Round Table Contributions
Sometimes customers expect more out of a security system. A brand new security system just doesn’t perform as the customer expected it would. In fact, one might argue that the many variables in today’s complex systems make it more likely than ever that some element of a system might not measure up to a customer’s expectations. What happens then? We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What happens if a customer’s expectations of system performance are greater than what a physical security system can deliver?
Big security trends are driving change in the physical security market. We see change happening around us every day, and much of it is disruptive to the status quo. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What has caused the greatest disruption to the physical security market in the last 12 months?
Environmentalism is a universal consideration in most business sectors in 2016. Whether seeking to provide greener products, or looking for new ways to minimise waste of manufacturing processes, most companies are involved to some degree with environmental concerns. Green has not traditionally been a big driver in the security industry, but there are indications the profile of environmentalism is increasing. We asked this week's Expert Panel: How green (environmentally friendly) is the security industry? How should the industry as a whole (integrators and manufacturers) work to improve the industry’s environmental record?
Does seeing video cameras at a location make you feel safer or less safe? Do you feel better to know that video surveillance is capturing everything that happens, thus discouraging crime? Or do you think: What kind of neighbourhood (or store) is this that needs a CCTV camera watching everything? Do you feel more secure when the security guard at the hotel elevator asks to see your room key? Do airport screenings ease your mind about getting on an airplane with 100 strangers? The “perception of safety” is a tricky thing, and presence (or absence) of security systems can play a role. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What is the impact of promoting a "perception of safety" when choosing and/or installing physical security systems? How might perception influence the choice of systems (e.g., more overt)?
It’s a challenging time for security integrators and installers. Equipment prices are going down (along with margins), and commoditisation is wiping away what used to be the advantage of exclusively offering a top product brand. Integrators can continue to succeed by finding a way to move ahead of the pack – but how? We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: How should integrators/installers differentiate themselves or make themselves stand out in today’s market?
Ensuring privacy is often a concern for video surveillance systems, especially in situations where a system intended for “public” surveillance could somehow, perhaps inadvertently, view private areas or situations. The classic example is an apartment building whose windows are within the range of a video surveillance camera. How can you provide video surveillance without invading the privacy of the apartment dwellers? Integrators and end users often turn to technology for a solution. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Round Table: How can smart camera features (such as privacy masking and programmable pan-tilt-zoom) address concerns about privacy?
The city of Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, is a well-known historic English city located approximately 80 kilometres north of London on the River Cam. Settled in the first century, B.C., Cambridge is one of England’s oldest and best-known cities, famously home to Cambridge University, one of the largest universities in the English-speaking world and one of the top five universities in the world. The city centre of Cambridge today is comprised primarily of commercial and historic buildings and large green areas such as Jesus Green, a popular park. Many of the roads in the city centre are closed to automobile traffic and have become pedestrian only zones to accommodate visiting tourists and a large student population. In recent years, Cambridge also has become a leading technology hub where many software, electronics and biotechnology start-ups are located, making it one of the most important technology centres in Europe. Public-space CCTV camera system The public CCTV system for Cambridge includes cameras throughout the city that are used to monitor public events, thwart crime, manage traffic and provide residents and businesses with a safe place to live and work. The Cambridge City Council oversees the city’s CCTV programme and recently partnered with the nearby Huntingdonshire District Council to share CCTV services. The shared CCTV system in total monitors 254 cameras across the district, 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, covering: Cambridge City, as well as: the town centres of Huntingdon, Godmanchester, Ramsey, St. Ives, St. Neots and Yaxley; and the recreation centres in Huntingdon and St. Ives. From the central command Cambridgeshire Constabulary Communication Centre, security officers also monitor CCTV from remotely activated cameras at Stilton, the Priory Park Sports Pavilion in St. Neots and a CCTV camera at the Alconbury Weston ford to assess river levels and potential flooding. In its shared arrangement with Huntingdon District Council, Cambridge City Council manages and maintains all of the Council's fixed public-space CCTV cameras and monitors CCTV installed in a range of council services, including car parks and housing projects, and also for a number of external customers. The Council manages re-deployable CCTV cameras that are temporarily located around the city for special events or use. The Council manages re-deployable CCTV cameras that are temporarily located around the city for special events or use Upgrading fibre to wireless technology The Cambridge City CCTV system used leased fibre for several years for connection between its analogue cameras and central command centre. With a reduction of operating expenses in mind, the City Council eventually sought to move to a complete wireless network for its CCTV system, replacing its dependence on and the recurring costs of leased fibre. In 2012, the City Council installed a legacy wireless network for the city centre CCTV system, enlisting the help of systems integration partner Videcom Security, Ltd., whose headquarters are in nearby Essex county. Videcom installed a 5.8 GHz wireless network to provide CCTV system connectivity, as well as several wireless aggregation points to backhaul CCTV information across the network and 22 new CCTV cameras for the city centre. The deployment of a new wireless infrastructure helped Cambridge City Council to migrate from leased fibre lines, delivering significant operating expense reductions. Pan-network CCTV footage sharing In Cambridge’s city centre, Wi-Fi based 5.8 GHz wireless networks abound, given the proximity of Cambridge University, the city’s heavily used public Wi-Fi network and the many commercial and personal networks deployed in the area. As a result of 5.8 GHz saturation, in 2015, following the initial deployment of the Council’s network, the CCTV system began to suffer latency issues, interference and disruption in its communications. The increased latency and congestion made it difficult to track individuals and vehicles, while interference caused transmission delays that resulted in lost video streams. “To get a sense of the network congestion in the city centre area, our technicians performed spectrum testing and found that on a relatively quiet day, more than 750 applications were using the 5.8 GHz spectrum in the Market Square area alone,” said Ron Johnson. “With more than 16 cameras routed through the Market Square and 40 cameras deployed nearby, the City Council’s CCTV system was competing with hundreds of other networks when trying to move CCTV camera footage across its network.” Siklu EH-600TX 60GHz millimeter wave radio Videcom turned to Siklu for help to remedy the latency and interference issues of the Cambridge City Council’s 5.8 GHz CCTV system network, after having tried three other manufacturers’ wireless network solutions to no avail. After securing the approval of the City Council, Videcom deployed a Siklu EH-600TX 60GHz millimetre wave radio to serve as the engine for the wireless CCTV network. Since deploying the Siklu solution in June 2016, the Council’s CCTV network is fast, reliable and stable and is no longer competing with the many wireless networks in the city centre area. The 60 GHz millimeter wave spectrum used by Siklu radios is separated from the traditional Wi-Fi 5.8 GHz spectrum, so that past issues with images not loading properly, camera latency and unreliable connectivity no longer exist. "Cambridge City Council wanted to use the best technology available to provide public security forits citizens and businesses" “Latency was by far the major concern going into this project for the obvious reason that in order to provide sound security, one needs a robust wireless network that has the bandwidth to accommodate high-resolution images, motion-detection cameras and a lot of information moving back and forth across the network,” said Ron Johnson. “With Siklu, we now only experience 350 micro seconds of latency, which is on par with or a bit lower than fibre.” Secure transmission Unlike legacy 5.8 GHz wireless networks whose wide beams can be vulnerable to interception, the Siklu radios deployed in Cambridge’s CCTV system use ultra-narrow beams between 0.5 and two degrees in width in the 60 GHz millimeter wave spectrum, making the radios inherently secure from interceptions and hacking. As a result, sensitive information can be transmitted across the network securely. Due to the positive impact that the Siklu solution has had on the CCTV system’s network capacity, security and reliability, the City Council has deployed 10 additional Siklu radios across the CCTV network and has also added five new cameras to the system. The Council plans to replace most of its existing 5.8 GHz links with Siklu’s millimeter wave technology in the near future. “In a situation in which we had run out of options, Siklu delivered exactly what we needed for the City of Cambridge: the flexibility of a wireless infrastructure with fibre-like performance,” said Johnson. Functional wireless communications Siklu’s radios have helped the Cambridge City Council to transform its CCTV system from one easily affected by congestion in the traditional 5.8 GHz spectrum, to one that is fully functional, regardless of other wireless communications in the city centre area. Should the city seek to expand or strengthen its network further in the future, it can do so incrementally by adding additional Siklu radios as needed, benefiting from the infinite scalability inherent to millimeter wave wireless technology. “Like many city and town councils today, the Cambridge City Council wanted to use the best technology available to provide public security for its citizens and businesses, while at the same time finding ways to reduce operating expenses,” said Eyal Assa, Siklu’s CEO. “It’s gratifying to know that together with Videcom, we were able to help them meet that goal.”
Siklu millimetre-wave wireless radios are now certified with Milestone XProtect video management software platform Siklu Inc., the global market leader in millimetre-wave radios, announced that its wireless millimetre wave transmission products have been certified with the Milestone XProtect™ video management software (VMS) platform. Siklu and Milestone Systems have already leveraged their joint capabilities to provide highly reliable video surveillance systems for a number of public safety video surveillance projects. Point-to-point wireless transmission products Milestone Systems has created a formidable partner community for its XProtect open platform IP VMS that integrates innovative technologies from partners around the world. This provides best-in-class solutions to video enable organisations to manage risks, protect people and assets, optimise processes and reduce costs. “Siklu is proud to have been selected by Milestone Systems to provide a certified range of point-to-point wireless transmission products,” said Alex Doorduyn, Siklu’s Director of Business Development & Sales, Security & Surveillance. “Access to the configuration and monitoring GUI of Siklu radios within the user-friendly Milestone XProtect Smart Client interface lets operators configure and monitor both camera and wireless connectivity within the same software application.” Interference-free, capacity-rich wireless connectivity Siklu is known for its bandwidth-rich mmWave products which enable interference-free streaming with scalable 2Gbps capacity by efficiently utilising pencil-beams in the abundant mmW spectrum at competitive prices. The small form radios are ideal for wireless video networks providing capacity-rich wireless connectivity for multiple HD as well as 4K surveillance cameras. “Milestone sees a big increase in the demand for flawless wireless connectivity for video systems, as cameras become more prolific and more advanced. We are very pleased with the performance of Siklu’s technology, which has been documented for compatibility. Tests demonstrated that even with the multiple megapixel and 4K cameras, the radios operated seamlessly with our VMS, while achieving above average streaming capabilities,” said Reinier Tuinzing, Milestone System’s Strategic Alliance Manager, Americas. Siklu will be attending the Milestone Integration Platform Symposium (MIPS), Milestone’s annual innovation, education and networking event, taking place in Scottsdale, Arizona, February 22-25, and will also be demonstrating its solution at the Milestone booth #20060 at ISC West, Las Vegas, April 6-8.
Siklu hopes to leverage Doorduyn’s outstanding experience in the security industry Siklu, the leading millimeter-wave company, is proud to announce Alex Doorduyn, former Business Manager for Security and Fire at Johnson Controls, has recently joined its innovative team as its Director of Business Developments & Sales for its security and surveillance applications. Wireless security video for North American market Doorduyn will be responsible for growing Siklu’s business in the security market in North America. Siklu’s value proposition in the field of wireless connectivity for security networks shines even in crowded cities, where it introduces the future of wireless security video networks by delivering interference-free Gigabit throughput. With more than 20 years of experience in the security industry, Doorduyn previously served as Business Manager for Security and Fire at Johnson Controls, Director of Product Marketing at IQinVision, Director of Product Management at Intransa and Global Product Marketing Manager at Pelco. At present, the company produces the most deployed millimeter wave system in the world. Siklu hopes to leverage Doorduyn’s outstanding experience in the security industry to enhance Siklu’s position as a leader in this market as well.