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Surge protection for security installations: 2017 saw increased investment
Surge protection for security installations: 2017 saw increased investment

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 evolution leads to changes in security control room furniture
Technology evolution leads to changes in security control room furniture

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

Will security industry consolidation stifle innovation?
Will security industry consolidation stifle innovation?

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 

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Dedicated Micros to underline IP capabilities at IIPSEC 2008 - stand 034
Dedicated Micros to underline IP capabilities at IIPSEC 2008 - stand 034

Dedicated Micros - part of AD Group - plans to use IIPSEC 2008 (29 - 31 January) to underline the industry-leading IP capabilities of its NetVu Connected CCTV solutions, by spotlighting innovations from real time and high definition recording to embedded video analytics.One of the most significant product launches at IIPSEC 2008 for Dedicated Micros is the new DV-IP HD video server which will be introduced as the centrepiece of a High Definition (HD) CCTV area on the DM stand.  This powerful addition to the DV-IP family offers end users a full desktop High Definition CCTV system that has been designed specifically to operate in association with the company's advanced CamVu 2000 mega pixel camera.Another key focus for IIPSEC 2008 will be the intelligent application of CCTV through products such as the SD Range that have an embedded video analytics capability designed-in from the start.  Dedicated Micros believes that it is the first manufacturer to be able to offer such a truly integrated, embedded software and hardware, platform, particularly in the mid-range market.  Video analytics packages that can now be enabled via a simple upgrade license on a wide range of NetVu Connected systems comprise: Object Left, Object Removed, People Counting, ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) and Perimeter Protection.Dedicated Micros will also have a control room mock-up on stand during the show, providing the ideal opportunity to showcase the HighVu Excel enterprise range.  This is a modular, expandable, high performance, CCTV recording and IP transmission solution with an embedded analytics and scalable video wall capability.Also in evidence at IIPSEC 2008, following on from the landmark deal agreed by AD Group - the parent company of Dedicated Micros - will be the award-winning Baxall ICE range of mini-domes and cameras, which are now being marketed and sold by DM.When it comes to CCTV on the move, visitors to the DM stand will be able to appreciate AD Group's extensive transport and mobile CCTV portfolio, including PatrolVu from TSS (Traffic Safety Systems) which has been used so successfully by the police and local authorities to combat crime and anti-social behaviour.Also on view will be TransVu Express from AD Network Video, a compact and lightweight solution targeted at smaller bus operators, public service vehicles, taxis, and suitable for covert and mobile surveillance.Additionally, there will be an opportunity to see the dual purpose TransVu Media that allows advertising messages to be supplied to passengers on the move whilst, crucially, providing an all-important CCTV recording capability.As well as the on-stand activities, Dedicated Micros has been asked to deliver a number of keynote seminars during IIPSEC 2008, including a Network Video Masterclass on 'Seamless CCTV' (29 January, 11.00 am, Hall 2, Theatre 1); a presentation on IP Solutions in Transportation, highlighting 'Station Security for Southern' (29 January, 3.00 pm, Hall 2, Theatre 3) and, finally, under IP Solutions in Health and Education focusing on 'Campus Security at DeMontfort University' (30 January, 3.30 pm, Hall 2, Theatre 3).

AD Group secures Baxall camera business
AD Group secures Baxall camera business

AD Group - the parent company of Dedicated Micros - has concluded a deal with the administrators of Baxall Limited, KPMG Corporate Restructuring, which will secure the ongoing supply of the Baxall ICE range of mini-domes and cameras.  The Daresbury-based CCTV specialist has acquired the intellectual property, current inventory, as well as the production equipment, ensuring the smooth transition of the range into AD Group and, specifically, the Dedicated Micros CCTV product family.                    As part of the deal - which covers all regions except for Australia/New Zealand - a number of Baxall's staff will be employed within AD Group, including some from the camera development team, to ensure that the company is in a position to further develop the product ranges acquired.  AD Group also appreciates the concerns of existing Baxall customers and is committed to providing full warranty support for the camera lines which fall under the agreement, for products shipped within the last 6 months of Baxall trading.The Baxall products, which will now be marketed and sold by AD Group subsidiary, Dedicated Micros, include all variants of the popular ICE-Dome cameras that incorporate a sophisticated 3-axis GyroView set-up allowing the camera to be positioned to cover any aspect of a scene.  One of the standout lines from this range is the award winning ICED-HyperDome which is perfect for high contrast daylight/interior scenes such as those found in an entry route.  This industry-leading capability ensures that individuals can be readily identified instead of just producing a silhouette image of a target.Hyper D technology is available in ICE, ICED and ICED - VR (Baxall's brand new Vandal Resistant Dome products).With regards to the ICE Cameras, Dedicated Micros plans to continue to sell Baxall's successful high resolution ICE and ICE+ ranges.  For the ICE IP range, Dedicated Micros will provide the existing cameras in the interim and will add the advanced NetVu Connected range in the medium term.Moving forward, AD Group has confirmed that research and development for Baxall ICE mini-domes and cameras will be based at its Daresbury headquarters, whilst production lines and associated equipment are now being shipped to the company's main manufacturing facility in Malta.Nigel Petrie, Chairman of AD Group said, "This is an extremely important deal which significantly strengthens our CCTV Camera offering and - more importantly for our customers - allows us to supply a true end-to-end CCTV solution.  We believe that the Baxall cameras, combined with the benefits of NetVu Connected seamless interoperability and deep integration inherent in all AD Group digital products, complete the most powerful CCTV range in the marketplace available from a single source."For more information on the full range of Baxall cameras now offered by AD Group subsidiary Dedicated Micros, please contact Customer Services on Tel: 0845 600 9501 or visit www.dedicatedmicros.com/baxall.