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

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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Global video surveillance pioneer March Networks® acquired by Delta
Global video surveillance pioneer March Networks® acquired by Delta

Canadian-based video surveillance and business intelligence front-runner March Networks® announced the completion of its acquisition by Delta, a global pioneer in power and thermal management solutions. Through its subsidiary Delta International Holding Limited B.V., Delta acquired 100% of the shares in Infinova (Canada) Ltd., owner of March Networks, from Infinova International Ltd. About March Networks Headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, March Networks is a global pioneer in enterprise video surveillance and video-based business intelligence solutions. The company works with many Fortune 500 businesses including leading banks, retailers, and transit agencies, as well as commercial and government organisations. With Delta, March Networks will accelerate its transition toward cloud video surveillance services" “With Delta’s support, March Networks will accelerate its transition toward cloud video surveillance services,” said March Networks President and CEO Peter Strom. “We’re excited to be working with Delta as our new parent company, and we look forward to the projected growth of the cloud video market.” Video surveillance and automation solutions The acquisition of March Networks is expected to strengthen Delta’s presence in the video surveillance market beyond VIVOTEK, of which it owns a majority stake. It will also complement Delta’s building automation solutions. March Networks will continue to operate as an independent brand, while the existing March Networks executive management team, led by Strom, remains in place. Houlihan Lokey acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Infinova and March Networks for this transaction.

Azena to host ESCON 2021 conference to explore innovation in AI video analytics
Azena to host ESCON 2021 conference to explore innovation in AI video analytics

Azena is announcing that it will host ESCON 2021, a free to all ecosystem conference for smart security stakeholders, on 2 December from 3-6 pm CET. Broadcast live from the BMW Welt, Munich’s iconic landmark, ESCON will bring together leaders in the AI video analytics space to discuss the future of Artificial Intelligence and IoT technologies in the security and safety industry. Actionable operational intelligence “The potential of AI, IoT and video analytics and the influence on the security and safety industries has never been higher and will continue to shape how end users can leverage the data, generated by these technologies, to improve their business,” said Hartmut Schaper, chief executive officer of Azena. “We are most excited to hear from the participating industry visionaries and experts, as we explore the future ways of our open platform to deliver actionable operational intelligence.” About ESCON 2021 Key members of Azena's teams will provide updates on upcoming ecosystem and platform developments Two breakout sessions will provide discussions geared toward project planning and implementation for end-users and integrators as well as for app developers looking for insights into creative methods for application development and sales. The winners of the 2021 App Challenge, which resulted in new solutions for transportation, stadiums, and infrastructure, will be recognised and key members of the Azena product and business development teams will provide updates on upcoming ecosystem and platform developments. Guest speaker highlights include: Oliver Philippou, Research Manager - Physical Security, OMDIA, on the current state and future of video surveillance analytics, with insights into a shifting market and the trends shaping it for customers and suppliers. Josh Woodhouse, Lead Analyst, and Founder, Novaira, on what role software-defined video surveillance will play in the evolution of the video surveillance market and the associated systems integration business. José Daniel Garcia Espinel, Global Innovation Director, Prosegur, on how to build a world-class security offering by using AI and IoT solutions to increase security operators’ efficiency and provide best in class security. Steve Ma, VP, Open Platform Business Division, VIVOTEK, and VP and Chairman of Strategy Committee, OSSA, on capitalising on the video revolution and combining best of breed hardware with an open platform approach to maximise value for customers. Lucas Adt, Business Development Manager, Sensormatic, on how AI video analytics supports retailers in improving both store performance and shopper experience. Werner Braun, Head of Portfolio Management, Siemens Keven Marier, Vice President Technology Partners, Milestone

Delta Electronics acquires March Networks to complement their building automation solutions
Delta Electronics acquires March Networks to complement their building automation solutions

Delta, a provider of power and thermal management solutions, announces its board of directors has approved the purchase of 100% of the shares in Infinova (Canada) Ltd., owner of Canadian-based video surveillance and business intelligence pioneer March Networks® from Infinova International Ltd. for USD 114 million (approximately NTD 3,163,500 thousand) through its subsidiary Delta International Holding Limited B.V. The deal is expected to strengthen Delta's presence in the growing video surveillance market and complement its building automation solutions. Video surveillance technologies Ping Cheng, Delta's Chief Executive Officer, said, "Security being an integral element of smart cities is boosting the global demand for video surveillance technologies. March Networks is a proven leader in providing end-to-end solutions to some of the world's leading financial institutions, retailers, transit agencies, and commercial customers.” Security being an integral element of smart cities is boosting the global demand for video surveillance" “We are confident that the collaboration between March Networks and Delta will expand our overall market opportunity and increase Delta's exposure to the growing video market beyond our surveillance subsidiary VIVOTEK. March Networks' cloud-based video solutions and business intelligence technologies set it apart and are also a perfect fit with our commitment to developing smart green solutions for a sustainable future." Aggressive growth plans March Networks President and CEO, Peter Strom, said, "Delta's financial strength and scale – with around $10 billion USD in annual revenues, over 80,000 employees, and deep M&A capability – will serve as an ideal platform for March Networks to accelerate its strategic plan of offering cloud-based video surveillance-as-a-service (VSaaS) and video-based business intelligence solutions to enterprises worldwide." He added that March Networks' customers and partners should expect no change to the high-quality products and services they've come to expect from March Networks as it embarks on its aggressive growth plans. Following the closing of the transaction, it is expected that March Networks will continue to operate from its Canadian headquarters and the March Networks executive management team will continue to lead the organisation.

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