Verint expands Nextiva IP video portfolio with comprehensive solutions to address security challenges
Verint expands Nextiva IP video portfolio with comprehensive solutions to address security challenges

Verint® Systems Inc. recently announced a series of new product additions to its Nextiva® IP Video portfolio designed to address vertical-specific security and operational challenges. Combining the latest technologies and robust feature sets, these solutions are designed for the enterprise, critical infrastructure and finance markets. Driving technology excellence in enterprise and critical infrastructure The Nextiva portfolio of networked security solutions offers a wide range of benefits, including user-friendly functionality and enterprise-class performance and reliability. With a focus on supporting enterprise and critical infrastructure environments, these networked video solutions deliver enhanced security and business intelligence. Additions to the Nextiva portfolio include a new mobile client application and a software-based receiver, both available starting in November 2012. Nextiva Mobile application for Nextiva Video Management Software Nextiva Mobile™ is Verint's new mobile client application that enables organizations to view the Nextiva Video Management Software™ from their Apple iOS-based devices, including the iPad and iPhone. The application allows security operators to remotely access video and enhance operational efficiency and effectiveness by viewing live and recorded video from multiple cameras simultaneously. It also provides 10 pre-defined screen layout options, zoom in or out capabilities, and the management of most used and recent camera views. Armed with this mobile client application, users can experience the benefits inherent in today's mobile application platforms to stay connected and informed. Nextiva High-Definition Receiver (HDR) for Nextiva Video Management Software The software-based Nextiva High-Definition Receiver™ provides a versatile and powerful decoder/receiver approach that allows customers to deploy the solution on off-the-shelf workstations. The HDR enterprise-class software can be deployed across multiple screens to deliver high-performance video display capabilities and support multiple frame rates, resolutions and number of tiles/monitors, all while leveraging Nextiva's robust Virtual Matrix™ application. The Nextiva High-Definition Receiver serves as a key tool across mission-critical installations that require high-quality video display. Delivering innovative networked video solutions to banks and financial institutions Banks and financial institutions around the world face new challenges and opportunities with increasing criminal activity and evolving customer behaviour and expectations. Verint is committed to providing proven video solutions to the financial industry to counter security threats, proactively identify and address vulnerabilities, and protect the people, property, assets and reputations of their organizations. Additions to the Nextiva portfolio include a new mini-dome IP camera, available this month, and a small form-factor network video recorder, which will be available starting in November 2012. Nextiva EdgeVR 80 Network Video Recorder The enterprise-class Nextiva EdgeVR® includes Verint's remote monitoring and management software and provides customers with all the benefits of an embedded network video recorder - such as bandwidth optimization, remote access and robust surveillance analytics. The cost-effective, small form-factor Nextiva EdgeVR 80 is a new addition to the Verint EdgeVR product-line and is specifically designed for use in bank ATMs. The Nextiva EdgeVR 80 can support up to eight channels of IP and analogue cameras and contains up to four optional Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) ports to simplify installation and IP migration. Engineered using the latest chipset technologies, it offers powerful and advanced features consistent with those available in Verint's Nextiva EdgeVR 100/200. Developed on an open platform, the solution integrates with various access control systems, surveillance analytics, and other third-party devices and systems. Nextiva V3320RD mini-dome recess mount IP camera featuring H.264 and 1080p technology Nextiva mini-dome recess mount IP cameras incorporate advanced H.264 compression technology with high-performance functionality that delivers crystal clear images. The Nextiva V3320RD IP camera offers an optimal blend of high-definition images with a streamlined and compact design, all at an attractive price point. The Nextiva V3320RD can be installed in minutes and provides PoE options for simplified cable management. The camera delivers 1080p two megapixel video using a 3.4mm lens for broad and versatile coverage, and its discreet, low profile design make it ideal for banking and office environments.

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Verint expands Channel Partner Program for security systems integrators
Verint expands Channel Partner Program for security systems integrators

Verint announced the launch of its Verint Channel Partner Program. The Verint Americas-based program provides sector-specific training, guidance, and certification designed to deliver strategic value to systems integrators and greater awareness in provider selection to organisations that specify and use Verint's Nextiva® video intelligence solutions. "The Verint Channel Partner Program is designed to meet the security challenges of organisations whose operations are critical to the functioning of the nation, its government and its economy. By providing training, guidance and certification geared specifically to advance today's enterprise and critical infrastructure environments, the program helps build a cadre of systems integrators highly qualified to implement the most effective IP video solutions for this critical sector," says Debjit Das, vice president of global marketing, Verint Video Intelligence Solutions™. Derek Radoski, certified protection professional vice president of Orion Systems Group, a leading system integration firm, speaks to the added value for both Verint partners and their customers. "Verint is a strategic partner that understands what customers need-a trusted advisor to design, implement and grow their security solutions. As a part of Verint's Channel Partner Program, we are pleased to continue to gain knowledge and certifications that will position us to provide our customers with the optimum value from their investment in Verint Nextiva." Verint Nextiva is an award-winning, enterprise-class IP video portfolio that provides a single source for virtually every facet of video surveillance operations. Nextiva features IP video and physical security information management software, integrated analytics, encoders, cameras, wireless devices and intelligent NVRs for use across a variety of vertical market environments. Designed to streamline video management for operations of any size, the integrated Nextiva portfolio provides greater situational awareness and response capabilities, while minimizing the cost and complexity of video system deployment, maintenance and migration to IP. The complete Nextiva portfolio will be exclusively available to Verint associate and advanced partners. Advanced partner certification will be granted to organisations that have completed technical training, proven demonstration capabilities, registered end-user satisfaction and performed an "advanced readiness" audit. Designed to familiarise Verint partners, customers and consultants with its Channel Partner Program, the company will be hosting a complimentary, technology-focused road show across six cities: New York, Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington and Houston. Taking place October through December 2011, these seminars also will feature the latest industry-leading security solutions designed to meet the challenges of today's environments. Additional information is available at www.verint.com/channelpartnerprogram.

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Nextiva’s® integrated PSIM™ technology suite for increased situational awareness
Nextiva’s® integrated PSIM™ technology suite for increased situational awareness

Nextiva® PSIM™ generates Actionable Intelligence® from vast amounts of data to enhance security effectiveness, while facilitating system management and optimising costs. Immediate situational awareness and faster response leveraging a intuitive 3D multi-layer user interface, efficient organisational control and management through systemic procedures and standards, contingency planning capabilities for natural disasters and calamities, reduced operational costs through efficient deployment of equipment and resources, and optimised planning and preparedness for situations using virtual simulations alongside debriefing and analysis of real events ensures that Nextiva® PSIM™ will route the right information to the right people at the right time in your organisation.How Does PSIM™ Work?Nextiva® PSIM™ captures information from a variety of security, safety, and building management systems, enables the fusion of the information for a user to view, correlate, and analyse the information to identify situations quickly and efficiently, and initiate and manage response to the situations in collaboration with local agencies. PSIM™ enables various phases of an incident management cycle, facilitates enhanced situational awareness and response, and is based on an open and scalable architecture.4-phase Incident Management Cycle:• Planning: PSIM's™ Scenario Generator lets planners run virtual threat scenarios including crowd behaviour, gas propagation, blast mitigation and floods and more, to determine in advance the response procedures and level of preparedness. Using a 3D geospatial model of the site, PSIM™ helps determine the optimal placement of security equipment.• Training: Users can train on a single interface providing a unified view across the entire operation. Operators learn to identify and assess consequences of potential situations and are familiarised with the standard policies and procedures of the organisation.• Real-Time Monitoring and Control: By providing real-time monitoring and control for routine operations and emergency situations, pre-defined emergency plans are presented in a separate operational view in the form of procedures, checklists and call trees enabling operators to quickly respond and mitigate the event according to standard policies and procedures.• Reporting and Debriefing: A built-in reporting tool generates manual, automatic or scheduled reports. Using reports on the various aspects of a given incident, PSIM™ provides vital intelligence about what transpired as well as other variables. Logging and auditing operators' actions lets organisations analyse the process and make potential adjustments for improvement.Enhanced awareness and responseNextiva® PSIM™ provides various view formats to enhance awareness and response times.• A geographic map view allows operators focus on multiple locations in a geographic region simultaneously.• A multi-site view allows operators to monitor incidents and status at multiple sites simultaneously, interact with different sites through chat, and take control and monitor the sites if necessary.• Two and three dimensional maps for indoors and outdoors, along with the ability to use multiple layers to represent streets, locations and coverage areas of cameras and other sensors, as well the delineation of threat regions and damage zones allows operators to track incidents and suspects, initiate and manage response, and report on potential escalations or spread of incidents on a real-time basis.• In addition, industry standard workflows systemically ensure that operators respond to routine and emergency situations based on standard policies and procedures.  

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Edge computing, AI and thermal imaging – the future of smart security
Edge computing, AI and thermal imaging – the future of smart security

Smart security is advancing rapidly. As AI and 4K rise in adoption on smart video cameras, these higher video resolutions are driving the demand for more data to be stored on-camera. AI and smart video promise to extract greater insights from security video. Complex, extensive camera networks will already require a large amount of data storage, particularly if this is 24/7 monitoring from smart video-enabled devices. With 4K-compliant cameras projected to make up over 24% of all network cameras shipped by 2023 – there is a fast-growing desire for reliable storage on-board security cameras. The question for businesses is: do they look to break up their existing smart video network, by separating and compartmentalising cameras to handle data requirements, or do they increase its storage capabilities? As some people begin to venture out and return to work following initial COVID-19 measures, we are also seeing demand for thermal imaging technology increase. New technology like this combined with more of these always-on systems being rolled out, means organisations will need to carefully consider their smart video strategy. Newer edge computing will play an important role in capturing, collecting, and analysing data and there are some key trends you can expect to see as a result of this evolution. There are many more types of cameras being used today, such as body cameras, dashboard cameras, and new Internet of Things (IoT) devices and sensors. Video data is so rich nowadays, you can analyse it and deduce a lot of valuable information in real-time, instead of post-event. Edge computing and smart security As public cloud adoption grew, companies and organisations saw the platform as a centralised location for big data. However, recently there’s been opposition to that trend. Instead we are now seeing data processed at the edge, rather than in the cloud. There is one main reason for this change in preference: latency. Newer edge computing will play an important role in capturing, collecting, and analysing data Latency is an important consideration when trying to carry out real-time pattern recognition. It’s very difficult for cameras to process data – 4K surveillance video recorded 24/7 – if it has to go back to a centralised data centre hundreds of miles away. This data analysis needs to happen quickly in order to be timely and applicable to dynamic situations, such as public safety. By storing relevant data at the edge, AI inferencing can happen much faster. Doing so can lead to safer communities, more effective operations, and smarter infrastructure. UHD and storage AI-enabled applications and capabilities, such as pattern recognition, depend on high-definition resolutions such as 4K – also known as Ultra High Definition (UHD). This detailed data has a major impact on storage – both the capacity and speeds at which it needs to be written, and the network. Compared to HD, 4K video has much higher storage requirements and we even have 8K on the horizon. As we know, 4K video has four times the number of pixels as HD video. In addition, 4K compliant video supports 8, 10, and 12 bits per channel that translate to 24-, 30- or 36-bit colour depth per pixel. A similar pattern holds for HD — more colour using 24 bits or less colour using 10 or 12 bits in colour depth per pixel. Altogether, there is up to a 5.7x increase in bits generated by 4K vs. 1080 pixel video. Larger video files place new demands on data infrastructure for both video production and surveillance. Which means investing in data infrastructure becomes a key consideration when looking into smart security. Always-on connectivity Whether designing solutions that have limited connectivity or ultra-fast 5G capabilities, most smart security solutions need to operate 24/7, regardless of their environment. Yet, on occasion, the underlying hardware and software systems fail. In the event of this, it is important to establish a failover process to ensure continued operation or restore data after a failure, including everything from traffic control to sensors to camera feeds and more. Consider the example of a hospital with dozens or even over a hundred cameras connected to a centralised recorder via IP. If the Ethernet goes down, no video can be captured. Such an event could pose a serious threat to the safety and security of hospital patients and staff. For this reason, microSD cards are used in cameras to enable continuous recording. Software tools – powered by AI – can then “patch” missing data streams with the content captured on the card to ensure the video stream can be viewed chronologically with no content gaps. Thermal imaging Health and safety is the number one priority for all organisations as people return to work and public spaces. Some organisations are deploying thermal imaging to help screen individuals for symptoms as they return. Organisations that operate with warehouses, depots and assembly lines will traditionally have large amounts of cameras located outside of the entrance. With thermal imaging smart video in place, these cameras can now serve a dual purpose as a screening device. The thermal imaging technology is capable of detecting elevated body temperatures, with 10-25 workers being scanned in one shot, from one camera – making it an efficient and accurate process. This way, staff can use the information to help identify people who may need further screening, testing, and/or isolation before returning to work. There are many more types of cameras being used today, such as body cameras, dashboard cameras, and new Internet of Things (IoT) devices While this may not increase data storage requirements, it can change your retention policies and practices. Smart security today is about utilising AI and edge computing, to deliver an always-on, high-resolution video provision that can help keep people safe 24/7. These trends increase the demands and importance of monitoring, which means requirements of the supporting data infrastructure improve to match that, including the ability to proactively manage the infrastructure to help ensure reliable operation. Companies need to make sure they have considered all the storage and policy challenges as part of their smart security strategy for the future.  

The new marriage between AI and stadiums
The new marriage between AI and stadiums

Stadiums around the world are still paralysed from the effects of COVID-19. Fans and spectators in masses have been absent from stadiums since April and there doesn’t seem to be a concrete plan on how or when they’ll be able to return to near capacity. The NBA recently opted to form a bubble philosophy concept in Disney’s facilities, although it’s been a relative success, it’s also been a $200 million temporary solution. This then begs the question: How long can stadiums survive like this without spectator’s present? History tells us that stadiums, venues and sport recover from disasters, so what can stadiums do to speed up the process? This is the catalyst for AI to be integrated on mass level to stadiums around the world. AI is the answer AI’s role in getting fans and spectators back is huge, through capabilities such as: Social Distance Monitoring Crowd Scanning/Metrics Facial Recognition Fever Detection Track & Trace Providing Behavioural Analytics Technologies such as IREX.ai is now working alongside National Leagues, Franchises and Governing Bodies to implement AI surveillance software into their CCTV/surveillance cameras. This is now creating a more collaborative effort from the operations team in stadiums, rather than purely security. Stadiums around the world are still paralysed from the effects of COVID-19 AI surveillance software such as IREX.ai when implemented into the surveillance cameras can be accessed by designated users on any device and on any browser platform. Crowd metrics Arming stadiums with AI-powered surveillance tools can detect crowd metrics such as “people counting” and “group statistics”. This ensures stadium personnel can monitor social distancing with precision, accuracy and immediately. Alerts can be set up throughout parts of the stadium to alert senior staff members when overcrowding can appear with real-time videos, analytics and photos to their hand-held device, such as a smartphone. Fever detection Thermal cameras have been implemented throughout facilities including stadiums and are helping assist to spot people with elevated temperatures. What IREX.ai implements is an alert system, coupled with facial recognition of any individual(s) that read an elevated body temperature. This alert system then provides security and health officials with a photo of the individual with the elevated body temperature, meaning staff can react quicker to the situation prevent this individual from entry. Pandemic monitoring by facial recognition  Thermal cameras have been implemented throughout facilities including stadiums and are helping assist to spot people with elevated temperatures Through facial recognition, staff members will be able to locate individuals through simply uploading a photo. It has never been easier to find a person of interest. With masks becoming an everyday part of society, facial recognition has come under scrutiny regarding the accuracy when a mask is worn. Irex.ai still maintains a 96% accuracy with individuals wearing masks and can set up alerts for any individuals not wearing a mask. Another important aspect of facial recognition is finding persons of interest quickly through technology like IREX.ai’s “searchveillance”. The future is here. Designated staff can track a person from when they enter the stadium by simply uploading their photograph. An example of how this can assist stadium personnel is to help relocate lost children inside the stadium with their guardians/parents when they are separated. Another attribute would be any individuals banned from entering the stadium would trigger alerts once they appear under surveillance, a fantastic collaborative tool to use with Law Enforcement.    Return on investment With security solutions, one of the biggest issues with any security investment is a lack of an ROI. This is where AI security is breaking the mould. The ability to provide business analytics, consumer/fan behaviours, traffic patterns, etc, allows other departments within the organisation to gain vital information that can assist with their strategies and practices. Stadium security will never be the same in a post-COVID world, so why will its practices stay the same? AI & Stadiums is no longer the future, it’s the 2020 solution.

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.

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Reopening the doors: Ensuring the safety of your workplace
Reopening the doors: Ensuring the safety of your workplace

We’ve just endured an event that was unprecedented in recent history. COVID-19 greatly affected our lives: our daily activities, the health and well-being of our families and friends, and business operations as we know it. Now that stay-at-home restrictions have been lifted, organisations are preparing for employees to return to work. Confidence surrounding the return to the office hinges on the employees’ perceptions of how well they will be protected while at work. One thing is certain: There is a lot of work ahead. Let’s look at some of the challenges enterprises can expect to face and how to best address them. Addressing the Return to the Office To say that the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted operations around the world, is the understatement of the decade. That being said, businesses and governments are under mounting pressure to restart their operations as quickly as possible. With ‘social distancing’ and other measures helping to curtail the spread, organisations are turning their attention to a critical question, “How do we effectively restart operations, while protecting our employees’ and citizens’ health and safety?”As organisations begin to “reboot,” they must be able to take a variety of factors into consideration and focus on what they can actually control In the absence of defined contingency plans, industry standards or regulatory guidance, organisations are looking for innovative ways to help address a host of new challenges. Businesses are not just focused on response or monitoring of hot zones during the pandemic; they’re also thinking about afterward, when people return to the daily activities and the workplace under a different, new set of circumstances. Embarking on this journey and being successful requires a key element: the insight to adapt. As organisations begin to “reboot,” they must be able to take a variety of factors into consideration and focus on what they can actually control: their employees’ safety, operating models, and existing compliance requirements. Building Confidence Adjusting these elements demands a pragmatic approach that addresses the potential risk to employees in various environments while also delivering a degree of confidence to customers that an organisation is taking a meaningful, proactive posture to keep people safe and healthy. Also, as circumstances change, obtaining the insight to adapt to those changes is crucial for businesses to stay one step ahead and remain agile. One example of this, that we expect to impact the future of business, is the increased use of mobile applications to provide remote health checks of employees while delivering push notifications of wellness tips, rapid communication when issues arise, and response to a call for help in case of emergency changes in health status.  Employee monitoring To illustrate the point, having employees provide current symptom status and temperature before arriving at work can help to establish a baseline. Upon arrival, they complete a quick check-in to verify the information before entering the premises.It is important to remember that private health information is being shared, requiring adherence to existing privacy requirements In this instance, it is important to remember that private health information is being shared, requiring adherence to existing privacy requirements, documentation, record keeping and accuracy checks. Doing so manually is a significant challenge, hence the need for a systemic approach.  Organisations are looking for applications that map to their current needs, can scale to larger populations as needed and remains adaptable to emerging requirements and legal mandates as they evolve.   We expect to continue to see new use cases like this evolve as organisations implement new approaches to daily operation. Regardless of the use case, the underlying driver is that access to information and flexibility is critical and the ability to respond quickly is vital. Looking to the Future As we all adjust to different ways of operating, business and security leaders need to keep a few guidelines in mind. First, it is critical to identify the mission-critical challenges that are most relevant to your operations. What works for an organisation down the road, may not work for your business. Next, you need to implement processes and policies that are flexible enough to fit your situation, scalable to larger or smaller groups and adaptable to new requirements be they regulations, standards, processes or new technologies. And lastly, above all else, be pragmatic.  The solution should not be worse or more complex than the problem. As we move out of this phase and into the weeks, months and years ahead, there is hope. By empowering your team and the overall business to realise stronger risk awareness, deeper threat detection and prevention, and broader visibility, you can develop a return-to-work strategy that enables you to get your operations up-and-running quickly and efficiently.

Security Industry Association announces the winners of the 2020 SIA New Product Showcase Awards
Security Industry Association announces the winners of the 2020 SIA New Product Showcase Awards

The Security Industry Association (SIA) has announced the 2020 winners of the SIA New Product Showcase Awards, the flagship awards program in partnership with ISC West recognising innovative security products, services and solutions. Top among the winners – who were recognised on July 9 during a virtual awards show – was Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, receiving the 2020 Best New Product Award. Since its inception in 1979, the SIA New Product Showcase has been the security industry’s premier product awards program. New products are reviewed by a panel of judges with extensive industry experience, and in 2020, following significant deliberations, the 30 judges presented awards for technologies covering 23 product and service categories. Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, received the Best New Product honour for its 3D Surveillance with Leica BLK247, submitted in the Emerging Technologies category. Building security The 3D Surveillance with Leica BLK247 is “a first-of-its-kind reality capture sensor for building security and operations,” said Leica Geosystems. “It is the latest product in the company’s BLK product line, a collection of reality capture, scanning and photogrammetry hardware and software. The BLK247 offers continuous, 24/7 LiDAR-based 3D monitoring and change detection within spaces. It does this using LiDAR, 3D digital fencing and continuous scanning to monitor buildings and spaces 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.” The prestigious Judges’ Choice Award was presented to Suprema Inc. for the Airfob Patch product, submitted in the Access Control Devices & Peripherals Hardware – Wireless category. “Airfob Patch is the world’s first mobile-to-RF-card signal translator, enabling mobile phones to communicate with the existing RF card readers,” said Suprema Inc. “Wire, batteries nor construction is required for installation. Airfob Patch charges itself by using the existing RF field signals transmitted from the RF reader. It transforms the RF fields into its own power source.” New Product Showcase Merit Award SIA is proud to present John Spooner with the 2020 SIA New Product Showcase Merit Award" Additionally, John Spooner – executive vice president at Alarm Detection Systems and an active volunteer judge in the SIA New Product Showcase program. Spooner received the New Product Showcase Merit Award, which recognises an individual or company who, through their support of the New Product Showcase, demonstrates a commitment to the vision and mission of the program, contributes to its success and promotes the advancement of SIA and the security industry overall. “SIA is proud to present John Spooner with the 2020 SIA New Product Showcase Merit Award; John has not missed a single SIA New Product Showcase event since he began as an active volunteer judge in the program 17 years ago,” said Chris Grniet, chair of the SIA New Product Showcase Committee. “He has always been a fair and honest participant and has never hesitated to jump in and help whenever we need him. He has been exemplary in his commitment, participation and ability to help the group reach consensus.” Services and contributions “Following hours of panel-driven judging and technology demonstrations, SIA is thrilled to recognize the 2020 winners of the SIA New Product Showcase Awards for their innovative products, services and contributions representing the best new offerings in the market,” said SIA CEO Don Erickson. “SIA applauds all the honourees who received awards in 2020 and particularly Leica Geosystems and Suprema Inc. for standing out in this highly competitive field of entrants to earn the Best New Product and Judges’ Choice distinctions. Additionally, we congratulate John Spooner on receiving the 2020 New Product Showcase Merit Award in recognition of his many valuable contributions to this premier program.” Award winners The 2020 SIA New Product Showcase winners are: Best New Product Award Winner – Leica Geosystems, Part of Hexagon: 3D Surveillance with Leica BLK247 Judges’ Choice Award Winner – Suprema Inc.: Airfob Patch New Product Showcase Merit Award Winner – John Spooner, executive vice president, Alarm Detection Systems Category Awards Access Control Devices & Peripherals Hardware – Wireless Winner – dormakaba: BEST Switch™ Tech Access Control Software, Hardware, Devices & Peripherals – Wired Winner – Swiftlane: Swiftlane Access Control Honourable Mention – Altronix Corporation: Tango Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection and Biometrics Winner – Gibraltar Perimeter Security: G-1441 Ultra-Shallow Bollard Winner – IDEMIA: VisionPass Commercial Monitoring Solutions Winner – IronYun Inc.: AI NVR Edge Analytics Communications and Networking Solutions Winner – Axis Communications, Inc.: AXIS C8210 Network Audio Amplifier Convergence and Integration Solutions Winner – Blue Light: Blue Fusion Design, Diagnostic and Installation Tools Winner – Alarm.com: On-Site Wrap Up Emergency Communication Systems Winner – Verint: NowForce Emerging Technologies Winner – BioConnect: BioConnect’s Unified Mobile Access Solution Winner – IPVideo Corporation: HALO IOT Smart Sensor 2.0 Fire/Life Safety Winner – Kidde: Kidde Optica Smoke Detectors Hosted Solutions/Managed Services Winner – SiteOwl: SiteOwl Intrusion Detection and Prevention Solutions (Physical) – Wireless Winner – Alula: Slimline Touchpad Honourable Mention – Cartell: CW-SYS Wireless Driveway System Lock and Key Solutions Winner –Medeco: All Weather Padlock Honourable Mention – Abloy Oy: ABLOY® BEAT Mobile Solutions (Connected) Winner – CloudScann: Visual Intelligence Control Centre (VICC) With VisualC3 Mobile Honourable Mention: Rapid Response Monitoring: rapidSMS Smart Home Solutions Winner – Alarm.com/Building36: Smart Water Valve+Meter Threat/Risk Management Software Applications Winner – Splan Inc.: SIVI™ – Splan Intelligent Visitor Insights Video Surveillance Advanced Imaging Technologies Winner – Axis Communications, Inc.: AXIS Live Privacy Shield Video Surveillance Cameras (HD/Megapixel) Winner – Bosch Security and Safety Systems: MIC IP Ultra 7100i Honourable Mention – Hanwha Techwin: PNM-9085RQZ Video Surveillance Data Storage Winner – Dragonfruit AI: Dragonfruit LiveArchive Video Surveillance Hardware and Accessories Winner – EIZO Inc.: FDF2711W-IP Video Surveillance Management Systems Winner – Airship Industries, Inc.: Airship EMS v5.4.5 During the 2020 SIA New Product Showcase virtual awards ceremony, in addition to the presentation of the overall and category-specific awards, attendees enjoyed hearing insights from New Product Showcase judges into innovations driving product advancements in the security industry.

Verint® Systems Inc. announces webinar for financial organisations strategies on reopening post-COVID-19
Verint® Systems Inc. announces webinar for financial organisations strategies on reopening post-COVID-19

Verint® Systems Inc. will host a webinar on Thursday, July 16, during which a panel of speakers will discuss how banks can take the best approach to welcome customers back into their branches as businesses begin to reopen. While some speculated that branch banking might disappear altogether, demand for banking services has not wavered; just 3% of Americans say they would stop using branch banking entirely in the aftermath of the pandemic. July 16, Reopening the Doors: Addressing Compliance, Health, and Community-Focus Areas for Financial Organisations. Security, health and safety consideration In this webinar, panellists will address the legal considerations, new regulations and the critical factors for developing a return-to-work plan that balances security, health, and safety. Speakers will discuss the current state of the financial industry and how banks can take the best approach to welcome customers back into their branches. Panellists include: Kirk Monroe, Executive Vice President, Executive Director of Lending Services, Vectra Bank Sarah Auchterlonie, shareholder at Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber, and Schreck Allison Gambill, Litigation Attorney at Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber, and Schreck Ian Kildow, Financial Fraud Investigative Supervisor at the Colorado Office of the Attorney General, Department of Law "As a trusted partner to financial institutions throughout North America, we have a responsibility to help organisations plan for and adapt to the reopening of branches," says Verint’s Matt Tengwall, Vice President and General Manager, Fraud and Security solutions. "This webinar is designed to provide banks and credit unions with timely information as they evaluate the processes, timelines and guidance needed to help ensure a safe and healthy environment."

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