Hikvision H.264+ Smart Codec powers 4K total system
Hikvision H.264+ Smart Codec powers 4K total system

Hikvision, the global leader in innovative video surveillance products and solutions, introduces a complete range of 4K surveillance products to provide a true ultra-high-definition video solution for real world security applications. The 4K Total System features Hikvision’s H.264+ Smart Codec, which reduces bandwidth and storage requirements by 50% compared to standard H.264 codecs while maximising video resolution with its optimised high-compression technology. The new 4K family includes ultra-high definition network cameras and network video recorders, all equipped with a variety of Smart functions. It is ideal for applications where clear, high-resolution images and smart surveillance of large areas are required. These include city surveillance, stadiums, parking lots, and crowd management scenarios. H.264+ Smart Codec The launch of Hikvision’s 4K Total System comes as concerns grow about the burden placed on the transmission system and storage when CCTV cameras and NVRs lacking dedicated 4K-compatible components are installed. This is not an issue with the 4K Total System, which incorporates H.264+ optimised compression to allow users to more efficiently manage ultra-high definition video footage. With features such as background-based predictive smart encoding, enhanced noise suppression, and optimised bitrate control, Hikvision’s H.264+ compression saves bandwidth resources and decreases storage requirements. The result is a complete system designed for immediate practical use, providing customers with genuinely useful end-to-end smart high-resolution security video. 4K output advantage As a further refinement, the Hikvision 4K NVRs support the HDMI 2.0 output interface, allowing users to display 4K video for monitoring applications. As a result, Hikvision’s 4K family offers users a true end-to-end 4K ultra-high-resolution solution, providing users with 4K monitoring, recording, and playback. Ultra-high definition = ultra-high quality analytics The new 4K solution, which includes 4K IP dome, bullet and box cameras along with a variety of 4K NVR models, delivers ultra-high definition (UHD) images, providing 4K resolution in real time. The high quality images also improve video analytics performance, particularly in scenes covering large areas. Limited resolution has hindered video analysis in the past, but now the additional pixels in 4K technology allow for better resolution and improved image enhancement, which in turn allow for more information to be extracted from the scene. The result is an improvement in the accuracy and quality of video analysis and better value for users. Smart features As a part of the Hikvision Smart product family, the new 4K products are equipped with smart features that put intelligence, efficiency, and ease-of-use at the heart of this state-of-the-art video surveillance range. SMART technologies include face detection, intrusion detection, line crossing detection, and smart focus. Smart tracking capability enables the cameras to detect any progressively moving object and follow it within the camera’s area of coverage, while Smart video analytics includes region enter/exit, object left behind/object removed, and more. The complete 4K total system DS-2DF6836-AEL 4K ultra-low light smart IP network PTZ dome camera DS-2DF8836I-AEL(W) 4K ultra-low light smart IP network IR PTZ dome camera DS-2CD4085F-(A)(P) 8MP Smart IP box camera DS-2CD4685F-IZ (S)(H) 8MP Smart IP IR bullet camera DS-2CD4A85F-IZ (S)(H) 8MP Smart IP IR bullet camera DS-2CD4185F-IZ 8MP Smart IP indoor dome camera DS-2CD4585F-IZ (H) 8MP Smart IP outdoor dome camera DS-9600NI-H8 4K NVR DS-7604/08/16NI-I2(/4P)(/8P) 4K NVR with 12 mega-pixel UHD support DS-7716/32NI-I4(/16P) 4K NVR with 12 mega-pixel UHD support DS-9632/64NI-I8 4K NVR with 12 mega-pixel UHD support

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MOBOTIX launches new camera platform - M15
MOBOTIX launches new camera platform - M15

MOBOTIX AG recently launched the new camera platform, M15. A platform which is based on the new MOBOTIX 5 Megapixel Technology, it offers two exchangeable sensor modules and further builds on MOBOTIX‘ innovative camera platform concept. "The M15 offers the latest in MOBOTIX‘ camera system technology and follows a proud tradition that we  have started over 13 years ago with the M1 and have continued with the M10 and M12," says Dr. Ralf Hinkel, founder of MOBOTIX AG. "We are confident that the M15 will be breaking ground in many ways; technically, as a product platform concept, design-wise and because it is developed in a unique combination between end-users and MOBOTIX". The M15 is naturally developed around the MOBOTIX decentralised system technology which saves costs, management and network resources for the end-user. The M15 product platform offers two exchangeable 5 Megapixel sensor modules which are exactly the same modules as for the recently launched S15. "We have developed the M15 in close cooperation with our end-users and partners. Our end-users want a dynamic platform that can change with their current and future needs, and our partners want a platform for many different applications,“ continued Dr. Hinkel. As the sensor modules can be easily exchanged by the end-user, they will always have an up-to-date camera surveillance system regardless of original mounting place and, at that time, the intended focus of that specific camera. “The end-users and our partners can today choose up to 5 completely different sensor combinations for this platform and in the future there will be even more," said Dr. Hinkel. By using 5 Megapixel sensors for the M15 camera platform, the users will gain more than four times better light sensitivity in all conditions. The new sensor technology offers a frame rate of up to 30 frames per second and the zoom capabilities are increased by 27% in colour and by more than 200% in black-and-white. "It is important to emphasize that the M15 is a Day-and-Night camera not a day/night. The difference is huge between these two concepts, the M15 sensor modules, depending on configuration, are always able to offer one day and one night image simultaneously, which is especially important in low light conditions as well as in no light," commented Dr. Hinkel. The new M15 camera platform is IP66 certified and is successfully tested at a temperature range from -30 °C to +60 °C. Following MOBOTIX established product strategy, the M15 does not need any additional housing, fans, heating etc. “The user can take our new camera platform and literally install it wherever he or she wants to. We have people using our products in very extreme environments and they will be very happy with the M15,” said Dr. Hinkel. The M15 camera platform only needs around 5 watt to be fully functional, which both saves costs and energy for the users. “The new M15 is marked with the MOBOTIX Green IP-Video logo for being exceptionally environment-friendly, which is a social conscience initiative that MOBOTIX have taken and I feel very strongly about,” concluded Dr. Ralf Hinkel. A special advantage: The M15 is fully integrated with the new revolutionary MxActivitySensor technology for intelligent motion detection that reduces false alarms and errors considerably. The M15 is available over authorised MOBOTIX distributors and partners.

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Dahua 6-megapixel 360° panomorph Mini-Dome now ImmerVision Enables certified
Dahua 6-megapixel 360° panomorph Mini-Dome now ImmerVision Enables certified

Dahua Technology Co., Ltd., a world-leading video surveillance solution provider headquartered in Hangzhou, China, just announced that its IPC-EBW8600 Mini-Dome Camera is now ImmerVision Enables certified. Dahua’s IPC-EBW8600 Mini-Dome Camera, now ImmerVision Enables certified, is capable of delivering 360-degree Video Standard, giving it the ability to instantly capture and navigate within high resolution 360-degree panomorph images. Dahua’s latest mini-dome now offers 6 megapixels of resolution and a built in 360-degree panomorph lens enabling 360-degree panoramic surveillance. This technology provides immersive views without blind spots and increases resolution of distant objects compared to other comparable camera models. The IPC-EBW8600 Mini-Dome Camera complements Dahua’s family of fixed IP cameras, providing users with 360-degree situational awareness and the ability to capture every angle on video for live playback forensic analysis. “Our 6-Megapixel 360-degree panomorph cameras ensure that our users can easily follow all of the action, even on the periphery,” said Peter Pan, Product Manager at Dahua. “We’ve provided security professionals with a 360-degree camera that is plug and play compatible with top VMS solutions worldwide that are already ImmerVision Enables 2.0 certified. This IPC-EBW8600 is built for any type of lighting condition and environment.” “Dahua’s latest mini-dome delivers increased 360-degree video coverage that is vital to surveying and protecting businesses and people. For example, in retail stores and transportation centres,” said Joel Schaffer, Business Development Manager, OEM/ODM - Video Surveillance Applications, at ImmerVision. “With the IPC-EBW8600 from Dahua, users now have full live and playback capability with no compromises.”

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Dahua 2MP WDR IR mini bullet network camera
Dahua 2MP WDR IR mini bullet network camera

Eco-savvy products use upgraded H.265 encoding technology to bring highly efficient video compression. It saves bandwidth and storage and has an energy-saving design to enhance the monitoring system. Meanwhile, the series offers features such as starlight, Smart IR technology and intelligent image analysis techniques. It provides excellent image quality and intelligent and efficient event reminders. This series provides IP67 weatherproof and IK10 vandal-proof protection features. Starlight Technology  Featuring Dahua’s Starlight Technology, this camera is ideal for applications with challenging lighting conditions. Its low-light performance delivers usable video with minimal ambient light. Even in extreme low-light conditions, Starlight Technology is capable of delivering colour images in near complete darkness (0.009 lux). With industry-leading wide dynamic range (WDR) technology, vivid pictures are achieved even in the most intense contrast lighting conditions. For applications with both bright and low lighting conditions that change quickly, True WDR (120dB) optimises both the bright and dark areas of a scene at the same time to provide usable video.  Intelligent Video System (IVS)  With built-in intelligent video analytics, the camera has the ability to detect and analyse moving objects for improved video surveillance. The camera provides optional standard intelligence at the edge allowing detection of multiple object behaviours such as abandoned or missing objects. IVS also supports Tripwire analytics, allowing the camera to detect when a pre-determined line has been crossed, as well as People Counting, ideal for business intelligence and Facial Detection, for searching or identification of individuals.  Environmental  With a temperature range of -30°C to +60°C (-22°F to +140°F), the camera is designed for extreme temperature environments. Subjected and certified to rigorous dust and water immersion tests, the IP67 rating makes it suitable for demanding outdoor applications. For environments with rain, sleet, snow and fog, an integrated wiper provides users with clear visibility at all times.  Protection  Supporting ±30% input voltage tolerance, this camera suits even the most unstable conditions for outdoor applications. Its 6KV lightning rating provides protection against the camera and its structure from the effects of lightning.  Smart H.265+  Deliver high quality video without straining the network, Smart H.265+ is the optimised implementation of H.265. The Smart H.265+ encoding technology includes a scene adaptive encoding strategy, dynamic GOP, dynamic ROI, flexible multi-frame reference structure and intelligent noise reduction, providing saving of up to 70% of bandwidth and storage when compared with standard H.265.  HEVC (H.265) H.265 ITU-T VCEG is a new video coding standard which improves compression efficiency, improves robustness and error recovery capabilities, reduces delay with real-time, reduces channel acquisition time and random access delay and reduces complexity.

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Hikvision expands 6MP Ultra HD SMART IP camera series
Hikvision expands 6MP Ultra HD SMART IP camera series

Hikvision’s SMART IP camera ranges are being boosted with four newly added 6 megapixel Ultra HD camera series that provides a total resolution of 3072 x 2048 at full frame rate to deliver spectacular images. With this immense of view, one 6MP camera covers the area of several conventional cameras. Like the DS-2CD4065F-(A) SMART IP box camera that launched last year, all four of the new models feature industry-leading specifications and are powered by Hikvision’s signature SMART technologies. These include SMART Codec, SMART Focus, SMART IR, SMART Facial Recognition, SMART Line Crossing Detection, SMART Voice Recognition and SMART License Plate recognition, which helps to deliver a unique smart experience of unparalleled image quality and customer convenience. Full frame rate in real-time Unlike the majority of Full HD cameras that can only transmit a 2 megapixel image (1920 x 1080) at their full frame rate, all the Hikvision 6MP SMART IP cameras are capable of transmitting a full 3072 x 2048 6 megapixel image, even at full frame rate. This capability will be especially suited to applications requiring highly detailed surveillance, capturing the fine detail of license plates, clothing and faces to help law enforcement or monitoring cash handling areas, for instance. The 6MP resolution combined with user-defined ROIs and SMART detection technologies also means a single camera from this new family could monitor an entire area that would previously have required a raft of low resolution units. At the same time, the ultra-low light capability and Smart IR built into the new range adjusts IR strength to maximise image quality in less than ideal lighting conditions. Finally, all four cameras are capable of streaming three simultaneous and independent HD video streams. Smart solution 2.0 The 6MP IP cameras deliver a complete Smart Solution when combined with Hikvision Smart NVR and comprehensive video management software. With front-end cameras providing Smart Detection, backend device for Smart Playback/backup and video management software for Smart management, Hikvision Smart range well combines intelligence, efficiency, and ease-of-use into modern video surveillance, and provides maximum security efficiency for operation and post-event investigation etc. Expanding customer choice “As the global CCTV market continues to move towards HD as the de facto standard, Hikvision is leading the way towards an HD+ future with the 6MP SMART IP family,” says Keen Yao, International Marketing Director at Hikvision. “Their enhanced imaging capabilities demonstrate the cutting-edge that our investment in R&D brings to customers worldwide.” About the models: The DS-2CD4A65F-IZ (H) SMART IP Outdoor Bullet camera’s key features include a motorised VF lens with SMART focus combined with an IR range of up to 50 metres. The DS-2CD4565F-IZ (H) SMART IP Outdoor Dome camera is a cousin to the DS-2CD4165F-IZ, featuring all the industry leading specifications of the DS-2CD4165F-IZ while being adapted for use in outdoor environments.

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MOBOTIX’s new thermal radiometry camera series helps to prevent fires
MOBOTIX’s new thermal radiometry camera series helps to prevent fires

 MOBOTIX has launched a new series of thermal camera products, equipped with a new type of thermal sensing technology to realise automatic events, based on absolute temperatures within -40°C to +550°C (or -40°F to +1022°F). This new technology is perfect to generate automatic alarms, defined by temperature limits or temperature ranges, which is vital to detect potential fire or heat sources. At the same time, MOBOTIX provides a free software update to upgrade existing thermal cameras with thermal spot metering in the image centre. Within the available temperature range of -40°C to +550°C (or -40°F to +1022°F) and a thermal sensitivity of 0.05°C (NETD=50mK), different temperature conditions can be easily defined within the new TR (Thermal Radiometry) window or over the whole sensor image with a typical accuracy of ±10°C. Up to 20 multiple temperature events can be defined at the same time. Spot metering, which measures temperature related to 4 pixels at the image centre, is also improved in the new thermal TR products with a typical accuracy of ±10°C. These new releases will help to prevent bigger damages in industrial and commercial premises, at manufacturing and logistic sites, recycling facilities, forests, etc. MOBOTIX Thermal Radiometry (TR) is available in its popular M15, and as a sensor module in the S15 dual camera system. Furthermore, TR is also available as S15 PT-mount sensor head. Both S15 thermal modules can be set up as dual thermal system for most flexible usage or as the perfect combination of thermal and optical sensor technology to ensure the most reliable detection results and visual verification at the same time.

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MOBOTIX launches S14 FlexMount  - The world’s first flexible double hemispheric camera
MOBOTIX launches S14 FlexMount - The world’s first flexible double hemispheric camera

The S14 FlexMount from MOBOTIX, the world’s first flexible double hemispheric camera, is now available. The camera, which is available in both mono (S14M) and dual (S14D) versions, features miniature lens units and offers a wide range of application opportunities. For instance, the S14D can be equipped with two hemispheric lens units with integrated microphone that are connected to the main housing via cables. This makes it possible to fully secure two rooms located next to or on top of one another with just one single S14. The slim design of the module units, which are available in white and black, permit an extremely discreet installation. Two rooms secured with one single camera The S14 FlexMount offers the option to set up two hemispheric lens units simultaneously in order to completely cover two adjacent rooms with just one single S14D. When installed in a certain way, the S14D can also see around corners or secure indoor and outdoor areas at the same time. The two sensors allow the S14 to generate two distortion-corrected, high-resolution 180° panorama images, each with a resolution of 3.1 megapixels. All other MOBOTIX lenses, from super-wide angle to tele lens, will be available in the near future as day or night versions.The S14 is the world's first hemispheric day-and-night camera. When both modules with black-and-white and colour sensors are mounted directly next to each other and cover the same area, the camera automatically chooses the best available mode depending on the lighting conditions. This provides for excellent colours in daylight as well as superb light sensitivity in dark environments. Panning and zooming into the image is done purely electronically. The user is provided with detailed views and other image sections without any mechanical movement, meaning that there is no wear-and-tear to the camera and no maintenance is required. Weatherproof, discreet and energy efficient Both module units and the separate housing with the latest dual camera board are weatherproof in accordance with IP65 and operate in a temperature range of -30°C to +60°C (-22°F to +140°F). The flat housing, including flash memory with up to 64 GB and all external connectors (Ethernet, MiniUSB, MxBus), can be installed discreetly and with optimal protection behind a wall or ceiling panel so that only the lens units in their ultra-compact protective housing are visible. Power is supplied very cost effective via a network cable (PoE). At less than five watt-hours, the energy consumption is extremely low. Wide range of application opportunities The camera's technical features and very discreet mounting open up a whole range of application opportunities. In L-shaped rooms, for example, the two sensor modules can be positioned at the corner in correct angles to each other, therefore capturing the entire room without any blind spots. Therefore, the S14 is particularly well-suited for use in hotels, banks and retail stores where the highest levels of security and discretion are required. The S14 can also demonstrate its strengths at security gates and in offices. MOBOTIX also offers the appropriate installation accessories for mounting the sensor module on thicker walls. Using several extension pieces (each approx. 40 mm), longer "tunnel holes" through a wall can also be bridged. MOBOTIX software included free of charge As usual with all MOBOTIX products, the complete software for configuration and operation of the camera is integrated directly into the camera. Additionally, professional video management software can be downloaded from the website free of charge.

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MOBOTIX p25 6MP indoor ceiling camera with 6MP moonlight sensor technology
MOBOTIX p25 6MP indoor ceiling camera with 6MP moonlight sensor technology

The new benchmark in lowlight for objects in motion The brand-new MOBOTIX 6MP cameras have an outstanding increase of light sensitivity of more than 100-times than the former 3MP cameras. The monochrome version reaches even a 300-times higher sensitivity than the previous series. Instead of one full second of exposure time the new 6MP systems can select only 1/100 s which results in capturing even fast moving objects in low light conditions. Short exposure times are essential In security monitoring every moment and therefore every single frame of a video recording has to be as sharp as possible. For moving objects this implies the necessity of short instead of long exposure times. Unfortunately a short exposure time of 1/100 s grabs 10-times less light than a 1/10 s. Especially in low light conditions, the lens, the image sensor itself and the image processing for sure have to be very sophisticated­ to generate a sharp and crisp image of the moving object. Only a sharp image is a proof In dark scenes long exposure times of up to 1 second create bright images and visible static objects. Perfect to acknowledge objects in darkness. But if objects are moving,­ long exposure times will create blurring or ghost images, and make verification of moving objects nearly impossible. In security applications­ moving objects are of utmost importance,­ therefore short exposure times are essential to understand what‘s going on. Some manufacturers are using a combination of technologies like adding frames to generate a brighter image (e. g. Lightfinder, HDR, etc.). However, with this adding and overlaying of subsequent frames, small details or objects in the scene could be suppressed­ or distorted, which is inacceptable in security­ applications. Optimised for best performance This huge increase in light sensitivity was achieved by several means: wider sensor with bigger pixels to catch more light, a hardware noise reduction filter directly at the sensor, a new sophisticated lens with a better light transmission, and an improved image processing software reducing the noise of low light images. This is called the new MOBOTIX Moonlight Technology.

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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.