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The increased role of video surveillance technology in our changing environment
The increased role of video surveillance technology in our changing environment

Today’s environment has evolved into something that according to some may seem unexplainable. But in the context of video surveillance, this is something that we understand. Allow me to shed some light and understanding in terms of security and why it truly is a necessity. Security is not a luxury, it is a necessity. An essential practice now peaking the interests of all businesses small and large. A video surveillance system is a cost effective option that does not require monitoring fees. As business slows, temporarily shuts down or closes, an increase in vacant properties is inevitable. This pandemic will continue to put severe pressure on many businesses around the country. With so many considered non-essential, it is really sad to see how many must shutter their doors and lay off employees. Keeping an eye out for suspicious activity using a commercial grade surveillance system that supports advanced analytics, may end up saving your potential customers thousands of dollars down the road. Demand for video surveillance and security products We can certainly draw on the conclusion that security is a “need” more so than a “want”. Times like this just further cement that thought process. In today’s economic spiral, people aren’t actively looking for lighting controls or home theaters. What they look for is a way to keep their loved ones safe, protect their homes, businesses and property. Video surveillance technology provides added security for you, your family and your business In my opinion, you will see video surveillance and security product sales skyrocket in the coming months and years. It has been reported that response times for first responders may be impacted as a result of COVID-19, leaving those with bad intent more time to ransack a property knowing that law enforcement may be slow to respond. Criminals will always take advantage of the situation. All we can do as a community is use common sense, stay vigilant through these odd times and watch out for one another. For some of us that may mean mitigating risks with technology. Affordable video monitoring solutions Having a solution that can quickly and securely share video footage may be the difference between identifying a perpetrator and becoming a victim. Ella, a video search platform developed by IC Realtime, makes every second of video instantly searchable and shareable, either with the authorities or your neighborhood social apps. Plus it is compatible with any RTSP streaming device. To wrap this up, it’s not about pointing out the obvious, it’s really about bringing awareness as to how technologies can be implemented to provide peace of mind without breaking the bank. Video surveillance technology is a way to do that and provide added security for you, your family and your business.

The digital transformation of access control solutions
The digital transformation of access control solutions

The safeguarding of premises through the monitoring of entrance and exit points has traditionally been a very manual aspect of security. Human operators have been relied on to make decisions about who to admit and deny based on levels of authorisation and the appropriate credentials. But the access control business, like many industries before it, is undergoing its own digital transformation; one where the protection of premises, assets and people is increasingly delivered by interconnected systems utilising IoT devices and cloud infrastructure to offer greater levels of security and protection. Modern access control solutions range from simple card readers to two factor authentication systems using video surveillance as a secondary means of identification, right through to complex networks of thermal cameras, audio speakers and sensors. These systems, connected through the cloud, can be customised and scaled to meet the precise requirements of today’s customer. And it’s the ease of cloud integration, combined with open technologies and platforms that is encouraging increasing collaboration and exciting developments while rendering legacy systems largely unfit for purpose. Remote management and advanced diagnostics Cloud technology and IoT connectivity means remote management and advanced diagnostics form an integral part of every security solution.Cloud technology and IoT connectivity means remote management and advanced diagnostics form an integral part of every security solution. For example, as the world faces an unprecedented challenge and the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause disruption, the ability to monitor and manage access to sites remotely is a welcome advantage for security teams who might otherwise have to check premises in person and risk breaking social distancing regulations. The benefits of not physically having to be on site extend to the locations within which these technologies can be utilised. As an example, within a critical infrastructure energy project, access can be granted remotely for maintenance on hard to reach locations. Advanced diagnostics can also play a part in such a scenario. When access control is integrated with video surveillance and IP audio, real-time monitoring of access points can identify possible trespassers with automated audio messages used to deter illegal access and making any dangers clear. And with video surveillance in the mix, high quality footage can be provided to authorities with real-time evidence of a crime in progress. Comprehensive protection in retail Within the retail industry, autonomous, cashier-less stores are already growing in popularity The use of connected technologies for advanced protection extends to many forward-looking applications. Within the retail industry, autonomous, cashier-less stores are already growing in popularity. Customers are able to use mobile technology to self-scan their chosen products and make payments, all from using a dedicated app. From an access control and security perspective, connected doors can be controlled to protect staff and monitor shopper movement. Remote management includes tasks such as rolling out firmware updates or restarting door controllers, with push notifications sent immediately to security personnel in the event of a breach or a door left open. Remote monitoring access control in storage In the storage facility space, this too can now be entirely run through the cloud with remote monitoring of access control and surveillance providing a secure and streamlined service. There is much to gain from automating the customer journey, where storage lockers are selected online and, following payment, customers are granted access. Through an app the customer can share their access with others, check event logs, and activate notifications. With traditional padlocks the sharing of access is not as practical, and it’s not easy for managers to keep a record of storage locker access. Online doors and locks enable monitoring capabilities and heightened security for both operators and customers. The elimination of manual tasks, in both scenarios, represents cost savings. When doors are connected to the cloud, their geographical location is rendered largely irrelevant. Online doors and locks enable monitoring capabilities and heightened security for both operators and customers They become IoT devices which are fully integrated and remotely programmable from anywhere, at any time. This creates a powerful advantage for the managers of these environments, making it possible to report on the status of a whole chain of stores, or to monitor access to numerous storage facilities, using the intelligence that the technology provides from the data it collects. Open platforms power continuous innovation All of these examples rely on open technology to make it possible, allowing developers and technology providers to avoid the pitfalls that come with the use of proprietary systems. The limitations of such systems have meant that the ideas, designs and concepts of the few have stifled the creativity and potential of the many, holding back innovation and letting the solutions become tired and their application predictable. Proprietary systems have meant that solution providers have been unable to meet their customers’ requirements until the latest upgrade becomes available or a new solution is rolled out. This use of open technology enables a system that allows for collaboration, the sharing of ideas and for the creation of partnerships to produce ground-breaking new applications of technology. Open systems demonstrate a confidence in a vendor’s own solutions and a willingness to share and encourage others to innovate and to facilitate joint learning. An example of the dynamic use of open technology is Axis’ physical access control hardware, which enables partners to develop their own cloud-based software for control and analysis of access points, all the while building and expanding on Axis’ technology platform. Modern access control solutions range from simple card readers to two factor authentication systems using video surveillance as a secondary means of identification Opportunities for growth Open hardware, systems and platforms create opportunities for smaller and younger companies to participate and compete, giving them a good starting point, and some leverage within the industry when building and improving upon existing, proven technologies. This is important for the evolution and continual relevance of the physical security industry in a digitally enabled world. Through increased collaboration across technology platforms, and utilising the full range of possibilities afforded by the cloud environment, the manufacturers, vendors and installers of today’s IP enabled access control systems can continue to create smart solutions to meet the ever-changing demands and requirements of their customers across industry.

Optimising large-scale event security and operations with intelligent video surveillance
Optimising large-scale event security and operations with intelligent video surveillance

Large event venues spend significant resources on physical security, and the vast majority invest in video surveillance systems as a way of monitoring public areas such as parking lots, garages and seating, as well as “backstage” areas such as loading docks and offices. Even though the camera footage is often preserved for investigating incidents, for the most part, video footage goes untapped because – realistically – security staff cannot constantly and efficiently monitor cameras in real-time or review the high volumes of archived video. Video analytics powered by Artificial Intelligence Increasingly, event venues are overcoming this challenge and maximising this video data by investing in intelligent video surveillance. In this article, I will explore how the combination of traditional surveillance and groundbreaking video content analytics enables event venues to not only optimise physical security and safety, but also improve customer service, streamline operations, and gather valuable business intelligence. Deep learning and artificial intelligence-based video content analytic systems detect, identify, extract, and catalog all the objects that appear in video footage based on classes and attributes such as gender, appearance similarity, color or size. This – along with behavioral detection, such as object interactions, dwell times, and navigation paths, as well as face and license plate recognition – enables searchable, actionable and quantifiable analysis of video. The technology makes it easy for users to accelerate post-event investigations, improve situational awareness, and derive critical business insights from video data. Accelerate post-event investigations, improve situational awareness, and derive critical business insights Accelerating investigations Where there are crowds, it’s not uncommon for medical or criminal incidents to transpire. In the aftermath, security teams must quickly understand the scene and, by making video searchable, video analytics helps them efficiently gather information or evidence from multiple camera. Whereas a manual search of video footage would require hours, if not days, of valuable time and staff resources – while being subject to human error – a video content analytics system enables effective multi-video search using a variety of filters, so that post-incident investigations can be focused and, thereby, accelerated. For instance, if witnesses claim that a man in a yellow shirt caused a disturbance and then drove away in a blue pickup truck, security could filter video to review instances where people or vehicles matching those descriptions appeared, and then focus their investigation on relevant video evidence. For the same example, if the perpetrator was still at large in the venue, security managers would want to track the person’s movements and, ultimately, apprehend him. Using the same cataloged metadata that drives video search, intelligent video surveillance accelerates real-time response to developing situations from threats and suspicious behaviors to emergencies, or even any behavior that requires closer monitoring or intervention. Something as mundane as an unwieldy queue forming at a concession stand can alert logic that increases operators’ situational awareness and ability to effectively intervene. By understanding developing situations in real-time, they can respond more quickly to prevent or solve a problem. Rule-based real time alerts Users can configure rule-based real-time alerts, based on specific scenarios – such as when people counts in the defined space next to the cashier are higher than the specified threshold, indicating a queue, or when vehicles are detected dwelling in a no-park zone or sensitive security area. In the case of the offender in the yellow shirt, security could configure alerts to notify for appearances of men in yellow shirts or blue pickup trucks within the event complex. If they’re able to extract the perpetrator’s face or license plate from the video search, security officers can also identify and track the specific person and vehicle of interest. Intelligent video surveillance users can compile “watchlists” Object recognition is helpful for tracking specific, identified threats, but it can also be leveraged for locating missing persons or vehicles or offering VIP services to guests who comply. Intelligent video surveillance users can compile “watchlists” – that include persons of interest, such as past agitators, recognised criminals or terrorists, missing persons or VIPs – to be alerted when matches for these faces appear in video. Face recognition can also be used to differentiate recognised employees from visitors that are not authorised to be in certain spaces in order to prevent security breaches. Because camera conditions aren’t always optimal for “in the wild” face and license plate recognition – where lighting conditions or camera angles don’t always allow for a pristine face or plate capture – it is critical to have a comprehensive video content analysis tool for triggering alerts based object classifications and non-personally-identifiable parameters. Optimising operations based on business intelligence While having real-time situational awareness is crucial for proactive intervention to developing situations, understanding long-term activity and trends can be equally important for an events venue or stadium. With video analytics, video surveillance data can be aggregated over time to generate statistical intelligence, trend reports, and data visualisations for operational intelligence. This capability transforms video surveillance from a siloed security tool to an intelligence platform with broad value for business groups across the organisation. Marketing departments can gain visitor demographic information for targeted advertising and product placements. On-site retailers can uncover how visitors navigate their stores and the products or spaces that draw the most attention. Property management can follow heatmaps demonstrating where visitors dwell and the durations they stay at certain exhibits or areas, to base rental and leasing fees on actionable and quantifiable intelligence. Operations managers can more effectively plan and hire staff for events, by analysing visitor traffic trends, entry and exit points and occupancy statistics.   Video surveillance data can be aggregated over time to generate statistical intelligence For these reasons and more, event organisations that already rely on CCTV networks should consider how to better leverage those existing investments to deliver substantial value across the organisation. By making video searchable, actionable and quantifiable, intelligent video surveillance empowers event managers to enhance public safety and physical security, while also streamlining operations and improving customer service.

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LTV Professional cameras for demanding and powerful security surveillance installations
LTV Professional cameras for demanding and powerful security surveillance installations

LTV Professional Line network video recorders enable reliable and high-definition video surveillance and are simple to install and operate For demanding security solutions, LTV provides the powerful video surveillance products of its Professional Line. The network video cameras are available as outdoor and indoor models and offer a resolution in 1.3 megapixel (720p) or 2 megapixel Full HD quality (1080p). Professional Line network video recorders with 4 to 16 channels enable reliable and high-definition video surveillance and are simple to install and operate, without any complicated set up and configuration. LTV Professional cameras The LTV Professional cameras are available as box, dome and bullet versions, offer 25 fps in all resolutions, day/night function (IR cut filter), H.264 video compression, ONVIF compatibility and PoE. The integrated CMOS sensor is extremely light-sensitive and delivers excellent video surveillance images during daytime as well as at twilight or at night. The inbuilt motor vario lens with variable focal length (depending on the model) is adjustable via the NVR menu or web interface. All camera settings, including motor zoom function, can be made via PC or the connected network video recorder. All camera settings, including motor zoom function, can be made via PC or the connected network video recorder LTV recorders The recorders of LTV’s Professional Line are equipped with a 4 or 8 port PoE switch and can be connected to cameras with the help of Plug&Display. The NVRs support 4-, 8- and 16-channel real time recording (1080p @ 25fps), offer 4-channel simultaneous playback and are equipped with HDMI interfaces for using professional video surveillance displays. The recording devices are delivered as standard with video-surveillance optimised hard disks (1 or 2 TB Western Digital Purple series). Optional free apps for Android and iOS allow remote access to live and recorded video data anywhere at any time.

LTV launches LTV-S7224E-POE 24-Port Managed Switch offering 1G uplink speed
LTV launches LTV-S7224E-POE 24-Port Managed Switch offering 1G uplink speed

The LTV-S7224E-POE 24-Port Managed Switch provides Gigabit Ethernet and power supply for up to 24 PoE capable surveillance cameras LTV launches a new Layer 2 Managed Gigabit Switch with 1 gigabit uplink speed. The powerful and cost-effective LTV S7224E-POE provides 24 x 10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet ports for maximum data throughput – ideal for high-speed network connections with high flow of video data. The LTV-S7224E-POE supports all relevant standards such as 802.3/u/x/z/ad/ae/ab, offers 56 Gbps switching capacity and 42 Mpps packet forwarding rate. The 24 port PoE switch features a variety of Layer 2 management features, making it efficient, secure, and sustainably. The VLAN functions, e.g. 4K VLAN, IEEE 802.1Q VLAN tagging and port-based VLAN, provide optimal scalability, maximum security, and comfortable network management. The ports are protected against overvoltage and maintain voltage peaks of up to 6KV. For configuration, the switch features an intuitive, web-based graphical user interface. Data and power saver The LTV-S7224E-POE 24-Port Managed Switch provides Gigabit Ethernet and power supply for up to 24 PoE capable surveillance cameras. This leads to a significant cost reduction, since power and data is transmitted via existing Cat5/5e/6 network cables. The new 24 Port Full Gigabit PoE Managed Ethernet Switch provides comprehensive scalability, maximum performance, and high reliability at an excellent price/performance ratio. The LTV-S7224E-POE will be available starting from November 2016 and complements the portfolio of LTV switches. Like all LTV switches (available with 4, 8 and 16 ports), it can be ordered via the B2B online shop. Technical data Supports web-based GUI management Four uplink-capable ports with max. 1 Gigabit: 2x SFP, 2x Ethernet ports 24 Gigabit Ethernet ports with PoE 30 watts per port, total max. 390 watts Lightning protection up to 6kV per port Rack mount kit included Save

LTV provides LTV-MCL-2413 24-inch display for demanding video surveillance systems
LTV provides LTV-MCL-2413 24-inch display for demanding video surveillance systems

The Full HD video data is displayed sharply, clearly and without motion blur, even during fast movements LTV offers a wide range of monitor solutions for a variety of security applications. The 24-inch display LTV-MCL-2413 is a professional display for one’s video surveillance system and fulfills all the requirements for a large and reliable 24x7 monitor. The built-in LED backlight ensures a low power consumption and numerous connection options allow the use in demanding network-based or analogue video surveillance systems. Flexibility & ease of use The 24″ screen features a Full HD LED backlight (1920 x 1080), an extremely short response time of 5 ms and a brightness of 300 cdm2. The Full HD video data is displayed sharply, clearly and without motion blur, even during fast movements. Thanks to its 170-degree viewing angle, contrast and colours remain the same for almost all perspectives – ideal for wall or ceiling mounting. The display offers HDMI, VGA and BNC connectors providing greater flexibility and ease of use. Technical features 24″ LCD with 1920 x 1080 pixels for even the smallest details Wide connectivity options with HDMI, VGA and BNC inputs Integrated speakers (2x 1.5 W) Convincing viewing angle (horizontal-vertical) 160° 170° 3-year warranty incl. 6 months free advanced replacement Save

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