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ONVIF Profile T and H.265: the evolution of video compression
ONVIF Profile T and H.265: the evolution of video compression

In today’s market, efficient use of bandwidth and storage is an essential part of maintaining an effective video surveillance system. A video management system’s ability to provide analysis, real time event notifications and crucial image detail is only as a good as the speed and bandwidth of a surveillance network. In the physical security industry, H.264 is the video compression format used by most companies. Some companies also employ H.264 enhancements to compress areas of an image that are irrelevant to the user at a higher ratio within a video stream in order to preserve image quality for more important details like faces, license plates or buildings. The H.265, H.264’s successor, will be increasingly used for compression in the future. Some companies are already using H.265 in their cameras and video management systems, while a host of other manufacturers are certainly preparing for its broader adoption in the years to come. Video compression technologies Reduced bandwidth and storage requirements are the primary benefits of video compression technologies Reduced bandwidth and storage requirements are the primary benefits of video compression technologies. In some cases, H.265 can double the data compression ratio of H.264, while retaining the same quality. Increased compression rate translates into decreased storage requirements on hard drives, less bandwidth usage and fewer switches – all of which reduce overall costs of system ownership. H.265 compression delivers a lower bitrate than H.264, which is relevant to end users and integrators because the lower bitrate reduces strain on hardware and can reduce playback issues. It’s very important that the compression format that is used is supported in all of the different components of a system: cameras, desktop computers on which the VMS is running and the VMS itself. It is also good for end users and integrators to understand the basics of video compression. Having a basic understanding of compression allows users to tweak settings to reduce bandwidth usage even more. Many cameras come with default settings that can be changed to ultimately reduce costs. ONVIF physical security In the physical security industry, ONVIF is working to incorporate into its specifications the use of new formats such as H.265 but is not directly involved in developing the compression standards themselves. With Profile T, the new ONVIF video profile released will employ a new media service that is compression agnostic. This means that it can support new video compression formats, including H.265, as well as new audio compression formats, with the ability to include new video and audio codecs as needed in the future without having to redesign its media service. In the physical security industry, ONVIF is working to incorporate into its specifications the use of new formats such as H.265 Standardisation organisations that are directly addressing new compression standards include the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) and a joint commission of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO)/International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), which is addressing the coding of audio, picture, multimedia and hypermedia information. Other compression formats on par with H.264 and H.265 are being developed by companies such as Google. H.265 compression formats Using products that employ H.265 compression will reduce costs through bandwidth reduction, as will changing default settings on cameras, which are often conservative. Having a basic understanding of compression formats and how to tweak camera factory default settings also gives integrators the ability to further reduce bandwidth for added costs savings and increased system performance. These enhancements will analyse which parts of an image are most important and adjust local levels of compressions accordingly It is also worth noting that H.265 enhancements will likely be developed by camera manufacturers to further reduce bandwidth, as was the case with H.264. These enhancements will analyze which parts of an image are most important and adjust local levels of compressions accordingly. While H.265 itself is ready for prime time, its value as a tool for IP-based surveillance systems is dependent on support for the codec in all parts of the system – the VMS, server hardware, graphics cards and camera. Though widespread H.265 adoption is predicted, providers of these components are jumping on the H.265 bandwagon at different rates of speed. ONVIF is including support for H.265 in its new video profile, Profile T, because it believes it will become the most widely used compression format and ONVIF recognises the need to anticipate that migration as a future need of the industry. The new media service, which will be implemented with Profile T, will be future-proof in that when new compression formats are released in the future, ONVIF can adopt them very quickly. That flexibility will definitely help integrators.

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.

Video surveillance must modernise in storage, recording and on-demand access
Video surveillance must modernise in storage, recording and on-demand access

Dollars spent by video surveillance customers must go towards ensuring high-availability capture, storage and on-demand access to live and archived video. Reaching this goal mandates high-availability of independent components – camera, network, storage (edge, external), internet connectivity, display, all Video Management Software (VMS) components and an architecture that can take advantage of this. In this note, we focus on seeing our way through to a video surveillance architecture, that provides high availability storage, access to live and stored video content. Of all options available to store recorded video, edge recording is the only one that is unaffected by network failure Edge recording Of all options available to store recorded video, edge recording is the only one that is unaffected by network failure. This makes edge storage a must-have. But, this has some limitations at present: Edge storage capacity is limited. Edge media has a short lifetime, rated only for thousands of hours of continuous recording. Most cameras are not secure and physical damage to the camera could lead to catastrophic loss of edge stored content. As storage and compression technology evolve, the constraints imposed by (1) and (2) could go away. However, securing cameras will continue to be a barrier for most installations. Secure external storage It is thus imperative to also store video in secure external storage. Such an architecture uses edge storage to fill in content gaps created by network, external storage outages. As edge storage technology improves, larger gaps can be filled in, but one will always need external storage. By our definition, ‘external storage’ is a solution stack that includes storage media and all software (including VMS) that provide access to this storage. Access to live and archived video Access to live video can either be met by external storage or directly by the camera Every surveillance solution needs to provide access to live and archived video. Access to live video can either be met by external storage or (and) directly by the camera. All things being equal, having the camera directly provide live video access, is a higher-availability solution. There is dependence on fewer components in the chain. Solutions in the market use one of the above two approaches for access to live video. Due to limited capacity and low physical security of edge storage, it makes sense at present, to have external storage meet all requests for archive video. Thus, we are led to an architecture that has heavy dependence on external storage. Dual-recording For high-availability, external storage must be architected with redundancy. Ideally, independent components that make up external storage – storage media, associated hardware and software (including VMS components), should be individually redundant and have smart interconnectivity. However, solutions in the market rigidly tie these components together. Failure of a single component causes failure of external storage. For e.g. hardware failure of a server causes VMS component failure AND storage failure. DR provides a smart way to provide high-availability for external storage For these solutions in the market, high-availability is achieved by having additional external storage units that step-in during outages of primary units. If these additional units continuously duplicate primary units, access gaps are minimised, and archive access is un-affected during primary unit outages. This is the idea behind Dual-Recording (DR).  To meet cost budgets, these additional units can be configured to store subsampled (framerate, resolution) video content. A small number of additional units can support concurrent outages of all primary units. A few-to-many redundancy. Rising need for dual-recording Most cameras cannot be physically secured, and video content produced by a camera must be stored externally. Many VMS solutions use external storage to service live video access requests. Edge storage limitations impose restrictions on edge archive access at present. So, external storage is used to service requests for archive access too. Thus, a surveillance system ends up being over-dependent on external storage. DR provides a smart way to provide high-availability for external storage. As edge storage improves, it will be able to service archive access requests. VMS software will need to evolve, to use this capability smartly.

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Secutech 2017 starts next generation security markets in Asia
Secutech 2017 starts next generation security markets in Asia

Secutech concluded its 20th anniversary on a positive note, proving once again to be an important platform for suppliers and buyers to stay at the forefront of the global safety and security market. The show was held from 12 – 14 April 2017 at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Centre. During the three-day show, 22,055 visitors from 75 countries and regions explored business collaboration with 372 exhibitors from 13 countries and regions. Every exhibitor showcased their top-notch security devices and solutions across 30,694 sqm of exhibition space. Foreseeing the skyrocketing demand for IoT solutions and connecting devices in the market, Secutech placed great emphasis on bringing together the intelligent solutions of various trending vertical markets to drive cross-industry innovations. Intelligent Special Pavilions and Intelligent Video Analytics Show Room were two examples that served this purpose. Ms Regina Tsai, Deputy General Manager for Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media was glad the show attendees benefited from this idea: “During these three days, I observed lots of business dialogues at each booth. Both exhibitors and visitors agreed they need a platform to connect and upgrade existing standard traditional security devices with new technologies. We will continue to work on this direction to facilitate industry people’s navigation in the evolving security ecosystem.” Business opportunities for exhibitors and buyers Exhibitors recognised Secutech as a meeting point to collaborate with high-quality system integrators from Asia. Hi Sharp Electronics Co Ltd, marking its 30th anniversary, is keen to work with Japanese system integrators, who are known for their attention to details. Company Representative Mr Chen Yan-Xiong shared: “We expect to find new business leads and to maintain our relationships with existing clients at the show. By participating in Secutech, we can let them know different integrated solutions like car safety and industrial automation technologies are on offer. The booth was packed with people. During the show, we have connected with different sales networks and quality system integrators from Japan. Japanese system integrators in particular have high expectations on cameras, lenses and related products. If we can cooperate with them, this will certainly increase our brand’s recognition in the global industry. Secutech is a good networking platform, which helps us penetrate different markets.” While networking is an essential part to attain business success, the fair provided a good opportunity for exhibitors to initiate cross-industry integration. Once used to support business partners to exhibit at Secutech, Network Optix Inc made the move to participate in the show this year after witnessing its capacity to attract buyers from various markets. The company’s APAC Channel Sales Manager, Mr Andy Wen, said: “Last year we noticed that the show was changing in a sense that there was a greater visitor flow and many of them were serious buyers. So, we decided to exhibit this year in a bid to find and connect end-users here with our agents in Northeast Asia and China. We have invited many of our key customers in Asia to visit the show. At our stand, we display our own hardware devices and organise successful case sharing presented by 12 of our business partners. They are using our products in transportation, factories, IT server rooms, and retail and interior businesses. The multiple applications and solutions of our products impress end-users. The collaboration between traditional devices and software is definitely one of the main trends of the safety and security industry.” The reason why Special Intelligent Pavilions for retail, transportation, industrial zones and factories were set up at the show is to demonstrate real world applications and promote cross-industry cooperation Special Intelligent Pavilions The reason why Special Intelligent Pavilions for retail, transportation, industrial zones and factories were set up at the show is to demonstrate real world applications and promote cross-industry cooperation. As an exhibitor of the smart retail zone, Mr Andy Chen of NUUO Inc said both exhibitors and visitors can benefit from the pavilions’ classification.  “It is very important that different themed zones are set up to display different products from various exhibitors. It allows clients and partners to explore new solutions. The arrangement of the show is good. Halls are categorised according to the sectors under the vertical market respectively. Overall, the result is satisfactory. Manufacturers, partners, and clients can access technologies and products they want directly and instantly at the show. I hope Secutech can continue this direction and further delve into the vertical market,” Mr Chen explained. The aim of Secutech this year is to strengthen cross-industry collaboration. Therefore, an effective business matching programme is in place to act as a bridge between exhibitors and buyers. A total of 438 business matching sessions were held and successfully connected 151 exhibitors with 73 buyers. Among those buyers who found the business matching programme rewarding, Office Building Unpins, a fire alarm manufacturer from Bulgaria, started partnerships with Taiwanese counterparts for the first time. Commercial Director Ms Angelina Petrova said: “We have found potential suppliers to be our OEMs and sell our products through the business matching services. I will definitely stay in touch with them to further discuss price and implementation. This is our first time cooperating with Taiwanese firms. Their quality is good and their products are certified. Besides, they are capable of giving me insights on the possible integration solutions. For example, one of the exhibitors provides a fire prevention camera that can be connected to our systems. It is absolutely worth visiting Secutech.” The fair is also a place for buyers to identify up-and-coming industry trends. Director of Infortek Ltd Mr Leo Peng was satisfied with the acute business sense presented at the show. “I think Secutech is one of the most professional fairs in the region. I visit the fair to source smart home and smart healthcare products. Both sectors are developing at a fast pace and the market demand is huge. One of the major trends in the industry is the integration of smart home and home security functions. And I can spot this trend from the fair. I found many outstanding products such as portable healthcare devices. It gave me ideas about our company’s future project planning.” Huge range of forums and seminars To consolidate the show’s status as a holistic platform for business and information sharing, more than 150 sessions of seminars related to disaster prevention, system integration, security components, smart home and more were organised over the course of three days. Conferences, forums, and seminars addressing different topics all embraced a common goal in highlighting challenges and proposing solutions in corresponding areas across the vertical markets. "The prevention of the possibility of multiple disasters is raised given the salience in Taiwan and Japan" The President of the Taiwan Association of Disaster Prevention Industry Association, Mr Jimmy Chou, was the host at the Asia Pacific Smart Disaster Prevention Summit & Exhibition. He was thrilled to discuss disaster prevention measures with key stakeholders from other Asian countries. He explained: “The forum encourages interaction between the speakers and audience. Many experts, government officials and academics from Japan, Thailand and Vietnam have shared their experiences and insights in the future development of disaster prevention. The prevention of the possibility of multiple disasters is raised given the salience in Taiwan and Japan. I think the session was fruitful for industry communication and exchanging ideas.” General Manager of Parsons Brinckerhoff, Mr Frank Lin, a speaker of Asia Systems Integration Forum, also found the event insightful. He said: “As a business consultant company, we are hoping to connect with local suppliers and system integrators from Taiwan and Asia, and to introduce our technologies and expertise to them. This forum is a place to expand our network with these system integrators. After the forum, I received some enquiries from the audience who wanted to further discuss business opportunities.” Effectiveness of Forum First-time speaker, Mr Tetsuo Nagano from Solution Planning Department, Security Business Planning Division, Hitachi Industry Control Solutions Ltd praised the effectiveness of the CompoSec Forum. Mr Nagano said: “My goal is to introduce the advantage of finger vein identification and the result is excellent. I think it is great to have this event as it demonstrates the latest technologies in the industry and fosters industry communication. It is a perfect chance to get in touch with potential business partners. As Taiwan is a manufacturing hub that gathers numerous innovative companies, Hitachi hopes to cooperate with enterprises here and expands our technologies to the international market. For this purpose, I think Secutech is the place to be.” An attendee of the SMAHome International Conference, Mr Zhang Guangsheng is a software department supervisor at Diveotech. He acquired the latest information about fast-track IoT deployments and commented: “IoT is currently one of the most-discussed trends and topics. Many companies have developed related platforms and applications to capture opportunities in the IoT era. Our company provides intelligent solutions including image and data analysis. It is important for us to be here to learn more about industry development. The speaker shared ideas on IoT and also their new innovations. I have learnt a lot and look forward to future editions.” Apart from the forums mentioned above, the Secutech excellence award reviewed and recognised products capable of delivering excellent 4K UHD intelligent image monitoring performance. A special zone for 3D Intelligent Video Analytics demonstrated the application of smart video tracking, 3D people counting, deep learning, direction detection, plate recognition, and hot spot analysis. Another highlight is the debut of the Z-Wave Academy in Asia, lining up smart home and home automation industry professionals to deliver a series of training and hands-on experience. Additionally, the SMAhome Awards 2017 presented six awards (Top of Excellence, Top of Innovation, Top of ID Design, Top of Solution, Top of Popularity, and Cloud Platform & Software Excellence Awards) to outstanding smart home products worldwide.

VIVOTEK and Solution Integration Alliance partners aim to promote H.265 integration
VIVOTEK and Solution Integration Alliance partners aim to promote H.265 integration

VIVOTEK offers comprehensive H.265 solutions to meet market demands VIVOTEK, an IP surveillance solutions provider, not only offers a wide range of H.265 surveillance products, it also aims to integrate and increase H.265 presence in partnership with the Solution Integration Alliance (SIA) partners worldwide. Solution Integration Alliance partners VIVOTEK is proud to announce the existence of ten H.265 integration SIA partners, including: AxxonSoft, Genetec, Milestone, NUUO, Synology, and newly-added Cathexis, Digifort, Luxriot, Macroscop and Mirasys. Working closely with VIVOTEK's SIA partners, customers will equip themselves with a comprehensive H.265 solution that meets the technical demands of all projects. Smart Stream II and H.265 technology “As a leading IP surveillance solution provider, VIVOTEK forges alliances with innovative SIA partners to deliver the most advanced and up to date H.265 solutions,” says Shengfu Cheng, Director of Brand Business Research & Development Division, VIVOTEK Inc. “With our self-developed Smart Stream II and H.265 technology, customers can deploy the most efficient system, increasing the usage of storage and bandwidth, while optimising the image quality of a specific area or object.” Cheng further states, “Working hand in hand with our partners maximises user efficiency and capability, while expanding the global market with our outstanding partners, is a win-win for all of us.” Maximising bandwidth and storage efficiency VIVOTEK offers comprehensive H.265 solutions to meet market demands. An impressive line-up of H.265 surveillance products includes professional video management software (VMS), VAST and VAST 2, 6 different network video recorders (NVR), and 24 network camera models since 2015, with the release of more cameras scheduled for the near future. Combining H.265 and Smart Stream II technology creates the most efficient system, maximising bandwidth and storage efficiency and reducing bandwidth and data storage demands by up to 80% relative to H.264 systems.

Secutech Expo 2017 to host System Integrator Forum and Intelligent Solution Pavilion for better understanding of evolving security ecosystem
Secutech Expo 2017 to host System Integrator Forum and Intelligent Solution Pavilion for better understanding of evolving security ecosystem

Industrial zone and smart factory optimises production by linking assembly-line to monitoring systems Reaching the milestone of 20 years, Secutech will be held from 12th - 14th April, 2017, at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Centre. As a business platform of global safety and security industry and one of the most influential exhibitions of its kind in Asia, Secutech will house more than 450 exhibitors spanning over 35,800 sq.m. of exhibition space. To consolidate the show’s prestige as a holistic channel for business and information sharing, a comprehensive fringe programme will be launched to facilitate participants’ navigation in the evolving security ecosystem and the diverse vertical markets. Emergence of new technologies Ms Regina Tsai, Deputy General Manager of the show organiser, further elaborated on how Secutech 2017 adapted to the ever-changing technological landscape. “Security ecosystems with the IoT, coinciding with the emergence of new technologies such as big data, cloud computing and machine learning, have bred new business opportunities from the diverse vertical markets and widely expanded product portfolios. However, system integrators are facing challenges like technical integrations, products quality variations, and a lack of comprehensive market understandings. Therefore, the System Integrator Forum and Intelligent Solution Pavilion are the most resourceful platforms for integration and management of the SI supply chain to shed light on these problems,” she explained. Experts from seven prominent technology firms will address trends, innovative applications, and vertical solutions System Integrator Forum The System Integrator Forum will promote cross-industry cooperation driven by the latest technologies of IVS/VCA, automation, biometric, machine learning, security robots, AI and drone. Experts from seven prominent technology firms will address trends, innovative applications, and vertical solutions including: Hard-disk drive manufacturer Seagate and engineering consulting firm Parsons Brinckerhoff will explore potential opportunities in the Asian infrastructure market and opportunities and challenges in the new IoT era.   PA system manufacturer BXB Electronics Co Ltd, video management system providers Milestone and Genetec, big data solution provider Qognify and Ethernet cable supplier EtherWAN will discuss vertical markets and solutions. A Cross-Border Asian SI Pavilion will be set up at the forum to showcase innovative products and solutions for the interests of top Asian system integrators from over 10 countries and regions. Translating customer analytics Meanwhile, the Intelligent Solution Pavilion provides more innovative answers to system integrators, service providers, and end-users in retail sectors, factories, transportation, households, and buildings. The ubiquitous connectivity rewarded by the IoT enhances personalisation, customisation, and the quality of life for all parties to an unprecedented level. Smart retail allows retailers to translate customer analytics collected from tracking chips, smart shelves, and digital signage screens to reshape in-store experiences for shoppers that suit their interests and preferences. The smart retail zone is sponsored by AG Neovo, Hikvision, III-IDEAS, NUUO, RetailNext, Soundwin, Sunmoretek and TIIS. Industrial zone and smart factory optimises production by linking assembly-line robots to monitoring systems. This themed zone is sponsored by EtherWAN, Qnap, and Sick. Under intelligent transportation, traffic data are analysed to improve transportation routes and reduce traffic congestion. For car owners, they can even connect their vehicles to access household features such as turning on the lights and adjusting the air conditioning. The intelligent building zone is co-organised by TTIA and sponsored by Dahua, EtherWAN, Seagate, and V5. Other fringe events include CompoSec and Secutech Awards that display innovative solutions and new insights Intelligent image monitoring Other fringe events include CompoSec and Secutech Awards that display innovative solutions and new insights. The former is a forum highlighting four technology trends in the area of R&D. Award-winning suppliers in the latter will display and review the next generation 4K UHD intelligent image monitoring performance through their demonstration.Secutech is organised by Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media Ltd and is held concurrently with SMAhome Expo and Fire & Safety.With ten events, Messe Frankfurt is one of the world’s leading organisers of fairs and congresses for the expanding international field of civil security. These platforms provide optimum opportunities for gaining a foothold in dynamic growth markets all over the world. Presently Messe Frankfurt organises events in Germany, Asia, the Middle East, South America, and East Africa.

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