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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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MOBOTIX 7 open, modular video system platform is robust and sensitive with enhanced security
MOBOTIX 7 open, modular video system platform is robust and sensitive with enhanced security

The new open and modular video system platform MOBOTIX 7 changes the way video surveillance and video analytics are used. With an ever increasing portfolio of hardware, software and intelligent solutions, MOBOTIX applications are not only solutions for current requirements but also scalable for the future needs of various industries. MOBOTIX 7 video system platform The main areas of focus are the utilities, energy and mining industries. MOBOTIX 7 is the latest addition to the MOBOTIX family and enables deep learning and AI tools in addition to the standard for which MOBOTIX is known; reliability and performance. MOBOTIX sets new standards in the market - Extremely robust, extremely sensitive, and incredibly secure  The MOVE models, the proven Mx6 and the new MOBOTIX 7 series cover all industry requirements, from high-quality industry standard to AI-based IoT video systems developed for innovative and future applications. MOBOTIX sets new standards in the market - Extremely robust, extremely sensitive, and incredibly secure - Beyond Human Vision. Need for reliable, sustainable solutions With complex applications needed in utilities, mining, energy and treatment plants not to mention oil and gas, the need for powerful, reliable and sustainable solutions is more important than ever. Whether it is due to Health and Safety, cost management, efficiency, asset recovery or just simply security MOBOTIX can deliver in any environment to any standard. The robust MOBOTIX video systems 'Made in Germany' are designed to reliably cope with the extremely demanding external influences in the energy, utility and mining sectors: they can withstand even the most extreme conditions over a long period of time. Highly sensitive optics, thermal sensors, infrared emitters and intelligent apps master the most difficult optical conditions, such as fog, haze and darkness. Preventing unauthorised access and elementary damage "The cameras' Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) average service life is 80,000 hours (> 9 years)," explains Hartmut Sprave, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of MOBOTIX AG. "We offer exactly the right overall solutions that are tailored to the respective company in the industry." Critical infrastructure must be secured at all times. Intelligent MOBOTIX video systems recognise dangers before they can spread and with their early fire detection Thermographic solutions, preventative measures can be taken. Cybersecure video surveillance solutions For MOBOTIX, a complete solution does not only mean covering today's needs" "For MOBOTIX, a complete solution does not only mean covering today's needs. We demand that our solutions are future-proof and offer our customers from the utilities, energy and mining industries comprehensive, robust and at the same time sensitive and cybersecure video surveillance solutions that help them to protect their systems, their employees and the environment and to meet future requirements," emphasises Thomas Lausten, Chief Executive Officcer (CEO) of MOBOTIX AG. All industries and verticals have been subject to cyber-attacks. This is why MOBOTIX solutions, which are as robust as they are intelligent, have strict cyber security protocols which are constantly being increased to maintain the highest level of security we can offer. MOBOTIX only uses powerful and high-quality electronic components. This principle is consistently applied right into the digital world. Cyber security is a top priority at MOBOTIX and is strictly adhered and maintained through the MOBOTIX Cactus Concept. MOBOTIX IoT cameras for enhanced data security  MOBOTIX cameras are high-performance computers with eyes and focus on data security and protection. The entire video analysis - and optionally also the recording - takes place in the camera. The self-sufficient IoT cameras transmit images - securely encrypted end-to-end to the highest standards The self-sufficient IoT cameras transmit images - securely encrypted end-to-end to the highest standards - to the network only when relevant events occur. Transmitting less data also means fewer opportunities for cyber-attacks. Edge computing eliminates the need for central video servers and recording devices. CNPP certification for enhanced cyber security MOBOTIX has been certified for cyber security by the internationally renowned French testing institute CNPP (Centre National de Prévention et de Protection) as the first European manufacturer in CCTV as well as Secure by Default from the UK and also penetration tested by SYSS in Germany. MOBOTIX is also committed to data security in compliance with the German Data Protection Act (DSGVO). Both access rights and camera settings can be adjusted according to the application and sensitivity. MOBOTIX cameras are 100% ‘Made in Germany’ for the highest possible cyber security reliability.

MOBOTIX offers industry-optimised video surveillance solutions for safer and more effective industrial and production processes
MOBOTIX offers industry-optimised video surveillance solutions for safer and more effective industrial and production processes

The new open and modular video system platform MOBOTIX 7 fundamentally changes the use of video surveillance and video analysis. With its product portfolio of hardware, software and intelligent partner solutions, MOBOTIX can precisely map the current and even future requirements of various industries. One of the main areas of focus is the industrial and production sector. With MOBOTIX 7, MOBOTIX is completing its product and solution portfolio to meet all requirements in the industrial and production sector. The MOBOTIX MOVE models, the proven Mx6 and the new MOBOTIX 7 series cover all current and even future market requirements. From the high-quality standard camera to the AI-based high-end IoT video system developed for innovative and future applications: Robust, reliable, secure - Beyond Human Vision. Modern video technology Industrial and manufacturing companies benefit from numerous special video analysis apps Much more than safety, modern video technology helps to improve processes. With modern video surveillance and analysis, companies are increasingly able to optimize processes. For example, intelligent MOBOTIX systems can help reduce machine downtime, which makes a decisive contribution to more effective production. The fact that the cameras are maintenance-free is a big plus for company budgets. Industrial and manufacturing companies benefit from numerous special video analysis apps that are already available today and will be available in the near future. "Together with our partners, we are continuously developing intelligent industry solutions that meet the needs of their users. Supported by Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning, our video systems can be tailored precisely to the needs of our customers. In this way, they meet the specific and individual challenges of our customers in industry and production," explains Hartmut Sprave, CTO of MOBOTIX AG. Thermal sensors, infrared illuminators They are ready for use even under extreme conditions like industrial and production plants, extreme environmental conditions prevail in some cases. Temperature fluctuations, dust, humidity - the robust video systems "Made in Germany" defy even difficult external influences and are among the most reliable in the industry. Most Mobotix cameras have an average service life - measured by the Mean Time Before Failure (MTBF) - of over 80,000 hours (>9 years). For indoor and outdoor installation, no additional protective housing or air conditioning measures are required. The highly sensitive optics, thermal sensors, infrared illuminators and even the intelligent apps master the most difficult optical conditions, such as darkness, steam, smoke and fog. Data Protection Edge computing eliminates the need for central video servers and recording devices Focus on data security and data protection Edge computing is an elementary component of MOBOTIX DNA. MOBOTIX cameras are high-performance computers with eyes. The entire video analysis - and optionally also the recording - takes place in the camera, with brilliant image quality, in real time and intelligently self-organised. The autonomous IoT cameras transmit images - securely end-to-end encrypted according to the highest standards - into the network only when relevant events occur. Transmitting less data also means that there are fewer opportunities for cyber attacks. Edge computing eliminates the need for central video servers and recording devices. High-quality electronic components Cyber security "Made in Germany" MOBOTIX only uses high-performance, high-quality electronic components. This principle is consistently applied throughout the digital world. Cyber security enjoys the highest priority at MOBOTIX and is lived intensively through the MOBOTIX Cactus Concept. For example, MOBOTIX is certified for cyber security by the internationally renowned French testing institute CNPP (Centre National de Prévention et de Protection) - the first European manufacturer to be so. Data security with regard to the GDPR is also elementary for MOBOTIX. Both access rights and camera settings can be adjusted sensitively and according to the application: 100 percent "Made in Germany" for cyber security. Complete product range "MOBOTIX thus offers industrial and manufacturing companies a complete product range that covers all needs and requirements in industry and production as a complete solution. Together with our partners and end customers, we develop customised systems from our entire product and solution portfolio that optimally meet the industry- and company-specific challenges," says MOBOTIX CEO Thomas Lausten.

MOBOTIX receives ‘Secure by Default’ certification for its security platform and security products
MOBOTIX receives ‘Secure by Default’ certification for its security platform and security products

MOBOTIX has been awarded ‘Secure by Default’ certification in the UK.  The certification for the new MOBOTIX 7 platform includes the new IP video system M73, launched at the MOBOTIX Global Partner Conference in October 2019, as well as the Mx6 product line. This highlights MOBOTIX’ ongoing focus on cyber security and privacy protection. MOBOTIX has been approved based on the 12 Guiding Principles of the Surveillance Camera Commissioner. The company is now globally enabled to use the official ‘Secure by Default’ logo. Cyber-secure surveillance camera products Many congratulations to MOBOTIX AG in self-certifying their products as ‘secure by default’" Self-certification allows manufacturers of surveillance camera devices and components to clearly demonstrate that their products meet requirements that ensure they are secure by default. The requirements are an important step forward in providing the best possible assurance for stakeholders that products aren’t vulnerable to cyberattacks. “Many congratulations to MOBOTIX AG in self-certifying their products as ‘secure by default’” highlights Tony Porter, Surveillance Camera Commissioner. “The certification mark demonstrates to customers and stakeholders alike that the products listed on my website meet the new minimum requirements I expect in terms of cyber-secure surveillance camera products. It’s great that we have a number of proactive manufacturers like MOBOTIX AG leading the way toward a common goal to develop products that to mitigate potential cyber-threats.” Surveillance camera systems Several high profile and well publicised compromises of systems were left in an unacceptable security configuration. Some of these compromises also showed the root cause of cyberattacks was down to poor design and manufacturing. Driven by the need to ensure the UK’s resilience against this and other forms of cyber security vulnerability Driven by the need to ensure the UK’s resilience against this and other forms of cyber security vulnerability, as well as to provide the best possible assurance to stakeholders, the requirements are an important step forward for manufacturers, installers and users alike. Secure by Default highlights the conformity to the 12 Guiding Principles as part of the surveillance camera Code of Practice as well as the development and use of surveillance camera systems, of which MOBOTIX applies conform. Developing solutions and strategy Phillip Antoniou, Vice President Sales Europe South/West & MEAPAC of MOBOTIX underlines “We’re very proud to achieve the ‘Secure by Default’ certification, this demonstrates the commitment that we as MOBOTIX have towards Cyber Security. We recognise the existing and increasing concerns and as such will be further developing our solutions and strategy to address this.” Recently, MOBOTIX has launched a free of charge Cactus Patch with latest firmware updates. With this continuous support, a stable and secure video system is sustained.