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

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

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

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

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

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

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