MESSOA NCH517 2MP Network LPR Solution with Intelligent Traffic features and high power IR LED Illuminator
MESSOA NCH517 2MP Network LPR Solution with Intelligent Traffic features and high power IR LED Illuminator

The NCH517 2-megapixel IP LPR solution from  MESSOA is designed for detail-demanding traffic surveillance, ranging from access control to high-speed monitoring up to 180km/h. Featuring 1080p resolution and the standalone high-power illuminator, it is perfect for monitoring multi-lane traffic under all lighting conditions. Multi-lane traffic monitoring made possible by megapixel IP solution The NCH517 allows monitoring multiple traffic lanes simultaneously, thanks to the Full HD x2.5 coverage range compared to D1 resolution, providing a wider view and superior image quality as every detail comes through in razor-sharp megapixel clarity. Extended view range also indicates fewer cameras needed to cover the same number of monitored lanes and less project cost as a result. Leveraging the versatility of IP technology, the NCH517 provides simple, flexible setup and control that can be done from remote locations via the existing IP network. A variety of video detections and event management capabilities serve as a complementary tool to enhance the monitoring experience. Superb low light performance boosts night vision IP LPR Cameras have been around the market but failed to deliver the performance as expected due to their deficiency in low light environments. Coming from a perspective of a low light specialist, MESSOA stresses the importance of lighting and offers a solution package that solves such issue. Unlike conventional models which lack an adequate lighting apparatus, the NCH517 comes with the SLI080 IR Illuminator to provide sufficient IR lighting needed to attain qualified plate images for all types of license plates. Backed by 850nm, high power IR LED array, the illuminator extends the recognition range up to 100 meters (328ft), making the characters more visible to the camera at night for extra long distance and/or high-speed monitoring. To match the camera’s field of view for multiple lane applications, the proprietary LumiiFlex™ adjustable diffuser design of the illuminator provides the flexibility to tune the angle of illumination on site to suit specific security needs. This technology ensures even output illumination across the entire scene without overexposure or flare. Intelligent Traffic Mode ensures optimized plate recognition results Various installation and environmental factors must be taken into consideration when setting an LPR camera to maximise license plate recognition accuracy, but a proper configuration takes a great deal of effort, and the outcome is not always guaranteed. MESSOA NCH517 is built in with 4 preset modes with optimized parameter settings in accordance with different car speeds and camera angles to help inexperienced users easily achieve the best capture results every time in these preprogrammed scenarios, e.g. city surveillance, highway, entry point/toll station, and parking lot. Customisable Profile Configuration is another Intelligent Traffic feature that provides users with freedom to configure and apply optimised parameter settings for different time frames up to 4 customisable profiles to meet the variation in environmental factors during a day.

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MESSOA Mini Series 1MP full-featured network camera
MESSOA Mini Series 1MP full-featured network camera

MESSOA Mini Series consists of three 1-megapxiel network cameras, which are the box-type NCB750, dome-type NDR720, and the bullet-type NCR770. Their exceptionally compact yet versatile form factors make them ideal for projects demanding discreet and low profile installations, such as residences, boutiques and retail shops. Compact design ideal for discreet surveillance No bigger than the size of an adult’s hand, the sleek, compact-designed enclosure of the Mini Series allows the cameras to be easily deployed and fit in any environment for unobtrusive monitoring, which is perfectly suited where discreet, covert surveillance is required. Easy plug-and-play NVR solution ready The cameras are designed for complete functionality and plug-and-play integration with MESSOA Lite Series NVR, making installation hassle-free and easily done within a matter of minutes. No need of any complicated network setup, it is perfect for users who are new to IP technology but are looking for an entry-level IP video surveillance solution to replace the previous analogue system. Superior video quality at full frame rate Though small in size, the Mini Series delivers megapixel video quality up to 30fps. The cameras capture every critical moment with smooth video display. Increased frame frequency significantly reduces blurry images and particularly suits motion-sensitive applications. Packed with market-leading features Each camera is further equipped with its own unique features for their respective target deployment and applications. The NDR720 Dome Camera is built in with patented matrix IR LED to ensure wide-angle, even illumination in low light conditions; the NCR770 Bullet Camera comes with IP67-rated water-resistant enclosure for durable outdoor uses; and the NCB750 Box Camera offers microSD card slot for local storage, two-audio communication, and focus assistance for users who look for more sophisticated functionality.

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MESSOA presents integrated 2MP IP and IP LPR Traffic Camera
MESSOA presents integrated 2MP IP and IP LPR Traffic Camera

H.264 full HD network cameras reveal everythingMessoa Technologies Inc. has an uncompromising vision to deliver high quality, easy-to-use, smart and interoperable security solutions. With over 11 years of delivering innovative surveillance systems, Messoa brings its considerable experience to bear with full HD surveillance cameras.New models being showed off to the crowd included the NDR891, a 2MP, ICR Day/Night Network camera, and the NCR870, a ready to go infrared camera able to see in 0 lux. The visitor crowd watched on HDTVs as the cameras streamed Full HD 1080p images of the convention. Individual people were easily identifiable even in the packed convention center.The MESSOA MegaSmart IP Dome Camera supports 2MP resolutions and 30/25 (60/50 Hz) frames per second in HDTV 1080i x720p resolution and 16:9 format. IR LEDs produce smooth even light distribution across a view range as far as 25 meters (82 feet) away.The NDR891 utilises Lumii II technology to overcome night time issues. Vandal-proof housing that is IP67 certified is designed specifically for harsh environments. An optional heater maximises protection of the camera in extremely cold weather."The NDR891 is the latest IR network camera that we offer. We're real proud of this one and think it has a lot to offer. After extensive testing, we're confident that the IR illuminators can show clear as day pictures even from great distances," comments MESSOA President Steve Yang.Yang believes that MESSOA Lumii™ II Technology provides outstanding support to any security conditions. "MESSOA has introduced 11 years of optical heritage to the Video Surveillance market. The new Lumii™ II Technology and 2MP IP cameras announced today make MESSOA's cutting edge technology and highly detailed video capture available to our broadest range of customers yet."Traffic cameras cut through dense fogThere were several inquiries about the latest traffic cameras MESSOA had to offer, including the NCR515PRO, an LPR camera. Visitors were treated to video of the NCR515PRO as it cut through fog to reveal license plates.The SCR505 traffic camera also wowed the crowds. The SCR505 is close-range, high contrast traffic camera that is easy to install. Its built-in 9-22mm lens captures a wide 3-8 m(10-27 ft) field. It was a good solution for many customers looking for a quality traffic camera.MESSOA is committed to employing state of the art technology to offer the best products at exceptional value, accompanied by excellent customer service. We would like to thank everyone who visited us at IFSEC 2011. See the album with captions

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MESSOA NCR870S IR outdoor camera geared up for flexible installation and harsh weather
MESSOA NCR870S IR outdoor camera geared up for flexible installation and harsh weather

The Messoa NCR870S is a ready-to-go 2MP IR bullet network camera designed for round-the-clock video surveillance needs. An upgrade version of the well-received model NCR870, the NCR870S inherited the superior imaging quality from its predecessor backed by years of successful installations around the world. Building on top of this proven performance, the new version is improved in terms of flexibility of installation and protection against water and harsh weather, making it an excellent choice for a versatile yet reliable solution. Cable management bracket adds versatility The new addition of a 3-axis cable management bracket provides a robust mounting platform either on the ceiling or up against the wall for the NCR870S, while facilitating tidy installation and camera angle adjustments on a 3-axis plane. Also serving to conceal the power and video cables, the cable management bracket significantly reinforces the sturdiness of the NCR870S. The bracket provides a well-rounded protection from any water, dust or shock damages to the entire camera. Together with the aluminium housing, the NCR870S is fully compliant with IP67 standards, ensuring reliable operation for both indoor and outdoor applications. Built for harsh weather condition In addition to the IP67-rated waterproof protection, an optional built-in heater version, the NCR870SH, is also available for allowing the camera to endure some of the most extreme environments. Being able to withstand adverse coldness for as low as -40° C (-40° F), the built-in heater ensures the camera is maintained at an optimal operating temperature range at all times. Superior image quality all day long See clear and detailed, high definition images in all conditions with the NCR870S. Unlike traditional megapixel cameras, Full HD offers higher resolutions and better frame rates at an international industry standard. Objects of interest always come through in perfect clarity. Even in the absence of lighting, the high power IR illuminator unit arranged around the lens provides even illumination needed for seeing in total darkness for as far as 25 meters (82ft). True Day & Night operation with mechanical ICR Featuring IR Cut Filter Removable (ICR) function, the NCR870S is ideal for capturing images under highly variable lighting conditions, delivering perfect colour images at day time and noise-free monochrome images at low light to absolutely no light environment.

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MESSOA adds the NCR878 IR bullet camera to the 5-megapixel line-up
MESSOA adds the NCR878 IR bullet camera to the 5-megapixel line-up

The NCR878 IR Bullet Network Camera features superior 5-megapixel image sensor optimized for low light performance, delivering the unparalleled image sharpness and view coverage 24 hours a day. With the built-in IR LED illuminator up to 20 meters of view range, the NCR878 is perfect for any outdoor applications where the requirement for image quality and details is indispensable. Superior Video Quality See wider view coverage and extreme details in HDTV quality under all lighting conditions day and night. The 5-megapixel network camera is backed by proprietary Lumii™ Technology to optimize its low light performance as every detail comes through in unprecedented clarity. Intelligent Face Detection In addition to a variety of intelligent detection functions, the NCB878 also features face detection that would trigger alerts to users and take configurable actions upon capturing any unwanted intruder. Mechanical IR Cut Filter Featuring IR Cut Filter Removable (ICR) function, the camera uses a mechanical way to detect changes in lighting conditions, and then switches between color and B/W modes. It provides perfect color images at day time and crisp monochrome images at night or very dark environment. DC Iris Control The NCR878 supports DC Iris control, which enables the camera to accurately adjust the iris and to respond to any sudden light changes more promptly in the monitored scene, delivering excellent image quality with optimal sharpness all the time. Weatherproof, outdoor ready The NCR878 is perfectly suited to any outdoor environment with its IP67-rated waterproof housing and protective rain guard. The cable management design prevents the cables from exposing to the outside, thus eliminating damages from rain and external forces to ensure the device’s durable and reliability. The NCR878 is backed by the proprietary Lumii™ low light optimization technology that further enhances the camera sensitivity to ensure clear and noise-free images in tough lighting conditions. The camera also features the advanced face detection to keep informed of any unwanted intruder. Other supported features include local storage, video out, and two-way audio.

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MESSOA NCB858 5-megapixel camera designed for detail-demanding applications
MESSOA NCB858 5-megapixel camera designed for detail-demanding applications

The NCB858 fixed network camera features superior 5MP resolution sensor, delivering the ultimate image sharpness and view coverage like no others. The NCB858 is perfect for any indoor applications where the requirement for image quality and details is indispensable. The proprietary Lumii™ imaging technology further enhances the camera sensitivity to ensure clear and noise-free images in tough lighting conditions. The NCB858 also features the advanced face detection to keep informed of any unwanted intruder. Other supported features include microSD / SDHC card slot, video out, and two-way audio. Superior video quality See clear and detailed, HD quality images in all lighting conditions. The 5-megapixel camera is backed by proprietary Lumii™ imaging technology to further enhance its low light performance as every detail comes through in unprecedented sharpness and clarity when lack of light. Intelligent face detection In addition to a variety of intelligent detection functions, the NCB858 also features face detection that would trigger alerts to users and take configurable actions upon detecting any unwanted intruder. Mechanical IR Cut Filter Featuring IR Cut Filter Removable (ICR) function, the camera uses a mechanical way to detect changes in lighting conditions, and then switches between color and B/W modes. It provides perfect colour images at day time and crisp monochrome images at night or very dark environment. Cost-saving H.264 support The NCB858 supports the H.264, a cost-saving compression format which consumes very little storage and bandwidth resources while maintaining premium image quality. Multiple streams can also be provided for different quality needs and bandwidth limitations.

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MESSOA releases NCR875PRO 2MP network bullet camera with IR function
MESSOA releases NCR875PRO 2MP network bullet camera with IR function

MESSOA Technologies Inc., the expert in video surveillance solutions, introduces the NCR875PRO, the outdoor-ready 2MP network bullet camera. Engineered to provide Full HD 1080p smooth video streams at 30/25 full frame rates, the NCR875PRO is a perfect solution for outdoor applications where details come first. It strengthens any security system by ensuring critical moments are captured, while no missing and dropped frames to prevent users from losing important evidence.With Full HD 1080p / 2 megapixel resolutions, the MESSOA NCR875PRO captures smooth high-definition video of the monitored locations at 16:9 ratios, allowing much wider coverage at finer details. The combination of the IR illuminator (25m illuminating distance), the mechanical IR-cut filter, and the proprietary Lumii imaging technology forms a powerful trio for adapting extreme lighting changes throughout the day. Images can still be clearly captured in superior quality even in total darkness.The ONVIF-compliant NCR875PRO supports triple streaming, which enables users with more flexibility in resolutions, frame rates and video quality to suit different bandwidth, platforms and back-end storage requirement. The camera also is armoured with the IP-67 rated housing and the cable-concealed bracket to protect itself from unfavourable weather conditions and tampering. Other advanced features, including the intelligent video management, PoE, two-way audio and the micro SD/SDHC card slot, well facilitate easier installation and deployment.The NCR875PRO provides a comprehensive outdoor surveillance solution for detail-demanding applications, such as gas stations, parking lots, and train stations that constantly require precise monitoring and detail identifications. The NCR875PRO is now available for shipment. Feel free to contact MESSOA representatives for more information.

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MESSOA releases fixed network camera with full HD 1080p for indoor surveillance
MESSOA releases fixed network camera with full HD 1080p for indoor surveillance

MESSOA Technologies, the expert in video surveillance solutions, introduced the NCB855PRO, a 2MP fixed indoor box network camera. The NCB855PRO is specifically engineered to provide Full HD 1080p smooth video streams at 30/25 full frame rate, making it an ideal choice for retail shops and other high-security premises that demand high-resolution, reliable images in the greatest details. It strengthens your security system by ensuring critical moments are captured, while no missing and dropped frames to prevent you from losing important evidence.With Full HD 1080p / 2 megapixel resolutions, the MESSOA NCB855PRO is designed to capture smooth high-definition video of the monitored locations at 16:9 ratios. It offers users a comprehensive view especially when tracing moving objects or activities in a scene. Combined with the sensitivity-enhancing Lumii III Technology and the mechanical IR cut filter (ICR) function, the camera is capable of delivering sharper images even in very low light indoor environments, such that no detail would be left undetected.Yet the superior image quality does not mean huge image size. The bandwidth consumption is relatively lower and thereby saves back-end storage requirement.  Also, thanks to the versatile intelligent detection capabilities and event management, recording only when needed makes your surveillance smarter and more efficient.The camera also comes with other features, including the back focus adjustment, Power over Ethernet, two-way audio and the micro SD/SDHC card slot, that well facilitate easier installation and deployment. The NCB855PRO is suited for indoor video surveillance where details matter the most. Customers from retail shops, banks, casinos and airports that require precise monitoring and detail identifications could certainly find the NCB855PRO beneficial for meeting their specific needs. The NCB855PRO is now available. Feel free to contact MESSOA local representatives for more information.

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MESSOA introduces all new Maven Series IP Cameras
MESSOA introduces all new Maven Series IP Cameras

MESSOA has introduced the latest Maven Series IP Cameras to its product portfolio. From 1MP flat mini dome to 5MP rugged outdoor IR camera, the Maven Series features a wide selection of resolutions, lens, functions, and housings ready for all kinds of surveillance applications. Users can choose from a complete range of box type, bullet type, dome type, flat dome and even PTZ cameras that best suit their installation needs. Image quality boosted by Lumii 2.0 Engineered to enhance user experience, the Maven Series IP cameras are equipped with more powerful image processing capabilities powered by the Lumii 2.0. The new-generation imaging technology built on an innovative platform transcends its predecessor and sets to deliver truer colour, smoother motion and amazing image quality at challenging light conditions. Installer-friendly features make installation easy The Maven Series also upgrades its usability by including various installer-friendly functions for specific models, such as remote zoom and auto focus, hassle-free in-ceiling mount design, and easily accessible controls. These enhanced features serve to further facilitate installation and maintenance, making video surveillance much easier and flexible to everyone. Reliable operation in every way  Improvement is achieved in terms of reliability as the Maven Series outdoor models are built stronger and more resilient than ever to withstand extreme weather conditions. The Maven Series also support more network protocols and security mechanisms, such as HTTPS encryption, 802.1x, and IP Address Filtering to secure communication over network, thereby improving overall system reliability. Key benefits Advanced imaging capabilities ideal for 24/7 surveillance powered by Lumii 2.0 Full range of resolutions, lens and housing suitable for all applications 3D Noise Filtering minimizes digital artifacts without causing motion blur Hyper Dynamic Range allows greater scene details in high contrast settings Easy, flexible deployment with installer-friendly designs Rugged enclosures ensure reliable operation at all conditions Multiple browser compatibility, including Firefox, Chrome, and Safari Enhanced network security

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MESSOA launches the NDR891 - a HDTV 1080p 2MP IP dome cameras that’s tough in harsh environments
MESSOA launches the NDR891 - a HDTV 1080p 2MP IP dome cameras that’s tough in harsh environments

The MESSOA NDR891 MegaSmart IP Dome Camera supports 2MP resolutions and 30/25 (60/50 Hz) frames per second in HDTV 1080i x720p resolution and 16:9 format. IR LEDs produce smooth even light distribution across a view range as far as 25 meters (82 feet) away.The NDR891 utilises Lumii II technology to overcome night time issues. Vandal-proof housing that is IP67 certified is designed specifically for harsh environments. An optional heater maximises protection of the camera in extremely cold weather.The MegaSmart NDR891 with infrared illumination helps reduce costs by eliminating the need for conventional high-voltage lighting. MESSOA utilises industrial-grade energy-efficient components and is uncompromising when it comes to the stability of its designs.As a part of MESSOA's Smart IP products family, the NDR891 features intelligent detection capabilities including motion, audio, blur and network disconnection detection. It also supports local storage to a micro SD/SDHC card thus everything is recorded even if the network should go down.Designed with the installer in mind, installation and maintenance are made simple thanks to intuitive design, a hinged pivoting shroud, and a custom designed Tamron focus lens and 3-axis gimbal. The MESSOA MegaSmart NDR891 is an excellent choice for indoor/outdoor installations such as schools, campuses, municipalities, government, retail, enterprise, and healthcare institutions."The NDR891 is the latest IR network camera that we offer. We're real proud of this one and think it has a lot to offer. After extensive testing, we're confident that the IR illuminators can show clear as day pictures even from great distances," comments MESSOA President Steve Yang.Leading the way in interoperability, all Messoa IP cameras conform to the ONVIF standard, ensuring they integrate easily with third-party security solutions.Yang believes that MESSOA Lumii™ II Technology provides outstanding support to any security conditions. "MESSOA has introduced 11 years of optical heritage to the Video Surveillance market. The new Lumii™ II Technology and 2MP IP cameras announced today make MESSOA's cutting edge technology and highly detailed video capture available to our broadest range of customers yet."View MegaSmart IP camera with Lumii™ II Technology video on Messoa blog.

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IP cameras - Expert commentary

A glance at the winners and losers of the security industry in 2018
A glance at the winners and losers of the security industry in 2018

In my coverage of China Tariffs impacting the security industry over four recent articles, products on the tariff schedules routinely integrated into security solutions included burglar and fire alarm control and transmission panels, video surveillance lenses, HDTV cameras used for broadcast use cases and fiber optic media converters. The general ‘callout’ of ADP (Automatic Data Processing) devices and peripherals technically includes servers, workstations and microcomputers, all of which are commonly used to support security solutions. The underperformance, from June 15 to August 24, of U.S. stocks with high revenue-exposure to China, and that of Chinese stocks with high revenue-exposure to the United States was significant and almost identical at 3.2%, significant losses to some investors already involved in security industry M&A activity. Significant public safety Facial Recognition (FR) vendors leveraging AI expanded their market focus to retail and public safety While it was not apparent that practitioners’ security program budgets kept pace with the growth of the more popular solution providers like video surveillance and cyber security, the ICT industries supporting the security economy continued to expand, especially in wireless and wired infrastructure, including preparations for 5G wireless rollouts. These omnipresent technologies drove significant public safety, smart city and public venue projects in 2018. Facial Recognition (FR) vendors leveraging AI expanded their market focus to retail and public safety. In 2018, virtually every public presentation, webinar and published Q&A on social media monitoring and facial recognition technologies I worked on, involved significant pushback from privacy advocates, almost to the point of alarmism. Massive risk reduction Several solution providers in these areas have made significant strides on data protection, accuracy, powered by AI and documented crime reduction cases; however, this real news is quickly shadowed by privacy advocates, seemingly ignoring massive risk reduction, especially in the case of active assailants and gang-related crime. Will FR become mainstream? The cautious security industry may take a cue from the maverick retail industry, sports venue and VIP verification solution providers that grew in 2018. 2019 trends: presupposition or repudiation; winners and losers. Chinese tariffs have had a huge impact on the security industry, which can be seen from changes to U.S and Chinese stocks  Although technology adoption forecasting is inexact, there are definitive opportunities in the security industry born on necessity. With the widespread problem of false alarm transmission and inability for first responders to ‘be everywhere,’ developers of solutions that provide automated verification and alternative security incident detection are expected to become mainstream. Promising detection systems The use of AI, NLP, LiDAR, UAS (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles aka drones) with surveillance and thermal imaging will grow, mostly due to higher acceptance in other industries like autonomous vehicles, rail safety, terrain and post devastation mapping/rescue. However, legacy ‘listing’ or certification organisations will be forced to make an important decision for their own survival: work toward integrating these promising detection systems into acceptance by insurance, licensing and standards development organisations. 2019’s ‘true’ Industrial Philanthropists will be needed to fund early warning tech for firefighters and the presence of active assailants 2019’s ‘true’ industrial philanthropists will be needed to fund early warning tech for firefighters and the presence of active assailants. For these use cases, 5G infrastructure rollouts, FR acceptance, lower cost perimeter detection and long range object and fire recognition by LiDAR and Thermal imaging will all be watched closely by investors. Should public agencies and philanthropical solution providers in the security industry cross paths, we may just yet see a successful, lifesaving impact. Cyber risk profile The ‘Digital twin’ refers to a digital replica of physical assets (physical twin), processes, people, places, systems and devices that can be used for various purposes. Your ‘Security Digital Twin’ has a similar physical and cyber risk profile, either through common threats, similar assets or both. Good news: managing your risk, protecting assets and securing your facilities in 2019 will get easier as security digital twin profiles will grow in maturity, while keeping their data sources private. This will be accelerated by the maturity of AI-based, auto-generated visualisations and image recognition, that happens to also drive the FR solutions. The 5G wireless infrastructure market is emerging as far more of a quantum leap in connectivity, like ‘wireless fiber optics’ performance, than an upgrade to 4G LTE. The 5G infrastructure market will be worth $2.86 billion by 2020 and $33.72 billion by 2026, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 50.9%. Intelligent applications The explosion of ingested voice, video, and meta-data, the interconnectivity of devices, people and places, and the integration of intelligent applications into expanding ecosystems all require faster communications. To be more accurate, 5G rollouts will accelerate in 2019; however, current project funding will include and be impacted by future enterprise security connectivity: 5G and FWA (Fixed Wireless Access). 5G rollouts will accelerate in 2019; however, current project funding will include and be impacted by future enterprise security connectivity Quite simply put, larger solution providers are gently coaxing practitioners into seemingly ‘open systems;’ the negative discovery during an M&A process, audit or integration with a smart city’s public/private partnerships will continue to be revealed, and related industries will force reform. Autonomous things will be enabled by AI and image recognition. With few affordable rollouts of security robots and outdoor unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) that leveraged platforms popular with research and even NASA, the autonomous security robot was mostly MIA from a security practitioner’s program in 2018. Perimeter intrusion detection One platform was even accused of intimidating homeless people in a public place, at a major city. Industries mutually beneficial are often unaware of each other; this will change gradually: one major domestic airport is currently evaluating a UGV platform performing perimeter intrusion detection, runway weather conditions and potential aircraft taxiing dangers. The platform is being used largely in transportation research, yet offers significant opportunities to the security industry. Research firm Gartner estimates that 70% of today’s technology products and services can be enhanced with ‘multi-experience’-based VR/AR/MR The ‘immersive experience’ of virtually any security or threat detection is a twist on virtual/augmented/mixed reality (VR/AR/MR) with additional sensory features. Although VR/AR/MR is well underway in other industries, there are several companies with solutions like VR-based active assailant training that could provide a fighting chance for practitioners, employees, visitors, faculty and children. Research firm Gartner estimates that 70% of today’s technology products and services can be enhanced with ‘multi-experience’-based VR/AR/MR. Security ecosystem members Not necessarily MIA, but of special mention is the need of security and safety practitioners to prioritise communications systems over ‘nice to have’ expansive video surveillance systems for mass casualty threats. This will eventually improve with 5G for Enterprise solution rollouts. At the past GSX and upcoming CES Technology trade shows, a new roundup of technologies is discovered: a wider diversity of protection promise to save ASIS members on their technical security program is realised. With each of the ‘winners,’ (5G, AI, NLP, LiDAR, UAS [Unmanned Aerial Vehicles aka drones], thermal imaging, digital security twins and smart-city-friendly technologies) it is both exciting and challenging work for both security practitioners and solution providers. All things equal and with the necessary technology acceptance testing processes, this is a truly great time for security ecosystem members.

The many faces of today's facial recognition technology
The many faces of today's facial recognition technology

The use of facial recognition has become a highly debated topic recently, and has increasingly and misleadingly been criticised by some for being an unethical tool used to spy on the public. The reason for such criticism is however largely due to lack of information and regulation around the technology. Used proportionately and responsibly, facial recognition can and should be a force for good. It has the ability to do a lot more to increase security in the future – from street crime to airport security, all the way through to helping those battling addiction, the technology can take security and operations to new heights. These systems can memorise the faces of persons of interest, networks of gang members, wanted criminals and those suspected of involvement in serious violent crimes The rise in knife crime Knife crime has dominated the headlines in the UK throughout the year. Recent statistics show the number of people being admitted to emergency care due to attacks by a sharp object to be up by nearly 40 per cent from two years ago, whilst the number of children under the age of 18 being admitted to hospitals with stab wounds is up by 86 per cent in only four years. This recent surge in knife crime has put police forces under immense pressure, and the intelligent use of facial recognition has a role to play in enabling more informed stop & search interventions. Currently UK police can stop and search an individual they suspect to be carrying drugs or weapons or both, or they can stop and search a person in a location where there have been or are considered likely to be “incidents involving serious violence.” In both cases they must do so with access to limited information, leaving themselves open to accusations of bias or discrimination. Knife crime dominated the headlines in the UK throughout 2018 Police systems benefiting crime investigations This is where facial recognition can offer up additional intelligence. These systems can memorise the faces of persons of interest, networks of gang members, wanted criminals and those suspected of involvement in serious violent crimes. Furthermore, these systems don’t need prior personal engagement to recognise an individual and see only data, not gender, age or race. Facial recognition thus helps eliminate both weapons and criminals off the streets and potentially prevent crimes before they have a chance to take place. The technology doesn’t take the decision away from the human police officer. However, it does bring greater transparency and context to the decision-making process of whether a stop and search intervention is justified.  Similarly, the advanced technology can recognise and match an individual seen on a CCTV camera at a crime scene to someone the police encounters on the streets some time later, justifying a stop and search on that individual. Its ability to check in real time if a person is on a criminal watchlist adds an extra layer to the decision-making process prior to conducting a stop and search, lowering the likelihood of discrimination. Facial recognition thus helps eliminate both weapons and criminals off the streets and potentially prevent crimes before they have a chance to take place. Gambling addiction and how facial recognition can help There are an estimated 593,000 people in the UK currently battling a gambling problem, making it a serious public health issue in the country. Having understood the gravity of the issue, the UK gambling commission have set limits and advice in place to help those suffering this addiction; yet as with all addictions, gambling is a tough habit to beat. In order to put effective limitations in place and make a real difference, the gambling commission needs the right technology to protect those most vulnerable in the industry.   Facial recognition technology is able to keep track of customers and thus help gambling companies in protecting their customers Facial recognition technology is able to keep track of customers and thus help gambling companies in protecting their customers to a higher degree. Monitoring those entering and moving around gambling areas is an extremely difficult task for human staff to do alone, especially in large crowded areas such as casinos. Facial recognition technology installed around the premises would be able to help the company and the staff to identify people who have registered as gambling addicts, and keep record of their day’s play in order to inform staff if and when it was time for them to stop. It would also be able to ensure effective self-exclusion procedures, by identifying a self-excluded individual via CCTV as soon as they entered the venue to then allow security staff to respectfully escort them out. Utilising facial recognition at airport security Facial recognition has by now become a normal sight at many airports around the world. Several people today hold a so-called biometric passport, which allows them to skip the normally longer queues and instead walk through an automated ePassport control to proceed to the gate faster without having to deal with control officers. Facial recognition used in this way has managed to significantly cut waiting times at the passport control, but it also has the ability to enhance security in and around airports. Facial recognition uses algorithms to match physical characteristics against photos and videos of people's faces Earlier this year, facial recognition technology managed to catch an imposter trying to enter the US at the Washington Dulles Airport. The false passport may have been uncaught by the human eye, yet due to the accuracy of the facial recognition technology it managed to help officers catch the imposter and bring him to justice. Facial recognition thus allows officers to identify an individual faster and more accurately than the human eye. Facial recognition uses algorithms to match physical characteristics against photos and videos of people's faces, which have been collected from visas, passports and other sources.   Facial recognition allows officers to identify an individual faster and more accurately than the human eye At airports the use of facial recognition has proved to both enhance security as well as speed up processes such as check-inWhilst some critics may worry about issues of privacy related to the technology, at airports the use of facial recognition has proved to both enhance security as well as speed up processes such as check-in and, in the future, even boarding proceedings. If used correctly and proportionately, facial recognition can help safeguard the public and improve national security on several fronts. Whilst the many benefits of facial recognition are evident, the lack of regulation and understanding of the technology has led to misconception around how it works and what it is used for. Facial recognition technology can match faces in crowded public places against criminal watch lists, and register faces that match with those on criminal watch lists – whilst ignoring everyone else.

2019 to see a rise in cyber and cloud security solutions
2019 to see a rise in cyber and cloud security solutions

2018 was a good year for integrators and manufacturers across the board. The economy has been strong which manifested itself in many ways but in particular construction was booming. This was very good for the security industry, especially those integrators and manufacturers who provide services and products in the commercial space. Two of the most unexpected things that impacted the market, and will continue to impact it into 2019, are the trade war and the rapid rise of interest rates. I have been monitoring both very closely and didn’t expect the trade ‘skirmish’ to escalate into the trade war it has become. Similarly, interest rates have started to rise which was a bit of a surprise and one that will definitely impact the nation’s economy and by extension our market. Upcoming cloud-based trends Cyber has definitely taken a strong foothold in the industry and with the continued expansion of cloud-based services I see three main trends coming in 2019. The first is the rise of cloud-based products and service offerings that security integrators will have access to. While we have had a few key players already offering cloud-based solutions for a couple of years on the video side in particular, I see this really picking up steam across all other security and life safety solutions. This really leads into the second trend which is integrators adjusting their business models to leverage these cloud-based solutions into recurring revenue models as managed security service providers (MSSP). The ability for integrators to develop their own managed service portfolio will be key; PSA is already working with several partners to help bring a portfolio offering to our membership which is really exciting. I anticipate that we will see about 10% of security integrators take hold of this new model in 2019 and then expect that number to increase by around 10% each year until the majority of the security business is cloud-based and integrators accept the new model of being an MSSP. Finally, of course is cybersecurity. Cyber has definitely taken a strong foothold in the industry and with the continued expansion of these cloud-based services, it will be more important than ever to integrators, manufacturers and end users alike. MSSP portfolio offering The more progressive security professionals will see cyber as an opportunity, a part of the MSSP portfolio offering, rather than just a threat that we have been talking about for going on five years. The winners in this market will be the integrators and manufacturers who can adapt to all these changes, leverage new technologies we are seeing with AI and cloud-based solutions, and those who stick to commodity-based solutions will be left behind. There are some remarkable things happening with AI technology, analytics, biometrics PSA’s growth has been remarkable. We have exceeded our own growth plans year over year and have also exceed the market projected growth marks as well. We continue to add more offerings to our membership to help them stay ahead of the curve, which in turn helps us to do the same. Right now, we are investing in programs that provide data to our integrators to help inform their business decisions. Data is key for any business and PSA has spent a lot of time working with developers and our integrators to understand what the most meaningful data is they need and how we can best deliver that to them by way of dashboards and reporting tools. Future technology advancements The biggest challenge we face is really tied to the higher interest rates that we have seen so far this year and what lies ahead. We help future fund projects for our integrators so when we see higher interest rates, we must closely monitor that and make business adjustments along the way as well to flex along with those rate hikes. I have been in this industry a long time so clearly my enthusiasm for what the industry is doing doesn’t fade. But what makes it really exciting right now is really related to technology advances. There are some remarkable things happening with AI technology, analytics, biometrics – you name it. It is a very tech heavy industry that people can feel good about being a part of and is an industry that will continue to grow so the opportunities are endless.