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 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 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 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 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-PSD81602-A360 multi-sensor panoramic network and PTZ camera
Dahua DH-PSD81602-A360 multi-sensor panoramic network and PTZ camera

The Dahua PSD81602-A360 Panoramic Multi-Sensor plus PTZ camera combines eight (8) 2MP sensors working in tandem and a high-speed PTZ camera to create a comprehensive 360° view. With its all-in-one design, the camera provides a 360° panorama and provides region of interest details at the same time. In addition, the PSD81602-A360 offers the Intelligent Video System (IVS), a built-in video analytic algorithm that delivers intelligent functions to monitor a scene for Tripwire violations, intrusion detection and smart tracking. A camera with IVS quickly and accurately responds to monitoring events in a specific area. The PSD81602-A360 camera can replace multiple single-sensor cameras providing a higher return on investment. Panoramic Panoramic cameras provide 180 °, 360 ° full range of video scene, bringing people a new sense of real live and interactive experience. Dahua provides two kinds of panoramic camera, single sensor fisheye camera and multi-sensor camera, both of them can offer 180-degree & 360-degree panoramic image. Through working together with PTZ camera which offer whole scene and region details at same time. It provided new surveillance experience to end user and improved the surveillance quality. True Day/Night A day/night mechanical IR cut filter makes this camera ideal for applications with fluctuating lighting conditions, delivering colour images during the day and automatically switching to monochrome as the scene darkens. Starlight Technology Featured with Dahua Starlight Technology, the camera is ideal for applications with challenging light 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 nearly complete darkness. HEVC (H.265) H.265 ITU-T VCEG is a new video coding standard. Following standards developed around the existing video coding standard H.264, some retain the original technology, while some of the relevant technology to improve the new technology uses advanced technology to improve the relationship between the code stream, encoding quality, and the delay between algorithm complexity. Optimised settings-specific contents include: Improving compression efficiency, improving robustness and error recovery capabilities, real-time to reduce delay, reduced channel acquisition time and a random access delay, and reduced complexity etc. Smart H.265+ Deliver high quality video without straining the network with Smart H.265+ - 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 a saving of up to 70% of bandwidth and storage when compared with standard H.265. Protection (IP67, IK10, wide voltage) Supporting ±25% input voltage tolerance, this camera suits even the most unstable conditions for outdoor applications. Its 6KV lightning rating provides effective protection for both the camera and its structure against lightning. IP67 is supported by the camera, which makes it suitable for both indoor and outdoor environments. IK10 compliance enables the camera to sustain the equivalent of 55 kg (120lbs) force. Environmental Standard Dahua cameras can function from -30°C to +60°C(-22 °F to +140 °F) with 95% humility, while some models support heater module optional, which allows the camera to function from -40°Cto +60°C (-40 °F to +140 °F). With a temperature range of -40 °C to +60 °C, the camera is designed for extreme temperature environments.

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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.