VIVOTEK launches H.265 outdoor-ready IR PTZ dome solution kit
VIVOTEK launches H.265 outdoor-ready IR PTZ dome solution kit

VIVOTEK’s brand new H.265 outdoor-ready Full HD IR PTZ domes are newly designed for easy installation and flexible integration with VIVOTEK high power PoE Injectors. VIVOTEK is pleased to provide the bundle kits to save users installation time and hardware costs for any outdoor applications. Low light surveillance in large coverage areas The SD9365/66 is the latest professional speed dome camera with wiper from VIVOTEK, specifically designed to enhance low light surveillance in large coverage areas. Equipped with 150M/250M IR illuminators and a 20x/30x optical zoom lens, the SD9365/66 provides a superb low light image in the most challenging situations. The SD9365/66 also adopts VIVOTEK's latest IR technology, VAIR (Vari-Angle IR). VIVOTEK's VAIR provides smooth vari-angle adjustment of the IR illuminators, allowing broad coverage FOV and highly uniform IR intensity while avoiding hot-spots traditionally associated with IR illumination. Fine details, high quality The SD9365/66 is the PTZ surveillance camera with IR Illumination to utilise H.265 compression technology. When combined with VIVOTEK's Smart Stream II technology users can obtain bandwidth savings of up to 80% compared to traditional H.264. By combining 1080p full HD resolution with H.265, IR illuminators, Vari-Angle IR, WDR Pro, and 20x/30x optical zoom, the SD9365/66 is able to capture fine details at top-notch quality, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  VIVOTEK further strengthened the camera performance with an IP66- and NEMA 4X-rated housing to protect the camera against rain, dust, and corrosion. The SD9365/66 has a wide operating temperature range from -40°C to 55°C, ensuring continuous operation under the most extreme weather conditions and hazardous environments. This makes the SD9365/66 ideally suited to monitor wide open spaces such as ports, highways, cities, and parking lots where high-level precision is required.

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VIVOTEK releases H.265 IR speed dome camera SD9364-EHL
VIVOTEK releases H.265 IR speed dome camera SD9364-EHL

VIVOTEK’s SD9364-EHL is a brand-new professional speed dome camera with 150 M IR, specifically designed for wide open areas even in total darkness. IR technology The SD9364-EHL is equipped with high-performance H.265/H.264/MJPEG compression technology and extra-smooth video quality with up to 150 M IR illumination, providing superb low-light imagery with an adjustable Zoom Lens, and clearly enhanced resolution for any moving object at night-time. In addition, the SD9364-EHL also adopts VIVOTEK latest IR technology, VAIR (Vari-Angle IR), which provides up to 150 metre IR illumination with smooth vari-angle adjustment, broad coverage of FOV and highly uniform IR intensity while avoiding hot-spot issues. H.265 compression The SD9364-EHL is the first PTZ surveillance camera with IR Illumination to utilise H.265 compression technology. When combined with VIVOTEK's Smart Stream II technology users can obtain bandwidth savings of up to 80% compared to traditional H.264. By combining 1080p full HD resolution with H.265, IR illuminators, VAIR, WDR, and 30x optical zoom, the SD9364-EHL is able to capture fine details at top-notch quality, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. VIVOTEK further strengthened the camera performance with an IP67- and NEMA 4X-rated housing to protect the camera against rain, dust, and corrosion. The SD9364-EHL has a wide operating temperature range from -50°C to 55°C, ensuring continuous operation under the most extreme weather conditions and hazardous environments. This makes the SD9364-EHL ideally suited to monitor wide open spaces such as ports, highways, cities, and parking lots where high-level precision is required. As with all VIVOTEK true day/night cameras, the SD9364-EHL features a removable IR-cut filter, maintaining clear images 24 hours a day. Audio detection is included by recognising changes in ambient noise. The SD9364-EHL also includes a SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot and supports up to 60 fps in 1080P full HD. For the most demanding outdoor surveillance application, there is nothing that compares to the VIVOTEK SD9364-EHL.

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VIVOTEK showcases new network cameras for transportation applications at ASIS 2009
VIVOTEK showcases new network cameras for transportation applications at ASIS 2009

VIVOTEK 2MP network camera for mass transit - FD7160 2MP CMOS sensor & wide angle fixed lens Real-time MPEG-4 and MJPEG compression (Dual Codec) Multiple streams simultaneously Tamper detection for unauthorised changes Weather-proof IP66-rated housing Built-in 802.3af compliant PoE MicroSD/SDHC card slot for on-board storage Excellent image quality The FD7160 is equipped with a 2-megapixel sensor, making it capable of providing highly detailed images by which users can easily and accurately identify minute objects such as vehicle license plates or facial features. Together with a wide angle fixed lens, the FD7160 can deliver a broad, clear field of view, making it possible to monitor an entire indoor area and record all in-vehicle activities using a single 2-megapixel camera. Reliability in demanding environments FD7160 meets the EN50155's requirements for temperature, shock and vibration, providing high reliability and rugged performance during movement. Its weather-proof IP66-rated housing provides protection from extreme weather conditions, dust, and moisture. Enhanced security As an invaluable solution for vandalism-prone areas, FD7160 can detect camera tampering attempts and notify the operator for instant response. It has a metal base that can resist fierce impact, thereby ensuring functional operation at all times. Easy installation FD7160 features a compact size and discreet design for easy installation on the sloping surface of the vehicles. The PoE avoids cabling issues during installation and future maintenance. Uninterrupted recording The MicroSD/SDHC card slot allows for short-term and portable video storage on removable memory cards, thereby providing a higher level of convenience.

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VIVOTEK panoramic PTZ seamless surveillance solution
VIVOTEK panoramic PTZ seamless surveillance solution

360° Seamless Surveillance Solution Panoramic PTZ is an innovative new feature developed by the VIVOTEK R&D team. This technique incorporates the strengths of a VIVOTEK megapixel fisheye camera with speed dome camera, which allows users to simultaneously monitor an overview from a fisheye model and a detailed regional view from a speed dome. The VIVOTEK megapixel fisheye camera provides 180° panoramic view or 360° surround view without blind spots, while the VIVOTEK speed dome provides fast, precise pan/tilt/zoom movement using its sophisticated mechanisms and captures details at top-notch quality. The suitable applications of Panoramic PTZ include department stores, station lobbies, airports, parking lots, and any wide open areas where comprehensive video surveillance systems and the capability for extreme video detail are essential. The combination of a fisheye global view and a speed dome accomplishes a seamless surveillance solution in which the fisheye camera's global view is used as the "command" unit to detect events over an entire area, and the speed dome acts as the "slave" to track and zoom in on suspicious objects for detail at up to 1080p resolution with 20X optical zoom. In both the panoramic as well as surround view, users can utilize the ultra-smooth PTZ function to easily zoom in and focus on a region of interest (ROI) via a mouse to track the object of interest, allowing monitoring of a wide open area with ease. By activating the auto tracking feature, the level of operation is increased as the fisheye is used to trigger the speed dome to track moving objects within a wide area before an operator may be aware of suspicious activity. Most importantly, VIVOTEK Panoramic PTZ saves on the overall cost of the surveillance system, effectively reducing the number of cameras, labor cost of installation, power consumption, and following maintenance expense.

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VIVOTEK’s 12MP 360° Deep Learning Camera
VIVOTEK’s 12MP 360° Deep Learning Camera

VIVOTEK’s FE9391-EV is a market-leading H.265 12-megapixel day-and-night Deep Learning fisheye network camera, featuring a detailed 12-megapixel CMOS sensor which guarantees superb image quality and 360-degree surround views with zero blind spots. Accurate people detection capability Base on VIVOTEK’s people tracking AI engine, the FE9391-EV is equipped with accurate people detection capability which only people activities will serve as event triggers. Furthermore, armed with VIVOTEK’s self-developed Deep Learning Smart 360 VCA technology, the FE9391-EV provides new functionalities including Intrusion Detection, Crowd Detection, and Loitering Detection. These features are the next steps in elevating surveillance cameras from image capturing devices to advanced notification instruments, allowing users to significantly reduce false alarms. Anti-intrusion software To respond the rising cyber risks of IoT device, the FE9391-EV is embedded with Trend Micro’s anti-intrusion software with multi-layer protection, including brute force attack detection, intrusion detection & prevention, and instant damage control. Users can obtain higher cyber security protection and minimise cyber risks of surveillance network. Working together, these advanced features ensure the new smart fisheye camera FE9391-EV is both highly intelligent and robustly secure.  Panomorph lens technology The FE9391-EV's use of the latest in panomorph lens technology has led to much improved image quality with a huge drop in edge distortion. It is also updated with the latest in IR illumination, VIVOTEK's Smart IR II technology with Adaptive IR. Adaptive IR enables the FE9391-EV's IR illuminators to adjust to the scene together or individually to provide the best possible IR image, reducing glaring hotspots and/or underexposed dark spots. It is an ideal camera for the open areas such as airports, shopping malls, parking lots, retail stores, offices and more.

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VIVOTEK FE8191/FE8391-V fisheye network cameras
VIVOTEK FE8191/FE8391-V fisheye network cameras

VIVOTEK unveils its first ultra-megapixel fisheye network camera FE8191 and the world’s first ultra-megapixel IR fisheye network camera FE8391-V The VIVOTEK FE8191 and FE8391-V are market-leading ultra-megapixel fisheye network cameras with VIVOTEK’s persistence and commitment to the development of outstanding fisheye network cameras. The FE8391-V uniquely features a 12MP CMOS sensor and built-in IR LEDs, making this model the world’s first ultra-megapixel fisheye with IR illumination, consequently satisfying consumers’ demand for products with diversified applications. The 12MP CMOS sensor and 1.5 mm lens employed in both cameras not only guarantee excellent image quality, but also provide 180° panoramic (wall mount) or 360° surround viewing (ceiling/floor mount), achieving unobstructed monitoring of wide, open areas such as airports, shopping malls, parking lots, retail stores, and offices. In addition, the FE8191 and FE8391-V are designed with a removable IR-cut filter and WDR Enhancement technology, which allows the cameras to maintain optimal image quality around the clock and unparalleled visibility under highly contrasted lighting environments, and 3D Noise Reduction technology, which enables the cameras to capture clear, polished video under low-light conditions. Furthermore, the FE8391-V is designed with a vandal-proof IK10-rated and IP66-rated weatherproof housing, enhancing the camera’s durability against harsh environmental conditions and vandalism. The design of built-in IR LEDs and patent-protected light cup enables FE8391-V to provide uniformly and even 360° surround illumination for clear viewing up to distances of 10 meters, even in completely dark environments. VIVOTEK sincerely invites you to check out our FE8191 & FE8391-V at IFSEC International 2015 VIVOTEK is proud to be one of the exhibitors at IFSEC International 2015, the grand festival for the security industry and the global stage for security innovation and expertise, at the ExCeL London during June 16-18. We sincerely invite you to visit us at our booth, E555, to check out these two supreme fisheye network cameras!

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VIVOTEK H.265 IR Speed Dome SD9364-EH
VIVOTEK H.265 IR Speed Dome SD9364-EH

The SD9364-EH is the latest professional speed dome camera from VIVOTEK, specifically designed to enhance low light surveillance in large coverage areas. Latest IR & compression technology Equipped with 250M IR illuminators and a 30x optical zoom lens, the SD9364-EH provides a superb low light image in the most challenging situations. The SD9364-EH also adopts VIVOTEK's latest IR technology, VAIR (Vari-Angle IR). VIVOTEK's VAIR provides smooth vari-angle adjustment of the IR illuminators, allowing broad coverage FOV and highly uniform IR intensity while avoiding hot-spots traditionally associated with IR illumination. The SD9364-EH utilises H.265 compression technology. When combined with VIVOTEK's Smart Stream II technology, users can obtain bandwidth savings of up to 80% compared to traditional H.264 (depending on the scene being monitored). By combining 1080p full HD resolution with H.265, IR illuminators, VAIR, WDR, and 30x optical zoom, the SD9364-EH is able to capture fine details at top-notch quality, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. High-level precision for wide open spaces VIVOTEK further strengthened the camera performance with an IP66- and NEMA 4X-rated housing to protect the camera against rain, dust, and corrosion. The SD9364-EH has a wide operating temperature range from -50°C to 55°C, ensuring continuous operation under the most extreme weather conditions and hazardous environments. This makes the SD9364-EH ideally suited to monitor wide open spaces such as ports, highways, cities, and parking lots where high-level precision is required. As with all VIVOTEK true day/night cameras, the SD9364-EH features a removable IR-cut filter, maintaining clear images 24 hours a day. Audio detection is included by recognising changes in ambient noise. The SD9364-EH also includes a SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot and supports up to 60 fps in 1080P full HD. For the most demanding outdoor surveillance application, there is nothing that compares to the VIVOTEK SD9364-EH.

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Vivotek FD8136 - world’s smallest network fixed dome camera
Vivotek FD8136 - world’s smallest network fixed dome camera

VIVOTEK FD8136 is the world’s smallest network fixed dome camera. With installation as easy as one-two-three and Power over Ethernet (PoE) functionality, setup time is completed in less than 120 seconds, making installation quick and easy. The FD8136 features a megapixel sensor enabling viewing resolution of 1280x800 at 30 fps, and also supports the industry-standard H.264 compression technology, drastically reducing file sizes and conserving valuable network bandwidth. With MPEG-4 and MJPEG compatibility also included, video streams can also be transmitted in any of these formats for versatile applications. Designed with selectable focal lengths, FD8136 can be used in various environments, including but not limited to offices, elevators, campus, chain stores, boutique stores and health care facilities. At the size of only 90 mm in diameter, VIVOTEK FD8136 is truly an all-in-one surveillance solution that meets a wide variety of needs for indoor surveillance. The package also includes VIVOTEK's 32-channel recording software. With all this and more, the FD8136 is the ideal solution for your surveillance needs. Features 1-megapixel CMOS Sensor Up to 30 fps @ 1280x800 Real-time H.264, MPEG-4 and MJPEG Compression (Triple Codec) Built-in 802.3af Compliant PoE Built-in MicroSD/SDHC Card Slot for On-board Storage Compact and Stylish Design Quick and Easy Installation Completed in Less Than 120 Seconds

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VIVOTEK’s FE8172V is a fisheye fixed dome network camera featuring 5MP-resolution sensor
VIVOTEK’s FE8172V is a fisheye fixed dome network camera featuring 5MP-resolution sensor

VIVOTEK FE8172V is the fisheye fixed dome network camera from VIVOTEK, featuring detailed 5MP-resolution sensor with superb image quality. Equipped with a fisheye lens for 180° panoramic view (wall mount) or 360° surround view (ceiling/floor/table mount) without blind spots, this camera is able to provide an 12X wider field of view than a standard VGA camera. It is extremely suitable for monitoring open areas such as airports, shopping malls, parking lots, retail stores, offices and more. The FE8172V offers various display layouts, including original surround view, panoramic view, and regional view for various mounting applications. With the latest cutting-edge image processing capability, hemispherical images captured from the fisheye camera can be converted into conventional rectilinear projection for viewing and analysis. In addition, in both of the panoramic as well as regional viewing modes, users can utilise the ultra-smooth ePTZ function to easily zoom in and focus on a region of interest (ROI). As with all VIVOTEK true day/night cameras, the FE8172V features a removable IR-cut filter, maintaining clear images 24 hours a day. Its IP66-rated housing is designed to help the camera body withstand rain and dust and ensures operation under a multitude of harsh weather conditions. Additionally, the vandal-proof IK10-rated housing effectively provides robust protection from vandalism. Together with 802.3af compliant PoE, microSD/SDHC/SDXC card slot for on-board storage, EN50155 mobile surveillance and iPad applications, the FE8172V is indisputably the top choice for constructing a robust surveillance system with the greatest coverage possible. Features 5-megapixel CMOS Sensor Up to 30 fps @ 1080p Full HD 1.05 mm Fisheye Lens for 180° Panoramic View and 360° Surround View Removable IR-cut Filter for Day & Night Function EN50155 Compliance for Professional Mobile Surveillance Real-time H.264, MPEG-4 and MJPEG Compression (Triple Codec) WDR Enhancement for Unparalleled Visibility in Extremely Bright or Dark Environments Vandal-proof IK10-rated and Weather-proof IP66-rated Housing ePTZ for Data Efficiency Built-in 802.3af Compliant PoE Built-in MicroSD/SDHC/SDXC Card Slot for On-board Storage

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VIVOTEK introduces the SD8363E Speed Dome Network Camera
VIVOTEK introduces the SD8363E Speed Dome Network Camera

VIVOTEK SD8363E is part of the SUPREME series product line offering 1080p Full HD resolution with superb image quality. Adopting a 20x optical zoom lens, the SD8363E is able to capture details at top-notch quality. The IP66- and NEMA 4X-rated housing protects the camera body against rain, dust, and corrosion within a wide temperature range of between -40°C to 55°C. This feature ensures operation under extreme weather conditions and hazardous environments. It is especially suitable for monitoring wide open indoor/outdoor spaces such as airports, highways and parking lots where high-level reliability and precision are always required. The SD8363E supports high-performance H.264/MPEG-4/MJPEG compression technology and offers extra smooth video quality with resolution up to 30 fps @ 1080p. Boasting WDR Pro technology, the SD8363E can also cope with challenging lighting conditions and generate image quality close to the capabilities of the human eye. With a sophisticated pan/tilt mechanism, the camera provides fast, precise movement with continuous 360-degree pan and 220-degree tilt. Users can also easily control the lens position via a mouse or a joystick to track the object of interest and set up to 256 preset positions for patrolling. With the built-in auto tracking feature, the SD8363E provides instantaneous reaction to suspicious moving objects in wide area locations before operators are aware of activity. As with all VIVOTEK true day/night cameras, the SD8363E features a removable IR-cut filter, maintaining clear images 24 hours a day. With audio detection, by recognising increases or decreases in sound volume, an additional layer of intrusion detection is ensured. Zoom enhancement provides 60x optical zoom at 640x360 resolution by which VGA-level bandwidth is used to obtain image details as high as 1080p resolution. With other advanced features such as SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot, 802.3at compliant PoE Plus and 60 fps high quality video, the SD8363E is the best choice for the most demanding outdoor surveillance applications.

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VIVOTEK’s SD8161 1080p Full HD resolution with superb image quality
VIVOTEK’s SD8161 1080p Full HD resolution with superb image quality

VIVOTEK’s SD8161 is part of the SUPREME series product line offering 1080p Full HD resolution with superb image quality. Adopting a 18x optical zoom lens and sophisticated pan/tilt mechanism, the SD8161 is able to capture fine detail at top-notch quality, and is especially suitable for wide open indoor spaces such as airports and lobbies where highest levels of reliability and precision are always required.  The SD8161 supports high-performance H.264/MJPEG compression technology and offers extra smooth video quality with resolution of up to 30 fps @ 1080p. With WDR Enhancement technology, the SD8161 can also cope with challenging lighting conditions and generate image quality close to the capabilities of the human eye. With a sophisticated pan/tilt mechanism, the camera provides fast, precise movement with continuous 360-degree pan and 220-degree tilt. Users can also easily control the lens position via a mouse or a joystick to track the object of interest and set up to 256 preset positions. With its built-in auto tracking feature, the SD8161 further provides instantaneous reaction to suspicious moving objects in wide area locations, even before operators are aware of activity. With other advanced features such as MicroSD/SDHC/SDXC card slot, 802.3at compliant PoE Plus and 30 fps high quality video, the SD8161 is the best choice for the most demanding indoor surveillance applications.  Key Features 2-Megapixel CMOS Sensor 30 fps @ 1920 x 1080 18x Zoom Lens Real-time H.264 and MJPEG Compression WDR Enhancement for Unparalleled Visibility in Extremely Bright and Dark Environments Audio Detection for Instant Alerts Auto Tracking for Moving Objects Built-in 802.3at Compliant PoE Plus 3D Privacy Masks for Additional Protection Built-in MicroSD/SDHC/SDXC Card Slot for On-board Storage

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IP Dome cameras - Expert commentary

We have the technology to make society safer – how long can we justify not using it?
We have the technology to make society safer – how long can we justify not using it?

While the application of facial recognition within both public and private spheres continues to draw criticism from those who see it as a threat to civil rights, this technology has become extremely commonplace in the lives of iPhone users. It is so prevalent, in fact, that by 2024 it is predicted that 90% of smartphones will use biometric facial recognition hardware. CCTV surveillance cameras  Similarly, CCTV is a well-established security measure that many of us are familiar with, whether through spotting images displayed on screens in shops, hotels and offices, or noticing cameras on the side of buildings. It is therefore necessary we ask the question of why, when facial recognition is integrated with security surveillance technology, does it become such a source of contention? It is not uncommon for concerns to be voiced against innovation. History has taught us that it is human nature to fear the unknown, especially if it seems that it may change life as we know it. Yet technology is an ever-changing, progressive part of the 21st century and it is important we start to shift the narrative away from privacy threats, to the force for good that LFR (Live Facial Recognition) represents. Live Facial Recognition (LFR) We understand the arguments from those that fear the ethics of AI and the data collection within facial recognition Across recent weeks, we have seen pleas from UK organisations to allow better police access to facial recognition technology in order to fight crime. In the US, there are reports that LAPD is the latest police force to be properly regulating its use of facial recognition to aid criminal investigations, which is certainly a step in the right direction. While it is understandable that society fears technology that they do not yet understand, this lack of knowledge is exactly why the narrative needs to shift. We understand the arguments from those that fear the ethics of AI and the data collection within facial recognition, we respect these anxieties. However, it is time to level the playing field of the facial recognition debate and communicate the plethora of benefits it offers society. Facial recognition technology - A force for good Facial recognition technology has already reached such a level of maturity and sophistication that there are huge opportunities for it to be leveraged as a force for good in real-world scenarios. As well as making society safer and more secure, I would go as far to say that LFR is able to save lives. One usage that could have a dramatic effect on reducing stress in people with mental conditions is the ability for facial recognition to identify those with Alzheimer’s. If an older individual is seemingly confused, lost or distressed, cameras could alert local medical centres or police stations of their identity, condition and where they need to go (a home address or a next of kin contact). Granted, this usage would be one that does incorporate a fair bit of personal data, although this information would only be gathered with consent from each individual. Vulnerable people could volunteer their personal data to local watchlists in order to ensure their safety when out in society, as well as to allow quicker resolutions of typically stressful situations. Tracking and finding missing persons Another possibility for real world positives to be drawn from facial recognition is to leverage the technology to help track or find missing persons, a lost child for instance. The most advanced forms of LFR in the market are now able to recognise individuals even if up to 50% of their face is covered and from challenging or oblique angles. Therefore, there is a significant opportunity not only to return people home safely, more quickly, but also reduce police hours spent on analysing CCTV footage. Rapid scanning of images Facial recognition technology can rapidly scan images for a potential match Facial recognition technology can rapidly scan images for a potential match, as a more reliable and less time-consuming option than the human alternative. Freed-up officers could also then work more proactively on the ground, patrolling their local areas and increasing community safety and security twofold. It is important to understand that these facial recognition solutions should not be applied to every criminal case, and the technology must be used responsibly. However, these opportunities to use LFR as force for good are undeniable.   Debunking the myths One of the central concerns around LFR is the breach of privacy that is associated with ‘watchlists’. There is a common misconception, however, that the data of every individual that passes a camera is processed and then stored. The reality is that watch lists are compiled with focus on known criminals, while the general public can continue life as normal. The very best facial recognition will effectively view a stream of blurred faces, until it detects one that it has been programmed to recognise. For example, an individual that has previously shoplifted from a local supermarket may have their biometric data stored, so when they return to that location the employees are alerted to a risk of further crimes being committed. Considering that the cost of crime prevention to retailers in recent years has been around £1 billion, which therefore impacts consumer prices and employee wages, security measures to tackle this issue are very much in the public interest. Most importantly, the average citizen has no need to fear being ‘followed’ by LFR cameras. If data is stored, it is for a maximum of 0.6 seconds before being deleted. Privacy Privacy is ingrained in facial recognition solutions, yet it seems the debate often ignores this side of the story Privacy is ingrained in facial recognition solutions, yet it seems the debate often ignores this side of the story. It is essential we spend more time and effort communicating exactly why watchlists are made, who they are made for and how they are being used, if we want to de-bunk myths and change the narrative. As science and technology professionals, heading up this exciting innovation, we must put transparency and accountability at the centre of what we do. Tony Porter, former Surveillance Camera Commissioner and current CPO at Corsight AI, has previously worked on developing processes that audit and review watch lists. Such restrictions are imperative in order for AI and LFR to be used legally, as well as ethically and responsibly. Biometrics, mask detection and contactless payments Nevertheless, the risks do not outweigh the benefits. Facial recognition should and can be used for good in so many more ways than listed above, including biometric, contactless payments, detecting whether an individual is wearing a facemask and is therefore, safe to enter a building, identifying a domestic abuse perpetrator returning to the scene of a crime and alerting police. There are even opportunities for good that we have not thought of yet. It is therefore not only a waste not to use this technology where we can, prioritising making society a safer place, it is immoral to stand by and let crimes continue while we have effective, reliable mitigation solutions.  

Safety in smart cities: How video surveillance keeps security front and centre
Safety in smart cities: How video surveillance keeps security front and centre

Urban populations are expanding rapidly around the globe, with an expected growth of 1.56 billion by 2040. As the number of people living and working in cities continues to grow, the ability to keep everyone safe is an increasing challenge. However, technology companies are developing products and solutions with these futuristic cities in mind, as the reality is closer than you may think. Solutions that can help to watch over public places and share data insights with city workers and officials are increasingly enabling smart cities to improve the experience and safety of the people who reside there. Rising scope of 5G, AI, IoT and the Cloud The main foundations that underpin smart cities are 5G, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Cloud. Each is equally important, and together, these technologies enable city officials to gather and analyse more detailed insights than ever before. For public safety in particular, having IoT and cloud systems in place will be one of the biggest factors to improving the quality of life for citizens. Smart cities have come a long way in the last few decades, but to truly make a smart city safe, real-time situational awareness and cross-agency collaboration are key areas which must be developed as a priority. Innovative surveillance cameras with integrated IoT Public places need to be safe, whether that is an open park, shopping centre, or the main roads through towns Public places need to be safe, whether that is an open park, shopping centre, or the main roads through towns. From dangerous drivers to terrorist attacks, petty crime on the streets to high profile bank robberies, innovative surveillance cameras with integrated IoT and cloud technologies can go some way to helping respond quickly to, and in some cases even prevent, the most serious incidents. Many existing safety systems in cities rely on aging and in some places legacy technology, such as video surveillance cameras. Many of these also use on-premises systems rather than utilising the benefits of the cloud. Smart programming to deliver greater insights These issues, though not creating a major problem today, do make it more challenging for governments and councils to update their security. Changing every camera in a city is a huge undertaking, but in turn, doing so would enable all cameras to be connected to the cloud, and provide more detailed information which can be analysed by smart programming to deliver greater insights. The physical technologies that are currently present in most urban areas lack the intelligent connectivity, interoperability and integration interfaces that smart cities need. Adopting digital technologies isn’t a luxury, but a necessity. Smart surveillance systems It enables teams to gather data from multiple sources throughout the city in real-time, and be alerted to incidents as soon as they occur. Increased connectivity and collaboration ensures that all teams that need to be aware of a situation are informed instantly. For example, a smart surveillance system can identify when a road accident has occurred. It can not only alert the nearest ambulance to attend the scene, but also the local police force to dispatch officers. An advanced system that can implement road diversions could also close roads around the incident immediately and divert traffic to other routes, keeping everyone moving and avoiding a build-up of vehicles. This is just one example: without digital systems, analysing patterns of vehicle movements to address congestion issues could be compromised, as would the ability to build real-time crime maps and deploy data analytics which make predictive policing and more effective crowd management possible. Cloud-based technologies Cloud-based technologies provide the interoperability, scalability and automation Cloud-based technologies provide the interoperability, scalability and automation that is needed to overcome the limitations of traditional security systems. Using these, smart cities can develop a fully open systems architecture that delivers interoperation with both local and other remote open systems. The intelligence of cloud systems can not only continue to allow for greater insights as technology develops over time, but it can do so with minimal additional infrastructure investment. Smart surveillance in the real world Mexico City has a population of almost 9 million people, but if you include the whole metropolitan area, this number rises sharply to over 21 million in total, making it one of the largest cities on the planet. Seven years ago, the city first introduced its Safe City initiative, and ever since has been developing newer and smarter ways to keep its citizens safe. In particular, its cloud-based security initiative is making a huge impact. Over the past three years, Mexico City has installed 58,000 new video surveillance cameras throughout the city, in public spaces and on transport, all of which are connected to the City’s C5 (Command, Control, Computers, Communications and Citizen Contact) facility. Smart Cities operations The solution enables officers as well as the general public to upload videos via a mobile app to share information quickly, fixed, body-worn and vehicle cameras can also be integrated to provide exceptional insight into the city’s operations. The cloud-based platform can easily be upgraded to include the latest technology innovations such as licence plate reading, behavioural analysis software, video analytics and facial recognition software, which will all continue to bring down crime rates and boost response times to incidents. The right cloud approach Making the shift to cloud-based systems enables smart cities to eliminate dependence on fibre-optic connectivity and take advantage of a variety of Internet and wireless connectivity options that can significantly reduce application and communication infrastructure costs. Smart cities need to be effective in years to come, not just in the present day, or else officials have missed one of the key aspects of a truly smart city. System designers must build technology foundations now that can be easily adapted in the future to support new infrastructure as it becomes available. Open system architecture An open system architecture will also be vital for smart cities to enhance their operations For example, this could include opting for a true cloud application that can support cloud-managed local devices and automate their management. An open system architecture will also be vital for smart cities to enhance their operations and deliver additional value-add services to citizens as greater capabilities become possible in the years to come. The advances today in cloud and IoT technologies are rapid, and city officials and authorities have more options now to develop their smart cities than ever before and crucially, to use these innovations to improve public safety. New safety features Though implementing these cloud-based systems now requires investment, as new safety features are designed, there will be lower costs and challenges associated with introducing these because the basic infrastructure will already exist. Whether that’s gunshot detection or enabling the sharing of video infrastructure and data across multiple agencies in real time, smart video surveillance on cloud-based systems can bring a wealth of the new opportunities.

Biometrics provides industries with security, access control, and data protection
Biometrics provides industries with security, access control, and data protection

Several major players vigorously employ biometric recognition technologies around the globe. Governments use biometrics to control immigration, security, and create national databases of biometric profiles. Being one of the most striking examples, the Indian Aadhaar includes face photos, iris, and fingerprints of about 1.2 billion people. Financial institutions, on their part, make use of biometrics to protect transactions by confirming a client's identity, as well as develop and provide services without clients visiting the office. Besides, biometric technology ensures security and optimises passenger traffic at transport facilities and collects data about customers, and investigates theft and other incidents in retail stores. Widespread use of biometrics Business, which suddenly boosted the development of biometrics, is an active user of biometric technology Business, which suddenly boosted the development of biometrics, is another active user of biometric technology. Industries choose biometric systems, as these systems are impossible to trick in terms of security, access control, and data protection. Being in demand in business, these three tasks are also relevant for the industry. However, the use of biometrics at industrial sites is discussed unfairly seldom. Therefore, it is the face identification that is the most convenient there, as workers often use gloves, or their hands may be contaminated, and the palm pattern is distorted by heavy labour. All these features make it difficult to recognise people by fingerprints or veins and significantly reduce identification reliability. Therefore, industries seek facial recognition solutions. Thus, let us demonstrate the application of face recognition technology at different enterprises, regardless of the area. Facial recognition use in incident management Facial biometric products are known to automate and improve the efficiency of security services by enriching any VMS system. These systems provide an opportunity of instantly informing the operator about recognised or unrecognised people, and their list membership, as well as save all the detected images for further security incident investigation. Furthermore, some sophisticated facial biometric systems even provide an opportunity to build a map of the movements of specific people around a site. Besides, it is relevant not only for conducting investigations but also in countering the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Identifying and tracking COVID-19 positive cases Therefore, if an employee or visitor with a positive COVID-19 test enters a facility, the system will help to track his/her movement and identify his/her specific location. It will also help to take the necessary measures for spot sanitary processing. Thus, the introduction of biometric facial recognition at the industrial enterprise can improve and speed up the incidents’ response and investigations without spending hours watching the video archive. Access control system to secure physical assets The right access control system can help industries secure physical and informational assets The right access control system can help industries secure physical and informational assets, cut personnel costs, and keep employees safe. Facial recognition systems may enrich access control systems of any company by providing more security. As biometric characteristics, by which the system assesses the compliance of a person with the available profiles in the database, cannot be faked or passed. The human factor is also reduced to zero, due to the fact that while identity documents can be changed, the inspector can make a mistake or treat his/her task carelessly, be in collusion with an intruder, the biometric system simply compares a person in front of the camera with the biometric profiles database. Biometric facial identification software For example, RecFaces product Id-Gate, a specialised software product for reliable access control to the site, checks the access rights by using biometric facial identification alone or in conjunction with traditional IDs (electronic passes, access keys, etc.), which means that there is almost a zero probability of passing to the site by someone else's ID. The access control system’s functionality allows one to strictly account the number and time of all the facility’s visitors and also track their movement. When unauthorised access is attempted or a person from the stop list is detected, Id-Gate sends an automatic notification to the access control system and operator. Enhanced data and information security Even despite the division of access to different industrial enterprise areas, the security service needs to provide independent information system security. Employees with the same facility access rights may have different access rights to data. However, in that case, a personal password is not enough, as an employee may forget it, write it down and leave it as a reminder, tell a colleague to do something for him/her during the vacation, or just enter it at another person’s presence. Password-free biometric authentication systems make the procedure user-friendly and secure Password-free biometric authentication Password-free biometric authentication systems make the procedure user-friendly and secure. Such systems usually provide an option of two-step verification when successful password entry is additionally confirmed by biometric recognition. Hence, it is particularly relevant due to the current lockdown in many countries. To sum up, the application of biometric technologies solves several issues of the industry, such as: Optimises and partially automates the work of the security service, as it provides reliable identification and verification of visitors/employees, reduces the amount of time spent on finding a person on video and making a map of his/her movements, without spending hours on watching video archive in case of investigation. Provides a high level of reliability and protection from unauthorised access to the enterprise and the information system. Provides a two-step verification of the user/visitor (including password and biometric data) and almost eliminates the risk of substitution of user data/ID.

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