Omnicast 4.7, the latest version of Genetec’s IP video surveillance system
Omnicast 4.7, the latest version of Genetec’s IP video surveillance system

Omnicast 4.7 – IP Video Surveillance System Omnicast is the IP video surveillance system of the Security Center, Genetec’s unified security platform. It is the perfect solution for organizations requiring seamless management of digital video, audio and data across any IP network. The release of the latest version Omnicast 4.7 provides an array of new features and enhancements to the system. New Features & Enhancements  Video Trickling: Video trickling leverages the recording capabilities of the edge devices (IP cameras and encoders) by providing the ability to choose and transfer the video from the edge on demand and store it in Omnicast for long-term archiving. This new feature allows for increased recording reliability, bandwidth usage optimization by only transferring video of interest at the right time, and the opportunity to lower costs of remote-site recording by going serverless. HTTPS support: HTTPS support increases security of the edge device communications by encrypting the commands and controls of the cameras. The support for HTTPS is available with all Axis cameras and encoders, fifth generation Sony cameras, and the Genetec extension when supported by the partner. Simplified unit enrolment process: It is now possible to search and enroll cameras by manufacturer name and add units to the system based on a specific IP address range so that multiple units can be added simultaneously, saving considerable time during setup. Support for Axis cameras’ Cross Line Detection feature: Customers can now monitor and handle cross line alarms within Omnicast, and search for cross line alarms directly from the Archive Player. Additional languages: In order to enhance the user experience, Arabic, Persian, Thai and Russian languages have been added to Omnicast 4.7. The user interface has also been adjusted to read from right to left in both Arabic and Persian.

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Hikvision Smart IP Solution 2.0
Hikvision Smart IP Solution 2.0

This amazing and intelligent solution has enriched Smart features, and consists of many innovative, industry-leading IP products. The Smart Solution 2.0 solution is also the ideal choice for various vertical applications.  Enriched smart features Smart IP Solution 2.0 includes Smart features such as object counting, region entering, region leaving, object removing, object leaving, target cropping stream and ANPR (customisation required). Industry-leading IP products New Hikvision IP cameras have been incorporated into this solution, including the DarkFighter series, LightFighter series, 6MP Ultra HD series, 4K series, and new 3MP WDR series, with industry-leading product performance. Versatile solutions Smart IPC and Smart NVRs with Smart features are the perfect solution for small and mid-sized applications. For mid-sized to large-sized applications, iVMS-5200 Professional software further improves the system's effectiveness with Smart features and analytics. Tailored to vertical applications As an all-in-one Smart platform to manage cameras, NVRs, alarms, access control and decoders, the Smart Solution 2.0 is loaded, with Smart features and analytics such as people counting, heating mapping, LPR, and more. This makes it highly adaptable to verticals’ special requirements and can be used in retail, banking, hotel and industrial applications, among others. Enriched smart features Target cropping stream - The third stream of video can be sent to a different source for recording or display in a pre-defined resolution, thus providing more details of a targeted area if needed. Object counting - You can designate an area of interest and let the camera count objects entering or leaving, which include not only humans but also vehicles. It also offers statistical reports. Region enter / exit - This function detects people, vehicles or other objects that enter or exit from a pre-defined virtual region, triggering an alarm. Object left behind / object removed- This function detects objects left or removed from a pre-defined region, the alarm is triggered. ANPR - On-board ANPR analytics allow the ability to detect and recognise a vehicle’s license plate and send ANPR info to a Smart NVR or iVMS-5200P for access management. Supports may vary based on local LPR algorithm development and customisation process required. How does it work? Smart Search: quick retrieval of the camera’s Smart content, such as ANPR or facial recognition. Smart Playback: playback important events in normal speed, otherwise footage will play in 16x quick view. Smart Backup: only store event-based video to maximise storage. Highlighted technology 1. Smart Codec H.264+ optimised compression: An efficient way to benefit manage super high resolution video footage  Analytic + Compression: The moving target is extracted from the static background, using a different codec for each element.  Hikvision H.264+ Smart Codec: In a static night time environment, the bitrate of H.264+ can reach up to 50~60Kbps, 10~20x over standard H.264 codec, that not only saves bandwidth resources, but efficiently decreases storage requirements. 2. ANPR module - The perfect solution for your entrance management.  3. People counting module - Boosts productivity as well as security.

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Genetec showcased latest advances in IP license plate recognition, video surveillance and access control technology at ASIS 2012
Genetec showcased latest advances in IP license plate recognition, video surveillance and access control technology at ASIS 2012

At the ASIS trade show and conference, Genetec, a pioneer in the physical security industry and a leading provider of world-class unified IP security solutions, showcased the latest advances in its unified security platform, Security Center, which blends license plate recognition (LPR), video surveillance and access control into one easy-to-use platform. Show attendees had the opportunity to climb aboard Genetec's AutoVu Demonstration Vehicle to experience the state-of-the-art in mobile license plate recognition technology, while driving around the streets of Philadelphia.  The newest version of Security Center introduces a host of new features designed to further enhance security events and video monitoring, simplify the system's operation, streamline upgrades and maintenance activities, and help users easily monitor the health of their entire security platform. Also featured in Security Center is Plan Manager, an advanced map-based interface that allows users to create a virtual environment from maps, floor plans, or GIS (geographic information system) maps for all types of sites including cities, neighbourhoods, airports, campuses, industrial sites, and buildings. With Plan Manager, each video surveillance entity (cameras, sensors, doors, alarms, etc.) is represented on the map by an icon. Operators can simply click on these icons to trigger actions such as 'show a camera', 'lock a door', 'execute a macro', 'turn off an alarm', etc. Security Center also features the latest in mobile applications allowing organisations to equip their security personnel with an Apple® iPod touch®, iPhone®, iPad®, RIM BlackBerry® or Android™ Smartphones so that they can monitor and control their security operations over any wireless network, while on the move. At this year’s ASIS, Genetec will demonstrate video playback on smartphones, as well as streaming video from smartphones back to the Security Center for live viewing and recording. Security Center Mobile also features the industry's first platform-independent, universal web client for video, access control, and license plate recognition. The unified web client allows customers to connect back to their platform to view live video streams, control PTZ cameras, configure aspects of their access control and LPR systems, and run reports from most web browsers including Microsoft Internet Explorer®, Mozilla Firefox®, Google Chrome®, and Apple Safari®. Show attendees who were interested in experiencing the latest advances in mobile License Plate Recognition technology were able to sign up to drive around the streets of Philadelphia in the Genetec Demonstration Vehicle, a fully equipped Dodge Charger featuring AutoVu, Genetec's innovative LPR system. AutoVu automatically collects vehicle license plates and alerts the user of issues or infractions and offers a perfect solution for wanted vehicle identification, mobile license plate inventory, or for permit and/or time-limit parking enforcement. Inside the car, on a ruggedized laptop installed for driver use,  was the AutoVu Patroller, a highly mobile, easy to use software designed to automate the verification of vehicle license plates. On the car's body there were several AutoVu SharpX IP-based LPR cameras. Specifically designed for mobile applications, the SharpX IP on-vehicle camera is one of the smallest high-resolution LPR cameras in the world. It provides images with two to three times higher resolution than most other LPR cameras on the market and results in extremely accurate license plate read rates – even in bad weather, at poor angles, and at high speeds.  The trunk of the car housed the AutoVu LPR Processing Unit and Security Center which provided the back-office management capabilities of the system so that in-vehicle users are able to download all the latest hotlists and updates. The in-vehicle patroller application allows users to review all data collected throughout the day while the Security Center operator can monitor reads from all vehicles in the back-end. Wirelessly, or at the end of a shift, all data collected can be synchronized with the organization's central Security Center system for ongoing analysis.

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Milestone Systems XProtect® Expert – Powerful control for advanced surveillance
Milestone Systems XProtect® Expert – Powerful control for advanced surveillance

Milestone XProtect® Expert is advanced open platform IP video management software (VMS) for medium and large installations. Its powerful central management interface allows large systems with multiple Recording Servers to be efficiently managed as one uniform system. Using scheduled and event-driven rules, it is easy to automate security actions and control external systems, reducing the amount of manual tasks. Ideal for daily users and operators who want sophisticated live monitoring, XProtect Expert features efficient alarm handling, multi-layered and interactive maps, and the ability to flag suspicious incidents for later review. Reduce total cost of ownership Central management: Centrally manage all aspects of the surveillance system, such as connected cameras, devices, storage and users from a single client interface Powerful management interface: A wide range of administration tools help ease the initial configuration and daily administration of large systems that are deployed across different geographical locations System Monitor: Gives instant feedback on system performance and enables proactive administration of the system Configuration reports: System integrators can document system delivery and provide a detailed listing of all configuration settings High-performance video recording 64-bit Recording Server: Users can run more cameras on fewer servers helping to save money on total system costs Unlimited system scalability: Full flexibility to add additional Recording Servers and expand the system Edge Storage with flexible retrieval: A redundancy option that ensures continuous recording of audio and video and allows users to control when recordings are retrieved from camera storage based on time schedules and events Versatile rule engine: Easily automate different aspects of the system, such as lights and doors, based on security events or time schedules, eliminating the need for manual control Real-time situational overview Alarm Manager: Single-point alarm function that provides a clear and consolidated overview of security and system-related alarms and gives instant access to cameras for immediate visual verification, decreasing the number of false alarms Bookmarking: Flag video sequences of particular interest and add descriptive notes, enabling users to easily share information and increase efficiency in investigating incidents Interactive maps: Gain a comprehensive overview of camera locations and layouts of an entire surveillance installation, allowing for quick detection of trouble areas

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Milestone releases XProtect Corporate 3.1 with enhanced GUI
Milestone releases XProtect Corporate 3.1 with enhanced GUI

Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software, today announces the release of XProtect™ Corporate 3.1 with a significant new version of the user interface: Smart Client 5.0. Ground-breaking functionality like the Sequence Explorer investigation tool and independent playback significantly increase efficiency in security operations and investigations.Milestone version 3.1 of XProtect Corporate is powerful IP video management software designed for largescale, mission-critical security implementations, supporting unlimited cameras, users and sites. This release includes streamlined and optimised installation procedures for easier deployment, Management Server Failover using Windows® Server Clustering, plus Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 support.Watch a detailed introduction to the features and benefits of Milestone's Smart Client 5.0 released together with XProtect Corporate 3.1Even more important news about this release, however, is the innovative version 5.0 of XProtect Smart Client that takes a giant leap forward in usability and functionality. It is available in 20 languages including online help, which extends the software's ease of use around the world.Milestone XProtect Smart Client 5.0 also improves the user experience through an enhanced, adaptable interface that focuses on personalised usability and operational efficiency. The intuitive layout allows users to show only the dialogs preferred or needed for surveillance tasks, or hide them all for a pure full-screen mode of viewing, if desired. In addition to selecting controls on the fly, each user can choose to remove controls from the interface, so only the most relevant ones are displayed. This makes the system interface easier to understand and navigate - especially for new users.With this release, XProtect™ Smart Client features an industry first called Sequence Explorer that previews tiled video from recorded sequences or time intervals from multiple cameras. The Sequence Explorer displays a drag-and-throw wall of video preview images in thumbnails with smooth slider scrolling and easy selection of preview images for closer scrutiny of details. The Sequence Explorer is a powerful new investigation tool to browse through recorded video sequences to find incidents and evidence fast.Milestone XProtect™ Smart Client now also provides video overlay playback controls to view individual cameras in live mode. This means that operators can play back events on one camera without losing track of what happens live. This feature also works in the normal playback mode so operators can see recorded camera images in the view from different times. Overlay buttons can also be added on each camera to facilitate common actions such as triggering events and outputs, using PTZ, and other tracking tasks - all to improve surveillance effectiveness."XProtect Corporate 3.1 with Smart Client 5.0 offers innovative new combinations of tools for improving the user's experience and efficiency on the job, which translates to more rapid response and better security. Independent playback and the unique Sequence Explorer make investigations far easier than ever before, and the adaptable GUI in particular is a game-changer in the surveillance industry that operators at all skill levels will really appreciate," says John Blem, CTO and Co-Founder of Milestone Systems.XProtect Smart Client 5.0 shows up to 100 concurrent cameras in a single view with unlimited numbers of more via carousel and HotSpot windows. Customers can ramp it up with XProtect Smart Wall for large command centre installations, and add even more value through integrated solutions with other systems offered by Milestone Solution Partners.Milestone is revealing XProtect Smart Client in a webinar today at 9 a.m. Pacific Coast time, also shown at the Milestone Integration Platform Symposium that is being held in Hollywood, California. The webinar will be made available for viewing thereafter on the Milestone website.XProtect Corporate 3.1 with the new Smart Client 5.0 will be demonstrated live at the upcoming industry trade shows this spring around the world.

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Dallmeier releases new tutorial videos on viewing software Smavia Viewing Client
Dallmeier releases new tutorial videos on viewing software Smavia Viewing Client

Dallmeier has expanded its portfolio of online tutorials on its YouTube channel and introduced new videos on the viewing software Smavia Viewing Client.  Smavia Viewing Client is a powerful and intuitive software for the convenient evaluation of live and recorded image material via Ethernet. In new “How-To” videos Dallmeier shows how easy it is to use the software and what useful features it offers.  "Live View" This video focuses on live viewing of video material. In the Smavia Viewing Client the cameras are represented in a clear camera tree structure, from which they can easily be moved by Drag&Drop into various split windows. A special highlight are the “flexible split windows”: In addition to predefined split views every user can adapt the software specifically to his or her requirements and define and design split windows individually. A corridor mode can also be set up very easily, since there are no fixed default image layouts such as 16:9 or 4:3. If several monitors are being used it is also possible to start the Smavia Viewing Client in multiple instances. In addition, many other useful features are available to the operator, such as the integration of site maps, an easy-to-use zoom function or pixelisation of moving objects.  "Search and Backup" This video deals with the subject of search and backup. Here Dallmeier introduces the various search functions of the Smavia Viewing Client and explains step-by-step how to efficiently evaluate recorded image material. In addition to a simple search by date and time, other available options include a fast search with user-defined time units and step lengths, an index search for incidents and an extended search for data from external devices such as scanners of cash registers or ATMs. The most efficient evaluation is offered by a search using Dallmeier SmartFinder, a system for intelligent searches for movement within freely definable image areas. Dallmeier uses an example to clearly explain how SmartFinder works. There are also demonstrations of how to create backups of relevant sequences.  Want to learn more? The "Search and Backup" tutorial and other videos can be found online on the Dallmeier YouTube channel.   The Smavia Viewing Client is available for downloading free of charge on the Dallmeier homepage.

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Sony IMZ-NS132M intelligent monitoring software for 32 cameras
Sony IMZ-NS132M intelligent monitoring software for 32 cameras

RealShot Manager Advanced Series is the latest version of Sony’s industry-leading management software - and it takes IP monitoring to a new level. A combination of real-time image processing, automated functions and intelligent video analysis helps detect security threats automatically and reliably. This removes the burden from your surveillance staff - so they no longer have to monitor camera feeds by eye, and they no longer have to search through hours of archived video to find incidents. The latest release builds on the functionality of previous RealShot Manager versions to make it the most advanced monitoring solution available today. Features include: HD-ready - allowing you to migrate to megapixel cameras at your own pace Simple to set up and operate - thanks to easy-to-use wizards and automatic camera detection Open platform - for compatibility with all major camera brands Scalable - from 1-32 camera control, to meet your changing needs Intelligent features including: Intelligent Object Detection and Intelligent Motion Detection, which can trigger alarms, locks and lights automatically Active Intelligence, which highlights suspicious activity on-screen to reduce false alarms Hot-spot monitoring Intuitive drag-and-drop interface RealShot Manager is the perfect tool for managing your current and future IP camera investments. For real quality network security in real time, there’s nothing more advanced.

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RealShot Manager Advance from Sony
RealShot Manager Advance from Sony

GO ADVANCEDThe demand for surveillance systems is growing, and the adoption of IP as a transport mechanism for video is ever increasing. Sony recognised this trend early on, and has been focused on developing products and solutions aligned with it.Now Sony is pleased to announce the introduction of the IMZ-NS100 Series Intelligent Monitoring Software, which can be installed on your own Microsoft ® Windows ® server to monitor and control 1, 4, 9, 16 or 32 network cameras (IMZ-NS101, IMZ-NS104, IMZ-NS109, IMZ-NS116, and IMZ-NS132, respectively).The IMZ-NS100 Series is easy to use and free from complicated operation - users find it simple to set up connected cameras and to set frame rates for recording. They can also easily monitor, search, and play back events with intuitive manipulation. A scalable security system can be set up in client/server configuration using more than one server installed with the IMZ-NS100 Series and/ or using the NSR-1000 Series Video Network Surveillance Server from Sony (which is perfectly compatible with the IMZ-NS100 Series).This system can be controlled by a common user management interface, which allows the administrator to freely set up the access level of each user. With the IMZ-NS100 Series, you can start an HD-ready video network surveillance system in the scale and configuration that's ideal for current conditions, and expand this system in the future.Sharpen your focus on security through the unrivalled image quality, design and extensive versatility of the Sony Professional security camera range. Don't miss this chance to take your video security forward with Sony Professional. Be there and be secure.

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AD Network Video introduces enhanced high definition IP video surveillance solution
AD Network Video introduces enhanced high definition IP video surveillance solution

Security surveillance specialist, AD Network Video, has introduced its enhanced integrated HD IP video solution. The new system, Virtual NVR, delivers a solution that combines unlimited scalability with three tiers of distributed storage, offering complete security and resilience for users. Jamie Horastead, business development manager for Virtual NVR from AD Network Video comments: “We believe Virtual NVR is ideal for a range of industries such as airports, banks and retail that demand complete reassurance that footage is secure and is fit for evidential purposes.” The Virtual NVR solution intelligently distributes video storage across single or multiple locations, with IP cameras recording and storing images on the in-camera server. These will carry on recording if network outages occur as the devices operate like standalone systems, resulting in no single point of failure. The evidential recordings are easily accessible locally or from control rooms via a single user interface and are exported in compliance with police and home office guidelines. Recordings can be archived and managed from a central location driving greater efficiency and flexibility in locating and retrieving video from multiple sites. Horastead: “Virtual NVR can offer significant returns on investment. The system combines effective video transmission, alarm handling, database integration and HD storage mitigation. “For sectors such as retail it can make an immediate difference to the bottom line, combining processing systems with Virtual NVR to reduce shrinkage owing to theft and internal fraud.” Pauline Norstrom, chief operating officer of AD Network Video, part of AD Group, comments: “Virtual NVR illustrates the continuing commitment to bringing to market uniquely beneficial and effective video security management solutions. “Our in-house R & D capability continues to underpin our industry reputation for innovation. “In a vastly undifferentiated IP video market where price and not value can be attractive to buyers, AD wins out over and above the "glorified web cam" by combining effective video transmission, alarm handling, database integration and HD storage mitigation in a way that no competitor can match. We have something special here that will help clients to improve security, increase ROI and reduce cost of ownership.” AD Group has developed security surveillance solutions for more than 30 years. The latest generation includes solutions for reducing fire risk through the use of Video Smoke Detection, FireVu, and logistics losses, TransVu. Both can be used effectively in a range of industries.

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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.