Axis Communications, Citilog and Genetec converge at ITS World Congress 2018 to showcase best-of-breed technology that is making roads safer, smarter and more sustainable Axis Communications, the market provider of network video technology, will be showcasing alongside Citilog and Genetec a best-of-breed traffic management solution to help ease congestion and identify traffic collisions in real-time at ITS World Congress 2018. The event, which takes place Copenhagen, is one of the most important in the transport industry, with major players presenting solutions that make our road networks and cities safer, smarter, and more sustainable. Utilising machine learning technology The combined traffic management system utilises Citilog’s Automatic Incident Detection solution, which can identify incidents in real-time utilising machine learning technology. The analytical software can recognise what is normal within a scene, so when an abnormal activity occurs, such as cars stopping suddenly or traffic coming to a standstill, an alert can be sent to the operator via unified mobility operations with Genetec Traffic Sense. Decisions can then be made in real-time to help manage an incident. This is made possible through Axis’ innovative range of network-connected cameras, which enable operators to review a scene in great detail. Daren Lang, Regional Manager, Business Development, Northern Europe at Axis Communications, states, “Our roads are getting busier, especially on motorways and in cities. As populations across Europe continue to rise, so too does the number of cars on our roads. This in turn leads to greater pollution, more accidents, and increased congestion on our networks. Identifying accidents, congestion, or illegally parked cars in real-time is crucial to help our transport systems run smoothly with less of an environmental impact, keeping road users safe and on the move.” One of the vital elements of this incident detection technology is the efficiency in detecting incidents and accidents quickly and reliably" Incident detection technology Axis, Citilog and Genetec are attending ITS World Congress 2018 between 17-21 September, Copenhagen. Eric Toffin, CEO at Citilog, states, “One of the vital elements of this incident detection technology is the efficiency in detecting incidents and accidents quickly and reliably, allowing traffic operators to manage incidents efficiently. An additional benefit is that you don’t have to deploy an entirely new infrastructure on a road network for this to work, which can be timely and extremely expensive. Instead, an existing video-surveillance infrastructure can be used with network cameras that support analytics on the edge. The technology can also be applied to a server-based system, so transport operators can breathe new life into and extend the lifespan of their existing technology.” Unifying video with traffic management Christian C. Lemire, Team Lead, Intelligent Mobility Practice at Genetec, states, “Historically, video operators have monitored a large number of screens looking for anomalies in traffic flow, meaning often incidents were missed. Unifying video with traffic management, and turning this video data into smart data, means transport operators can retrieve additional value from their existing infrastructures. It’s more cost-effective and intelligent, meaning a safer and smarter journey for the road user.”
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, 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.”
These Axis cameras specialise in assessing details of interest, making them idealfor indoor and outdoor perimeter security across a variety of vertical markets Axis Communications, the market leader in network video, has introduced two multisensor panoramic cameras, allowing a high definition, uninhibited view of large areas that would traditionally require a large number of separate devices. These latest additions make high end surveillance more accessible to businesses, reducing maintenance costs plus allowing for easy installation. Ideal for perimeter surveillance The P3707-PE and Q3708-PVE cameras are designed for large scale video surveillance in airport terminals, railway and metro stations as well as city surveillance installations such as public squares. Through utilisation of Axis’ Zipstream technology, the cameras specialise in assessing details of interest, making them ideal for perimeter security in critical infrastructure and industrial sites, university campuses and school halls, or shopping centre security both indoors and outdoors. Through the utilisation of multiple sensors within a single housing, the network camera performs the same role as several separate devices, allowing an uninhibited view of large areas in high definition, while remaining an easily installed, cost effective alternative to larger-scale installations. These devices further utilise Axis’ Zipstream technology to reduce bandwidth requirements as well as Power over Ethernet, enabling usage in hard to reach locations such as lampposts or building tops. “The new cameras address the market need for fixed, high-resolution panoramic cameras for superb wide area surveillance. With several cameras in one, they reduce the number of cameras that need to be mounted, making them a cost-effective solution,” states Daren Lang, Regional Director of Business Development at Axis Northern Europe. “AXIS P3707-PE provides a 360° overview, or a combination of overviews and close-ups in different directions - ideal for use in wide areas, at intersections of hallways or roads, or from the corners of buildings. With AXIS Q3708-PVE, you have a high-resolution 180° camera with excellent low light and wide dynamic range capabilities.” AXIS P3707-PE In order to address the issue of maximum surveillance from a single point, AXIS P3707-PE comprises four camera heads that can be repositioned along a circular track to point in the desired viewing direction. Each camera head can be individually tilted and adjusted to provide a 108° to 54° horizontal field of view for either wide or zoomed-in views. The camera heads can also be rotated to support Axis’ Corridor Format for optimal coverage of vertically oriented scenes, with a specially designed clear cover allows for undistorted views in all directions. The AXIS P3707-PE supports individually configurable video streams for each camera head, as well as quad-view streaming, enabling 1080p resolution videos at 12.5/15 frames per second and 720p videos at full frame rate. AXIS Q3708-PVE AXIS Q3708-PVE offers easy and cost-efficient installation. The camera’s three lenses are factory-focused, so no focusing is required on site. It has Wide Dynamic Range - Forensic Capture technology and low light capabilities for excellent image quality in all lighting conditions. AXIS Q3708-PVE provides 11-megapixel resolution (3x QuadHD) at 30 frames per second, or 15-megapixel resolution (3x 5MP) at 20 frames per second. Read more about Zipstream technology & H.265 video compression video compression here
AXIS Companion line is a complete professional security system for small businesses helping owners focus on enhancing business Axis Communications will be demonstrating its newly launched video surveillance solution at IFSEC International 2016, the AXIS Companion line, developed to address the small business segment. Responding to the market’s need for a simple, cost-effective solution, it has been crafted for small businesses such as shops, restaurants and offices that have a basic need for video surveillance to secure employees, customers, premises and assets. Axis experts will be on hand to showcase how the Companion line can alleviate the security burden for company owners, enabling them to instead focus on enhancing their core business. AXIS Companion line for small businesses The AXIS Companion line works straight out-of-the-box and has everything a small business requires for a complete, professional security system. At the core of the new line is the AXIS Companion Recorder, an 8-channel network video recorder with a built-in PoE switch for cost savings and ease of installation. The installation process has also been streamlined with an update to the AXIS Companion video management software. The upgrade includes mobile app functionality for iOS or Android devices, removing the need for a PC during system setup. Axis Companion E1000 The Axis team will showcase the new Companion line on stand E1000 at IFSEC, which is being held between 21st and 23rd June at London Excel. Axis experts will also be on hand to offer presentations looking at how the Internet of Things is set to revolutionise the way the security industry operates; the use of video surveillance in the retail environment; how sustainable solutions are the future for the surveillance industry, and how Axis is staying ahead of the competition with solutions, such as Zipstream data compression technology. Axis experts will also be on hand to offer presentations looking at how the Internet of Things is set to revolutionise the way the security industry operates “This year’s IFSEC will be exciting in terms of the solutions being showcased by Axis and its partners,” states Daren Lang, Business Development Manager at Axis Communications. “Today’s security solutions have much higher demands placed upon them in regards of openness and interoperability. Axis will showcase how this looks today with a fully networked and integrated range of cameras, access control, audio and software solutions.” Daren Lang continues, “We’ve entered the small systems market with the fantastic new AXIS Companion line of products, cementing our position in the mid-size market with the introduction of new product areas to complement our current video offering. We’re also continuing to innovate in the enterprise market through work with our development partners. Regardless of where your interest lies, there is something for everyone on the Axis stand at IFSEC.” Three Axis partners will be on hand to discuss their technology and how it integrates with Axis. Morphean will present its Security-as-a-Service solution, VIDEOPROTECTOR, an end-user solution. Avaya will showcase Fabric Connect, a service that helps simplify a network to reduce operational costs, allowing better agility and increased efficiency. Finally, Assa Abloy will be available to talk about how ASSA ABLOY Aperio® wireless lock technology can provide businesses the flexibility to add access control features to almost every opening in any environment.
Axis and Nedap emphasise the need to uncouple software from hardware in order to respond faster to changes Both Axis and Nedap feel the importance of a scalable and flexible security solution for the end user. Daren Lang, Regional Manager Business Development Northern Europe at Axis Communications and Daryn Flynn, Business Development Manager UK at Nedap Security Management discuss how this can be achieved and emphasise the need to uncouple software from hardware in order to respond faster to changes. Security systems are becoming ever more complex and sophisticated. Which aspects are most important to the user? Daren Lang says: “Our experience shows that a scalable, flexible solution is of the utmost importance for the end user. After all, what’s the point of an extensive security system that is only designed to address today’s challenges, but in a few years will be obsolete. Never forget: in an increasingly networked world, people want simple, user-friendly, flexible and open systems. Therefore, Axis has always based our products and services on open IP networks — not only in video security, but also in access control. “But before we talk about new technologies, first let’s look at today’s market. Many analogue, hybrid or IP solutions available today have the problem of being proprietary systems, offering very limited flexibility. Integrating third-party products is practically impossible. Users therefore very often have to make a long-term bet on just one vendor. Upgrading or expanding security systems, whether it be cameras, audio or card readers is often complex, expensive and time-consuming, because cables have to be laid and connected to a main unit or a central server. But the industry is changing. IP is an interesting alternative here and offers a wide choice of different functions that can’t be implemented with analog technology alone. But most of all, it is the users’ expectations for remote access, high image quality, event management, simple integration and better scalability that are setting the pace for developing IP systems. For example, IP systems are easy, fast and inexpensive to install, thanks to a flexible, open platform, which makes easy networking with other IP-based areas possible at all levels of operation.” "Openness to additional features and integration with other parts of a security system is essential for the end-user" Daryn Flynn confirms: “Exactly, openness to additional features and integration with other parts of a security system is essential for the end-user. Because their needs will change over the years, a flexible and open system is able to adapt to those changes. The physical security industry doesn’t seem to have caught up with the idea that systems should be developed that are able to meet future change. With almost any current physical security solution, proprietary software and hardware combine to provide specific functionality. A change in functionality, therefore, requires both software and hardware to be developed. Such systems don’t allow for fast responses to changes affecting end users, and they don’t anticipate future needs. From a client’s perspective, systems based on proprietary hardware and software require a significant investment every time a change needs to be made, making them inflexible and expansion unnecessarily expensive. To meet the needs of users, software and hardware should be decoupled and open standards should be used.” The access control market is fiercely competitive. In what direction do you think developments will go? Daryn Flynn states: “We believe that the adoption of both generic hardware and open standards will benefit end users significantly and is transforming the industry. Uncoupling software from hardware allows manufacturers to respond faster to changes. Moreover, it will enable innovation, as the time to get new products and features to market will decrease. This will allow the entire security industry to react to change quicker, and it will also encourage the industry to be proactive and innovative. The adoption of open standards will, ultimately, result in a different type of competition. Openness will make products more transparent and create fair competition focused on added value, unique features, product usability, design and innovative ideas, instead of hardware prices.” “We see it the same way,” adds Daren Lang. “An example is the security corridor which can be found in retail stores. It separates the sales area from the room where the money and sensitive data are stored. An integrated system with access control and video surveillance provides visual data. Using intelligent functions, such as “tailgating” software, the camera recognises when several people are present in the passageway. The result: an alarm goes off in the video management system and recording starts. Plus, the security system notifies the security managers, who choose to authorise entry or not.” What are the technical advantages of an open system compared to a proprietary one? "The physical security industry doesn’t seem to have caught up with the idea that systems should be developed that are able to meet future change" Daren Lang of Axis explains: “Conventional access control systems usually depend on fixed cabling of each element — the card reader, the door opener, the door locks, the door position switch, etc. — to a central unit or server. With proprietary systems, end users are often tied to a single vendor for hardware and software. And even then, one shouldn’t underestimate how complex these systems are to manage. Installation and configuration of a proprietary system is often much more laborious than an open one, requiring personnel trained for that specific system. IP systems, however, use existing network infrastructures. “Power over Ethernet” (PoE) powers electric door openers, readers and other components. This means that the data connection and the power supply run through a single cable, which greatly simplifies cable installation. Colour-coded connections make installation fast and simple. Plug & play and off you go! Because IP-based systems don’t have to be hard wired to a central control unit or a central server, flexible, scalable, non-proprietary installations can be done quickly and easily. These solutions are not only versatile to use, but they also save money. That is because a network-based system is no longer bound to a specific scale but can be expanded door by door and reader by reader as needed.” Daryn Flynn adds: “Additionally, the use of open standards will further improve the freedom to integrate different solutions from different manufacturers. This will prevent vendor lock-in, and enable users to deal with legacy systems. Introducing open standards allows clients to mix and match not only the cameras they need or the card readers that best fit their budget, it also allows them to select the specific functionality that suits their security policy.”
The solution specifically meets the needs of high-security perimeter protection scenarios Axis Communications, the market leader in network video, is demonstrating the newly launched AXIS Perimeter Defender, a solution for large-scale perimeter protection, at Security and Counter Terror Expo 2016 in Olympia, London. The new system, which recently won the Video Analytics award at ISC West in Las Vegas, is a high-end video analytics application for intrusion detection for the enterprise market. The launch is enabling Axis’ partners to deliver a scalable and flexible perimeter defence solution using Axis thermal cameras and optical pan, tilt, zoom (PTZ) cameras, AXIS Perimeter Defender and Axis network horn speakers. Perimeter protection for critical infrastructures The team will be showcasing the new technology on stand E45 at Security and Counter Terror Expo 2016, which is being held on 19th – 20th April. Axis experts will be on hand to guide delegates through the new technology, as well as highlight Axis’ innovative approach to the Internet of Security Things, which recognises that today’s security solutions have a much higher demand placed upon them in terms of openness and interoperability. Designed for easy installation, configuration and management, AXIS Perimeter Defender uses edge-based video analytics for maximum accuracy, efficiency and scalability. The application supports multiple detection scenarios including several types of intrusion detection and loitering. It specifically meets the needs of high-security perimeter protection scenarios such as power plants, chemical plants and demanding installations where there is a need to reinforce the physical access control system with reliable intrusion detection. “Scalability is a key challenge in high-security scenarios as a perimeter may require anywhere from 10 to 100 cameras,” states Peter Friberg, Director Solution Management at Axis Communications. “By performing analytics at the edge, in the cameras themselves, AXIS Perimeter Defender does not depend on a central server to process the video footage. This makes the solution highly scalable, as there is no need for system redesign or expensive hardware replacements each time a new camera is added to the network.” i-LIDS certified intrusion detection analytics “This year at Security and Counter Terror Expo, we’re thrilled to demonstrate our leading perimeter protection solution which brings i-LIDS certified intrusion detection analytics to the edge,” states Daren Lang, Business Development Manager at Axis Communications. “Axis has a proven track record in helping secure many critical infrastructure sites across a variety of market segments. Security and Counter Terror Expo presents the perfect platform to showcase innovation, including Axis’ Perimeter Defender and other new products such as those addressing the need for explosion-proof specifications, to the market.” AXIS Perimeter Defender has been certified for sterile zone monitoring applications by i-LIDS®, the UK government's benchmark for Video Analytics (VA) systems developed in partnership with the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure.
AXIS Camera Companion is a video surveillance solution optimised for small systems up to 16 cameras The AXIS Camera Companion system has been voted the ‘most innovative’ solution available by an independent panel at an innovations showcase for the Association of Convenience Stores and was chosen to be installed at a branch of national convenience retailer, NISA. Axis Communications and partner, Defence Security were selected for the installation following an initial proof of concept trial. Axis led the trial at the NISA Local in Hockley where store owner, Rav Garcha challenged them to expand the functionality of his current analogue set-up – including remote central monitoring, mobile accessibility and the option to integrate cross-functional retail analytics. Daren Lang, Axis’ regional business development manager, northern Europe said: “What they needed was a small, cost-effective solution that was not only easy-to-use and set-up but one that was innovative and could grow with the business plans of the store – The AXIS Camera Companion system was perfect.” AXIS Camera Companion is an easy-to-use video surveillance solution optimised for small systems up to 16 cameras. It consists of a software running on standard Axis cameras, storage on SD cards or Network-Attached Storage (NAS) devices, software clients for PC and smartphones, and standard network equipment. It offers future-proof IP advantages such as digital HDTV image quality and optimised bandwidth usage with Axis Mobile Streaming. Dave Brown, business development manager at Defence Security, added: “The store’s system often experienced faults and system failures and needed a wholesale upgrade. In comparison, the flexibility and image quality offered by Axis cameras is streaks ahead. Even its smallest camera achieves two-and-a-half times the picture quality of most analogue systems.” As part of the store’s upgrade, Defence Security replaced 16 conventional cameras with a range of Axis compact dome and fixed lens cameras. Variously featuring video motion detection, active tampering alarm, two-way audio and integrated passive infrared sensors, the cameras capture the entire store in full HDTV image quality. An inbuilt microphone and speaker system also allows staff to communicate directly with customers at the critical point of sale area in the store. The cameras’ superior image quality and reliability also mean that footage is of evidential quality and certified for use in court. “We’ve been incredibly impressed with the entire AXIS Camera Companion package " Using Axis’ Corridor Format, the cameras record footage in vertical aspect ratio, which is better suited than traditional landscape format for monitoring the narrow aisles in the Nisa Local store. The system is also fully open to future high-spec integrations that use surveillance data to analyse staff levels, peak trading hours, customer footfall and buyer behaviour. Data can also be collated to inform staffing policy, store layouts and the relative success of special promotions or offers. Nisa Local store owner, Rav Garcha commented: “The great picture quality and advanced audio detection features are incredibly important. In the past, we’ve experienced armed robberies and several incidences of abusive behaviour and threats being made towards staff. Axis’ cameras can be relied upon to not only see these incidents in perfect detail, but they can also hear and record what is being said.” Despite reducing the store’s overall camera count, the new AXIS Camera Companion system has significantly increased surveillance coverage in the store, as measured against the retailer’s historic analogue system. The success of the installation at the Hockley store has resulted in the installation of a network video encoder at Nisa Broadway. Rav concluded: “We’ve been incredibly impressed with the entire AXIS Camera Companion package – from ease of installation, right through to the end product. We now have a bespoke surveillance system setup and analytics capability that will make a real difference to business profitability.”
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