Oncam Grandeye’s new OnVu360 mobile application enables total situational awareness
Oncam Grandeye’s new OnVu360 mobile application enables total situational awareness

Oncam Grandeye, the innovator in 360-degree surveillance cameras, technology and security solutions, announces the world’s first– OnVu360. A mobile application, available on iTunes, that for the first time ever, enables users to fully experience surveillance through 360-degrees, in full HD and in the palm of your hand. OnVu360 enables total situational awareness, wherever you are, at your fingertips— literally. Never before have customers had this kind of experience, enabling 24/7 access to the information that is business critical. "Until now, the 360 experience was reserved for professional-grade systems and didn't allow for a truly immersive mobile experience. The OnVu360 mobile app is the first patented technology that enables users to harness the speed and processing power of Oncam Grandeye. It is an important first step in providing total situational awareness anywhere, anytime, on any platform," said Adam Pineau, Director of Systems Engineering, OncamGrandeye. The app features zero latency as the user navigates by utilising the pinch-to-zoom features of any iOS device. The OnVu360 app can stream up to a full 5-megapixels and supports Oncam Grandeye's Halocam and recently released Evolution line of cameras. Streaming over Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G connectivity, you can also take a "snapshot" to save precious data if used over a cellular-data network. Pineau added, "Recent advances in mobile technology have allowed us develop on platforms others never thought possible,” said Pineau. “Our patented, 360-degree technology, available on the app, is a truly groundbreaking experience that you need to see and touch to believe.  It is a game changer in the quest for total situational awareness, and will set a trend that will grab the attention of the security industry worldwide and become a model for the future". The app will allow users access to: Oncam Grandeye's patented technology, providing the ultimate 360-degree experience Grouping of cameras to provide easy navigation Support up to 5MP camera streams Direct connection to both Halocam and the Evolution Camera Range Gesture based 360-experience. Snapshot mode to manually update camera while using a cellular connection iPad and iPhone compatibility  Requirements iOS version 5.0 or higher iPad 2, new iPad and iPad mini, iPhone 4, 4S, 5 Oncam Grandeye IP 360-degree camera Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G data

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Discover the full power of Intellex® with American Dynamics® Intellex Software Management Suite
Discover the full power of Intellex® with American Dynamics® Intellex Software Management Suite

When you choose an Intellex Digital Video Management System, you'll immediately realize the amazing efficiency that it brings to your security operation. Intellex is the only digital video management system on the market with a single remote management software program that works with every Intellex platform and allows you to centrally manage unlimited Intellex systems over a computer network.  With Network Client, our remote management software, you can be virtually everywhere at the same time and never miss an alarm or event.Our Intellex software management enabling tools allow you to:Network ClientControl every Intellex on your network, no matter how far-flung or decentralized the operation. Simply log in and access a menu just as if you were sitting in front of an Intellex.  You can view live video from up to any 64 cameras simultaneously, send and receive alarm notifications, and much more.  Now, it's easier than ever with our exciting new CCTV keyboard option that gives you the functionality of a virtual matrixArchive ManagerManage and organise stored video and audio Policy ManagerProvides security administration, required by an I.T Manager, for a network of Intellex units and remote workstationsBrowser ClientView live Intellex video through a web browserOf course, video technology isn't static.  That's why we never stop working to develop and enhance these tools, offering free downloadable upgrades on our website to keep you at the forefront of innovation.

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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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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.