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In 2017, DITEK saw how power surges from the many natural disasters that took place damaged many businesses. In a natural disaster, or even everyday business operations, a facility’s entire investment in security, life safety and surveillance systems technology can be disabled or rendered useless in a few seconds. Surge protection solutions can mitigate those risks and protect security investments. Proactive approach to risk mitigation Throughout 2017, we also witnessed a change in how enterprises view surge protection, which included how investments are being made in surge protection to protect valuable security, life safety and surveillance systems, while also reducing downtime, manpower costs, liability vulnerabilities, and possibly compliance issues that can force businesses to actually cease operations. Effective security management is about mitigating risks. But risks cannot be mitigated without a proactive approach. Enterprises and integrators, who take the time to assess risk and to develop a strategy to incorporate effective detection, deter and response criteria to protect physical assets will be successful in 2018. 2018 and beyond That strategy includes designing surge protection into new security systems, while also adding surge protection to existing systems. Enterprises and security integrators who implement a surge protection strategy during security planning processes – or after – will be exercising prevention and mitigation, and they will be successful in 2018 and beyond. Surge protection devices have an untapped potential for enterprise surveillance and security systems In 2017, Ditek continued to offer security end users a solid surge protection solution. We also successfully educated system integrators, who are seeking value-added products or services to incorporate into their portfolios, on the importance of surge protection devices. Educating security integrators We believe that surge protection devices have an untapped potential for enterprise video surveillance and security systems, because they can and do meet safety and security challenges that have been rarely identified in the past. We are looking forward to 2018, when we will continue to develop new surge protection products – including a new product engineered to protect up to twelve individual fuel dispensers, which is critical to the financial operation of convenience stores. We will also continue to educate security integrators about the importance of including surge protection in the design/build RFP, to not only secure an enterprise’s valuable security equipment, but also to help integrators to differentiate their capabilities and knowledge from the competition.
Technology is changing the look and function of today’s security control rooms. Old-school CRT (cathode-ray tube) monitors are giving way to the thinner, flat screen monitors in the control room environment, but the transition is gradual. Randy Smith of Winsted still sees many control rooms that need to make the conversion, which is a boon to his company’s business. Furniture today is designed differently to accommodate the thinner monitors, often with larger screens. Need for integrated rack systems With the increase of IP-based systems comes the need for integrated rack systems that include advanced functionality such as cable management, adds Jim Coleman, National Sales Manager, AFC Industries. Server rooms are environmentally controlled by cooling systems and power systems monitored on the IP network. Low-profile flat screens allow centres to utilise space vertically, thus creating a smaller footprint for the consoles. Additionally, with IP-based systems, workstations will have a smaller footprint because there is less cumbersome equipment. In most cases the servers are stored in a secured, climate controlled environment to eliminate overheating of the servers and maintain their security, says Coleman. This environment also helps with cable and power management. AFC builds technical furniture racks that adhere to the precise needs of computer network server room operators. The company designs and fabricates LAN workbenches with versatile functionalities, and server room workstation racks that are scalable. There is a complete line of IT workbenches, IT computer racks and computer server rack mounts with flexible mounting options. In most cases the servers are stored in a secured, climate controlled environment to eliminate overheating of the servers and maintain their security Flexible control room designs Matko Papic, Chief Technology Officer of Evans Consoles, says the transition from bulky CRT equipment to flat-screen (lower profile) monitors was a major disruption in control room design; it changed the whole dynamic. Another evolution is the use of IP video streaming, which allows more flexibility in manipulation of audio-video content, and requires more flexible control room designs. Another shift, driven by larger, higher-definition monitors, is a shift to fewer monitors that display more information. Instead of a smaller monitor for each information stream, larger monitors now consolidate that information into “dashboard” displays. Looking ahead, control rooms will need to be more flexible, both in the initial design and the ability to adapt to changing technology, says Papic. Legacy customers who are currently using PCs may be moving to more remote applications. Sit-stand equipment will continue to be increasingly prevalent. “There will be more emphasis on flexibility, technology integration, and the ability to change over the life of the system,” says Papic. Consolidation of multiple operations into a single system A trend in security is consolidation of multiple physical operations into a single system, says Papic. As a result, more customers are taking more interest in alarm management and situational awareness. How is the technology being used in terms of alarm triggers? How can the systems react rapidly and provide information to a larger audience in the control room? These questions impact how control rooms are designed, and Evans Consoles can adapt lessons learned from other markets to these trends in the security arena. Greater use of technology is inevitable, says Coleman of AFC Industries. “It is virtually impossible for humans to monitor all security data at the street level in our cities,” he says. “As computers become more powerful and their programs more all-encompassing, we will see a greater shift to robotic and technology uses that will provide enhanced monitoring capabilities and safety Read our Control Rooms series here
The security industry will continue to see consolidation through acquisition in 2017. At the advent of IP camera adoption, we saw a great decline in large vertically integrated companies, which spurred a new era of innovation within smaller IP camera manufacturers, VMS providers and other hardware companies for storage and managed switches. We are now living in a new era of consolidation that is taking us full-circle back to vertical integration. Ultimately, the industry as a whole suffers because this consolidation will stifle innovation until the next big technology disruption takes shape. Interoperability across different verticals This time last year, we noted that the marketplace was moving toward converged technologies and the need for alarm management across multiple platforms into a common interface, turned out to be a popular request. If anything, we are only seeing just the beginning phases of this transition. The biggest surprise is that interoperability is not only confined to security technology, but also extends to parallel systems such as building automation, safety and environmental controls, and even Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software. Using Video Event Management Software (VEMS) alongside these intelligent platforms proves to be a valuable verification process for many new and exciting vertical markets. Arteco plans to continue the revenue growth and brand awareness achieved in 2016 Event-based video security software At Arteco, our highest growth sectors tend to be slightly insulated from economic fluctuation in the sense that we focus on securing critical infrastructure (electrical utilities and communications) as well as corporate and education campuses. Unfortunately, the continued growth in active shooter incidents have made physical security concerns top of mind for many organisations regardless of economic impact. The unexpected repercussions are that many new security technologies are emerging that cater to real-time event notification on both the macro and micro level. The exciting part of this trend is that users are leveraging a layered approach with multiple autonomous applications working together toward a common goal to improve security, which will hopefully ensure a high level of protection. Business growth and challenges Business has continued to grow year-over-year, and 2016 was a huge step forward for Arteco not only in terms of revenue growth, but also increased brand awareness in the United States and abroad. Our biggest challenge continues to be the crowded VMS market, which is filled with lower cost or even free substitute products. We are making great strides in overcoming this challenge by having a wonderful team of people, both on the technical and sales side of the organisation, who are focused on finding new and innovative ways to advance intuitive, open and affordable event-based and intelligent video security software into 2017. See the full coverage of 2016/2017 Review and Forecast articles here
Martin Cowley, Director of Sales for Aasset Security UK As the CCTV industry rapidly evolves towards more global solutions, Aasset have joined forces with Samsung Electronics to create a major player in the UK market. With our combined experience we aim to bring a new blend of technology, design and logistics to our UK partners. Aasset's aim is to change the distribution market place by positioning itself as a major supplier with leading edge system design services. Our world- class partnerships can help you benefit from the latest technological breakthroughs by providing a solid foundation for the future success of your company. Aasset Security is delighted to announce the addition of Martin Cowley as Director of Sales for the UK Division. Martin has more than 20 years experience in the CCTV industry across all business sectors, from Installation, through Manufacturing and Distribution, and is a welcome addition to Aasset Security UK. The Aasset Security brand has continued to strengthen in the UK market. Martin is confident that the further strengthening of the UK Sales team combined with exciting new product developments will enable Aasset Security to advance their current position in the coming year.
Samsung Electronics IP camera range to integrate with Milestone video management software Samsung Electronics, the industry leader in visual devices, semiconductor, mobile, networking, consumer electronics and video surveillance technology, has officially announced the successful integration of its newly released IP camera models (SNC-B2315, SNC-B5395, SNC-M300) with leading VMS (Video Management Software) providers Milestone Systems and On-Net Surveillance Systems Inc. (OnSSI). Milestone Systems is a world market leader for open platform IP video surveillance software and Samsung Electronics joined the Milestone Systems' Manufacturer Alliance Program in 2006 and is continuously developing a mutually beneficial relationship to strengthen the capability of Samsung Electronics IP products. Samsung Electronics has long been accepted for its high performance solutions for analogue video surveillance applications and is rapidly expanding its competitiveness in the IP video surveillance market with the introduction of a number of new IP network products and solutions. During 2008, Samsung Electronics launched three outstanding IP cameras, including a D1 resolution box-type model (SNC-B2315), a dome-type model (SNC-B5395) and a 3-megapixel box-type model (SNC-M300). Aasset Security, a Samsung Eletronics partner and leading European manufacturer and distributor of CCTV and other security products, also announced the strengthening of the Samsung Electronics range of Network/IP cameras and showcased the products at the Security Essen 2008. These products are the combined result of Samsung's considerable experience in visual imaging, semiconductor design and networking. All three new models offer compatibility with major VMS companies such as Milestone and OnSSI. This support enables users to integrate Samsung Electronics IP cameras with a number of the world's leading IP video management software solutions. Furthermore Samsung Electronics also offers its own IP video management software platform, NET-I, to offer a wider choice to users of Samsung Electronics' IP solutions. In addition to developing integrated solutions with VMS providers, Samsung Electronics has a strategic partnership with ImmerVision Inc., a world leading company in 360° Panoramic Imaging Technology and the inventor of the Panomorph lens that removes video surveillance "blindness" with standard cameras. With this partnership, users of IP cameras from Samsung Electronics such as SNC-B2315 and SNC-M300 can enjoy the benefit of panoramic viewing when using ImmerVision's Panomorph lens. "With strategic partnerships in place alongside leading VMS and IP surveillance solution providers, Samsung Electronics are well placed to further develop more advanced IP based, digital visual security solutions. Further alliances with additional strategic partners is expected during 2009," comments Andy Ryu, IP Product Manager of Samsung Electronics. Samsung Electronics are committed to be amongst the leading providers of IP video surveillance solutions, a goal achievable through strategic alliances with companies such as Verint, Netavis, Orsus and Seetec.
The HALOCAM provides total situational awareness over a 360° view Grandeye, the world's leading developer of 360° technology, will be showcasing its range of 360° cameras on the AASSET Security GmbH booth at Security Essen. The booth number is 423 located in Hall 2.Grandeye will exhibit both analogue and IP smart 360° cameras and recording solutions. Key staff from Grandeye will be on hand throughout the exhibition to answer questions and explain the benefits of Grandeye's award-winning 360° technology.Grandeye is the original developer and owner of Halocam and Imtera 360° technologies. Grandeye also has certain exclusive rights to IPIX technology. Please visit the Grandeye website for more information.
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