Dedicated Micros DM/CMVU-PR1850D-Overview
Dedicated Micros DM/CMVU-PR1850D-Overview

Dedicated Micros HyperSense technology has been used in our range of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) Optimised cameras to capture and record vehicle licence plates. Available in both analogue and IP models, Dedicated Micros unique HyperSense technology removes ambient light from the scene leaving only the objects that strongly reflect the IR light emitted by the integrated invisible IR LED flash to be displayed. Eliminating glare from vehicle headlights and providing a more distinct image, Dedicated Micros ANPR optimised cameras speed up ANPR computation and increase read accuracy.Ideal for deployment in a range of applications including Petrol Forecourt monitoring and Car Park Barrier control, the range includes dedicated ANPR cameras, designed to capture the plate detail of passing vehicles, and combined ANPR / Overview cameras, to associate colour images of the vehicles with their number plates.Benefits  Identify and record the license plate details of all vehicles coming into, and/or leaving, a particular area irrespective of the lighting conditionsAmbient light removal means that even headlight glare will not degrade the imageAmbient scene removal extracts unnecessary detail from the image, speeding up plate finding and improving accuracyOverview camera provides high-resolution image for vehicle associationIP Options preloaded with ANPR software allowing analytics to be processed at the cameraInclude ANPR into your existing NetVu Connected CCTV installation without the need to redesign or re-install the systemCombined with associated signage ANPR provides a visible deterrent to would-be offenders, for example drive-offs

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Dedicated Micros and AD Network Video driven to success at IFSEC 2011
Dedicated Micros and AD Network Video driven to success at IFSEC 2011

Dedicated Micros and AD Network Video's innovative approach to exhibiting at IFSEC 2011 was warmly received by customers who found AD Group's state of the art articulated demonstration vehicle the ideal setting to discover the latest additions to the Group's product range.The Company made the decision to invest in the new vehicle after the success of it's Closed IPTV road shows which ran throughout the Winter. Closed IPTV, IP video products are installed on the vehicle together with the latest innovations from the AD Group, and are now at the fingertips of integrators, installers, specifiers and end users in the UK all year round.New products at the show included additions to the CamVu IP camera range such as the CamVu 720 dome and box cameras. These feature exceptional low light performance, high definition resolution with up to two megapixels of on-board recording to micro SD card, transmission on alarm and multiple video streams in MPEG4, JPEG and H.264 simultaneously to meet bandwidth requirements, while maintaining a differentiated high quality record rate for use as evidence.Complementing the new HD IP camera products, is a new CamVu IP camera with in-camera de-warping, which leverages the inherent de-warping capability of the Group's ChipWrights ViSP, combined with the benefit of a five megapixel sensor. Multiple independent streams are managed seamlessly, with no need for special software, within the NetVu ObserVer viewing application offering electronic zoom of each view. As part of the NetVu Connected family of seamless video products, images from the camera are recorded and viewed alongside the images of both analogue and IP cameras deployed within the same system.The new CamVu IP cameras add to Dedicated Micros growing range of easy to use IP video products including the IFSEC Awards finalist, the SD Excel Closed IPTV, the hybrid DVR/NVR capable of recording, streaming and displaying multiple HD IP cameras seamlessly alongside a mix of analogue cameras. The IFSEC Awards finalist, the high definition NetVu Console is at work displaying multi-media video content around the stand while providing demonstration points which illustrate the seamless integration of IP and analogue cameras within a single, embedded user interface - a key capability which has been inherent in NetVu Connected products for many years.Offering high definition recording and powerful re-display performance, the NV8 joins the DV-IP, enterprise server/decoder range, boasting an impressive 300Mbits of video streaming bandwidth, delivering a flexible configuration solution operating as either a real-time HD/hybrid multi-screen decoder for high performance video wall deployment or as a dedicated real time encoder for recording and transmission of both analogue and HD IP cameras.Also on board the articulated demonstration vehicle was strategic partner, BBV's Pick-a-Point video management system which forms part of the AD Group's enterprise video management system, offering a user friendly, map based, touch screen workstation, scalable to large enterprise solutions. Compatible with NetVu Connected video products, Pick-a-Point provides seamless management of hybrid systems incorporating crucial security features such as alarm handling, video download and evidence burning, integration with 3rd parties such as GDX, Protec, Commend and AD Group's patented Emergency Messaging System. New to Pick-a-Point at IFSEC, was the integration of Dedicated Micros Point and Go, PTZ capability which allows the operator to select the area of interest on screen with a simple click of the mouse, a perfect solution to PTZ control over IP networks.Continuing it's focus on vertical markets, AD Network Video strengthened it's Fire and Transport market solutions with new products on show which meet specific demands in each sector.The new FireVu Dome, borne out of the AD Group's D-Tec division and marketed within the AD Network Video portfolio, features video smoke detection and video transmission capability and when combined with the new FV1 annunciator, provides a solution to the growing problem to commercial property owners, of non-emergency response from the Fire Service. FireVu enables RVRCs such as AD Group's Remguard division and other ARCs with the capability to provide visually verified smoke and fire alarms which fully integrate with the existing fire alarm and building management systems, satisfying the need of fire authorities which require visually verified alarms from commercial premises.Taking a look at the value added video solutions to the transport sector, the AD Group's TSS division gained a lot of attention on the stand with the mobile CCTV unit developed for Gloucestershire Constabulary, which features the award winning TransVu, mobile video recorder in the form of PatrolVu and Dedicated Micros Infiniti, ruggedised, PTZ camera with integrated IR illumination. Visitors were thrilled to see invited to see how a real Mobile Police unit operates in practice.The TransVu mobile video recorder took centre stage in an innovative motor racing display, showing off it's performance in extreme conditions. Testing TransVu on AD Group's Le Mans Sportscar has played a significant part in making the product robust and reliable to meet the demands of the transport sector, and when combined with vehicle telemetry and telematics data, offers a significant return on investment to the transport operator.Footage from the TransVu which was recorded during the crash which occurred at Spa Francorchamps in early May was on show. During the crash, the TransVu, which sustained an impact in excess of 40G at 180km/h, carried on recording throughout, as true testament to the suitability of the product for harsh environments.Pauline Norstrom, Marketing Director and Board Director for Dedicated Micros and AD Group, comments, "Our investment into a new demonstration vehicle underlines our commitment to training and education at all levels in the professional video security channel. AD Group's, hybrid and pure IP video solution Closed IPTV is best seen in a live deployment and the vehicle allows us to to do just that by bringing the solution, together with those of the Group to the installer and user.""Products and solutions from Dedicated Micros and AD Network Video, broadly sit in three distinct groups; video recording and management solutions for public and commercial property installations, video smoke and fire detection and visual verification solutions for the Fire market and robust, integrated solutions for the Transport market. The diversity and differentiation of our products set the AD Group apart from other manufacturers as our solutions are truly seamless."The new demonstration vehicle is available for booking and will be touring the UK at Roadshows this Summer offering training and demonstrations to Dedicated Micros and AD Network Video's customers and their clients. Requests for booking the demonstration vehicle or for places on the Roadshows can be registered here.For further information visit Dedicated Micros' homepage and AD Network Video's website. See the album with captions

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Dedicated Micros showcases its CamVu 720 wide dynamic range & day & night HD IP camera
Dedicated Micros showcases its CamVu 720 wide dynamic range & day & night HD IP camera

High definition streaming & recording The CamVu720 WDR Series provides high definition image streams up to HD720. The powerful suite of streaming features ensure flexibility in remote viewing of the camera whilst on-board storage and supported transmission protocols such as AoE provide a wealth of local and remote recording options. AnalyticsCapable As part of our growing range of AnalyticsCapable products, the CamVu720 WDR Series is able to contain the latest analytics solutions from Dedicated Micros including Object Left/Removed Detection Tripwire and Counting Tripwire, all locally hosted on the camera. NETVU Connected With NetVu Connected products users can seamlessly integrate Video Servers, Cameras & Domes, Management Systems, mobile viewing devices and video walls together without the costly impact of significant integration time. A shared user interface helps minimise operator training whilst powerful features such as Direct configuration of PTZ Cameras and Domes from connected DVRs helps reduce installation time providing benefits to both end user and installer/integrator. The incredible flexibility of Dedicated Micros NetVu Connected platform enables multi-environment security installations to be achieved with ease. Integration of Fixed and Mobile DVRs and Video Servers alongside products such as FireVu (for Video Smoke Detection) enables large scale solutions with several application requirements to be designed and built with ease. Multiple simultaneous video streams Dedicated Micros’ unique Visual Signal Processor (ViSP) allows the CamVu720 WDR Series to transmit multiple simultaneous MPEG-4, H.264 and/ or JPEG images to any number of associated NetVu Connected devices for image viewing. Each stream can be tailored to suit the viewer’s bandwidth requirements. Closed IPTV Dedicated Micros’ award winning Closed IPTV solution combines open standard IP protocols with patent pending innovation to provide simple to install, safe and secure IP video solutions across new or existing networks. Automatically allocating IP addresses to IP cameras by physical port, a Closed IPTV system is completely deterministic, creating firewalls and monitoring point-to-point IP connections so they cannot be hacked or intercepted. Critical to the security of a Closed IPTV system is the unique implementation of Trusted Endpoint technology; a secret signature, applied at lock down, enables endpoint devices such as IP cameras to be secure, immediately triggering a security alert should any interference be detected. This ground breaking solution provides a very simple and secure answer to IP video, meaning that no prior knowledge of IP networking is required. Sophisticated and dependable network security can be achieved with a single click.

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Dedicated Micros CamVu 2000 - a powerful, rapidly deployable, high-resolution IP CCTV camera
Dedicated Micros CamVu 2000 - a powerful, rapidly deployable, high-resolution IP CCTV camera

The sophisticated CamVu 2000 has been designed to deliver 2-megapixel image capture - up to six times that of analogue cameras - and offer a wide field of view to maximise coverage.The CamVu 2000's high-resolution - megapixel - technology is based on the award-winning NetVu Connected architecture, supporting seamless communication with other NetVu Connected CCTV elements.  This ensures that deep integration is possible with a wide range of DVRs and devices, as well as supporting simplified integration into larger scale systems.Specialised ChipWrights Visual Signal Processing (ViSP) technology, incorporated into the new CamVu 2000, allows it to readily transmit simultaneous MPEG-4 and JPEG images to be recorded on an associated NetVu Connected DVR for image capture.  This flexibility enables users to record high quality images for evidential purposes whilst watching streamed video at the same time.  In addition an integrated pre-alarm feature within the CamVu 2000 - recording via internal memory or expandable via SD Card - ensures that critical pre-event movement can be captured.The CamVu 2000 camera can be fitted both indoors and outdoors (via external camera housing).  Site adjustment and set-up for the CamVu 2000 has been designed to be as flexible as possible with web configuration pages enabling installers to adjust the camera's features over the network without the need to return to the site.  Benefits: High-resolution image capture provides more detail to increase the ability to identify a suspect. Wide area can be covered by a single camera. Enables High Definition CCTV, which is not possible with analogue cameras. Telemetry support allows the Megapixel camera to be paired with a Pan/Tilt housing Remote configuration removes the need for multiple revisits Images can be viewed over low bandwidth networks using MPEG-4 but captured in JPEG BNC Connector allows local lens adjustment or spot monitor positioning* High Definition recording to HighVu excel and DV-IP RT products. Visit booth 21015 at ISC West, 2-4 April 2008.

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Dedicated Micros ANPR Optimised IP cameras with HyperSense technology
Dedicated Micros ANPR Optimised IP cameras with HyperSense technology

Dedicated Micros HyperSense technology has been used in our range of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) Optimised cameras to capture and record vehicle licence plates. Available in both analogue and IP models, Dedicated Micros unique HyperSense technology removes ambient light from the scene leaving only the objects that strongly reflect the IR light emitted by the integrated invisible IR LED flash to be displayed. Eliminating glare from vehicle headlights and providing a more distinct image, Dedicated Micros ANPR optimised cameras speed up ANPR computation and increase read accuracy.Ideal for deployment in a range of applications including Petrol Forecourt monitoring and Car Park Barrier control, the range includes dedicated ANPR cameras, designed to capture the plate detail of passing vehicles, and combined ANPR / Overview cameras, to associate colour images of the vehicles with their number plates.Benefits  Identify and record the license plate details of all vehicles coming into, and/or leaving, a particular area irrespective of the lighting conditionsAmbient light removal means that even headlight glare will not degrade the imageAmbient scene removal extracts unnecessary detail from the image, speeding up plate finding and improving accuracyOverview camera provides high-resolution image for vehicle associationIP Options preloaded with ANPR software allowing analytics to be processed at the cameraInclude ANPR into your existing NetVu Connected CCTV installation without the need to redesign or re-install the systemCombined with associated signage ANPR provides a visible deterrent to would-be offenders, for example drive-offs

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Dedicated Micros has released its leading edge Infiniti integrated PTZ security camera series
Dedicated Micros has released its leading edge Infiniti integrated PTZ security camera series

The new Infiniti series security cameras have been optimised for effective, and secure, operation in exposed outdoor environments. They can be deployed, seamlessly, at the front end of the latest Closed IPTV deterministic IP video security solutions whose unique 'Trusted Endpoint' technology means that cameras cannot be hacked or their IP ports used to gain unlawful access to the corporate network.Looking at the landmark Infiniti Thermal model in more detail, this features an IP CCTV camera, Thermal Imaging Unit, screen wiper/washer control and integrated pan and tilt mechanism - all in one robust package.In operation, the Thermal Imaging Unit has been created to deliver outstanding performance for night vision, heat sensing and surveillance applications, allowing users to see what is going on even in testing conditions such as haze, dust, fog and smoke. Featuring a germanium window for thermal accuracy , an uncooled high resolution sensor, an athermally stabilised lens, and choice of focal lengths, the thermal imaging unit has the potential to detect human-sized heat sources at ranges of up to 900 metres. This long-range view makes the Infiniti Thermal an ideal choice for early warning systems whilst the potential to compare, and contrast, thermal and conventional images maximises the ability of users to deal with incidents.Turning to the configuration of the other models in the Infiniti series, these are supplied with an IR illuminator in place of the Thermal Imager. A major operational advantage of having the security camera and IR illuminator positioned side-by-side is that, no matter where the unit is pointed, the field of view of the security camera is always illuminated.The day/night camera module, common to all models of the Infiniti, comes with a powerful 36x optical zoom and offers 0.01 Lux (Mono) sensitivity, optically flat toughened glass and wash/wipe system to optimise visibility at all times.Additionally, with privacy masks, presets and patrols the Infiniti series has all of the functionality of a precision dome with the added benefits which come from the integrated capabilities. Compatibility of the Infiniti with the latest generation of Dedicated Micros' Hybrid DVR and NVRs also ensures that users can readily access the company's advanced camera functionality such as Point&Go and Absolute Positioning.There is even the potential, through the on-board DSP core from Dedicated Micros' sister company Chipwrights, to unlock powerful video analytics capabilities in the Infiniti such as virtual tripwire so adding additional value to a surveillance solution.Said Pauline Norstrom, Director of Worldwide Marketing at Dedicated Micros:"We are delighted with the industry-leading capabilities of our Infiniti series which set a new standard for integrated PTZ security cameras and, when used in the IP environment, can be operated as part of a safe and secure Closed IPTV surveillance solution."The roll-out of our first thermal imaging product in the Infiniti Thermal underlines our belief that there are major opportunities in the marketplace to expand the take-up of thermal CCTV into the surveillance mainstream. No longer does thermal imaging have to be seen as the exclusive preserve of enterprise level solutions."

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Dedicated Micros has IP cameras in focus for enhanced Closed IPTV performance
Dedicated Micros has IP cameras in focus for enhanced Closed IPTV performance

Dedicated Micros - part of AD Group - is able to offer a wide range of CCTV cameras which are optimised to work in conjunction with its patent pending Closed IPTV solution. Closed IPTV is a revolutionary IP video product solution which has been brought to market by Dedicated Micros to deliver all of the simplicity and security of a traditional CCTV installation in the IP environment. In practice, with Closed IPTV, standard or HD resolution IP cameras, such as those from Dedicated Micros' CamVu range, can be automatically identified by a suitably equipped DVR/NVR - coupled with DM's Layer 3 Enhanced CCTV Switch - as an 'exclusive' point-to-point relationship. Combining patent-pending innovation in the Application layer, with industry standard zeroconf networking technology each camera is assigned a specific network port. The key with Closed IPTV is the adoption of a deterministic set-up which means that no intervention is required and, crucially, the routing of network video is exclusively managed and tracked through an integrated switch to thwart any hacking attacks. The cameras which Dedicated Micros recommends as part of Closed IPTV installations, to maximise the benefits of this award-winning approach to surveillance, include the extensive range of CamVu IP Mini-Domes which features day/night and Hyper-D (Wide Dynamic Range (WDR)) models that come with Power over Ethernet (PoE) or 12v DC as standard. Also best placed to be installed at the front end of Closed IPTV applications are CamVu IP Static Cameras which come in Megapixel, Hyper-D and VGA models, with the Megapixel variant offering six times the resolution of an analogue camera. In addition, a number of PTZ Domes and Cameras are also available to work in conjunction with Closed IPTV with the latest Infiniti model being a good example. Said Pauline Norstrom, Director of Worldwide Marketing at Dedicated Micros: "In practice our award-winning Closed IPTV delivers ease of installation and enhanced security for surveillance systems working in the IP environment. At its most basic the Layer 3 Enhanced CCTV Switch, combined with a suitable Dedicated Micros' DVR/NVR, provides deterministic solutions which operate with any IP camera, and in the majority of cases the result is heightened security at the VLAN (Virtual Local Area Network) or MAC access control level list with minimal intervention by the user. "However, to truly maximise the benefits of Closed IPTV it is preferable to utilise the extensive range of Dedicated Micros' IP cameras, like our high performance CamVu IP Mini-Domes. By adopting Dedicated Micros' IP cameras as an integral part of a solution it is then possible to unlock significant, additional, Closed IPTV advantages such as fully automated IP discovery and allocation; transparent default configurations/set-up options and, crucially, 'Trusted Endpoint' technology." For more information on Dedicated Micros and Closed IPTV please visit: www.dedicatedmicros.com/closediptv

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Dedicated Micros Camvu Mini-Dome camera range spotlighted at IFSEC 2010
Dedicated Micros Camvu Mini-Dome camera range spotlighted at IFSEC 2010

Dedicated Micros - part of AD Group - has significantly strengthened its IP dome camera portfolio with the launch at IFSEC 2010 of its CamVu Mini-Dome range. The two key models, now available in the range, are the CamVu HyperDome and the CamVu Day/Night Mini-Dome which are suitable for deployment both indoors and outdoors.Looking at the CamVu HyperDome, its Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) sensor means that this Mini-Dome is perfectly suited to difficult lighting conditions, such as those found in reception/entrance areas, correctly exposing shadows and highlights and allowing detail to be seen even when backlit. Turning to the CamVu Day/Night Mini-Dome, this model combines sensitivity to IR (Infra Red) light at night with the ability to deliver true colour rendition during day light hours.Both of the CamVu Mini-Domes have been designed from the start to be vandal resistant which means that they are perfectly suited to installations where there is a requirement to withstand deliberate or accidental damage. Built from an impact resistant die cast aluminium body, with a tough polycarbonate bubble (rated to IP66), the CamVu Mini-Domes are also well equipped to cope with the challenges of harsh environmental conditions such as dust and water spray.The CamVu Mini-Dome models are compatible with a wide range of Dedicated Micros (and AD Group) DVRs and Video Servers including: the DV-IP Server, DV-IP HD, DV-IP RT, HighVu Excel, DS2, BX2, SD Advanced and the latest generation of TransVu.One of the most revolutionary features of the new CamVu Mini-Domes is the fact that they are some of the first Dedicated Micros' products to feature an Integrated Camera Recording (ICR) capability. Essentially the ICR concept, which Dedicated Micros is pioneering, combines local recording - through an integrated Micro SD expansion port - with a full enterprise video server all within the camera. This unlocks the option to record camera footage at the unit as well as any associated DVR or Video Server. The attraction of this approach is that, once installed, the CamVu Mini-Domes can offer fail safe decentralised recording and video management, so reducing 24/7 dependency on high bandwidth network infrastructure and the associated maintenance costs.The CamVu Mini-Domes also benefit from the adoption of a, specifically tailored, Video Signal Processor (ViSP) from Dedicated Micros' sister company ChipWrights. The power of the ViSP, selected for the Mini-Domes, means that it is possible to transmit multiple simultaneous MPEG-4 and/or JPEG images to any number of associated NetVu Connected devices for viewing and recording. A key advantage is that each stream can be tailored to suit the viewer's available bandwidth.Additionally, both of the CamVu Mini-Domes are Analytics Capable, which means, in practice, that there is the potential for them to host the latest Dedicated Micros' analytics solutions, whether that be Object Left/Removed or Detection Tripwire.Said Pauline Norstrom, Director of Worldwide Marketing at Dedicated Micros: "The CamVu HyperDome and the CamVu Day/Night Mini-Dome are high specification solutions which readily integrate a number of market leading features, such as Integrated Camera Recording (ICR), to unlock key operational benefits on the sites where they are likely to be deployed." 

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Dedicated Micros adds the CamVu500 to its range of CamVu IP cameras
Dedicated Micros adds the CamVu500 to its range of CamVu IP cameras

Dedicated Micros' CamVu500 IP camera features Integrated Camera Recording, an in-built enterprise video server and significantly, has been designed with Closed IPTV the next step in IP video security - firmly in mind. The latest, and most sophisticated addition, to the popular CamVu range provides excellent low light performance and is configured to transmit and record images in real-time.Being optimised for Closed IPTV allows the CamVu500 to work seamlessly as part of a deterministic, zero configuration, IP video solution where it can be securely locked down within a private network, and set-up as a 'trusted endpoint', making it an ideal camera choice for those looking to adopt this approach to IP CCTV infrastructure for simplicity of set-up and to deter potentially damaging hacking attacks.The outstanding low light capabilities of the CamVu500 are realised through the adoption of a state-of-the-art CMOS progressive scan sensor that provides exceptional low light performance which ensures that colour images can be produced even in dimly lit scenes, conditions which other solutions may find problematic.By also having a specialised semiconductor (a Visual Signal Processor or ViSP) built in to the camera, effectively gives the CamVu500 the capabilities of an Enterprise level video server in a compact package at the edge of the network.In practical terms this means that the CamVu500 is able to transmit multiple simultaneous MPEG-4 and/or JPEG images to any number of associated NetVu Connected devices for image viewing, with the potential for each stream to be tailored, 'on-the-fly', to suit the viewer's bandwidth requirements.Another attractive feature of the CamVu500 is the provision of a PoE (Power over Ethernet) injector, which basically means that power can be supplied to the camera on the same cable that is used for data transmission. For those looking to add extra functionality to their CCTV solution a feature of the CamVu500, which stands out is the fact that it is Analytics Capable. Essentially this means that, with the relevant license/unlock code, the latest intelligent video analytics solutions from Dedicated Micros such as Object Left/Removed, Detection Tripwire and Counting Tripwire can all be hosted locally on the camera.Said Salim Idris, (General Manager) Middle East, Dedicated Micros: "The CamVu500 is a fitting addition to our CamVu range of IP cameras with its combination of low light performance and, crucially, the adoption of the latest technology trends, such as Integrated Camera Recording and our award-winning Closed IPTV, which set it apart from competing models."

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IP cameras - Expert commentary

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

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

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

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

Biometrics provides industries with security, access control, and data protection
Biometrics provides industries with security, access control, and data protection

Several major players vigorously employ biometric recognition technologies around the globe. Governments use biometrics to control immigration, security, and create national databases of biometric profiles. Being one of the most striking examples, the Indian Aadhaar includes face photos, iris, and fingerprints of about 1.2 billion people. Financial institutions, on their part, make use of biometrics to protect transactions by confirming a client's identity, as well as develop and provide services without clients visiting the office. Besides, biometric technology ensures security and optimises passenger traffic at transport facilities and collects data about customers, and investigates theft and other incidents in retail stores. Widespread use of biometrics Business, which suddenly boosted the development of biometrics, is an active user of biometric technology Business, which suddenly boosted the development of biometrics, is another active user of biometric technology. Industries choose biometric systems, as these systems are impossible to trick in terms of security, access control, and data protection. Being in demand in business, these three tasks are also relevant for the industry. However, the use of biometrics at industrial sites is discussed unfairly seldom. Therefore, it is the face identification that is the most convenient there, as workers often use gloves, or their hands may be contaminated, and the palm pattern is distorted by heavy labour. All these features make it difficult to recognise people by fingerprints or veins and significantly reduce identification reliability. Therefore, industries seek facial recognition solutions. Thus, let us demonstrate the application of face recognition technology at different enterprises, regardless of the area. Facial recognition use in incident management Facial biometric products are known to automate and improve the efficiency of security services by enriching any VMS system. These systems provide an opportunity of instantly informing the operator about recognised or unrecognised people, and their list membership, as well as save all the detected images for further security incident investigation. Furthermore, some sophisticated facial biometric systems even provide an opportunity to build a map of the movements of specific people around a site. Besides, it is relevant not only for conducting investigations but also in countering the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Identifying and tracking COVID-19 positive cases Therefore, if an employee or visitor with a positive COVID-19 test enters a facility, the system will help to track his/her movement and identify his/her specific location. It will also help to take the necessary measures for spot sanitary processing. Thus, the introduction of biometric facial recognition at the industrial enterprise can improve and speed up the incidents’ response and investigations without spending hours watching the video archive. Access control system to secure physical assets The right access control system can help industries secure physical and informational assets The right access control system can help industries secure physical and informational assets, cut personnel costs, and keep employees safe. Facial recognition systems may enrich access control systems of any company by providing more security. As biometric characteristics, by which the system assesses the compliance of a person with the available profiles in the database, cannot be faked or passed. The human factor is also reduced to zero, due to the fact that while identity documents can be changed, the inspector can make a mistake or treat his/her task carelessly, be in collusion with an intruder, the biometric system simply compares a person in front of the camera with the biometric profiles database. Biometric facial identification software For example, RecFaces product Id-Gate, a specialised software product for reliable access control to the site, checks the access rights by using biometric facial identification alone or in conjunction with traditional IDs (electronic passes, access keys, etc.), which means that there is almost a zero probability of passing to the site by someone else's ID. The access control system’s functionality allows one to strictly account the number and time of all the facility’s visitors and also track their movement. When unauthorised access is attempted or a person from the stop list is detected, Id-Gate sends an automatic notification to the access control system and operator. Enhanced data and information security Even despite the division of access to different industrial enterprise areas, the security service needs to provide independent information system security. Employees with the same facility access rights may have different access rights to data. However, in that case, a personal password is not enough, as an employee may forget it, write it down and leave it as a reminder, tell a colleague to do something for him/her during the vacation, or just enter it at another person’s presence. Password-free biometric authentication systems make the procedure user-friendly and secure Password-free biometric authentication Password-free biometric authentication systems make the procedure user-friendly and secure. Such systems usually provide an option of two-step verification when successful password entry is additionally confirmed by biometric recognition. Hence, it is particularly relevant due to the current lockdown in many countries. To sum up, the application of biometric technologies solves several issues of the industry, such as: Optimises and partially automates the work of the security service, as it provides reliable identification and verification of visitors/employees, reduces the amount of time spent on finding a person on video and making a map of his/her movements, without spending hours on watching video archive in case of investigation. Provides a high level of reliability and protection from unauthorised access to the enterprise and the information system. Provides a two-step verification of the user/visitor (including password and biometric data) and almost eliminates the risk of substitution of user data/ID.

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BSIA CCTV Seminar and Exhibition 2015: Exhibitors set to showcase innovative products
BSIA CCTV Seminar and Exhibition 2015: Exhibitors set to showcase innovative products

The exhibition will let delegates get hands-on with some of the most innovative products in the CCTV industry A number of companies involved in the design, installation and operation of CCTV systems will be exhibiting as part of a sell-out seminar in London next week. Organised by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), the event will take place at London’s Emmanuel Centre on Marsham Street – close to the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey – on Thursday 12th November. The seminar will cover a variety of interesting topics including the latest changes in surveillance legislation and technology, whilst also exploring recent developments in the CCTV sector. Running alongside the seminar, the exhibition will give delegates the opportunity to get hands-on with some of the most innovative products in the industry. Exhibitors that will be showcasing their products on the day include: ATEC Security ATEC Security is a specialist security systems integrator and winner of multiple Security Excellence Awards. The ATEC Difference is about creating value not only through security innovation, but also by ensuring security projects deliver financial, operational, staff and business intelligence benefits. ATEC take time to understand your issues, your operating environment and your business, and deliver reliable integrated solutions and support built around your operational requirements. They achieve unparalleled quality through meticulous design, comprehensive documentation and rigorous project management, with processes built around Home Office best practice. The portfolio includes some of the most advanced technologies available from carefully selected manufacturers. Find out why customers such as London City Airport, The City of Westminster and First Capital Connect, choose to work with ATEC by visiting their stand. Dedicated Micros The seminar will cover a variety of interesting topics including the latest changes in surveillance legislation and technology, whilst also exploring recent developments in the CCTV sector Dedicated Micros will be showcasing their latest cost-effective high definition IP and analogue product ranges. Based on a unique architecture, these solutions provide greater reliability, connectivity, interaction and performance across a seamless operating system. Visit Dedicated Micros’ stand at the CCTV seminar to find out how their latest products can help to secure business. Bosch Security Systems Bosch Security Systems supply quality and innovative security solutions. They will be showcasing some of their latest in-camera technologies. Starlight technology offers a new quality standard in round-the-clock video surveillance. Regardless of lighting conditions, time of day or object movement, cameras deliver incredible levels of detail even in extreme low light situations. Intelligent Video Analysis (IVA) assists by alerting you when pre-defined alarms are triggered and by smartly combining up to 8 IVA rules, complex tasks are made easy and false alarms are reduced. Their Content Based Imaging Technology (CBIT) offers 3 main features: Intelligent Dynamic Noise Reduction, Intelligent Auto Exposure and Intelligent Tracking: IDNR technology intelligently distinguishes between noise and relevant information, such as movement, this reduces bitrate by up to 50%. National Security Inspectorate NSI is the first choice certification body for the UK’s leading providers of security and fire safety services. Over 1800 organisations commit to rigorous and regular checks by NSI’s national network of qualified auditors who carry out in the region of 4000 audits per year, verifying compliance with relevant Standards and industry Codes of Practice. Buyers who choose to contract NSI approved companies can be assured of security and fire safety services delivered to the highest standards by businesses committed to excellence. NSI will be delighted to talk to visitors at the CCTV Exhibition and Conference about the benefits of contracting NSI approved companies. Observant Innovations Observant’s PATROL Camera System is a vehicle mounted 360-degree panoramic video camera. PATROL enables visual documentation of everything occurring in the vicinity of a patrol or tasking, ensuring that nothing is missed. The system captures everything, in all directions, all of the time and has been built to withstand tough environmental and usage conditions. Featuring 360-degree panoramic imagery, hi-res 14 MP video and stills imagery and a rugged IP67 form factor, the PATROL Camera System provides a number of benefits including public reassurance, greater impartiality and improved dispute resolution. Also exhibiting will be Dallmeier Electronic UK Ltd and Thorn Security Limited.

Private security industry - choose security providers that value quality over price
Private security industry - choose security providers that value quality over price

It’s dangerous to compromise on safety features in search of a low-cost security solution, as it can put employees at serious risk Driving quality in the private security industry is vital to the ongoing effectiveness of the products and services that the industry provides. Figures show that, post-recession, buyers are increasingly aware of the importance of quality when it comes to choosing security providers, with 20% citing quality over price as a crucial factor in their decision. Pauline Norstrom, chief operating officer for Dedicated Micros, a CCTV manufacturer, is a strong advocate of choosing quality over price when selecting a security provider. Norstrom, who is also chairman of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), recently delivered a speech on the subject at IFSEC, the largest event for the security industry in London. Here, Norstrom shares her views with SourceSecurity.com about the potential hidden costs of low-price solutions. The issue of quality over price is a fundamental issue for businesses, operators, buyers and security providers to consider. When we talk about quality in the security sector, we are talking about the safety of employees, the public, assets and commercial outputs. I recently watched a television show featuring a car manufacturer. Its message was about choosing quality rather than a low-cost option – the analogy it draws is someone buying a cheap parachute. The person who buys the more expensive parachute is the person who drives the car that works. Would anyone buy a cheap parachute? I certainly would not. Directors have a statutory responsibility for the safety of their employees, as compromising this is not only a threat to a company's profitability, but could put them out of business This comparison emphasises the gravity of choosing between quality and price. Choosing a security solution based solely on the latter can put the safety of your employees at serious risk. Directors have a statutory responsibility for the safety of their employees, as compromising this is not only a threat to a company's profitability, but could put them out of business. Risk assessments and mitigating recommendations Before selecting a security product or service, a formal risk assessment must be carried out in order to reveal a business's vulnerabilities. This is a necessity, as ultimately the cost of loss has a direct effect on a company's bottom line. I speak on behalf of the BSIA in urging business owners or their delegated authorities to engage with reputable security specifiers to help them develop an operation requirement specification containing key risks and mitigating recommendations. As a result, the chosen security provider must respond with the best solution to minimise risk and satisfy needs. Typically, cheap systems do not minimise risk as they use non-compliant products and have non-compliant designs, and therefore miss important events. So, while procurement teams may have achieved their purchase price target, they have put their business at risk and not fully met its needs. Low cost offerings’ safety compromises Buying cheap can also result in a high cost of replacement and increased insurance claims. When you take these risks into account, are the savings really worth it? Given that the highest quality products are available in the market, why are compromises made in the private security industry? What are the reasons? Chief factors include a lack of bank lending and Government support for British companies, the global economic crisis (which created opportunities for low cost offerings to creep into the marketplace) and a lack of working capital – in some cases, it might be about cash as opposed to price. But we do know that buying cheap must result in compromises, because cheap is usually associated with taking something out. So how exactly do you define quality in the private security industry? And why does quality often cost more? As an illustrative example, let's say you have two offerings, both of which meet the basic requirements set out in the operational requirements specification. The cheap offering may scrape through on terminology as many requirements specifications are distilled down to the lowest common denominator. But, as opposed to higher quality offerings, the added functionality and benefits are all extra and companies face having to pay more further down the line. It may also be that training and operating procedures are not provided. Security tailored to specific needs A cheap product will merely provide a “one size fits all” service that is not tailored to the specific needs of a business. A quality offering is one that not only ticks all boxes but provides additional value benefits and offers measurable return on investment (ROI). Manufacturers should not provide CCTV solutions that simply meet elementary criteria. Products must provide maximum innovation over and above the basic requirements of a security solution. An end user or installer would pay more for quality solutions than for cheap offerings because they achieve fast response to preventable loss, reduce network vulnerability and offer extensive support and expertise throughout the life cycle of the product. This support can prove invaluable to a business in the long run. A principal reason you pay more for a quality product is that there is more investment into that product's development, which incurs cost in time and resource. Support and care during the life of the product and contract cost money, as does the training and development of staff. In return for this investment, you are able to grasp what the product can do for you and get exactly the solution you need. Buying cheap can also result in a high cost of replacement and increased insurance claims. When you take these risks into account, are the savings really worth it? To establish whether your provider has a high quality product or service, you need to ask several questions. Do they respond to customer's needs? Do they provide continual assessment and improvement programmes? Are they members of an industry association, such as the BSIA? The answers to these questions should give you an idea of whether or not your business has invested in a cheap or high quality option. When you are using a cheap security solution, loss is not always obvious as the costs are hidden. It might be that in-house staff are covering the deficiencies, or keyholders are called out unnecessarily, resulting in increased overtime costs. The costs may not measure truly what is the impact of a service on a business, so there needs to be a holistic view taken. Those who have this view are often directors or senior managers – otherwise the cost of ownership is little understood by buyers. Market knowledge and vulnerability awareness If you are involved in procurement of services, you need to have security market knowledge. Procurement teams must understand what makes a security provider different and better and who is responsible for business loss if something goes wrong. Business leaders must ensure their procurement teams are properly apprised and make sound recommendations based on industry knowledge. In the United Kingdom, this knowledge can be found within the BSIA, as it contains 18 discreet sections covering all areas of the security market, from access control to police to public services. These sections are designed to meet very specific requirements. So to conclude, it is my view that quality is far more important than price and compromises should not be made when it comes to security and safety. These are board room responsibilities and directors must be apprised to the risks and vulnerabilities. The way that procurement teams and owners and operators can protect themselves is by choosing a company which opts into quality, best practice and standards – a company that is different and ultimately better than the others. Low quality providers get away with offering cheap solutions if business owners take no interest, but this will ultimately come back to haunt the business as they will end up footing the bill.

BSIA's CCTV seminar and exhibition in London to highlight recent developments in the CCTV sector
BSIA's CCTV seminar and exhibition in London to highlight recent developments in the CCTV sector

The event enables CCTV manufacturers and installers to showcase their latest technological developments A popular CCTV seminar and exhibition is set to arrive in London this November, and will provide an opportunity for CCTV companies to reach out to delegates from a range of organisations including local businesses, civic authorities and the Police. Organised by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), the event will take place at London’s Emmanuel Centre on Marsham Street – close to the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey – on Thursday 12th November, and is expected to follow on from the success of a series of CCTV seminars held by the Association over the past couple of years, which have served to highlight the appetite for information regarding CCTV best practice among end-users and security buyers. A limited number of exhibition spaces are available at the event, enabling CCTV manufacturers and installers to showcase their latest technological developments, while an informative seminar will explore the latest changes in surveillance legislation and technology, while exploring recent developments in the CCTV sector. Confirmed speakers at the event include: Tony Porter LLB QPM, Surveillance Camera Commissioner Detective Chief Inspector Mick Neville, Central Forensic Image Team, Metropolitan Police Pauline Norstrom, Chief Operating Officer at AD Group / Dedicated Micros and Chairman of the BSIA Simon Adcock, Managing Director of ATEC Security and Chairman of the BSIA’s CCTV section James Barrett of Safer London The event is kindly sponsored by the British Standards Institute (BSI). The BSIA expects the event to attract around 150 delegates from a number of organisations across the South East, for whom admission will be free of charge. Meanwhile, exhibitors will benefit from the following: 1 table with electrical connection Refreshments / lunch (for 2) Company logo on the programme for the day Inclusion in pre and post event promotion, including press releases, email marketing and social media activity A copy of all delegates’ contact details, sent post-event The opportunity to promote attendance at the event via the BSIA’s YouTube Channel

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