IDIS SmartUX delivers futuristic and smooth video surveillance control, with groundbreaking accuracy
IDIS SmartUX delivers futuristic and smooth video surveillance control, with groundbreaking accuracy

IDIS Smart UX Controls with “rubber band” and “slingshot” controls deliver a futuristic PTZ experience that redefines simplicity and accuracy. Intuitive visual feedback enables users to smoothly pan and tilt images at different speeds and in different directions like never before. Operators can use an onscreen “rubber band” to smoothly pull focus to anywhere on the image, and quickly “slingshot” to a pop-up with clear details on specific objects, people, or areas. Advanced, intuitive user interface The IDIS Smart UX Controls provide operators with an advanced, yet intuitive, user interface when compared to conventional PTZ controls.  The smooth and seamless “rubber band” and “slingshot” PTZ controls allow users to easily monitor images in real time with ground breaking accuracy by panning images at variable speeds and in different directions. With simple click-and-drag actions, operators can quickly focus on and track specific objects, with absolutely no need for multiple clicks to refocus. The quick and simple operation of IDIS Smart UX Controls enables pinpoint accuracy in any given environment, delivering a critical advantage in security environments. Compatible with wide range of recording platforms IDIS Smart UX Controls are defining features of the IDIS 30x PTZ Camera, which also supports ONVIF, and is compatible with a wide range of recording platforms, including enterprise-level VMS, DirectIP™ NVRs, and edge recording.  The IDIS 30x PTZ Camera also provides superb imaging quality. The 30x optical zoom allows users to capture high-quality, detailed images from great distance, and Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) functionality provides clear images even under back lit conditions. Day and night ICR delivers a clear subject image from broad daylight to darkest night. The IDIS 30x PTZ Camera also features IDIS digital image stabilisation (DIS) technology, reducing the jarring effects from vibrations during recording. The IDIS 30x PTZ Camera is the latest innovative offering from IDIS, the global security company operating across 40 countries and 100+ strategic partners.  A world leading digital surveillance solution provider, IDIS offers a total surveillance solution able to meet the needs of an increasingly demanding security landscape. IDIS innovation that is flexible and scalable, with unrivalled performance, quality, and a low total cost of ownership.

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IDIS micro dome ideal for high end settings
IDIS micro dome ideal for high end settings

The new DC-C4212RX 2MP micro dome camera is the latest addition to the DirectIP® line up from IDIS, which is South Korea’s largest in-country manufacturer of surveillance technology. The compact design of the DC-C4212RX makes it the best choice for understated, less noticeable installation.  The neat aesthetics are ideal for applications where there is a need for unobtrusive surveillance but where comprehensive, high-performance video capture is paramount. Measuring only 86 mm x 58 mm and weighing just 105 grams, the DC-C4212RX delivers advanced benefits within its lower profile and is the right choice for high-end locations such as jewellery shops and boutiques, as well as up-market restaurants and luxury hotels. The DC-C4212RX offers all the key benefits that installers expect from IDIS DirectIP dome cameras, including the company’s signature plug-and-play installation and configuration. The elimination of a pigtail cable allows faster and easier deployment. The 3-axis mechanical lens enables rotation and easy angle adjustment, making it an important design feature for precise image capture, particularly when the camera needs to be discretely wall-mounted.  The camera can also operate in a wide range of lighting conditions, delivering high performance live monitoring and playback.   Other key features include true wide dynamic range (WDR); IR LED illumination up to 15m with day and night ICR; dual codec H.264/H.265 performance; and easy, plug-and-play integration with IDIS VA in the Box. This cost-effective video analytics appliance delivers value-add business intelligence gained from heat mapping, people counting, queue management and comprehensive reporting. “Our new micro dome is a great camera for installers to work with and it delivers outstanding surveillance capability for customers,” says James Min, Managing Director of IDIS Europe. “It further strengthens our end-to-end offering for retail applications, including high street fashion, boutiques, dining, pubs and coffee shops - markets in which we have gained significant market share globally.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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IDIS announces the release of IDIS Intelligent Video Wall Station that offers affordable and effective centralised monitoring
IDIS announces the release of IDIS Intelligent Video Wall Station that offers affordable and effective centralised monitoring

The new IDIS Intelligent Video Wall Station, designed as a simple plug-in for the cost and licence-free IDIS Center VMS, brings the benefits of video wall services to a wider market, including smaller and mid-sized customers. The new offering makes it easier for businesses to plan, design, configure, and use dynamic video walls. It lets them optimise safety and security, with centralised monitoring for single or multiple-sites, without the traditional price tag.  IDIS Intelligent Video Wall Station Integrating seamlessly with IDIS’ full line-up of network and analogue cameras and devices, as well as third-party technologies, the IDIS Intelligent Video Wall Station uses a single server and network wall controller, to manage up to 12 UHD monitors as standard. The station connects up to 4,096 cameras and lets operators monitor 64 panes simultaneously, including de-warped 360-degree fish-eye video. Now, users can easily customise their monitors to display the most critical video streams and event data, to provide a real-time visual overview. Fast and efficient incident response The new solution combines remote and straightforward configuration with batch firmware updates Advanced features enable a quicker and more efficient incident response, paired with smoother and more dynamic video search, playback, and forensic export. The new solution combines remote and straightforward configuration with batch firmware updates, simple role-based access management, audit trails, and device health monitoring. For customers, this results in increased efficiency and minimal maintenance, delivering on the IDIS promise of a low total cost of ownership (TCO). Designed for 24/7 video surveillance operations And with H.264 and H.265 dual codec fully supported, users can retain their existing and third-party screens, reducing waste and saving budgets, or for upgrades, they can also choose from the IDIS range of reliable, low power consumption monitors, designed for powerful, but economical 24/7 surveillance operations. The IDIS Intelligent Video Wall Station also integrates seamlessly with the enterprise-level IDIS Solution Suite VMS, making it easy to expand or adapt the system, as operational requirements change, giving customers the assurance of a future-proof investment. Dynamic video wall monitoring solution “It’s more important than ever for organisations to enhance situational awareness, while increasing efficiency,” said Andrew Myung, the President at IDIS America. He adds, “The addition of the IDIS Intelligent Video Wall Station delivers the benefits of advanced and dynamic video wall monitoring, without the need to design and build dedicated control rooms, or incur the costs of traditional VMS recurring maintenance agreements, or ongoing device connection fees.”

YMCA protects ‘Heart of England’ facilities with IDIS
YMCA protects ‘Heart of England’ facilities with IDIS

YMCA Heart of England has upgraded video systems across its busy community facilities in Birmingham, Solihull, Rugby, and Coventry with a roll-out of end-to-end DirectIP technology from IDIS. Part of the international YMCA movement, YMCA Heart of England supports local people, including vulnerable groups, with services from housing to youth services. Need for end-to-end system Systems integrator Unison Integrated Technology was asked to replace YMCA’s poorly performing mix-and-match systems, incorporating elements from different vendors, with more efficient end-to-end technology from IDIS, Korea’s largest in-country video manufacturer. YMCA selected IDIS because the single-source model offers advantages including assured compatibility and ease of installation, lower up-front costs, ongoing tech support, and long-term value, all ensuring the lower total cost of ownership (TCO). IDIS was easy to implement due to the true, plug-and-play design, allowing the project to be completed  IDIS DirectIP® solution At the YMCA Birmingham centre, for example, the inefficient video has been replaced by an IDIS DirectIP® solution comprising a 32-channel NVR; 19 Full-HD vandal-resistant IR domes; and 11 Full-HD IR bullet cameras. The IDIS technology was easy to implement due to the true, plug-and-play design, allowing the project to be completed without interruption to day-to-day activity at the centre. 4k NVR box and bullet cameras The 2.8mm fixed lens 2MP dome and bullet cameras, equipped with true WDR and IR LED, were set up to capture crisp, clear images of the building exteriors, entrances and internal corridors, and communal areas day and night. And the powerful 4K NVR delivers throughput of up to 960ips real-time recording and live monitoring with no visible latency. IDIS deep learning analytics The new infrastructure will allow YMCA Heart of England to take advantage of increased video resolutions in the future Unison also opted to replace the entire legacy cabling, upgrading to a future-proofed Cat6. This new robust infrastructure will allow YMCA Heart of England to take advantage of increased video resolutions in the future, making it easy for them to adopt powerful yet affordable IDIS Deep Learning Analytics for a range of automated detection functions that trigger highly accurate alarms and notifications. The new solution is simple to use, with the license-free IDIS Centre VMS giving staff and authorised volunteers an intuitive interface to manage devices, benefitting from high-performance live monitoring and rapid retrieval of footage, while easily configuring user permissions to provide team members with appropriate role-based access rights. Cost-effective upgrade “YMCA Heart of England was so impressed with the results we delivered at their Birmingham centre they then asked us to upgrade all their premises across the whole region,” says Matthew Rodden, Director, Unison Integrated Technology. The entire project was completed in just four weeks. And reducing waste and costs further, several third-party legacy cameras were retained to operate seamlessly under the IDIS Centre VMS. “We are delighted that IDIS technology has proved to be the best solution for YMCA, with competitive up-front pricing and the low ongoing lifecycle costs,” says Reiss Spear, Sales Manager, IDIS Europe.

IDIS brings Solution Suite (ISS) version 3.5 with increased situational awareness and response
IDIS brings Solution Suite (ISS) version 3.5 with increased situational awareness and response

IDIS has released IDIS Solution Suite (ISS) version 3.5, its most powerful enterprise-class VMS yet. New features and service modules are designed around increased situational awareness, efficient response coordination, and sped-up investigations. A new Real-Time Transport Protocol (RTP) service enables seamless and stable video and voice relay to third-party devices and software without an SDK or API, increasing system flexibility and helping security teams coordinate responses to threats and incidents. Real-time monitoring Improving real-time monitoring, text-to-speech allows operators to pre-set verbal multi-lingual notifications to pre-determined events. Operatives can now also benefit from real-time pop-ups based on the GPS location of a triggered alarm, providing enhanced wide-area awareness from cameras ranging from a 10 to 100 kilometre radius. ISS v3.5 also includes instant synchronised playback, which presents operators with precisely time-synched screen views of video streams across single or multiple sites, removing the need for manual configuration, and reducing stress and complexity for operators, particularly during time-critical investigations. And the new Event Notification Center enables centralised control of multiple audio devices, giving security teams mass-and targeted-communications capabilities, which can help them to pre-empt security or safety breaches, or to issue warnings in the event of an emergency. Enterprise-class streaming IDIS person match speeds up investigations by extracting a person’s characteristics from multiple stream IDIS person match speeds up investigations by extracting a person’s characteristics from multiple streams to present a clear timeline of events and last known locations. All the new features work in harmony with enterprise-class streaming, recording, and administration functionality, and come with a fair pricing structure - no annual licence fees or OPEX burden - to make ISS significantly more affordable than traditional enterprise video management software. As a result, IDIS Solution Suite continues to cut annual costs for customers, making advanced video management available to more users, including medium-sized organisations and those with single sites. A modular solution, it allows users to choose the right service modules to meet their unique security, operational and compliance needs, meaning customers never pay for functionality they don’t use. Multi-layered failover The choice of modules includes federated architecture to manage an unlimited number of devices and sites using centralised and local command and control; multi-layered failover and redundancy offering protection against a range of fault conditions; video wall multi-stream management, and highly accurate IDIS Deep Learning Analytics (IDLA). “With our latest version of IDIS Solution Suite, we are making it easier than ever for users to manage an unlimited number of devices and sites, giving them enterprise-performance without the usual associated price tag or ongoing lifecycle costs,” says Andrew Myung, President, IDIS America.

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