TAITRA is delighted to be showcasing a selection of Taiwan’s latest technology innovations at IFSEC International

Companies like – VIVOTEK, QNAP, EverFocus Electronics & PLANET Technology to display their products

An exclusive showcase of security technology excellence will be unveiled on the opening day of IFSEC International 2015 which runs 16 to 18 June at ExCeL London. The session is supported by the Bureau of Foreign Trade and the Ministry of Economic Affairs of Taiwan, and will be executed by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA).

This dedicated event for security industry experts on 16 June will showcase – for the first time in Europe – the latest innovations from Taiwan Excellence Award-winning Taiwanese companies VIVOTEK Inc., QNAP Systems Inc., EverFocus Electronics Corporation and PLANET Technology Corporation.

VIVOTEK will display network security cameras – FE8181V & FD8168

Fresh from receiving a 2015 Taiwan Excellence Award from the Ministry of Economic Affairs, VIVOTEK will display two of its leading-edge network security cameras – the FE8181V, a 5 megapixel fish eye network camera, and the FD8168, a 2 megapixel ultra-mini fixed dome network camera.

The latest addition to the VIVOTEK portfolio, the new FE8181V is a true day-to-night camera that offers superior image quality 24 hours a day thanks to a removable infrared-cut (IR) filter. Built-in LEDs provide 360 degrees surround illumination up to 10 metres – even in completely dark environments. Vandal-proof IK10 and weather-proof IP66-rated housing make the VIVOTEK FE8181V ideal for coverage of open areas such as airports, sports arenas and retail developments.

FD8168 - ideal for use in luxury developments

Launched in April 2015, the compact VIVOTEK FD8168 fixed dome network camera has been specifically designed for indoor applications where both form and function are required. The FD8168’s 2 megapixel sensor outputs 15 frames per second in H.264 compression from compact housing, making it ideal for use in luxury developments where superior image quality should not come at the compromise of discreet design. Simple to install and with a power-over-ethernet (PoE) input design, a single networked fisheye FD8168 fixed dome camera offers the same viewing capabilities as up to four traditional CCTV cameras, but at the fraction of the installation cost.

QNAP will exhibit its new Linux-based VS-2200 Pro+ series NVR. The compact 2-bay VS-2200 Pro+ series is packed with functionality and designed to reduce the cost of ownership for SMB and SOHO users. The VS-2200 Pro+ series offers superior performance and advanced surveillance features compared to other entry level NVRs. It is a highly scalable network surveillance system and offers end users a cost-effective way of adapting or expanding their storage capacity based on their long-term recording needs.

Compatible with over 3,000 IP camera models

An HDMI output allows users to set up and manage the NVR by plugging in a mouse, keyboard, and monitor – with no need for a separate PC – and to remotely monitor multiple cameras, as well as providing the option to play back recordings on a Full HD 1080p local display. Compatible with over 3,000 IP camera models, QNAP has received over 300 orders for the VS-2200 Pro+ and secured a 2015 Secutech Excellence Award since bringing the product to market in April 2015.

The latest developments from award-winning Taiwanese companies work to enhance quality while managing costs and driving efficiencies

Leading IP-based networking company PLANET will showcase its Z-Wave e-Home Automation Control Gateway. Targeting the IoT, the system is a powerful tool designed to make home networking smarter and safer. Controllable by smart phone or tablet anywhere, anytime, PLANET’s solution uniquely integrates IP-based networking (intercoms, cameras and wireless APs) with Z-Wave Plus (smoke detection, temperature control, door and window) technology.

Long Reach PoE Solution

PLANET will also exhibit its Long Reach PoE Solution. It is designed to offer a cost-effective way to extend the reach of Ethernet networking and efficiently upgrade analogue CCTV to an IP-based surveillance system via existing coaxial cables.

TAITRA’s technology showcase will also see EverFocus launch its award-winning ESK1000 Sidekick. Recently crowned the winner of the ‘Tools & Hardware’ category of the SIA New Product Showcase 2015 at ISC West, the ESK1000 is uniquely placed to meet IP camera sidekick demands in a variety of security installation settings.

Simple & cost-effective set up

Benefitting from simple and cost-effective set up – with no need for support from a technician – the ESK1000 has revolutionised IP camera installation and testing. Unlike analogue systems which use TV outputs and often involve time-consuming testing, installers using the EverFocus ESK1000 can monitor and adjust new and existing camera images remotely by connecting the sidekick to a smart phone or tablet, with no need to contact a central control room.

Over 5,000 orders have been placed for the lightweight ESK1000, which is compatible with all major IP cameras and features built-in power-of-ethernet (PoE) and USB outputs allowing the sidekick to charge while completing IP camera installations or tests.

Display eclectic mix of products

TAITRA is delighted to be showcasing a selection of Taiwan’s latest technology innovations at IFSEC International. This is all about sharing excellence and best practice in the world of security and safety. The exclusive showcase is set to display an eclectic mix of products as they make their inaugural debut in Europe.

The latest developments from award-winning Taiwanese companies VIVOTEK Inc., QNAP Systems Inc., EverFocus Electronics Corporation and PLANET Technology Corporation work to enhance quality while managing costs and driving efficiencies.

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The physical side of data protection
The physical side of data protection

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has accentuated our digital dependency, on a global scale. Data centres have become even more critical to modern society. The processing and storage of information underpin the economy, characterised by a consistent increase in the volume of data and applications, and reliance upon the internet and IT services. Data centres classed as CNI As such, they are now classed as Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) and sit under the protection of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), and the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI). As land continues to surge in value, data centre operators are often limited for choice, on where they place their sites and are increasingly forced to consider developed areas, close to other infrastructures, such as housing or industrial sites. Complex security needs One misconception when it comes to data centres is that physical security is straightforward One misconception when it comes to data centres is that physical security is straightforward. However, in practice, things are far more complex. On top of protecting the external perimeter, thought must also be given to factors, such as access control, hostile vehicle mitigation (HVM), protecting power infrastructure, as well as standby generators and localising security devices to operate independently of the main data centre. Face value How a site looks is more important than you may think. Specify security that appears too hostile risks blatantly advertising that you’re protecting a valuable target, ironically making it more interesting to opportunistic intruders. The heightened security that we recommend to clients for these types of sites, include 4 m high-security fences, coils of razor wire, CCTV, and floodlighting. When used together in an integrated approach, it’s easy to see how they make the site appear hostile against its surroundings. However, it must appear secure enough to give the client peace of mind that the site is adequately protected. Getting the balance right is crucial. So, how do you balance security, acoustics and aesthetics harmoniously? Security comes first These are essential facilities and as a result, they require appropriate security investment. Cutting corners leads to a greater long-term expense and increases the likelihood of highly disruptive attacks. Checkpoints Fortunately, guidance is available through independent accreditations and certifications, such as the Loss Prevention Certification Board’s (LPCB) LPS 1175 ratings, the PAS 68 HVM rating, CPNI approval, and the police initiative - Secured by Design (SBD). Thorough technical evaluation and quality audit These bodies employ thorough technical evaluation work and rigorous quality audit processes to ensure products deliver proven levels of protection. With untested security measures, you will not know whether a product works until an attack occurs. Specifying products accredited by established bodies removes this concern. High maintenance Simply installing security measures and hoping for the best will not guarantee 24/7 protection. Just as you would keep computer software and hardware updated, to provide the best level of protection for the data, physical security also needs to be well-maintained, in order to ensure it is providing optimum performance. Importance of testing physical security parameters Inspecting the fence line may seem obvious and straightforward, but it needs to be done regularly. From our experience, this is something that is frequently overlooked. The research we conducted revealed that 63% of companies never test their physical security. They should check the perimeter on both sides and look for any attempted breaches. Foliage, weather conditions or topography changes can also affect security integrity. Companies should also check all fixtures and fittings, looking for damage and corrosion, and clear any litter and debris away. Accessibility When considering access control, speed gates offer an excellent solution for data centres. How quickly a gate can open and close is essential, especially when access to the site is restricted. The consequences of access control equipment failing can be extremely serious, far over a minor irritation or inconvenience. Vehicle and pedestrian barriers, especially if automated, require special attention to maintain effective security and efficiency. Volume control Data centres don’t generally make the best neighbours. The noise created from their 24-hour operation can be considerable. HVAC systems, event-triggered security and fire alarms, HV substations, and vehicle traffic can quickly become unbearable for residents. Secure and soundproof perimeter As well as having excellent noise-reducing properties, timber is also a robust material for security fencing So, how do you create a secure and soundproof perimeter? Fortunately, through LPS 1175 certification and CPNI approval, it is possible to combine high-security performance and up to 28dB of noise reduction capabilities. As well as having excellent noise-reducing properties, timber is also a robust material for security fencing. Seamlessly locking thick timber boards create a flat face, making climbing difficult and the solid boards prevent lines of sight into the facility. For extra protection, steel mesh can either be added to one side of the fence or sandwiched between the timber boards, making it extremely difficult to break through. A fair façade A high-security timber fence can be both, aesthetically pleasing and disguise its security credentials. Its pleasant natural façade provides a foil to the stern steel bars and mesh, often seen with other high-security solutions. Of course, it’s still important that fencing serves its primary purposes, so make sure you refer to certifications, to establish a product’s security and acoustic performance. Better protected The value of data cannot be overstated. A breach can have severe consequences for public safety and the economy, leading to serious national security implications. Countering varied security threats Data centres are faced with an incredibly diverse range of threats, including activism, sabotage, trespass, and terrorism on a daily basis. It’s no wonder the government has taken an active role in assisting with their protection through the medium of the CPNI and NCSC. By working with government bodies such as the CPNI and certification boards like the LPCB, specifiers can access a vault of useful knowledge and advice. This will guide them to effective and quality products that are appropriate for their specific site in question, ensuring it’s kept safe and secure.

Data explosion: Futureproofing your video surveillance infrastructure
Data explosion: Futureproofing your video surveillance infrastructure

Video surveillance systems are producing more unstructured data than ever before. A dramatic decrease in camera costs in recent years has led many businesses to invest in comprehensive surveillance coverage, with more cameras generating more data. Plus, advances in technology mean that the newest (8K) cameras are generating approximately 800% more data than their predecessors (standard definition). Traditional entry-level solutions like network video recorders (NVRs) simply aren’t built to handle massive amounts of data in an efficient, resilient and cost-effective manner. This has left many security pioneers grappling with a data storage conundrum. Should they continue adding more NVR boxes? Or is there another, better, route? Retaining video data In short, yes. To future proof their video surveillance infrastructure, an increasing number of businesses are adopting an end-to-end surveillance architecture with well-integrated, purpose-built platforms for handling video data through its lifecycle. This presents significant advantages in terms of security, compliance and scalability, as well as unlocking new possibilities for data enrichment. All of this with a lower total cost of ownership than traditional solutions. Security teams would typically delete recorded surveillance footage after a few days or weeks Previously, security teams would typically delete recorded surveillance footage after a few days or weeks. However, thanks to increasingly stringent legal and compliance demands, many are now required to retain video data for months or even years. There’s no doubt that this can potentially benefit investigations and increase prosecutions, but it also puts significant pressure on businesses’ storage infrastructure. Data lifecycle management This necessitates a more intelligent approach to data lifecycle management. Rather than simply storing video data in a single location until it’s wiped, an end-to-end video surveillance solution can intelligently migrate data to different storage platforms and media as it ages. So, how does this work? Video is recorded and analysed on a combination of NVR, hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) and application servers. Then, it’s moved to resilient file storage for a pre-determined period, where it can be immediately retrieved and accessed for review. Finally, based on policies set by heads of security, data is moved from file storage to highly secure, low-cost archive storage such as an object, tape or cloud. Data is moved from file storage to highly secure, low-cost archive storage Long-term storage This process is known as tiering. It allows businesses to use reliable, inexpensive long-term storage for most of their data, whilst still enabling security pioneers to retrieve video data when the need arises, such as during a compliance audit, or to review footage following a security breach. In a nutshell, it offers them the best of both worlds. Scaling your video surveillance infrastructure can be a headache. Businesses that rely on NVRs – even high-end units with 64 or even 96 hard drives – are finding themselves running out of capacity increasingly quickly. In order to scale, security pioneers then have to procure new boxes. With NVRs, this inevitably involves a degree of guesswork. Should they go for the largest possible option, and risk over provisioning? Or perhaps a smaller option, and risk running out of capacity again? Common management console Security pioneers can easily add or remove storage capacity or compute resources – separately or together As businesses add new cameras or replace existing ones, many end up with inadequate surveillance infrastructure made up of multiple NVR boxes along with several application servers for running other surveillance functions such as access control, security photo databases, analytics, etc. This patchwork approach leaves security pioneers scrambling for capacity, maintaining various hardware footprints, repeating updates and checks across multiple systems, and taking up valuable time that could be better spent elsewhere. By contrast, flexible HCI surveillance platforms aggregate the storage and ecosystem applications to run on the same infrastructure and combine viewing under a common management console, avoiding ‘swivel chair’ management workflows. Plus, they offer seamless scalability. Security pioneers can easily add or remove storage capacity or compute resources – separately or together. Data storage solutions Over time, this ensures a lower total cost of ownership. First and foremost, it removes the risk of over provisioning and helps to control hardware sprawl. This in turn leads to hardware maintenance savings and lower power use. Many security pioneers are now looking beyond simple data storage solutions for their video surveillance footage. Meta tags can provide context around data, making it easier to find and access when needed Instead, they’re asking themselves how analysing this data can enable their teams to work faster, more efficiently and productively. Implementing an end-to-end video surveillance architecture enables users to take advantage of AI and machine learning applications which can tag and enrich video surveillance data. These have several key benefits. Firstly, meta tags can provide context around data, making it easier to find and access when needed. Object storage platform For instance, if security teams are notified of a suspicious red truck, they can quickly find data with this tag, rather than manually searching through hours of data, which can feel like looking for a needle in a haystack. Plus, meta tags can be used to mark data for future analysis. This means that as algorithms are run over time, policies can be set to automatically store data in the right location. For example, if a video is determined to contain cars driving in and out of your premises, it would be moved to long-term archiving such as an object storage platform for compliance purposes. If, on the other hand, it contained 24 hours of an empty parking lot, it could be wiped. These same meta tags may be used to eventually expire the compliance data in the archive after it is no longer needed based on policy. Video surveillance architecture Continuing to rely on traditional systems like NVRs will fast become unsustainable for businesses Even if your organisation isn’t using machine learning or artificial intelligence-powered applications to enhance your data today, it probably will be one, three, or even five years down the line. Implementing a flexible end-to-end video surveillance solution prepares you for this possibility. With new advances in technology, the quantity of data captured by video surveillance systems will continue rising throughout the coming decade. As such, continuing to rely on traditional systems like NVRs will fast become unsustainable for businesses. Looking forward, when moving to an end-to-end video surveillance architecture, security pioneers should make sure to evaluate options from different vendors. For true futureproofing, it’s a good idea to opt for a flexible, modular solution, which allow different elements to be upgraded to more advanced technologies when they become available.

How can the security industry provide affordable and cost-effective solutions?
How can the security industry provide affordable and cost-effective solutions?

Cost is a reality to be managed. No matter how powerful or desirable a technology may be to a customer, the sale often comes down to the basic question: Can I afford it? And affordability extends not just to the purchase price, but to the cost of technology over its lifespan. In addition to advances in technology capabilities, the security industry has also achieved inroads to make its offerings more worth the cost. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What is the physical security industry doing to make more affordable and cost-effective technology solutions for end users?