Surveillance & Security News for June 2017

Shipment tracking made easy, with the Qognify Cayuga product line

Every day, 150,000 parcels are transported by the French DPD group, which makes nearly 55 million parcels per year. E-commerce is growing the parcel business and, consequently, the transportation volume of parcel service and logistics companies. Online shopping would be unthinkable for the consumers without the speedy delivery of the ordered goods - therefore it is self-evident to keep track of shipments on their way to the consignee, in order to guarantee a correct delivery.­ DPD France vi...

Drone terror: How to protect facilities and people

The use of drones has increased dramatically in the last few years. Indeed, by 2021, the FAA says the number of small hobbyist drones in the U.S. will triple to about 3.55 million. With that growth, drone capabilities have increased while costs have decreased. For example, the DJI Phantom 4 can deliver a 2-pound payload to a target with 1.5m accuracy from 20 miles away for the less than $1000.00. This is an unprecedented capability accessible to anyone. This new technology has created an entirel...

Seagate® SkyHawk™ takes storage to new heights with British Airways i360

British Airways i360 is a 162-metre (531 ft.) tall observation tower on the seafront of Brighton on the UK’s south coast, which opened in August 2016 on the site of the historic West Pier. Conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects, the creators of the London Eye, British Airways i360 is the world’s first vertical cable car and the world’s tallest moving observation tower. Just as the original pier welcomed Victorian society to ‘walk on water’, British Air...

2020 Vision: Guide to protecting schools from the threat of terrorism

It seems schools still need to be alert when it comes to the risk of terrorism. Following a recent security threat, Bury College has set an example that schools across the UK need to be aware of the threat of terrorism. As reported by the Manchester Evening News, the incident at the Great Manchester college saw the facility being put in lockdown as a precaution before an evacuation took place. Hundreds of staff and students were caught up in the event. Bury College released a statement followin...

Detecting workplace violence with sound detection and audio analytics

Workplace violence has been on the rise in mental health facilities, schools, and detention centres across the country. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), “Nearly 2 million American workers report having been victims of workplace violence each year.” As such, security directors are looking for technologies to help identify and mitigate these incidents.  Increasing use of vocal aggression detection technology  Shift from video surveill...

Factors to consider when choosing a video storage system

What do users want from their surveillance system? Ask any security professional, and you will hear answers like these: sharp, high quality images; widespread camera coverage; real-time analytics; fast search and retrieval of video footage with minimal, if any, intervention from people in the information technology department. In other words, they want the tools they need to do their job. Delivering those tools requires an underlying technology infrastructure that includes a storage file system...

Bluetooth Low Energy drives access control innovation

Since the introduction of smartphones with downloadable applications, vendors have been trying to replace the traditional plastic identification (ID) card with a mobile phone application. People might lose or misplace an ID card, but most people immediately recognise if they are without their mobile phone. Mobile ID badges for access control Bluetooth Low Energy iBeacon technology Technical challenges of mobile ID apps The logical extension is to replace or augment the traditional corpor...

Eagle Eye Networks acquires Panasonic CameraManager, expands European presence

Cloud-based video systems are becoming more common in the market, growing faster than on-site recording systems. One of the largest companies in the cloud video sector, Eagle Eye Networks is aggressively expanding its offerings to the fast-growing market, and its geographic reach, with acquisition of Panasonic’s cloud-based video business, including the CameraManager and NuboCam brands. Expanding Eagle Eye Networks' coverage in Europe The acquisition will expand Eagle Eye Networks’...

KDDI uses Sigma Designs' Z-Wave Technology for Japan’s first Smart Home service

Sigma Designs, a provider of intelligent system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for connected smart TV platforms and smart home IoT, announces that Japan’s largest telco corporation, KDDI, uses Z-Wave as the wireless mesh technology powering their smart home solution, au HOME, designed specifically for network operators. Au HOME with Z-Wave KDDI is growing its lifestyle brand for consumers with the expansion of the popular au mobile service beyond communications into home services aimed to captu...

Fredrik Wallberg joins Vicon as Director of A&E Services

Vicon Industries, Inc., designer and manufacturer of video surveillance and access control software, hardware, and components, announces that Fredrik Wallberg is joining Vicon as the Company’s Director of A&E Services. Vicon has created this new position to further expand outreach, resources and training to the A&E and consultant community, with the goal of simplifying the tasks they face in specifying surveillance solutions for today’s complex security challenges. Mr. Wallbe...

Genie appoints Simon Shawley as new Business Development Director

Genie the British manufacturer of IP video, CCTV and Access Control solutions announces the appointment of Simon Shawley as its new Business Development Director. Previous experience Simon joins from Samsung, where he held the position of European Sales Director within their Hanwha division, transforming their business’ partnership programme. With over 25 years of security industry experience Simon is well equipped with the skillset and knowledge to increase Genie’s impact across t...

Pro-Vision Distribution appoints Simon Davies as Sales Office Manager

Pro-Vision Distribution, the national distributor of branded CCTV, Access Control, and Public-Address equipment, have further strengthened their internal sales team with the appointment of Simon Davies as Sales Office Manager. Adding greater strength and depth to sales team Peter Ford, Managing Director of Pro-Vision told us, "Simon’s appointment has enabled us to add even greater strength and depth to our sales team. He brings a wealth of experience with him and a sound knowledge of our...

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