Dahua launches multi-lens 180-degree panoramic network IR bullet camera
Dahua launches multi-lens 180-degree panoramic network IR bullet camera

Dahua Technology, manufacturer and supplier of video surveillance products headquartered in Hangzhou, China, has introduced its Multi-lens 180-degree Panoramic Network IR Bullet Camera. Dahua Multi-lens 180-degree Panoramic Network IR Bullet Camera IPC-PFW8601-A180 provides added flexibility for capturing wide area video surveillance. With real-time image splicing technology, the camera has three 2MP sensors working in tandem to create a comprehensive 180-degree view. This camera replaces multiple single-sensor cameras to lower cost of installation, storage and maintenance. Adjustments can be made to each sensor on contrast and brightness to achieve crystal-clear panorama view. The multi-lens camera supports day/night mechanical IR cut filter and true WDR (120dB) which make it ideal for applications in fluctuating lighting conditions. In addition, this camera deploys Dahua Starlight Technology to deliver usable video with minimal ambient light. Video analytics feature The camera is equipped with a built-in intelligent video analytics algorithm, which can realise functions like Tripwire, Intrusion, Abandoned object, Missing object, to quickly and accurately respond to events in specific area. At the same time, the camera features face detection and intelligent tamper detection, which means more efficient security surveillance. The camera has smart IR technology which can adjust the intensity of camera's infrared LEDs to compensate for the distance of an object. Smart IR technology prevents IR LEDs from whitening out images as they come closer to the camera. With an operating ambient temperature range of -40 °C to +60 °C, IP67 and IK10 rating, this camera suits almost any outdoor applications including open and expansive areas like borders, coastlines, highway, square and stadium.

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Dahua introduces smart thermal network camera series
Dahua introduces smart thermal network camera series

Dahua Technology, a world-leading manufacturer of video surveillance products headquartered in Hangzhou, China, introduces the smart thermal camera series to provide superior image quality and advanced features for perimeter security, electrical industry security and manufacturer security applications. The camera series is designed to find heat sources, and is able to offer highly detailed images and an extensive feature set. Dahua’s new smart thermal network camera family includes the thermal hybrid PTZ camera, hybrid speed dome camera, thermal bullet camera and thermal dome camera, all equipped with a variety of smart functions. The smart thermal cameras adopted top-notch sensor is capable of detecting tiny differences in temperature. This camera series can achieve higher detection accuracy and is able to function in complete darkness and adverse weather conditions. Furthermore, the cameras combine intelligence, efficiency and high performance through such features as smart detection, smart analysing, smart perception, smart tracking and smart control. The smart thermal network cameras can precisely determine object temperature and temperature distribution, even on small and fast moving objects. These cameras are excellent for detecting water leaks behind walls, a person hidden in the bushes at night, or identifying passengers with a fever passing through a checkpoint. Dahua’s thermal hybrid network PTZ camera is a professional combination of a visual camera with integrated max 40x optical zoom lens and a thermal camera, perfectly synchronised in pan and tilt movements. The network camera can capture full scale images without the need to step back or frame the shot. The thermal camera is useful for night-vision missions or precise thermographic surveys. The special lens focuses the infrared light emitted by all of the objects in view. It can deliver several independent H.264 streams for different quality needs and bandwidth constraints simultaneously. Dahua also provides software and accessories, including smart PSS, NVR and DMSS that can work together to meet the individual requirements of the transportation industry, energy industry, border and coastal surveillance etc., and other special applications. Dahua smart thermal network camera family Thermal Hybrid PTZ Camera PT8320/8620 (-T) Thermal resolution: 640*512 or 336*256 Lens optional: 35/60/100mm Visible camera support 40X optical zoom Support IVS      IP66-rated       Thermal Hybrid Dome Camera SD8320/8620 (-T) Thermal resolution: 640*512 or 336*256        Lens optional: 25/35/50mm    Visible camera support 30X optical zoom      Support IVS    IP66-rated                   Thermal Bullet Camera BF5300/5600 (-T) Thermal resolution: 640*512 or 336*256 Lens optional: 7/13/19/35mm Tri-mode output: IP/HDCVI/Analogue Support IVS    IP67-rated       Thermal Dome Camera SD5300/SD5600 (-T) Thermal resolution: 640*512 or 336*256 Lens optional: 13/19mm Tri-mode output: IP/HDCVI/Analogue Support IVS      IP66-rated        

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Dahua adds 3.0-Megapixel Network Camera to Eco-Savvy Series
Dahua adds 3.0-Megapixel Network Camera to Eco-Savvy Series

Dahua Technology, a world-leading manufacturer and supplier of video surveillance products headquartered in Hangzhou, China recently introduced Eco-Savvy 3- Megapixel 5000-series network cameras, including domes (IPC-HDB(W)5302-DI/5300-DI) and IR-bullets (IPC-HFW5302C/5300c) as a complementary to its Eco-Savvy family, featuring power efficiency, better bitrate, ultra-low-lux with enhanced installation details. The new network camera series features 3-Megapixel CMOS and supports up to max 20fps@3Mp and 25/30fps@1080P encoding. Other regular functions such as DWDR, 3DNR, true Day/Night are all supported. More details have been taken into account during design for a better surveillance effect. Taking IR bullet for example, with new-arrayed IR LEDs circle, the camera is able to provide longer IR distance and wider coverage for a better night visual effect; and its dual-loop cover glass well separates lens and IR LEDs, which successfully avoids reflection on lens to ensure a clear and transparent image quality.  The new 3.0-Mp network camera series simplifies installation as well. The SD card slot of IR bullet has been relocated, one can easily insert it into camera by opening cover glass instead of unscrewing the back cover, which brings greater convenience and ease during installation and maintenance. As for domes, both in-ceiling and ceiling models are available depending on application demand, and the dome cover is made of dust-free smoke glass, sparing worry for installation locations where haze or dust are regular.  "Eco-Savvy series has been a hit, and we want to further refine this product line to make it more competitive and easy to use,” said Peter Pan, Product Manager of Network Camera at Dahua Technology. “This time, we put more efforts on improving details to further level up user’s experience. How to make sure our cameras installation and better deliver the performance through our mechanism design are our directions.”  

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Dahua's latest trends in video surveillance solutions
Dahua's latest trends in video surveillance solutions

Dahua are more than just monitors…their non-proprietary capabilities provide integration with multi-brands for enhanced flexibility, while offering airtight video data security. Dahua’s cutting-edge solutions apply to common business challenges. Unique solutions, Your way More connections. More value. More freedom of choice. Experience the Dahua Difference! Dahua’s ‘network cameras’ have been adopted by more than 65 VMS partners, allowing them to integrate Dahua cameras with their own software for complete customised solutions. Dahua adheres to ONVIF Profile S for IP-based video systems…so the options are endless.   Experts in the world of business With the understanding that each business has unique security needs, Dahua Technology has adapted video surveillance solutions to meet the requirements of multiple industries. Dahua products and services are being applied to video surveillance for retail stores, gaming facilities, mobile use and parking structures.  Next-generation solutions for today’s needs Introducing HDCVI 3.0 – Now in 4-Megapixel! Dahua’s HDCVI recorders and cameras offer powerful network performance with a robust feature set, including high image quality, real-time recording, easy plug-and-play installation, extra IP channels, and more. They embrace not just CVI, analogue and IP, but also AHD and TVI.   Get up-close and avoid the blind spots – Fisheye and PTZ cameras can provide a large field of view, offer built-in motion tracking, plus powerful zoom and auto focus. They’re simple to install, are tamper-resistant and offer high quality images. Video Conferencing: Be two places at once – Can we talk? More businesses are adopting video conferencing to bridge geographic gaps and save money, and Dahua Technology has the solutions to facilitate face-to-face interactions. The next best thing to being there, whether it be for presentations or sales meetings, Dahua Technology’s complete video conference system will help you reinforce relationships, increase productivity and give you an advantage over the competition.  Machine Vision: The camera of the future is here – If you’re looking for the coolest new trend in video surveillance technology, Dahua have it! Dahua Technology's Machine Vision concept camera is a high speed, high capacity solution that replaces the human eye. Machine Vision has the ability to read RPM of seven ROM per second to monitor motor-driven machinery.

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Dahua introduces Starlight Series network cameras
Dahua introduces Starlight Series network cameras

Dahua Technology, a world-leading manufacturer and supplier of video surveillance products headquartered in Hangzhou, China brings new levels of security to transportation, retail and parking management with the introduction of the Starlight Network Series Cameras.  Outstanding performance As the name implies, starlight series camera is an ideal device for low light condition monitoring with its 0.005Lux/ F1.65 (Color) of light- illumination. The camera features 2-megapixel, 1/1.9”progressives can CMOS image sensor for capturing full colour images, as well as supports up to maximum 50/60fps@1080P encoding. Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) features 120dB and offers high performance in extremely bright, dark areas or in backlight. Moreover, Dahua in-house Smart Scene Adaptive (SSA) supports automatic switchover between different scenes, enabling users to experience the cameras’ excellent low light performance. To speak of PTZ Dome Camera, the IR distance of DH-SD6AL230F-HNI is up to 500 meters and its IP67 provides more high-level of water- and dust-proof capabilities. Smart features Starlight series camera not only shows excellent performance in difficult lighting conditions but also features a wide range of smart detections such as tamper detection, smart video detection and intelligent analysis. Tamper detection can be subdivided into video mask detection, defocus detection and scene change detection. Smart video detection includes tripwire detection and intrusion detection. Its image analysis function provides an integrated and simple way to perform analysis on the images. Furthermore, the starlight cameras support people counting and heat map. Heat maps enable users to identify the hot spots and dead areas in the low light. As for PTZ Dome Camera, it supports automatic tracking which can be activated manually or by scheduling. Smart detections give users the confidence to securely protect their property day & night. Dahua Starlight series camera can go perfectly with multi-brand NVRs via ONVIF Profile S. Meanwhile with Dahua super 4K NVR, NVR608-128-4K, it offers max 18-channel IP cameras inputs and its incoming bandwidth is up to 384Mbps. And it supports 12 megapixel resolution preview and playback. Dahua Starlight series features a cost-effective, flexible and future-proof solution for poor low lighting conditions. For more information on the Starlight cameras, please stop by the Dahua booth at MIPS #A315 and ISC West #13062. Recommended models: DH-IPC-HF8281E—2MP Starlight Ultra-smart Network Camera DH-IPC-HFW8281E-Z—2Mp Starlight Ultra-smart Network Camera (supports motorized lens) DH-IPC-HDB(W)8281-Z—2Mp Starlight Ultra-smart Network (IR) Dome Camera (supports motorized lens) DH-SD6AE230F-HNI—2Mp Full HD 30x Starlight Network IR PTZ Dome Camera DH-SD6AL230F-HNI—2Mp Full HD 30x Starlight Network Laser IR PTZ Dome Camera

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Dahua next generation HDCVI 3.0 product range
Dahua next generation HDCVI 3.0 product range

Dahua Technology, a world-leading manufacturer of video surveillance products, has announced the release of HDCVI 3.0, its next-generation analogue-to-HD video surveillance solution. HDCVI, also known as high definition composite video interface technology, is technology developed and introduced by Dahua in November 2012 to address an industry need. Since then it has become a standard for HD-over-coaxial-cable video transmission that allows reliable, cost-effective long-distance HD transmission, offering powerful performance and functionality.Dahua HDCVI3.0 technology includes full compatibility with a wide range of industry platforms and technologies, higher video resolutions such as ultra HD and 4K, as well as intelligent functions equal to those in IP systems.“The worldwide adoption of Dahua HDCVI technology is testament to its ability to address an industry need,” said Liquan Fu, President of Zhejiang Dahua Technology Co., Ltd. “With nearly two hundred million analogue security surveillance systems deployed globally, HDCVI 3.0 is expected to have a far-reaching impact on the security industry for the years to come.”Full compatibility Dahua HDCVI 3.0 effortlessly integrates with five popular industry platforms - HDCVI, AHD, TVI, IP and analogue - and can accept input from IP systems. DVRs equipped with HDCVI3.0 technology can act as an access point to integrate with external passive infrared sensors, smoke detectors and other type of sensors, to further provide comprehensive security services.Ultra HD Dahua HDCVI3.0delivers a true end-to-end ultra HD experience to existing coaxial systems. It is the first technology that realizes 4-megapixel resolution over coaxial cabling. Meanwhile, it also offers Dahua Starlight night vision technology that includes2-megapixel resolution at 0.008 lux illumination and 120dB WDR. Additionally, it features H.265 compression standard that allows the system to save up to 50% bandwidth.Intelligence Dahua HDCVI3.0 features rich intelligence including facial recognition, people counting, heat map, smart tracking, and smart scene adaption. Other basic smart features include intrusion, virtual tripwire, missing object, abandoned object and scene change. Defogging and a voltage overload alarm are also included.Simplicity HDCVI 3.0 systems offer the same simplicity and ease of installation as analogue systems of the past, as the cameras can be plugged into the DVRs using coaxial cable. HDCVI 3.0 systems are low-cost and easy-to-build. Video travels long distances with no delays/latency and power can be directly supplied over coaxial cable.Another advantage of HDCVI 3.0 is the transmission distance compared to other analogue systems. When transmitting general media, the signal can be extended as far as 1,200 metres by using 75-5 cable, with a low signal distortion rate.HDCVI 3.0 not only offers high definition across long distances, but also features no-latency capability for outstanding real-time performance, because there is no compression processing required to maintain its original effect, resulting in vivid image quality.

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Dahua 6-megapixel 360° panomorph Mini-Dome now ImmerVision Enables certified
Dahua 6-megapixel 360° panomorph Mini-Dome now ImmerVision Enables certified

Dahua Technology Co., Ltd., a world-leading video surveillance solution provider headquartered in Hangzhou, China, just announced that its IPC-EBW8600 Mini-Dome Camera is now ImmerVision Enables certified. Dahua’s IPC-EBW8600 Mini-Dome Camera, now ImmerVision Enables certified, is capable of delivering 360-degree Video Standard, giving it the ability to instantly capture and navigate within high resolution 360-degree panomorph images. Dahua’s latest mini-dome now offers 6 megapixels of resolution and a built in 360-degree panomorph lens enabling 360-degree panoramic surveillance. This technology provides immersive views without blind spots and increases resolution of distant objects compared to other comparable camera models. The IPC-EBW8600 Mini-Dome Camera complements Dahua’s family of fixed IP cameras, providing users with 360-degree situational awareness and the ability to capture every angle on video for live playback forensic analysis. “Our 6-Megapixel 360-degree panomorph cameras ensure that our users can easily follow all of the action, even on the periphery,” said Peter Pan, Product Manager at Dahua. “We’ve provided security professionals with a 360-degree camera that is plug and play compatible with top VMS solutions worldwide that are already ImmerVision Enables 2.0 certified. This IPC-EBW8600 is built for any type of lighting condition and environment.” “Dahua’s latest mini-dome delivers increased 360-degree video coverage that is vital to surveying and protecting businesses and people. For example, in retail stores and transportation centres,” said Joel Schaffer, Business Development Manager, OEM/ODM - Video Surveillance Applications, at ImmerVision. “With the IPC-EBW8600 from Dahua, users now have full live and playback capability with no compromises.”

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Dahua 2MP WDR IR mini bullet network camera
Dahua 2MP WDR IR mini bullet network camera

Eco-savvy products use upgraded H.265 encoding technology to bring highly efficient video compression. It saves bandwidth and storage and has an energy-saving design to enhance the monitoring system. Meanwhile, the series offers features such as starlight, Smart IR technology and intelligent image analysis techniques. It provides excellent image quality and intelligent and efficient event reminders. This series provides IP67 weatherproof and IK10 vandal-proof protection features. Starlight Technology  Featuring Dahua’s Starlight Technology, this camera is ideal for applications with challenging lighting conditions. Its low-light performance delivers usable video with minimal ambient light. Even in extreme low-light conditions, Starlight Technology is capable of delivering colour images in near complete darkness (0.009 lux). With industry-leading wide dynamic range (WDR) technology, vivid pictures are achieved even in the most intense contrast lighting conditions. For applications with both bright and low lighting conditions that change quickly, True WDR (120dB) optimises both the bright and dark areas of a scene at the same time to provide usable video.  Intelligent Video System (IVS)  With built-in intelligent video analytics, the camera has the ability to detect and analyse moving objects for improved video surveillance. The camera provides optional standard intelligence at the edge allowing detection of multiple object behaviours such as abandoned or missing objects. IVS also supports Tripwire analytics, allowing the camera to detect when a pre-determined line has been crossed, as well as People Counting, ideal for business intelligence and Facial Detection, for searching or identification of individuals.  Environmental  With a temperature range of -30°C to +60°C (-22°F to +140°F), the camera is designed for extreme temperature environments. Subjected and certified to rigorous dust and water immersion tests, the IP67 rating makes it suitable for demanding outdoor applications. For environments with rain, sleet, snow and fog, an integrated wiper provides users with clear visibility at all times.  Protection  Supporting ±30% input voltage tolerance, this camera suits even the most unstable conditions for outdoor applications. Its 6KV lightning rating provides protection against the camera and its structure from the effects of lightning.  Smart H.265+  Deliver high quality video without straining the network, Smart H.265+ is the optimised implementation of H.265. The Smart H.265+ encoding technology includes a scene adaptive encoding strategy, dynamic GOP, dynamic ROI, flexible multi-frame reference structure and intelligent noise reduction, providing saving of up to 70% of bandwidth and storage when compared with standard H.265.  HEVC (H.265) H.265 ITU-T VCEG is a new video coding standard which improves compression efficiency, improves robustness and error recovery capabilities, reduces delay with real-time, reduces channel acquisition time and random access delay and reduces complexity.

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Dahua Technology DH-IPC-K100 HD cube network camera
Dahua Technology DH-IPC-K100 HD cube network camera

This camera series is cute outside, but strong inside. Although it is even smaller than a palm and very light as well, the camera has almost all the functions which a professional surveillance camera is capable of. 1/3-inch 1.3Mp CMOS equipped, both H.264& MJPEG dual-stream encoding, real-time recording @720p and max. 15fps@1.3 megapixel, PoE power supply (non Wi-Fi version). When this series was under development, the question “What the home-users need” was asked thousands of times by Dahua designers; and one obvious answer is that for home-users, a practical but cute camera with simplicity and flexibility is what they seek for.Take model IPC-K100W as an example, this model supports WPS (Wi-Fi Protection Setup), which can further simplify the Wi-Fi installation while improving network security. In addition, the camera also supports PIR Sensor (Passive Infrared) with a 6-metre range. Anyone who shows up within this range will trigger the alarm and send an instant notification (E-mail/SMS) to alert the house owner to take immediate actions. Meanwhile, the camera is equipped with a flashlight, which simultaneously flashes along with the alarm (the camera supports external devices, audible for example) for alert and also serves as the light source for better image capturing and video recording.Other than burglar or unauthorised-access preventing, the IPC-K100 is also a house-keeper, in a joyful way. With connection to DMSS (Dahua’s Mobile Digital Mobile Surveillance Software), you can whenever wherever get the real-time condition under control, you can “watch over” your dear family or pet.

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Dahua Eco-Savvy 2MP network mini speed dome series
Dahua Eco-Savvy 2MP network mini speed dome series

Dahua introduced new Eco-Savvy 2Mp full-HD 12x network mini speed dome series (SD40/42/42C212S-HN), maintaining the Eco-Savvy three “low”s functionalities and also providing impressive surveillance effects. As is mentioned, this mini speed dome series enjoys the three “Low”s — low streaming, low consumption and ultra-low lux as it is based on Ambarella platform. From the test report, one can notice that the bit rate is less than 4Mb/s during encoding@1080p, and less than 2Mb/s@720p; meanwhile, its frame rate is up to 60fps@720p, making it easier to spot every move and detail of the object in high-speed motions. In addition, compared with the previous camera generations, each camera of the new platform can save over 50kW/h energy annually. The mini speed dome series employs in-house block camera, which is of all-in-one design, having video, audio, alarm, network and SD card interfaces embedded as a whole. In addition, this mini speed dome series is of stronger colour reproduction capability, which is even closer to the original; and as for the night vision effect, “revolutionary” should be the word as the image is quite clear and sharp with less noise, no matter in the color or the B/W mode. The mini speed dome series supports 12x optical zoom, its view angle ranges from 4.64 degrees to 51.3 degrees, managing to cover wider domains under surveillance. What worth a special mention is the “smart eye”, which realises instant focus with zero latency, enabling quick responding and better intelligent function. The dome series also support max 300 °/s pan speed and PoE+ (IEEE 802.3at). All Dahua network products conform to ONVIF protocol. Dahua SD40/42/42C212S-HN mini speed domes series is perfectly suitable for stations, airports, malls, hotels, boutiques and etc. The series provides various installations, such as wall, pendant, ceiling as well as in-ceiling-mounting depending on actual needs.

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Dahua DH-IPC-HFW1230S: Elegant aesthetics
Dahua DH-IPC-HFW1230S: Elegant aesthetics

System Overview The IR Megapixel Fixed camera delivers 2MP resolution with a motorized 2.8mm/3.6mm fixed lens.The camera's elegant blend of aesthetics combined with a range of easy mounting solutions provides an excellent choice for a variety of small to mid-size applications at an affordable price. Functions Smart Codec (H.265+ & H.264+)Smart Codec is the optimised implementation of standard video compression (H.265 & H.264) that uses a scene-adaptive encoding strategy, dynamic GOP, dynamic ROI, flexible multi-frame reference structure and intelligent noise reduction to deliver high-quality video without straining the network. Smart Codec technology reduces bit rate and storage requirements by up to 70% when compared to the standard video compression. Intelligent Video Analysis (IVS)Dahua camera is equipped with a built-in intelligent analytic algorithm based on video, which can realise intelligent functions like Tripwire and Intrusion, to quickly and accurately respond to monitoring events in specific area, It can enhance monitoring efficiency. In addition, the camera supports intelligent tamper detection, which is to generate warning message via detecting dramatic scene change and to guarantee effective video surveillance. Smart IR TechnologyWith IR illumination, detailed images can be captured in low light or total darkness. The camera's Smart IR technology adjusts the intensity of camera's infrared LEDs to compensate the distance of an object. Smart IR technology prevents IR LEDs from whitening out images as they come closer to the camera. The camera's integrated infrared illumination provides high performance in extreme low-light environments up to 30m (98ft). Protection (IP67, wide voltage)The camera allows for ±25% input voltage tolerance, suitable for the most unstable conditions for outdoor applications. Its 6KV lightning rating provides effective protection for both the camera and its structure against lightning. Subjected and certified to rigorous dust and immersion tests (IP67) , the camera is the choice for installation in even the most unforgiving environments. EnvironmentalDahua cameras operate in extreme temperature environments, rated for use in temperatures from -30° C to +60° C (-22° F to +140° F) with 95% humidity. Image FlipCapturing unnecessary data such as surrounding hallway walls can increase storage requirements without any added value. The image flip feature allows the camera's image to be rotated in 90° increments for better video optimisation. InteroperabilityThe camera conforms to the ONVIF (Open Network Video Interface Forum) specifications, ensuring interoperability between network video products regardless of manufacturer.

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IP cameras - Expert commentary

We need to talk about intelligent enclosure protection
We need to talk about intelligent enclosure protection

Enclosures containing electronics, communications or cabling infrastructure offer a simple attack point for cyber breaches and an opportunity for a physical attack on the hardware. Yet, many of these assets are housed within enclosures that provide minimal security features to offer a deterrent to any would-be attacker. This has always just been a pet hate. Walking down the high street of a town anywhere in the United Kingdom, you can often see open street communication cabinets. You can actually look directly inside at the equipment. And if I was a bad guy, I could quite easily just put my foot into their enclosure and quite quickly take out their infrastructure. Charged service for enclosures This seems crazy when a US$ 2 magnetic contact on a door can quickly tell you whether your enclosure is open or shut, and can be vital in keeping your network alive. Moreover, the operators of these systems, whether it is telecoms or internet providers, are providing a charged service to their customers, so they should really be protecting their enclosures. Why has that security level not been so readily taken into the outside world, into the unprotected environment? More sobering, if you contrast this security approach to the approach taken in the data centre world, an environment that already has multiple stringent security protocols in place, you get a very different picture. For instance, security devices can capture snapshots of anyone who opens a cabinet door in a data room, so it is recorded who has opened that door. While that is just one simple example, it begs the question. Why has that security level not been so readily taken into the outside world, into the unprotected environment? In my mind, a lot of it boils down simply to education. Network connection, easy point of cyber attacks Our preconceived idea about cyber security is some big corporation being knocked out or held to ransom by, again in our mind, someone sitting at a laptop, probably with their hood up over their head, typing away in the darkness, attacking us through the internet. But how the would-be criminal is going to come at us is just like in sport. They attack at the weakest point. Networks can be deployed in the outside world in many ways, such as cameras monitoring the highways. That means those locations will have a network connection. And that can be a point of attack in a non-secure outside world. Enclosures can be broken into by attackers Many people think, ‘That is okay because I’m going to take that ethernet device that my cameras are connected to and I’m going to put it inside an enclosure.’ However, what people do not realize is that the only thing that the enclosure is doing is protecting the ethernet device from Mother Nature. Because, without proper security, those enclosures can be broken into pretty easily. Many of them are just a single key that is not in any way coded to the device. Twofold cyber security People need to realise that cyber security is twofold. It can be carried out by hacking the network or physically breaking Therein lays the problem. People need to realise that cyber security is twofold. It can be carried out by hacking the network or physically breaking into the weakest physical point. And so, a simple boot through the open door of an enclosure can vandalise the devices inside and take down a small or large part of a network. And by definition, this meets the criteria for a cyber-attack. So, how do we go about tackling this problem? Well, security is a reaction marketplace. And for enclosures, there’s not, at present, a plethora of solutions out there for to counter these types of attacks. It can be challenging to find what you’re looking for through a quick Google search compared to searching for more traditional security protection measures. Deploying smart sensors and detectors But, under Vanderbilt and ComNet, we are currently taking our knowledge and experience from system installation and compiling it together. We’re bringing different products from different parts of our business to make a true solution. For instance, we have sensors for enclosures that detect anything from gas or smoke to open doors, detectors that will tell you if someone is trying to smash open your enclosure with a sledgehammer, or that someone is trying to lift your enclosure off of its mount. More importantly, as is not really a one-size-fits-all solution, we have developed a menu structure available that allows customers to pick and choose the ones that will best fit their own requirements.

We have the technology to make society safer – how long can we justify not using it?
We have the technology to make society safer – how long can we justify not using it?

While the application of facial recognition within both public and private spheres continues to draw criticism from those who see it as a threat to civil rights, this technology has become extremely commonplace in the lives of iPhone users. It is so prevalent, in fact, that by 2024 it is predicted that 90% of smartphones will use biometric facial recognition hardware. CCTV surveillance cameras  Similarly, CCTV is a well-established security measure that many of us are familiar with, whether through spotting images displayed on screens in shops, hotels and offices, or noticing cameras on the side of buildings. It is therefore necessary we ask the question of why, when facial recognition is integrated with security surveillance technology, does it become such a source of contention? It is not uncommon for concerns to be voiced against innovation. History has taught us that it is human nature to fear the unknown, especially if it seems that it may change life as we know it. Yet technology is an ever-changing, progressive part of the 21st century and it is important we start to shift the narrative away from privacy threats, to the force for good that LFR (Live Facial Recognition) represents. Live Facial Recognition (LFR) We understand the arguments from those that fear the ethics of AI and the data collection within facial recognition Across recent weeks, we have seen pleas from UK organisations to allow better police access to facial recognition technology in order to fight crime. In the US, there are reports that LAPD is the latest police force to be properly regulating its use of facial recognition to aid criminal investigations, which is certainly a step in the right direction. While it is understandable that society fears technology that they do not yet understand, this lack of knowledge is exactly why the narrative needs to shift. We understand the arguments from those that fear the ethics of AI and the data collection within facial recognition, we respect these anxieties. However, it is time to level the playing field of the facial recognition debate and communicate the plethora of benefits it offers society. Facial recognition technology - A force for good Facial recognition technology has already reached such a level of maturity and sophistication that there are huge opportunities for it to be leveraged as a force for good in real-world scenarios. As well as making society safer and more secure, I would go as far to say that LFR is able to save lives. One usage that could have a dramatic effect on reducing stress in people with mental conditions is the ability for facial recognition to identify those with Alzheimer’s. If an older individual is seemingly confused, lost or distressed, cameras could alert local medical centres or police stations of their identity, condition and where they need to go (a home address or a next of kin contact). Granted, this usage would be one that does incorporate a fair bit of personal data, although this information would only be gathered with consent from each individual. Vulnerable people could volunteer their personal data to local watchlists in order to ensure their safety when out in society, as well as to allow quicker resolutions of typically stressful situations. Tracking and finding missing persons Another possibility for real world positives to be drawn from facial recognition is to leverage the technology to help track or find missing persons, a lost child for instance. The most advanced forms of LFR in the market are now able to recognise individuals even if up to 50% of their face is covered and from challenging or oblique angles. Therefore, there is a significant opportunity not only to return people home safely, more quickly, but also reduce police hours spent on analysing CCTV footage. Rapid scanning of images Facial recognition technology can rapidly scan images for a potential match Facial recognition technology can rapidly scan images for a potential match, as a more reliable and less time-consuming option than the human alternative. Freed-up officers could also then work more proactively on the ground, patrolling their local areas and increasing community safety and security twofold. It is important to understand that these facial recognition solutions should not be applied to every criminal case, and the technology must be used responsibly. However, these opportunities to use LFR as force for good are undeniable.   Debunking the myths One of the central concerns around LFR is the breach of privacy that is associated with ‘watchlists’. There is a common misconception, however, that the data of every individual that passes a camera is processed and then stored. The reality is that watch lists are compiled with focus on known criminals, while the general public can continue life as normal. The very best facial recognition will effectively view a stream of blurred faces, until it detects one that it has been programmed to recognise. For example, an individual that has previously shoplifted from a local supermarket may have their biometric data stored, so when they return to that location the employees are alerted to a risk of further crimes being committed. Considering that the cost of crime prevention to retailers in recent years has been around £1 billion, which therefore impacts consumer prices and employee wages, security measures to tackle this issue are very much in the public interest. Most importantly, the average citizen has no need to fear being ‘followed’ by LFR cameras. If data is stored, it is for a maximum of 0.6 seconds before being deleted. Privacy Privacy is ingrained in facial recognition solutions, yet it seems the debate often ignores this side of the story Privacy is ingrained in facial recognition solutions, yet it seems the debate often ignores this side of the story. It is essential we spend more time and effort communicating exactly why watchlists are made, who they are made for and how they are being used, if we want to de-bunk myths and change the narrative. As science and technology professionals, heading up this exciting innovation, we must put transparency and accountability at the centre of what we do. Tony Porter, former Surveillance Camera Commissioner and current CPO at Corsight AI, has previously worked on developing processes that audit and review watch lists. Such restrictions are imperative in order for AI and LFR to be used legally, as well as ethically and responsibly. Biometrics, mask detection and contactless payments Nevertheless, the risks do not outweigh the benefits. Facial recognition should and can be used for good in so many more ways than listed above, including biometric, contactless payments, detecting whether an individual is wearing a facemask and is therefore, safe to enter a building, identifying a domestic abuse perpetrator returning to the scene of a crime and alerting police. There are even opportunities for good that we have not thought of yet. It is therefore not only a waste not to use this technology where we can, prioritising making society a safer place, it is immoral to stand by and let crimes continue while we have effective, reliable mitigation solutions.  

Safety in smart cities: How video surveillance keeps security front and centre
Safety in smart cities: How video surveillance keeps security front and centre

Urban populations are expanding rapidly around the globe, with an expected growth of 1.56 billion by 2040. As the number of people living and working in cities continues to grow, the ability to keep everyone safe is an increasing challenge. However, technology companies are developing products and solutions with these futuristic cities in mind, as the reality is closer than you may think. Solutions that can help to watch over public places and share data insights with city workers and officials are increasingly enabling smart cities to improve the experience and safety of the people who reside there. Rising scope of 5G, AI, IoT and the Cloud The main foundations that underpin smart cities are 5G, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Cloud. Each is equally important, and together, these technologies enable city officials to gather and analyse more detailed insights than ever before. For public safety in particular, having IoT and cloud systems in place will be one of the biggest factors to improving the quality of life for citizens. Smart cities have come a long way in the last few decades, but to truly make a smart city safe, real-time situational awareness and cross-agency collaboration are key areas which must be developed as a priority. Innovative surveillance cameras with integrated IoT Public places need to be safe, whether that is an open park, shopping centre, or the main roads through towns Public places need to be safe, whether that is an open park, shopping centre, or the main roads through towns. From dangerous drivers to terrorist attacks, petty crime on the streets to high profile bank robberies, innovative surveillance cameras with integrated IoT and cloud technologies can go some way to helping respond quickly to, and in some cases even prevent, the most serious incidents. Many existing safety systems in cities rely on aging and in some places legacy technology, such as video surveillance cameras. Many of these also use on-premises systems rather than utilising the benefits of the cloud. Smart programming to deliver greater insights These issues, though not creating a major problem today, do make it more challenging for governments and councils to update their security. Changing every camera in a city is a huge undertaking, but in turn, doing so would enable all cameras to be connected to the cloud, and provide more detailed information which can be analysed by smart programming to deliver greater insights. The physical technologies that are currently present in most urban areas lack the intelligent connectivity, interoperability and integration interfaces that smart cities need. Adopting digital technologies isn’t a luxury, but a necessity. Smart surveillance systems It enables teams to gather data from multiple sources throughout the city in real-time, and be alerted to incidents as soon as they occur. Increased connectivity and collaboration ensures that all teams that need to be aware of a situation are informed instantly. For example, a smart surveillance system can identify when a road accident has occurred. It can not only alert the nearest ambulance to attend the scene, but also the local police force to dispatch officers. An advanced system that can implement road diversions could also close roads around the incident immediately and divert traffic to other routes, keeping everyone moving and avoiding a build-up of vehicles. This is just one example: without digital systems, analysing patterns of vehicle movements to address congestion issues could be compromised, as would the ability to build real-time crime maps and deploy data analytics which make predictive policing and more effective crowd management possible. Cloud-based technologies Cloud-based technologies provide the interoperability, scalability and automation Cloud-based technologies provide the interoperability, scalability and automation that is needed to overcome the limitations of traditional security systems. Using these, smart cities can develop a fully open systems architecture that delivers interoperation with both local and other remote open systems. The intelligence of cloud systems can not only continue to allow for greater insights as technology develops over time, but it can do so with minimal additional infrastructure investment. Smart surveillance in the real world Mexico City has a population of almost 9 million people, but if you include the whole metropolitan area, this number rises sharply to over 21 million in total, making it one of the largest cities on the planet. Seven years ago, the city first introduced its Safe City initiative, and ever since has been developing newer and smarter ways to keep its citizens safe. In particular, its cloud-based security initiative is making a huge impact. Over the past three years, Mexico City has installed 58,000 new video surveillance cameras throughout the city, in public spaces and on transport, all of which are connected to the City’s C5 (Command, Control, Computers, Communications and Citizen Contact) facility. Smart Cities operations The solution enables officers as well as the general public to upload videos via a mobile app to share information quickly, fixed, body-worn and vehicle cameras can also be integrated to provide exceptional insight into the city’s operations. The cloud-based platform can easily be upgraded to include the latest technology innovations such as licence plate reading, behavioural analysis software, video analytics and facial recognition software, which will all continue to bring down crime rates and boost response times to incidents. The right cloud approach Making the shift to cloud-based systems enables smart cities to eliminate dependence on fibre-optic connectivity and take advantage of a variety of Internet and wireless connectivity options that can significantly reduce application and communication infrastructure costs. Smart cities need to be effective in years to come, not just in the present day, or else officials have missed one of the key aspects of a truly smart city. System designers must build technology foundations now that can be easily adapted in the future to support new infrastructure as it becomes available. Open system architecture An open system architecture will also be vital for smart cities to enhance their operations For example, this could include opting for a true cloud application that can support cloud-managed local devices and automate their management. An open system architecture will also be vital for smart cities to enhance their operations and deliver additional value-add services to citizens as greater capabilities become possible in the years to come. The advances today in cloud and IoT technologies are rapid, and city officials and authorities have more options now to develop their smart cities than ever before and crucially, to use these innovations to improve public safety. New safety features Though implementing these cloud-based systems now requires investment, as new safety features are designed, there will be lower costs and challenges associated with introducing these because the basic infrastructure will already exist. Whether that’s gunshot detection or enabling the sharing of video infrastructure and data across multiple agencies in real time, smart video surveillance on cloud-based systems can bring a wealth of the new opportunities.

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