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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
AMG, the ISO 9001:2015 approved UK manufacturer and global provider of environmentally robust fibre, analogue, IP/Ethernet, wireless & hybrid communication transmission solutions, has announced the start of a global growth plan. Capitalising on significant new external investment, AMG plans to promote its British designed and manufactured products to markets around the world. There will be investment to significantly increase the AMG product range, to increase its technical and sales resource and team-up with partners around the world. As part of this process, the company announced that the driving force for growth will be steered by new MD, Steve Clarke, working alongside the existing management team. A well-known and respected security industry figure, Steve’s 30 years’ experience spans senior management roles at market leading video transmission manufacturing companies, including COE, GE companies IFS and Fiber Options and most recently, ComNet. We’ll be looking to expand the company’s product portfolio and core technologies" Recruiting expertise to broaden sales Talking about his objectives as new MD, Steve said: “I’m really excited about developing the prospects for AMG’s potential for growth. With that aim in mind, I’ll be looking to build upon AMG’s current successes and develop the business to become a truly global brand. "We’ll be looking to expand the company’s product portfolio and core technologies and recruit expertise to broaden the depth of customer sales and technical support. In essence, the aim will be to secure a solid platform with which to further expand the depth of AMG’s market penetration." “AMG has an acknowledged reputation as a great British manufacturer and, by complementing its unrivalled technology offer with an enhanced commercial and sales bias, I’ll be looking to develop the company’s customer base and take the business into new and exciting market sectors. We will take AMG from having been the best kept industry secret, to the global supplier of choice.”
Digital Barriers will provide COE with access to a deep heritage in national securityCOE Group plc, the advanced video surveillance specialist, has been acquired by Digital Barriers plc. This is the third acquisition for Digital Barriers this year and is the next step in its strategy to build a leading mid-market business in the homeland security and defence sectors. For Digital Barriers, the acquisition of COE will bring world-class expertise and innovative technologies in the transmission and management of video over IP, fibre and hybrid video networks.Digital Barriers, founded by the leadership team behind Detica Group, will provide COE with access to a deep heritage in national security and the backing of a business with a market capitalisation of approximately £40m and net assets in excess of £20m.Ian Jefferson, CEO of COE comments: "We bring more than 20 years of heritage in video surveillance, helping to secure high-profile sites around the world. I see great potential to embed our expertise and technologies in an organisation that is able to address the most demanding of security requirements and has ambitions to build both its scale and reach."COE has successfully delivered its advanced surveillance solutions into over 10,000 sites worldwide, including installations for Seoul's Metropolitan Subway, UK Highways Agency, Port of Singapore, London Heathrow Airport and the BBC. The extensive client base that COE brings aligns closely with the Digital Barriers focus on protecting complex, high-value targets - encompassing government, transport, energy, utilities and other high-profile assets and locations. It also resonates strongly with the Digital Barriers philosophy that technology innovation - combined with a heritage and expertise in countering serious and organised threats - can achieve a more integrated and proactive approach to securing potential targets.Tom Black, Executive Chairman of Digital Barriers plc comments: "This is an exciting acquisition for Digital Barriers, significantly enhancing our capabilities in complex surveillance and extending our reach into a number of international markets and sectors."COE will be an important component of Digital Barriers' strategic objective to deploy focused, proportionate and cost-effective security solutions that combine innovative new technology with expert capabilities.
246 X-Stream encoders will be installed at Manchester Airport to provide analogue video encoding and transmissionAs part of an ongoing £1m+ upgrade scheme, COE Group PLC has been chosen as a major supplier for an upgrade of Manchester Airport's CCTV network. Recognising the very important role that video information plays at international airports, the necessity to provide high quality and reliable video transmission at such sites is paramount. At Manchester Airport, COE's X-Stream range of video encoders has been selected by main contractor, Advanced Integrated Systems (AIS) to provide IP encoding of analogue video for digital transmission around the airport's local area network. Superior video quality and very low latency were key decision factors, which led to the decision to integrate COE equipment.COE X-Stream 400 multi-channel video encoders (also known as video servers) will provide digital encoding at the H.264 Main Profile standard to convert four channels of analogue video to compressed IP digital video for transmission across an Ethernet network. X-Stream encoders can convert up to 4 channels of analogue video each if box mounted or up to 56 channels if rack mounted. At Manchester Airport, 246 X-Stream encoders will be installed to provide as many as 984 channels of analogue video encoding and transmission for the airport, enhancing the functionality of existing analogue cameras, and providing a high performance, yet cost-effective IP upgrade path. The complete range of COE X-Stream video serversIan Jefferson, CEO of COE Group PLC comments: "The selection of COE's X-Stream video encoders for yet another major CCTV operation is testament to the exceptional performance of this equipment. When upgrading major sites, the necessity to maintain absolute operational control during and after the project is paramount. X-Stream video encoders offer best-of-breed performance to ensure the operator faces little adjustment to his daily activities to realise the benefits of the integrated IP transmission and recording solution."Offering ‘80ms latency and superior video quality to competitors' H.264 Base Profile and MPEG4 video encoders, X-Stream will offer the closest experience possible to analogue camera control for the operators at the Airport. At Manchester Airport, video monitoring is multifunctional, serving as a set of electronic eyes for 100 individual users, assisting in a variety of diverse functions, from crowd monitoring in retail areas, to baggage handling and air traffic control. X-Stream's low latency video delivery combined with exceptional picture quality ensures the migration process from analogue to IP is seamless for these operators.Mr Geoff Densham, Project Manager with Manchester Airport PLC states: "COE's history of providing equipment for high profile surveillance sites combined with the high quality performance of their products made them an excellent choice for the IP encoding and transmission solution at Manchester Airport. The powerful integrated solution provided by COE with partner ImPerium Integration Ltd's front end control system will enhance our operational efficiency and the scope of all CCTV activities across the site. In addition, X-Stream encoders provide a road map for future analytics opportunities."
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