DiREX-Pro and MR-36 from BWA- smart and secure mobile video streaming for covert deployment and operator free use
DiREX-Pro and MR-36 from BWA- smart and secure mobile video streaming for covert deployment and operator free use

The MR-36 router is a handy mobile extension for the DiREX-Pro series using MPEG4-based video compression.  With the use of radio networking, users now can access and upload files from any place at any time.  The compact and intelligent router ensures efficient and secure video transfer.  Included with the BWA video solution is the free Multi-Vision software that can simultaneously monitor connection quality of several DVRs and adapt the video frame rate to current available bandwidth.Learn more about Multi-Vision softwareDiREX-Pro compressed video and audio streams, as well as e-mails are forwarded over integrated NAT (Network Address Translation) via Fast Ethernet to public IP networks.  In combination with a RS-232 interface it is also possible to control video recordings via SMS or receive a motion detection alert on a cellular/mobile phone.  Even when using older GSM networks or in the event of a lost connection the mobile duo (MR / DiREX-Pro) always keeps the user up-to-date.  A special feature is a second SIM-Card that can provide an alternate connection in case of difficulties with the primary provider or if the maximum download volume has been reached or timer-controlled.  Additionally, a second card avoids expensive roaming rates in transnational traffic.Learn more about DiREX-Pro.A40The MR-36 is extremely versatile automatically choosing the fastest connection type available - whether GPRS, EDGE, 3G/UMTS or HSDPA.  Providing 3.6 Mbit/s in download and up to 384 Kbit/s in uplink* with an LED indicating active connection type.  Each device has a unique IP address and can be preconfigured via an integrated web interface.  The MR-36 supports DHCP and DynDNS services as well as L2TP.  External FTP access is also forwarded to DiREX-Pro.  The router can create its own IPSec encrypted VPN channel to an organization's head office** and makes it possible to use the device in conventional mobile networks with dynamic non-public IP addresses and external NAT.  Once connected to the closed intranet all data is available, always ensuring a secure connection.Learn more about DiREX-Pro UpdateCombined with the rugged DiREX-Pro.A40 DVR, this compact and lightweight router can be used in a temperature range of -20° to +55°C - ideal for permanent outdoor use.  Power for the MR-36 is supplied from a D-Sub plug of the recorder.  With this convenient one-cable solution there is no need for an external power supply.  Furthermore, the extremely low standby power consumption of only 0.3 Watts and a wide range for the input voltage (10-30V) offer great flexibility of usage.  For example, with a dedicated power supply or in a sealed weatherproof case.  An integrated USB-A port supports standard GPS mouse devices so the USB port of DiREX-Pro is kept free for an extended memory capacity up to 2 TByte.  The router is equipped with an FME plug for an external antenna that provides a high reception level even at long distances.Learn more about 2 TByte memory extensionIn addition to the European model there will be alternative models available to suit the global requirements supporting Tri-Band HSDPA/UMTS (850/1900/2100 MHz) and Quad-Band GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz).*             - depending on the local mobile network provider**           - additional third party VPN gateway needed

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Physical security and the cloud: why one can’t work without the other
Physical security and the cloud: why one can’t work without the other

Human beings have a long-standing relationship with privacy and security. For centuries, we’ve locked our doors, held close our most precious possessions, and been wary of the threats posed by thieves. As time has gone on, our relationship with security has become more complicated as we’ve now got much more to be protective of. As technological advancements in security have got smarter and stronger, so have those looking to compromise it. Cybersecurity Cybersecurity, however, is still incredibly new to humans when we look at the long relationship that we have with security in general. As much as we understand the basics, such as keeping our passwords secure and storing data in safe places, our understanding of cybersecurity as a whole is complicated and so is our understanding of the threats that it protects against. However, the relationship between physical security and cybersecurity is often interlinked. Business leaders may find themselves weighing up the different risks to the physical security of their business. As a result, they implement CCTV into the office space, and alarms are placed on doors to help repel intruders. Importance of cybersecurity But what happens when the data that is collected from such security devices is also at risk of being stolen, and you don’t have to break through the front door of an office to get it? The answer is that your physical security can lose its power to keep your business safe if your cybersecurity is weak. As a result, cybersecurity is incredibly important to empower your physical security. We’ve seen the risks posed by cybersecurity hacks in recent news. Video security company Verkada recently suffered a security breach as malicious attackers obtained access to the contents of many of its live camera feeds, and a recent report by the UK government says two in five UK firms experienced cyberattacks in 2020. Cloud computing – The solution Cloud stores information in data centres located anywhere in the world, and is maintained by a third party Cloud computing offers a solution. The cloud stores your information in data centres located anywhere in the world and is maintained by a third party, such as Claranet. As the data sits on hosted servers, it’s easily accessible while not being at risk of being stolen through your physical device. Here’s why cloud computing can help to ensure that your physical security and the data it holds aren’t compromised. Cloud anxiety It’s completely normal to speculate whether your data is safe when it’s stored within a cloud infrastructure. As we are effectively outsourcing our security by storing our important files on servers we have no control over - and, in some cases, limited understanding of - it’s natural to worry about how vulnerable this is to cyber-attacks. The reality is, the data that you save on the cloud is likely to be a lot safer than that which you store on your device. Cyber hackers can try and trick you into clicking on links that deploy malware or pose as a help desk trying to fix your machine. As a result, they can access your device and if this is where you’re storing important security data, then it is vulnerable. Cloud service providers Cloud service providers offer security that is a lot stronger than the software in the personal computer Cloud service providers offer security that is a lot stronger than the software that is likely in place on your personal computer. Hyperscalers such as Microsoft and Amazon Web Service (AWS) are able to hire countless more security experts than any individual company - save the corporate behemoth - could afford. These major platform owners have culpability for thousands of customers on their cloud and are constantly working to enhance the security of their platforms. The security provided by cloud service providers such as Claranet is an extension of these capabilities. Cloud resistance Cloud servers are located in remote locations that workers don’t have access to. They are also encrypted, which is the process of converting information or data into code to prevent unauthorised access. Additionally, cloud infrastructure providers like ourselves look to regularly update your security to protect against viruses and malware, leaving you free to get on with your work without any niggling worries about your data being at risk from hackers. Data centres Cloud providers provide sophisticated security measures and solutions in the form of firewalls and AI Additionally, cloud providers are also able to provide sophisticated security measures and solutions in the form of firewalls and artificial intelligence, as well as data redundancy, where the same piece of data is held within several separate data centres. This is effectively super-strong backup and recovery, meaning that if a server goes down, you can access your files from a backup server. Empowering physical security with cybersecurity By storing the data gathered by your physical security in the cloud, you're not just significantly reducing the risk of cyber-attacks, but also protecting it from physical threats such as damage in the event of a fire or flood. Rather than viewing your physical and cybersecurity as two different entities, treat them as part of one system: if one is compromised, the other is also at risk. They should work in tandem to keep your whole organisation secure.

HD over Coax provides cost-effective video surveillance upgrade
HD over Coax provides cost-effective video surveillance upgrade

According to IHS Market, it is estimated that there are over 60 million security cameras in the United States, and other reports say these cameras capture more than four billion hours of footage per week. Over the last decade, IP camera technology has dominated the conversation as it has provided users with a broad offering of enhanced image quality and features. With a large percentage of existing security systems relying on analogue, many end users looking for high definition (HD) video quality have been forced to take on a complete system overhaul. Infrastructure overhaul for HD video To make the switch, customers would need to change everything, from cameras to hardware to wiring– not to mention the lengthy installation process that would ensue. IP cameras also require higher Internet speeds and more cloud space. Whether constrained by budget, bandwidth or storage, many end users have been unable to adopt this new video surveillance method.Thanks to technological advancements within the security industry, HD over Coax offers a viable solution for integrators and end users alike Thanks to technological advancements within the security industry, HD over Coax offers a viable solution for integrators and end users alike. By utilising the current Coaxial cables, this offering yields high definition video, while requiring minimal infrastructure changes and is an optimal surveillance choice for security customers. Plus, with new advancements and updates being made frequently to this technology, there is a solution for every security need. The enhanced alternative of HD over Coax has been warmly welcomed in the security industry, thanks to its simple solutions and ever-evolving features. Many new analogue HD cameras are “plug and play,” able to connect directly to existing Coaxial cables. This eliminates the need for a complete system change, creating cost-savings for the end user and an enhanced video quality offering. Easy solutions for HD video As a result, integrators can cost-effectively upgrade their customer’s surveillance solution while using their legacy infrastructure, making it an attractive option for end users and an easy sell for dealers. Latency in video is another common issue with network-based camera systems, where even the slightest delay in video surveillance can hinder security response HD over Coax cameras themselves are always expanding and evolving to meet a wide array of security needs. With the introduction of fisheye and multi-sensor cameras, users now have a multitude of coverage options, not to mention the introduction of 4K bringing resolution options to the same level as IP. Some newer technologies are even touting 4K cameras paired with 4K digital video recorders (DVRs) made specifically for analogue systems. Longer cables grant transmission for up to 1600 feet, double the distance of standard analogue solutions, and triple that of IP systems. This single cable is able to transmit both HD video and audio. Recently, broadcast quality audio over Coax has become available in limited models, a substantial improvement over older analogue technology, which was unable to transmit audio. Stopping video delay Latency in video is another common issue with network-based camera systems. Even the slightest delay in video surveillance can hinder security response. IP cameras are forced to compress and packetise their video for transmission. The outcome of this is a reduced number of images per video, which in turn causes delay. HD over Coax on the other hand, delivers an unlimited amount of HD images in real time, with smooth motion and impressive clarity. Additionally, the point-to-point transmission delivers uncompressed video free of lag. Another touted benefit is that, unlike IP networked cameras, analogue systems provide a more secure video transmission. With so much sensitive information housed on a businesses’ network, adding another point of network access through an IP camera can create concerns for cyber security risks. HD over Coax delivers an unlimited amount of HD images in real time, with smooth motion and impressive clarity Preventing network hacking With HD over Coax, the physical connections between the camera and DVR prevent network hacking. By keeping the video surveillance system offline, security professionals are able to direct their attention to the physical threats at hand, rather than having to focus on deterring cyber security risks. One of the primary difficulties of deploying HD video solutions is the fact that many older systems utilise a wide variety of HD standards and platforms. To make matters more complicated, after HD over Coax was brought to market, manufacturers raced to create their own version of this technology. Today, the most popular proprietary standards are HD-CVI, HD-TVI and AHD. However, integrators and customers found that attempting to manage multiple HD technologies proved to be near impossible.Integrators and customers found that attempting to manage multiple HD technologies proved to be near impossible Diversifying surveillance through one DVR To combat these issues, manufacturers have introduced products with more flexibility to their portfolios. One example of this is the penta-brid DVR which grants the ability to seamlessly integrate multiple technologies deployed across one application. This means that systems with diverse camera brands and technologies, such as a mix of HD-CVI, HD-TVI, AHD, analogue or IP, can be connected through one DVR. For many end users with legacy analogue systems, penta-brid DVRs give them greater freedom to choose between a variety of solutions, rather than being limited to one option. With video resolution increasing, the space needed to store the footage is similarly rising. Penta-brid technology has been able to adapt to these evolving needs, giving users ample storage space to house the HD and 4K surveillance video with some of the newest models including H.265 compression.  HD casino surveillance made simple For casinos, HD images are critical for identifying unauthorised personnel and unlawful behaviours to create a safe environment for guests and staff While HD over Coax is beneficial to many end users and integrators, those in the casino and hospitality markets find it crucial. With a combination of high profile guests, large amounts of cash on hand, constant crowds and strict industry regulations, reliable video surveillance is a must. Deploying new IP systems comes at a stiff price. When looking to upgrade their video surveillance, casinos must also be mindful of the installation process. When moving to an IP-based system, ripping out old wires and replacing them with new is the standard practice. This practice can be both disruptive and costly, not to mention gaming regulations require casino activities be monitored at all times so a complete system shutdown would result in revenue loss. This cost can be hard to justify, especially when the current legacy analogue system remains in working condition with only the lower image resolution to date it. For these scenarios, the most cost-effective option is to leverage the legacy infrastructure, replace the existing cameras with new devices, and reap the benefits that HD video has to offer without any lapse in security. For casinos, HD images are critical for identifying unauthorised personnel and unlawful behaviours to create a safe environment for guests and staff. HD over Coax cameras now offer the same resolution as IP cameras with a plug and play approach, that cuts down on expense without sacrificing quality. For businesses and applications that are unable to adopt IP technology, whether it be cost or time prohibitive, HD over Coax now features most of the same benefits IP has to offer without breaking the bank. By providing clear images in real time, maximising existing infrastructure, and affording cyber security benefits, HD over Coax provides an attractive solution for many end users and integrators.

How to use video analytics and metadata to prevent terrorist attacks
How to use video analytics and metadata to prevent terrorist attacks

Today ‘terrorism’ has become a word we use and hear every day. The goal of terrorism is a media product - information delivered to nearly every house in the world. So, the weapon of terrorism is information. Therefore, the way we defend and prevent terrorism must also be based on intelligent processing of information - and an early awareness of potential threats and effective preventive action may eliminate most attacks. Video analytics, automated surveillance and AI decision-making are going to change the rules of the struggle between civilians and terrorists by making attempted attacks predictable, senseless and silent. In this article, we will evaluate to what extent technology can investigate and prevent terror crimes considering the latest technology innovations. Civilian feedback helps terrorists to accomplish mission In order to achieve their main goal - loud media response - terrorists and those who order the attacks use unpredictable tactics and the element of surprise; so that after every attack, the media discusses for months the circumstances and their insanity. Unfortunately, each time it happens our society seems to be unprepared. As the media environment grows, terror attacks attract more attention, and the feedback of civilians actually helps the terrorists to accomplish their mission. Features of terrorist crimes Counter-terrorist specialists highlight, among the others, the following inherent symptoms of terror crimes: Unpredictability Public visibility Enormous social resonance The question is: Are there technological solutions that could treat these symptoms at a low level? Crime investigations are based on objective indisputable facts that can be used against suspects in a court. The facts are: Video surveillance materials Facial recognition and ANPR metadata Audio data (e.g. phone calls) Internet communication logs Other registered human actions Metadata sources and analytical systems To be able to collect and analyse that data, it needs to be in a data format that an analytical system will be able to process. Metadata can be generated by processing data of the above sources. Metadata can be stored in relational databases or in blockchain, so it can be a reference for an analytical system or law enforcement structures. Automatic or semi-automatic investigation can be based on crime scenarios, behaviour patterns, forensic search, face and vehicle recognition and synoptical search Aggregation of metadata sources could be constructive because it would significantly increase metadata availability for analytical systems and will improve metadata quality. This would surely require replacement of most of existing security systems and standardisation of new systems so to ensure maximal compatibility of metadata sources and analytical systems. Offline video analytics As these improvements are difficult to develop and implement globally, replacement solutions are being offered currently in the security market. One of them is the concept of offline video analytics, which generates and analyses metadata from any video source. Video sources may vary from ‘old school’ analogue cameras to high-resolution IP cameras recorded in any digital format. Quality of the metadata generated from offline analytical systems is almost unaffected. High quality metadata can be analysed and investigated automatically or semi-automatically for violations, crimes and terror activity. Automatic or semi-automatic investigation can be based on crime scenarios, behaviour patterns, forensic search, face and vehicle recognition and synoptical search. Fast and effective investigation of terror activities may prevent attacks and also can reduce the number of active terrorists. Human head microvibration is linked with the vestibular-emotional reflex (VER) and depends on emotional status Deep learning and neural network technologies However, realtime crime and terror prevention requires instant metadata generation and analysis. The investigation instruments mentioned above would not be of the same efficiency. Firstly, processing capabilities of analytical system must be very high because the system should be able to record data, generate metadata and analyse it at the same time in realtime conditions. Currently the most powerful server processors can run only tens of detectors so it becomes very costly. That is why these kinds of solutions are only used in critical infrastructure. However, if they were used widely they would dramatically reduce the number of criminal and terror activities. Deep learning and neural network technologies (so-called artificial intelligence - AI) are coming to the security market to replace classic video analytics. These systems are not yet much more efficient hardware-wise; however, they have greater potential and they are cheaper. Behaviour patterns, actions, sounds, speech, faces, car number plates and many other metadata types can be identified and collected and analysed by AI in realtime. Security surveillance and analytical AI systems could know about each person’s life and social background so it could make automatic decisions Emotion recognition/vibraimage technology Emotion recognition (or vibraimage) technology measures micromovements (vibration) of a person by processing video from a camera or any video source. Human head microvibration is linked with the vestibular-emotional reflex (VER) and depends on emotional status. Vibraimage systems detect human emotions by the control of 3D head-neck movements accumulated in several frames of video processing. Vibraimage is a system that detects all human emotions. Blockchain can bring awareness of different views. Imagine if the security surveillance and analytical AI system knew about each person’s life and social background so it could make automatic decisions to give more surveillance priority to those who potentially could take negative action. Although security equipment is becoming more affordable, the budgeting of security systems at a government and private level is still the biggest problem. As the global population is growing and migration is getting more intense, public and private security is becoming a natural need. Meanwhile, the security market is ready to deliver solutions that can instantly investigate and even prevent terror activities.

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BWA DiSCAN PTZ robot analyses video content from various panoramic cameras
BWA DiSCAN PTZ robot analyses video content from various panoramic cameras

The BWA DiSCAN PTZ robot is a compact speed dome system that analyses video content from multiple highly sensitive panoramic cameras providing real time PTZ intruder tracking. Equipped with an unobtrusive housing, it has been designed for continuous 24/7 operation under minimum street lighting. An integrated emergency power supply is available as an option. A detection radius of 50 to 120 meters can be achieved depending on the number and viewing angles of the internal cameras in the system. This allows for the control of an area of as large as one hectare (2.5 acres) with a single observation unit. The resolution of the visual coverage corresponds to a CCTV camera distance of roughly three to five meters. The optical system is preconfigured and ready for immediate deployment. It can also be modified to match local conditions for providing more efficient in securing extended or asymmetrical areas through varying camera angles.An integrated H.264 encoder allows for capacity-saving FIFO video recording on up to two independent NAS units (Network Attached Storage) while simultaneously recording on an optional internal mini-SDHC card. With internal storage installed, full triplex DVR functionality via LAN is supported. An additional analogue video output allows for easy integration with CCTV equipment such as a spot monitors or DVRs.

Leading European multibrand distributor VIDEOR confirms its attendance at IFSEC 2009
Leading European multibrand distributor VIDEOR confirms its attendance at IFSEC 2009

  VIDEOR, one of the leading European Multibrand Distributors at IFSEC 2009VIDEOR will be an exhibitor at IFSEC in Birmingham again in 2009. But with more this time: VIDEOR will increase its booth area by a good 40% to cater better for its new concept. Designed as a lounge, the extended area offers much room to discuss current products and, of course, product innovations in a cosy atmosphere away from the hurly-burly from the fair. And the continuously growing product portfolio gives enough to talk about: just a short time ago another important supplier was won over with Sony which perfectly expands the multibrand portfolio. Over twenty brands are now covered by the VIDEOR product range, which includes the ideal product for nearly every application: AGNeovo, Aimetis, Axis, Basler, Bosch, BWA, Dallmeier, Derwent, eneo, Fujinon, Fujitsu, GE Security, Heitel, JVC, Lumenera, Netavis, NITEK, OT Systems, Pelco, Raytec, Salesmark, Sentech, Sony and Tamron. A clear company positioning as one of the leading European Multibrand Distributors for Video Security Products.Michael Haas, VIDEOR Managing Director for the Sales, Marketing and Purchasing Divisions said on this: "Europe is our most important market. Therefore attendance at a trade fair with international dimensions is fully natural for us. We want to be on the spot at IFSEC as a reliable local representative for our customers, and of course present ourselves as a strong partner for our brands and suppliers. This can also be seen in our booth concept that is aimed on the one hand at clearly at communication with our customers, and on the other hand it spotlights the significance of our partners on the supplier side."The new positioning of Stand D30 in Hall 5 is also ideal by the way: it cannot be missed as it is placed directly at the main entrance.

BWA highlights at Security 2008
BWA highlights at Security 2008

  BWA at Security 2008 in Essen, GermanyThe industry's top safety trade fair at Essen had been successful and lots of visitors have attended the booth of BWA in order to be informed about the current novelties.A live UMTS video broadcasting directly from the BWA booth with connection to Google Maps had been the highlight.  The new firmware update for the DiREX-Pro recorder does not only allow recording almost at real time but also offered support for USB-GPS receivers.  The video streams had been transferred via 3G/UMTS.  Thanks to the new Multi-Vision software not only the roadmaps of Google Maps but also the satellite images of the fair hall had been accessible online via the T-Mobile HSDPA Internet access.  The efficient video compression as well as the server client broadcasting which had been adapted to narrow strip networks provided for simultaneous monitoring of three other places which had been installed at Munich and Hanover.  All three places had been accessible online via the mobile 3G/UMTS router MR-36 respectively DSL in spite of the unfavorable fair conditions.The public's reaction to the product presentation of the DiREX-M.SD had been positive.  We are working on it under intense pressure to launch the new compact real time recorder with full PAL resolution before the end of this year.  We would like to thank our customers for the confidence shown to us - the first production batch is already almost sold out.  Our sales partners are looking forward to receiving your advance orders.As a particular thank you we present you the BWA specials - new special promotion and advantageous offers which provide more service at less cost.  Please find further details on our website.

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