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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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Secutech Awards identifies best HD surveillance security products
Secutech Awards identifies best HD surveillance security products

The outstanding HD surveillance security products were recognised at the Secutech 2012 Expert jury and international visitors choose 16 winning products. The first ever industry award to recognise outstanding HD surveillance security products was held recently at the Secutech 2012 show in Taiwan. Secutech is Asia’s largest international exhibition and conference for the electronic security, info security, fire and safety industry sectors. Organised by Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media, the event took place from 18 – 20 April at Nangang Taipei World Trade Center, Taiwan. There were 57 entries from 33 brands competing in five award categories covering IP cameras, HD SDI cameras, 960H cameras, NVRs and DVRs. Commenting on the Secutech Award, Mr Parson Lee, Managing Director for Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media Ltd said: “It was a tough decision for the industry expert guest judges and international visitors who voted because all product performances were excellent.” The winning products of Secutech Award were: IP Camera Award 3MP Wireless Fixed Box Network Camera from BRICKCOM DS-2CD855F-E from HIKVISION HLC-95CT 2M from HUNT SNC-CH140-720P HD Box Camera from SONY IP8172 from VIVOTEK WV-SP509 from PANASONIC HD SDI Camera Award EQH5202 from EVERFOCUS HS-HDC104 from HISHARP SSC-WD2311MDN from SHANY 960H Camera Award DH-CA-F581EN from DAHUA SSC-FB561-700TVL WDR BOX Camera from SONY NVR Award NT-8040R from NUUO VS-12164U-RP PRO from QNAP RS3412RPxs from SYNOLOGY DVR Award DVR0404HD-S from DAHUA EDR HD-4H4 from EVERFOCUS  VIVOTEK, a Taiwanese network video surveillance manufacturer was one of the IP Camera Award winners.  Ms Cathy Cheng, Marketing Communications Department Manager for VIVOTEK said: “The Secutech Award is very unique as it is not seen at other shows.” Mr Michael Chan, Vice President for ZHEJIANG DAHUA TECHNOLOGY also commented on winning the 960H Camera Award as well as a DVR Award. “The Secutech Award is an excellent idea,” he said.  “It attracted visitors to come to our booth.” Secutech 2012 attracted 532 exhibitors from 27 countries and regions and over 25,000 visitors from 97 countries and regions. Secutech 2013 will be held from 24 – 26 April 2013 at Nangang Taipei World Trade Center. Secutech is part of Messe Frankfurt's global network of security trade fairs which also include Intersec in Dubai, Secutech India, Seguriexpo Buenos Aires, Secutech Thailand, Intersec Buenos Aires, and Secutech Vietnam.

Secutech 2011 announces dedicated pavilion for High Definition (HD) / Digital Surveillance products
Secutech 2011 announces dedicated pavilion for High Definition (HD) / Digital Surveillance products

Secutech Asia 2011 takes place from 20-22 April in TaiwanTo meet an increasing demand for surveillance equipment, Secutech, Asia's leading safety and security fair will feature a new pavilion for HD/Digital Surveillance products at its 2011 show to be held from 20-22 April 2011 at the Nangang Taipei World Trade Centre, Taiwan. The show is organised by Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media Ltd., a leading integrated media company dedicated to the security industry, organising Secutech trade fairs as well as publishing 12 A&S magazines and operating several websites.Mr Parson Lee, Managing Director, Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media Ltd. said: "High definition video can yield up to six times more pixels per second than analogue cameras and as a result, it has become one of the fastest growing product segments in the surveillance equipment market. To meet this increasing market, Secutech is setting up the world's first new HD/Digital Surveillance pavilion with 500 booths."This new pavilion is expected to attract 140 exhibitors and industry heavyweights such as ABUS, Dahua, Dali, Everfocus, GKB, HDPro, Hisharp, Hunt, KT&C, Moswell, Pinetron, RapidOS, Tamron, TBT, Videotec and Wonwoo have already signed for the show. Products and services in the new pavilion will range from HD cameras, speed dome cameras, DVR to NVR to video content analysis. Special fringe programme caters to booming HD marketA number of forums and seminars will be organised during the show for the industry players to explore the latest HD trends and practical applications. The HD Surveillance Forum is one of several Global Digital Surveillance Forum (GDSF Asia) events where the world's leading HD surveillance providers will share their insights into key issues such as standards, transmission requirements and new applications. This will be of particular interest to system integrators, IT installers, communications and end users.The Composec HD Surveillance Seminar is especially designed for R&D and project managers. It will feature the most updated technology for WDR sensors, video analytics at edge, real-time compression and other control IC chips, which are widely used in large-scale transportation. In addition, it will cover the topics of storage, display and other interface upgrades and the change to an IP-based system. For further information about Secutech, please visit the event website or contact Ms Veronica Chen at +886 (2) 2659 9080 ext 777 or email her.Secutech is part of Messe Frankfurt's global network of security trade fairs. Messe Frankfurt also organises five other leading security trade fairs: Intersec in Dubai, Secutech Thailand, Secutech Vietnam, Seguriexpo Buenos Aires and Intersec Buenos Aires. For more information, please visit the Intersec website.