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 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 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

The robotic transformation of the security industry
The robotic transformation of the security industry

The COVID-19 pandemic is only accelerating the expansion of Automation, Robotics, Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), and changing how people live their daily lives. This expansion leads the way with technologies that are developed to solve problems, improve operations, streamline processes and assist people, to focus on learning new skills, creativity, and imagination. Transformation of the physical security industry One of the latest industries to be permanently transformed is physical security. The era of utilising security cameras is slowly changing into more advanced and more efficient technological applications - security robotic solutions. SMP Robotics is a California-based company, which is a pioneer in developing robotic technologies, powered by AI, to assist, improve and deliver on new expectations in today’s world. One of their services is smart surveillance systems. This represents a proactive approach to security. The company, SMP Robotics’ Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Leo Ryzhenko, stated “Autonomous robotic technologies will become a driving force in future security solutions.” Robotics and AI in autonomous security solutions The robots can patrol 24/7, counteracting intrusion and communicating via voice message with guards The company uses robotics and AI technology to implement autonomous security solutions, which reduce liability and overhead, as well as improving the quality of services. Robotic guards are capable of patrolling all types of facilities, in both urban and rural contexts. The robots can patrol 24/7, counteracting intrusion and communicating via voice message with guards. The inspection robots, deployed by SMP Robotics, are easily integrated with many existing security technologies, armed with obstacle avoidance and anti-collision measures, automatically recharge, and can recognise faces up to 50 metres. As the world grows increasingly complex, technology like this is essential to ensure safety for all. AI-enabled autonomous video monitoring ground vehicles The advancements in technological breakthroughs of SMP Robotics position the company and its AI-powered, autonomous video monitoring ground vehicles, to be the most adaptable to any industry, cost-effective for clients’ business needs, in providing various types of services from public safety, crime prevention, to asset protection and physical security. SMP Robotics continues to implement new innovative solutions and groundbreaking technologies in its latest generation of autonomous models. Currently, many were already deployed or in a process to be delivered to a number of key clients, in various industries throughout the globe, from oil & gas, nuclear power plants to data centers, healthcare facilities, and amusement parks. Smart security robots Tal Turner, the Vice President (VP) of Business Development and Partnerships, SMP Robotics, said “We provide autonomous, artificial intelligence, all-weather, all-surface, smart security robots that are turnkey and operate independently on their own, using real-time obstacle avoidance, face recognition, and other cutting-edge technological advancements.” According to Coherent Market Insights, the Robots as a Service (RaaS) market direction will grow by 15.9% by 2028 and reach the threshold of 41.3 billion dollars. SMP Robotics stands at the forefront of the security robotic revolution, making an impactful change to make the world a safer place.

Cutting through the hype: AI and ML for the security space
Cutting through the hype: AI and ML for the security space

Today’s organisations face numerous diverse threats to their people, places and property, sometimes simultaneously. Security leaders now know all too well how a pandemic can cripple a company’s ability to produce goods and services, or force production facilities to shut down, disrupting business continuity. For example, a category three hurricane barreling towards the Gulf of Mexico could disable the supplier’s facilities, disrupt the supply chain and put unexpected pressure on an unprepared local power grid. Delivering timely critical information Tracking such risk is hard enough, but managing it is even more difficult. A swift response depends on delivering the right information to the right people, at the right time. And, it’s not as easy as it sounds. Indeed, 61 percent of large enterprises say critical information came too late for them, in order to mitigate the impact of a crisis, according to Aberdeen Research (Aberdeen Strategy & Research). These challenges are accelerating the hype around Artificial Intelligence (AI) These challenges are accelerating the hype around Artificial Intelligence (AI). The technology promises to help us discover new insights, predict the future and take over tasks that are now handled by humans. Maybe even cure cancer. Accelerating the hype around AI But is AI really living up to all this hype? Can it really help security professionals mitigate risk? After all, there’s a serious need for technology to provide fast answers to even faster-moving issues, given the proliferation of data and the speed at which chaos can impact operations. Risk managers face three major obstacles to ensuring business continuity and minimising disruptions. These include: Data fatigue - Simply put, there’s too much data for human analysts to process in a timely manner. By 2025, the infosphere is expected to produce millions of words per day. At that pace, you’d need an army of analysts to monitor, summarise and correlate the information to your impacted locations, before you can communicate instructions. It’s a herculean task, made even more difficult, when we consider that 30 percent of this global datasphere is expected to be consumed in real time, according to IDC. Relevance and impact - Monitoring the flood of information is simply the first hurdle. Understanding its impact is the second. When a heat dome is predicted to cover the entire U.S. Pacific Northwest, risk managers must understand the specifics. Will it be more or less hot near their facilities? Do they know what steps local utilities are taking to protect the power grid? Such questions can’t be answered by a single system. Communication - Once you know which facilities are impacted and what actions to take, you need to let your employees know. If the event is urgent, an active shooter or an earthquake, do you have a fast, effective way to reach these employees? It’s not as simple as broadcasting a company-wide alert. The real question is, do you have the ability to pinpoint the location of your employees and not just those working on various floor in the office, but also those who are working from home? How AI and ML cut through the noise Although Artificial Intelligence can help us automate simple tasks, such as alert us to breaking news, it requires several Machine Learning systems to deliver actionable risk intelligence. Machine Learning is a branch of AI that uses algorithms to find hidden insights in data, without being programmed where to look or what to conclude. More than 90 percent of risk intelligence problems use supervised learning, a Machine Learning approach defined by its use of labelled datasets. The benefit of supervised learning is that it layers several pre-vetted datasets, in order to deliver context-driven AI The benefit of supervised learning is that it layers several pre-vetted datasets, in order to deliver context-driven AI. Reading the sources, it can determine the category, time and location, and cluster this information into a single event. As a result, it can correlate verified events to the location of the people and assets, and notify in real time. It’s faster, more customised and more accurate than simple Artificial Intelligence, based on a single source of data. Real-world actionable risk intelligence How does this work in the real world? One telecommunications company uses AI and ML to protect a mobile workforce, dispersed across several regions. An AI-powered risk intelligence solution provides their decision makers with real-time visibility into the security of facilities, logistics and personnel movements. Machine Learning filters out the noise of irrelevant critical event data, allowing their security teams to focus only on information specific to a defined area of interest. As a result, they’re able to make informed, proactive decisions and rapidly alert employees who are on the move. Four must-have AI capabilities To gain real actionable risk intelligence, an AI solution should support four key capabilities: A focus on sourcing quality over quantity. There are tens of thousands of sources that provide information about emerging threats - news coverage, weather services, social media, FBI intelligence and so much more. Select feeds that are trusted, relevant and pertinent to your operations. Swift delivery of relevant intelligence. To reduce the mean-time-to-recovery (MTTR), risk managers need an accurate understanding of what’s happening. Consider the different contextual meanings of the phrases ‘a flood of people in the park’ and ‘the park is at risk due to a flood’. Machine Learning continuously increases the speed of data analysis and improves interpretation. Ability to cross-reference external events with internal data. As it scans different data sources, an AI engine can help you fine-tune your understanding of what’s happening and where. It will pick up contextual clues and map them to your facilities automatically, so you know immediately what your response should be. Ready-to-go communications. Long before a threat emerges, you can create and store distribution, and message templates, as well as test your critical communications system. Handling these tasks well in advance means you can launch an alert at a moment’s notice. The ability to minimise disruptions and ensure business continuity depends on speed, relevance and usability. AI and ML aren’t simply hype. Instead, they’re vital tools that make it possible for security professionals to cut through the noise faster and protect their people, places and property.

A three-point plan for enhancing business video surveillance
A three-point plan for enhancing business video surveillance

Cyber threats hit the headlines every day; however digital hazards are only part of the security landscape. In fact, for many organisations - physical rather than virtual security will remain the burning priority. Will Liu, Managing Director of TP-Link UK, explores the three key elements that companies must consider when implementing modern-day business surveillance systems.  1) Protecting more than premises Video surveillance systems are undoubtedly more important than ever before for a huge number of businesses across the full spectrum of public and private sector, manufacturing and service industries. One simple reason for this is the increased use of technology within those businesses. Offices, workshops, and other facilities house a significant amount of valuable and expensive equipment - from computers, and 3D printers to specialised machinery and equipment. As a result, workplaces are now a key target for thieves, and ensuring the protection of such valuable assets is a top priority. A sad reality is that some of those thieves will be employees themselves. Video surveillance system Of course, video surveillance is often deployed to combat that threat alone, but actually, its importance goes beyond theft protection. With opportunist thieves targeting asset-rich sites more regularly, the people who work at these sites are in greater danger too. Effective and efficient surveillance is imperative not just for physical asset protection, but also for the safety From this perspective, effective and efficient surveillance is imperative not just for physical asset protection, but also for the safety of colleagues as well. Organisations need to protect the people who work, learn or attend the premises. A video surveillance system is, therefore, a great starting point for companies looking to deter criminal activity. However, to be sure you put the right system in place to protect your hardware assets, your people, and the business itself, here are three key considerations that make for a successful deployment. 2) Fail to prepare, and then prepare to fail Planning is the key to success, and surveillance systems are no different. Decide in advance the scope of your desired solution. Each site is different and the reality is that every solution is different too. There is no ‘one-size-fits-all solution and only by investing time on the exact specification can you arrive at the most robust and optimal solution.  For example, organisations need to consider all the deployment variables within the system’s environment. What is the balance between indoor and outdoor settings; how exposed to the elements are the outdoor cameras; what IP rating to the need? A discussion with a security installer will help identify the dangerous areas that need to be covered and the associated best sites for camera locations. Camera coverage After determining location and coverage angles, indoors and outdoors, the next step is to make sure the cameras specified are up to the job for each location. Do they have the right lens for the distance they are required to cover, for example? It is not as simple as specifying one type of camera and deploying it everywhere. Devices that can use multiple power sources, Direct Current, or Power over Ethernet well are far more versatile You have to consider technical aspects such as the required level of visual fidelity and whether you also need two-way audio at certain locations? Another simple consideration is how the devices are powered. Devices that can use multiple power sources, Direct Current or Power over Ethernet as well are far more versatile and reliable. Answers to these questions and a lot more need to be uncovered by an expert, to deliver a best-of-breed solution for the particular site. 3) Flexibility breeds resilience Understanding exactly what you need is the start. Ensuring you can install, operate and manage your video surveillance system is the next step. Solutions that are simple to install and easy to maintain will always be favoured - for example, cameras that have multiple sources of power can be vital for year-round reliability. Alongside the physical aspect of any installation, there is also the software element that needs to be considered. The last thing organisations need is a compatibility headache once all their cameras and monitoring stations are in place. Selecting cameras and equipment with the flexibility to support a variety of different operating systems and software is important not just for the days following the installation, but also to future-proof the solution against change.  Easy does it Once the system is up and running, the real work of video surveillance begins. Therefore, any organisation considering deploying a system should look to pick one that makes the day-to-day operation as easy as possible to manage. And again - that is all about the set-up. Cameras can also provide alerts if they have been tampered with or their settings changed The most modern systems and technology can deliver surveillance systems that offer smarter detection, enhanced activity reporting so you learn more about your operations, and also make off-site, remote management easy to both implement and adjust as conditions change. For example, camera software that immediately notifies controllers when certain parameters are met - like motion detection that monitors a specific area for unauthorised access. Cameras can also provide alerts if they have been tampered with or their settings changed without proper authorisation. Remote management of HD footage What’s more, the days of poor quality or unreliable transfer of video are long gone. The high-quality HD footage can be captured, stored, and transferred across networks without any degradation, with hard drives or cloud-based systems able to keep hundreds of days of high-quality recordings for analysis of historical data. Finally, the best surveillance solutions also allow for secure remote management not just from a central control room, but also from personal devices and mobile apps. All this delivers ‘always-on’ security and peace of mind. The watchword in security Modern video surveillance takes organisational security to the next level. It protects physical assets, ensures workplace and workforce safety, and helps protect the operations, reputation, and profitability of a business.  However, this is not just an ‘off-the-shelf purchase’. It requires proper planning in the form of site surveys, equipment and software specifications, as well as an understanding of operational demands and requirements. Investing time in planning will help businesses realise the best dividends in terms of protection. Ultimately, that means organisations should seek to collaborate with vendors who offer site surveys - they know their equipment best, your needs, and can work with you to create the perfect solution.

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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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