Articles by Atul Rajput
IP based video surveillance market is expected to grow rapidly at a CAGR of 24.2% during the forecast period from 2013 to 2019 Game changing trends and technologies for video surveillance in 2015 and beyond - by Atul Rajput, Regional Director, Northern Europe, Axis Communications With the Internet of Things (IoT) continuing to be a hot topic throughout 2014, across all industries - whether it’s about smart cars or intelligent kitchen appliances - more consumers and businesses are now aware of the advantages of being connected to the internet. It’s a concept none more relevant than to security professionals and business owners trying to ensure the safety of their organisations. As many security professionals predict, the new HD standard 4K or ‘Ultra HD’ continues to be a hot topic and the next natural step in the industry’s ongoing strive towards better image quality and greater surveillance camera coverage. In the surveillance world, 4K is expected to take its full effect in 2015 and beyond. Image quality is a core consideration and while everyone is talking about 4K, the real challenge is to optimise image quality for the particular task at hand, regardless of how bad it is or what the ambient conditions are. Technology that enhances image quality for advanced video applications will be a key innovation here and an industry driver. However, the advancements in image quality have created bigger pressure on managing the resources to support them. For example, they can have a significant impact on network bandwidth and storage requirements, increasing the need for more effective compression methods. Video surveillance-as-a-service (VSaaS) and cloud computing This is when video surveillance-as-a-service (VSaaS) becomes useful for managing and archiving video footage captured by surveillance cameras onto cloud storage. Video surveillance systems can be a powerful tool in preventing or investigating crime when installed in locations such as shopping centres, parks, banks, airports, and other public transport locations. Rapidly increasing demands for video surveillance systems have been driven by growing safety and security concerns worldwide. According to Transparency Market Research, the video surveillance and VSaaS market is expected to reach a value of $42.81billion by 2019, growing at a CAGR of 19.1% from 2013 to 2019. By system, the IP based video surveillance market is expected to grow rapidly at a CAGR of 24.2% during the forecast period from 2013 to 2019. The hardware market was valued at $9.49billion in 2012 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 17.3% during the forecast period from 2013 to 2019. It comprises of analogue and IP-based video surveillance cameras, recorders and storage, encoders, and monitors. The recorders and storage segment held the largest share of 37% in 2012 of the total hardware market followed by surveillance cameras with a 32% share but is expected to lose share in the coming years due to a growing preference for cloud-based storage (VSaaS). Also, the share of surveillance cameras is expected to increase to around 46% by 2019 owing to the growing popularity of IP-based video surveillance cameras that offer better video quality and have in-built recorders. Rapidly increasing demands for video surveillance systems have been driven by growing safety and security concerns worldwide Cloud computing may well have been the buzzword in IT circles for several years, but a new era is very much upon us. Whether in a public environment, where tenancy on servers is shared with other customers, or in a private environment, where your data and applications are stored in isolation on a system, cloud computing brings three advantages to your network; redundancy, scalability and shifting costs from capital expenditure (CAPEX) to operating expenditure (OPEX). Depending on whether the cloud is hosted or run internally, there may also be the convenience of leaving routine maintenance like upgrades, updates and patches, to a third party. Cloud storage will inevitably grow and grow throughout 2015. A recent survey by the Centre for Retail Research (CRR) in conjunction with Axis, questioned nearly 300 UK retailers, encompassing over 20,000 stores, about how they would like to access in-store surveillance footage and whether access from a mobile device would be beneficial. The results showed that majority of UK retailers (82%) wanted to view in-store video remotely – a rise of 6.5% from 2013. This obvious drive for the need to make ‘real time’ decisions based on the footage was reinforced with over 68% of retailers wishing to use a mobile device (eg. smartphone or tablet) to access in-store video. Scalability doesn’t just factor in the need for more cameras, it also enables access to more computing power and storage if, for example, a higher resolution or faster frame rate is needed. In another example, if analytics are needed for customer traffic pattern analysis, the processing capacity is already there and only paid for when required. Better functioning analytics running on the edge are also appropriate for critical infrastructure applications. For instance, the extra computing power could be used to store half a million car number plates and also capture registrations from cars driving past at up to 24 miles per hour. Another interesting aspect of VSaaS is that it offers users the possibility to add additional services to their video surveillance – such as guard force or remote monitoring services. Analytics, business intelligence (BI) and big data Analytics technology is also likely to finally take off within the surveillance industry from 2015 – enormous amounts of structured and unstructured data (big data) essential for gaining valuable insights. With network cameras’ capability to provide higher resolution video and to be connected from everywhere and around-the-clock, security departments are receiving more information from more sources. Therefore, more analytics are needed to help organisations make sense of the tremendous amount of information, such as images and videos. Increasingly intelligent applications are needed to help categorise and interpret the wealth of information, so it can be turned into something useful. The recorders and storage segment held the largest share of 37% in 2012 of the total hardware market followed by surveillance cameras with a 32% share.......... The ‘three Vs’ of big data; volume, velocity, and variety, can provide vital information during a crisis by providing the right data at the right time. By starting with more factual data, such as surveillance footage, physical access control data, and cyber activity information and then building useful associations, costs can be reduced by only searching for the most relevant information. This is where IP video transforms the surveillance camera from a forensic tool aimed at solving problems to a proactive tool designed to improve business processes. According to the CRR retail survey, integration with BI applications was the single most important reason for UK retailers to migrate to IP video, with 27% citing it as their main driver. Nearly half of the UK retailers polled also said that people counting (49.2%) and queue management (49.9%) were the two most important non-security network IP applications that most interested them. Video images can be used in conjunction with analytical ‘horsepower’ to analyse retail customer traffic patterns and shopping behaviour, as well as gather data to isolate bottlenecks in-store. Mix that up with other structured and unstructured data sources, including transit schedules, lists of promotions, competitor pricing data, social media etc. and a skilled data analyst can tease out patterns and relationships that retailers never knew existed – data that could give a significant competitive advantage. Video compression and bandwidth usage Video compression technologies are aimed at reducing and removing redundant video data so that a digital video file can be effectively sent over a network and stored on portable media. With efficient compression, a significant reduction in file size can be achieved with little or no adverse effect on the visual quality. The video quality, however, can be affected if the file size is reduced further by increasing the compression level for a given compression technique. There are several video compression standards including Motion JPEG, MPEG-4 Part 2 (simply referred to as MPEG-4) and H.264 – the latter being the latest and most efficient video compression standard and already the standard for video surveillance and other industries, such as entertainment. Ultimately, high quality images and videos such as 4K resolution needs to be supported by the right technologies At the same time, the continual improvement in image resolution and light sensitivity for example, also increase the data output from the cameras – imposing higher demands on the efficiency of the video compression. Video surveillance manufacturers need to balance the upsurge in resolution with improvements to H.264 compression algorithms to make sure network bandwidth and storage costs do not spiral out of control. A combined effort of working on noise reduction methods and bit rate reduction should run in parallel with investigation into new video codecs to get the best results. Beyond improvements in current H.264 compression, the future will embrace H.265 technology, which is rapidly gaining interest in the broadcast industry. H.265 can reduce bandwidth and storage demands by up to 50% under the right circumstances, so expect the technology to be introduced into the security industry over the next few years. It’s likely to be initially deployed in high-end, high-resolution cameras, and it’s expected that H.264 and H.265 will co-exist for a while within the industry. Conclusion Ultimately, high quality images and videos such as 4K resolution needs to be supported by the right technologies in order for organisations to get the most out of their data, which can be analysed and turned into useful insight not only for security purposes, but also for efficiency to gain a competitive advantage. Atul Rajput believes this really should be the key consideration for everyone who is looking for the next ‘big thing’ in surveillance.
Axis Communications, the pioneer in network video technology, has been awarded full membership of SBD, part of the Police Crime Prevention Initiatives’ (PCPI) group of crime prevention organisations, which operate in support of the Police Service throughout the UK. Membership was awarded after 15 of Axis’ network video products were accredited for achieving SBD’s Police Preferred Specification (PPS) standards for security. The PPS accreditations include a variety of devices from AXIS Companion, a complete solution that brings the reliability of professional video surveillance to small business owners. This gives SMEs the confidence and reassurance they need to invest in cost-effective networked video technology, and reap the security and business benefits that connected devices offer. Reducing the risk of crime SBD requires products to be rigorously tested or certified independently before it is prepared to consider them for its coveted PPS accreditationThe PCPI SBD was established in 1989 and works with police forces and industry suppliers to create high standards of crime prevention equipment, with the ultimate aim of reducing both the risk and fear of crime. SBD requires products to be rigorously tested or certified independently before it is prepared to consider them for its coveted PPS accreditation. “Axis is driven by a vision to constantly innovate for a smarter and safer world. Having SBD accreditation provides customers who are procuring security equipment and video surveillance technology with that extra level of knowledge that Axis products are proven and trusted,” says Atul Rajput, Regional Director Northern Europe at Axis Communications. “We have worked hard to ensure that all of our products deliver to the highest standards, for both enterprise and small business.” Importance of network video Network video is essential for crime prevention and prosecution, and can help communities feel safer and more secure. It therefore has a major role to play in the development of smart city technology. Image data from shopping centres, transport networks and city surveillance is not only used to fight crime, but also to provide intelligence around the movement of people and goods throughout an area. In addition, while a large part of SBD accreditation focusses on ensuring devices are safe from physical attack, it is equally important that the cybersecurity of new technology is given the same priority. Once IP video is securely installed on the network it can be combined with other data sources to deliver real insights for smarter living" “Axis has worked hard to ensure it has a safe and secure platform for network video. Axis engineers pride themselves on designs that make device management and issuing firmware updates simple, but fully protected against malicious hackers and online criminals. Once IP video is securely installed on the network it can be combined with other data sources to deliver real insights for smarter living,” Rajput says. Meeting the standards for SBD accreditation “We welcome Axis as a full member to what is a select group of companies that have demonstrated the necessary criteria to meet our strict standards for SBD accreditation,” says Guy Ferguson, Chief Executive Officer, Secured by Design. “The role of network video surveillance is increasingly vital for communities across the UK and it is important that vendors such as Axis are proving that this technology can be built and deployed in a responsible and reliable way.” Axis products that have achieved the PPS accreditation include devices from the AXIS Companion range of indoor and outdoor cameras, as well as thermal and radar imaging equipment, and the Axis Network Horn Speaker. This gives Axis’ partners the ability to provide businesses of all sizes and needs with full solutions and externally certified equipment.
Axis Communications, the market leader in network video technology, has recently received Cyber Essentials accreditation in the UK. The scheme, launched by the government in 2014, encourages businesses of all sizes in any industry to adhere to best-practices in IT security. Achieving this accreditation highlights Axis’ dedication to ensuring its systems are secure from hackers, enabling it to apply the same knowledge and expertise to the technologies it develops. The Cyber Essentials scheme is a cybersecurity standard that identifies the security controls that an organisation must have in place within their IT systems, giving them the confidence that they are addressing cybersecurity effectively and mitigating the risk of internet-based threats. It is important that, as a supplier of innovative physical security and analytical technology, Axis’ customers are reassured that they are working with a company that takes cybersecurity seriously. Openness, trust and transparency are core to fighting the threat of cybercrime and we welcome schemes such as Cyber Essentials" Cyber risk mitigation The accreditation is about more than securing a firm’s own IT systems, however. As the use of networked technologies, such as IP surveillance and access control devices, continues to increase in the UK, more data than ever is being processed and stored. In light of the impending EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), businesses are beginning to pay more attention to the security credentials their suppliers possess, making schemes such as Cyber Essentials that much more important for manufacturers and vendors. Atul Rajput, Regional Director, Northern Europe at Axis Communications, states, “At Axis Communications, we have always had a 100% focus on cybersecurity. That is why we are constantly working hard to mitigate cyber risks within our company and in the solutions that we develop." "Receiving accreditation from the UK government backed Cyber Essentials scheme highlights our commitment to continuing to support our customers in adopting the best practice approach to all areas of cybersecurity. Openness, trust and transparency are core to fighting the threat of cybercrime and we welcome schemes such as Cyber Essentials, which help give clarity and assurance to all those within the supply chain.”
Axis Communications, a provider of network video products, recently hosted two Partner Showcase events in the UK and Sweden. More than 35 of Axis’ technology partners attended both events to showcase their technology innovations. The events provided an opportunity for those within the transport industry to learn about the latest trends and understand how network video and audio technology could help them create a safer and smarter environment for Europe’s commuters. National railway statistics Axis and its partners demonstrated how this could be achieved not only through enhanced security, but also by utilising data to derive business intelligence. Latest statistics suggest there were 392 billion passenger-kilometres travelled on national railway networks within Europe in 2015; there has been a 57% increase in rail journeys since 2005 in the UK; as well as 257 million journeys on light rail and tram systems in 2016, the highest figure since records began. As more of us use such means of transport, innovative technology will be crucial to ensure our safety. The rise of machine learning One of Axis’ technology partners utilising security data for increased intelligence is iCetana, experts in turning vast surveillance infrastructures into effective dynamic live monitoring systems. Rob Tyrrell, Head of Business Development Europe, at iCetana, said, “One of the problems security teams are facing when working on vast public transport networks is the sheer amount of video data that must be monitored. It is so easy for a potential incident to go unreported. “That is why we have developed machine learning technology that helps identify what ‘normal’ activity is within a scene. It then automatically creates an alert if ‘abnormal’ activity is recognised. This is sent to security teams’ screens so they can analyse the abnormal incident and act upon the information if necessary.” "While video of course hasa huge role to play, the benefits of sound add much-needed context to a scenario" Rob Tyrrell continued, “This means that operators only monitor video footage of interest, helping them to ‘cut through’ the data noise. We’ve seen this create a significant rise in incident reporting by operators, vastly improved utility gain and meaningful action to mitigate risk.” Recognising aggressive behaviour Audio technology is carving out a new role to make transport networks a safe environment. Axis partner Sound Intelligence, providers of advanced audio analytics, showcased its patented technology based on the workings of the human ear. Its analytical software recognises different sounds and its origin, including gunshots, explosions, aggression, panic and breaking glass. Daren Lang, Regional Manager, Business Development Northern Europe at Axis Communications, said, “While video of course has a huge role to play, the benefits of sound add much-needed context to a scenario. Being able to spot aggression or explosions on our busy transport infrastructures means emergency staff can react to a potential incident extremely quickly. Our technology partners, including Sound Intelligence, play a vital role in helping us fulfil audio technology’s potential.” Atul Rajput, Regional Director, Northern Europe at Axis Communications, said, “Both events were a huge success. Not only did we highlight some of the new technologies available to the transport sector that will help ensure a safe commuting experience, but we also emphasised the benefits of collaboration. Our technology partners are all experts in their fields; bringing them together under one roof shows exactly how we feel technology should be utilised to facilitate a safer, smarter world for all.”
Axis Communications, a provider of network video, is celebrating its success at The Fraud Awards after winning the ‘Best Collaborative Solution’ category alongside The Metropolitan Police Service. The award recognised the pair’s ongoing commitment to deter and detect crime in retail environments by optimising camera placement and configuration to ensure fit for purpose images for the identification of offenders. Identifying offenders with CORII The two organisations are working closely together to deliver the Camera Optimisation for Retail to Improve Identifications (CORII) project. This aims to identify a single, fit for purpose, optimised camera configuration that will generate images that the police can use to make identifications, either automatically through a facial recognition system or by more traditional means, that lead to arrests, convictions and thus reduces crime. The total cost of crime in retail was £660m in 2016, of which £458m was attributed to theft. The CORII project included a full review of best practices for the capture, identification, storage, sharing and use of intelligence gathered by network camera technology. This facilitated the development of a framework for high street retailers on how to best utilise IP technology to reduce crime. Although not part of the CORII project, Axis’ network cameras, access controllers and video door stations can be easily combined with facial recognition technology to identify real-time security incidents, enabling immediate action to be taken by security and loss prevention staff. "The results of this project, due to end in early 2018, will create guidance for CCTV users when designing or changing their systems" Atul Rajput, Regional Director, Northern Europe at Axis Communications, states: “This award demonstrates a real and positive step towards greater collaboration between high-street retailers. We anticipate that the value of the CORII project to the retail community will be huge. This initiative joins together the police and business community in a true partnership that will better inform and enable the security industry and retailers to positively impact organised crime.” Improving use of available technology DCI Georgie Barnard of The Metropolitan Police Service states, “CCTV and network camera technology are commonly utilised today, but we are not always getting the best from these systems. The results of this project, due to end in early 2018, will create guidance for CCTV users when designing or changing their systems. We don’t have to wait for new technology; we can prevent and detect more crime today by improving the way we use the technology already available to use. The National Business Crime Centre will publish the framework nationally.” Axis and The Metropolitan Police’s collaboration is promoting surveillance best practice to facilitate the genuine reduction of crime for all retailers, as opposed to merely displacing crime from those that are using sophisticated network camera analytics to stores that aren’t. The focus is to encourage a wider deployment of technology in all stores on UK high streets, leading to the overall reduction of organised retail crime. Atul Rajput states, “We can help reduce retail crime by creating an appropriate framework for the use of surveillance and facial recognition technology within high-street stores. Through the correct use of network security technology, retailers can share intelligence to ensure that crime across all stores is reduced. Greater awareness of the latest security technology available will be crucial to help achieve this.”
Axis Communications, the provider of network video, announces the return of its flagship initiative to drive innovation through partnership – the Axis Partner Showcase event. The open day, on 11 October 2017 in Manchester, will showcase industry leading security systems from 35 vendors that complement Axis’ intelligent security solutions that enable a smarter, safer world. The event represents a best-of-breed cross section able to demonstrate the full spectrum of benefits around security technology. The innovative solutions to be showcased at the event promise to be diverse and go beyond security – ranging from the latest updates in retail analytics, behavioural analysis, and sustainability, to trends such as hosted services and cybersecurity. The Axis Partner Showcase event, to be attended by organisations with expertise in areas such as access control and video management systems, including Morphean, Milestone Systems, Genetec, Assa Abloy and others, provides the ideal forum for security integrators and installers to experience these innovations in person. Focuses on security industry The drive for efficiency, security and staff safety is an essential focus for the security industry. Ensuring technology is not only fit for its intended purpose, but also, fit for use in the future are key drivers of this commitment. With innovation now a daily feature from a variety of market influencers, however, knowledge of how to best assess the potential of cutting-edge security technology is often lost in the noise. Axis’ first showcase event in 2015 was met with critical acclaim from those in attendance, leading to strong industry demand for its return. Daren Lang, Regional Manager, Business Development, Northern Europe at Axis Communications, states, “As connectivity and the integration of products continues, the security needs of businesses change – opening up new possibilities. Our strategies and solutions must therefore change to meet the new opportunities created. We are thrilled to announce the return of the Axis Partner Showcase. This event is designed to demonstrate how our partners, in conjunction with Axis, can deliver solutions that stand the test of time - whether looking at the shift from forensic to real time analysis, how to deal with issues around cybersecurity, or keeping pace with new regulations such as GDPR. “ Demand for alternative solutions “As security requirements shift, we see an increasing demand for alternative solutions. Instead of focussing on surveillance alone, businesses are increasingly seeking ways in which smart systems can be integrated, ensuring technology is flexible and future facing. This is how we help ensure that technology is not only fit for purpose, but fit for the future.” Atul Rajput, Regional Director, Northern Europe at Axis Communications, added, “The pace of innovation is core to Axis’ philosophy and is of critical importance to keep each of our customers and partners up-to-date with the technology available today as well as its potential for tomorrow. Our showcase event brings this under one roof, providing the best forum available to experience these innovations in person.”
Innovating for a smarter, safer world, industry leaders from Axis highlight the latest trends in surveillance and analytics technology. Ranging from cybersecurity and IoT audio products in retail, to new radar detection technology and access control, the innovations on show are substantial Industry leaders including Axis Communications, the market leader in network video, have taken to the floor at IFSEC 2017 to discuss how innovative security and intelligent IoT devices have the power to transform security and safety levels, as well as increase operational efficiencies for business success. In a video of news and views directly from the event, Martin Gren, Co-Founder of Axis and IFSEC’s top influencer of the security industry for 2017, was on hand alongside Axis experts, exploring: The importance of audio Internet of Things (IoT) technology within retail environments Axis’ push for greater cybersecurity expertise among its partner network The addition of analytics in retail contributing to the rise of the intelligent high street Axis’ access control integration with HID Global and SimonsVoss New radar detection technology to provide high-end perimeter security Innovations that address the key challenges of our time Martin Gren, Co-Founder of Axis Communications, states, “It’s a great pleasure to be voted as the leading influencer in the security industry for pioneering work in driving video surveillance from analogue to IP. Of course, we aren’t standing still and we continue to innovate for the future, driving towards an increasingly connected world. We have some great new technologies that can be integrated with security systems – horn speakers, IP door stations and even radar detection. Alongside our smart Zipstream compression, Axis’ radar detection is one of the most interesting new offerings on show.” Collaboration to ensure cybersecurity "When it comes to applying best practice to networks or security systems, there’s a gap in the cybersecurity market which Axis and its partners are directly addressing" Atul Rajput, Regional Director for Northern Europe, highlighted the scope and challenges of cybersecurity within the industry, stating, “We saw the Mirai botnet last year, and more recently the WannaCrypt ransomware. In the security industry, we have tremendous risk management expertise in relation to people, property, and assets. When it comes to applying best practice to networks or security systems, there’s a gap in the cybersecurity market which Axis and its partners are directly addressing.” “We have been extending IoT capabilities from video to audio, and these products are some of the solutions we’re most looking forward to showcasing at IFSEC this year. The ability for retailers to have a camera looking at a queue, then sounding an alert should that queue reach a certain size, really highlights the potential of synergistic IoT technology in retail.” Integrated analytics and the intelligent high street Andy Martin, Business Development Manager, Retail, confirmed, “The intelligent high street is about using the IP platform to connect new devices, giving it functionality for marketing, operations and sales departments, and of course security and loss prevention specialists. It not only includes connecting devices like tagging systems and Point of Sale, but also adding analytics to increase the value added. Real-time analytics can help retail specialists know how to respond to the number of people within, or the way people are behaving, in a store. Through analytics, retailers can start to change and flex their labour.” IoT access control Speaking on Axis’ latest innovations in the access control sphere, John Allen, Business Development Manager, Access Control, noted, “What we’re showing here is a combination of access control linked to audio and outdoor management solutions, to try and give visitors an idea of how we can deliver a solution to their taste, not to our product requirements. The two most important things we’re highlighting are our collaborations with HID Global and SimonsVoss, showcasing mobile access and wireless locking – there’s a fantastic demonstration available that’s been very popular.”
Axis Communications has helped solve one of the largest challenges within the surveillance industry today with the launch of its new experience centre to educate on the potential for IoT technology, brought to life in an interactive environment. Axis now offers engaging experiences around the intelligent applications available through IP camera technology in their new centre—the largest and most advanced of its kind in the UK.Showcasing surveillance technologiesThe Axis Experience Centre is designed to bridge the current education gap between the capabilities of the technology on offer and the perception of surveillance technology as solely for security. On show are the variety of technologies that contribute to greater levels of business intelligence, big data, and analytics, succeeding in increasing merchandising effectiveness, safety, and overall return on investment (RoI) in simulated real-world situations. As cyber security tops the news agenda, Axis experts are also on hand to discuss how a holistic approach to security can protect increasingly networked environments.Showcased at the centre are surveillance technologies such as sound identification, intrusion detection and access control systems, as well as analytic innovations such as people counting and occupancy tracking, designed to assist with business intelligence and marketing effectiveness. Attendees at the launch found Axis’ Dark Room particularly immersive, highlighting the capabilities of IP camera technology within dark and low-light environments such as tube stations and warehouses at night. This demonstration utilised AXIS Lightfinder, thermal imaging, and wide dynamic range (WDR) technology to showcase how varied light levels can still produce broadcast quality images.Intelligent surveillance technologyThe new Experience Centre, opened by Martin Gren, Axis’ Co-Founder and Co-inventor of the IP camera; Atul Rajput, Regional Director for Northern Europe; and Bodil Sonesson, Vice President of Global Sales; is designed to provide partners, resellers, installers, and customers the right information and tools to thrive in the modern surveillance industry. Tying in to Axis’ recent celebration of its 20th anniversary in the UK, the launch reasserts its dedication to British markets and its drive towards enabling a smarter, safer world. "With the addition of our new Experience Centre in the UK, Axis can better showcase the real-world applications of innovative technologies" Martin Gren, Co-Founder of Axis Communications commented, “With security at the top of the European agenda, the benefits of intelligent surveillance technology are clear. But as organisations adopt technology in an increasingly networked world, it is essential to protect systems from cyber threats. Working with a partner that really understands these issues is critical to ensure compliance with IT network security policies. I remember when we first opened an office in London 20 years’ ago at the inception of the IP camera market. In this time, not only has the technology evolved, but the industry challenges have also increased. Our new experience centre is our platform to demonstrate how our innovative technology addresses the key challenges of our time.” Real-world applications of technologyAtul Rajput, Regional Director, Northern Europe at Axis Communications, added, “With the addition of our new Experience Centre in the UK, Axis can better showcase the real-world applications of innovative technologies to our growing number of partners and customers across the UK and Ireland. Axis has been built on partnership; and this new facility reflects this. As such, Axis partners are now able to freely use the centre for further training and meetings to better support their own business agendas, highlighting our commitment to the UK market. Our recent relocation to Luton provides an excellent strategic base for UK operations and our new experience centre. Location was a key consideration—with London Luton Airport just ten minutes away and the M1 close-by, we are able to quickly and easily access all areas of the UK.”Bodil Sonesson, Vice President of Global Sales at Axis Communications, stated, “It was pleasing to see our partners impressed with the new experience centre, which now gives our customers the possibility to see solutions adapted for all segments. Intelligent video, sound and access control, as well as solutions for small businesses and video management software, are just some of the demonstrations available.”
Axis Communications, the global provider of intelligent surveillance technology, yesterday held the official launch of the new Axis Experience Centre in Luton. The event was a chance for Axis’ partners to meet with the senior management team and explore how the new centre operates, all the while celebrating the company’s 20th anniversary over a glass of champagne. The centre was officially opened by Axis Communications co-founder Martin Gren, along with Bodil Sonesson, the company’s VP of Global Sales. The toast was led by Atul Rajput, Regional Director, Northern Europe. As one of Axis’ first ever employees, Rajput was particularly well placed to thank partners for their collaboration over the last twenty years. As celebrations continued, SourceSecurity.com was lucky enough to join Axis’ partners in a tour of the new facility. Exploring the Axis Experience Centre What immediately became apparent was that this was no ordinary showroom. In contrast to open-space demonstration rooms traditionally favoured by the security industry, the Experience Centre takes end users on a flowing tour where they can experience Axis solutions in a variety of environments simulating real-world problems. The tour typically takes two hours, and is designed for small groups of people to allow in-depth discussion of the difficulties end users are facing. Atul Rajput (Regional Director, Northern Europe), Bodil Sonesson (VP, Global Sales) & Axis Communications co-founder Martin Gren officially open the Experience Centre Axis open platform solutions One highlight of the experience is the AXIS Camera Application Platform (ACAP), which allows partners to solve specific customer problems by downloading third-party applications to Axis IP cameras and encoders. Typical end user problems highlighted by the tour include queue management, people counting and intrusion detection. The solutions are all fully interactive – on passing through a gateway, an audio alert notifies participants that they are trespassing, while three participants standing in a given space can trigger air conditioning and ambient audio. The most immersive part of the experience is the ‘dark room’, which simulates all kinds of challenging lighting conditions including the intense backlight that may be experienced at a building entrance or window. On leaving the room, participants are shown how Axis’ WDR cameras capture extremely detailed images despite the challenging illumination. Other highlights include the networking centre, which demonstrates Axis hardware and third-party switches, and the VMS control room, which features a new user interface and can be integrated with intercoms, speakers, and access control systems. Smart solutions for businesses and cities The overriding theme of all areas of the tour is the emphasis on applications, not products. Rather than being directed to a particular product to suit a given vertical market, end users and installers are encouraged to discuss the real-world challenges they face, and explore how Axis solutions could work for them. In this way, enterprises, small-to-medium businesses and Smart City providers can all be catered for. The concept is already proving successful – over the last month, the facility has been in use every day!
Research shows owners of retail, office and hospitality businesses seek smarter technology to tackle theft and loss A survey of small businesses in the UK has discovered that 84% of retail, office and hospitality owners are looking for video surveillance with high resolution images and intelligent features such as remote monitoring to provide superior security for their premises. 85% also stated that high quality and reliability would be important purchasing considerations when looking to invest in video surveillance. The survey demonstrates a wide consensus amongst small business owners that current surveillance solutions in place are not viable to provide the necessary proof of crime at a time when the cost of shop theft is at an all-time high. It also reveals that new technology is sought to provide the required security level within their business. Video surveillance key challenges Axis Communications, the provider of network video, carried out the survey to establish small business owners’ key challenges regarding video surveillance and how they believe it could be improved. In addition to stating that high quality images and the ability to access footage remotely on a smart phone or other device is desirable, 70% also stated that ease-of-use is also high on the agenda. In light of accessible intelligent technology, 82% of small business owners are considering new video surveillance technology for their premises to provide a more up-to-date solution. The survey also demonstrated challenges currently faced by small business owners in regards to their existing video surveillance solutions. A number of factors were revealed as unsatisfactory within their present set up including poor quality of images and difficulty of use. These small business owners reported facing issues with their current video surveillance including “bad quality of system”, “lack of ability to monitor outside of premises” and providing “limited proof of crime”. This feedback further confirms the desire for more intelligent surveillance solutions to help protect businesses and make staff feel safe. "As legacy video surveillance solutions become obsolete, we are witnessing a shift in the ways small businesses adopt new solutions" Accessible and affordable network cameras Atul Rajput, Regional Director of Northern Europe, Axis Communications states, “Pioneering technology and the benefits that come with it shouldn’t be limited to corporate entities. With the help of dedicated IT and security installers, the network camera is becoming more accessible and affordable for the small business than ever before. Many small business owners have an awareness that high quality, intelligent solutions are available and are looking for guidance as to how they can make the most of this to protect their premises and ultimately their bottom line. A rise in theft and the continued improvements in technology such as remote monitoring and high-quality images are only set to exacerbate this.” Atul Rajput continues, “As legacy video surveillance solutions become obsolete, we are witnessing a shift in the ways small businesses adopt new solutions. Once regarded as a standalone investment, many now consider IP cameras as a vital upgrade that forms a part of their larger IT infrastructure. Along with this, users are also looking to remotely access live and pre-recorded video footage anytime and anywhere. The ultimate benefit of this is a solution that delivers information rapidly, cost-effectively and that can benefit from the latest applications as and when they become available.” AXIS Companion Line The recently launched AXIS Companion Line from Axis Communications is a network camera solution tailored for small businesses. The new range transfers enterprise level knowledge into a small business solution at a cost-effective level. The line uses high quality technology for strong reliability and excellent image quality. Easy installation and rapid set up time ensures that there is minimal disruption for small businesses and a dedicated support allows installers to provide an efficient service.
Håkan Johansson joins the team with over 30 years’ experience in sales and management Axis Communications, a provider of network video solutions, continues its accelerated growth strategy with the appointment of Håkan Johansson to the position of Sales Director for Northern Europe, with responsibility for the Nordics, UK, and Ireland. Håkan’s work with system and process automation, IoT and big data will be key in driving Axis and its partners towards their combined goals, synonymous with the creation of a smarter and safer world through an increased uptake of innovative technologies. Previous experience Prior to his appointment, Håkan worked with Liaison Technologies, specialists in cloud-based data integration and data management solutions. Johansson joins the team with over 30 years of experience in sales and management, having held senior roles at Motorola, Avaya and Anixter, amongst others. His previous roles spanned across the UK, Belgium, and the USA, making him a perfect choice to help fulfil both Axis and its partners’ growth plans. Speaking on his appointment, Håkan Johansson states, “I’m hugely excited to have been given this opportunity. Axis is a leading network video company in an expanding industry, which is going through rapid technological change. With a background working for companies operating in network, telecom and cloud services businesses, I will add value to Axis and its key partners while helping to further drive strategic direction.” Strategic growth Håkan Johansson continues, “Axis is a manufacturer with an indirect channel and go-to-market strategy, which I see as very positive and exciting. It is a great privilege to work for a company of Axis’ calibre, with highly skilled engineering teams and a professional, trustworthy sales strategy.” Atul Rajput, Regional Director of Northern Europe at Axis Communications, states, “We’re immensely pleased in welcoming Håkan to our growing, international team. With a skill set in innovative technologies, set to become increasingly prevalent within our industry, I am confident Håkan is well placed to oversee Axis’ sales strategy across our Northern Europe territories and support Axis partners in their growth. With a number of recently completed acquisitions, Axis is entering the next stage of its development; this appointment is testament to providing the sales and strategic backbone needed to support it.”
David has a vast knowledge of network video operations in access control markets across EMEA Axis Communications, a provider of network video, has strengthened its expertise and service offering with the appointment of David Needham to the new role of UK & Ireland Sales Manager. David, previously a Key Account Manager at Axis, has over 20 years of sales experience working with global security brands. The newly-created role reflects a strategic decision by Axis to provide a growing sales team with the management and direction it requires to continue to satisfy appetite for network camera sales in the UK and Ireland. The role will see him manage the UK&I team of Key Account Managers, realising the benefits of Axis’ innovative network video technology for a range of businesses seeking support in driving business growth. Network video knowledge With a background in electrical engineering, David has a vast knowledge of network video operations in access control markets across EMEA. His appointment will support Axis in raising awareness of the benefits of the Axis Internet of Security Things. Whereas the IoT connects devices together and allows them to send and receive data, the Axis Internet of Security Things allows network cameras to think and make decisions independently. Axis’ range of internet-enabled network cameras and newly launched audio and video solutions will ensure organisations’ premises are kept secure, while enhanced intelligence will help improve operational efficiency to support ROI and growth. Integrating video and access control "Surveillance is rarely a standalone requirement, with firms coming to expect interaction between devices connected to the internet" David Needham, UK & Ireland Sales Manager at Axis Communications, states, “Axis is the pioneer in intelligent security solutions and has moved far beyond manufacturing products that serve only a surveillance purpose. Surveillance is rarely a standalone requirement, with firms coming to expect interaction between devices connected to the internet. For example, customers are seeking network video systems integrated with access control units. I look forward to supporting and growing our customer base looking to make the most of these intelligent new solutions to drive business growth.” Growing the UK team Atul Rajput, Regional Director of Northern Europe at Axis Communications, states “We’re pleased to announce this senior appointment tasked with driving our successful UK&I sales team. With David's in-depth knowledge of the network video market, aligned with a proven ability to sell complex solutions and a strong track record of achieving consistent high sales growth during his career at Axis, I am confident that David is the ideal candidate to continue to grow and develop our team in the UK.” Atul Rajput continues, “This strategic appointment further demonstrates our commitment to supporting our partners as they look to explore the many and varied opportunities available to them. Our commitment to providing innovative solutions that help create a smarter and safer world continues and the appointment of David will be central to driving this forward.”
H.265 compression continued to be a popular topic from exhibitors on the second day of IFSEC Video beyond security, compression, HD over analogue and integration were on the lips of several exhibitors at IFSEC International 2016. Strangely for a security exhibition, there were plenty of exhibitors talking about non-security applications on the second day of IFSEC International in London. For Axis Communications, Atul Rajput, Regional Director for Northern Europe, said the Internet of Things will have a big impact on security systems. Having been a leader in the IP video space, Axis is now involved in applications such as audio, intercoms and HVAC (heating ventilation and air conditioning) -- all over IP. Looking ahead, in five to 10 years, the Internet of Things will include sensors that can report back information such as environmental data and the interconnectivity in smart homes. “Now we’re involved in access control, horn speakers and retail analytics such as people-counting,” said Rajput. Over at Hanwha Techwin, a press conference highlighted one pioneering application -- using video to monitor a person’s vital signs such as breathing and heart-rate. Such a set-up could, for example, be used to monitor the wellbeing of detainees in police custody. Again today, H.265 compression was mentioned as a popular feature among exhibitors. Hanwha Techwin uses its own Wisestream compression technology in addition to H.265. The company says Wisestream can deliver up to a 50 percent reduction in bandwidth, with this rising to 75 percent if used with H.265. To put it another way, when you combine both with 4K images, the bandwidth required is the same as that for HD video. H.265 not the only compression standard in town But not everyone has been carried away by H.265. The folks at Axis use something called Zipstream compression and H.264; the thinking is that most video management systems don’t yet support H.265. Zipstream uses a dynamic frame rate that reduces the rate to its lowest when a scene is static, then increases it when there is movement or activity. Say you reduce your video storage by half, it translates into needing less hardware and less cooling, thereby reducing the carbon footprint of the end-user. Another big talking point was HD over analogue, or AHD. At Hanwha Techwin, for example, where they have a full range of AHD cameras and NVRs, they say the technology has “taken the market by storm” – especially in the UK, southern Europe and even Nordic countries. It seems existing analogue infrastructures, their ease of installation and low cost of implementation account for the high demand for this video technology. Partnerships and integration were also big themes at this year’s show, as Milestone promoted their Open Platform Community Partnerships lead to better security solutions Partnerships and integration were also big themes at this year’s show. VMS (video management system) supplier Milestone Systems announced what it describes as a “deep level partnership” with access control specialists Nedap. “Milestone always [was] an open platform company because we couldn’t do everything ourselves,” said Kenneth Petersen, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. “We now want to take this to the next level to be an open platform community. Together with our partners, we can offer the best solutions.” Sieger Volkers, Managing Director of Security Management at Nedap, said: “The best of video management and access control will be combined into a solid, seamlessly integrated security solution. We’re committed to developing a deep integration between our access control platform AEOS and [Milestone’s] XProtect, reducing delivery risks and complexity for our mutual partners.” Hardware and software in harmony With this approach, Milestone hopes to provide more certainty about different software and hardware working well together, which should make life easier for integrators too, who are just beginning to integrate IP access control and video. A deep partnership, however, does not merely involve working together from a technical perspective but also with commercial operations such as sales and marketing. Milestone also announced a new global partnership with one of its existing partners, Dell OEM Solutions, which helps customers who have their own intellectual property to bring their technology to market. Dell will be able to fully test Milestone’s VMS and can simulate large camera systems, showing customers how their systems will perform before committing to them. Finally, speaking of VMS, AxxonSoft has brought these systems to a whole new level. The company was demonstrating what is said to be the first video transmission to a VMS from an HD-equipped drone. It incorporates a 14MP fisheye lens camera, flies at a height of up to 150 metres and can deliver images wirelessly within a 2km range. It is capable of providing video analytics and face recognition and should be available later this year.
Axis appointed Peter Dempsey, Katherine Bramwell, & Mark Eggett to strengthen its UK team and support the partner network Axis Communications, the global market leader in network video has made three new appointments to its UK sales and distribution teams. Key strategic appointments Peter Dempsey joins Axis as a Key Account Manager for the Irish market. Peter has over 23 years’ experience of the Irish security industry and a vast knowledge of network video. Prior to joining Axis, he was a Key Account Manager for Panasonic for ten years, managing the distribution and system integrator channels and key product launches. Katherine Bramwell joins as a Distribution Account Manager based in Watford. She has over 20 years’ experience in the security and IT sectors and was previously the Northern Region Area Sales Manager for ADI Global Distribution. At Axis, Katherine will be responsible for managing key Axis distributors and establishing long-term partnerships, helping them with the growth and education of their business. Mark Eggett also joins Axis as a Sales Engineer for the South East England region. At Axis he will be working closely with the sales team and helping the channel and partners realise the benefits of Axis products. As a former Solutions Engineer for Axis partner, Milestone Systems, Mark is highly experienced at helping customers specify the right product for the right solution. Atul Rajput, Regional Director, Northern Europe, added: “We’re delighted to welcome these new members to our UK team. All of our new recruits have the necessary specialist experience to support our partner network. “These are key strategic appointments for us and demonstrate our continued commitment to offering ‘best in class’ support for our partner network. Following on from many years of successful growth in the UK and Irish markets these new appointments will further strengthen our team and ensure we have the resources in place to support our partner network as we continue to see our business grow and develop.”
Axis has a new camera that “shakes like a dog” when it rains -- to get rid of the extra moisture. KiwiSecurity, an Austrian company and IFSEC newcomer, uses video analytics to scramble images of faces in live video to ensure privacy.These were two of the surprising things I saw on Day Two of IFSEC. Attendance picked up nicely in the halls of London’s ExCeL -- and the show floor seemed to get bigger as the day wore on (at least according to my weary feet!). There definitely were more things to see than time to see them. Genetec's integration with KiwiVisionThe video analytics system that scrambles faces on live video shared a little corner of Genetec’s stand. The KiwiVision Privacy Protector capability is just one of several intelligent functions of the product, with which Genetec has developed a close integration. Other functions include the more familiar license plate recognition, queue detection, intrusion detection, etc.Genetec is also looking to help end user customers make sense of the “Wild West” of body-worn cameras, which are facing rapid growth. Genetec offers a solution to incorporate body-worn camera feeds into its video management system (VMS). Managing the video from body-worn cameras is an important -- and so far overlooked -- consideration amid the rapid implementation of the cameras, says Andrew Elvish, Genetec’s Vice President, Marketing and Product Management. Axis and Canon growth planThe Axis Q61-E Series camera has “Sharpdome technology” to provide sharp images in all directions -- it looks more like a globe than a typical dome camera. The compact PTZ camera is suitable for indoor or outdoor applications, in low light and challenging conditions.The “Speed Dry” function removes water drops from the dome glass (using canine-like vibration) -- to supply sharp images in rainy weather. Genetec is also looking to help end user customers make sense of the “Wild West” of body-worn cameras, which are facing rapid growth There was other news from Axis, too, already arguably the biggest newsmaker in the security market in the last year given its planned acquisition by Canon. At a press conference, Axis again emphasised it will be “business as usual” after the acquisition and that Axis will continue to operate separate from the Japanese giant. (In fact, Canon has not yet acquired the needed 90 percent of shares; therefore Axis is still trading on the Swedish stock exchange. However, eventual completion of the transaction is all but a certainty.)If anything, the new owners have accelerated the Axis growth path. Axis announced on the second day of IFSEC its plans to build a new 350,000-square-foot (32,000-square-meter) state-of-the-art headquarters directly adjacent to its current location in Lund, Sweden. Building on the new headquarters will begin in January 2016 with completion expected in 2018. The new nine-floor building will accommodate company growth up to 1,100 employees (some of the existing facilities will be retained.)“The Axis product, innovation and sales structure will remain the same,” says Atul Rajput, Axis regional director, Northern Europe. “We will also gain access to Canon’s knowledge and technology, which will be a foundation for future joint cooperation and benefits. These areas include image technology, manufacturing technology, procurement power, and a strong patent portfolio.”As far as industry trends, Rajput points to a transition from forensic use of video to deterrence and even to real-time detection. New tools like audio analytics, which can mimic the human ear’s abilities to differentiate various sounds, from gun shots to breaking glass, will enable better real-time response. Other trends include “surveillance as a service” -- and, in fact “everything as a service” -- with more functionality migrating to the cloud. Video will also be used increasingly to improve business efficiency (beyond security). Axis will be looking for growth beyond its current focus on video surveillance for security. They have a new camera for broadcast/video conferencing applications. Even beyond cameras, they are looking at temperature alarms to monitor if physical equipment overheats. Axis has already introduced an IP-enabled audio/video door intercom system and a network horn speaker. HID Global Seos “We see a clear requirement for open standards within these countries (EMEA),” says Volker Kunz, HID Global Director of Sales, EMEA Physical Access Control Another big supplier at IFSEC is HID Global, which sees a demand for high security in access control, especially in vertical markets such as utilities, energy, aviation, finance and banking. Throughout the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) region, demand is strong among enterprise-class customers, typically the top 100 companies in each country (and many of the top 500). “We see a clear requirement for open standards within these countries,” says Volker Kunz, HID Global Director of Sales, EMEA Physical Access Control. There is also demand for custom keys and other specific formats to increase security levels, varying for each end user.“From an EMEA perspective, especially in the northern part, there is a requirement for a lot of customisation, personalising of credentials -- they want us to give them that fully programmed solution,” says Kunz.At IFSEC, HID Global is showing of the Seos “Tap In” functionality, which can be used to tap into applications in a tablet environment, for example. There are already 2,400 apps that support the capability, according to HID Global.Seos is HID Global’s open mobile ID system that can run on various media, whether a mobile device, a card, or whatever, providing companies more options in terms of how they run their access control systems. Using a smartphone as a credential is especially desirable in applications where there is a lot of turnover among users -- such as colleges and universities. Enterprise customers may still require a physical badge/photo ID (therefore less likely to go to smart phone credentialing).“Seos allows us to create a new ecosystem with partners, including the mechanical lock sister companies in Assa Abloy,” says Spencer Marshall, HID Global Regional Sales Manager, Northern Europe. Kunz points to the importance of combining convenience with security -- inconvenient security measures will cause users to bypass them to the detriment of overall security. Axxonsoft global expansion AxxonSoft, a VMS vendor, is among the many companies at IFSEC that are supplying a global market but with an eye to addressing the varied needs of each local area. In the last year, AxxonSoft has established more offices around the world, in Morocco and South Africa. By the end of the year, they will open an office in the United Kingdom. AxxonSoft is among the many companies at IFSEC that are supplying a global market but with an eye to addressing the varied needs of each local area AxxonSoft has done many large projects in the Middle East, such as the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company and the Petroleum Institute; in the U.K., they have done projects for the London Underground and a retailer. They are currently working on a huge city surveillance project in the Emirate of Sharjah. “We are one of the top VMSs used in the the Middle East,” says Yury Akhmetov, AxxonSoft business development director. “We started early doing business there and are very well known. We are so busy with large projects we don’t do the smaller projects.”“Localisation of all the materials is very important,” says Akhmetov. They are starting to develop business in French-speaking countries in northern Africa, and will be looking to localise their offerings in Turkish, Polish, Mandarin, Serbian and Bulgarian. Developing new markets Large companies like Milestone also have to think local and act local in a global market. Implementing Milestone’s global strategy in the EMEA region involves a local approach for each region -- investment in training, demo facilities, marketing materials, more resources, and native speaking employees. “We understand the market needs of each locale in a very detailed way,” says Thomas Lausten, Milestone’s vice president, EMEA. “We develop each market in response to data we receive from talking to more end users -- what is the essential piece in a VMS for retail, or other verticals?” Milestone adapts to each area’s need with information gleaned by talking to customers, integrators and consultants, and from feedback about where they are succeeding. More R&D enables a fast response to localised needs.However, there are universal needs across multiple localities: “We need to be easy to deploy, and everything needs to be based on scalability,” says Lausten. “We grow with existing partners, who are becoming bigger and bigger.”
IFSEC International will launch a brand new zone within the show - Innovation Arena 2015 has already seen major incidences that have tested the security industry across the globe and as threats continue to evolve IFSEC Internationalhas a crucial part to play in keeping the industry abreast of the latest technologies, developments and best practices. Taking place at ExCeL London IFSEC International 2015 will run from 16-18 June. IFSEC International has been at the heart of the security industry for over 40 years and this year it will continue to showcase the future of the industry alongside truly groundbreaking content. Core theme - innovation A core theme running across IFSEC International this year is innovation, having conducted a significant amount of research following the 2014 edition of the show, a key topic that both exhibitors and visitors kept coming back to was the opportunity to see genuine innovation across the show floor. With this in mind IFSEC International will launch a brand new zone within the show this June, the Innovation Arena in association with leading industry title, Benchmark Magazine. The new theatre will host a series of 10 minute pitches from the Benchmark Innovation Awards finalists. With nearly 40 different companies already confirmed to participate, covering site protection hardware and software, business intelligence, video surveillance hardware and software, video analytics, infrastructure along with access control hardware and software, the Innovation Arena will showcase back to back innovation from across the industry throughout the three days. Short presentation from well-known organisations Organisations such as Panasonic, Bosch Security, Vidicore, UTC Fire & Security and Secure Logiq, to name a few will give a short presentation about their shortlisted product and then open the floor to questions. This exciting new format provides visitors to IFSEC International a detailed look at those products that are delivering a real benefit to end users, integrators and installers. Running alongside the Innovation Arena is the IFSEC International Innovation Trail which will help visitors easily access the new technologies that have come to market that will be featured at the show this year. A core theme running across IFSEC International this year is innovation, a key topic that both exhibitors and visitors kept coming back NICE Suspect Search - video analytics tool Highlights of the IFSEC International Innovation Trail include the NICE Suspect Search, a patent-pending video analytics tool that quickly locates and retraces the movements of a suspect, lost child, or other person of interest within a video surveillance network. Video footage from different cameras and time frames can be reviewed in just minutes, as the system automatically filters out 95 percent of irrelevant images. GP Systems will introduce their new palm vein identification technology at IFSEC International, an accurate and secure technology that makes it a perfect fit for the banking industry. RISCO HandyApp - smartphone application Additional confirmed participants in the Innovation Trail includes the RISCO HandyApp, the first smartphone application dedicated to supporting the sales and installation activities of professional security installers. The app allows installers working with RISCO products to increase their efficiency and sales potential by providing access to everything they need for a smooth installation. Vorty will launch the new Vorty Net smartphone operated access control system, a Bluetooth proximity reader that allows or denies a selected smartphone access to unlock any door electric strike, electromagnetic lock, automated garage door, motorised gate or barrier. Sony PXW-FS7 4k XDCAM camera Also Sony Professional, who recently won the Technology Innovation of the Year at the Digital Studio 2015 Awards in Dubai, will be showcasing the PXW-FS7 4k XDCAM camera that features a Super35 CMOS sensor capable of shooting in 4K Quad Full HD (QFHD) and super slow-motion Full HD. Avertic Armour - chainsaw protective textile Finally, Engtex AB will showcase its highly advanced textile Avertic Armour, developed from the No. 1 chainsaw protective textile, Avertic Pro+. This warp-knitted textile uses the world´s strongest fibre designed to withstand break-in attempts when heavy duty tools are used. These new products, plus many, many more, will make up the IFSEC International Innovation Trail; ensuring visitors can easily find all the groundbreaking technology and new products at the show. Gerry Dunphy, Event Director- IFSEC International states: “This year we really wanted to put new products, the latest technology and most importantly innovation at the very core of IFSEC International, the introduction of the Innovation Arena and the expansion of the Innovation Trail really highlights this. We are really excited to be shining a light on all the great advances that are currently being made within this industry and look forward to celebrating and showcasing these in June.” IFSEC International Innovation Trail which will help visitors easily access the new technologies that have come to market High-level expertise delivered by leading experts Along with all the innovation at IFSEC International there will be plenty of high-level expertise delivered by leading experts within the security industry and beyond. For 2015 IFSEC International launches its Inspirational Speaker Series with three high-profile personalities covering the sports, business and extreme adventure worlds, each of the keynote speakers have reached the pinnacle of their careers and will share their expertise and unique experiences with the IFSEC audience. In its inaugural year the Inspirational Speaker Series will host leading businesswoman Baroness Karren Brady CBE, the world’s greatest explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE and international cycling superstar Sir Chris Hoy MBE across the three days. Another popular education platform that will return in 2015 is Safe Cities, a stream at IFSEC International which will focus on the protection of larger urban areas, critical national infrastructure and business continuity. Suited for senior and strategic personnel responsible for the protection of major assets within a city, Safe Cities will provide high level thought leadership sessions to provide more insight into this fast growing concept. Networked technologies and current trends all feature heavily in the Safe Cities Seminar Theatre, exclusively sponsored by Eaton. Keynote address on ‘Safe, Smart and Connected Cities’ A taste of what visitors can expect within Safe Cities this year includes a keynote address from the Futurologist Dr. Simon Moores on ‘Safe, Smart and Connected Cities’ where he will look at emerging trends and technologies, the impact of big data and the Internet of Things along with the challenges and opportunities. Paul Adams the Director of Strategic Marketing, EMEA at Alcatel Lucent will host a session on ‘Transforming Public Safety with Smart Technologies and Secure Infrastructure’. Finally, Brian Kilkelly, the CEO of World Cities Network will host a seminar with the title ‘Improving the Resilience of Cities – the Application of Technology’, he will explore the opportunities from the availability of data and ever cheaper computing power to anticipate problems and coordinate resources. Safe Cities visitors to IFSEC International can access the full Safe Cities seminar programme and take advantage of the networking opportunities adjacent VIP Lounge, sponsored by Siemens. 2 new partnerships into Safe Cities Safe Cities will provide high level thought leadership sessions to provide more insight into this fast growing concept This year IFSEC International will also incorporate two new partnerships into Safe Cities, the first is with HyperCat, a leading consortium of major technology developers who are driving the standards of interoperability and they will be discussing their HyperCatCity Initiative at Safe Cities. The second exclusive partnership for Safe Cities is with Euralarm, the association that represents the electronic fire and security industry, who will run their own dedicated half-day conference called Smart Cities: Digital Solutions to Keeping Citizens Safe and Secure. The education programme at IFSEC International also incorporates the Keynote and Convergence Theatre; here leading players from across the security industry will debate the latest issues in cyber security or access control along with case studies and panel discussions around the state of the nation. Trends & technologies for video surveillance Sessions within this theatre include Jim McHale, Managing Director, Owner and Founder of Memoori Business Intelligence Ltd who will present on the Internet of Things in Buildings (BIoT) and the part security will play in this. Additionally, Atul Rajput, Regional Director (Norther Europe) for Axis Communications will look at the game changing trends and technologies for video surveillance in 2015 and beyond. Another highlight in the theatre will be a cyber-security master class from David Emm from Kaspersky Lab UK, in this session he will review the threat landscape in 2015, assess the malware evolution and give predictions for the future. The third education theatre within IFSEC International is the Security Solutions Theatre that will run seminars led by Will Lloyd the product development manager at BRE Global, Jim Swift from BB7 and Dave Tynan the VP at MicroPower Technologies amongst others. New additions to Gadget Zone In 2015, IFSEC International will also introduce some great new additions to some old favourites; the Gadget Zone will join the Security & Fire Installer Live feature. Research highlighted that visitors want to get hands on with the products before they buy and this will provide the perfect opportunity to try out the biggest and latest range of products in one place. Along with the new Gadget Zone, Security & Fire Installer Live will also incorporate the Toolshed in partnership with Anglia Tools, the Fire & Security Jobs Bar, the NSI Expertise Hub and Engineers of Tomorrow, amongst other activities. Protection & Management Series The education programme at IFSEC International also incorporates the Keynote and Convergence Theatre IFSEC International will once again be presented as part of UBM EMEA’s Protection & Management Series. The Protection & Management Series encompasses five major shows in related marketplaces covering safety, service management, facilities, security and fire, the overall ethos of the series is about protecting and managing buildings and places of work, along with the people and information within those places of work. The Protection & Management Series encompasses IFSEC International, FIREX International, Safety & Health Expo, Service Management Expo as well as Facilities Show, in 2014 the combined events attracted more than 40, 000 attendees over three days to London’s ExCeL.
Axis will be showcasing a host of new technologies and innovations at the international security trade show Axis Communications, the global leader in the network video market will be demonstrating how it is continuing to innovate and deliver cutting-edge IP video technologies for a smarter and safer world at this year’s IFSEC International. Key partners to join Axis Axis will be showcasing a host of new technologies and innovations at the international security trade show and will be inviting attendees to share in the experience of how partnering with Axis can help businesses achieve their goals and even discover new markets and new commercial opportunities. Axis will be joined by three of its key partners offering visitors the chance to learn more about video surveillance and analytics as well as ‘game changing’ trends and technologies for IP video in 2015 and beyond. Sharing the Axis stand (Stand E1000) will be IP video surveillance solutions provider, Genetec, and leading video analytics companies IPS Intelligent Video Analytics and NICE Security Solutions. Event will feature latest technologies The Axis stand will feature some of its most cutting-edge technologies launched over the last year including ‘Zipstream’ – a new technology optimised for video surveillance and a radically more efficient H.264 implementation, and the successful AXIS A1001 Network Door Controller, featuring an open, non-proprietary platform for access management for both enterprise and smaller installations. Also on show will be the AXIS C3003-E Network Horn Speaker, which is the first open standard, network loudspeaker for remote speaking. Supporting IP telephony, it enables seamless convergence between IT and security systems and simplifies integration between disparate systems over an IP network. Another recently-launched innovative product is the AXIS V59 PTZ Network Camera Series, designed to stream and webcast audio and video in a variety of applications such as in auditoriums, classrooms and sports venues, as well as for weather reports and traffic information. "All too often network video is viewed as a cost when in reality it can be a revenue generating opportunity" Axis, Regional Director comments Atul Rajput, regional director, northern Europe, Axis Communications, said: “2015 has been a hotbed of innovation at Axis. Innovation is at our core, it’s in our DNA. In all my years at Axis, I can’t remember a period when we have released so many innovative, new products and technologies in such a short space of time. “I still believe that, as an industry, we are guilty of underselling the benefits of network video. All too often network video is viewed as a cost when in reality it can be a revenue generating opportunity. Today’s successful companies are those that are proactively looking at ways in which network video can create new business opportunities. Companies that embrace this and strive to discover new and innovative solutions can look forward to a smarter and successful future.” Informative seminars Throughout the three-day show, members of Axis’ northern European team will also be delivering three informative seminars: Video Surveillance Analytics – 16th June – 12:00 - 12:50 Speaker: Doug Adams, business development manager, northern Europe (ADP/TPP) Location: Security Solutions Theatre Game changing trends and technologies for video surveillance in 2015 and beyond – 18th June – 13:00 – 13:50 Speaker: Atul Rajput, regional director (northern Europe) Location: Keynote & Convergence Theatre Access Control – 18th June – 12:15 – 12:25 Speaker: John Allen, regional business development manager – access control Location: Benchmark Innovation Arena – Stand B1800.
Leading security services provider, Stanley Security, and surveillance technology provider, Digital Barriers, have joined forces to offer an innovative automated intrusion detection application to the European remote alarm monitoring market. SafeZone-edge, developed by Digital Barriers specifically for Axis network cameras and encoders, is an intelligent video analytics application for reliable intrusion detection. It accurately analyses scenes whilst automatically mitigating any environmental effects that can often cause nuisance alarms. This exceptional reliability is recognised with a UK Government i-LIDS® certification and the award of “Intruder Alarm or Exterior Deterrent Product of the Year” at IFSEC’s Security and Fire Excellence Awards 2014. The partnership with Stanley Security will see SafeZone-edge rolled out across European customer sites, providing reliable alarm information to 14 state of the art operations centres. Dan Meyrick, Channel Sales Manager at Digital Barriers noted: “With its ability to intelligently distinguish actual intrusions from the impact of external factors, such as weather and variable illumination, SafeZone-edge is a significant step beyond basic video motion detection. But even more significantly, the application is simple and affordable enough to encourage widespread adoption.” SafeZone-edge takes advantage of the Axis open Camera Application Platform, launched in 2009 to facilitate cutting-edge third party integrations of this nature, with installation directly onto Axis network cameras and encoders. As such, the application delivers a true alternative to both conventional server-based intelligent video analysis (IVA) and simpler edge-based video motion detection (VMD), combining performance and usability for real world perimeter security applications. Dan continued: “With the Axis Camera Application Platform (ACAP), Axis delivers the simplicity of the ‘app store’ concept to the IP camera sector. By targeting the SafeZone-edge application to run on Axis cameras, organisations are presented with a simple and affordable way of extending the functionality of their cameras. The strength in depth of the Axis product range and their strong links with leading security providers, such as Stanley Security, also partnered us with the market-leader.” Stanley Security is now using this pioneering new analytics software in conjunction with its I-View Now video platform on Axis devices in all its major installations and projects. Footage from each device can be monitored automatically for efficient perimeter protection and loitering or intrusion detection, with alarms sent directly to one of the company’s state-of-the-art operations centres. Martyn Ryder, Director for Product Management Europe at Stanley Security, said: “Combining cameras from leading manufacturer Axis Communications, with the SafeZone-edge analytics and our I-View Now video platform creates a powerful tool to help our customers protect their people and property while optimising their spend on security personnel. This combined solution is giving customers the extra pair of eyes and peace of mind that we can detect incidents early and try to stop them before they escalate or catch the bad guys in action.” Metadata is provided to the operators to allow them to quickly and efficiently detect the source of the alarm and take swift, appropriate action. Alarms can also be sent directly to customers’ mobile devices or PCs, allowing them to be instantly notified or to cancel false alarms before costly action is taken. In a real-life operational test conducted over one week, replacement of a VMD solution by the SafeZone-edge application led to a reduction in nuisance alarms from 10,000 to just 1. Commenting on the partnership, Atul Rajput, Regional Director, Northern Europe at Axis Communications said: “Axis is proud to support its partners in collaborative projects to design and develop security innovations that advance the field of video analytics and make a real difference to customers. Stanley Security’s adoptions of Digital Barriers’ technology means that as a result of more accurate detection, its clients will be able to optimise their security spends and limit unnecessary call outs.”
Andrew Martin joins Axis Communications as a retail business development manager Axis Communications, the global market leader in network video has made a positive start to the New Year with a key appointment to its northern European senior management team. Andrew Martin, joins Axis as a retail business development manager and will be based in Watford. Following a successful early career with West Yorkshire Police, Andrew has worked in retail security, loss prevention and operations for over 25 years, both in-house and as a consultant, holding senior management posts at Dixons, HMV and Fopp and advising brands such as Apple, Waitrose and Jessops. Prior to joining Axis, he headed up the loss prevention team at Morrisons supermarkets where he was responsible for the identification of loss throughout the entire supply chain, covering 30 sites and overseeing a team of loss prevention managers, specialists and officers. Commenting on his appointment, Andrew said: “I have worked with Axis as an end user, in a consultative role in the past and have always been impressed with both its products and its people. Axis is really keen to better understand the end user experience so that’s where I see myself adding real value to complement its market leading technology and application expertise. “It’s an exciting challenge to learn about all the technology and how it can really assist the retail process. There’s a lot to take in but it’s great to know that I will be learning from the best in the business – a company that really invests time and energy in all its staff.” The further expansion of the northern European team will help us to continue to achieve this goal, focussing on cost effective solutions that deliver real business value In his new role at Axis, Andrew will be responsible for developing the retail channel business, a key focus for Axis in the year ahead. He will also play a significant part in helping it maintain its market leading position. Atul Rajput, regional director, northern Europe, added: “We’re delighted to welcome Andrew, an extremely experienced retail and security professional, to the team. Axis has always strived to offer ‘best in class’ support for its partners and to better understand its end users in order to provide the right solutions to retailers. “The further expansion of the northern European team will help us to continue to achieve this goal, focussing on cost effective solutions that deliver real business value, not only raising the bar for safety and security but also having a positive impact on operations and business processes.”
A solution using Axis cameras and Milestone XProtect was developed to reduce shrinkage across the site Automotive servicing business Tractamotors has realised a 60% reduction in losses for the retail arm of its business following the installation of nearly 50 Axis network cameras to its site in Cavan, Ireland. Axis Communications and partner, Encom, developed a feature-rich, state-of–the-art solution that combined Axis network cameras and a Milestone XProtect video surveillance system, to replace its legacy analogue system and increase coverage to protect staff, monitor health and safety and reduce shrinkage across the 2½ acre site. Atul Rajput, Axis’ regional director, northern Europe said: “Tractamotors was suffering from patchy coverage from an antiquated analogue CCTV system. The site consisted of an administrative area, garage, retail hardware store, trade yard and a small agricultural machinery division. Its location on a busy main road toward Dublin meant that it received a lot of customer traffic as well as frequent supplier deliveries, which all required close surveillance monitoring to reduce incidents of theft and vandalism and to protect staff and customers.” Tractamotors initially investigated an upgrade to its current analogue CCTV system but after testing a hybrid digital video recording package, it decided to make the switch from analogue to digital. Ciaran Murray, IT manager at Tractamotors, explained: “We looked at other solutions but, in the end, decided that we wanted something truly digital. Encom’s proposal, using Axis network cameras and Milestone XProtect was the perfect solution.” Over 40 AXIS M32 Series fixed dome network cameras were installed in the hardware and retail areas of the business in order to minimise stock loss and reduce incidents of theft. Encom was able to integrate elements of the existing analogue system into the new IP solution with the use of Axis video encoders. Tractamotor’s shop floor had lots of aisles, obscured by shelving, with no clear field of view. To overcome this, Axis’ Corridor Format was used in conjunction with the AXIS M3204 Network camera to rotate the video’s aspect ratio to a portrait view. "Encom’s proposal, using Axis network cameras and Milestone XProtect was the perfect solution" Coverage in the store was increased from 25% to 80% with the new Axis cameras and incidents have been reduced by an average of 60% overall. Ciaran continued: “The main priority was to reduce pilfering in the store area and increase camera coverage, as our previous system only protected limited high-risk zones. As we were still fairly satisfied with some of the co-axial cameras, we were pleased that they were able to be incorporated into the overall solution.” Camera count was also increased in other parts of the site to address the health and safety concerns in the tyre and refitting areas of the business. Atul explained: “In total, 48 Axis network cameras were installed across the site. All entrances and exits are now closely monitored so that managers can keep an eye on stock deliveries and any unauthorised out-of-hours access – live footage can even be monitored remotely via an iPad.” Ciaran concluded: “We are happy with the system. Stock control is much more robust and the overall security of the site has been tightened up considerably. Axis and Encom will be our first port of call for any future solutions.”
The migration from analogue CCTV to network IP continues to be of huge importance to the retail industry According to the latest annual Centre for Retail Research (CRR) survey into the use of CCTV in retail – commissioned by Axis Communications, the global market leader in network video – over 60% of UK retailers are planning to adopt network IP in the next three years and nearly a third have adopted it already, up from a quarter in 2012. Of the 278 UK retailers that responded, encompassing some 20,350 stores, the data showed that 92.8% currently use CCTV. Of these, 32.1% have already upgraded to network IP technology – representing a 2.5% rise in take up from the previous year’s figures. This trend is even more pronounced across the wider northern European region, with 58.5% (weighted average) of analogue users now planning to switch to network IP – representing a significant increase of 17% on 2012 figures. The survey, now in its fourth year, polled 2,200 retailers, and received 673 respondents from across northern Europe. The results of the survey are being presented today at the Retail Fraud Show in Leicester by Atul Rajput, regional director, northern Europe at Axis Communications and Professor Joshua Bamfield, director at the CRR. Reacting to the results, Atul commented: “The migration from analogue CCTV to network IP continues to be of huge importance to the retail industry with the majority of UK retailers (60.3%) now planning to convert in the next three years, with over three quarters (77.1%) of those owning a retail estate of between 26 and 500 stores. This is therefore likely to be the biggest single factor impacting on retail security as digital surveillance and network video become the standard. Certainly for the UK, I believe that the migration to network IP has become the norm and it is no longer a question of ‘if’ but ‘when’ the technology will be adopted. “The survey suggests that customer theft is still the biggest security challenge facing retailers at the moment, as nearly a quarter (24.2%) said that their main reason for using CCTV is to prevent or investigate theft and a huge 80% of respondents cited prevention of internal or external theft and better safety as the main driver for the use of CCTV. “The UK as a whole has embraced the benefits that CCTV can bring and the country’s retailers are no exception. 22% of those surveyed stated that the main benefit of CCTV was to reduce theft with an estimated average fall in loss of 15% - the highest prediction in northern Europe and up on the previous year. Couple this with the fact that 14% of respondents cite ‘quality of image’ as an important driver for the use of network video – a 40% increase on the previous year – and it’s clear to see that the high definition images that network video can offer, are critically important for retailers in driving down theft and improving safety.” The survey also asked respondents about their attitudes toward potential future application systems and networks for digital surveillance, including non-security issues. Over a quarter (27%) cited ‘integration with business intelligence applications’ as the main reason for adopting network IP – the highest in the UK and across northern Europe. "The survey clearly highlights the continued move towards IP-based camera systems across the retail sector" “High street stores are still the origin of most retail transactions but carry the highest overheads, so the need to reduce cost and complexity of in-store surveillance systems and, at the same time, ‘sweat the assets’ further, is vital. This is where network IP really has the advantage as it can be used to improve both service and sales, not just security, to deliver a real return on investment. “The use of cloud-based video systems has shown an increase in interest from UK retailers and so too has the interest around non-security applications. Nearly half (49.9%) of respondents were interested in queue management and people counting (49.2%) as new tools to improve both operational sales and marketing performance. “As well as the rise of non-security applications, big data, cloud and mobile technologies are all trends that are impacting on the retail sector. As network video is an open platform solution and can seamlessly allow integration with these technologies, it can help to maximise the return on in-store video investment by extending its use beyond pure surveillance into a business optimisation tool.” Professor Joshua Bamfield, director at CRR added: “The survey clearly highlights the continued move towards IP-based camera systems across the retail sector, a growing trend that is driven by the need for HD-quality images and the increased adoption and use of business-focussed analytics - two areas where IP systems demonstrate a clear advantage over older technologies. It further suggests that retailers continue to appreciate the added benefits that an IP-based system can deliver which is evident in the high convergence rate each year.” The ‘CCTV in Retail’ survey was commissioned by global market leader in network video, Axis Communications and was run in conjunction with the Centre for Retail Research in Nottingham. Now in its fourth year, it surveyed 2,200 retailers both large and small from a wide variety of sectors and attracted 673 responses from retailers in the UK, Ireland, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. The research was carried out by the CRR between July and August 2014 and follows similar Axis-commissioned surveys in 2013, 2012 and 2010.