Compro introduces ultra wide angle mini dome NC2200
Compro introduces ultra wide angle mini dome NC2200

Compro Technology, a professional network video surveillance solution provider in Taiwan, has announced its first mini-dome network camera, NC2200, featuring an ultra-wide viewing angle of 105°. Along with the wide viewing angle, concerns about distortion would be simply erased as it is less than 8° which is about a third of comparable solutions. This functional mini dome is ideal for home, office and small shops. Not only does Compro NC2200 provide the impressive ultra-wide view, the minimal distortion of its image quality also offers great user experience from the extensive camera coverage — one NC2200 almost covers two regular cameras. In addition, the camera packs a 2-megapixel image sensor and delivers phenomenal picture quality. A number of useful features are also on-board, including H.264 compression, dual video streaming, built-in microSD/SDHC storage, Power-over-Ethernet support, motion and audio detection, and SMS and E-mail alert notification. With its handy Ø100 dimension and elegant design, the mini-dome can be installed and become a part of the ceiling without more attention, which is well-suited for concealed locations. Also, IP66-rated weatherproof and IK10-rated vandal-resistant feature makes NC2200 perfect for indoor and outdoor installation. Compro NC2200 is a robust camera not only on hardware but also on software. The camera software includes the 16-channel WebVuer, which allows connection and management of 16 cameras in the same screen, plus the free-bundled 32-channel video management software, ComproView®. ComproView® offers multiple intelligent detection tools, event trigger alarm, and different recording settings to the local disk. As a growing network video surveillance solution provider, Compro is expanding its professionalism in home surveillance to professional surveillance systems. Compro’s NC-line camera’s core values are ease of installation, deployment and robust applications. The NC2200 is the first step of Compro’s new launch of its NC-line camera. More cameras are to be released this summer. Compro NC2200 mini-dome is positioned at an affordable price point while offering a unique ultra wide viewing angle and enhanced software management.  Learn more about Compro NC2200 mini dome network camera.

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

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

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

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

ISC West 2019: what's new in physical security's biggest global tradeshow?
ISC West 2019: what's new in physical security's biggest global tradeshow?

ISC West continues to innovate and adapt to the changing needs of the security marketplace. In 2019, there will be 200 new exhibitors, 100 new speakers and an expanding mix of attendees that includes more end users and international attendees. The International Security Conference & Exposition (ISC West) will be held April 10-12 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas. Among the more than 200 new exhibitors on the show floor will be Dell Technologies, Resideo, SAST (a Bosch IoT startup), Belkin International, NetApp, Lenovo, Kingston Technology and many others. The event continues to see more and more solutions in the area of IoT/connected security, a surge in barrier/bollards exhibitors, an increased number of start-up companies, and an emphasis this year on stadium/major events security. Plus, the new exhibit area of ISC West, Venetian Ballroom, will include a mix of solutions from mid-sized domestic and international companies, and is the home of the Emerging Technology Zone – back for its second year with 50-plus start-up companies expected.  The International Security Conference & Exposition (ISC West) will be held April 10-12 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas “ISC West is no longer just about video cameras, access control systems and alarms,” says Will Wise, Group Vice President, Security Portfolio for Reed Exhibitions, which produces and manages ISC West. Embracing and stimulating the market dynamic of comprehensive security for a safer, connected world, solutions on display at the show reflect convergence across physical security, IT (information technology) and OT (operational technology). The ISC West expo floor includes specialised featured areas such Connected Home, Public Safety & Security, Connected Security, Unmanned Security Expo and the Emerging Technology Zone. Plus, complimentary education sessions in the Unmanned Security Expo theatre will include topics such as drones, counter-drone solutions, ground robotics and regulations/policies that support autonomous technology. This year’s event will feature more than 1,000 products and brands covering everything from video surveillance, access control and alarms/alerts, to IoT, IT/cybersecurity convergence, AI, embedded systems, drones and robotics, smart homes, smart cities, public safety and more. The ISC West expo floor includes specialised featured areas such Connected Home and the Emerging Technology Zone  Elevating the Keynote Series  Over the past few years, ISC West has elevated its Keynote Series (open to all attendee types) to include more speakers and dynamic content covering relevant topics. Attendees should be sure to head to the Keynote room Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 8:30 a.m. before the expo floor opens at 10 a.m.  Relating to attendance, ISC West continues to diversify and grow the attendee universe by attracting additional enterprise government end-users across physical and IT/OT responsibilities. The show also continues to attract and grow the channel audience, and there will be an increasing number of International attendees.  “Years ago, ISC West was known exclusively as a dealer/integrator/installer show, but not anymore,” says Wise. “Today, the demographic mix continues to evolve as the event diversifies its product and educational offerings, embracing the current market reality of collaboration among integrators/dealers/installers, end-user decision-makers, and public safety and security professionals.”  When planning for the show, be sure to view the list of special events and take advantage of the additional connection-making opportunities Within the SIA Education@ISC West conference program, there are over 100 new speakers. Through ISC West’s strong partnership with the Security Industry Association (SIA, the Premier Sponsor of ISC), the SIA Education@ISC West program has expanded and become increasingly dynamic and diverse over the last three years. In addition, ISC West and SIA are hosting a Women in Security breakfast on Friday morning April 12th.  Women in Security is a new track for the education program.    “Our attendance data reflects the demand for a mix of physical security integrator and end-user content, a balance of technical and management/strategic topics, and diverse topics incorporating IoT and cybersecurity/physical security convergence, and analytics expertise,” says Wise. “Last year was a record year for conference program attendance, and 2019 will yet again set new benchmarks.” Mobile apps, information desks and ease of registration ISC West is also focusing on the attendee experience. Need advice on what exhibitors are a fit for your business needs and interests? The Information Desk adjacent to the main expo entrance will provide customised recommendations based on the information attendees provided during the registration process.  Attendees can download the official ISC West mobile app and create a MyShow account through the ISC West website Attendees can download the official ISC West mobile app and create a MyShow account through the ISC West website to research exhibitors and product categories, receive exhibitor recommendations that best fit business needs, review complimentary educational opportunities as well as 85-plus sessions from the paid SIA Education@ISC program.  There are many networking opportunities being offered at the show this year. When planning for the show, be sure to view the list of special events and take advantage of the additional connection-making opportunities.  Whether attendees want to network with peers or customers at an awards ceremony (Sammy Awards, Fast 50, New Product Showcase Awards), Charity event (AIREF Golf Classic, Mission 500 Security 5K-2K Run/Walk), or an industry party (SIA Market Leaders Reception, ISC West Customer Appreciation Party at Tao), there are a variety of special events offered, all designed to help you make new connections. Make sure to check out the ISC West website for all the Special Events taking place at ISC West.

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Cloud IP surveillance specialist, COMPRO appoints CFD Sales as distributor in Japan
Cloud IP surveillance specialist, COMPRO appoints CFD Sales as distributor in Japan

CFD Sales will be offering the complete range of COMPRO's products and solutions to the Japanese market COMPRO Technology Inc., leading Cloud IP video surveillance solution provider, recently announced the appointment of CFD Sales as COMPRO's distributor in Japan. From now on, CFD Sales will be offering the complete range of COMPRO's products and solutions to the Japanese market. Established in 1974, CFD Sales is a one-stop-supplier where customers can buy various kinds of products for building up their personally tailored PCs. CFD Sales’ mission is to  provide products to important customers in a very timely manner by listening and understanding overall market and individual customers’ requirement. “CFD Sales operates with a strong emphasis on state-of-the-art products and technologies, while COMPRO’s innovations perfectly match what CFD Sales. We’re convinced that CFD Sales will help us to further enhance COMPRO’s brand awareness in Japan and penetrate the local market.” said General Manager of COMPRO Technology. General Manager of CFD Sales commented, “Cloud surveillance solution is now in great demands in Japanese market; that is why we are very happy about the agreement signed with COMPRO. It enables us to offer our customers video equipment that is highly reliable in operation, easy to set up and use. We will work closely to build upon COMPRO’s branding in Japanese marketplace.”

COMPRO releases latest version of its cloud service C4Home 2.2
COMPRO releases latest version of its cloud service C4Home 2.2

COMPRO Technology Inc., a leading Cloud IP Video Surveillance Solution Provider, recently announced the official release of C4Home 2.2, the latest version of its robust cloud service. C4Home 2.2 features new functions: iPad layout, scene selection mode, in-app cloud service subscription, IR configuration in app, and OSD configuration in app. iPad Layout With iPad layout, C4Home becomes a universal iOS app, which supports all iPhones and iPads. The biggest advantage of this amazing breakthrough is no more back and forth between menus and setting pages; they can be shown within the user interface on iPad’s large screen, which will be more friendly and convenient to users. Scene Selection Mode With scene selection mode, you can set up the most suitable video settings for different environments with just one click. There are different kinds of scenes you can choose:  living room, baby monitor, pet monitor, outdoor and backlight. For example, if the environment is in low-light, baby monitor will be the best selection; if the environment is in quick motion status, pet monitor will be more appropriate.   In-app Subscription With in-app cloud service subscription, you can purchase C4home cloud recording directly in app, no need to purchase it on PC anymore, which is very convenient for users to finish the one stop shopping of C4Home cloud recording. Please note the currency is only in USD and NTD for now. Besides the major new features above, some other new features will also benefit the users a lot, like: “IR configuration in app” can turn on or turn off the IR LED on the fly. “OSD configuration in app” can enable on-screen-display when live view or recording. “Manual recording to SD card and C4Home” can manually start immediate recording to SD card or to C4Home cloud storage. All these new features are aim to provide users more configuration options and better user experience. C4Home 2.2 is suitable for use on all COMPRO TN series cameras. All users are welcome to download it from App Store and Google Play to create their own exclusive surveillance cloud for free and make sure you have upgraded camera firmware to latest one to enjoy C4Home 2.2 new features.

COMPRO introduces its cloud network camera doorbell, TN65DB and TN70DB
COMPRO introduces its cloud network camera doorbell, TN65DB and TN70DB

COMPRO Technology Inc., a leading Cloud IP Video Surveillance Solution Provider, recently announced TN65DB & TN70DB Cloud Network Camera Doorbell. When visitor rings the doorbell, you will be notified via your smartphone immediately; you can also see the image on the phone and talk to the visitor through two way audio feature of the camera. With this smart doorbell, no matter where you are, you can keep track of who visits your home or office and instantly communicate with them. From now on, you will never miss any important visitor anymore; it’s a perfect and smart solution for home or small office users! Cloud Network Camera Doorbell contains the doorbell button kit and cloud network camera; users can install the camera and upgrade the doorbell button by themselves easily. It can bring so much convenience to life, such as: At home: Whether you are in bed, toilet, cooking or shower..., and not be able to answer the doorbell, just pick up the phone and you can immediately know who the visitor is. You can also use the two-way audio to tell the visitor to wait. Go out: If you own a home office or small office, you always need to go out to visit your clients. Cloud Network Camera Doorbell can let you no longer worry about missing important visitors, express delivery or home delivery. TN65DB & TN70DB There are two options of Cloud Network Camera Doorbell currently: TN65DB & TN70DB. Both of them are equipped with megapixels and built-in speaker/microphone, and also with two-way audio feature from C4Home App. TN70DB is more equipped with professional-grade sensor and infrared LED light source to provide day and night surveillance environment. In order to celebrate the launch of Cloud Network Camera Doorbell, COMPRO provides a very special price: TN65DB $129 USD and TN70DB $169 USD! Users can take the first step of their smart home by using Cloud Network Camera Doorbell, it’s very cost-effective, very convenient and very smart!

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