Honeywell unveils new 600 TVL True Day/Night vandal-resistant mini-dome cameras
Honeywell unveils new 600 TVL True Day/Night vandal-resistant mini-dome cameras

Honeywell is proud to introduce the new and improved HD4 Series of vandal-resistant dome cameras. Completely designed by Honeywell, the HD4D3SX, HD4DAFSX and HD4DIRSX come fully integrated with camera and lens that performs in both indoor and outdoor environments. Whatever the application, the new HD4 Series has a solution for you.Quick/easy installation - The new compact surface or flush one-piece mount design allows for fast, easy installation directly to a ceiling, wall, or to a 4S (using the supplied adapter plate), single, or double electrical box. In addition, a wall or pendant mount kit is available for installation in virtually any application. The new internal cable management design enables installers to easily place their video/power connection within the housing base and not in walls or conduit pipe. The HD4DAFSX has an auto focus mechanical zoom lens that continuously adjusts to the correct focus automatically for the sharpest picture, resulting in reduced installation time. Flexibility - With both composite and unshielded twisted pair (UTP) outputs, installers only need to buy one model for any application. This reduces the amount of inventory needed, and if the installation changes, there is no need to spend time returning the wrong camera and buying a new one. Better image quality - 600 TVL allows for outstanding picture clarity, sharp edge definition and true colour contrast. HD4DIRSX comes with ‘anti-saturation technology' to provide the clearest image in dark conditions. Highlight Masking Exposure (HME) masks overly-exposed light sources (such as car headlights) to produce a definable image. Peace of mind - New built-in breather vent eliminates all humidity or water ingress issues to eliminate weather-related issues and potential loss of critical video. The new integrated heater and thermostat ensures the camera will continue to function in temperatures as low as -40°F (-40°C). Part Number  Description HD4D3SX 1/3" CCD Integrated True Day/Night Rugged Dome Camera with DNR, 600 TVL, 3.3-12 mm VFAI, Heater, Surface/Flush Housing, 12 VDC/24 VAC, PAL HD4DAFSX 1/3" CCD Integrated True Day/Night Rugged Dome Camera with DNR, 600 TVL, 2.9-8.5 mm Auto Focus Lens, Heater, Surface/Flush Housing, 12 VDC/24 VAC, PAL  HD4DIRSX 1/3" CCD Integrated True Day/Night Rugged Dome Camera with DNR, 600 TVL, 18 LEDs, 3.3-12 mm VFAI, Heater, Surface/Flush Housing, 12 VDC/24 VAC, PAL

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Honeywell adds high definition mini-dome to IP camera portfolio
Honeywell adds high definition mini-dome to IP camera portfolio

Announcing the latest addition to the Honeywell EQUIP® family of IP products and the first in a series of high definition cameras. The new HD3MDIPX indoor mini-dome provides 720p images at extremely low bandwidth for significantly reduced storage requirements-even in low light. The HD3MDIPX is the latest addition to Honeywell's expanded IP portfolio of high definition (HD) cameras that allows end users to integrate a broad range of digital technology into their analogue systems. The HD mini-dome provides extremely high picture quality at the cost of traditional analogue cameras. It features an externally accessible web-based menu to let operators view and control cameras from virtually anywhere, and camera tamper detection alerts users instantly if a camera has been obstructed or vandalised. "When it comes to new security installations, IP-based systems are growing in prevalence as viable options alongside traditional analogue-based approaches," said Vineet Nargolwala, general manager EMEA, Honeywell Systems Group. "IP migration is not a matter of if - it's a matter of when. And as this happens and the price of IP falls, the capabilities and benefits of IP will continue to grow. In light of this, beginning a migration to IP-based systems is a necessary way to future-proof an organisation and prepare for the day when IP will be the dominant form of video." The company's IP offering includes a powerful video management platform, MAXPRO® VMS, and a complete selection of recording solutions. Open architecture lets users easily transition digital technology into existing analogue systems and provides users the flexibility they need to control costs and maximise their investment in existing equipment. The HD portfolio of cameras will soon expand to include an outdoor mini-dome, a bullet camera and box camera options. For more information, visit www.honeywellipsolutions.com

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Honeywell showcases integrated security solutions, launches training programmes at IFSEC 2009
Honeywell showcases integrated security solutions, launches training programmes at IFSEC 2009

IFSEC hall 4, stand E70Honeywell will showcase its latest integrated, IP-based security systems at IFSEC 2009, which is being held at the NEC Birmingham from May 11-14. Visitors to the Honeywell stand E70 in Hall 4 can see a variety of recently launched products and solutions designed to help installers win more business and boost their revenues. These include the Fusion III v3.6 Digital Video Recorder (DVR), HCX megapixel camera range, ACUIX™ ES PTZ and fixed dome cameras and Performance Series security cameras.IFSEC also sees the unveiling of Honeywell's Trained Specifier Certification (TSC) programme, designed to help consultants and specifiers stay in touch with market trends. The company will also promote its Systems Integrator Programme (SIP), which provides customers with industry knowledge through a wide range of training programmes.The products and solutions taking the spotlight on the Honeywell stand this year include:Fusion III v3.6 Digital Video Recorder (DVR) and HCX megapixel camera range - Providing security installers and integrators with a comprehensive Honeywell IP video solution alongside its analogue solutions, the Fusion III v3.6 DVR is ideal for organisations such as government facilities, educational centers, commercial buildings and municipal environments looking to expand digital or analogue networks with the latest IP technology.  The solution offers full integration with Honeywell's new HCX megapixel camera range as well as the EQUIP™ range of IP cameras and ACUIX™ IP PTZ domes. ACUIX™ ES PTZ and fixed dome cameras - This line of pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) and fixed dome cameras has a reduced footprint that fits into most surveillance environments.  Operating on less than 15 watts of power, the ACUIX ES offers energy efficiency as well as ease of installation and operation. Performance Series security cameras - The Performance Series incorporates indoor and indoor/outdoor mini-domes as well as bullet cameras, many with infrared (IR) illumination. The line is ideal for organisations looking for cost-effective security surveillance.Recognising that success for installers and consultants in 2009 is about more than just product, Honeywell is launching training programmes that deliver valuable sales, marketing and technical support and training. These programmes include: Trained Specifier Certification (TSC) - Honeywell's TSC programme will be officially launched at IFSEC. It is designed to help consultants and specifiers stay in touch with market developments and trends as well as new solutions, applications and technology. This richly varied programme provides participants with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in today's market and encourages a rewarding relationship between Honeywell and the key security consultants, consulting engineers and specifiers who drive leading edge security solutions across Europe.Systems Integrator Programme (SIP) - This programme is designed specifically to help system integrators generate new business, stimulate growth and build and sustain customer relationships, providing them with a variety of marketing, training and support resources. Honeywell offers three membership tiers to participants, and courses are held at the company's Training Centres of Excellence in the UK, Netherlands and Germany."We are witnessing dramatic change in the security space: systems are moving from analogue to digital; applications are bridging physical and logical security; and companies are adopting a more holistic approach than ever before," said Vineet Nargolwala, general manager EMEA, Honeywell Systems Group. "At IFSEC we are demonstrating the rich variety of ways in which Honeywell is responding to these changes and is protecting our customers' businesses, from two-door systems to multi-site access control and video security, and integrated systems based on IP or analogue. We are also launching new training initiatives designed to enable our customers to stay ahead of industry changes."

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Honeywell HD3CHSX - High resolution day/night colour indoor mini dome camera
Honeywell HD3CHSX - High resolution day/night colour indoor mini dome camera

Honeywell's HD3CHSX indoor fixed mini-dome camera is the latest addition to the HD3 Series. No matter how demanding the environment, this compact, integrated solution delivers outstanding image quality under almost any light conditions. The 1/3" CCD sensor offers the latest in digital video surveillance technology with accurate colour rendition through a wide variety of lighting conditions. The HD3CHSX incorporates the latest Digital Signal Processing (DSP) and Digital Noise Reduction (DNR) technology to produce extremely sharp and clear images regardless of lighting levels. DNR removes noise artefacts, increasing the performance of motion detection and typically providing longer recording durations on digital and network video recorders. Producing 540 TV lines of crisp, clear horizontal resolution with a minimum illumination of 0.2 lux, the HD3CHSX reproduces sharper images down to the smallest detail with outstanding accuracy. A 2.8-10.5 mm Vari-focal Auto Iris lens covers a wide range of viewing angles. Picture adjustment after installation is easy with the 3-D axis gimbal that is capable of 360° of pan, 160° of tilt and 360° of horizontal rotation. The HD3CHSX integrates a camera and lens into a compact, one-piece design for fast and easy installation. The surface mount offers easy installation directly to a ceiling, wall, or 2S single gang box. A wall/pendant mount kit is available in off white for inconspicuous installation in virtually any application. A service/monitor cable is included for easy on-site adjustments.  

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New from Honeywell - HD4UX mini-dome: every pixel tells a story
New from Honeywell - HD4UX mini-dome: every pixel tells a story

Honeywell's HD4UX is the ideal camera for environments with high contrast and changing light conditions. Using the Digital Pixel System® (DPS) Sensor Technology, light photons are converted from analogue to a digital format within each pixel immediately after the image is captured.  Even in high-contrast lighting conditions, the HD4UX delivers higher quality images and significantly better dynamic range (>100 dB) than conventional CCD cameras. The HD4UX uses a removable infrared (IR) cut filter in colour mode and an optical low-pass filter (OLPF) in black and white mode, guaranteeing optimal image quality at any time of day.  The HD4UX also comes with a one-button camera set-up lever control to access the on-screen display menu.  Seven wide dynamic presets allow quick and easy set-up for various applications such as ATMs, loading bays, lobbies, and scenes with intense glare from spotlights or car headlights. This rugged integrated camera system is loaded with high-performance features and is easy to install.  With solid die-cast aluminium housing and a scratch-resistant 3.5 mm-thick clear polycarbonate dome cover and dome liner, this unit can withstand heavy external impacts and is IP66 rated for safe outdoor installations.  The compact surface mount design allows for fast, easy installation to a ceiling or wall.  A 4S adapter plate for mounting over an electrical box is supplied with the unit.  A service/monitor cable is included for easy on-site adjustments, and a wall mount kit can be ordered, if needed. Features include: 1/3" Ultra Wide Dynamic DPS imager 540 TV lines of resolution 32-bit digital processing 7 Wide Dynamic presets for easy set up and camera configuration Dynamic range: 102 dB typical/ 120 dB max - 100 to 200 times greater than conventional CCD cameras 12 VDC/24 VAC with line lock 3-D axis gimbal bracket Higher frame rates - 50 fps progressive video capture for sharp image definition in all lighting conditions 0.4 lux @ F1.4 for true colour representation in daytime and black and white at night Local video output for set-up Vandal resistant aluminium alloy housing with polycarbonate dome For further information, click here or call 08448 000 235

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Honeywell ACUIX™ ES dome range expanded with new outdoor models
Honeywell ACUIX™ ES dome range expanded with new outdoor models

ACUIX™ ES range provides superior quality video both indoors and outdoors at a competitive price.The ACUIX™ ES PTZ dome features four housing configurations and four integrated high-resolution, auto-focus cameras for virtually any application. The indoor colour cameras are available with either an 18X zoom lens and 460 TVL (PAL) of resolution or a fixed 2.8-10mm vari-focal auto-iris lens and 540 TVL of resolution. The outdoor Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) and True Day/Night (TDN) models feature 18X, 26X and 36X zoom lenses and up to 530 TVL PAL of resolution. The quick and easy installation characteristics make the ACUIX™ ES the undisputed first choice when a cost competitive, fully featured dome is required.Like the ACUIX PTZ dome, the ACUIX ES PTZ dome uses Honeywell proprietary technology that allows users to remotely upload firmware to all domes and permits secure storage of all camera settings such as labels, presets, tours, and privacy zones.The ACUIX ES PTZ comes with many software features that increase performance and make installation and operation easy. Privacy Zones allow a user to mask up to 24 regions to ensure sensitive areas remain obscured (up to eight on screen at once). Password protection prevents unauthorised users from changing system settings. Standard options include UTP video and up to 8 dry contact inputs. Multi-language menus are provided for English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Polish, Czech and Spanish.Market OpportunitiesThe combination of Honeywell technology, advanced video processing, and low-profile design makes ACUIX™ ES ideally suited for retail, banking and finance, healthcare, schools and campuses, and anywhere detailed surveillance is essential. Highly reliable, ACUIX ES offers world-class performance and seamless system integration. ACUIX™ ES Series PTZ domes: IndoorIn-ceiling (PAL)Fixed, clear, video over coaxFixed, smoked, video over coax18X colour, video over coax, video over UTP, 8 contact inputs, smoked18X colour, video over coax, 2 contact inputs, smoked18X colour, video over coax, 2 contact inputs, clear18X colour, video over coax, video over UTP, 8 contact inputs, clearIndoorSurface/pendant (PAL)Fixed, video over coax, clearFixed, video over coax, smoked18X colour, video over coax, 2 contact inputs, smoked18X colour, video over coax, video over UTP, 8 contact inputs, clear18X colour, video over coax, video over UTP, 8 contact inputs, smoked18X colour, video over coax, 2 contact inputs, clearOutdoor Clear dome (PAL)36X WDR TDN, video over coax, video over UTP, 8 contact inputs36X WDR TDN, video over coax, 2 contact inputs26X WDR TDN, video over coax, 2 contact inputs26X WDR TDN, video over coax, video over UTP, 8 contact inputs18X WDR TDN, video over coax, 2 contact inputs, clear18X WDR TDN, video over coax, video over UTP, 8 contact inputsOutdoorSmoke dome (PAL)36X WDR TDN, video over coax, video over UTP, 8 contact inputs36X WDR TDN, video over coax, 2 contact inputs26X WDR TDN, video over coax, 2 contact inputs26X WDR TDN, video over coax, video over UTP, 8 contact inputs18X WDR TDN, video over coax, 2 contact inputs, clear18X WDR TDN, video over coax, video over UTP, 8 contact inputs

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Honeywell introduces new miniature true day/night PTZ dome to the Performance Series
Honeywell introduces new miniature true day/night PTZ dome to the Performance Series

The HDTX True Day/Night PTZ dome offers the economy and size of a fixed lens mini-dome camera whilst offering the functionality and versatility of a PTZ dome. The HDTX is a low profile unit suited to areas where a larger dome is impractical. Its small size remains virtually unnoticed in varying indoor surveillance applications, so it is perfect for retail sites or other environments where customers and visitors are monitored. The camera provides excellent picture quality - even in low light - due to its 10X optical zoom lens and 470 TVL resolution. A single connection lead connects straight into the dome, saving the installer time on site or allowing more domes to be commissioned per day. Each unit comes with fittings so that it can be flush or surface-mounted. Wall and ceiling mount brackets are also available. The HDTX is also environmentally friendly, designed to consume less energy and customers have the option to power it via either a 24VAC or 12VDC power supply.  "The HDTX offers installers and end-users a small, adaptable product that is easy to install and cost effective to operate," comments Jeremy Kimber, Commercial Operational Marketing Leader EMEA. "In addition, because HDTX has a 360° viewing angle and the ability to get to any one of 127 programmable preset positions at 360° per second, it offers fast image capture in any direction." The Performance Series range includes indoor and indoor/outdoor mini-domes as well as bullet cameras, many with infrared (IR) illumination and a range of H.264 digital video recorders.  The range is ideal for organisations looking for cost effective surveillance as a part of their security systems. For more information on the Performance Series, visit www.honeywell.com/security/uk/performance.

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Securing your business while working remotely
Securing your business while working remotely

It's a very common purchase for people to seek a smart security camera to remotely link them to their home whilst at work. Now the emphasis has shifted, with a lot more people working from home, business owners should consider a surveillance device to deter would-be thieves, protecting valuable equipment crucial for businesses to operate successfully. A robust security camera setup can aid existing security staff, and give business owners peace of mind out of hours.    According to a recent report, police forces are having to carry out extra night patrols in empty city and town centres, as burglars target shops, pubs and other commercial premises during the pandemic. During these unprecedented times, investing in a video security system can save you and your business money – and in more than one way. In addition to preventing loss of property from inside, surveillance cameras also prevent acts of theft and vandalism by outside individuals However, technology, improved mobile connectivity, apps, and cloud technologies has changed the security market and made it easy for anyone to set up a surveillance ecosystem with easy installation and constant round the clock, cloud monitoring. Plus, you can access footage from anywhere in the world via devices and apps – just in case you have to skip the country! The best cameras for SMBs Most good cameras have the much same functionality: excellent video and audio capabilities, remote access and programming, motion and sound detection, and the ability to capture still or video images and audio and save the data to the Cloud. But the burning question is, when you're trying to find a need in a haystack, what will work best for a small to medium sized business? A robust security camera setup can aid existing security staff, and give business owners peace of mind out of hours Now you can buy cameras that come packed with features such as integrated night vision, 1080p resolution, microSD card slot for local recording, two-way audio functionality as well as the latest latest 128bit encryption. They also have wide-angle lenses allowing users to see more of their office with a single camera, and some come with free, intelligent AI-Based motion detection. The AI gives users more choices on what is captured by the camera and when they should be alerted. Users can specify what types of motion they would like to detect, such as an intruder as opposed to a dog, an object crossing a defined boundary or into a specific area. They can also define multiple zones, alerting them immediately when movement is detected in particular areas. Easy installation is crucial These security cameras should also be easy enough to install and use that you don't need to fork out for expensive expert installation, and many can work with existing CCTV and CCTV DVR systems you may already have set-up. Many of the business security cameras are Wi-Fi enabled and come with their own apps, so you can view footage on your smartphone or tablet, no matter where you are in the world. It means you don't need to pay for a security team to watch the footage at all times (though if you can afford it, that won't hurt), and you can store your videos locally with an NVR on a HD, in the cloud with mydlink or do both with a hybrid NVR/cloud recorder. The apps use Rich Notifications which send a push notification with snapshot to the mobile device the moment activity is detected. Users can react immediately without the need to log into the app by accessing the camera’s live view or calling one of two pre-assigned contacts with a single tap. Any motion-triggered recordings can be saved in the cloud, or locally on a microSD card. Indoor, Outdoor or both? Indoor cameras can be smaller, more lightweight and are usually less intrusive than bulkier outdoor cameras The primary distinction between indoor and outdoor security cameras is the types of external factors each camera has to be able to withstand. While both types of cameras usually come in similar styles and with comparable features, outdoor cameras need to be able to contend with all types of weather and varying light conditions. Outdoor cameras are also more vulnerable to being tampered with, so they are typically made of more durable materials, like metal, and may be heavier or even housed in a casing in order to discourage easy removal. Indoor cameras can be smaller, more lightweight and are usually less intrusive than bulkier outdoor cameras. Both indoor and outdoor cameras utilise features like infrared, allowing for clear pictures in low light conditions and easy transitions when there is a sudden change in light-changing automatically from colour images in bright light to black and white when it gets darker. When doing your research, features to look out for include: Wide angle lens for optimum room view or full view of the front of your property Full HD 1080p at 30fps   ONVIF compatible - Open Network Video Interface Forum - The forum aims to standardize how IP products within the video surveillance industry communicate with each other. Night vision - look at length of the night vision - 5m is about right Your options will depend on your budget and specific needs, but the above features are a great start when you come to buy.

Face recognition: Privacy concerns and social benefits
Face recognition: Privacy concerns and social benefits

News reports and opinion columns about face recognition are appearing everyday. To some of us, the term sounds overly intrusive. It even makes people shrink back into their seats or shake their head in disgust, picturing a present-day dystopia. Yet to others, face recognition presents technology-enabled realistic opportunities to fight, and win, the battle against crime. What are the facts about face recognition? Which side is right? Well, there is no definitive answer because, as with all powerful tools, it all depends on who uses it. Face recognition can, in fact, be used in an immoral or controversial manner. But, it can also be immensely beneficial in providing a safe and secure atmosphere for those in its presence.  Concerns of facial recognition With the increased facial recognition applications, people’s concerns over the technology continuously appear throughout news channels and social media. Some of the concerns include: Privacy: Alex Perry of Mashable sums up his and most other peoples’ privacy concerns with face recognition technology when he wrote, “The first and most obvious reason why people are unhappy about facial recognition is that it's unpleasant by nature. Increasing government surveillance has been a hot-button issue for many, many years, and tech like Amazon's Rekognition software is only making the dystopian future feel even more real”. Accuracy: People are worried about the possibilities of inaccurate face detection, which could result in wrongful identification or criminalisation. Awareness: Face recognition software allows the user to upload a picture of anyone, regardless of whether that person knows of it. An article posted on The Conversation states, “There is a lack of detailed and specific information as to how facial recognition is actually used. This means that we are not given the opportunity to consent to the recording, analysing and storing of our images in databases. By denying us the opportunity to consent, we are denied choice and control over the use of our own images” Debunking concerns  The concerns with privacy, accuracy, and awareness are all legitimate and valid concerns. However, let us look at the facts and examine the reasons why face recognition, like any other technology, can be responsibly used: Privacy concerns: Unlike the fictional dystopian future where every action, even in one’s own home, is monitored by a centralised authority, the reality is that face recognition technology only helps the security guard monitoring public locations where security cameras are installed. There is fundamentally no difference between a human security guard at the door and an AI-based software in terms of recognising people on watchlist and not recognising those who are not. The only difference is that the AI-based face recognition software can do so at a higher speed and without fatigue. Face recognition software only recognises faces that the user has put in the system, which is not every person on the planet, nor could it ever be. Accuracy concerns: It is true that first-generation face recognition systems have a large margin for error according to studies in 2014. However, as of 2020, the best face recognition systems are now around 99.8% accurate. New AI models are continuously being trained with larger, more relevant, more diverse and less biased datasets. The error margin found in face recognition software today is comparable to that of a person, and it will continue to decrease as we better understand the limitations, train increasingly better AI and deploy AI in more suitable settings. Awareness concerns: While not entirely comforting, the fact is that we are often being watched one way or another on a security camera. Informa showed that in 2014, 245 million cameras were active worldwide, this number jumped to 656 million in 2018 and is projected to nearly double in 2021. Security camera systems, like security guards, are local business and government’s precaution measures to minimise incidents such as shoplifting, car thefts, vandalism and violence. In other words, visitors to locations with security systems have tacitly agreed to the monitoring in exchange for using the service provided by those locations in safety, and visitors are indeed aware of the existence of security cameras. Face recognition software is only another layer of security, and anyone who is not a security threat is unlikely to be registered in the system without explicit consent. The benefits In August 2019, the NYPD used face recognition software to catch a rapist within 24 hours after the incident occurred. In April 2019, the Sichuan Provincial Public Security Department in China, found a 13-year-old girl using face recognition technology. The girl had gone missing in 2009, persuading many people that she would never be found again. Face recognition presents technology-enabled realistic opportunities to fight, and win, the battle against crimeIn the UK, the face recognition system helps Welsh police forces with the detection and prevention of crime. "For police it can help facilitate the identification process and it can reduce it to minutes and seconds," says Alexeis Garcia-Perez, a researcher on cybersecurity management at Coventry University. "They can identify someone in a short amount of time and in doing that they can minimise false arrests and other issues that the public will not see in a very positive way". In fact, nearly 60% Americans polled in 2019 accept the use of face recognition by law enforcement to enhance public safety. Forbes magazine states that “When people know they are being watched, they are less likely to commit crimes so the possibility of facial recognition technology being used could deter crime”. Saving time  One thing that all AI functions have been proven to achieve better results than manual security is speed. NBC News writes, “Nearly instantaneously, the program gives a list of potential matches loaded with information that can help him confirm the identity of the people he’s stopped - and whether they have any outstanding warrants. Previously, he’d have to let the person go or bring them in to be fingerprinted”. Facial recognition can also be immensely beneficial in providing a safe and secure atmosphere for those in its presence With AI, instead of spending hours or days to sift through terabytes of video data, the security staff can locate a suspect within seconds. This time-saving benefit is essential to the overall security of any institution, for in most security threat situations, time is of the utmost importance. Another way in which the technology saves time is its ability to enable employees (but not visitors) to open doors to their office in real time with no badge, alleviating the bottleneck of forgotten badge, keycode or password. Saving money A truly high-performance AI software helps save money in many ways. First, if the face recognition software works with your pre-existing camera system, there is no need to replace cameras, hence saving cost on infrastructure. Second, AI alleviates much of the required manual security monitoring 24/7, as the technology will detect people of interest and automatically and timely alert the authorities. Third, by enhancing access authentication, employees save time and can maximise productivity in more important processes. The takeaway AI-enabled face recognition technology has a lot of benefits if used correctly. Can it be abused? Yes, like all tools that mankind has made from antiquity. Should it be deployed? The evidence indicates that the many benefits of this complex feature outweigh the small chance for abuse of power. It is not only a step in the right direction for the security industry but also for the overall impact on daily lives. It helps to make the world a safer place. 

How intelligent video surveillance supports smart mobility
How intelligent video surveillance supports smart mobility

The ease of getting from point A to point B, the effective movement of goods and services, and the flexibility and integration of various modes of transportation are key aspects of mobility today. Smart Mobility has been a key theme in the transportation industry for a while. The idea is to keep traffic flowing and help people to get where they need to be, in a smarter way. To this end, industry players are now innovating and introducing advanced technologies and solutions. Examples include intelligent traffic management systems, free-flow tolls, autonomous driving, smart location solutions, and more.   At the same time, traffic congestion, aging infrastructure, rapid urbanisation, and increasing sustainability demands are also intensifying the need for smart mobility solutions. One way to overcome these obstacles is to use intelligent video surveillance technology for improved traffic management, making the roads safer and more efficient for every user, while also reducing emissions. Perceptive intersections Relying on intelligent video analytics, traffic video cameras identify traffic build ups at intersections by counting numbers of vehicles crossing an intersection and detecting their speed, while also counting the number of vehicles queueing in real-time. Aggregated data informs the system when to switch traffic lights to red or green. Intelligent optimisation for traffic signals ensures more effective traffic flow. Aggregated data informs the system when to switch traffic lights to red or green The benefits? Improved safety on the roadways; intersection reconstruction can be avoided; drivers can be advised about the speed of their route, forecasted by traffic signals; reduced wait times and stress for commuters; reduction of harmful emissions; and positive impact on public satisfaction. Road safety Traffic incidents can be disastrous, not merely for causing congestion on the roads but sometimes far worse – resulting in injuries and even fatalities. These incidents have many causes, not the least of which is drivers willfully violating traffic laws. Video technology can aid in detecting all kinds of events – for example, illegal parking, running a red light, wrong-way driving, speeding, and making illegal U-turns can all be detected by smart camera technology.   By using deep learning technology, cameras can recognise these events and traffic authorities can be immediately notified and take necessary actions even before traffic incidents occur. Scenarios include stopping a driver who is occupying an emergency lane, or notifying a driver who parked their car illegally. Furthermore, ticketing systems can be incorporated to further regulate driving behaviours. Benefits here include incident prevention, better driver performance, and increased safety on the roads and streets, to name just a few. Scenarios include stopping a driver who is occupying an emergency lane, or notifying a driver who parked their car illegally Public information Sharing information is key to keeping city drivers and travelers informed. Intelligent communication about warnings and updates helps everyone save time, avoid frustration, and simplify everyday mobility. This can be done via traffic guidance screens displayed at highly visible locations, such as congested areas, transportation hubs, shopping malls, and city plazas – or even at your fingertips on your favorite mobile apps! This can be done via traffic guidance screens displayed at highly visible locations Traffic video cameras generate real-time data of traffic flow and incidents, sending it to a central platform to further fuse with data from third-party systems such as radar and GPS systems. They also disseminate traffic information, including traffic status, warning and advisory notices, as well as parking status.  The benefits are improved public awareness of traffic information, improved travel convenience, overall enhancement of mobility in the city, and more.   The Hikvision practice Hikvision has accumulated sophisticated experience in traffic management both at home and abroad. Product lines offer versatile solutions to resolve multitudes of problems in urban traffic management, traffic incident management, highway management, and more. Going deeper, it’s essential to note that efficient signal control management is dependent on the quality of traffic data, system algorithms, and the hardware devices in use; it is also closely related to the mobile environment, such as road conditions, historical traffic conditions, and urban infrastructure. Because of this, no single solution solves traffic congestion everywhere. Hikvision believes that only by working closely with city authorities, public safety organisations, consultants, even academia and other relevant stakeholders, can applications and operational processes be developed to achieve the best possible outcomes. The possibilities for traffic video data are endless, especially now that it can employ artificial intelligence for advanced functionality. Harnessing its power will make all the difference, but the ultimate goal remains the same: safe and smooth traffic, smart mobility, and improved quality of human life.

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Honeywell expands its MAXPRO Cloud portfolio with addition of MPA1 and MPA2 access control panels
Honeywell expands its MAXPRO Cloud portfolio with addition of MPA1 and MPA2 access control panels

Honeywell announced the expansion of capabilities of its MAXPRO Cloud portfolio with the launch of MPA1 and MPA2 access control panels that offer cloud, web-based or on-premise hosting options. “Our technologies can be integrated into existing systems, helping our customers create and maintain flexible, bespoke solutions that are best suited to their needs, which is especially important for SMBs,” said Rick Koscinski, North America General Manager, Honeywell Commercial Security. Rick adds, “Our new MPA1 and MPA2 control panels strengthens our MAXPRO Cloud offering by giving users cost-effective access control functionality and real-time security information from anywhere.” MAXPRO Cloud security solution MAXPRO Cloud is a cloud-based security solution designed for multi-site small and medium-sized businesses, which provides effective and efficient security and safety, while minimising IT costs and future-proofing investments. The MAXPRO Cloud solution integrates access control and video into an integrated and easy to use platform The MAXPRO Cloud solution integrates access control and video into an integrated and easy-to-use platform, and is used to protect multi-site infrastructure, such as retail, franchises, multi-tenant commercial and residential properties, schools and churches. With features such as global credential management, automated reporting and remote management of doors and schedules, the cloud-based security system is not only a great security solution, but also a powerful business tool. MPA1 single door POE-powered controller MPA1, a single door POE-powered controller is easy to install, operate and maintain, thanks to its unique edge installation design and its dedicated Device Utility App for fast and easy commissioning. It can either be mounted in a U.S. single gang junction box or in a specially designed compact enclosure with Status LED diagnostics. In addition, the embedded web interface allows the MPA1 to operate in stand-alone mode in single and multi-panel solutions. Honeywell MPA1 control panels feature: Flexible capability: With its small design and sleek enclosure, it can be leveraged for diverse deployment across a variety of jobs. In standalone mode, MPA1 can control a single door or manage multiple networked controllers. Faster installation: Single door Power over Ethernet (PoE) powered edge controller is fast and easy to commission via the Device Utility App on an Android or iOS mobile phone. At-the-door mounting decreases cable runs and with the small edge design, the MPA1 fits in U.S. single gang junction box. Only Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP) support: The latest communication technology for card readers provides strong encryption, bi-directional communication and improved cyber security resilience. It gives users the option of forming a platform that can be expanded in the future. It also features SSL certificate security, safeguarding connections to the panel. MPA1 has been developed with a small installer-friendly design that easily adapts to existing IT infrastructure and methods, reducing installation and support costs and supports OSDP reader connections, ensuring end-to-end secure communication from smart card to the host. So, as a system grows, MPA1 grows as well. MPA2 cloud-based access control panel MPA2 is a cloud and standalone access control panel for two door access control. The MPA2 panel features enhanced security due to a 128-bit AES encrypted bi-directional Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP) communication with access control readers. This combination of features, bolstered by an intuitive, browser-based user interface, gives customers an easy-to-use and secure site-access system. Users can manage MPA2 securely using Ethernet or Internet connections.  Honeywell MPA2 control panels feature: Flexible 3-in-1 capability: Embedded, cloud- or software-hosted capability from one panel. This means that MPA2 can be deployed for a large variety of jobs, from basic access control for a single site to multi-site, enterprise-level security with fully integrated access, video and Faster installation: User-friendly, screwdriver-less installation is facilitated by push-in connectors and RJ45 cabling, halving the time previously required in fitting similar panels and offering benefits to installers, in terms of reduced operation and maintenance costs. IP-based hardware with Power over Ethernet (PoE) PLUS capability eliminates additional network module wiring and simplifies powering the panel. At-the-door mounting also decreases cable runs. MPA2 is built to use the Structure Cabling System in new buildings, where network/RJ45 cabling is already in place, reducing installation cost by up to 50%. Wiegand and OSDP Support: Next to legacy Wiegand communication, which makes it easy to connect to the most common Wiegand connected readers, MPA2 provides the latest communication technology for card readers for strong encryption, bi-directional communication and improved cyber security resilience. It gives users the option of forming a platform that can be expanded in the future. It also features SSL certificate security, safeguarding connections to the panel. MPA2 offers a simplified approach to security management, improving business and employee productivity, by reducing both training and operating time. The new panel is available as a standalone product and can be fitted into existing security set-ups with ease.

Honeywell and IDEMIA announce a strategic alliance to develop an intelligent and seamless building ecosystem
Honeywell and IDEMIA announce a strategic alliance to develop an intelligent and seamless building ecosystem

Honeywell, a global provider of connected buildings, and IDEMIA, a global provider of Augmented Identity, announced a strategic alliance to create and cultivate an intelligent building ecosystem that provides a more seamless and enhanced experience for operators and occupants alike. The alliance will integrate Honeywell’s security and building management systems with IDEMIA’s biometric-based access control systems to create frictionless, safer and more efficient buildings. The Honeywell and IDEMIA alliance is intended to design solutions that will allow occupants to easily and securely have contactless engagement with a building - from vehicle recognition at the car park and automatic elevator calls to biometric-based access and personalised conference room settings. With a focus on security and data privacy, these next-generation solutions will provide occupants with a safer, more efficient and more enjoyable experience that will help building owners attract tenants. Complex security requirements “We recognise that our customers need to deliver business outcomes like managing complex security requirements and providing healthier, more productive environments,” said Manish Sharma, Vice President, Chief Technology and Chief Product Officer for Honeywell Building Technologies. We will create an intelligent building ecosystem that better addresses our customers’ key challenges" “By working with IDEMIA, we will create an intelligent building ecosystem that better addresses our customers’ key challenges and drives their desired outcomes. Whether it’s a commercial office building, a hospital or an airport, we have the ability to change the way people experience and interact with buildings for the better.” Safety and security systems “We look forward to expanding our long-standing relationship with Honeywell to bring greater value to our customers with more integrated solutions that make for a more seamless building experience,” said Matt Cole, CEO, Secure Enterprise Transactions Division, IDEMIA. “The ability for our technology to easily integrate with Honeywell safety and security systems will provide building owners and operators more insight and control into creating more efficient buildings, while putting the occupant experience first.” Facial recognition terminal IDEMIA’s field-proven AI-based products and solutions - like MorphoWaveTM, a contactless fingerprint device that scans four fingerprints in less than one second; VisionPass, the most advanced facial recognition terminal; or Augmented Vision, a biometric video analytics platform - integrate with Honeywell security and building management systems. Honeywell’s systems include Pro-Watch Integrated Security Suite, MAXPRO Cloud and Enterprise Buildings Integrator. Honeywell and IDEMIA will work together to deliver powerful integrations through aligned product creation Honeywell and IDEMIA will work together to deliver more powerful integrations through aligned product creation and joint product roadmaps. The integrated offerings will allow building operators to respond rapidly and effectively to alarms or incidents by providing an incident workflow package that allows Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to be configured, reducing compliance exceptions, security risks and response times. Personal protection equipment IDEMIA products also support Honeywell’s Healthy Buildings solutions that help building owners improve building environments, operate more cleanly and safely and encourage sustained compliance with changing building standards, safety guidelines, government-issued regulations and a company's risk management policies. Honeywell's Healthy Buildings solutions provide a holistic view of a building's health based on key factors such as indoor air quality, occupant flow, personal protection equipment (PPE) analytics, contactless access, thermal screening, social distancing and sanitation efficacy.

ASSA ABLOY integrates Aperio wireless lock technology with Connect ONE platform from Connected Technologies
ASSA ABLOY integrates Aperio wireless lock technology with Connect ONE platform from Connected Technologies

ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions completed the integration of their Aperio® wireless lock technology with the Connect ONE® cloud-hosted management platform from Connected Technologies, Monument, Colo. Connect ONE manages all connected customer devices, including wireless and hardwired locks, access control, intrusion, video surveillance, critical environmental monitoring and energy management from a single interface. “We’re excited to present this integration with industry leading ASSA ABLOY Aperio wireless devices to Connect ONE dealers,” said Mike Simon, Managing Partner of Connected Technologies. Global wireless platform “Now, dealers can easily expand their services to more doors and offer new protection possibilities that save installation time and money. In addition, the Aperio/Connect ONE integration works with popular Bosch, DMP, ELK and Honeywell Vista panels so they can be up and running with new specs quickly.” The Aperio integration offers Connect ONE customers an easy way to connect additional wireless locks to new and existing installations. Aperio is a global wireless platform that works with extensive locking hardware options from ASSA ABLOY Group brands, offering the flexibility to address a variety of applications throughout any facility. The platform uses wireless communication (IEEE 802.15.4) between the lock and an Aperio hub to provide real-time communication to the access control system, simplifying installation and reducing costs. Encrypted wireless connection The integration also allows for a mapped hardwired relay output to initiate an auxiliary control upon access Aperio wireless locks map directly to the intrusion areas for an immediate armed status review to deny access when armed and can also disarm intrusion with proper authority upon granted access at the lock. Since the wireless locks are highly integrated with the control panel, user permissions are applied exactly the same for hardwired readers, allowing for a mix of wireless and hardwired reader/locks without additional set-up complexity. The integration also allows for a mapped hardwired relay output to initiate an auxiliary control upon access and a relay output to control an external door opener. Aperio locks use an encrypted wireless connection to an Aperio IP hub; each hub can communicate to a maximum of 64 locks. Highly flexible solution “Connect ONE offers a simple, scalable solution that complements the Aperio offering perfectly,” stated Mark Duato, Executive Vice President, Aftermarket, ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions Americas. “This integration will offer dealers and end-users a highly flexible solution for comprehensive access management.” Connect One’s ScanPass® Mobile Credential smartphone control is also supported with the integration, eliminating the need for card or fob credentials. Dealers can contact ASSA ABLOY to become certified to offer Aperio locks, which come in a variety of form factors and can be purchased through ASSA ABLOY Authorised Channel Partners.

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