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Sensor data fusion for more reliable intrusion alarm systems
Sensor data fusion for more reliable intrusion alarm systems

Intrusion alarm systems are currently facing a growing number of potential error sources in the environment. At the same time, alarm systems must comply with increasingly demanding legal requirements for sensors and motion detectors. As a future-proof solution, detectors equipped with Sensor Data Fusion technology raise the level of security while reducing the risk of cost- and time-intensive false alarms. This article provides a comprehensive overview of Sensor Data Fusion technology. Anti-masking alarms A cultural heritage museum in the South of Germany for decades, the installed intrusion alarm system has provided reliable protection on the premises. But suddenly, the detectors trigger false alarms every night after the museum closes. The system integrators are puzzled and conduct extensive tests of the entire system. When they finally identify the culprit, it’s unexpected: As it turns out, the recently installed LED lighting system in the museum’s exhibition spaces radiates at a wavelength that triggers anti-masking alarms in the detectors. Not an easy fix situation, since a new lighting system would prove far too costly. Ultimately, the integrators need to perform extensive detector firmware updates and switch to different sensor architecture to eliminate the error source.  This scenario is by no means an isolated incident, but part of a growing trend. Need for reliable detector technology Legal requirements for anti-masking technology are becoming stringent in response to tactics by criminals The number of potential triggers for erroneous alarms in the environment is on the rise. From the perspective of system operators and integrators, it’s a concerning development because every false alarm lowers the credibility of an intrusion alarm system. Not to mention steep costs: Every false call to the authorities comes with a price +$200 tag.   Aside from error sources in the environment, legal requirements for anti-masking technology are becoming more stringent in response to ever more resourceful tactics employed by criminals to sidestep detectors. What’s more, today’s detectors need to be fortified against service outages and provide reliable, around-the-clock operability to catch intruders in a timely and reliable fashion. Sensor Data Fusion Technology In light of these demands, one particular approach has emerged as a future-proof solution over the past few years: Sensor Data Fusion technology, the combination of several types of sensors within one detector – designed to cross-check and verify alarm sources via intelligent algorithms – holds the keys to minimising false alarms and responding appropriately to actual alarm events. This generation of detectors combines passive infrared (PIR) and microwave Doppler radar capabilities with artificial intelligence (AI) to eliminate false alarm sources without sacrificing catch performance. Motion detectors equipped with Sensor Data Fusion technology present a fail-proof solution for building security “It’s not about packing as many sensors as possible into a detector. But it’s about including the most relevant sensors with checks and balances through an intelligent algorithm that verifies the data for a highly reliable level of security. The result is the highest-possible catch performance at the minimum risk for erroneous alarms,” said Michael Reimer, Senior Product Manager at Bosch Security Systems. Motion detectors with sensor data fusion Looking ahead into the future, motion detectors equipped with Sensor Data Fusion technology not only present a fail-proof solution for building security. The comprehensive data collected by these sensors also unlock value beyond security: Constant real-time information on temperature and humidity can be used by intelligent systems and devices in building automation. Integrated into building management systems, the sensors provide efficiency improvements and lowering energy costs Integrated into building management systems, the sensors provide the foundation for efficiency improvements and lowering energy costs in HVAC systems. Companies such as Bosch support these network synergies by constantly developing and optimising intelligent sensors. On that note, installers must be familiar with the latest generation of sensor technology to upgrade their systems accordingly, starting with a comprehensive overview of error sources in the environment. Prominent false alarm triggers in intrusion alarm systems The following factors emerge as frequent triggers of false alarms in conventional detectors: Strong temperature fluctuations can be interpreted by sensors as indicators of a person inside the building. Triggers range from floor heating sources to strong sunlight. In this context, room temperatures above 86°F (30°C) have proven particularly problematic. Dust contamination of optical detectors lowers the detection performance while raising susceptibility to false alarms. Draft air from air conditioning systems or open windows can trigger motion sensors, especially when curtains, plants, or signage attached to the ceilings (e.g. in grocery stores) are put in motion. Strong light exposure directly on the sensor surface, e.g. caused by headlights from passing vehicles, floodlights, reflected or direct sunlight – all of which sensors may interpret as a flashlight from an intruder. Extensive bandwidth frequencies in Wi-Fi routers can potentially confuse sensors. Only a few years ago, wireless routers operated on a bandwidth of around 2.7GHz while today’s devices often exceed 5GHz, thereby catching older detectors off guard. LED lights radiating at frequencies beyond the spectrum of visible light may trigger sensors with their infrared signals. Regarding the last two points, it’s important to note that legislation provides clear guidelines for the maximum frequency spectrum maintained by Wi-Fi routers and LED lighting. Long-term security But the influx of cheap and illegal products in both product groups – products that do not meet the guidelines – continues to pose problems when installed near conventional detectors. For this reason, Sensor Data Fusion technology provides a reliable solution by verifying alarms with data from several types of sensors within a single detector. Beyond providing immunity from false alarm triggers, the new generation of sensors also needs to comply with the current legislature. These guidelines include the latest EN50131-grade 3, and German VdS class C standards with clear requirements regarding anti-masking technology for detecting sabotage attempts. This is exactly where Sensor Data Fusion technology provides long-term security. Evolution of intrusion detector technology Initially, motion detectors designed for intrusion alarm systems were merely equipped with a single type of sensor; namely passive infrared technology (PIR). Upon their introduction, these sensors raised the overall level of building security tremendously in automated security systems. But over time, these sensors proved limited in their catch performance. As a result, manufacturers began implementing microwave Doppler radar capabilities to cover additional sources of intrusion alarms. First step detection technology In Bosch sensors, engineers added First Step detection to trigger instant alarms upon persons entering a room Over the next few years, sensors were also equipped with sensors detecting visible light to catch flashlights used by burglars, as well as temperature sensors. In Bosch sensors, engineers added proprietary technologies such as First Step detection to trigger instant alarms upon persons entering a room. But experience in the field soon proved, especially due to error sources such as rats and other animals, that comprehensive intrusion detection demands a synergetic approach: A combination of sensors aligned to cross-check one another for a proactive response to incoming signals. At the same time, the aforementioned bandwidth expansion in Wi-Fi routers and LED lighting systems required detectors to implement the latest circuit technology to avoid serving as ‘antennas’ for undesired signals. Sensor data fusion approach At its very core, Sensor Data Fusion technology relies on the centralised collection of all data captured by the variety of different sensors included in a single detector. These data streams are directed to a microprocessor capable of analysing the signals in real-time via a complex algorithm. This algorithm is the key to Sensor Data Fusion. It enables the detector to balance active sensors and adjust sensitivities as needed, to make truly intelligent decisions regarding whether or not the data indicates a valid alarm condition – and if so, trigger an alarm. Advanced verification mechanisms The current generation of Sensor Data Fusion detectors, for instance from Bosch, feature advanced verification mechanisms, including Microwave Noise Adaptive Processing to easily differentiate humans from false alarm sources (e.g. ceiling fans or hanging signs). For increased reliability, signals from PIR and microwave Doppler radar are compared to determine whether an actual alarm event is taking place. Additionally, the optical chamber is sealed to prevent drafts and insects from affecting the detector, while the detector is programmed for pet and small animal immunity. Sensor cross-verification Further types of sensors embedded in current and future generations of Sensor Data Fusion detectors include MEM-sensors as well as vibration sensors and accelerometers. Ultimately, it’s important to keep in mind that the cross-verification between sensors serves to increase false alarm immunity without sacrificing the catch performance of actual intruders. It merely serves to cover various indicators of intrusion. Protecting UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in China Intelligent detectors equipped with Sensor Data Fusion are protecting historic cultural artifacts in China from theft and damage. At the UNESCO-protected Terracotta Warriors Museum site, one hundred TriTech motion detectors from Bosch with PIR and microwave Doppler radar technology safeguard the invaluable treasures against intruders. To provide comprehensive protection amid the specific demands of the museum site, the detectors have been installed on walls and ceilings to safeguard the 16,300-square-meter museum site. To ensure an optimal visitor experience without interference from glass walls and other barriers, many detectors are mounted at a height of 4.5 meters (15 feet) above ground under the ceiling. Despite their height, the detectors provide accurate data around the clock while exceeding the performance limits of conventional motion detectors, which clock out at a mere 2 meters (6 feet) catchment area. Integrated video systems The site also presents additional error sources such as large amounts of dust that can contaminate the sensors, as well as visitors accidentally dropping their cameras or mobile phones next to museum exhibits. To distinguish these events from actual criminal activity, the intrusion alarm system is integrated with the museum’s video security system. This allows for verifying alarm triggers with real-time video footage at a fast pace: In the case of an actual alarm event, the system alerts the on-site security personnel in the control room in less than two seconds. Added value beyond security Sensor Data Fusion technology provides a viable solution for the rising number of error sources in the environment As of today, Sensor Data Fusion technology already provides a viable solution for the rising number of error sources in the environment while providing legally compliant building security against intruders. In light of future developments, operators can leverage significant added value from upgrading existing systems – possibly without fundamentally replacing current system architecture – to the new detector standard. Added value how? On one hand, the detectors can integrate with access control, video security, voice alarm, and analytics for a heightened level of security. These synergetic effects are especially pronounced on end-to-end platforms like the Bosch Building Management system. On the other hand, the data streams from intelligent detectors also supply actionable intelligence to building automation systems, for instance as the basis for efficiency improvements and lowering energy consumption in HVAC systems. New backward-compatible detectors Bosch will release a new series of commercial detectors by end of 2021, based on the latest research on risk factors for false alarm sources in the environment and line with current legislation and safety standards. Throughout these developments, installers can rest assured that all new detectors are fully backward compatible and work with existing networking/architecture. With that said, Sensor Data Fusion technology emerges as the key to more secure intrusion alarm systems today and in the future. TriTech detectors from Bosch For reliable, fail-proof alarms the current series of TriTech detectors from Bosch relies on a combination of different sensor data streams, evaluated by an integrated algorithm. These Sensor Data Fusion detectors from Bosch combine up to five different sensors in a single unit, including: Long-range passive infrared (PIR) sensor Short-range PIR sensor Microwave sensor White light sensor Temperature sensor Equipped with these sensors, TriTech detectors are capable of detecting the most frequent sources of false alarms; from headlights on passing cars to a mouse passing across the room at a 4.5-meter distance to the detector. What’s more, TriTech detectors provide reliable performance at room temperatures above 86°F (30°C) while fully guarding against actual intrusion and sabotage attempts from criminals.

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.

Video surveillance as a service (VSaaS) from an integrator and user perspective
Video surveillance as a service (VSaaS) from an integrator and user perspective

Technology based on the cloud has become a popular trend. Most IT systems now operate within the cloud or offer cloud capabilities, and video surveillance is no exception: virtually every major hardware and software vendor offers cloud-based services. Users benefit from the cloud due to its numerous advantages, such as ease of implementation, scalability, low maintenance costs, etc. Video surveillance as a service (VSaaS) offers many choices, so there is an optimal solution for each user. However, what about integrators? For them, VSaaS is also a game-changer. Integrators are now incentivised to think about how they can maintain their markets and take advantage of the new business opportunities that the cloud model provides.   Hosted video surveillance The cloud service model has drastically changed the role of an integrator. Traditionally, integrators provided a variety of services including system installation, support, and maintenance, as well as served as a bridge between vendors and end-users. In contrast, hosted video surveillance as a service requires a security system installer to simply install cameras and connect them to the network, while the provider is in direct contact with each end-user. The cloud service model has drastically changed the role of an integrator There is no end to on-premises systems. However, the percentage of systems where the integrator’s role is eliminated or considerably reduced will continue to increase. How can integrators sustain their markets and stay profitable? A prospective business model might be to become a provider of VSaaS (‘cloud integrator’) in partnership with software platform vendors. Cloud-based surveillance Some VMS vendors offer software VSaaS platforms that form the basis for cloud-based surveillance systems. Using these solutions, a data centre operator, integrator, or telecom service provider can design a public VSaaS or VSaaS in a private cloud to service a large customer. The infrastructure can be built on any generic cloud platform or data centre, as well as resources owned by the provider or client. So, VSaaS providers have the choice between renting infrastructure from a public cloud service like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud or using their own or clients’ computing infrastructure (virtual machines or physical servers). Gaining competitive advantage When integrators purchase commitment use contracts for several years, they can achieve significant savings As an example, a telecom carrier could deploy VSaaS on their own infrastructure to expand their service offering for clients, gaining a competitive advantage and enhancing profits per user. Using a public cloud, a smaller integrator can host the computing infrastructure immediately, without incurring up-front costs and with no need to maintain the system. These cloud services provide scalability, security, and reliability with zero initial investment. When integrators purchase commitment use contracts for several years, they can achieve significant savings. Next, let’s examine VSaaS options available in the market from an end-users point of view. With hosted (or cloud-first, or true-cloud) VSaaS solutions, all the video feeds are transmitted directly from cameras to the cloud. Optionally, video can be buffered to SD cards installed on cameras to prevent data losses in case of Internet connection failures. Dedicated hardware bridges There are many providers of such services that offer their own brand cameras. Connecting these devices to the cloud should only take a few clicks. Firmware updates are usually centralised, so users don’t have to worry about security breaches. Service providers may offer dedicated hardware bridges for buffering video footage and secure connections to the cloud for their branded and third-party cameras. Service providers may offer dedicated hardware bridges for buffering video footage Typical bridges are inexpensive, basic NVRs that receive video feeds from cameras, record on HDD, and send video streams to the cloud. The most feature-rich bridges include those with video analytics, data encryption, etc. Introducing a bridge or NVR makes the system hybrid, with videos stored both locally and in the cloud. At the other end of the spectrum relative to hosted VSaaS, there are cloud-managed systems. Video management software In this case, video is stored on-site on DVRs, NVRs, video management software servers, or even locally on cameras, with an option of storing short portions of footage (like alarm videos) in the cloud for quick access. A cloud service can be used for remote viewing live video feeds and recorded footage, as well as for system configuration and health monitoring. Cloud management services often come bundled with security cameras, NVRs, and video management software, whereas other VSaaS generally require subscriptions. Keep in mind that the system, in this case, remains on-premises, and the advantages of the cloud are limited to remote monitoring and configuring. It’s a good choice for businesses that are spread across several locations or branches, especially if they have systems in place at each site. On-site infrastructure All that needs to be changed is the NVRs or VMS with a cloud-compatible model or version All locations and devices can be remotely monitored using the cloud while keeping most of the existing on-site infrastructure. All that needs to be changed is the NVRs or VMS with a cloud-compatible model or version. Other methods are more costly and/or require more resources to implement. Hosted VSaaS helps leverage the cloud for the highest number of benefits in terms of cost and technological advantages. In this case, the on-site infrastructure consists of only IP cameras and network equipment. This reduces maintenance costs substantially and also sets the foundation for another advantage of VSaaS: extreme and rapid scalability. At the same time, the outgoing connection at each site is critical for hosted VSaaS. Video quality and the number of cameras directly depend on bandwidth. Broadband-connected locations Because the system does not work offline, a stable connection is required to stream videos. In addition, cloud storage can be expensive when many cameras are involved, or when video archives are retained for an extended period. The hosted VSaaS is a great choice for a small broadband-connected location The hosted VSaaS is a great choice for small broadband-connected locations and is also the most efficient way to centralise video surveillance for multiple sites of the same type, provided they do not have a legacy system. Since it is easy to implement and maintain, this cloud technology is especially popular in countries with high labour costs. Using different software and hardware platforms, integrators can implement various types of VSaaS solutions. Quick remote access For those who adhere to the classic on-premises approach, adding a cloud-based monitoring service can grow their value proposition for clients with out-of-the-box capabilities of quick remote access to multiple widely dispersed sites and devices. For small true-cloud setups, there is a possibility to rent a virtual machine and storage capacity in a public cloud (such as Amazon, Google, or Microsoft) and deploy the cloud-based VMS server that can handle dozens of cameras. In terms of features, such a system may include anything from plain video monitoring via a web interface to GPU-accelerated AI video analytics and smart search in recorded footage, depending on the particular software platform. Optimising internet connection Hybrid VSaaS is the most flexible approach that enables tailoring the system to the users’ needs High-scale installations, such as VSaaS for public use or large private systems for major clients, involve multiple parts like a virtual VMS server cluster, web portal, report subsystem, etc. Such systems can also utilise either own or rented infrastructure. Some vendors offer software for complex installations of this kind, though there are not as many options as for cloud-managed systems. Finally, hybrid VSaaS is the most flexible approach that enables tailoring the system to the users’ unique needs while optimising internet connection bandwidth, cloud storage costs, and infrastructure complexity. It’s high time for integrators to gain experience, choose the right hardware and software, and explore different ways of building systems that will suit evolving customer demands in the future.

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Secutech 2017 starts next generation security markets in Asia
Secutech 2017 starts next generation security markets in Asia

Secutech concluded its 20th anniversary on a positive note, proving once again to be an important platform for suppliers and buyers to stay at the forefront of the global safety and security market. The show was held from 12 – 14 April 2017 at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Centre. During the three-day show, 22,055 visitors from 75 countries and regions explored business collaboration with 372 exhibitors from 13 countries and regions. Every exhibitor showcased their top-notch security devices and solutions across 30,694 sqm of exhibition space. Foreseeing the skyrocketing demand for IoT solutions and connecting devices in the market, Secutech placed great emphasis on bringing together the intelligent solutions of various trending vertical markets to drive cross-industry innovations. Intelligent Special Pavilions and Intelligent Video Analytics Show Room were two examples that served this purpose. Ms Regina Tsai, Deputy General Manager for Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media was glad the show attendees benefited from this idea: “During these three days, I observed lots of business dialogues at each booth. Both exhibitors and visitors agreed they need a platform to connect and upgrade existing standard traditional security devices with new technologies. We will continue to work on this direction to facilitate industry people’s navigation in the evolving security ecosystem.” Business opportunities for exhibitors and buyers Exhibitors recognised Secutech as a meeting point to collaborate with high-quality system integrators from Asia. Hi Sharp Electronics Co Ltd, marking its 30th anniversary, is keen to work with Japanese system integrators, who are known for their attention to details. Company Representative Mr Chen Yan-Xiong shared: “We expect to find new business leads and to maintain our relationships with existing clients at the show. By participating in Secutech, we can let them know different integrated solutions like car safety and industrial automation technologies are on offer. The booth was packed with people. During the show, we have connected with different sales networks and quality system integrators from Japan. Japanese system integrators in particular have high expectations on cameras, lenses and related products. If we can cooperate with them, this will certainly increase our brand’s recognition in the global industry. Secutech is a good networking platform, which helps us penetrate different markets.” While networking is an essential part to attain business success, the fair provided a good opportunity for exhibitors to initiate cross-industry integration. Once used to support business partners to exhibit at Secutech, Network Optix Inc made the move to participate in the show this year after witnessing its capacity to attract buyers from various markets. The company’s APAC Channel Sales Manager, Mr Andy Wen, said: “Last year we noticed that the show was changing in a sense that there was a greater visitor flow and many of them were serious buyers. So, we decided to exhibit this year in a bid to find and connect end-users here with our agents in Northeast Asia and China. We have invited many of our key customers in Asia to visit the show. At our stand, we display our own hardware devices and organise successful case sharing presented by 12 of our business partners. They are using our products in transportation, factories, IT server rooms, and retail and interior businesses. The multiple applications and solutions of our products impress end-users. The collaboration between traditional devices and software is definitely one of the main trends of the safety and security industry.” The reason why Special Intelligent Pavilions for retail, transportation, industrial zones and factories were set up at the show is to demonstrate real world applications and promote cross-industry cooperation Special Intelligent Pavilions The reason why Special Intelligent Pavilions for retail, transportation, industrial zones and factories were set up at the show is to demonstrate real world applications and promote cross-industry cooperation. As an exhibitor of the smart retail zone, Mr Andy Chen of NUUO Inc said both exhibitors and visitors can benefit from the pavilions’ classification.  “It is very important that different themed zones are set up to display different products from various exhibitors. It allows clients and partners to explore new solutions. The arrangement of the show is good. Halls are categorised according to the sectors under the vertical market respectively. Overall, the result is satisfactory. Manufacturers, partners, and clients can access technologies and products they want directly and instantly at the show. I hope Secutech can continue this direction and further delve into the vertical market,” Mr Chen explained. The aim of Secutech this year is to strengthen cross-industry collaboration. Therefore, an effective business matching programme is in place to act as a bridge between exhibitors and buyers. A total of 438 business matching sessions were held and successfully connected 151 exhibitors with 73 buyers. Among those buyers who found the business matching programme rewarding, Office Building Unpins, a fire alarm manufacturer from Bulgaria, started partnerships with Taiwanese counterparts for the first time. Commercial Director Ms Angelina Petrova said: “We have found potential suppliers to be our OEMs and sell our products through the business matching services. I will definitely stay in touch with them to further discuss price and implementation. This is our first time cooperating with Taiwanese firms. Their quality is good and their products are certified. Besides, they are capable of giving me insights on the possible integration solutions. For example, one of the exhibitors provides a fire prevention camera that can be connected to our systems. It is absolutely worth visiting Secutech.” The fair is also a place for buyers to identify up-and-coming industry trends. Director of Infortek Ltd Mr Leo Peng was satisfied with the acute business sense presented at the show. “I think Secutech is one of the most professional fairs in the region. I visit the fair to source smart home and smart healthcare products. Both sectors are developing at a fast pace and the market demand is huge. One of the major trends in the industry is the integration of smart home and home security functions. And I can spot this trend from the fair. I found many outstanding products such as portable healthcare devices. It gave me ideas about our company’s future project planning.” Huge range of forums and seminars To consolidate the show’s status as a holistic platform for business and information sharing, more than 150 sessions of seminars related to disaster prevention, system integration, security components, smart home and more were organised over the course of three days. Conferences, forums, and seminars addressing different topics all embraced a common goal in highlighting challenges and proposing solutions in corresponding areas across the vertical markets. "The prevention of the possibility of multiple disasters is raised given the salience in Taiwan and Japan" The President of the Taiwan Association of Disaster Prevention Industry Association, Mr Jimmy Chou, was the host at the Asia Pacific Smart Disaster Prevention Summit & Exhibition. He was thrilled to discuss disaster prevention measures with key stakeholders from other Asian countries. He explained: “The forum encourages interaction between the speakers and audience. Many experts, government officials and academics from Japan, Thailand and Vietnam have shared their experiences and insights in the future development of disaster prevention. The prevention of the possibility of multiple disasters is raised given the salience in Taiwan and Japan. I think the session was fruitful for industry communication and exchanging ideas.” General Manager of Parsons Brinckerhoff, Mr Frank Lin, a speaker of Asia Systems Integration Forum, also found the event insightful. He said: “As a business consultant company, we are hoping to connect with local suppliers and system integrators from Taiwan and Asia, and to introduce our technologies and expertise to them. This forum is a place to expand our network with these system integrators. After the forum, I received some enquiries from the audience who wanted to further discuss business opportunities.” Effectiveness of Forum First-time speaker, Mr Tetsuo Nagano from Solution Planning Department, Security Business Planning Division, Hitachi Industry Control Solutions Ltd praised the effectiveness of the CompoSec Forum. Mr Nagano said: “My goal is to introduce the advantage of finger vein identification and the result is excellent. I think it is great to have this event as it demonstrates the latest technologies in the industry and fosters industry communication. It is a perfect chance to get in touch with potential business partners. As Taiwan is a manufacturing hub that gathers numerous innovative companies, Hitachi hopes to cooperate with enterprises here and expands our technologies to the international market. For this purpose, I think Secutech is the place to be.” An attendee of the SMAHome International Conference, Mr Zhang Guangsheng is a software department supervisor at Diveotech. He acquired the latest information about fast-track IoT deployments and commented: “IoT is currently one of the most-discussed trends and topics. Many companies have developed related platforms and applications to capture opportunities in the IoT era. Our company provides intelligent solutions including image and data analysis. It is important for us to be here to learn more about industry development. The speaker shared ideas on IoT and also their new innovations. I have learnt a lot and look forward to future editions.” Apart from the forums mentioned above, the Secutech excellence award reviewed and recognised products capable of delivering excellent 4K UHD intelligent image monitoring performance. A special zone for 3D Intelligent Video Analytics demonstrated the application of smart video tracking, 3D people counting, deep learning, direction detection, plate recognition, and hot spot analysis. Another highlight is the debut of the Z-Wave Academy in Asia, lining up smart home and home automation industry professionals to deliver a series of training and hands-on experience. Additionally, the SMAhome Awards 2017 presented six awards (Top of Excellence, Top of Innovation, Top of ID Design, Top of Solution, Top of Popularity, and Cloud Platform & Software Excellence Awards) to outstanding smart home products worldwide.

VIVOTEK and Solution Integration Alliance partners aim to promote H.265 integration
VIVOTEK and Solution Integration Alliance partners aim to promote H.265 integration

VIVOTEK offers comprehensive H.265 solutions to meet market demands VIVOTEK, an IP surveillance solutions provider, not only offers a wide range of H.265 surveillance products, it also aims to integrate and increase H.265 presence in partnership with the Solution Integration Alliance (SIA) partners worldwide. Solution Integration Alliance partners VIVOTEK is proud to announce the existence of ten H.265 integration SIA partners, including: AxxonSoft, Genetec, Milestone, NUUO, Synology, and newly-added Cathexis, Digifort, Luxriot, Macroscop and Mirasys. Working closely with VIVOTEK's SIA partners, customers will equip themselves with a comprehensive H.265 solution that meets the technical demands of all projects. Smart Stream II and H.265 technology “As a leading IP surveillance solution provider, VIVOTEK forges alliances with innovative SIA partners to deliver the most advanced and up to date H.265 solutions,” says Shengfu Cheng, Director of Brand Business Research & Development Division, VIVOTEK Inc. “With our self-developed Smart Stream II and H.265 technology, customers can deploy the most efficient system, increasing the usage of storage and bandwidth, while optimising the image quality of a specific area or object.” Cheng further states, “Working hand in hand with our partners maximises user efficiency and capability, while expanding the global market with our outstanding partners, is a win-win for all of us.” Maximising bandwidth and storage efficiency VIVOTEK offers comprehensive H.265 solutions to meet market demands. An impressive line-up of H.265 surveillance products includes professional video management software (VMS), VAST and VAST 2, 6 different network video recorders (NVR), and 24 network camera models since 2015, with the release of more cameras scheduled for the near future. Combining H.265 and Smart Stream II technology creates the most efficient system, maximising bandwidth and storage efficiency and reducing bandwidth and data storage demands by up to 80% relative to H.264 systems.

Secutech Expo 2017 to host System Integrator Forum and Intelligent Solution Pavilion for better understanding of evolving security ecosystem
Secutech Expo 2017 to host System Integrator Forum and Intelligent Solution Pavilion for better understanding of evolving security ecosystem

Industrial zone and smart factory optimises production by linking assembly-line to monitoring systems Reaching the milestone of 20 years, Secutech will be held from 12th - 14th April, 2017, at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Centre. As a business platform of global safety and security industry and one of the most influential exhibitions of its kind in Asia, Secutech will house more than 450 exhibitors spanning over 35,800 sq.m. of exhibition space. To consolidate the show’s prestige as a holistic channel for business and information sharing, a comprehensive fringe programme will be launched to facilitate participants’ navigation in the evolving security ecosystem and the diverse vertical markets. Emergence of new technologies Ms Regina Tsai, Deputy General Manager of the show organiser, further elaborated on how Secutech 2017 adapted to the ever-changing technological landscape. “Security ecosystems with the IoT, coinciding with the emergence of new technologies such as big data, cloud computing and machine learning, have bred new business opportunities from the diverse vertical markets and widely expanded product portfolios. However, system integrators are facing challenges like technical integrations, products quality variations, and a lack of comprehensive market understandings. Therefore, the System Integrator Forum and Intelligent Solution Pavilion are the most resourceful platforms for integration and management of the SI supply chain to shed light on these problems,” she explained. Experts from seven prominent technology firms will address trends, innovative applications, and vertical solutions System Integrator Forum The System Integrator Forum will promote cross-industry cooperation driven by the latest technologies of IVS/VCA, automation, biometric, machine learning, security robots, AI and drone. Experts from seven prominent technology firms will address trends, innovative applications, and vertical solutions including: Hard-disk drive manufacturer Seagate and engineering consulting firm Parsons Brinckerhoff will explore potential opportunities in the Asian infrastructure market and opportunities and challenges in the new IoT era.   PA system manufacturer BXB Electronics Co Ltd, video management system providers Milestone and Genetec, big data solution provider Qognify and Ethernet cable supplier EtherWAN will discuss vertical markets and solutions. A Cross-Border Asian SI Pavilion will be set up at the forum to showcase innovative products and solutions for the interests of top Asian system integrators from over 10 countries and regions. Translating customer analytics Meanwhile, the Intelligent Solution Pavilion provides more innovative answers to system integrators, service providers, and end-users in retail sectors, factories, transportation, households, and buildings. The ubiquitous connectivity rewarded by the IoT enhances personalisation, customisation, and the quality of life for all parties to an unprecedented level. Smart retail allows retailers to translate customer analytics collected from tracking chips, smart shelves, and digital signage screens to reshape in-store experiences for shoppers that suit their interests and preferences. The smart retail zone is sponsored by AG Neovo, Hikvision, III-IDEAS, NUUO, RetailNext, Soundwin, Sunmoretek and TIIS. Industrial zone and smart factory optimises production by linking assembly-line robots to monitoring systems. This themed zone is sponsored by EtherWAN, Qnap, and Sick. Under intelligent transportation, traffic data are analysed to improve transportation routes and reduce traffic congestion. For car owners, they can even connect their vehicles to access household features such as turning on the lights and adjusting the air conditioning. The intelligent building zone is co-organised by TTIA and sponsored by Dahua, EtherWAN, Seagate, and V5. Other fringe events include CompoSec and Secutech Awards that display innovative solutions and new insights Intelligent image monitoring Other fringe events include CompoSec and Secutech Awards that display innovative solutions and new insights. The former is a forum highlighting four technology trends in the area of R&D. Award-winning suppliers in the latter will display and review the next generation 4K UHD intelligent image monitoring performance through their demonstration.Secutech is organised by Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media Ltd and is held concurrently with SMAhome Expo and Fire & Safety.With ten events, Messe Frankfurt is one of the world’s leading organisers of fairs and congresses for the expanding international field of civil security. These platforms provide optimum opportunities for gaining a foothold in dynamic growth markets all over the world. Presently Messe Frankfurt organises events in Germany, Asia, the Middle East, South America, and East Africa.

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