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The new ioicam wdc100dn combines high performance video analytics and a state-of-the-art wide-dynamic-range IP camera, introducing a unique all-in-one professional surveillance solution that makes intelligent video easier to deploy, integrate, operate and maintain. The camera includes ioimage's high-performance DSP-based video analysis applications for automated detection and tracking of intruders, unattended baggage, vehicles and removed items. Designed for simplicity, all applications can be set up and operated within minutes, either via web interface or control software. The camera performs the complete analysis process independent of any external resource.The camera contains built-in digital-pixel processing and unique intelligent video image optimisation features that assure the best video quality for clear-cut detection in extreme-lighting conditions (such as bright light and dark shadow areas), inclement weather and hard-to-see scenarios. Automatic day/night switchover provides day-time colour and night-time black and white surveillance for uninterrupted operation.The camera supports dual IP and analogue solution architectures with hybrid outputs for showing alarm video with on-screen-displays over MPEG4 streaming video as well as composite video outputs. In addition, the camera provides two-way audio, dry contact connections and a rule-based event engine for controlling multiple alarm inputs and relay outputs.Add to Compare
The latest addition to ioimage's ioicam line of intelligent video cameras, the mmp100dn is a high-resolution IP camera built with video analytics, which automatically detects and tracks intruders, vehicles and other threats. Featuring picture-in-picture (PiP) capabilities, wide-area coverage, and electronic pan, tilt and zoom (PTZ) functionality, the mmp100dn is a cost-effective, user-friendly camera that enhances safety and security for government, public and commercial organizations.Combining high-performance video analytics with extraordinarily clear visual output, the mmp100dn helps users carry out highly effective surveillance. Like the entire line of ioimage intelligent video appliances built with real-time analytics, the camera provides a high probability of detection (PoD) with an extremely low false alarm rate. Featuring 3-megapixel resolution, the mmp100dn presents exceptional image detail of the coverage area for enhanced zoom view. With its picture-in-picture capabilities, the camera enables users to zoom in on a specific part of the image, while keeping the big picture in full view. An indoor/outdoor security camera with low light capabilities for effective nighttime monitoring, the mmp100dn is a plug-and-play device that operates under the harshest weather and environmental conditions.With a small footprint that requires little infrastructure and installation effort, the mmp100dn is easy to deploy, use and maintain, and consumes minimal bandwidth.Add to Compare
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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.
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.
Several major players vigorously employ biometric recognition technologies around the globe. Governments use biometrics to control immigration, security, and create national databases of biometric profiles. Being one of the most striking examples, the Indian Aadhaar includes face photos, iris, and fingerprints of about 1.2 billion people. Financial institutions, on their part, make use of biometrics to protect transactions by confirming a client's identity, as well as develop and provide services without clients visiting the office. Besides, biometric technology ensures security and optimises passenger traffic at transport facilities and collects data about customers, and investigates theft and other incidents in retail stores. Widespread use of biometrics Business, which suddenly boosted the development of biometrics, is an active user of biometric technology Business, which suddenly boosted the development of biometrics, is another active user of biometric technology. Industries choose biometric systems, as these systems are impossible to trick in terms of security, access control, and data protection. Being in demand in business, these three tasks are also relevant for the industry. However, the use of biometrics at industrial sites is discussed unfairly seldom. Therefore, it is the face identification that is the most convenient there, as workers often use gloves, or their hands may be contaminated, and the palm pattern is distorted by heavy labour. All these features make it difficult to recognise people by fingerprints or veins and significantly reduce identification reliability. Therefore, industries seek facial recognition solutions. Thus, let us demonstrate the application of face recognition technology at different enterprises, regardless of the area. Facial recognition use in incident management Facial biometric products are known to automate and improve the efficiency of security services by enriching any VMS system. These systems provide an opportunity of instantly informing the operator about recognised or unrecognised people, and their list membership, as well as save all the detected images for further security incident investigation. Furthermore, some sophisticated facial biometric systems even provide an opportunity to build a map of the movements of specific people around a site. Besides, it is relevant not only for conducting investigations but also in countering the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Identifying and tracking COVID-19 positive cases Therefore, if an employee or visitor with a positive COVID-19 test enters a facility, the system will help to track his/her movement and identify his/her specific location. It will also help to take the necessary measures for spot sanitary processing. Thus, the introduction of biometric facial recognition at the industrial enterprise can improve and speed up the incidents’ response and investigations without spending hours watching the video archive. Access control system to secure physical assets The right access control system can help industries secure physical and informational assets The right access control system can help industries secure physical and informational assets, cut personnel costs, and keep employees safe. Facial recognition systems may enrich access control systems of any company by providing more security. As biometric characteristics, by which the system assesses the compliance of a person with the available profiles in the database, cannot be faked or passed. The human factor is also reduced to zero, due to the fact that while identity documents can be changed, the inspector can make a mistake or treat his/her task carelessly, be in collusion with an intruder, the biometric system simply compares a person in front of the camera with the biometric profiles database. Biometric facial identification software For example, RecFaces product Id-Gate, a specialised software product for reliable access control to the site, checks the access rights by using biometric facial identification alone or in conjunction with traditional IDs (electronic passes, access keys, etc.), which means that there is almost a zero probability of passing to the site by someone else's ID. The access control system’s functionality allows one to strictly account the number and time of all the facility’s visitors and also track their movement. When unauthorised access is attempted or a person from the stop list is detected, Id-Gate sends an automatic notification to the access control system and operator. Enhanced data and information security Even despite the division of access to different industrial enterprise areas, the security service needs to provide independent information system security. Employees with the same facility access rights may have different access rights to data. However, in that case, a personal password is not enough, as an employee may forget it, write it down and leave it as a reminder, tell a colleague to do something for him/her during the vacation, or just enter it at another person’s presence. Password-free biometric authentication systems make the procedure user-friendly and secure Password-free biometric authentication Password-free biometric authentication systems make the procedure user-friendly and secure. Such systems usually provide an option of two-step verification when successful password entry is additionally confirmed by biometric recognition. Hence, it is particularly relevant due to the current lockdown in many countries. To sum up, the application of biometric technologies solves several issues of the industry, such as: Optimises and partially automates the work of the security service, as it provides reliable identification and verification of visitors/employees, reduces the amount of time spent on finding a person on video and making a map of his/her movements, without spending hours on watching video archive in case of investigation. Provides a high level of reliability and protection from unauthorised access to the enterprise and the information system. Provides a two-step verification of the user/visitor (including password and biometric data) and almost eliminates the risk of substitution of user data/ID.
ioimage and Milestone Systems have announced a technology partnership to deliver enhanced security solutions ioimage, the pioneer of intelligent video appliances designed for simplicity, and Milestone Systems, the leading global developer of open platform IP video management software, recently announced they have established a partnership to deliver comprehensive and enhanced security solutions.ioimage intelligent cameras and encoders can now be seamlessly integrated within the Milestone XProtect™ video management open platform, offering unique IP video surveillance capabilities to enterprises of all sizes. Video from ioimage's intelligent encoders and IP cameras is viewed through the intuitive Milestone XProtect user interface, alerting operators to threats and recording relevant events for easy indexing and searching."The Milestone open platform enables the integration with ioimage analytics, so customers can benefit from the expertise of both companies and gain more effective tools for managing security. This partnership illustrates the value of leadership alliances in the industry," stated Henrik Friborg, VP Strategic Alliances and Co-founder of Milestone Systems."Our partnership with Milestone leverages our commitment to open architecture, offering our users and system integrators an integrated video analytics platform designed for simplicity in installation and use," said Zeev Farkash, ioimage's CEO. "Coupled with Milestone video management capabilities, ioimage intelligent appliances provide a best-of-breed solution that ensures reliable, cost effective and proactive video security."
ioimage solutions outranks competition ioimage, the pioneer of intelligent video appliances designed for simplicity, announced that its products have been installed at Bosch Korea's automotive motor plant in Buyong (RBKB).RBKB is a leading Korean domestic automotive motor and system supplier, wholly-owned by the Bosch Group since 1998. The company has annual sales of approximately $255 million and produces about 29 million automotive motors per annum. The RBKB plant was retrofitted with ioimage intelligent video encoders with built-in self-sustained video analytics, providing automatic autonomous Pan Tilt Zoom (PTZ) and trespassing applications. Self-directed, vision-guided PTZ tracking capabilities keep a moving target in constant focus, offering numerous identification and information-gathering possibilities. The system can be rapidly configured to detect fence-jumpers and security breaches both incoming and outgoing activity along the facility's entire 90,000 sqm perimeter fence. "ioimage's solution outranks the competition when it comes to key parameters such as performance, cost effectiveness, customer satisfaction and low false alarm rate," said Jung Dong Young of Samsung Aerospace Information Co. Ltd., who installed the system in collaboration with local ioimage partner G2 Solomon Co. Ltd., ioimage's local business partner and distributor. The RBKB plant was retrofitted with ioimage intelligent video encoders with built-in self-sustained video analyticsThe ioimage system has enhanced the effectiveness of guards monitoring the plant and at the same time alleviated their workload. A spokesperson for RBKB's management team commented: "Knowing that we have the best video surveillance system on the market protecting us against intruders gives us real peace of mind." "More and more companies worldwide are realizing how simple and cost-effective it is to retrofit their site with video analytics," said Maoz Tenenbaum, ioimage Senior Sales Director, Asia Pacific. "With its reputation for easy installation and maintenance, and true video analytics, ioimage is their natural choice."Further ioimage installations are planned at other Bosch subsidiary factories in Korea.
ioimage's solution proved to have the highest overall level of effectiveness and reliability With thousands of packages moving through its European hubs every hour, security hasalways been a top priority for DHL Express, the leading global provider of international road, air and rail-based courier and express services. In order to better protect its valuable cargo against the growing threats of theft, vandalism and terrorism - and to comply with increasingly stricter EU regulations - DHL has upgraded its security systems at several key sites. To date, these include sorting hubs at Heathrow Airport in the UK and Leipzig Airport in Germany, as well as ground hubs, terminals and other facilities in Bonn, Germany; Genk, Belgium; and Budapest, Hungary.Myriad requirementsA Deutsche Post World Net company, DHL has some 300,000 employees and an international network linking more than 225 countries and territories worldwide. Thousands of packages move through its European ground operation and airport sorting hubs, every hour.DHL needed a highly reliable security solution that was able to detect intruders and perimeter breaches, deter theft and vandalism and identify suspicious activity around the aircraft and various facilities. It also had to be easy to use and minimise false alarms. In addition, EU security regulations stipulate that cargo that has already been screened must be constantly monitored until take-off.DHL realised that a top-notch system would have to include intelligent video, and subsequently conducted rigorous head to head testing of several analytics products. ioimage's solution proved to have the highest overall level of effectiveness and reliability. It was also the most efficient at overcoming environmental challenges and the problem of multiple false alarms, resulting in a significant reduction in the number of human guards required to perform security tasks.Another prerequisite for the new solution was its capability to seamlessly integrate with the different security solutions already in place at the various DHL sites. DHL needed a highly reliable security solution that was able to detect intruders, and deter theft and vandalism and identify suspicious activityComplex challenges Each site presented particular security challenges with regards to structure, size and complexity. For example, DHL's newest and largest aviation hub in Europe, at Leipzig/Halle Airport, measures 48,000 sqm and entails surveillance of up to 1,500 tons of freight and up to 60 aircraft daily.Different DHL sites required different applications. Aviation sites such as aprons needed highly effective perimeter protection, while ground operations hubs - such as sorting facilities where high value packages are delivered to be sorted before being loaded on the planes - required additional applications such as trip wire and fence trespassing.Practical, effective surveillanceOut of thousands of activities monitored by a vast array of CCTV cameras, ioimage intelligent video pinpoints only relevant incidents. The system tracks suspicious people, vehicles and objects - such as stray freight and luggage - while ignoring extraneous activities, thus radically reducing the incidence of false alarms. When an alarm does go off, security staff can quickly check the monitors to decide on the next course of action, such as sounding a warning; dispatching security guards; or summoning the authorities.Video footage captured by the ioimage devices is also often reviewed by DHL officials for investigate purposes, to resolve reported incidents or to confirm a suspect's identity. Out of thousands of activities monitored by CCTV cameras, ioimage intelligent video pinpoints only relevant incidentsTangible resultsOnce the cargo is screened - by x-ray, dogs or physical checking - and loaded on the plane, it needs to be guarded at all times until it leaves the airport. ioimage video analytics replaces the need for a human guard to monitor the cargo while it is awaiting take-off.Since installing the new systems, DHL has also benefited from a dramatic decrease in false alarms. ioimage continues to work closely with DHL security management in deciding how best to monitor its critical European sites, providing efficient and cost effective solutions in demanding field conditions. DHL locations in Spain and Italy are currently being equipped with ioimage technology while similar projects are in the pipeline in other European countries.
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