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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
Videoswitch DVRs have been specified as part of the CCTV system upgrade at 45 City Link DepotsVideoswitch DVRs have been specified as part of the CCTV system upgrade at 45 City Link Depots and are to play a key role in the future rollout programme of new Depots."City Link is committed to protecting its properties against security, operational and business risks," said Stuart Godman, Sales & Marketing Director, "We have worked closely in partnership with Unique Integrated Systems to ensure that we invest in quality security systems and that they are upgraded continually. We have been happy to accept Unique Integrated Systems' advice that the Videoswitch DVR should be deployed because of its reputation for reliability and ease of use, as it is primarily a tool used by non security management personnel on a daily basis."The CCTV systems which are remotely monitored 24/7 by City Link's own central control room, are mainly used by City Link to prevent and detect security incidents. The systems, however, are also used to monitor Health & Safety, Operational and Security Procedure Compliance, and as a general management review tool, it provides data to identify preventative and corrective actions in many areas of operational activity."We have been pleased with the results achieved so far due to the quality of the images recorded," added Stuart Godman. "Video evidence has been used by the Police in criminal prosecutions and by City Link Management in disciplinary cases, as well as in reviewing many Health and Safety incidents."City Link is one of the UK's leading premium express delivery companies and is this year celebrating 40 years in business. It has a network of 100 depots, employs more than 6,500 people and operates a fleet of 3,500 vehicles. In recent months City Link has enjoyed a number of significant contract wins, invested over £2.5 million in I.T. development systems and continues with its investment in its Depot refurbishment.Paul Brown of Skelmersdale based Unique Integrated Systems said: "City Link Depots range in size from 25,000 to 65,000 sq ft and understanding the client's day-to-day operational requirements at each site is of course essential in order to be able to recommend an effective CCTV system. Our research on behalf of City Link led us to believe that the Videoswitch Vi405 Slimline DVR would be very easy to operate with City Link personnel being able to set-up recording between 1 and 999 days or by frame rate per camera. Video evidence can be retrieved by simply pressing a "Burn" key and the recorded video is then written onto a CD or DVD, using the DVR's built-in DVD writer".
Videoswitch digital video recorders have been installed in forty Nando's restaurants The Videoswitch DVRs are part of a sophisticated CCTV system installed by Abel Alarm Co. Ltd within Nando's restaurants to assist them in creating a safe and secure environment for staff and customers.Nando's are the UK's fastest growing restaurant chain, famous for flame-grilled PERi-PERi chicken. Nandos' management work hard to create a family orientated atmosphere in their restaurants and see CCTV as a valuable tool to deter and if necessary, detect would be troublemakers."The Videoswitch Vi305 DVR was specified by consultant Robyn Sones of The CCTV Advisory Service, who was retained by Nando's to advise on all aspects of CCTV in their restaurants," said Robert Steele, National Account Manager for Abel Alarm. "After winning the tender to install a complete range of security systems including intruder alarm and access control as well as CCTV systems, it soon became apparent to us, that the Vi305 was ideal for Nando's requirements and we very quickly established a great working relationship with the Videoswitch support team." Videoswitch, who are one of the UK's leading independent DVR manufacturers, take pride in being able to quickly respond to customers' requirements. This was clearly demonstrated during fulfilment of the Nando's contract when Videoswitch added functionality specified by Robyn Sones to the Vi305 to ensure that Nando's would get the very best out of their CCTV systems.
Buying out Quick CCTV will enable Videoswitch to expand its product portfolio"This is a great opportunity for Videoswitch, allowing us to strengthen our management team and expand our product portfolio to the benefit of both Videoswitch and Quick customers," said Roland Simmons, Videoswitch's Managing Director. "As far as Quick CCTV customers are concerned, we can assure them that it is ‘business as usual'. All employees are being retained and we are committed to providing full support and ongoing development of the Quick product range." Paul Hucker, Quick CCTV's Managing Director, has been invited to join the Videoswitch board of Directors whilst Glen Waterfall will be appointed Sales Manager.Videoswitch is a trading division of Ocean Systems Ltd. The company has been manufacturing high specification video products since 1984. The product range includes high performance DVRs with built in CD/DVD Writers and removable hard drives, high-resolution domes with built-in IR lighting and real time quads.
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