Award-winning direct-to-fibre IP PTZ camera
Award-winning direct-to-fibre IP PTZ camera

The Siqura IP PTZ camera line includes a flexible SFP interface for directly connecting to a fiber optic network. This feature simplifies both the setup and maintenance of camera installations where a fiber network is utilized to overcome long-distance limitations. Award-winning direct-to-fiber IP PTZ camera Due to the reliable and secure nature of fiber optic networks, Siqura is now offering its IP PTZ dome cameras with a plug-and-play fiber optic connector option. This feature simplifies the setup, maintenance, and appearance of camera installations where a fiber network is utilized to overcome long-distance limitations. At the ISC West 2011 trade show in April, these pioneering new cameras won the New Product Showcase award for the best IP camera in video surveillance. The New Product Showcase (NPS) is an awards programme established by the Security Industry Association to recognise innovative products, services, and solutions in electronic physical security. Technologies showcased through this program are used in the protection of life and property in residential, commercial, and institutional settings. Improve quality while reducing costs There are few media available in the video surveillance industry that improve image quality while at the same time reducing costs. Yet fiber optic networks do just that. They also maintain the integrity of signals over longer distances and offer more bandwidth than twisted-pair or coax cables. Not to mention that fibre cabling is impervious to electromagnetic interference, such as that caused by high-voltage power lines and lightning. Due to the ubiquitous nature and the advantages of fiber optic networks, as well as the current migration from analogue to IP streaming, Siqura is now offering its Siqura IP PTZ dome cameras with a fibre optic connector option. With a flexible SFP interface built into the PTZ body, a wide range of single mode, multimode, and CDWM modules can be used and an impressive range of mounting options are available. “Network equipment being developed today needs to be able to handle IP traffic, regardless of the medium connecting it to the network,” said Roger Decker, Director of Solutions and Marketing at Siqura. “That is why Siqura recently developed five new IP PTZ dome cameras that can connect directly to a fixed network or wireless bridge via either twisted-pair or fiber optic cabling. We want customers to be able to select hardware based on its ability to withstand variances on the network and to provide high-quality streams.” A solution for every situation This new camera line consists of five cameras, each optimised for its application, with indoor, outdoor, compact (MSD), and high-speed (HSD) dome camera options. Each camera is capable of quad-streaming, supporting dual H.264 streams in addition to highly configurable MPEG-2, MPEG-4, and MJPEG. This flexibility in compression standards makes it easy for these Siqura cameras to offer the best quality video while at the same time streamlining network performance. All the Siqura cameras are designed to comply with worldwide adopted standards and are tested with leading VMS vendors. This makes it possible to query or set PTZ coordinate positions or to integrate Siqura cameras into third-party systems. Furthermore, the new Siqura IP PTZ camera line comes with an easy-to-use, access-controlled, Web-based user interface, allowing users to configure or view video streams from a PC or even via handheld devices, such as PDAs. Since surveillance conditions can vary widely even for just one camera, this Siqura IP PTZ camera series also includes a day/night (IR-cut filter) and backlight compensation as standard features that can be applied manually or automatically when lighting conditions require it. The wide dynamic range functionality ensures excellent video quality, even in the most difficult of circumstances. Additionally, the Siqura HSD and MSD cameras are part of the Siqura product line, an extensive collection of video surveillance equipment offering complete solutions and reputed for quality and reliability.

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Seeing to safety: Introducing the Siqura® HD6x H.264 high-speed PTZ IP dome cameras
Seeing to safety: Introducing the Siqura® HD6x H.264 high-speed PTZ IP dome cameras

Rain or shine, the Siqura® HD6x camera series provides a suitable solution for any application. This high-speed dome (HD) camera line comprises three pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) IP cameras, the indoor HD60 and the outdoor HD62 and HD66 WDR. All of the HD6x cameras support open streaming architecture (OSA) for easy integration with video management systems. Each model offers an array of features that make an HD6x camera a valuable addition to any surveillance systfem.The HD6x cameras support H.264 streaming in addition to MPEG-4 and MJPEG dual streaming. This flexibility in compression standards makes it easy for HD6x series cameras to offer the best quality video while at the same time streamlining network performance. True to their name, the HD6x cameras can move to predefined preset positions at impressive speeds of up to 400° per second. With the HD6x cameras, PTZ coordinate positions can be queried or set through the OSA application programming interface (API). Through their 26x or 35x autofocus zoom lens with 12x digital zoom, these Siqura cameras make precision and expediency a priority. Furthermore, the HD6x series comes with an easy-to-use, web-based user interface, allowing users to configure them or view video streams from a PC or even via handheld devices, such as PDAs.Since surveillance conditions can vary widely even for just one camera, the HD6x series also includes day/night (IR-cut filter) and backlight compensation as standard features that can be applied manually or automatically when lighting conditions require it. The HD66 WDR comes with wide dynamic range functionality to ensure excellent video quality, even in the most difficult of circumstances. Moreover, all the HD66 WDR cameras have a built-in image stabiliser to prevent vibrations from disrupting a camera view or footage, such as those caused by wind in pole-mount installations.Additionally, these high-speed cameras are part of the Siqura product line, an extensive collection of video surveillance equipment offering complete solutions and reputed for quality and reliability.

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New Siqura® camera line and Multi Codec S-44 at IFSEC, booth 19054
New Siqura® camera line and Multi Codec S-44 at IFSEC, booth 19054

At the IFSEC show in Birmingham, Siqura will introduce an extensive line-up of IP and analogue cameras, a total of 21 to be exact, and its newest encoder, the S-44 E-MC.  The new Siqura® cameras will come in both analogue and IP formats with a wide range of features in both. The introduction of these cameras strengthens Siqura's position as a leading force in the global IP Surveillance market, enhancing the company's reputation as an innovator of networked video solutions and game-changing video codecs and network video recorders. In addition to features such as Power over Ethernet, Lux ratings of 0.05, and two-way audio, the new Siqura cameras boast standards setting Wide Dynamic Range and Image Stabilisation.  Wide Dynamic Range is offered in all four form factors; box, fixed, mini, and high-speed dome, allowing you to pull the smallest detail from scenes where there is dramatic contrast such as a sun drenched background and a shadowy foreground.  Couple this with Image Stabilisation and you have a surveillance camera that will provide crisp, sharp images regardless of lighting or wind load. With its introduction of the Siqura® S-44 E-MC (Multi-Codec) encoder, Siqura raises the bar for quality and features.  The S-44 E-MC, boasting 4 video processors, can take 4 analogue video (NTSC/PAL) inputs and convert them to MPEG-2, MPEG-4 and MJPEG concurrently.  In effect, for each video signal in, you can stream to different unicast and/or multicast destinations, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, and MJPEG, all at different frame rates and resolutions.  With the introduction of the Siqura® line, Siqura goes one step further by adopting a philosophy and architecture of open, standards based, communications protocol.  This makes integration with third party applications such as analytics and management software relatively fast and painless.

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Siqura MD62 perceiving and protecting from every angle
Siqura MD62 perceiving and protecting from every angle

The mini dome (MD) camera line offers two pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) IP cameras: the indoor MD60 and the outdoor MD62. Both are ideal for professional installations where a high-quality, reliable, and cost-effective solution is required. All of the MD6x cameras support open streaming architecture (OSA) for easy integration with video management systems. PTZ coordinate positions can be queried or set through the OSA application programming interface (API). The MD6x cameras offer an array of features that make them valuable additions to any surveillance system. Both are capable of streaming H.264 and of simultaneously streaming MPEG-4 and MJPEG. This flexibility in compression standards makes it easy for the MD6x series cameras to offer the best quality video while streamlining network performance. The MD6x series cameras feature an easy-to-use, web-based user interface, allowing users to configure settings or view video streams from either a PC or handheld devices, such as PDAs Since surveillance conditions can vary widely even for just one camera, the MD6x series also includes day/night (IR-cut filter) and backlight compensation as standard features that can be applied manually or automatically, as required. Additionally, the MD6x series offers a privacy mask feature for systems in situations where sensitive areas of a camera scene need to be protected, such as point-of-sale keypads in shops or windows in a city centre. These compact PTZ cameras are also part of the Siqura product line, an extensive collection of video surveillance equipment offering complete solutions and reputed for quality and reliability. The complete list of MD6x specifications can be found at www.optelecom-nkf.com  

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Expediting excellence in video surveillance solutions
Expediting excellence in video surveillance solutions

Rain or shine, the Siqura® HD1xA camera series provides a suitable solution for any application. This high-speed dome (HD) camera line comprises three pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) cameras, the indoor HD10A and the outdoor HD12A and HD16A WDR. Each model offers an array of features that make an HD1xA camera a valuable addition to any surveillance system.True to their name, the HD1xA cameras can move to predefined preset positions at impressive speeds of up to 400° per second. Through their 26x or 35x autofocus zoom lens with 12x digital zoom, these Siqura cameras make precision and expediency a priority. Furthermore, the HD1xA series supports an array control protocols, making these units compatible with a wide range of control systems.Since surveillance conditions can vary widely even for just one camera, the HD1xA series also includes day/night (IR-cut filter) and backlight compensation as standard features that can be applied manually or automatically when lighting conditions require it. Additionally, each camera in this series comes with wide dynamic range (WDR) functionality to ensure excellent video quality, even in the most difficult of circumstances. Moreover, the HD16A WDR cameras have a built-in image stabiliser to prevent vibrations from disrupting a camera view or footage, such as those caused by wind in pole-mount installations.With up to 24 privacy masks, sensitive areas can be protected in wide variety of systems, such as in city center or retail installations. A set of contact closure alarms allow for a number of different triggered reactions, such as moving to a preset position or carrying out a cruise tour.These high-speed cameras are also part of the Siqura product line, an extensive collection of video surveillance equipment offering complete solutions and reputed for quality and reliability.The complete list of the Siqura HD1xA specifications can be found at http://www.optelecom-nkf.com/.

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A surveillance solution for every situation
A surveillance solution for every situation

Exhibiting at ISC West 2011, booth 3086Complete video security and surveillance solutionsWith over 35 years of experience, Optelecom-NKF offers global solutions for the video security and surveillance markets. At ISC West 2011, Optelecom-NKF will show how its IP video systems provide complete, proven, and customised solutions for diverse video security and surveillance applications.A complete Siqura solution at a glanceTo show how straightforward a complete TKH security system can be, Optelecom-NKF will demonstrate a total solution at its booth (Booth 3086). Siqura cameras and codecs will be configured to the high-tech intelligent IP video management system (VMS) from TKH Group member, VDG. Siqura IP and analog fixed and PTZ cameras as well as Siqura codecs use dedicated DSPs to implement analytics locally on unprocessed images. This ensures the best results from analysis software while streamlining bandwidth consumption. VDG's VMS specialises in facilitating the control of and access to devices that compress and process information at the edge of the network."At Optelecom-NKF, we create innovative and reliable video security and surveillance solutions according to our customers' diverse needs," explains Steven J. Williams, Optelecom-NKF's Director of Critical Infrastructure in the Americas. "Our vast technology offering enables us to provide complete and customisable integrated video solutions. We work closely with customers to design and deploy the optimal system for their unique current and future needs. This is something that really sets us apart. We are eager to show attendees at ISC West 2011 just how flexible we are and how hassle-free life can be when you're working with Siqura surveillance solutions and TKH security solutions."The first direct to fiber IP PTZ cameraDue to the ubiquitous nature and the advantages of fiber optic networks, as well as the current migration from analog to IP streaming, Optelecom-NKF is now offering its Siqura IP PTZ dome cameras with a fiber optic connector option. This feature simplifies both the setup and maintenance of camera installations where a fiber network is utilised to overcome long distance limitations.Pressurised PTZ dome for extreme conditionsOptelecom-NKF is currently developing pressurised IP and analog PTZ dome cameras to offer a robust solution for the most taxing situations. It is capable of withstanding intense levels of solar heat (945VA UV protection) and providing high-quality video in environments with extreme levels of moisture, dirt, or pollution (IP67 Ingress Protection). This pressurised dome camera will be commercially available in the spring of 2011.Explosion-proof fixed and PTZ dome camerasThe Siqura fixed and PTZ analog and IP cameras will soon be available with ATEX certified explosion-proof housing covers. These housings are essential for the chemical and petro-chemical industries.High-definition, ONVIF-compliant camerasOptelecom-NKF will also show its high-definition, ONVIF-compliant camera line, a collection of six cameras in providing HD (720p) and Full HD (1080p) resolution images in H.264, MPEG-4, and MJPEG.Video content analysis for system and surveillanceOptelecom-NKF will put its Camera Health Check video content analysis (VCA) application on display. This programme is integrated into the Siqura S-64 E video server and checks the status or well-being of the attached cameras by monitoring the cameras' position and image quality. When something is amiss, the application triggers an alarm to promptly alert operators, thereby guaranteeing quality video material while at the same time reducing unnecessary maintenance costs.Largest selection of fiber optic solutionsThe Optelecom fiber line is one of the largest assortments of fiber optic equipment in the world. Since Optelecom-NKF is determined to ensure optimal performance whenever and wherever it's needed, all of the Optelecom fiber products are field-hardened to withstand the harshest conditions and most extreme temperatures. Optelecom fiber products also support fiber to IP transitions, making it easy to use them in hybrid networks.Visit us at ISC West (Booth 3086)While this array of examples demonstrates Optelecom-NKF's ability to fulfill the needs both of its customers as well as the industry, it also shows how Siqura solutions are essentially dynamic and can be tailored to any video networking need. Consequently, the Optelecom-NKF booth (Booth 3086) may prove to be the best place for an open and lively conversation about how best to customise a video surveillance network for a specific situation.    

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Siqura pressurised cameras ensure quality video in corrosive environs
Siqura pressurised cameras ensure quality video in corrosive environs

Overcoming adverse environmentsThrough a pressurised dome housing, this new Siqura camera line ensures airtight protection against excessive moisture, dirt, and pollution. This makes these cameras ideal for situations such as seaports and highway tunnels, where corrosive elements in the atmosphere can impede the performance of a surveillance system and cause unnecessary risks to safety and security. The Siqura pressurised PTZ dome cameras have an IP67 Ingress Protection rating and the housing is constructed of materials designed to withstand intense levels of solar heat (945VA UV protected). Pressurising the housing, particularly with inert nitrogen gas, prevents moisture, pollution, and dust from damaging the camera.A solution for every situationThe Siqura pressurised PTZ dome series includes analogue and IP options. Through their 400° per second preset positioning capability, 26x or 35x autofocus zoom lens, and 12x digital zoom, these Siqura cameras make precision and expediency a priority. Since surveillance conditions can vary widely even for just one camera, the pressurised Siqura PTZ cameras also include a day/night (IR-cut) filter and backlight compensation as standard features that can be applied manually or automatically when lighting conditions require it. The wide dynamic range functionality ensures excellent video quality, even in the most difficult circumstances.The advantages of IPEach pressurised Siqura IP PTZ camera is capable of quad-streaming, supporting dual H.264 streams in addition to two highly configurable MPEG-2, MPEG-4, or MJPEG encoders. This flexibility in compression standards makes it easy for these Siqura cameras to offer the best quality video while at the same time streamlining network performance. Moreover, it advantageously facilitates a wide range of migration paths within IP networks.All Siqura IP cameras are designed to comply with worldwide adopted standards and are tested with leading VMS vendors. This makes it possible to easily integrate Siqura cameras into third-party systems. Furthermore, these Siqura IP PTZ cameras come with an easy-to-use, access-controlled, Web-based user interface, allowing users to configure or view video streams from a PC or even via handheld devices, such as the Siqura Multifunction Monitor.In an effort to combat potential pitfalls, Siqura integrated the Siqura Camera Health Check into its IP cameras. The Camera Health Check is a program that guarantees the availability of quality video material. It continually assesses the status or well-being of the camera by monitoring the camera's position and image quality. When something is amiss, the application triggers an alarm to promptly alert operators. This, in turn, provides a proactive approach towards system maintenance, potentially reducing the unnecessary costs generally associated with scheduled upkeep.

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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 behaviors. 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 locationsThis 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! 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.

ISC West 2019: what's new in physical security's biggest global tradeshow?
ISC West 2019: what's new in physical security's biggest global tradeshow?

ISC West continues to innovate and adapt to the changing needs of the security marketplace. In 2019, there will be 200 new exhibitors, 100 new speakers and an expanding mix of attendees that includes more end users and international attendees. The International Security Conference & Exposition (ISC West) will be held April 10-12 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas. Among the more than 200 new exhibitors on the show floor will be Dell Technologies, Resideo, SAST (a Bosch IoT startup), Belkin International, NetApp, Lenovo, Kingston Technology and many others. The event continues to see more and more solutions in the area of IoT/connected security, a surge in barrier/bollards exhibitors, an increased number of start-up companies, and an emphasis this year on stadium/major events security. Plus, the new exhibit area of ISC West, Venetian Ballroom, will include a mix of solutions from mid-sized domestic and international companies, and is the home of the Emerging Technology Zone – back for its second year with 50-plus start-up companies expected.  The International Security Conference & Exposition (ISC West) will be held April 10-12 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas “ISC West is no longer just about video cameras, access control systems and alarms,” says Will Wise, Group Vice President, Security Portfolio for Reed Exhibitions, which produces and manages ISC West. Embracing and stimulating the market dynamic of comprehensive security for a safer, connected world, solutions on display at the show reflect convergence across physical security, IT (information technology) and OT (operational technology). The ISC West expo floor includes specialised featured areas such Connected Home, Public Safety & Security, Connected Security, Unmanned Security Expo and the Emerging Technology Zone. Plus, complimentary education sessions in the Unmanned Security Expo theatre will include topics such as drones, counter-drone solutions, ground robotics and regulations/policies that support autonomous technology. This year’s event will feature more than 1,000 products and brands covering everything from video surveillance, access control and alarms/alerts, to IoT, IT/cybersecurity convergence, AI, embedded systems, drones and robotics, smart homes, smart cities, public safety and more. The ISC West expo floor includes specialised featured areas such Connected Home and the Emerging Technology Zone  Elevating the Keynote Series  Over the past few years, ISC West has elevated its Keynote Series (open to all attendee types) to include more speakers and dynamic content covering relevant topics. Attendees should be sure to head to the Keynote room Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 8:30 a.m. before the expo floor opens at 10 a.m.  Relating to attendance, ISC West continues to diversify and grow the attendee universe by attracting additional enterprise government end-users across physical and IT/OT responsibilities. The show also continues to attract and grow the channel audience, and there will be an increasing number of International attendees.  “Years ago, ISC West was known exclusively as a dealer/integrator/installer show, but not anymore,” says Wise. “Today, the demographic mix continues to evolve as the event diversifies its product and educational offerings, embracing the current market reality of collaboration among integrators/dealers/installers, end-user decision-makers, and public safety and security professionals.”  When planning for the show, be sure to view the list of special events and take advantage of the additional connection-making opportunities Within the SIA Education@ISC West conference program, there are over 100 new speakers. Through ISC West’s strong partnership with the Security Industry Association (SIA, the Premier Sponsor of ISC), the SIA Education@ISC West program has expanded and become increasingly dynamic and diverse over the last three years. In addition, ISC West and SIA are hosting a Women in Security breakfast on Friday morning April 12th.  Women in Security is a new track for the education program.    “Our attendance data reflects the demand for a mix of physical security integrator and end-user content, a balance of technical and management/strategic topics, and diverse topics incorporating IoT and cybersecurity/physical security convergence, and analytics expertise,” says Wise. “Last year was a record year for conference program attendance, and 2019 will yet again set new benchmarks.” Mobile apps, information desks and ease of registration ISC West is also focusing on the attendee experience. Need advice on what exhibitors are a fit for your business needs and interests? The Information Desk adjacent to the main expo entrance will provide customised recommendations based on the information attendees provided during the registration process.  Attendees can download the official ISC West mobile app and create a MyShow account through the ISC West website Attendees can download the official ISC West mobile app and create a MyShow account through the ISC West website to research exhibitors and product categories, receive exhibitor recommendations that best fit business needs, review complimentary educational opportunities as well as 85-plus sessions from the paid SIA Education@ISC program.  There are many networking opportunities being offered at the show this year. When planning for the show, be sure to view the list of special events and take advantage of the additional connection-making opportunities.  Whether attendees want to network with peers or customers at an awards ceremony (Sammy Awards, Fast 50, New Product Showcase Awards), Charity event (AIREF Golf Classic, Mission 500 Security 5K-2K Run/Walk), or an industry party (SIA Market Leaders Reception, ISC West Customer Appreciation Party at Tao), there are a variety of special events offered, all designed to help you make new connections. Make sure to check out the ISC West website for all the Special Events taking place at ISC West.

How effective security departments bust multi-million dollar crimes
How effective security departments bust multi-million dollar crimes

It had been a particularly slow night. The plant security guard had just made his rounds on this Sunday evening shift. As soon as he passed the weighing scales, he could enter the guard shack and get off his feet. Challenging a curious incident However, on this night, he noticed the waste vendor’s truck sitting half on and half off the scale. He stopped dead in his tracks to see if the truck would back up and completely sit on the scale. It never did. The observant guard walked up to the truck and challenged the driver who seemed surprised. “Hey, you’re not weighing your truck properly.” The driver fumbled for a response before replying, “Sorry, I was on the phone with a friend. I didn’t notice it.” But this security guard had the presence of mind to demand the driver’s phone. The driver was caught off guard and surrendered the phone. The guard then pulled up the most recent incoming/outgoing calls and saw no calls during the last 30 minutes. “I don’t think so.” “You don’t think so what?” The security guard was frank, “You haven’t used this phone in over half an hour.” The truck driver sheepishly acknowledged the fact. It was decided to install CCTV covering the weighing area and scales – no easy feat due to poor lighting Preventing crime as it happens Knowing the driver was lying, the security guard ordered the truck back on the scale for a correct weighing and advised the driver that he would report the incident. The security guard wrote up his report and handed it off to his supervisor who, in turn, contacted the local corporate investigator. This investigator was soon on the phone with his boss at corporate headquarters on the other side of the world. Together with Security, they decided to install CCTV covering the weighing area and scales – no easy feat due to poor lighting. However, once completed, they waited. They would not have to wait long. For the next two months, the waste vendor trucks, filled to the brim with production waste, black-and-white paper and other waste products from the plant, would stop on the scale only for a moment and then drive the front half of the truck off the scale for weighing. It was obvious that the vendor was cheating the company by only paying for half the waste. After two months, it was decided to catch the next cheating driver “en flagrante.” Sure enough, the next truck went half on and half off the scale and was weighed. Security then asked the unsuspecting driver to park his truck and invited him inside the building to talk to a supervisor. The driver signed an incriminating statement about the scheme and his role therein. They sent him on his way asking him to keep it quiet Waiting for the driver in a large office was the local investigator and his close friend, the Head of Security. After a difficult interview, the driver admitted to cheating on the scales over a two-year period—he claimed that some of the scale cheating was done at the direction of the vendor’s management, while some of it he did himself by “ripping off” the vendor—which he acknowledged was dangerous. Working with authorities The driver signed an incriminating statement about the scheme and his role therein. They sent him on his way asking him to keep it quiet—they would see what they could do for him later on. In the meantime, Corporate Investigations had received a due diligence report on the vendor company which contained disturbing news—the company and its managers were associated with a countrywide waste management mafia. The report suggested that the vendor had a reputation for thefts and involvement in numerous lawsuits regarding thefts and embezzlement. Shockingly, no prior due diligence had ever been conducted on the vendor. Fortunately, the plant’s finance and audit team had maintained good records over the past 5 years and were able to re-construct the amount of waste going out the plant door and the amounts being claimed and paid for by the vendor. The discrepancy and loss stood at a multi-million dollar figure. After consulting with the local police authorities and company lawyers, it was decided to pursue a civil case against the vendor. Pursuing legal action The regional lawyer, the Head of Investigations, the Head of Security and the CFO invited the vendor to discuss the problem. Some of the evidence was shown to the vendor’s CEO who became indignant and, in order to save face, promised to fire the truck drivers and to repay any losses for the last two months. Inter-dependent entities - security, investigations, finance/audit and legal - combined their resources and agendas to form a unified front That was not enough for the company and a protracted legal battle ensued which lasted several years and resulted in the vendor’s paying almost the entire amount in instalments. The vendor was dropped from the contract and internal controls strengthened—the only plant employee dealing with the waste issue left the company and was replaced by two individuals. The plant also began paying more attention to the waste process and less to the production side. Several “lessons learned” come to mind. First, the tripwire came in the person of an astute and well-trained security guard who exhibited some of the best characteristics you want to see from men and women in that profession. The Security Department was also adept at installing the CCTV and capturing the fraud live on videotape. But a far greater lesson was learned—of what can happen when inter-dependent entities (security, investigations, finance/audit and legal) within a company combine their resources and agendas to form a unified front. The results speak for themselves.

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Milestone Systems Device Pack 10.1a offers firmware support for partners and customers using XProtect video solutions
Milestone Systems Device Pack 10.1a offers firmware support for partners and customers using XProtect video solutions

Milestone Systems, the number one global provider of open platform networked video management systems, has released Device Pack 10.1a for partners and customers using Milestone XProtect video solutions. The latest Device Pack offers new firmware support for partners Axis, FLIR Systems, Hanwha Techwin, Honeywell and MOBOTIX. New features include support for SRTP (Secure Real-time Transport Protocol), a feature that ensures that camera video streams are received via secure end-to-end encrypted transportation method only by authorised clients, for an increased number of Axis devices. Driver Command with Response Also, Device Pack 10.1a carries implemented support for ‘Driver Command with Response’ on all Axis drivers, as well as bugs-fixing of issues with connecting through HTTPS and appropriate handling of the speaker device of M1065-LW. Device Pack 10.1a has implemented support for thermal events for MOBOTIX M16 Series and new driver support for SonyGenXDevice Pack 10.1a has implemented support for thermal events for MOBOTIX M16 Series and new driver support for SonyGenX, including bug-fixing for failure on Edge retrieval for SNC-VB630 and Multicast Settings issues for Sony G7. The new Device Pack offers support for the ONVIF specification 18.06. This includes a number of major enhancements and minor clarifications for better interoperability among ONVIF conformant clients and devices. Support for the ONVIF specification 18.06 With the release of Device Pack 10.0a in late 2018, Milestone Systems now supports new logic for Inputs/Outputs for Axis audio device driver. The device pack also has implemented support for variable bitrates for Bosch, support for additional analytic events for Vivotek, as well as for Siqura. The Device Pack 10.0a also supports ONVIF-based cameras for partners Mobotix and Arecont Vision, both of whom released their first ONVIF-based cameras in 2018.

Siqura security vision products to be rebranded TKH Security Solutions
Siqura security vision products to be rebranded TKH Security Solutions

TKH Security Solutions is a cluster of five highly specialised security companies As of the first of April, 2017, all security vision products from Siqura will be branded TKH Security Solutions. This change comes as a direct response to the large number of partners and end users that utilise Siqura products and services, and want to engage in small, medium and large scale security and safety projects with the TKH Group. Strong identity name “The TKH Security Solutions brand is nothing new. We have delivered many projects, including several high-level projects under the TKH Security Solutions name over the last few years,” explains Dr. Magnus Ekerot, CEO of TKH Security Vision Group. “What is new is that we are now taking the final step in branding and collecting our products under this strong identity name, to show our partners and end users our commitment to them and their work.” Turnkey security solutions TKH Security Solutions is a cluster of five highly specialised security companies. Together their individual know-how and expertise combine to offer total turnkey security solutions for a wide range of applications, partners, and end users. One high-profile and successful example of the strength and versatility of TKH Security Solutions, is the security project of the International Criminal Court in The Hague. “I believe that by changing the name in combination with our strong product and solutions portfolio, TKH Security Solutions will have an even bigger impact within the security and safety marketplace. Nothing changes for our partners and customers, except for gaining an even stronger brand name with greater possibilities,” concluded Ekerot.

Siqura to exhibit innovative surveillance range at Intersec Dubai 2017
Siqura to exhibit innovative surveillance range at Intersec Dubai 2017

During Intersec Dubai 2017, Siqura will introduce its new line of high-tech and innovative traffic cameras Siqura, a camera surveillance solutions company, will once again have a presence at this year’s Intersec exhibition at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, 22nd to 24th January, at booth SA-K24. During Intersec 2017, Siqura will showcase their latest surveillance innovations and solutions for mobility, public safety, and the marine, oil, and gas sectors. Traffic camera rangeDuring Intersec 2017, Siqura will introduce its new line of high-tech and innovative traffic cameras. An entire series that includes the TrafficPTZ, TunnelCam, and CityDome. The Siqura TrafficPTZ, a pan-tilt-zoom camera with high speed intelligent 30x zoom, gives traffic control operators the tools to react to any unwanted situation on the road or motorway that might interrupt traffic. Whether day or night. The TunnelCam is designed to meet the demanding tunnel specifications. Enclosed in a rugged housing and able to withstand corroding exhaust, dirt, and high pressure waterjets, the sensitive Siqura TunnelCam can perform with easy clarity, even in sub-optimal lighting conditions. Siqura's CityDome is an intelligent and innovative dome camera intended for traffic light intersections. The traffic light controller, sensors and other information can trigger the CityDome camera when abnormalities occur at an intersection. Images are then delivered to the traffic centre control room. Enhanced public safety The new Siqura camera line, the 1100 Series, enables more effective and efficient asset monitoring. The 1100 Series is available in all popular formats and features 3MP sensors, which offer a 50% greater camera coverage area than 2MP cameras. With improved image resolution and able to accommodate fixed and flexible installation needs, the new Siqura 1100 Series cameras offer many additional options for image enhancement. Even under difficult lighting conditions such as high contrast, fog, and darkness. Naturally, this also leads to improvements in the reliability of the Video Content Analytics (VCA). The 1100 Series offers seamless integration with TKH Group security management systems, VDG Sense, and iProtect. Video surveillance solutions designed to increase safety and continuity, and reduce costs. The most distinguishing features of the new Siqura cameras, however, are their intelligence The 1100 Series has the latest encoder technology and smart, advanced shooting options such as region of interest and corridor mode enable a reduction of 30% to 40% in the necessary bandwidth and storage capacity. The most distinguishing features of the new Siqura cameras, however, are their intelligence. With detection options that include face recognition, area intrusion, audio, left luggage and trip wires, a contribution is made to significantly increase the operator’s situational awareness and public safety. After all, that is the main reason for possessing or purchasing a surveillance solution. Cameras for marine market Marine, oil, and gas incidents can lead to a disruption of costly production processes or worse, to environmental disasters. Siqura’s mission is to help operators detect incidents at an early stage through state-of-the-art video surveillance tools, allowing operators to act before an incident escalates. Siqura’s advanced Safe Area video surveillance solution cameras are ideal for use in harsh marine environments. With robust protection against water, extreme weather conditions and sand, these cameras give operators real-time overviews of mission-critical operations.The Siqura Marine Dome surveillance solutions are flame resistant and explosion proof. The Marine Dome provides operators with 1080p video quality at 60 frames per second, resulting in crisp images and real-time control. For distribution and recording purposes, operators can choose from four IP streams in optimal formats and quality. Thermal imaging Thermal imaging comes into play with Siqura’s Man Overboard camera solution. On land or sea, this camera also enjoys robust protection against the elements and can read heat signatures. Extremely useful should a passenger or crew member fall into the cold water, or to distinguish between a camel and a person on a dark desert evening. Additionally, these video surveillance solutions come with the unique Siqura Click and Go system. This system supports users with straightforward installation and maintenance. Siqura’s innovative camera and surveillance solutions will be at display during Intersec 2017 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, 22nd January to 24th January, at booth SA-K24.