BWA Multi-Vision – the most advanced monitoring and analysing software
BWA Multi-Vision – the most advanced monitoring and analysing software

The recently introduced free BWA Multi-Vision software package is the result of long-term development efforts and offers many useful and unique features for video analysis.In spite of using picture comparison techniques, Multi-Vision provides amazingly easy search and access to digital video streams, even from highly compressed recorded video (e.g. MPEG-4).  This software allows cascading of multiple location-independent DiREX-Pro DVRs into a single comprehensive system.  Its design is modular and contains all the required video codecs.The File Player software module provides extremely efficient analysis of recorded audio and video data.  Several recordings from independent DVRs can be combined in one project to allow processing of different camera perspectives simultaneously.Main features: Activity chart with zoom and time codesDynamic preview creation in "filmstrip"Still frame search/indexing forward/backwardVariable playback speed in both directionsBookmarks, time- and event-controlled positioningSelection of video areas for detailed viewDirect assignment of GPS data to customised mapsThe Net Viewer software module allows continuous and simultaneously real-time monitoring from several video and audio sources.  The software steady monitor connection quality and adopts the frame rate of each video channel to the available bandwidth.  Connection interruptions will be also registered and connection automatically re-established.  Net Viewer makes it possible to provide typical Intranet, Power-LAN, as well as wireless, mobile WiFi or 3G/HSDPA/EDGE connectivity without difficulty - even when using hybrid network coverage.Learn more about  BWA MR-36 3G/EDGE routerMain features:Automatic FPS adjustment and re-connectionSelectable single, quad or multi-channel displayDisplay remote data or alarm in video fieldDirect assignment of GPS data to customized mapsAutomatic authorization at server level with password-protected accessAccess to network DVRs via IP address or domain name

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NVB-Lite - software network video board from BWA
NVB-Lite - software network video board from BWA

The Network Video Board enables continuous live monitoring, even simultaneously from several video and audio sourcesThe software can be installed in inexpensive, portable Ultra Mobile PCs (UMPCs) with low power consumption.  Thus flexible and cost-efficient stand-alone monitoring from one DVR or several video servers / network cameras can be realised.  They can be installed e.g. in a vehicle, container or apartment.With help of Power-LAN technology (third party solutions) it is possible to realise video observation from high-compression video servers (e.g. our DiREX-Pro series) via the electricity supply.  BWA Network Video Board is perfectly suitable for protected VPN networks as well, which can be established with various Windows applications.More about DiREX-Pro.A40The NVB steady monitor connection quality and adopts the frame rate of each video channel to the available bandwidth.  Connection interruptions will be also registered and connection automatically re-established.  So it is possible to provide wireless, mobile use via WiFi or 3G/UMTS/HSDPA without difficulty - even by using hybrid network coverage.NVB-Lite 1.1 features:Simultaneously up to 64 cameras and up to 32 audio channelsUp to 16 video servers/NDVRs, incl. support of ADPCM audioFreely resizable video area, displayable at any monitor resolutionSelectable quad or single channel display for each video serverAccess NDVR via IP address or domain name and port number as wellRecognition of recorder name, name of video and audio channelsDisplay remote data in video field , such as time/date, GPS dates, alarmAutomatic authorisation at server level with password-protected accessFPS adjustment to the bandwidth, automatic re-connectionStatus display of motion-controlled local recording for each channelVisual and audio alarm notificationFree of charge software

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CCTV software - Expert commentary

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

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

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

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

Get the most from investments in building security
Get the most from investments in building security

From analogue to digital, from stand-alone to interlinked, building systems are in a state of transition. Moreover, the rate of change shows no sign of slowing, which can make it difficult to keep up to date with all the latest developments. If asked to pinpoint the single biggest driver of this revolution, one could point out the growing clamour for platform convergence. A security guard in a building doesn’t want to use different systems to check video cameras, fire alarms or if someone has entered a restricted area: – it simply isn’t efficient. For similar reasons, a building manager wants a single interface to control heating and lighting to match fluctuating occupancy levels, particularly in a hybrid working model. Applying the digital glue The demand from end-users for system convergence is growing, but to achieve full interoperability you still need to apply some ‘digital glue’ and that requires expertise. Yet bringing together disparate systems from different manufacturers can be problematic. Just as you get things to work, someone upgrades their solution and your carefully implemented convergence can start to come unstuck. Managing an implementation can quickly become more complicated, today’s quick-fix can become tomorrow’s headache This is one of the principal issues with all types of new technology; not everyone will choose the same path to reach the desired goal – it’s the old VHS/Betamax argument updated for building management and security systems. Managing and maintaining an implementation can quickly become more complicated than it first appears and without proper oversight, today’s quick-fix can become tomorrow’s technical headache. Effective support for a hybrid workforce Today’s hybrid workforce is a response to the pandemic that looks set to become an established part of working life for many companies across the world. Security systems have a massive role to play in facilitating this transformation that goes beyond simple intrusion detection, access control, and video monitoring. They can identify the most densely populated areas in a building to comply with social distancing guidelines and provide efficient use of space. The insights gathered from a security system can also be used to identify patterns of behaviour, which can then be used for planning and directing the use of building space to help create the best possible working environment while also minimising heating, lighting, and air conditioning expenditures. Identity credentials can help manage compliance with industry regulations by limiting access to certain areas Similarly, identity credentials – either biometric or mobile-based – can help manage compliance to industry regulations by limiting access to certain areas only to approved employees. Creating and maintaining the appropriate level of functionality requires a combination of innovative solutions and industry experience. The complete security package It’s not just physical security that’s important – cybersecurity is a major focus, too. Bringing together both the physical security and cybersecurity realms is increasingly becoming a ‘must have’ capability. What is evident is that the pace of technological change is faster than ever. Today’s functionality simply wouldn’t have been possible just a few years ago, while today’s leading-edge developments may seem commonplace in five years.

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BWA DiSCAN PTZ robot analyses video content from various panoramic cameras
BWA DiSCAN PTZ robot analyses video content from various panoramic cameras

The BWA DiSCAN PTZ robot is a compact speed dome system that analyses video content from multiple highly sensitive panoramic cameras providing real time PTZ intruder tracking. Equipped with an unobtrusive housing, it has been designed for continuous 24/7 operation under minimum street lighting. An integrated emergency power supply is available as an option. A detection radius of 50 to 120 meters can be achieved depending on the number and viewing angles of the internal cameras in the system. This allows for the control of an area of as large as one hectare (2.5 acres) with a single observation unit. The resolution of the visual coverage corresponds to a CCTV camera distance of roughly three to five meters. The optical system is preconfigured and ready for immediate deployment. It can also be modified to match local conditions for providing more efficient in securing extended or asymmetrical areas through varying camera angles.An integrated H.264 encoder allows for capacity-saving FIFO video recording on up to two independent NAS units (Network Attached Storage) while simultaneously recording on an optional internal mini-SDHC card. With internal storage installed, full triplex DVR functionality via LAN is supported. An additional analogue video output allows for easy integration with CCTV equipment such as a spot monitors or DVRs.

Leading European multibrand distributor VIDEOR confirms its attendance at IFSEC 2009
Leading European multibrand distributor VIDEOR confirms its attendance at IFSEC 2009

  VIDEOR, one of the leading European Multibrand Distributors at IFSEC 2009VIDEOR will be an exhibitor at IFSEC in Birmingham again in 2009. But with more this time: VIDEOR will increase its booth area by a good 40% to cater better for its new concept. Designed as a lounge, the extended area offers much room to discuss current products and, of course, product innovations in a cosy atmosphere away from the hurly-burly from the fair. And the continuously growing product portfolio gives enough to talk about: just a short time ago another important supplier was won over with Sony which perfectly expands the multibrand portfolio. Over twenty brands are now covered by the VIDEOR product range, which includes the ideal product for nearly every application: AGNeovo, Aimetis, Axis, Basler, Bosch, BWA, Dallmeier, Derwent, eneo, Fujinon, Fujitsu, GE Security, Heitel, JVC, Lumenera, Netavis, NITEK, OT Systems, Pelco, Raytec, Salesmark, Sentech, Sony and Tamron. A clear company positioning as one of the leading European Multibrand Distributors for Video Security Products.Michael Haas, VIDEOR Managing Director for the Sales, Marketing and Purchasing Divisions said on this: "Europe is our most important market. Therefore attendance at a trade fair with international dimensions is fully natural for us. We want to be on the spot at IFSEC as a reliable local representative for our customers, and of course present ourselves as a strong partner for our brands and suppliers. This can also be seen in our booth concept that is aimed on the one hand at clearly at communication with our customers, and on the other hand it spotlights the significance of our partners on the supplier side."The new positioning of Stand D30 in Hall 5 is also ideal by the way: it cannot be missed as it is placed directly at the main entrance.

BWA highlights at Security 2008
BWA highlights at Security 2008

  BWA at Security 2008 in Essen, GermanyThe industry's top safety trade fair at Essen had been successful and lots of visitors have attended the booth of BWA in order to be informed about the current novelties.A live UMTS video broadcasting directly from the BWA booth with connection to Google Maps had been the highlight.  The new firmware update for the DiREX-Pro recorder does not only allow recording almost at real time but also offered support for USB-GPS receivers.  The video streams had been transferred via 3G/UMTS.  Thanks to the new Multi-Vision software not only the roadmaps of Google Maps but also the satellite images of the fair hall had been accessible online via the T-Mobile HSDPA Internet access.  The efficient video compression as well as the server client broadcasting which had been adapted to narrow strip networks provided for simultaneous monitoring of three other places which had been installed at Munich and Hanover.  All three places had been accessible online via the mobile 3G/UMTS router MR-36 respectively DSL in spite of the unfavorable fair conditions.The public's reaction to the product presentation of the DiREX-M.SD had been positive.  We are working on it under intense pressure to launch the new compact real time recorder with full PAL resolution before the end of this year.  We would like to thank our customers for the confidence shown to us - the first production batch is already almost sold out.  Our sales partners are looking forward to receiving your advance orders.As a particular thank you we present you the BWA specials - new special promotion and advantageous offers which provide more service at less cost.  Please find further details on our website.

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