Verint launches new range of compact DVD-quality ethernet video servers
Verint launches new range of compact DVD-quality ethernet video servers

Verint has launched 3 new DVD-quality Ethernet Video Servers.  These compact servers are easy to configure and manage and utilise Nextiva Control Centre, an easy-to use management portal which simplifies deployment and enables configuration and administration from a single location and application.Nextiva S1704e: Including on-board analytics, this unit is designed for video monitoring and surveillance over IP networks and integrated with the Nextiva platform and applications.  Analytics ‘at the edge' can dramatically reduce video transport and storage requirements.Nextiva S1950e: A single port, high-resolution encoder designed for digital video monitoring and surveillance over IP networks.  Built for ease of use, up to 5 authorised users can simultaneously monitor live video and configure other unit settings using Internet Explorer and a secure and intuitive Web browser interface.Nextiva 1970e: Delivers 4CIF, 25 FPS for single-camera applications requiring optimal image quality.  With MPEG-4 SP video compression, dynamic bandwidth allocation and dual streaming capabilities, the Nextiva S1970e helps optimise the use of valuable network resources.Built on accepted industry standards for easy interoperability with existing IT infrastructure and video equipment, the new Nextiva Ethernet Video Servers represent a comprehensive suite of solutions designed to deliver superior functionality, long-term investment protection, and value.     IIPSEC stand 089    

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Verint advances high-end digital video recording
Verint advances high-end digital video recording

Verint is advancing the capture and management of digital video for high-capacity users with Verint’s Video Management Software and its suite of Ethernet Video Servers. Based on open, industry standards, Verint Nextiva MPEG-4-based Video Solutions enable organisations to acquire, manage and use video as easily as any other data.  Users can develop high-performance, fault tolerant video transmission and storage infrastructures, which deliver secure and rapid video access across IT networks.The Verint Nextiva S1712e 12-Input Ethernet Video Server provides a cost-effective, multi-port solution especially for video monitoring and surveillance in areas where a high concentration of cameras terminates within the same area.  Verint Nextiva S1712 delivers MPEG-4-based video over 10/100 Base-T networks using cat 5, fibre optic and wireless media.  Vast amounts of video can be collected, transmitted, stored and accessed from virtually anywhere.  With Verint’s Video Management Software, you can view your live and recorded video and manage your entire video surveillance operation from a single LAN- or WAN-enabled workstation, or via a Web browser, anytime and from anywhere.Verint’s highly-scalable, cost-effective open solutions also leverage your investment in open industry standard storage solutions such as IBM servers and RAID.  Develop effective strategies for management and retention of video surveillance data using Verint’s Networked Video Solutions, and the most vital images within the vast amount of video you capture can be accessed from virtually anywhere on your IT network by the people who need them most.

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Verint Video Intelligence solutions expands Nextiva IP video portfolio with Next-Generation multiport encoders and video management software
Verint Video Intelligence solutions expands Nextiva IP video portfolio with Next-Generation multiport encoders and video management software

Verint® Systems Inc., a leading global provider of analytics software-based solutions for workforce-enterprise optimisation and security, today announced additions to its family of multiport encoders, along with the next release of its patent-protected Nextiva® Enterprise video management software. These integrated solutions are the latest enhancements to the industry-leading Nextiva IP video portfolio from Verint® Video Intelligence Solutions™, and are designed to deliver a flexible and scalable IP video management platform to organisations around the world. Robust and energy-efficient next-generation multiport encoders. The introduction of its environmentally-friendly Nextiva S1808e and S1816e multiport encoders represent the latest addition to the Nextiva portfolio, and are the result the company's decade-long track record that includes deploying close to one million multiport encoder inputs. The Nextiva S1808e and S1816e multiport encoders are enterprise-class solutions designed to deliver high-resolution images for recorded and live video, and support H.264 and MPEG-4 video up to 4CIF/30fps on all ports. By incorporating the robust H.264 video encoding technology, the solutions can help enable lower total cost of ownership (TCO), decreased bit rate and storage consumption by up to 50 percent, less power requirements and seamless integration with the company's Nextiva video management software. The new Nextiva encoders, built for easy installation and operation in virtually any environment, also feature state-of-the-art power supplies that are ENERGY STAR® qualified, meeting strict energy-efficient guidelines that help protect the environment. Further, with 25 percent weight reduction, the encoders' compact and cutting-edge product design helps diminish carbon emissions produced during shipping-allowing for greater flexibility in system design and deployment. Video management software furthers compliance, server capacity and virtualisation In addition, recent enhancements to the Nextiva video management software include H.264 compliance, which allows for double the number of recorded cameras per server. Verint Nextiva is a comprehensive solution built on a standards-based, open architecture engineered for scalability, rapid deployment and ease of maintenance. The latest solution builds on this foundation and offers new features that support server virtualisation-helping organisations consolidate and reduce their IT operational and maintenance costs. "As ever, Verint is committed to delivering innovative solutions that simplify and make it more cost-effective for organisations to meet their security requirements. We believe these enhancements, and others to come, will serve the market well-enabling users to effectively manage and maximise their IP video system investments," says Elan Moriah, president, Verint Video Intelligence Solutions and Verint® Witness Actionable Solutions®.

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Verint Video Intelligence Solutions expands Nextiva portfolio with next-generation single- and multi-port devices
Verint Video Intelligence Solutions expands Nextiva portfolio with next-generation single- and multi-port devices

Key additions to Verint's Nextiva® IP Video portfolio were introduced at ISC West 2010 with a new line of high-definition and H.264-enabled single- and multi-port edge devices. Combining exceptional performance with an outstanding feature set, the solutions are designed to help organisations establish cost-effective, modular physical security infrastructures that are best-in-class. These latest security offerings support the Verint®Video Intelligence Solutions™ unified portfolio strategy that enables users to integrate all security operations within the IP network. With the Nextiva IP Video portfolio, organisations can experience such benefits as operational flexibility, greater protection capabilities, high reliability and lower total cost of ownership. Among the current and upcoming additions to Verint's expanded IP video portfolio are the following solutions: Nextiva S1800e Single- and Dual-Port Encoders Featuring H.264 Technology Built on a decade of deploying over one million ports, the Nextiva S1800e single- and dual-port encoders are ideal for one- or two-camera implementations in distributed networks, in which excellent video quality, a compact design, and storage and bandwidth optimisation are key. The S1800e single- and dual-port encoders couple superior video resolution up to three H.264 video streams 4CIF/30fps and storage on the edge-a failover mechanism that ensures video is recorded in case connection with the management software is lost. Nextiva S1816e-SP 16-Port Video Encoder An addition to the S1800e multi-port product line, the Nextiva S1816e-SP is ideal for banking, retail and other video surveillance applications in which cost, storage and bandwidth optimisation are key. The streamlined video encoder combines excellent image quality-up to 4CIF/15fps on every port-with the dramatically lower bitrate of H.264 video compression. Using the versatile, affordable Nextiva S1816e-SP, users can capture images from up to 16 cameras per encoder, with fewer processing, storage and bandwidth requirements (up to 50 percent over MPEG-4), and a significantly lower overall cost. Nextiva HDR 1800 High-Definition Receiver Featuring H.264 Technology The Nextiva HDR 1800 video decoder/receiver combines excellent performance, high-definition technology and H.264 video decompression to enhance the functionality and versatility of Nextiva Virtual Matrix implementations. Ideal for video surveillance applications that call for high-definition video to be displayed at multiple locations, the HDR 1800 can display one to 16 high-resolution video tiles on a single digital wide-screen monitor, or a total of 18 video tiles on two monitors. Nextiva S1801e-R Single-Port Decoders with H.264 & High-Definition Technology Nextiva S1801e-R single-port decoders incorporate advanced H.264 decompression technology to deliver superior quality and performance. The Nextiva S1801e-R compact decoders are designed for use with all Nextiva S1800e Series single- and multi-port encoders and support four to six H.264 video streams, displaying up to four tiles on traditional CCTV monitors and up to six tiles on high-definition LCD or plasma monitors. "Our latest enhancements to the Nextiva IP Video portfolio mark exciting advances designed to help customers ease migration to IP video operations cost-effectively, and with simplified implementation and management," says Elan Moriah, president, Verint Video Intelligence Solutions and Verint® Witness Actionable Solutions®. Verint is at the forefront of networked video technology with nearly two decades of experience delivering security intelligence solutions to government and industry worldwide. With the industry's most comprehensive solution and service portfolio, the company is focused on helping its customers and partners realise the benefits of IP video to achieve strategic security goals.

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Verint presents its new single- and multi-port encoders and high-definition IP camera series
Verint presents its new single- and multi-port encoders and high-definition IP camera series

Verint® Systems Inc. presents its Nextiva® IP Video portfolio including a new line of single- and multi-port edge devices and high-definition, H.264-powered IP cameras. Combining exceptional performance with an outstanding feature set, the solutions are designed to help organisations establish cost-effective, modular physical security infrastructures that are best-in-class. These latest security offerings support the Verint® Video Intelligence Solutions™ unified portfolio strategy that enables users to integrate all security operations within the IP network. With the Nextiva IP Video portfolio, organisations can experience such benefits as operational flexibility, greater protection capabilities, high reliability and lower total cost of ownership. Among the current and upcoming additions to Verint's expanded IP Video portfolio are the following solutions: Nextiva S1800e Single- and Dual-Port Encoders Featuring H.264 Technology Built on a decade of deploying over one million ports, the Nextiva S1800e single- and dual-port encoders are ideal for one- or two-camera implementations in distributed networks, in which excellent video quality, a compact design, and storage and bandwidth optimisation are key. The S1800e single- and dual-port encoders couple superior video resolution up to three H.264 video streams 4CIF/25 fps and storage on the edge - a failover mechanism that ensures video is recorded in case connection with the management software is lost. Nextiva S1816e-SP 16-Port Video Encoder An addition to the S1800e multi-port product line, the Nextiva S1816e-SP is ideal for banking, retail and other video surveillance applications in which cost, storage and bandwidth optimisation are key. The streamlined video encoder combines excellent image quality - up to 4CIF/12.5 fps on every port - with the dramatically lower bitrate of H.264 video compression. Using the versatile, affordable Nextiva S1816e-SP, users can capture images from up to 16 cameras per encoder, with fewer processing, storage and bandwidth requirements (up to 50 percent over MPEG-4), and a significantly lower overall cost. Nextiva S5000 Series High-Resolution H.264-Powered IP Cameras The introduction of the Nextiva S5000 Series of IP cameras expands the breadth of Verint's camera portfolio, bringing six new models to the market. These professional IP cameras - which include fixed, indoor dome and outdoor vandal-resistant IP66 dome models - feature resolutions from VGA to high-definition 2.0 megapixels to accommodate a wide range of video security requirements. Dual streaming and supported video compressions from H.264 to MJPEG and MPEG-4 help optimise use of valuable bandwidth and storage. Nextiva S5000 IP dome cameras are fully integrated with the Nextiva Video Management software - which is comprised of centralised device management, automated health monitoring and remote video viewing - and with other Verint solutions, including the Nextiva EdgeVR® IP-based network video recorder. "Our latest enhancements to the Nextiva IP Video portfolio mark exciting advances designed to help customers ease migration to IP video operations cost-effectively, and with simplified implementation and management," says David Parcell, Managing Director, EMEA, Verint Systems. Verint is at the forefront of networked video technology with nearly two decades of experience delivering security intelligence solutions to government and industry worldwide. With the industry's most comprehensive solution and service portfolio, the company is focused on helping its customers and partners realise the benefits of IP video to achieve strategic security goals. Click to download Verint Edge Device Brochure.

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Securing mobile vehicles: The cloud and solving transportation industry challenges
Securing mobile vehicles: The cloud and solving transportation industry challenges

Securing Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) in the transportation industry is multi-faceted for a multitude of reasons. Pressures build for transit industry players to modernise their security systems, while also mitigating the vulnerabilities, risks, and growth-restrictions associated with proprietary as well as integrated solutions. There are the usual physical security obstacles when it comes to increasingly integrated solutions and retrofitting updated technologies into legacy systems. Starting with edge devices like cameras and intelligent sensors acquiring video, analytics and beyond, these edge devices are now found in almost all public transportation like buses, trains, subways, airplanes, cruise lines, and so much more. You can even find them in the world’s last manually operated cable car systems in San Francisco. The next layer to consider is the infrastructure and networks that support these edge devices and connect them to centralized monitoring stations or a VMS. Without this layer, all efforts at the edge or stations are in vain as you lose the connection between the two. And the final layer to consider when building a comprehensive transit solution is the software, recording devices, or viewing stations themselves that capture and report the video. The challenge of mobility However, the transportation industry in particular has a very unique challenge that many others do not – mobility. As other industries become more connected and integrated, they don’t usually have to consider going in and out or bouncing between networks as edge devices physically move. Obviously in the nature of transportation, this is key. Have you ever had a bad experience with your cellular, broadband or Wi-Fi at your home or office? You are not alone. The transportation industry in particular has a very unique challenge that many others do not – mobility Can you trust these same environments to record your surveillance video to the Cloud without losing any frames, non-stop 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year? To add to the complexity – how do you not only provide a reliable and secure solution when it’s mobile, travelling at varying speeds, and can be in/out of coverage using various wireless technologies? Waiting to upload video from a transport vehicle when it comes into port, the station, or any centralised location is a reactive approach that simply will not do any longer. Transit operations require a more proactive approach today and the ability to constantly know what is going on at any given time on their mobile vehicles, and escalate that information to headquarters, authorities, or law enforcement if needed; which can only occur with real-time monitoring. This is the ultimate question when it comes to collecting, analysing, and sharing data from mobile vehicles – how to get the video from public transportation vehicles alike to headquarters in real time! Managing video data In order to answer this question, let’s get back to basics. The management and nature of video data differs greatly from conventional (IT) data. Not only is video conducted of large frames, but there are specific and important relationships among the frames and the timing between them. This relationship can easily get lost in translation if not handled properly. This is why it’s critical to consider the proper way to transmit large frames while under unstable or variable networks. The Internet and its protocols were designed more than two decades ago and purposed for conventional data. Although the Internet itself has not changed, today’s network environments run a lot faster, expand to further ranges, and support a variety of different types of data. Because the internet is more reliable and affordable than in the past some might think it can handle anything. However, it is good for data, but not for video. This combination makes it the perfect time to convert video recording to the Cloud! Video transmission protocol One of the main issues with today’s technology is the degradation of video quality when transmitting video over the Internet. ITS are in dire need for reliable transmission of real-time video recording. To address this need a radical, yet proven, video transmission protocol has recently been introduced to the market. It uses AI technology and to adapt to different environments in order to always deliver high quality, complete video frames. This protocol, when equipped with encryption and authentication, enables video to be transmitted reliably and securely over the Internet in a cloud environment. One of the main issues with today’s technology is the degradation of video quality when transmitting video over the Internet Finally, transportation industry has a video recording Cloud solution that is designed for (massive) video that can handle networks that might be experiencing high error rate. Such a protocol will not only answer the current challenges of the transportation industry, but also make the previously risky Cloud environment safe for even the most reserved environments and entities. With revolutionary transmission protocols, the time is now to consider adopting private Cloud for your transportation operations.

Trends and challenges we will see in the AI-driven security space in 2021
Trends and challenges we will see in the AI-driven security space in 2021

For decades, the nature of global safety has been evolving. From physical security threats like large-scale terrorist attacks and lone actor stabbings to chemical threats such as the Salisbury poisonings and even microbiological threats such as COVID-19, new challenges are constantly arising and the threat landscape we operate in today is constantly changing. Compounding the complexity of the security issues is the complexity and nature of attacks. With the economic downturn, there is the traditional rise in theft, violence and other crimes. Compound this with unmanned businesses and work-at-home staff, and there is a perfect storm for a rise in security threats. Artificial intelligence (AI) and specifically the branch of AI known as machine learning (ML), was already causing widespread disruption in many industries, including the security industry. AI has been a driving force to replace labour-based business models with integrated data and actionable intelligence that is context-aware. It has become apparent that AI will play a big part in the ongoing fight against both pandemics such as COVID-19, as well as other threats that we may face in the future. With all of this in mind, 2021 is poised to be a big year for AI growth. While AI is going to continue to impact our lives in dozens of ways, from smart sensors to face mask compliance detection, the following reflects a few top trends and challenges that I have my eye on for 2021 as we close out this year. The rise of smart city investments One such example is the increasing development of smart cities and how AI can be leveraged to build safe communities. To date, we’ve seen an increase in the number of smart city programmes around the globe; cities that are beginning to deploy innovative technologies for the management and ease of life services. Compounding the complexity of the security issues is the complexity and nature of attacks Typical development of a city includes standard infrastructure - roads, schools, power, water, transportation. Now, internet, data and AI capabilities are part of the standard infrastructure requirements for all new developments. AI promises to deliver increased efficiencies with the infrastructure that will accommodate growing populations while reducing our impact on the environment, resources, and communities. Global cities now account for more than half of the world’s population, and the United Nations projects the number to balloon to 68% by mid-century. Owing to both demographic shifts and overall population growth, that means that around 2.5 billion people could be added to urban areas by the middle of the century, predicts the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). With an increase in population has come an increase in global spending on smart city initiatives to drive down the impact of growing urban concentration. Global spending on smart city initiatives is expected to total nearly $124 billion this year, an increase of 18.9% over 2019, according to IDC's Worldwide Semiannual Smart Cities Spending Guide, while Singapore, Tokyo, London and New York as the big spenders - expected to spend more than $1 billion in 2020. Using AI-driven technology to create safer public and private spaces Today, security solutions driven by AI are being developed and can be covertly deployed across a range of physical environments to protect the population in a more efficient, and accurate manner. As we look ahead to the future of public safety, it’s clear that new AI technology can dramatically improve the effectiveness of today’s physical security space. One such deployment is the use of video object recognition/computer vision software that can be integrated into existing video monitoring security (VMS) systems. These enhanced VMS systems can be deployed both inside and outside of buildings to identify risks and flag threats, such weapons, aggressive behaviours, theft, and safety compliance. This helps to minimise the impact of a breach by an early alert to onsite security in real-time to the location and nature of the potential threat, allowing them to intervene before a loss occurs. These same AI-enabled video solutions can similarly be used to provide advanced business operations in retail, logistics, and manufacturing organisations. Multi-sensor security solutions Also, targeted magnetic and radar sensor technologies, concealed in everyday objects like planter boxes or inside walls, can now scan individuals and bags entering a building for concealed threat objects. Using AI/machine learning, these two sensor solutions combined can identify metal content on the body and bag and match the item to a catalogue of threat items, such as guns, rifles, knives and bombs. Security solutions driven by AI are being developed and can be covertly deployed across a range of physical environments Without this advanced multi-sensor solution, it becomes nearly impossible to discover a weapon on a person's body before it appears in an assailant’s hands. This multi-sensor solution allows for touchless, unobtrusive access to a building, but allows for immediate notification to onsite security when a concealed threat is detected. The hidden technology thus empowers security staff to intercept threats before they evolve into a wider scale attack, while also maintaining the privacy and civil liberties of the public, unless, of course, they are carrying a concealed weapon or pose a physical threat. With the advent of sophisticated surveillance and technological innovation, a level of caution must be exerted. Despite the ongoing global debate, there remains little regulation about the use of AI technologies in today’s physical security space. One thing is certain; it must be deployed in the right place, at the right time, with the right privacy and civil liberty protection objectives. People don’t want to be protected by omnipresent, obstructive and overbearing security systems that infringe on their privacy and civil liberties. They want a proper balance between security and their current way of life, one that must be fused together. Technology and tracing COVID-19 Machine learning-based technologies are playing a substantial role in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Traditionally, the key purpose of surveillance systems has been to detect and deter threats, including the detection of visible and hidden weapons and abnormal behaviour. While this, of course, remains a primary focus, today we are seeing how surveillance systems defend against new invisible threats, as well as rapidly automate the process of contact-tracing to capture and contain a virus before it spreads. Again, the ability to track and trace through parsing algorithms that can manage through enormous amounts of data provides a highly scalable and rapid response mechanism to control the spread of threats. AI has demonstrated potential for identifying those displaying symptoms of infectious diseases, without requiring physical human contact Although the threat may not be visible, it is just as destructive. By incorporating AI into existing technologies, government, healthcare and security professionals can monitor public spaces and environments through the combined use of digital and thermal video surveillance cameras and video management systems); just one of the solutions being explored. AI has demonstrated potential for identifying those displaying symptoms of infectious diseases, without requiring physical human contact. By Using AI-powered video analytic software, businesses can monitor face masks, social distancing and large gathering compliance and also detect elevated body temperature. Critically, technology must be capable of both identifying and tracking the virus but also be unobtrusive. An unobtrusive system that is adaptable enough to be deployed across a range of environments where the public gathers in enclosed spaces is necessary to be effective. Security in 2021 Technology has proven itself to be a valuable ally in times of crisis. For smart cities, the use of innovative AI/machine learning technologies will help optimise security solutions in areas that are brimming with potential. As we look ahead to the future of security in a world that is impacted by such a wide range of threats, from physical to chemical to microbiological, it’s clear that new technologies, specifically AI can dramatically improve the effectiveness of security systems and help us to better defend against a wide spectrum of threats. Technology has a huge role to play in making our communities safe in 2021 and beyond, but for security systems to be effective, they must not be oppressive or obstructive. This will ensure they have the full support of the public - the key to success.

7 steps to make VMS system design and installation easier
7 steps to make VMS system design and installation easier

For those of you old enough to remember, video matrix switchers were once the heyday of surveillance camera control. These cumbersome antiques were at the heart of every major video surveillance system (CCTV at the time) in premier gaming properties, government installations and corporate industrial complexes. They required more physical labour to construct and configure than perhaps the pyramids – maybe not – but you get the picture. And then digital video made its way in to the market and everything changed, transforming the physical demands for camera control and management from a hardware-centric to a software driven process. We’ve come a long way in a few short years, and the borders that once defined IT and security continue to diminish, if not disappear completely There’s no doubt that this migration also presented significant challenges as many security professionals often struggled with all things IT and software programming being one of the industry’s soft spots. Fortunately, we’ve come a long way in a few short years, and the borders that once defined IT and security continue to diminish, if not disappear completely. However, the complexities of today’s VMS functionality can be intimidating for anyone tasked with installing one of these systems given all of the user-defined options available from the simplest camera sequencing and bandwidth allocations to mobile management and enterprise level integration. This is where truly advanced VMS solutions need to shine on both the operations and the design/build sides of the equation. Smart VMS design There are more solutions products labelled “VMS solutions” out there than ever before. The issue is the fact that many of these “solutions” really don’t fall into the category of a true VMS by today’s standards but offer basic camera and NVR control. No doubt that there is a place for such software programs in the market. However, VMS solutions from the likes of OnSSI and other industry-leading companies offer distinct and superior management and control capabilities for demanding security and business intelligence applications. Perhaps of equal importance, these top-tier VMS solutions incorporate provisions for installers, so they have a clear and easier implementation path. OnSSI offers VMS solutions with smart camera drivers Here are seven attributes that can assist with the design and implementation of an advanced VMS solution: 1) Open architecture platform We need the ability to easily integrate with other systems and scale for future developments and physical system growth The ability to easily integrate with other systems and scale for future developments and physical system growth is largely dependent on a systems platform architecture. Here’s where VMS solutions with open architecture provide a distinct advantage. Open-architecture solutions expand functionality by facilitating greater integration between multiple systems and components. This not only makes VMS solutions with open architecture easier to implement, it makes them extremely cost-efficient by eliminating the need for proprietary solutions. Open architecture systems also provide adherence to industry standards such as ONVIF and PSIA, as well as compression formats such as H.265 and MJPEG, and help ensure system integration and support of an extensive range of manufacturers’ cameras and off-the-shelf hardware. Be wary of VMS solutions with limited camera manufacturer support. 2) Simple licensing processes and pricing Camera licenses and pricing is always a touchy subject, as any misunderstanding of a specific VMS solutions’ licensing terms can prove to be costly after the fact. And it often seems that some VMS suppliers have gone to great lengths to complicate the process as to obscure actual Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Perhaps the most direct, simple and straightforward camera licensing and pricing method is to have one license per IP address used by each camera/encoder on multi-channel devices. These should be perpetual licenses with no required annual fees or subscriptions. Additionally, the licensing agreement should be all inclusive without added fees for multiple clients, failover servers, active directory support, I/O devices, redundant management servers, technical support or security patches and updates. 3) Mixing and matching camera license types The ability to mix and match different camera license types within the same system helps facilitate a seamless and simple migration of new and pre-existing systems with minimal downtime or interruption in operation. The ability to mix and match camera licenses not only saves valuable design and installation time, it can provide considerable savings when integrating large, multi-tenant systems. Mix and match capabilities also allow system designers to apply specific feature sets to specific groups of cameras to best leverage functionality and budgets, as well as providing the flexibility to implement an on-site, virtual, or cloud-based VMS solution, without any additional cost. 4) Auto camera detection and configuration Another VMS set-up feature that eases the install process is the ability to forego device registrations or MAC address requirements Another VMS set-up feature that eases the install process is the ability to forego device registrations or MAC address requirements. This functionality allows installers to instantly locate cameras on the network and configure them centrally so they can easily replace older cameras while seamlessly retaining video recorded from them. The auto detection capability should also include the ability to detect and import CSV files, which can then be stored and used to configure camera templates for future camera installation profiles. 5) Smart camera driver technology VMS solutions with smart camera drivers offer valuable assistance during system implementation, and any time new cameras are added to the network or replace older models. Manufacturer-specific smart camera drivers expand the range of model-specific static drivers. Instead of storing the device’s information (codecs, resolutions, frame rates, etc.) statically, a VMS with smart camera drivers queries devices for their capabilities using the manufacturers’ proprietary protocol. All that is required for configuration is that the camera is available on the network. Smart camera drivers eliminate the need to wait for model-specific drivers or installation of driver packs, allowing for newly released cameras to be used immediately. Network security is an area where leading VMS suppliers like OnSSI have ramped up development efforts to stay ahead of hackers  6) Importance of network security Network Security is perhaps the greatest challenge faced by industry professionals today Network security is perhaps the greatest challenge faced by industry professionals today. This is an area where leading VMS suppliers like OnSSI have ramped up development efforts to stay ahead of hackers. New security developments to look for include TLS 1.2 encryption protocols for camera-to-server communications (SSL 3.0 supported for older cameras), as well as server-to-server communications. Additional safeguards to consider include: randomised video databases with no camera identification information to secure recorded data; support for Active Directory authentication; AES encryption between servers and clients; and AES encrypted exporting. 7) Automatic updates Regardless of the supplier you select for your VMS solution, they should be consistently providing new updates and security patches on a frequent if not regular basis. Keeping up with these updates can be a burden and are often overlooked leading to system failures and breeches. Advanced VMS solutions now feature automatic update service checks on a system-wide basis, eliminating the need to manually update individual servers and devices. This ensures that your VMS system always has the latest drivers, fixes and updates which assures overall security while reducing TCO. So next time you’re getting a demo of the latest and greatest VMS solution, remember to ask what it offers in terms of design and implementation tools. Half the battle with new technologies is getting them installed and working properly. Without the right tools to accomplish these critical first steps, all the functionality in the world will do you little good.

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Which new buzzwords reflect the security industry’s trends?
Which new buzzwords reflect the security industry’s trends?

As an industry, we often speak in buzzwords. In addition to being catchy and easy to remember, these new and trendy industry terms can also reflect the state of the security market’s technology. In short, the latest buzzwords provide a kind of shorthand description of where the industry is - and where it’s going. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What new buzzword(s) rose to prominence in the security industry in 2020? (And how do they reflect industry trends?)

Convergence in financial security: Much more than a buzzword
Convergence in financial security: Much more than a buzzword

As a leader, I am a big proponent of using what’s happened in the past — and is currently happening in the present — to better prepare our business and our customers for what’s to come. Applying this mindset in the financial industry is particularly helpful. The emergence of various technologies and trends enables us to determine what we can optimise for the highest efficiency and satisfaction level. The past few years have been focused on the Internet of Things (IoT), data and analytics, and enhancing proactivity to mitigate the increasingly significant threat of fraud and cyber risks. While each of these elements will continue to play an essential role in the industry moving forward, we’re starting to see two common threads that will rise above all in the coming years: collaboration and convergence. When broken down in terms of its relevance for banks and credit unions, we can expect to see these trends in certain areas in the future. Security and customer engagement We’re starting to see two common threads that will rise above all in the coming years: collaboration and convergence There's no overstating the importance and value of one's hard-earned money. When it comes to keeping it safe, consumers demand their relationship with a financial institution is built on one powerful characteristic: trust. Customers must feel confident in placing their funds in someone else's hands, with the comfort and understanding that the institution's primary goal is to meet their needs while safeguarding information at all times. The digital transformation and incorporation of intelligent technology into the banking environment have undoubtedly changed how trust is defined in this industry. As customers become more tech-savvy, their idea of a trustworthy and engaging banking partner begins. We're seeing the necessity of digital services for elevating customer satisfaction, such as mobile banking, chat features, and intelligent virtual assistants, complementing in-person service, and modernising customer engagement. Now that customers are becoming more aware of some of the risks imposed by technology, simplifying and automating programs is more critical for banks than ever before. To address and mitigate customer concerns about data security and privacy, financial organisations must prioritise deploying an integrated, end-to-end solution that considers the vulnerability of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the risks of the cyber world. A security-led strategy But the aspect of security must remain at the centre of this strategy. As both the financial industry and the threats it faces become more complex, the promise of secure housing and management of one of our most sensitive assets is always top-of-mind. Ensuring adequate security, surveillance, and investigative processes are the key for banks to establish superior customer engagement and develop a healthy relationship based on protection. It’s a simple fact: Financial institutions can’t drive exceptional customer service without security having a seat at the table. In general, the customer experience is typically made up of these two elements above all else, and loyal customers place their trust in banks to demonstrate an apparent dedication to understanding how both sides impact one another — which is in more ways than one. Financial institutions can’t drive exceptional customer service without security having a seat at the table As we start to see the physical layouts of branches evolve to become more productive for customer engagement, it’s imperative to ensure that security is considered in these changes. For example, many bank environments are transitioning to be more liberal and free-flowing, which we will all take advantage of after the pandemic is behind us. These new environments could introduce various risks when it comes to employee and asset protection, making it paramount for security to react to this adjustment accordingly from a safety and fraud perspective. Physical security and IT By now, you’re probably more than familiar with the term “convergence.” The evolution of the threat landscape and the significance of risks that today’s banking and financial providers face have made the word top-of-mind. Organisations worldwide demand a more holistic approach to security to ensure they’re consistently protecting consumer data, employees, brand reputation, and infrastructure. Though this type of convergence has already begun to occur, the integration of physical and IT security will only become more critical in the years ahead. The use of advanced networked and cloud-based technologies in financial institutions — primarily through wireless network connections — has led to IT’s increased involvement in security decisions and operations, which is the right path to follow if a bank or credit union wants to ensure its solutions are protected against cyber threats. The collaboration between physical and IT security teams must exist at every level of the process; from procurement to installation to maintenance over time, it’s crucial that IT personnel are involved and asking the right questions. In the future, physical security groups will likely rely on IT professionals to help them solve problems regarding the technical and cyber sides of security solutions. Collaboration is key Whether it's due to the evolving risk landscape financial institutions face or the desire to adhere to customer demands, it’s become clear that collaboration will be the key to success for banks and credit unions in the future. A modernised customer engagement strategy must incorporate a focus on security, and that element of safety must be comprised of both physical and IT components. A modernised customer engagement strategy must incorporate a focus on security But while the traditional definition of convergence may seem simple to understand, we must look beyond these words to determine how exactly the practice can and should be implemented. In a more detailed sense, convergence can be defined as a marrying of cyber and physical security capabilities to form a comprehensive approach to identify potential threats and expand awareness for better event response. This level of “converged collaboration” fuels a unified and cohesive security strategy built with all areas of security in mind and can lead to better incident management and faster response. And with the potential impact of today’s security threats on a bank’s people, property, and brand, this approach is necessary to ensure that no stone is left unturned.

How is AI changing the security market?
How is AI changing the security market?

Artificial intelligence is more than just the latest buzzword in the security marketplace. In some cases, smarter computer technologies like AI and machine learning (ML) are helping to transform how security operates. AI is also expanding the industry’s use cases, sometimes even beyond the historic province of the security realm. It turns out that AI is also a timely tool in the middle of a global pandemic. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: How is artificial intelligence (AI) changing the security market?

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