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Video surveillance across the world is growing exponentially and its major application is in both public safety and law enforcement. Traditionally, it has been fixed surveillance where cameras provide live streams from fixed cameras situated in what is considered strategic locations. But they are limited in what they can see given by their very definition of being "fixed." The future of video surveillance includes the deployment of more mobile video surveillance with the benefits it offers. Instead of fixed cameras, this is the ability to live stream from mobile devices on the move such as body-worn cams, drones, motorbikes, cars, helicopters and in some cases, even dogs!Sending drones into the air, for example for missing people or rescue missions, is much more cost-effective than deploying helicopters Advantages of mobile surveillance The advantage of mobile surveillance is that the camera can go to where the action is, rather than relying on the action going to where the camera is. Also, sending drones into the air, for example for missing people or rescue missions, is much more cost-effective than deploying helicopters. The ability to live stream video from cars and helicopters in high-speed pursuits can be used to take some of the operational issues from the first responders on the ground and share that “life and death” responsibility with the operational team leaders back in the command centre. This allows the first responders in the pursuit vehicle to focus on minimising risk while staying in close proximity of the fleeing vehicle, with direction from a higher authority who can see for themselves in real time the issues that are being experienced, and direct accordingly. In addition to showing video live stream from a pursuit car or motorcycle, by using inbuilt GPS tracking, the video can be displayed on a map in real time, allowing a command chief to better utilise additional resource and where to deploy them, through the use of displaying mapping information with real time video feed. It allows police chiefs to make better informed decisions in highly-charged environments. The 4G phone network can now be used with compressed video to live stream cost effectively Application in emergency situations The same is true of first responders in many different emergency situations. Mobile surveillance opens up a new area of efficiencies that previously was impossible to achieve. For example, special operations can wear action body-worn cameras when doing raids, fire departments can live stream from emergency situations with both thermal and daylight cameras, and paramedics can send video streams back to hospitals allowing doctors to remotely diagnose and prepare themselves for when patients arrive at the hospital. How can special operations and emergency first responders live stream video from a mobile camera with the issues of weight, reliability and picture-quality being considered? H265 mobile video compression Law enforcement insists on secure transmissions, and it is possible to encrypt video to the highest level of security available in the public domain The 4G phone network can now be used with compressed video to live stream cost effectively. The issue of course is that 4G is not always reliable. Soliton Systems has mitigated this risk of low mobile quality in certain areas, by building an H265 mobile video compression device that can use multiple SIM cards from different cellular providers simultaneously. H265 is the latest compression technique for video, that is 50% more effective than conventional H264, and coupling this with using multiple “bonded” SIM cards provides a highly reliable connection for live-streaming high-quality HD video. The 400-gram device with an internal battery can be connected to a small action cam, and can live-stream simultaneously over at least three different cellular providers, back to a command centre. Latency is typically less than a second, and new advance improvements are looking to reduce that latency further. Encrypted video transmission What about security? Law enforcement insists on secure transmissions, and it is possible to encrypt video to the highest level of security available in the public domain, i.e. AES256.What about integration into existing video infrastructure at the command centre? It is not untypical for a police force to have an existing video management system (VMS) at their command centre such as Milestone System’s Xprotect. The Soliton range of products are ONVIF-compliant, a standard used by video surveillance cameras for interoperability, allowing cameras and video devices that are ONVIF-compliant to simply “plug&play” into existing video management systems. These mobile transmitters are deployed with law enforcement and first responders across the globe. Their ability to provide secure, full HD quality and highly-reliable video streaming within a small unit, and to enable it to be integrated into the current eco-system that is already installed at the receiving end, has made them a favourite choice with many companies and government agencies.
The term “smart city” gets thrown around a lot nowadays, but as different technologies that strive to be defined in this way are adopted by different countries globally, the meaning of this phrase gets lost in translation. The simplest way to define a “smart city” is that it is an urban area that uses different types of data collecting sensors to manage assets and resources efficiently. One of the most obvious types of “data collecting sensor” is the video camera, whether that camera is part of a city’s existing CCTV infrastructure, a camera in a shopping centre or even a police car’s dash camera. The information gathered by video cameras can be used with two purposes in mind, firstly: making people’s lives more efficient, for example by managing traffic, and secondly (and arguably more importantly): making people’s lives safer. Live streaming video all the time, everywhere In the smart and safe city, traditional record-only video cameras are of limited use. Yes, they can be used to collect video which can be used for evidence after a crime has taken place, but there is no way that this technology could help divert cars away from an accident to avoid traffic building up, or prevent a crime from taking place in the first place. However, streaming live video from a camera that isn’t connected to an infrastructure via costly fibre optic cabling has proven challenging for security professionals, law enforcement and city planners alike. This is because it isn’t viable to transmit video reliably over cellular networks, in contrast to simply receiving it. Video transmission challenges Transmitting video normally results in freezing and buffering issues which can hinder efforts to fight crime and enable flow within a city, as these services require real-time, zero latency video without delays. Therefore, special technology is required that copes with poor and varying bandwidths to allow a real-time view of any scene where cameras are present to support immediate decision making and smart city processes. The information gatheredby video cameras can beused to make people’s lives more efficient, and to make people’s lives safer There are many approaches to transmitting video over cellular. We’ve developed a specialist codec (encoding and decoding algorithm) that can provide secure and reliable video over ultra-low bandwidths and can therefore cope when networks become constrained. Another technique, which is particularly useful if streaming video from police body worn cameras or dash cams that move around, is to create a local wireless “bubble” at the scene, using Wi-Fi or mesh radio systems to provide local high-bandwidth communications that can communicate with a central location via cellular or even satellite communications. Enhanced city surveillance Live video streaming within the smart and safe city’s infrastructure means that video’s capabilities can go beyond simple evidence recording and evolve into a tool that allows operations teams to monitor and remediate against incidents as they are happening. This can be taken one step further with the deployment of facial recognition via live streaming video. Facial recognition technology can be added on to any video surveillance camera that is recording at a high enough quality to identify faces. The technology works by capturing video, streaming the live video back to a control centre and matching faces against any watch lists that the control centre owns. Importantly, the data of people who aren’t on watch lists is not stored by the technology. Identifying known criminals This technology can work to make the city safer in a number of ways. For example, facial recognition could spot a known drug dealer in a city centre where they weren’t supposed to be, or facial recognition could identify if a group of known terror suspects were visiting the same location at the same time, and this would send an alert to the police. Facial recognition technology captures and streams live back to a control centre, matching faces against any watch lists that the control centre owns In an ideal world where the police had an automated, electronic workflow, the police officer nearest to the location of the incident would be identified by GPS and would be told by the control room where to go and what to do. Most police forces aren’t quite at this technological level yet, and would probably rely on communicating via radio in order to send the nearest response team to the scene. As well as this, shopping centres could create a database from analogue records of known shoplifters to identify criminals as soon as they entered the building. This would be even more effective if run co-operatively between all shopping centres and local businesses in an area, and would not only catch any known shoplifters acting suspiciously, but would act as a deterrent from shoplifting in the first place. Live streaming for police As mentioned above, live streaming video from CCTV cameras can help the police fight crime more proactively rather than reactively. This can be enhanced even further if combined with live streaming video from police car dash cams and police body worn cameras. If video was streamed from all of these sources to a central HQ, such as a police operations centre, the force would be able to have full situational awareness throughout an incident. This would mean that, if need be, officers could be advised on the best course of action, and additional police or other emergency services could be deployed instantly if needed. Incorporated with facial recognition, this would also mean that police could instantly identify if they were dealing with known criminals or terrorists. Whilst they would still have to confirm the identity of the person with questioning or by checking their identification, this is still more streamlined than describing what a person looks like over a radio and then ops trying to manually identify if the person is on a watch list. The smart, safe city is possible today – for one, if live video streaming capabilities are deployed they can enable new levels of flow in the city. With the addition of facial recognition, cities will be safer than ever before and law enforcement and security teams will be able to proactively stop crime before it happens by deterring criminal activity from taking place at all.
In 2017, DITEK saw how power surges from the many natural disasters that took place damaged many businesses. In a natural disaster, or even everyday business operations, a facility’s entire investment in security, life safety and surveillance systems technology can be disabled or rendered useless in a few seconds. Surge protection solutions can mitigate those risks and protect security investments. Proactive approach to risk mitigation Throughout 2017, we also witnessed a change in how enterprises view surge protection, which included how investments are being made in surge protection to protect valuable security, life safety and surveillance systems, while also reducing downtime, manpower costs, liability vulnerabilities, and possibly compliance issues that can force businesses to actually cease operations. Effective security management is about mitigating risks. But risks cannot be mitigated without a proactive approach. Enterprises and integrators, who take the time to assess risk and to develop a strategy to incorporate effective detection, deter and response criteria to protect physical assets will be successful in 2018. 2018 and beyond That strategy includes designing surge protection into new security systems, while also adding surge protection to existing systems. Enterprises and security integrators who implement a surge protection strategy during security planning processes – or after – will be exercising prevention and mitigation, and they will be successful in 2018 and beyond. Surge protection devices have an untapped potential for enterprise surveillance and security systems In 2017, Ditek continued to offer security end users a solid surge protection solution. We also successfully educated system integrators, who are seeking value-added products or services to incorporate into their portfolios, on the importance of surge protection devices. Educating security integrators We believe that surge protection devices have an untapped potential for enterprise video surveillance and security systems, because they can and do meet safety and security challenges that have been rarely identified in the past. We are looking forward to 2018, when we will continue to develop new surge protection products – including a new product engineered to protect up to twelve individual fuel dispensers, which is critical to the financial operation of convenience stores. We will also continue to educate security integrators about the importance of including surge protection in the design/build RFP, to not only secure an enterprise’s valuable security equipment, but also to help integrators to differentiate their capabilities and knowledge from the competition.
EverFocus, GeoVision, PLANET and VIVOTEK—were the highlights of a press conference at ISC West 2018, organised by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), Taiwan’s foremost trade promotion organisation. These breakthrough products, with potential to transform the global security market, include a futuristic Virtual Reality 720° camera, a facial recognition dome camera, a cutting-edge Internet of Vehicle (IoV) fleet surveillance system, an IP camera armed with anti-intrusion software, and a next-gen intuitive colour touch LCD switch.We are proud to showcase Taiwan’s finest at one of the United States’ most prestigious security tradeshows" Extensive engagements “Today, the United States and Taiwan enjoy an ever-expanding relationship and extensive engagement in many fields, especially in electronic security." "Our products launch event unveil some of Silicon Island’s most cutting-edge products and technologies in the areas of IoT and Internet of Vehicles (IoV), unmanned security and cyber + physical integration." "We are proud to showcase Taiwan’s finest at one of the United States’ most prestigious security tradeshows and look forward to having participants experience the future of security,” said TAITRA Executive Director Simon Lai. These Taiwanese ICT companies, all winners of the Taiwan Excellence Awards, generated a lot of excitement and buzz with the unveiling of their new products at the conference. XFleet management platform EverFocus demonstrated its engineering and research prowess as Regional Technical Sales Manager Marques Phillips unveiled details of the company’s XFleet Management Platform which he described as not only transforming the IoV experience, but the future of vehicle fleet management. The new solution allows users to easily track, monitor and manage any type of fleet vehicles on a Web browser anywhere and anytime. With Xfleet, users can not only reduce overall costs by effectively utilising resources such as vehicles, fuel, and manpower, but also improve management efficiency and business performance by keeping and analysing the historical records of the vehicle data as needed.GeoVision cameras can recognise human faces in 1.5 seconds, making possible identification of authorised versus un-authorised personnel Virtual reality camera GeoVision showed off the VR 360, the world’s first Virtual Reality camera that can provide a 720° view. President David Huang said it’s the only camera with two Fisheye lenses to provide a floor to ceiling, 720° view with no blind spots. It’s ideal for security environments such as airports, train stations, city streets, harbors and highways. The camera uses advanced computer vision technology to simulate a three-dimensional, highly realistic, and practical 3D space. It’s water-proof, vandal-proof and dust resistant, making it ideal for outdoors. It also boasts IR Night Mode for clear images even in dark environments. Huang also demonstrated new facial recognition IP dome camera with cutting-edge AI. It can recognise human faces in 1.5 seconds, making possible identification of authorised versus un-authorised personnel, creation of blacklists for restricted personnel, and VIP lists to improve relationship management. Intruitive touch LCD switch PLANET explained how the Intuitive Touch LCD Switch makes it possible to easily manage powered devices in real time, greatly enhancing network management efficiency. Tammy Huang, Sales Manager, noted that it’s the unique touch LCD that makes such management possible. In addition to the touch LCD interface, the solution features L2+ switching, intelligent PoE management and an ONVIF support function. An Industrial flat-type touch LCD switch model is also offered, making possible management of large-scale networks.VIVOTEK’s Smart Stream II and H.265 technology allows users to benefit from reduced bandwidth and data storage demands VIVOTEK’s network cameras With the theme ‘Security within Security,’ Shengfu Cheng, Director of Marketing and Product Development, demonstrated the first cybersecurity enhanced network cameras in the IP surveillance industry. The three new cameras are armed with Trend Micro’s anti-intrusion software, allowing them to automatically detect and prevent credential attacks and block suspicious events. They also feature VIVOTEK’s Smart Stream II and H.265 technology, allowing users to benefit from reduced bandwidth and data storage demands by up to 90% more than systems employing H.264. Low-light surveillance Add to that a new generation of night visibility technology, Supreme Night Visibility II (SNV II) which allows them to reproduce high-quality colour images, even in very low-light conditions. In the security industry, the United States is the largest buyer of electronic security products and spent $12.3 billion on imports in the field in 2016. And Taiwan constitutes North America’s 4th largest trade partner in the electronic security field, with an import value that was close to $1 billion in 2016. Throughout ISC West 2018, Taiwan exhibitors will present their latest innovations. In pursuit of Asia’s Silicon Valley vision of propelling Taiwan to the international forefront of technology, Taiwanese companies continue their pursuit of excellence and innovation.
Report from IMS Research cites adoption of HD and high megapixel video surveillance systems Major global players in the world of security and safety are responding to rapid demand surges and accelerating delivery of innovative leading-edge products, services and solutions. Taiwan Excellence Award-winning Taiwanese companies EverFocus Electronics Corporation, VIVOTEK Inc., QNAP Systems Inc., and PLANET Technology Corporation have contributed significantly to Taiwan hitting the top position worldwide in IP video surveillance, disaster prevention and fire safety. Latest reports from research company Memoori estimate the total worldwide market value of the security industry to be over $25 billion. These latest figures highlight a rapid growth rate of 7.5% in 2014 alone. The main drivers for growth are listed as IP video networks and higher demand from Asia, as well as greater success in penetrating vertical markets including transport, retail, healthcare and education. A report from IMS Research cited the increasing adoption of HD and high megapixel video surveillance systems as the key driver for growth in the video surveillance market. With more than 2,000 manufacturers, Taiwan makes up over 10% of the global market share of surveillance systems and sets its sights on future growth in the security sector. Leading lights of secure-tech innovation Speaking at an exclusive showcase of seven Taiwanese products at IFSEC International 2015, Dr. C.K. Liu from the Taipei Representative Office in the U.K. said: “Taiwan is committed to continuing to grow its market share in the security technology sector. We are already home to the leading lights of secure-tech innovation and will be seeking to build on our track record of success in order to maximise on the opportunities presented by global rising demand.” Business Development Manager Jason Chen of QNAP Security said: “QNAP is the only network storage company offering professional grade network surveillance globally. All products are 100 percent designed, engineered, tested and manufactured in Taiwan – something we are incredibly proud of. World’s first Linux-embedded NVR developer “We are the world’s first Linux-embedded NVR developer and our spirit of continuous innovation means we continue to provide professional surveillance solutions with market-fresh applications.” Mr. Chen outlined QNAP’s strategic priority of working to attract global talent to its base in Taiwan in order to drive growth and further strengthen local reach. VIVOTEK Vice President William Ku explained that future plans for growth centre on delivering high quality cost-effective products that are fully integrated and seamlessly connect to the Internet of Things. VIVOTEK has continued to receive a number of awards in recognition of its innovative products, including the 2013 Deloitte Technology Fast 500 Asia Pacific Ranking award, the 16th Taiwan SMEA National Outstanding SMEs Award and most recently the 2015 Taiwan Excellence Award from the Ministry of Economic Affairs. "Taiwan is committed to continuing to grow its market share in the security technology sector..." says Dr. C.K. Liu from the Taipei Representative Office Also presenting at the technology showcase, Lidia Sung, the Regional Sales Manager at leading IP-based networking company PLANET explained: “The automated home sounds very futuristic but it is happening now.” Automation Control Gateway - designed to make home networking smarter & safer Targeting the IoT, the Z-Wave e-Home Automation Control Gateway is a powerful tool designed to make home networking smarter and safer. Controllable by smart phone or tablet anywhere, anytime, PLANET’s solution uniquely integrates IP-based networking (intercoms, cameras and wireless APs) with Z-Wave Plus (smoke detection, temperature control, door and window) technology. Michel Verhoeven, the Senior Sales Manager at EverFocus, commented: “The security and safety sector has evolved dramatically in the last decade and there are no signs of it slowing down. At EverFocus, a core part of our growth plan is ensuring that our products are ever more adaptable and versatile. This was recently recognised at ISC West where the ESK1000 Sidekick was crowned the winner of the Tools and Hardware category of the SIA New Product Showcase.”
Companies like – VIVOTEK, QNAP, EverFocus Electronics & PLANET Technology to display their products An exclusive showcase of security technology excellence will be unveiled on the opening day of IFSEC International 2015 which runs 16 to 18 June at ExCeL London. The session is supported by the Bureau of Foreign Trade and the Ministry of Economic Affairs of Taiwan, and will be executed by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA). This dedicated event for security industry experts on 16 June will showcase – for the first time in Europe – the latest innovations from Taiwan Excellence Award-winning Taiwanese companies VIVOTEK Inc., QNAP Systems Inc., EverFocus Electronics Corporation and PLANET Technology Corporation. VIVOTEK will display network security cameras – FE8181V & FD8168 Fresh from receiving a 2015 Taiwan Excellence Award from the Ministry of Economic Affairs, VIVOTEK will display two of its leading-edge network security cameras – the FE8181V, a 5 megapixel fish eye network camera, and the FD8168, a 2 megapixel ultra-mini fixed dome network camera. The latest addition to the VIVOTEK portfolio, the new FE8181V is a true day-to-night camera that offers superior image quality 24 hours a day thanks to a removable infrared-cut (IR) filter. Built-in LEDs provide 360 degrees surround illumination up to 10 metres – even in completely dark environments. Vandal-proof IK10 and weather-proof IP66-rated housing make the VIVOTEK FE8181V ideal for coverage of open areas such as airports, sports arenas and retail developments. FD8168 - ideal for use in luxury developments Launched in April 2015, the compact VIVOTEK FD8168 fixed dome network camera has been specifically designed for indoor applications where both form and function are required. The FD8168’s 2 megapixel sensor outputs 15 frames per second in H.264 compression from compact housing, making it ideal for use in luxury developments where superior image quality should not come at the compromise of discreet design. Simple to install and with a power-over-ethernet (PoE) input design, a single networked fisheye FD8168 fixed dome camera offers the same viewing capabilities as up to four traditional CCTV cameras, but at the fraction of the installation cost. QNAP will exhibit its new Linux-based VS-2200 Pro+ series NVR. The compact 2-bay VS-2200 Pro+ series is packed with functionality and designed to reduce the cost of ownership for SMB and SOHO users. The VS-2200 Pro+ series offers superior performance and advanced surveillance features compared to other entry level NVRs. It is a highly scalable network surveillance system and offers end users a cost-effective way of adapting or expanding their storage capacity based on their long-term recording needs. Compatible with over 3,000 IP camera models An HDMI output allows users to set up and manage the NVR by plugging in a mouse, keyboard, and monitor – with no need for a separate PC – and to remotely monitor multiple cameras, as well as providing the option to play back recordings on a Full HD 1080p local display. Compatible with over 3,000 IP camera models, QNAP has received over 300 orders for the VS-2200 Pro+ and secured a 2015 Secutech Excellence Award since bringing the product to market in April 2015. The latest developments from award-winning Taiwanese companies work to enhance quality while managing costs and driving efficiencies Leading IP-based networking company PLANET will showcase its Z-Wave e-Home Automation Control Gateway. Targeting the IoT, the system is a powerful tool designed to make home networking smarter and safer. Controllable by smart phone or tablet anywhere, anytime, PLANET’s solution uniquely integrates IP-based networking (intercoms, cameras and wireless APs) with Z-Wave Plus (smoke detection, temperature control, door and window) technology. Long Reach PoE Solution PLANET will also exhibit its Long Reach PoE Solution. It is designed to offer a cost-effective way to extend the reach of Ethernet networking and efficiently upgrade analogue CCTV to an IP-based surveillance system via existing coaxial cables. TAITRA’s technology showcase will also see EverFocus launch its award-winning ESK1000 Sidekick. Recently crowned the winner of the ‘Tools & Hardware’ category of the SIA New Product Showcase 2015 at ISC West, the ESK1000 is uniquely placed to meet IP camera sidekick demands in a variety of security installation settings. Simple & cost-effective set up Benefitting from simple and cost-effective set up – with no need for support from a technician – the ESK1000 has revolutionised IP camera installation and testing. Unlike analogue systems which use TV outputs and often involve time-consuming testing, installers using the EverFocus ESK1000 can monitor and adjust new and existing camera images remotely by connecting the sidekick to a smart phone or tablet, with no need to contact a central control room. Over 5,000 orders have been placed for the lightweight ESK1000, which is compatible with all major IP cameras and features built-in power-of-ethernet (PoE) and USB outputs allowing the sidekick to charge while completing IP camera installations or tests. Display eclectic mix of products TAITRA is delighted to be showcasing a selection of Taiwan’s latest technology innovations at IFSEC International. This is all about sharing excellence and best practice in the world of security and safety. The exclusive showcase is set to display an eclectic mix of products as they make their inaugural debut in Europe. The latest developments from award-winning Taiwanese companies VIVOTEK Inc., QNAP Systems Inc., EverFocus Electronics Corporation and PLANET Technology Corporation work to enhance quality while managing costs and driving efficiencies.
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