H.264 Day & Night Weather-proof Network Bullet Camera IP8332-C
H.264 Day & Night Weather-proof Network Bullet Camera IP8332-C

VIVOTEK IP8332 is a best-in-class, bullet-style network camera designed for diverse outdoor applications. Equipped with a 1MP sensor enabling viewing resolution of 1280x800 at a smooth 30 fps, the IP8332 is an all-in-one outdoor camera capable of capturing high quality and high resolution video. In order to adapt to constantly changing outdoor lighting conditions, the IP8332 features a removable IR-cut filter as well as IR illuminators effective up to 15M for superior image quality around the clock. For protection against harsh outdoor environments, the camera is encased in an IP66-rated housing and weather-proof casing to withstand rain and dust. The IP8332 supports the industry-standard H.264 compression technology, drastically reducing file sizes and conserving valuable network bandwidth. With H.264, MPEG-4, and MJPEG compatibility all included, multiple streams can be simultaneously transmitted in any of these formats at different resolutions, frame rates, and image qualities for versatile platforms. The streams can also be individually configured to meet different needs or bandwidth constraints, thereby further optimizing bandwidth and storage. Incorporating a number of advanced features standard for VIVOTEK cameras, including tamper detection, 802.3af compliant PoE, SD/SDHC card slot, and VIVOTEK's 32-channel recording software, the IP8332 is the ideal solution for your outdoor surveillance needs. Features 1/4" CMOS Sensor in 1280 X 800 resolution Removable IR-cut Filter for Day & Night Function Built-in IR Illuminators, Effective up to 15 Meters Real-time H.264, MPEG-4 and MJPEG Compression (Triple Codec) Multiple Simultaneous Streams Activity Adaptive Streaming for Dynamic Frame Rate Control Weather-proof IP66-rated Housing Tamper Detection for Unauthorized Changes Built-in 802.3af Compliant PoE Digital Input for External Sensor Built-in MicroSD/SDHC Card Slot for On-board Storage Supports ONVIF Standard to Simplify Integration and Enhance Interoperability

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Optimise retail operations with VIVOTEK’s 3D people counting solution
Optimise retail operations with VIVOTEK’s 3D people counting solution

VIVOTEK, a global IP surveillance provider introduced a new stereo network camera for retail solutions, the SC8131. The SC8131 delivers 3 key benefits for the retail market, including: Accurate Traffic Analysis: Uniquely designed with a dual-lens, the SC8131 mimics the eyes of human beings. Thanks to its 3D Depth Technology with up to 98% accuracy rate, the camera can distinguish individuals or groups, adult or children, and filter out carts, and strollers. Furthermore, it obtains bi-directional counting on a definable flow and tracking a moving path, avoiding double counting caused by u-turns. Improve Staff Management: When retailers recruit security staff or part-time employees to manually count traffic they tend to produce a less than satisfactory result. With VIVOTEK’s SC8131, these valuable human resources now can be managed more efficiently while producing far higher levels of accuracy. Optimize Operating Decisions: VIVOTEK is committed to helping retailers think ahead and maximise their ROI. The SC8131 enhances business intelligence via VIVOTEK’s central management software, VAST, which produces dedicated counting reports. These real-time reports can be exported by schedule or for areas in a line chart, bar graph or pie chart and directly exported into Snapshot. And all the data can also be exported to Microsoft Excel for analysis. Finally, VAST provides a seamless counting function, which secures counting data all the time, even during unexpected network or power disruption. With VIVOTEK, information vital to your business will always be on hand.

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VIVOTEK Smart Stream II H.265 solutions
VIVOTEK Smart Stream II H.265 solutions

VIVOTEK, a leading provider of H.265A pioneer in the use of H.265 technology for surveillance, VIVOTEK is proud to launch the new H.265 solutions, available in from 2-Megapixel to 5-Megapixel models and in a range of form factors to suit any application. Employing H.265 technology enables these cameras to provide higher and more efficient image compression rates than previous H.264 systems while maintaining the high image quality. Additionally, VIVOTEK’s NVRs (network video recorders) and professional VMS (video management software), VAST, provide complete H.265 solutions for professional surveillance operations.VIVOTEK's Smart Stream II: Make your bandwidth more efficientIn addition to the deployment of H.265 hardware, VIVOTEK also releases the sophisticated Smart Stream II, the next generation of video compression technology. Utilizing VIVOTEK’s Smart Stream II, cameras are able to optimise quality for desired regions and adjust encoding automatically to maximise bandwidth usage efficiency. Customers will benefit from significant reduction in network bandwidth and storage requirements. Combining H.265 and VIVOTEK's Smart Stream II, the H.265 solutions can reduce both bandwidth and storage consumption by up to 80% more than cameras using H.264.As well as these advanced network cameras, VIVOTEK also introduces H.265 compatible NVRs and video management software, VAST to shorten installation time and cost. VIVOTEK's H.265 integrated solution is perfect for a wide range of environments, including indoors, outdoors and from small to medium scale applications.

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VIVOTEK introduces new licence plate capture solution, IP816A-LPC-v2 Kit
VIVOTEK introduces new licence plate capture solution, IP816A-LPC-v2 Kit

VIVOTEK's IP816A-LPC-v2 Kit represents a total solution for LPC (Licence Plate Capture, or ANPR) applications by leveraging the top tier image quality and traffic monitoring ability of the IP816A-LPC box camera. The CaMate IR Illuminator, utilising CVA Tech, provides adjustable beam angles for different distances. A headlight filter is implemented to reduce instances of glare from direct headlight contact. The IP816A-LPC-v2 Kit delivers clear licence plate images for reliable recognition, in both the sunniest days, and in the darkest nights.  VIVOTEK Scene Mode Empowered with VIVOTEK Scene Mode, which provides different exposure levels to avoid overexposure in some lighting conditions, the IP816A-LPC-v2 Kit can capture clear plate images from vehicles moving at speeds of up to 85MPH (140 km/hr).  Value-added features such as DIS (Digital Image Stabilisation) and VIVOTEK Snapshot Focus ensure that the IP816A-LPC-v2 Kit can be easily installed and adjusted to provide the perfect LPR solution. Further, with the high-resolution images supporting a wide range of up to two lanes, the IP816A-LPC-v2 Kit is also the most economic solution in LPR applications.  One camera covers both scene overview & LPC view VIVOTEK's 2 Mega-pixel resolution kit provides not only sufficient PPF for licence plate capture, but also for a clear overview of moving vehicles, including car colour, brand and type for general traffic surveillance purposes. Therefore, with only one VIVOTEK IP816A-LPC-v2 Kit, users can yield more information from one single location.  Supreme anti-glare capability Capturing images at night is a challenging issue for any surveillance application, but for Licence Plate Capture applications the challenge is even greater, due to noise and glare caused by the headlights of cars. The IP816A-LPC-v2 Kit is equipped with external 48W/80W IR Illuminators and a delicate headlight filter, which help to filter out reflected light and only capture detailed information from the plates. Moreover, the IR threshold is also programmed to deploy the IR LED automatically to ensure 24/7 & Day/Night performance.  One camera covers dual lanes The high image quality of the IP816A-LPC-v2 Kit ensures wide coverage of two lanes with one camera, whether used for highway monitoring or for street monitoring. With a single IP816A-LPC-v2 Kit covering dual lanes, the total cost of traffic monitoring will be reduced.

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VIVOTEK showcased 2MP day & night Network bullet camera for outdoor surveillance at ASIS 2009
VIVOTEK showcased 2MP day & night Network bullet camera for outdoor surveillance at ASIS 2009

VIVOTEK 2MP Outdoor Network Bullet Camera - IP73612MP CMOS sensor3 ~ 9 mm vari-focal, auto-iris lensRemovable IR-cut filter and built-in IR illuminators Real-time MPEG-4 and MJPEG compression (Dual Codec)Multiple streams simultaneouslyWeather-proof IP67-rated housingBuilt-in 802.3af compliant PoEBuilt-in SD/SDHC card slot for on-board storageMounting bracket with cable managementExcellent image quality & data efficiencyWith a 2-megapixel sensor, IP7361 can provide highly detailed images, covering a wide area. Via the integrated bandwidth-efficient technologies including Cropping, ePTZ, Activity Adaptive Streaming and Multiple Streams, transmission and storage of cameras feeds can be optimised.Overview of Vivotek network bullet camera IP7361 Clear images 24/7IP7361 is integrated with a removable IR-cut filter and IR LEDs to ensure superior image quality, day and night.IP67-rated housingIts weather-proof IP67-rated housing provides protection from extreme weather conditions, allowing for operation in demanding environments.Mounting bracket with cable managementIP7361 has a mounting bracket that conceals cables inside. The protective bracket prevents cables from malicious or natural damage, guaranteeing consistent and reliable surveillance performance. It also gives the cameras a clean and professional appearance.Tamper detectionBy detecting camera tampering immediately and sending out alerts to the operator, the IP7361 is an invaluable solution for vandalism-prone areas.Uninterrupted recordingThe SD/SDHC card slot allows for short-term and portable video storage on removable memory cards, thereby providing a higher level of convenience.

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VIVOTEK to offer H.264 2-megapixel day & night fixed dome network camera - FD8161
VIVOTEK to offer H.264 2-megapixel day & night fixed dome network camera - FD8161

VIVOTEK FD8161 is a professional-series fixed dome network camera featuring superb 2-megapixel image quality and exceptional bandwidth efficiency of H.264 video compression, especially suitable for wide open spaces such as building entrances and airports, or applications requiring accurate identification.Featuring a 2-megapixel sensor, the FD8161 can provide coverage 6 times more than a VGA camera, making it capable of providing highly detailed images by which users can easily and accurately identify minute objects.  The FD8161's H.264 support significantly reduces file sizes and conserves valuable network bandwidth. With MPEG-4 and MJPEG compatibility, video streams can be transmitted in either of these formats for versatile applications. The FD8161 comes with a removable IR-cut filter and IR illuminators for superior image quality around the clock. It is also equipped with a PIR sensor that detects moving objects by their thermal characteristics. FD8161's tamper detection feature detects data loss from camera tampering in real-time. Its on-board storage SD/SDHC card slot ensures continuous recording. Additionally, it comes with a recessed design, allowing for cable concealment at the bottom of the camera, and a 3-axis mechanism for flexible installation. Designed for maximum value and performance, the FD8161 is indisputably the top choice for reliable indoor surveillance.Key Features2-megapixel CMOS sensor3 ~ 9 mm vari-focal, auto-iris LensRemovable IR-cut filter for day and night functionBuilt-in IR illuminators, effective up to 15 metres Real-time H.264, MPEG-4, and MJPEG compression (triple codec)   Multiple streams simultaneouslyBuilt-in PIR sensor for human detection Built-in 802.3af compliant PoE 

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VIVOTEK’s compact cube network camera – CC8130
VIVOTEK’s compact cube network camera – CC8130

VIVOTEK has launched a new megapixel-class camera tailored to the needs of retailers - the CC8130, to enhance VIVOTEK's lineup of security cameras designed for the retail industry. The CC8130 is a compact cube camera especially designed for indoor surveillance with a flat back-panel for easy mounting on walls, desktop or countertops, and ideal for locations such as checkout stations, capturing faces at eye level. The unique and physically elegant design makes it the best choice for boutique, hotel, restaurant, department or convenience stores. With a 180° panoramic viewing angle, the camera provides full coverage of monitored areas without blind spots, providing complete video security. In addition, a built-in microphone to record sound within a 5 meter radius further enhances its value as a security tool. VIVOTEK's new camera CC8130 targeted at retail environments supports industry-standard H.264 compression, drastically reducing file sizes and conserving valuable network bandwidth. Together with the ST7501 multi-lingual 32-channel recording software, customers can also take advantage of the iViewer remote monitoring app for iOS and Android mobile devices, setting up an easy-to-use IP surveillance system with ease. CC8130’s key features include 1-Megapixel CMOS Sensor, 180° horizontal panoramic view, compact and elegant design, real-time H.264 and MJPEG compression (dual codec), 30 fps @ 1280x800, and built-in IEEE 802.3af compliant PoE.

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Vivotek launches H.264 fixed network camera with supreme night visibility - IP8151
Vivotek launches H.264 fixed network camera with supreme night visibility - IP8151

VIVOTEK IP8151 represents the next-generation in video quality in network cameras. As the first 1.3 Megapixel IP camera in VIVOTEK's new line of professional SUPREME Series products, users will be able to experience the utmost in picture clarity through utilisation of SONY's latest sensor technology, dubbed "ExmorTM", which enables the IP8151 to capture exceptional details during daytime, as well as offer unparalleled visibility under low-light conditions through its Supreme Night Visibility feature.The IP8151 camera supports the industry-standard H.264 compression technology, drastically reducing file sizes and conserving valuable network bandwidth. With MPEG-4 and MJPEG compatibility also included, video streams can be transmitted in any of these formats for versatile applications.Also featuring a myriad of other high-end features such as SDHC card slot, PoE, multiple streams, and more, the IP8151 camera is the ideal choice for the most demanding monitoring applications. By providing sharp, smooth video, plus exceptional performance in low-light conditions, the IP8151 can secure a variety of sites such as retails stores, school campuses, and much more.Key Features1.3-megapixel CMOS SensorSupreme Night VisibilityUp to 30 fps@ 1280x10243.1 ~ 8 mm Vari-focal, Auto-iris LenRemovable IR-cut Filter for Day and Night FunctionReal-time H.264, MPEG-4, and MJPEG Compression (Triple Codec)Built-in SD/SDHC Card Slot for On-board StorageBuilt-in 802.3af Compliant PoECS- or C-mount Adjustment Ring for Flexible Lens InstallationSupports ONVIF Standard to Simplify Integration and Enhance Interoperability 

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VIVOTEK presents new network cameras, embracing 2 megapixel and H.264, at IFSEC 2009
VIVOTEK presents new network cameras, embracing 2 megapixel and H.264, at IFSEC 2009

VIVOTEK 2 megapixel day & night network camera - IP71612 megapixel CMOS sensorRemovable IR-cut filter for day and night functionDetects tampering from blockage, redirection, spray-painting, defocusingTime-shift streaming for recording pre- and post-event videoReal-time MPEG-4 and M-JPEG compression (dual codec)Multiple streams simultaneously ePTZ for data efficiencyBuilt-in SD/SDHC card slot for on-board storageWide coverage with superior image qualityIP7161 can provide coverage 6 times larger than a VGA camera with highly exceptional details, dramatically reducing camera installations.Watch the 2 megapixel day & night fixed network camera overview Image capture with greater data efficiencyWith ePTZ, users can move freely in the full-view window without changing the camera direction physically and receive only target region images for viewing, achieving more efficient use of bandwidth and storage space.Full features for professional surveillanceIP7161 uses a removable IR-cut filter to ensure superior image quality day and night. Its tamper detection feature detects data loss from camera tampering in real-time, keeping security staff alerted on camera blockage, redirection, defocusing or spray-painting. The time-shift streaming support provides comprehensive information for more accurate content analysis. With a SD/SDHC card slot for on-board storage, IP7161 ensures continuous recording and efficient use of bandwidth and storage space.Flexible lens installationIP7161's CS/C-mount adjustment ring allows users to change lenses easily without using a spacer, achieving more flexibility in lens selection and installation.

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VIVOTEK CC8130(HS) height strip network camera for facial recognition
VIVOTEK CC8130(HS) height strip network camera for facial recognition

The VIVOTEK CC8130(HS) is a height-strip network camera equipped with a 180 degree wide-angle lens, delivering clear images for reliable facial recognition. An ideal installation height of 170cm (5.5 ft) allows the CC8130(HS) to capture clear facial images at eye view, even when the subject is wearing a hat or hood. In addition, the plug and play design makes the CC8130(HS) installation simple and rapid. Combining low-profile and high- level features, the CC8130(HS) is ideal for discreet indoor applications, such as retail, banks, restaurants, small businesses and particularly in cashier areas. To dramatically reduce file sizes and conserve valuable network bandwidth, the CC8130(HS) supports the industry-standard H.264 compression technology. Combined with the ST7501 multi-lingual 32-channel recording software, users can quickly and easily set up an IP surveillance system that's simple to operate but hard to beat. "Capturing clear facial images is one of the most critical issues in surveillance. One solution is to mount the camera at eye-level, but this increases the risk of vandalism. VIVOTEK, the professional solution provider, is proud to release the CC8130(HS) with discreet eye-level mounting, allowing capture of clearer facial images than ceiling-mounted cameras, even when subjects wear hats or hoods," said Tim Su, Director, Marketing Division at VIVOTEK. "Additionally, the CC8130(HS) offers graduated and color-coded height measurements in both U.S. and Metric units to meet the needs of users all over the world."

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IP cameras - Expert commentary

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

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

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

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

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

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