Guide Infrared MarinIR Series provides a crisp, clear thermal imagery in total darkness, light, fog or smoke
Guide Infrared MarinIR Series provides a crisp, clear thermal imagery in total darkness, light, fog or smoke

Guide Infrared products have been establishing their position and status in the Thermal Industry as a leading brand. One of the top 10 manufacturers and supplier of Thermal Imaging Technology since 1999, providing products to meet the ever changing and increasing demands without compromise in quality and with unmatched levels of service and support. At competitive pricing. Using European Sensor technology and manufacturing/assembling in Asia with supply direct from our Asian factory or from our Belgium warehouse. We are able to overcome delivery of full frame video speed 50Hz cameras globally and cost effectively. And all cameras are offered as standard with our two (2) year warranty. The new MarinIR series of cameras from Guide Infrared, they are based on Multi-Sensor systems combining a thermal imaging camera and a low light CCD camera. The MarinIR Series combination of using both a thermal imaging camera with a low light camera provides a crisp, clear thermal imagery in total darkness and light fog or smoke and visual identification subject to the right light conditions. Packaged in a small, ultra-compact gimbal enclosure, it has designed to meet the most demanding maritime applications and environments. The MarinIR Series is the perfect tool for night time navigation, shipboard security, man overboard situations and anti-piracy applications. MarinIR Series thermal imaging PTZ camera was also designed to be versatile in any video surveillance application such as Law Enforcement, Emergency Services, Search & Rescue, Fire, Marine, Border Patrol, etc. Anti-Piracy When an approaching target is presented on your radar screen this could be a threat, a real danger. The use of the MarinIR cameras with its Thermal imaging allows you to have visual image of the target which will give you the information needed to make a crucial decision before it is too late. Iceberg detection Icebergs can cause damage to a boat/ship even the cause of sinking. However with the use of the MarinIR it is possible to clearly see the iceberg with the use of the Thermal imager, which will aid in navigation to avoid collisions. Oil spill detection Oil spills are environmental hazards. The spills are floating on the surface of the water, which may have been the result of an accident but also when refuelling of loading/offloading fuel tankers. With spillage floating on the surface of the water, it because very clear for the thermal imager to see it. Man overboard In this most serious of incidents, it is imperative to try to locate the person or person who have fallen overboard or even had to abandon ship before hypothermia sets in. Using the Thermal image will aid in the search and rescue of people. Seeing at night The use of the thermal image will aid captains to be able to navigate safely and confidently at night entering and leaving ports and harbours.  Shipboard security On board ships and other vessels are many valuable items and many which are attractive to the individuals who may wish to steel them. Using the MarinIR will help to increase your on-board security

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How smart technology is simplifying safety and security in retirement villages
How smart technology is simplifying safety and security in retirement villages

James Twigg is the Managing Director of Total Integrated Solutions (TIS), an independent life safety, security and communication systems integrator, specialising in design & consultancy, technology and regulatory compliance. Total Integrated Solutions work primarily with retirement villages, helping to ensure the safety of residents in numerous retirement villages across the country. In this opinion piece, James shares how smart technology is helping security teams and care staff alike in ensuring the safety and security of their spaces, amid the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Impact of smart technology Smart technology is having an impact on pretty much every aspect of our lives Smart technology is having an impact on pretty much every aspect of our lives. From how we travel, to how we work, to how we run our homes. It’s not unusual to have Alexa waking us up and ordering our groceries or Nest to be regulating the temperature and energy in our homes. And while there’s a popular misconception that people in their later years are allergic to technology, retirement villages and care homes are experiencing significant innovation too. And the result is not only improved quality of life for residents, but also improved safety and security systems for management teams. Switching to converged IP systems I’ve been working in the life safety and security industry for over fifteen years. When I first joined TIS, much of the sector was still very analogue, in terms of the technology being installed and maintained. Slowly but surely, we’ve been consulting and advising customers on how to design, install and maintain converged IP systems that all talk to each other and work in tandem. I'm excited to say retirement villages are some of the top spaces leading the way, in terms of technological advancement. Improving the quality of life for residents A move into a retirement village can be daunting and one of the key concerns that we hear about is the loss of independence. No one wants to feel like they are being monitored or to have someone constantly hovering over them. One of the ways we’ve used smart technology to maintain residents' independence is through devices, such as health monitors and motion sensors. For example, instead of having a member of staff check-in on residents every morning, to ensure they are well, sensors and analytics can automatically detect changes in routine and alert staff to possible problems. Similarly, wearable tech, such as smart watches give residents a chance to let staff know they are okay, without having to tell them face-to-face. As our retirement village customers have told us, a simple ‘I’m okay’ command can be the difference between someone feeling independent versus someone feeling monitored. Simplifying and improving security systems Smart technology gives care staff and security oversight of the needs of residents For the teams responsible for the safety of the people, places and spaces within retirement villages, smart technology is helping to improve and simplify their jobs. Smart technology gives care staff and security oversight of the needs of residents, and ensures rapid response if notified by an emergency alert, ensuring they know the exact location of the resident in need. And without the need to go and physically check-in on every resident, staff and management can ensure staff time is being used effectively. Resources can be distributed where they are needed to ensure the safety and wellbeing of those residents who need extra consideration. 24/7 surveillance When planning the safety and security for retirement villages, and other residential spaces, it’s no use having traditional systems that only work effectively for 12 hours a day or need to update during the evening. Surveillance needs to be 24/7 and smart technology allows that without the physical intrusion into people’s spaces and daily lives. Smart technology ensures that systems speak to each other and are easily and effectively managed on one integrated system. This includes video surveillance, which has also become much more effective as a result of advanced video analytics, which automatically warn staff of suspicious behaviour. Securing spaces amid COVID-19 This year has, of course, brought new challenges for safety. COVID-19 hit the retirement and residential care sectors hard, first with the initial wave of infections in mid-2020 and then, with the subsequent loneliness caused by the necessary separation of families. As essential workers, we worked closely with our customers to make sure they had everything they needed As essential workers, we worked closely with our customers to make sure they had everything they needed during this time, equipping residents with tablet devices to ensure they could stay connected with their families and friends. It allowed residents to keep in touch without risking transferring the virus. Thermal cameras and mask detection And now that we’re emerging out of COVID-19 restrictions and most residents can see their families again, we’re installing systems like thermal cameras and mask detection, so as to ensure that security will be alerted to anyone in the space experiencing a high temperature or not wearing proper PPE. Such steps give staff and families alike, the peace-of-mind that operational teams will be alerted at the earliest possible moment, should a COVID-19 risk appear. Thinking ahead to the next fifteen years, I’m excited at the prospect of further technological advancements in this space. Because at the end of the day, it’s not about how complex your security system is or how you compete in the industry. It’s about helping teams to protect the people, spaces and places that matter. I see smart technology playing a huge role in that for years to come.

The post-pandemic mandate for entertainment venues: Digitally transform security guards
The post-pandemic mandate for entertainment venues: Digitally transform security guards

As the COVID-19 pandemic wanes and sporting venues open-up to full capacity, a new disturbing trend has hit the headlines - poor fan behaviour. Five NBA teams have issued indefinite bans on fans, who crossed the line of unacceptable behaviour, during the NBA playoffs. Major League Baseball stadiums have a recurring problem with divisive political banners being strewn over walls, as part of an organised campaign, requiring fan ejections. There was a brawl between Clippers and Suns fans after Game 1 of their playoff series. And, the U.S. vs. Mexico Nations League soccer game over the Fourth of July weekend had to be halted, due to fans throwing objects at players and screaming offensive chants. Cracking down on poor fan behaviour Security directors are consistently reporting a disturbing uptick in poor fan attitude and behaviour With players across all major sports leagues commanding more power than ever before, they are demanding that sports venues crack down on poor fan behaviour, particularly when they are the targets of that behaviour. Whether it’s an extension of the social-media divisiveness that’s gripped society, or people unleashing pent up negative energy, following 15 months of social isolation, during the COVID-19 global pandemic, security directors are consistently reporting a disturbing uptick in poor fan attitude and behaviour. They’re also reporting a chronic security guard shortage, like many businesses that rely on relatively low-cost labour, finding candidates to fill open positions has been incredibly difficult. Low police morale To add the third component to this perfect storm, many police departments are struggling with morale issues and officers are less likely to put themselves into positions, where they could wind up in a viral video. According to the Police Executive Research Forum, police officer retirements in the U.S. were up 45% in the April 2020 - April 2021 period, when compared to the previous year. Resignations were up 18%. In this environment, officers may be less likely to undertake fan intervention unless it’s absolutely necessary. This can seem like the worst of times for venue security directors, as they need more staff to handle increasingly unruly patrons, but that staff simply isn’t available. And, because the security guard staffing industry is a commoditised business, companies compete almost solely on price, which requires that they keep salaries as low as possible, which perpetuates the lack of interest in people participating in the profession. Digital Transformation There is only one way out of this conundrum and that is to make security personnel more efficient and effective. Other industries have solved similar staffing and cost challenges through digital transformation. For example, only a small percentage of the total population of restaurants in the U.S. used to offer home delivery, due to cost and staffing challenges of hiring dedicated delivery personnel. Advent of digital efficiency tools But with the advent of digital efficiency tools, now virtually all restaurants can offer delivery But with the advent of digital efficiency tools, such as UberEATS and DoorDash, now virtually all restaurants can offer delivery. Likewise, field-service personnel are digitally connected, so when new jobs arise, they can be notified and routed to the location. Compare this to the old paper-based days, when they wouldn’t know about any new jobs until they picked up their work schedule at the office, the next day and you can see how digital transformation makes each worker significantly more efficient. Security guards and manned guarding The security guard business has never undergone this kind of digital transformation. The state-of-the-art ‘technology’ has never changed - human eyes and ears. Yes, there are video cameras all over stadiums and other venues, but behind the scenes is a guard staring at a bunch of monitors, hoping to identify incidents that need attention. Meanwhile, there are other guards stationed around the stadium, spending most of their time watching people who are doing nothing wrong. Think about all the wasted time involved with these activities – not to mention the relentless boredom and ‘alert fatigue’ from false-positive incident reporting and you understand the fundamental inefficiencies of this labour-based approach to security. Now think about a world where there’s ubiquitous video surveillance and guards are automatically and pre-emptively notified and briefed, when situations arise. The fundamental nature of the security guards profession changes. Instead of being low paid ‘watchers’, they instead become digitally-empowered preventers. AI-based screening and monitoring technology This world is happening today, through Artificial Intelligence-based screening and monitoring technology. AI-powered weapons-detection gateways inform guards, when a patron entering the venue is carrying a gun, knife or other forbidden item. Instead of patting down every patron with metal in their pockets, which has been the standard practice since walk-through metal detectors were mandated by sports leagues following 9/11, guards can now target only those who are carrying these specific items. Video surveillance and AI-based analytics integration Combining surveillance video with AI-based advanced analytics can automatically identify fan disturbances Combining surveillance video with AI-based advanced analytics can automatically identify fan disturbances or other operational issues, and notify guards in real time, eliminating the need to have large numbers of guards monitoring video feeds and patrons. The business benefits of digitally transformed guards are compelling. A National Hockey League security director says he used to have 300 guards manning 100 walk-through metal detectors. By moving to AI solutions, he can significantly reduce the number of scanning portals and guards, and most importantly redeploy and gain further operational efficiencies with his overall operational strategy. Changing staffing strategy This changes the staffing strategy significantly and elevates the roles of guards. Suddenly, a US$ 20-per-hour ‘job’ becomes a US$ 40-per-hour profession, with guards transformed into digital knowledge workers delivering better outcomes with digitally enabled staffs. Beyond that, these digitally transformed guards can spend a much higher percentage of their time focused on tasks that impact the fan experience – whether it’s keeping weapons out of the building, pro-actively dealing with unruly fans before a broader disruption occurs, or managing business operations that positively impact fan patron experience. Digitally transforming security guards Perhaps most important, digitally transforming security guards elevates the profession to a more strategic level, which means better pay for the guards, better service for clients of guard services, and an overall better experience for fans. That’s a perfect storm of goodness for everyone.

Safer Streets require real-time video analytics
Safer Streets require real-time video analytics

The UK government recently announced a doubling of the Safer Streets Fund to £45 million, as it seeks to reassure the public that safety is a top priority, as the night-time economy makes a return. More than just surveillance While this funding increase is much needed, it’s vital that the government and local councils use the money strategically, or risk missing out on a great opportunity to deliver real change and enhance safety across the United Kingdom. One of the main strategies cited by the government is to increase the current vast number of CCTV cameras installed across the country, despite the fact that the UK is already one of the most surveilled nations in the world. Investing in video analytics London alone has around 700,000 cameras, but to effectively monitor them all would be an incredibly inefficient use of manpower and require a huge number of staff. Therefore, I believe the clearest and most cost-effective way for this project to succeed in its overall mission, is by investing in smarter technology, such as video analytics. Incorporating video analytics into existing infrastructure is the clear solution This technology offers a more efficient use of resources, faster response times and enables more informed, time-critical decision making, when reacting to unfolding events in real time. Incorporating video analytics into existing infrastructure is the clear solution, as the technology enables legacy assets, such as analogue CCTV cameras, to become more than just after the fact evidence gathering tools and instead be used to help enhance real-time responses to unfolding incidents. Artificial intelligence-enabled solutions Artificial intelligence-enabled solutions are trained using vast datasets of images and video footage, in order to better understand people, objects and vehicles that are captured on film, and they continue ‘learning’ and improving, while in use. The system’s algorithms analyse and prioritise input from video data to decide which inputs are of value, automatically classifying the footage and notifying security personnel accordingly. This reduces response times by notifying CCTV operators of an incident, as it happens, meaning law enforcement and security personnel can react faster and intervene in an ongoing situation. Edge technology and real-time video streaming A key consideration should be choosing a technology that can operate at the edge and deliver real-time video streaming, even at the lowest bandwidths, so it isn’t limited to use in areas with good connectivity, which would exclude most remote areas. Quality really does matter and technology that can operate over low bandwidths is crucial for allowing operators to zoom in on areas of interest, such as a car number plate or face, and retrieve full-resolution images that can make a real difference in ongoing investigations. Analytics-based security approach Introducing an analytics-based security approach would also help curtail the rising cost of tackling crime Introducing an analytics-based security approach would also help curtail the rising cost of tackling crime. Research conducted by the UK’s Labour Party recently found that the annual cost of crime reached a staggering £100 billion. While statistics show that crime rates in general have been fairly stable over recent years, experts point to the increase in specific types of violent crime, such as knife crime which rose by over 20% during 2020. Implementing smart analytics-based technology Implementing smart analytics-based technology would help maintain staffing costs, as the system can identify incidents without an operator’s input, as well as reducing the cost of managing crime, as more incidents will be intervened in before they escalate too far. This dramatically reduces the burden on staff and allows a single surveillance operator to monitor many more cameras. On the other hand, this level of automation also reduces false alarm fatigue and operator overload, which can quickly sap efficiencies and reduce operator alertness, if left unchecked. Data driven problem-solving approach to crime prevention Procurement officials should avoid the common mistake of simply doubling down and throwing more staff and security assets at the problem to bring results. Instead, they should take a more data driven problem-solving approach to crime prevention by leveraging technologies that can enhance response and preserve their existing investments in cameras. The smart use of real-time video analytics could make the difference by preventing dangerous situations from escalating into serious incidents.

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EUNIR Systems unveils new EB Series of thermal IP and analogue cameras
EUNIR Systems unveils new EB Series of thermal IP and analogue cameras

EUNIR Systems is pleased to be introducing their new Thermal security cameras the EB series. The EB series is based on two options IP and analogue versions. The IP version which is ONVIF II and incorporates POE functions to ensure ease of integrations into IP environments with other 3rd party products and technology. The analogue version addressed the legacy environments with simple plug and play integration capabilities. Both version offer many features and benefits such as full Pelco P/D protocols, our unique energy tracking, energy monitoring with alarm functions, this allows for automated detection and tracking of heat (energy) sources. With option for on-board analytics to set up virtual trip wires and intrusion zones to offer the additional benefit of automated alarming based on detection and tracking of threats and added with the energy alarm it is by far one of the most advanced thermal security cameras. With a user selectable Colour pallet, range of lens options, the image enhance feature, the EB series of cameras are the perfect tool to address all security applications from residential security to nuclear power stations, from power plants to airports , from border protection to coastal systems. The EB is based on IP54 so can be used for internal use and offers the additional benefit of encapsulation into a housing for external use. The housing can be your own or we can provide the EB in our own housing which is the SFE & MFE series of cameras. One may wish to fully integrate the EB module into their own system incorporating the thermal imager with their own CCD or HD camera as part of their turnkey solutions. And there is also an option for an inbuilt SD card for live video recording on board the camera. The SFE & MFE series of cameras are the prefect tools for your perimeters security systems, with its options for both IP and Analogue variants they are designed to be installed in the harshest of environments, to be durable and reliable with ease of implementation. There are options for the SFE & MFE can be mounted on Pan & Tilt platforms and with the OSD it is possible to provide full positioning co-ordinates, set up tours and pre-sets with the full Pelco D/P protocols. Option for different lenses means that the EB and the SFE and MFE series of cameras are the most economical solutions for addressing the perimeter security of wide open or large areas. Added to the cost savings of 1 single thermal camera can cover the same distance of several conventional CCTV cameras. Thermal cameras operate without the need of any form of lighting or illumination. From a project perspective reducing the number of equipment, and therefore any additional ancillaries such as extra cabling, poles, civil and installation costs. And then add to this the overall cost in maintenance and running of the lights and cameras, the implementation of Thermal is the right choice and most economical choice.

Guide Infrared releases Thermal Imaging Handheld cameras with new features
Guide Infrared releases Thermal Imaging Handheld cameras with new features

The existing Guide Infrared IR518 Monocular series of Thermal Imaging Handheld cameras will shortly be released with some very exciting new enhanced features. The new features include: User adjustable colour palette User adjustable on/off reticle User adjustable auto standby time setting Energy Alarm for Auto Detection/Tracking of hot objects The most existing key features of the cameras is 50Hz, with adjustable focus, recoding of live video and still image capture and 2 years warranty. With the existing of recording or still images to the removable 4Gb SD card, adjustable focus to ensure the target is always in focus, adjustable rear focus so the image is crystal clear, easy to use on-screen menu has made the IR518-serieas a preferred choice for any application.

GUIDE Infrared releases KnightIR Series, the technology cameras
GUIDE Infrared releases KnightIR Series, the technology cameras

GUIDE Infrared a leading manufacturer of Thermal Imaging cameras since 1999 are introducing into the Security market their latest range of best of breed, leading technology cameras the KnightIR Series. The KnightIR Series cameras have been specifically design and manufactured to meet the demanding needs of security application around the globe and the diversity of the different environments where the very best security systems are deployed. We have the the widest range of both Static and PTZ cameras available, with an array of lens options from 8mm to 150mm, with the lowest F# lenses for maximum efficiency.  with our advance 384x288 FPA resolution detector and 50Hz full frame rate video. Our entire range of cameras offers the very best in performance, reliability and durability no matter the environment, application or location around the world. The SF and MF (Standard Function, Multi-Function) are static cameras. The SF range of cameras  are plug and play offering power in and analogue video out, the MF offering power in and IP out. The cameras make the perfect choice for the implementation of a security detection system. With standard brackets the SF and MF can be mounted to building, poles or towers. And option for a Pan and Tilt platform using Pelco D protocols. The DS (Duel Sensor) cameras are fully functional cameras offering the operator the benefit of live visual image and live thermal image with both Analogue and IP streams. For the CDD imager we offer an optional choice of cameras for day night, low light use with 10  and 16x optical zoom and now with the new and latest HD cameras. With the implementation and integration of the static cameras along the perimeter of any establishment, the live video images can be monitored in the security room, just like conventional CCTV cameras. When you also use motion detection/video analytics in conjunction with the live video image it is possible to set up a fully automated detection and alarming system. The DS cameras can be used as the response camera to the alarm. When a potential threat has been detected using the static thermal camera with the analytics this will trigger an alarm and the DS camera can slew to the area where the alarm was generated. The security teams would then have the live image from the static camera with the alarm, the live image from the DS camera with the thermal image and also the CCD image, and the security team can then monitor and track the threat. This allow for timely interception to prevent a possibleincident. The operator can provide real time and upto date live information to the mobile security team or police if they are to intercept the threat. This fully automated, full situational awareness real time live visual monitoring and alarming detection system have proven to be the preferred choice of use for the highest level of security and for domestic residence. It has been proven to be cost effective, reliable and the only system that offers this capability in day, night 24/7/365 and in adverse weather conditions such as rain, snow and fog. All Guide cameras are embedded with Pelco D protocols to ensure the ease of integration into legacy or new build security systems and with our team of pre/post engineers we are at hand to support you and your clients all the way through the channel to the end user, this can be site surveys, design and commissioning. All Guide products are supplied with 2 years warranty as standard and options to extend to 3, 4 and 5 years. All repairs are carried out under RMA at our Belgium office and we can turn repairs around very quickly, and we share the cost 50/50 for the shipping. To support the EMEA market EUNIR Systems NV was established in Belgium, a subsidiary of Guide to offer sales, marketing, training, admin and support to all our channels in this region. EUNIR systems based in Leuven which is 20 minutes outside Brussels ensures that we are centrally placed in Europe. From here we can offer the highest calibre support from our professional team of staff. We can offer fast turnaround of any technical matters, support in the filed with demonstration and presentation, provide consultative services to aid in the design and recommendation of products and technology. From our central European operations we are able to delivery our products from stock or for large projects or bespoke projects our normal delivery schedule are approx. 6 weeks. The benefit of this service is that within Europe there is no Duty cost and minimal shipping costs. Thermal imaging cameras provide the assurance that security applications and operators need to be able to offer the highest level of protection of any asset. Because Thermal unlike conventional cameras which are reliant of the reflected light from all objects, our cameras will be able to detect all objects any time of the day or year or weather condition. Guide thermal cameras are able to detect the radiated heat from every object that can and cannot be seen because of poor lighting, weather conditions or even if the target is trying to use the cover of foliage or vegetation. Thermal cameras are not affected if LED lights or bright light beams are used to obscure the vision of the camera. The cameras require no form of lighting or illumination unlike conventional cameras, which have to use lights or illuminators or IR lamps, all of which are costly to implement, maintain and run, and reduce the overall performance of the CCD based camera and in adverse weather condition significantly. With the Guide KnightIR Series of Thermal imaging cameras and our range of lens options, we have the perfect solution to meet your requirements. To be able to detect a person day or night at 200mtrs upto 3600mtrs. The KnightIR series cameras can be deployed at critical infrastructures like nuclear and coal power stations, water treatment plants, oil, gas and electrical installation, substation, airport, ports and mariners, along the highways or rail lines, commercial and domestic property and for the protection of our boarders and costliness. Whether fixed in a static application or on a mobile platform which could land or sea, the KnightIR series offer the flexibility and adaptability all in the same product.

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