Count, measure, analyse: New video analysis tools for retail stores and beyond
Count, measure, analyse: New video analysis tools for retail stores and beyond

The MOBOTIX Q24M-Sec hemispheric camera, which can capture an entire room with no blind spots, has now even more to offer with the new integrated MxAnalytics video analysis tool. MxAnalytics is an efficient tool for process optimization or marketing purposes and can be used in small retail stores as well as in public buildings such as museums or airports in order to receive important information. Heat Map: Track and evaluate movements Which shelves in the shop are attracting the most customers? Which products at the exhibition booth hold the attention of the visitors most? Which waiting areas in the departure hall are preferred on Mondays between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m.? MxAnalytics makes it possible to reliably capture and evaluate the movement of people or objects in the live image. The most frequented areas are highlighted in color on a heat map in a predefined area. The areas with the most movement are displayed in red, and those with little movement in blue. Counting Lines: Count people and objects Using counting lines to count people and objects and generate observation data is a valuable tool. How many people pass by a specific entrance in an hour or a day? And what direction were they coming from? MxAnalytics also stands out when it comes to user-friendliness thanks to quick, user-friendly configuration, when creating reports, for example. Another highlight: The results of the video motion analysis can be saved as daily, weekly or monthly reports in a table and exported via various interfaces. Whether via web interface, e-mail or as a MxControlCenter prompt, the reports are automatically collected in the camera and can be easily accessed or sent at any time. This can take place fully automatically and individually for any number of addressees. Reduce costs with MxAnalytics In addition to the count feature, the analysis of statistical behavior data makes an essential contribution to process optimization, thus further reducing costs. MOBOTIX cameras like the Q24M differ from most traditional video systems thanks to their decentralized system architecture. Each camera includes a high-speed computer with long-term memory. It is no longer necessary to use a computer or server to record or analyze image material. Video analysis takes place decentralized in the camera, without network load. This reduces total costs and maintains the system's high performance. MxAnalytics is available free of charge with the latest en firmware version 4.1.4.11 and from the MOBOTIX website with no usage restrictions. It can also be easily integrated into all older Q24M-Sec models via software update. The new release (2.5.2) of the free MxControlCenter video management software supports MxAnalytics, too. This allows evaluating the results from different cameras in a more convenient manner. The update enables the configuration of MxAnalytics on a Q24M camera and subsequent analysis of the created and stored data. MxControlCenter 2.5.2 can now be downloaded free of charge from the MOBOTIX website. MOBOTIX is continuing to develop MxAnalytics for image data processing inside the camera for the Q24 initially. The robust MOBOTIX camera needs very little maintenance and can be discreetly integrated into any environment thanks to its elegant design and compact size. The next step will be the integration into further MOBOTIX camera models.

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MOBOTIX brought innovation and partnerships to ISC West 2017
MOBOTIX brought innovation and partnerships to ISC West 2017

During ISC West 2017, MOBOTIX, the German System Manufacturer of Professional Video Management (VMS) and Smart IP Cameras presented its latest IP video security products and innovations including vertical specific solutions for IoT, retail, home automation, perimeter, transportation and industrial markets.Mike Bomas, General Manager for the Americas at MOBOTIX Corp. said, “Our innovative decentralised camerasystems and efficient video analytics within our ultra-reliable chassis are designed for a wide range of applicationsrequiring quality video along with flexible automation and integration tools to deliver a customer & applicationspecific solution.”As part of a strategic focus to open up its technology to the market, MOBOTIX demonstrated its latestinnovations and integrations with key technology alliance partners including Genetec, Accel Robotics, SierraWireless, E-Holovision and Overland.The event also featured demonstrations of MxActivitySensor 2.0, the intelligent 3D motion detection systemusing on-board analytics to reduce false alarms caused by atmospheric conditions, animals and debris.The MOBOTIX range of award winning Thermal radiometry cameras were also showcased, including dual lensconfigurations able to offer both video and thermal imagery with alerts for up to 20 different kinds of temperatureevents in a range from -40 to +550°C for both security applications and fire detection.“Our diverse portfolio combined with innovative application interfaces and system development tools enablesystem integrators to build high value solutions that seamlessly combine a wide range of technologies to meet theneeds of our customers, while preserving the integrity & security of their computer networks”, Bomas adds.

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Vicon Analytics, embedded in the IQeye family of Vicon cameras, provides actionable insights
Vicon Analytics, embedded in the IQeye family of Vicon cameras, provides actionable insights

With video analytics embedded in the IQeye family of Vicon cameras and seamlessly integrated into ViconNet video management software, video surveillance is effective, and proactive.Vicon includes an analytics package on all cameras in its IQeye camera line. Vicon’s licence-free edge-based analytics intelligently detects exception conditions or threats in real time, allowing security personnel to respond quickly. The analytics package includes camera tampering detection, intelligent video motion detection and intrusion detection. Intelligent Video Motion Detection Vicon’s Intelligent Video Motion Detection takes traditional Video Motion Detection to a new level. It reduces the number of false alarms by intelligently analysing motion in a scene and filtering out false triggers, including lighting changes and non-human movements such as those made by animals and trees. Intrustion Detection Vicon Intrusion Detection analyses real-time video from secure areas and perimeters to provide alerts upon unauthorised encroachment. Intrusion Detector filters out noise such as lighting variations and tree movements and issues real-time alerts upon detecting people or vehicle intrusions into a preconfigured zone. Camera Tampering Detection Vicon’s Camera Tampering Detector analyses video from a camera in real time to identify camera failures or interference, including when a camera lens is partially or completely blocked or the field of view or camera angle has been altered. Alerting security personnel about tampering interferences with cameras allows security personnel to respond in a timely manner to maintain video recording for forensic purposes.

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Honeywell spotlighted IP security at IFSEC 2008
Honeywell spotlighted IP security at IFSEC 2008

Honeywell focussed on integrated, IP-based security systems at IFSEC 2008.  The company showcased a range of security products and solutions including its new EQUIP™ Series IP camera family, ACUIX™ PTZ dome camera; Active Alert® video analytics suite; FUSION Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) software; Pro-Watch security management software and SmartPlus® Imprivata® Connector.  In addition, Honeywell promoted its Partner of Choice programme, which is designed to help systems integrators and installer companies leverage increasing public interest in digital and IP-based security.The products and solutions that took centre stage on the Honeywell Security stand this year were:EQUIP Series of IP cameras: Adopting the look of Honeywell's successful analogue camera line, the EQUIP Series is a new family of IP-enabled professional cameras.  The range includes indoor and outdoor pendant models, day/night body cameras and even a vandal resistant mini-dome. Crowning the EQUIP line is the new ACUIX PTZ dome camera, which features quick installation and set-up time.  The model provides superior images, faster response to events and tighter integration with Honeywell DVRs, DVM and intrusion devices.  The ACUIX dome features True Day/Night, 35X zoom lens, Wide Dynamic Range for difficult lighting situations and Electronic Image Stabilisation for improved image quality in unstable mounting situations.Pro-Watch security management software: Aimed at enterprises of all sizes, Pro-Watch management software incorporates access control, alarm monitoring, video badging and CCTV system interfaces.  The solution's wizards, shortcuts, and templates make it easy to install and use.  There are three editions of Pro-Watch - Enterprise, Corporate and Professional - which serve to meet a variety of security needs.SmartPlus Imprivata Connector: Designed for use with Honeywell's Pro-Watch system, the SmartPlus Imprivata uses OneSign™ Physical/Logical to provide a single point of authentication. It closes security gaps that exist when physical access control and IT network authentication systems live in self-contained silos.Active Alert video analytics suite: Designed to increase the efficiency of CCTV systems, the Active Alert suite automatically detects, analyses and classifies the behaviours of individuals and vehicles as they move through a scene, providing real-time alarms and search tools that enhance manned and unmanned video surveillance systems.  Active Alert also enables historic scene activity to be retrieved instantly for analysis.Fusion ANPR software: The Fusion ANPR system logs vehicles and their plate numbers in an application-rich database.  It enables the cost-effective detection, classification and retrieval of vehicle number plates in critical applications and is ideal for security and access control operations in environments including law enforcement, traffic control, car park management and access control, airports, hotels, city centre CCTV, ports of entry and military bases.Partner of Choice Systems Integrator Programme in the spotlightThe new generation of Honeywell products showcased at IFSEC will generate significant new business opportunities for the company's security installers and integrators across Europe.  Honeywell's Partner of Choice Systems Integrator programme is designed to help its installers and integrators leverage public interest in digital and IP security systems through the delivery of comprehensive product and sales training and a wide array of useful sales and marketing tools. "We want to pass along knowledge that will make our customers more successful in selling digital security," said Vineet Nargolwala, General Manager EMEA, Honeywell Systems Group.  "The security landscape is changing; it's moving from analogue to digital - and fast.  We have the solutions and training programmes in place now to enable systems integrators and installers to benefit immediately from the increasing interest."For more information visit www.honeywell.com/security/uk

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Geutebruck’s new G-Tect/VMX – professional detection, smart and simple
Geutebruck’s new G-Tect/VMX – professional detection, smart and simple

Geutebruck’s G-Tect/VMX is a new video motion detection solution for professional use, which is both extremely quick to set up and exceptionally reliable. It not only detects movement but differentiates between potentially relevant moving objects and background changes. G-Tect/VMX continuously analyses and evaluates all picture contents, and regularly adjusts its ‘understanding’ of the background. Thanks to the latest smart algorithms which continually adapt to the current image contents, G-Tect/VMX offers unprecedented accuracy at suppressing unwanted alarms caused by systematically occurring environmental effects such as moving foliage, rain, snow or headlights. It recognises these images changes resulting from weather as a systematically occurring background changes and therefore tolerates them.  Setting up a sterile zone where any intruder triggers an alarm is a simple mouse-clicking operation.  Configuring direction-dependent detection for a zone is quick and easy too. You can then copy settings across to other alarm zones and cameras with similar site conditions, for example to set up a series of cameras to monitor a fence. Finally there is a single intuitive global sensitivity control to optimize all the settings. – This minimalist design approach to system settings slashes the time required for system installation and makes it predictable. G-Tect/VMX is designed for seamless integration in the Geutebruck system world and comes with licence-free activation of Geutebruck’s classic VMD detector, to enable legendary dual sensor operation and the best possible protection of critical areas. Also being unveiled alongside this detection solution is Geutebruck’s new G-Tect/MoP pixelating function which maintains data protection privacy for public access areas by automatically masking moving objects in live displays or archived image data while still allowing authorised personnel access to the full image for serious incident investigation and evidential purposes. Other innovations on the Geutebruck stand at Security 2012 include: the G-Scope/1000 range of new compact video platforms for top performance in tight spots; a new range of G-VRaid units; the re_porter-XRdb with a hot swap database as well as G-SIM the exceptionally powerful new video management system for large complex installations. To see for yourself visit stand 409 in hall 2 at Security 2012 or go to www.geutebrueck.com for more information.

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VCA4IP, Geutebruck’s video content analysis, now available for third party IP cameras
VCA4IP, Geutebruck’s video content analysis, now available for third party IP cameras

Geutebruck video analysis algorithms are already deployed in more than 50,000 digital video cameras round the world.  Now, with its latest software offering, VCA4IP, Geutebruck is making these tried-and-tested professional video content analysis algorithms available for installation in third party IP cameras when used with re_porter or GeViScope CCTV systems. Activity detection (AD), video motion detection (VMD) and Dual-Sensor functions are each available separately by individual licence.  AD provides reliable movement detection for indoor and selected outdoor applications with a very low false alarm rate owing to the effective suppression of environmental influences.  For critical outdoor applications where you want to differentiate between objects of different sizes, movements in different directions and at different speeds, then VMD is the best choice. It can ensure that permitted movements don't trigger unnecessary alarms, by for instance, ignoring vehicles leaving a site, or small animals straying into the scene.  For exceptionally high targeting accuracy and even better suppression of unwanted alarms, Geutebruck's Dual-Sensor uses video motion detection and object classification algorithms in parallel, with alarms only being triggered when both sets of criteria are met.VCA4IP can process resolutions up to several megapixels.  Built-in diagnostics report sabotage and monitor the connection status and contrast levels to avoid the generation of false reports.  Any number of parameter profiles (day/night switches) can be stored for each camera channel.  All camera channels are easily configured in the standard user-friendly set-up screen. 

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Lenel IntelligentVideo Environment (LIVE) - automated, real-time digital video content analysis tool
Lenel IntelligentVideo Environment (LIVE) - automated, real-time digital video content analysis tool

The most powerful video content analysis available, seamlessly integrated into a total security platform Lenel IntelligentVideo Environment™ (LIVE) harnesses the power of Lenel’s advanced, industry-unique technologies to offer real-time digital video content analysis—the ability to recognize, analyze and classify objects in live and captured videoExtends the capabilities of digital video recording and surveillance by providing intelligence and automationBrings efficiency and cost savings to systems of any size, reducing manpower requirements while increasing overall securityThe most powerful video content analysis tool available today, offering the richest feature set in the industryVery simple to use. System operators configure parameters for generic events. LIVE sends alarms to alarm monitoring workstations whenever those custom-calibrated events occur.Built-in advanced algorithmic mechanisms filter out invalid objects, ensuring accuracy in video data interpretationEvents include Loitering, Object Detection, Smart Video Motion Detection, PTZ Auto-Tracking, Object Left Behind, Object Moves Too Fast, Smoke Detection, many moreApplications include intelligent motion analysis, perimeter control, facial detection at entry points, people counting, behavioural analysis, crowd monitoring and detection of abandoned or removed objectsFacility Utilization application provides statistical analysis of people traffic flowCan be customized for an unlimited number of specific applications and environmentsThe only solution that is seamlessly integrated with the OnGuard platform, including access control and alarm monitoring. A total security solution for today’s world.

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CCTV software - Expert commentary

The many faces of today's facial recognition technology
The many faces of today's facial recognition technology

The use of facial recognition has become a highly debated topic recently, and has increasingly and misleadingly been criticised by some for being an unethical tool used to spy on the public. The reason for such criticism is however largely due to lack of information and regulation around the technology. Used proportionately and responsibly, facial recognition can and should be a force for good. It has the ability to do a lot more to increase security in the future – from street crime to airport security, all the way through to helping those battling addiction, the technology can take security and operations to new heights. These systems can memorise the faces of persons of interest, networks of gang members, wanted criminals and those suspected of involvement in serious violent crimes The rise in knife crime Knife crime has dominated the headlines in the UK throughout the year. Recent statistics show the number of people being admitted to emergency care due to attacks by a sharp object to be up by nearly 40 per cent from two years ago, whilst the number of children under the age of 18 being admitted to hospitals with stab wounds is up by 86 per cent in only four years. This recent surge in knife crime has put police forces under immense pressure, and the intelligent use of facial recognition has a role to play in enabling more informed stop & search interventions. Currently UK police can stop and search an individual they suspect to be carrying drugs or weapons or both, or they can stop and search a person in a location where there have been or are considered likely to be “incidents involving serious violence.” In both cases they must do so with access to limited information, leaving themselves open to accusations of bias or discrimination. Knife crime dominated the headlines in the UK throughout 2018 Police systems benefiting crime investigations This is where facial recognition can offer up additional intelligence. These systems can memorise the faces of persons of interest, networks of gang members, wanted criminals and those suspected of involvement in serious violent crimes. Furthermore, these systems don’t need prior personal engagement to recognise an individual and see only data, not gender, age or race. Facial recognition thus helps eliminate both weapons and criminals off the streets and potentially prevent crimes before they have a chance to take place. The technology doesn’t take the decision away from the human police officer. However, it does bring greater transparency and context to the decision-making process of whether a stop and search intervention is justified.  Similarly, the advanced technology can recognise and match an individual seen on a CCTV camera at a crime scene to someone the police encounters on the streets some time later, justifying a stop and search on that individual. Its ability to check in real time if a person is on a criminal watchlist adds an extra layer to the decision-making process prior to conducting a stop and search, lowering the likelihood of discrimination. Facial recognition thus helps eliminate both weapons and criminals off the streets and potentially prevent crimes before they have a chance to take place. Gambling addiction and how facial recognition can help There are an estimated 593,000 people in the UK currently battling a gambling problem, making it a serious public health issue in the country. Having understood the gravity of the issue, the UK gambling commission have set limits and advice in place to help those suffering this addiction; yet as with all addictions, gambling is a tough habit to beat. In order to put effective limitations in place and make a real difference, the gambling commission needs the right technology to protect those most vulnerable in the industry.   Facial recognition technology is able to keep track of customers and thus help gambling companies in protecting their customers Facial recognition technology is able to keep track of customers and thus help gambling companies in protecting their customers to a higher degree. Monitoring those entering and moving around gambling areas is an extremely difficult task for human staff to do alone, especially in large crowded areas such as casinos. Facial recognition technology installed around the premises would be able to help the company and the staff to identify people who have registered as gambling addicts, and keep record of their day’s play in order to inform staff if and when it was time for them to stop. It would also be able to ensure effective self-exclusion procedures, by identifying a self-excluded individual via CCTV as soon as they entered the venue to then allow security staff to respectfully escort them out. Utilising facial recognition at airport security Facial recognition has by now become a normal sight at many airports around the world. Several people today hold a so-called biometric passport, which allows them to skip the normally longer queues and instead walk through an automated ePassport control to proceed to the gate faster without having to deal with control officers. Facial recognition used in this way has managed to significantly cut waiting times at the passport control, but it also has the ability to enhance security in and around airports. Facial recognition uses algorithms to match physical characteristics against photos and videos of people's faces Earlier this year, facial recognition technology managed to catch an imposter trying to enter the US at the Washington Dulles Airport. The false passport may have been uncaught by the human eye, yet due to the accuracy of the facial recognition technology it managed to help officers catch the imposter and bring him to justice. Facial recognition thus allows officers to identify an individual faster and more accurately than the human eye. Facial recognition uses algorithms to match physical characteristics against photos and videos of people's faces, which have been collected from visas, passports and other sources.   Facial recognition allows officers to identify an individual faster and more accurately than the human eye At airports the use of facial recognition has proved to both enhance security as well as speed up processes such as check-inWhilst some critics may worry about issues of privacy related to the technology, at airports the use of facial recognition has proved to both enhance security as well as speed up processes such as check-in and, in the future, even boarding proceedings. If used correctly and proportionately, facial recognition can help safeguard the public and improve national security on several fronts. Whilst the many benefits of facial recognition are evident, the lack of regulation and understanding of the technology has led to misconception around how it works and what it is used for. Facial recognition technology can match faces in crowded public places against criminal watch lists, and register faces that match with those on criminal watch lists – whilst ignoring everyone else.

Video technology reimagined with the empowerment of IoT
Video technology reimagined with the empowerment of IoT

It amazes me how in a few short years security systems have gone from simple, dumb cameras witnessing events to intelligent eyes, ears, speech and touch solutions that boost situational awareness far beyond human capabilities. It seems the only senses missing from the equation now are smell and taste. And who knows, someone might be working on those in a lab somewhere right now. But what’s really fascinating to me is how the Internet of Things (IoT) has opened a world of possibilities for transforming security technology into something new yet again. With IoT we’re able to push and pull nuggets of intelligence from sources we never considered before: environmental sensors, pressure plates, door lock timers and much more. It’s helped us break through the constraining mindset that security systems are strictly single-purpose. With interconnectivity at the core, we’re starting to imagine myriad ways to apply these tools to challenges outside the realm of security. Here are just a few examples. Flood management assistance Network camera adds another dimension and timeliness to flood management by helping responders investigate remotely As recent hurricanes and floods have shown, water damage can be devastating to a community. That’s why some municipalities are using their city surveillance cameras in conjunction with water sensor to proactively address the problem. Water sensors collect data from multiple sources such as rain gutters, sewer systems and pump stations, in order to monitor fluctuations in water levels and water quality. If an alert triggers, having a network camera in proximity to visually verify the situation helps responders determine the best course of action. For instance, if multiple water detection sensors trigger alerts simultaneously or sequentially over a large area it’s probably due to natural runoff from recent rainfall. But without eyes on the scene, how can you be sure? Network camera adds another dimension and timeliness to flood management by helping responders investigate and identify the cause of a trigger remotely. It might be a fire hydrant spewing water, a water main break or even a chemical spill. With video streaming live to the command center, staff can remotely inspect the area, determine the cause of the trigger and decide whether remediation is required, thus avoiding the expense of dispatching an investigative crew to a non-event. Some municipalities are using their city surveillance cameras in conjunction with water sensor to proactively address the problem Environmental control assistance Data centers house the lifeblood of a business so it’s no wonder why companies work hard to protect them. We’re all familiar with the integration of network cameras with access control systems to visually verify who is actually using the credentials. Network camera adds another dimension and timeliness to flood management by helping responders investigate and identify the cause of a trigger remotely But there’s another aspect to protecting data centers and that’s environment control. Data centers need to maintain optimum humidity and temperature for the racks of electronics. When environmental sensors in the facility detect out-of-norm ranges technicians can remotely command a network camera to zoom in on the gauges and help them determine whether remediation might be necessary.  Coupling network cameras with other sensors in the data center can provide visual confirmation of other conditions as well. For instance, every time a data rack door-open-close sensor detects an event it can trigger the camera to pan to the location and stream video to security. Some data centers employ weight sensors at the doorway to weigh personnel and equipment as they enter the room and when they exit to ensure no additional hardware is being taken out of the facility or left inside without permission. Any discrepancy would trigger the camera to zoom in for a close-up of the individual’s face and send a visual alert and ID information to security. Roadway management and parking assistance Network cameras have long played a part in city-wide traffic management. Adding video analytics and integration with network sensors, makes those cameras that much smarter and versatile. They can detect cars driving in bike lanes or driving in the wrong direction and capture license plates of offenders. Their ability to detect anomalous traffic flow patterns can be integrated with car counting sensors, networked electronic road signs and traffic light systems to automatically redirect vehicles to alternate routes. They make great, intelligent parking lot attendants, too. Working in conjunction with weight sensors network cameras can count vehicles coming into and leaving a lot or garage and verify when the facility has reached capacity. License plate recognition and video analytics can be used to ascertain that a vehicle entering a reserved parking space doesn’t match the credentials and vehicle attributes in the database. With the addition of noise sensors and audio analytics, network cameras can improve roadway and parking facility safety by detecting and identifying specific sounds – breaking glass, car alarms, gun shots, and aggressive speech – and triggering a visual alert to first responders. Network cameras can improve roadway and parking facility safety by detecting and identifying specific sounds and triggering a visual alert to first responders Shopper experience assistance In the early days of online shopping, e-tailers designed their sites to replicate the in-store customer experience. In an ironic turn of events, today brick-and-mortar stores are trying to mirror the online shopping experience. To do so, they’re turning their security systems into adjunct sales assistance. With network video and audio system automation they can recognise and acknowledge loyal customers with personal greetings. Retailers are applying people counting video analytics to checkout activity to create rules-based consistency in customer service With heatmapping analytics they can measure how much time a customer spends in a specific department or observe how they walk through the aisles of the store. They can track shopping behaviors such as items looked at that made it into the cart or didn’t, or whether a customer actually checked out or left the merchandise behind. By capturing these shopping patterns and trends retailers can shape a more positive, more profitable customer shopping experience. For instance, integrating video analytics with point of sale systems and RFID sensors on merchandise tags can result in timely alerts to sales associates to recommend additional merchandise. This is a case of emulating how e-tailers let the customer know that other customers who bought X often also purchased items Y and Z. Or to avoid disappointing customers due to stock outages, retailers are linking weight sensors and video analytics to make sure their shelves are well-stocked and if not, quickly alert associates to what items need to be restocked. Capturing business intelligence Retailers are also using video cameras to monitor checkout queues and trigger automated announcements over the public-address system, closed system such as smartphones or other wireless communications devices that checkers are needed rather wait for a person to call for backup. IoT laid the groundwork for network security solutions to seamlessly integrate with other IP-based technologies, sensors and programs They’re applying people counting video analytics to checkout activity to create rules-based consistency in customer service. While retailers will always use their surveillance camera for loss prevention, they’re finding that integrating traditional technology in new ways can yield even bigger returns. Linking network video surveillance, video analytics, network communications system and sensors with point-of-sale systems and customer loyalty databases, retailers are capturing the business intelligence they need to get back in the game and make brick-and-mortar a greater overall experience than online shopping. A natural cross-over technology This trend towards integration has forever changed how organisations view their investment in security technology. The intelligence and versatility of a tool that can see, verify and analyse what’s happening in real-time is spurring users to tap its cross-over potential for a host of other tasks that could benefit from more astute situational awareness – everything from manufacturing and equipment maintenance to logistics, inventory control and beyond. IoT laid the groundwork for network security solutions to seamlessly integrate with other IP-based technologies, sensors and programs. How we capitalise on that connection is only limited by our imagination.

Watching trends in real-time: SourceSecurity's top 10 click-worthy articles posted in 2018
Watching trends in real-time: SourceSecurity's top 10 click-worthy articles posted in 2018

Timely and important issues in the security marketplace dominated our list of most-clicked-upon articles in 2018. Looking back at the top articles of the year provides a decent summary of how our industry evolved this year, and even offers clues to where we’re headed in 2019. In the world of digital publishing, it’s easy to know what content resonates with the security market: Our readers tell us with their actions; i.e., where they click. Let’s look back at the Top 10 articles we posted in 2018 that generated the most page views. They are listed in order here with a brief excerpt. 1. U.S. President Signs Government Ban on Hikvision and Dahua Video Surveillance The ban on government uses, which takes effect ‘not later than one year after … enactment,’ applies not only to future uses of Dahua and Hikvision equipment but also to legacy installations. The bill calls for an assessment of the current presence of the banned technologies and development of a ‘phase-out plan’ to eliminate the equipment from government uses. 2. Motorola Makes a Splash with Avigilon Video Surveillance Acquisition Early clues point to Motorola positioning Avigilon as part of a broader solution, especially in the municipal/safe cities market. The company says the acquisition will enable more safe cities projects and more public-private partnerships between local communities and law enforcement. Motorola sees Avigilon as ‘a natural extension to global public safety and U.S. federal and military’ applications, according to the company. 3. Impact of Data-Driven Smart Cities on Video Surveillance One of the major areas of technology that is going to shift how we interact with our cities is the Internet of Things (IoT). One benefit will be the ability to use video surveillance to analyse data on large crowds at sporting events The IoT already accounts for swaths of technology and devices operating in the background. However, we’re increasingly seeing these come to the forefront of everyday life, as data becomes increasingly critical. Bosch is highlighting its “Simply. Connected” portfolio of smart city technology to transform security as well as urban mobility, air quality and energy efficiency 4. CES 2018: Security Technologies Influencing the Consumer Electronics Market Familiar players at security shows also have a presence at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). For example, Bosch is highlighting its “Simply. Connected” portfolio of smart city technology to transform security as well as urban mobility, air quality and energy efficiency. Many consumer technologies on display offer a glimpse of what’s ahead for security. Are Panasonic’s 4K OLEDs with HDR10+ format or Sony’s A8F OLED televisions a preview of the future of security control room monitors? 5. SIA Predicts Top Physical Security Trends for 2018 Traditional security providers will focus more on deepening the customer experience and enhancing convenience and service. The rise of IoT also places an emphasis on cybersecurity, and security dealers will react by seeking manufacturers and technology partners with cyber-hardened network-connected devices. 6. High-Speed Visitor Screening Systems Will Improve Soft Target Security The system is more expensive than a metal detector, but about a third the cost of familiar airport body scanners. Labor reduction (because of faster throughput) can help offset the system costs, but “it’s difficult to quantify the improvement in the visitor experience,” says Mike Ellenbogen, CEO of Evolv Technology. 7. How to Prevent ATM Jackpotting with Physical and Cyber Security A new crime wave is hitting automated teller machines (ATMs); the common banking appliances are being rigged to spit out their entire cash supplies into a criminal’s waiting hands. The crime is called “ATM jackpotting” and has targeted banking machines located in grocery shops, pharmacies and other locations in Taiwan, Europe, Latin America and, in the last several months, the United States. Rough estimates place the total amount of global losses at up to $60 million. The safety and security world bring a complex problem to solve- how to pick out a face in a moving and changing environment and compare it to several faces of interest 8. Why We Need to Look Beyond Technology for Smart City Security Solutions Although technology is necessary for an urban area to transition in to a safe and smart city, technology alone isn’t sufficient. Truly smart cities are savvy cities and that includes how they employ software, sensing, communications and other technologies to meet their needs. 9. How New Video Surveillance Technology Boosts Airport Security and Operations Employing airport security solutions is a complex situation with myriad government, state and local rules and regulations that need to be addressed while ensuring the comfort needs of passengers. Airport security is further challenged with improving and increasing operational efficiencies, as budgets are always an issue. As an example, security and operational data must be easily shared with other airport departments and local agencies such as police, customs, emergency response and airport operations to drive a more proactive approach across the organisation. 10. The Evolution of Facial Recognition from Body-Cams to Video Surveillance The safety and security world bring a complex problem to solve how to pick out a face in a moving and changing environment and compare it to several faces of interest. “One-to-many” facial recognition is a much harder problem to solve.