancelled items report contains data filtered by specified cashiers and item names over a specified period. A cancelled amount report is similar to the one previously listed and includes the total value of cancelled items. New Types of Time and Attendance Reports A consolidated employees report contains data on the total number of employees in specified departments, and the number of employees staying in a specified area at the moment of reporting, or on a specified time/date. A detailed employees report contains data on the number of employees staying in a specified area during each day of a specified time period. Other New Report Types - A customer counter report contains information about the number of visitors who entered/exited a specified area over a specified period and is presented as a graph or as a table. A graphical report on events represents the number of events of a specified type for the selected types of objects over a specified time period. The exported report includes both a graph and a table. A pass card report contains information about the times of issuing pass cards for specified employees, or departments, as well as the types of cards and their expiration dates. A recognised rail car numbers report contains information about error detection with a check digit and a photo from the linked camera.

AxxonSoft to showcase AI neural network analytics and security solutions at Intersec 2020
AxxonSoft to showcase AI neural network analytics and security solutions at Intersec 2020

On January 2020, AxxonSoft is coming to Dubai, UAE, to take part in Intersec. The security, safety, and fire protection trade show will open doors on January 19–21 with a long list of dedicated features set to complement a packed exhibition floor featuring more than 1100 exhibitors from 50 countries including two-thirds of the world’s top 50 security manufacturers. Integrated security solutions Join AxxonSoft at booth SA-H12 to explore the AxxonSoft’s AI neural network analytics and other cutting-edge security solutions, including the intelligent video search, cloud computing, integrated security solutions, behaviour analytics, retail industry solutions and other impressive features of Axxon Next VMS and Intellect Enterprise PSIM.

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