Dr. Peter Kim
Growing concern about deep-fake videos will make it increasingly important to be able to demonstrate the integrity of video evidence, warns South Korea’s largest in-country video tech manufacturer IDIS. Rapid advances in digital video manipulation techniques, and a rise in alleged deep-fake celebrity videos being reported in the news, will put pressure on both video tech users and on prosecutors to demonstrate the integrity of any footage they use. Internal disciplinary proceedings “As we look ahead, wherever video is presented for use as legal evidence, or as part of internal disciplinary proceedings, we will see more attempts to assert that footage is not genuine. Courts will dismiss evidence where tampering cannot be ruled out,” says Dr. Peter Kim, Global Technical Consultant, IDIS. It will be vital that users can demonstrate beyond doubt that their footage has not been tampered" “Any challenge to the integrity of video evidence, if not countered, risks undermining the value of the entire video solution. This is particularly true in applications where investigating and prosecuting wrongdoing is a key function of the camera system. So, it will be vital that users can demonstrate beyond doubt that their footage has not been tampered with in any way.” IDIS, which supplies complete, end-to-end video solutions for applications ranging from high-risk critical infrastructure to commercial settings, has created protection of video footage integrity through its patented Chained Fingerprint™ algorithm. Exported video data IDIS recorders use Chained Fingerprint to ensure the integrity of the recorded and exported video data. Each frame is assigned a unique numerical ‘fingerprint’, calculated by relating its own pixel value to the fingerprint of the previous frame. This means that every single image frame of the video is linked by an encryption ‘chain’ with its neighbouring image frames. The encrypted chain is stored as part of the video data when the video is recorded or exported as a video clip using the IDIS ClipPlayer. Before playback, the ClipPlayer scans video and recalculates the fingerprint chains of the video data. If any part of the image frame is tampered with, the fingerprint chain will be broken and will not match the chain value calculated at the time of video export, prompting a flag. “As organisations look to upgrade or invest in new video solutions, protecting themselves against claims of video evidence tampering should be high on their priority list,” Kim adds.
Surveillance manufacturer IDIS has unveiled its Covert Modular Cameras (DC-V3213XJ) at this year’s Intersec, at the Dubai World Trade Center. Available in options featuring a 4.3mm or 2.5mm fixed lens, the new covert cameras offer easy installation with new and existing DirectIP® network video recorders (NVRs) so that customers can simply add the cameras to their current systems, effectively protecting their existing investment. Adaptability in new features The new covert cameras also feature full-HD resolution, two-way audio, alarm in and out, PoE, a day and night infrared cut filter (ICR), true-wide dynamic range as well as supporting ONVIF. Customers have the option of using micro SD/SDHC/SDXC cards to benefit from IDIS Smart Failover, so that in the event of a lost connection between the camera and NVR, the camera’s card beings to temporarily recording, and once the connection is restored the card automatically transfers the data back to the NVR. Speaking at the show, Peter Kim, IDIS Senior Director, Global Technology Center, commented: “The new convert cameras really bolster our product and technology line-up, especially for the retail and banking sectors where we are seeing the most demand. The new convert cameras really bolster our product and technology line-up" Protection against failure “The new covert cameras are perfectly sized for ATMs, particularly when paired with the compact sized IDIS NVR (DR-1204P) that benefits from the protection IDIS Smart Failover. All sectors can also benefit from IDIS Critical Failover, which includes more than just Smart Failover. If any part of the surveillance infrastructure fails, the IDIS system recognises the failure and then switches to a redundant system, which is critical especially for banking and financial organisations. "Previously, this process has taken precious time and resources when done manually; plus, redundant equipment can be expensive. With IDIS Critical Failover we can offer multi-layered protection, with all the benefits of a redundant standby system, but at a significantly lower cost. “These cameras also make for a powerful IDIS retail solution that also includes a smart and cost-effective video analytics solution, VA in the Box; the company’s DD-1216 decoder (which enables 16ch real-time display), and the HE-1101 HDMI encoder, which allows for comprehensive PoS monitoring.”
IDIS, South Korea’s largest surveillance manufacturer, has launched is latest network video recorder, the DR-1204P, which packs an array of essential and easy to use features. DR-1204P features and functions The DR-1204P supports up to 5MP high definition (HD) recording and one month’s footage retention and utilises IDIS Intelligent Codec, delivering significant savings on bandwidth and storage particularly when used with Motion Adaptive Transmission (MAT), in areas where there is little to no motion and out of hours. In addition, IDIS DirectIP™ solutions reduce the burden of implementation and training time, while ensuring lower maintenance and energy costs and an extended product lifecycle. The new 4-channel NVR also comes with totally cost-free video management software (VMS), IDIS Center™ and mobile apps—meaning absolutely zero licencing costs without any ongoing service or maintenance fees, ensuring the IDIS signature low total cost of ownership. All of this results in margin protection for installers and lower up front and on-going costs for end users. Future-proof scalability means customers can add more IDIS NVRs and cameras for business expansion Compatibility with residential settings Dr Peter Kim, Senior Director at IDIS, said: “The DirectIP DR-1204P 4-channel Full HD Recorder is the embodiment of the IDIS longstanding commitment to meeting ‘any surveillance need, of any size.’ Ideally suited for small and medium-sized environments—the small form factor and low-noise operation make it compatible with even residential settings—the DR-1204P provides a powerfully efficient, truly plug-and-play way to gain the full complement of features and benefits offered by IDIS’s award-winning DirectIP technology, without the costs and complications of an overdesigned solution for a limited need.” The DR-1204P has a truly compact and sleek design and features super smooth and intuitive monitoring with a variety of indoor and outdoor cameras to cover a range of applications. Its future-proof scalability means customers can simply add more IDIS NVRs and cameras for business expansion, making this IDIS DirectIP solution easily expandable for future surveillance upgrades. Multiple locations, one application Customers can manage multiple locations in one application with IDIS Center’s intuitive and user-friendly interface; plus, they can see what is happening 24/7 with live HD view via a smartphones or tablets while on the move. As Dr Kim further notes: “The benefits of the smaller DR-1204P accrue throughout the security buying chain. For integrators and installers, it’s crucial that smaller projects, such as 4-camera installations, take minimal time for installation and configuration, in order to maximise margin. The incorporation of DirectIP’s simplicity and true plug-and-play technology (with auto recognition and configuration) ensures this. “For end users, the benefits are even more pronounced. The DirectIP DR-1204 is simple to use and easy to operate with an exceptionally low total cost of ownership—including the inclusion of IDIS’s powerful IDIS Center VMS free of charges, licencing fees, or maintenance costs - and the fully scalable DR-1204 supports end-user growth, capable of incorporating any number of configuration of IDIS DirectCX and DirectIP technologies, including powerful IDIS Super Fisheye cameras with dual-side dewarping.”
Has there ever been a better time for a security trade show in Europe? Shifting threats such as terrorism and a volatile political climate serve as reminders every day of the importance of security in our lives, and even the role of technology. IFSEC opened in London on Tuesday at the ExCeL centre, covering every aspect of security, from access control and video surveillance to home automation and perimeter security. Amid sweltering heat, attendees came to find the latest-and-greatest innovations to meet changing security challenges. Substance over style Many of the technology announcements were "repurposed" news previously unveiled in the United States at the spring ISC West show in Las Vegas. Even so, there was plenty to see, although foot traffic seemed a little slow on the first day. Several people commented on how IFSEC is different from ISC West. The US market, exemplified by ISC West, tends to emphasise superlatives and flashy market claims, while the European market is more about substance. That observation comes from Moti Shabtai, CEO and President of Qognify, who said he has a larger share of conversations at IFSEC about how a solution can address specific needs. "Europe isn't one single market," he reminds us. "There are more different kinds of customers and different approaches, while the US market has a more unified way of thinking." Safe and secure cities applications (and "smart cities") are more prominent in Europe. While in the US, utility applications are higher profile, driven by a need to conform to NERC/FERC standards. The European market has more different kinds of customers and different approaches "The competition in Europe is more varied, with more smaller players, depending on which product and market," adds Kim Loy, Director of Marketing for Vanderbilt. "It makes it a more dynamic landscape." One variable Loy points to is how advanced each European market is from a technology perspective. For example, the Nordic countries -- Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland -- tend to embrace technology, and Vanderbilt is already seeing success there with its cloud-based products, the ACT365 cloud access control and video system and SBC Connect for cloud-managed intrusion detection. Current events in Europe add an air of urgency to the show. Several recent terrorist attacks have highlighted the need for more and better security. In emergency situations, often the security industry's contributions come after the fact, notes Shabtai. It took police in Brussels, Belgium, five days to find a suspect in the 2016 terrorist attack there. However, technologies such as Qognify's Suspect Search can now sift through databases to find video clips relevant to an investigation within minutes. More analysis of disparate information can in some cases provide predictive capabilities, or at least help direct investigations aimed at preventing such events. Adapting to vertical markets Many exhibits at IFSEC reflect the trend we are seeing of companies expanding their product selection beyond what was previously their core competency. Several video companies, in particular, are displaying an expanding array of products. It's a continuation of the familiar trend of video companies like Genetec, Avigilon, Hikvision and others expanding into access control systems. At IFSEC, Genetec says they are focusing on outcomes rather than technology, highlighting systems designed for specific use cases and vertical markets. Importantly, Genetec's systems provide flexibility to adapt to a variety of issues in various markets, whether a specific vertical or in the United States, Europe, or anywhere in the world. Privacy and cybersecurity are especially relevant in Europe Privacy and cybersecurity are hot-button issues for Genetec, says Jean-Philippe Deby, EMEA Business Development Director. It's especially relevant in Europe, where the European Union has embraced general data protection regulations (GDPR) that require compliance by May 2018 (The UK has committed to compliance despite the Brexit vote.) It's another element in the industry's growing focus on cybersecurity and systems highlighting "privacy by design." But global business trends are eliminating some of the differences in the security industry around the world, says Dr. Peter Kim, Senior Director of IDIS. Globalisation trumps regional phasing "Perhaps the biggest difference at IFSEC this year is the realisation that there is less of a difference than ever before between the US and European markets," he says. "Globalisation increasingly means access in Europe to brands and their product offerings is more equal than ever before—something you see here at this and all of the major security shows around the world. New technologies are increasingly rolled out globally either at the same time or close together, as opposed to regional phasing." Europe and America have different drivers and priorities at different times, including those influenced by geopolitics and recent crises, which can drive demand for technology to meet specific security requirements, Kim notes. One thing both markets have in common right now is geopolitical churn in various forms—including the threat of terror and a number of significant elections—which can lead to increased uncertainty. "This is especially relevant for government contracts, as public projects, which can be quite substantial from a security standpoint, often stall in such environments," Kim notes. Avigilon dominates the signage and video displays as visitors enter the ExCeL Centre Avigilon dominates the show Avigilon is one company that is introducing new products at IFSEC (that were not previously viewed at ISC West). They include the Avigilon Presence Detector (APD), a sensor that combines self-learning analytics with impulse radar technology to accurately detect the presence of a person even if they have stopped moving or are hidden. The sensor is designed for indoor locations such as vestibules within banks, pharmacies, retail stores and health care facilities. Avigilon is also highlighting a new Mini Dome Camera Line, and integration of its Access Control Manager (ACM) system with biometrics, among other products. Avigilon is making a big splash at the show. They dominate the signage and video displays as visitors enter the ExCeL Centre. I'm looking forward to seeing more interesting technologies in the remaining two days of the show.
IDIS was a new name in the security market in 2015, and we asked the company to comment on interesting trends in the market at year-end. Here is that discussion. SourceSecurity.com: How did the economy affect the industry in 2015? Keith Drummond, Senior Director of Sales and Marketing, IDIS America: The surveillance market had been quite resilient as it relates to the overall economy over the 15 years I have been in the industry, and 2015 has been no different. It seems that regardless of the economic gains or losses over any given period of time, our industry continues to grow at a good to great clip. The demand for surveillance is always there, and the request for the end users and channels are always the same – great technology at a fair total cost, that allows them to run their business more efficiently, effectively and safely. SourceSecurity.com: How was the overall video surveillance market in 2015? Dr. Peter Kim, Senior Director, IDIS Co. Ltd.: 2015 saw the rise of more powerful, integrated, end-to-end offerings that simplify the customer experience at every step in the video surveillance lifecycle. We saw a number of mergers—some expected, others not—that clearly showed a new focus on companies adding and shoring up capabilities, and enhancing the completeness of their offerings to the market. We also saw some notable partnerships, as well. So many aspects of our business (such as cameras, recording, and video management software) are, by definition, interrelated. It’s a natural progression to grow one’s business by completing one’s offering. 2015 also saw expectations normalise regarding the rise and adoption of IP technology, allowing all of us in the industry to appreciate anew how the technology is remaking the industry slowly but surely. There’s a lot of innovation continuing to go on in the IP space, and it’s rolling out in a way that is allowing for credible evaluation and adoption of the best the industry has to offer in a smart way. At the same time, 2015 saw a growing interest in HD over coaxial cable, with the image quality over coaxial catching up sufficiently to make full-HD over coaxial an increasingly valid choice for those seeking to leverage existing installations. HD over coaxial cable is an area that might not be getting a lot of attention, but will be a real space to watch in 2016 SourceSecurity.com: Let’s look ahead to 2016: What notable trends do you see playing out in the new year and what will be their impact? Kim: With all the appropriate focus on the excitement of IP technologies, UHD, and the chasing of groundbreaking specifications at every turn, HD over coaxial cable is an area that might not be getting a lot of attention, but will be a real space to watch in 2016. HD over coax has been gaining momentum for a bit in the most budget-conscious segments; however, the game is getting more interesting because the technology is getting better at higher-MP-than-FHD (2MP) — though we may see tradeoffs in either distance or frame rates, meaning now you can potentially achieve things over coaxial cable that was previously only afforded by IP technologies. When HD-SDI came out, it overpromised somewhat and, in reality, had very little impact on our industry. However, many of the factors that made HD-SDI underwhelming, such as distance limitations, have been resolved with latest generation analogue HD technologies, with HD-TVI creating additional and credible pathways to HD quality for many. Now you can potentiallyachieve things over coaxialcable that was previouslyonly afforded by IPtechnologies Don’t get me wrong; IP is the industry’s future, and will enable and implement many exciting things. Still, there is a lot of analogue and existing coaxial cable out there, and as HD over analogue technology has caught up to its early promise, there’s a lot of fast adoption for HD over Coax technologies such as HD-TVI. This will make it an increasingly important part of the mix in the near term, and a definite trend worth keeping an eye out for. The over-designing and over-engineering of solutions will also be worth watching in 2016. We’re at a key point in the evolution of our industry where the pace of technological change and possibility is as exciting as it has ever been, and designing solutions beyond customer requirements is a natural risk as technology matures. Ultimately, it’s always about a balanced approach that will best benefit the customer, which in many cases may be a mix-and-match of innovation and the leveraging of existing technologies. It’s very possible that the market won’t be as receptive to over-designed systems that are ultimately too expensive or hard to maintain and replace versus platforms that work seamlessly across technology and provide varied pathways to customers to achieve their security and surveillance goals in affordable ways. SourceSecurity.com: Who will be the “winners” and who will be the “losers”? Kim: It’s really all about relationships moving forward for our industry, both internally and externally. The winners moving forward will be those who recognise and craft a direct and strategic internal relationship between the real-time needs of end-users and their internal R&D/product development. This means moving beyond chasing theoretically impressive specs and capabilities just to have them and instead delivering powerful analytics, third-party integrations, and the kind of technical compatibility and ease of use that increase value, not complication, alongside legitimate technical innovation. Business intelligence is a specific focal point, as it focuses on the implication and trends of analysed data, beyond a simple quest for accuracy. Things like facial recognition, license plate recognition, and similar technologies are opening up opportunities and funding from departments other than the traditional security/asset protection department. Technologies like facial recognition and license plate recognition are opening up new opportunities and sources of funding The same is true with external relationships: those who continue to craft strategic relationships and partnerships will extend the value and power of their offerings to customers, be most responsive to the market, and clear “winners” as a result. Ultimately, everyone wins when solutions offer the greatest ability to mix and match, scale, and grow simply and flexibly with requirements, without driving up costs prohibitively. SourceSecurity.com: Could you please comment briefly on your company’s successes and challenges in 2015 and looking ahead to 2016. Drummond: 2015 was clearly an exciting year for IDIS, as it was the year our brand business completed its global rollout with the launch of IDIS America at ISC West in April. It was a process that included the opening of a new regional headquarters, warehouse, and training and demonstration space near Dallas, Texas, and the build out of an impressive team of technical and sales talent to cover the Americas. Technically, the launch of IDIS’s powerful new Fish Eye camera (DC-Y1513) and the development of an industry leading next-generation DirectIP™ NVR for 2016 (with support for H.265 and UHD/4K) were real highlights, showing off IDIS’s strong suits, market-responsive innovation and product engineering. We also announced several partnerships and successful integrations this year, which serve the many needs of our industry in specific and needed ways. One only needs to opena newspaper or turn onthe news to know themandate for increasedsecurity never sleeps The challenge we’re most excited about heading into 2016 is the continued building of the already strong market recognition for the IDIS brand business, continuing to link the exceptional reputation and industry regard we’ve cultivated as a top OEM/ODM for nearly two decades to our powerful, current branded offering. SourceSecurity.com: What unrealised potential or other opportunities face our market at year-end and looking ahead to 2016? Kim: It’s always a good time to be in the security market, because of the critical importance our industry plays in keeping people, assets, and information safe and secure. The industry and the work we do are meaningful and needed. All economic considerations aside, one only needs to open a newspaper or turn on the news to know that the mandate for increased security, including through enhanced technologies that allow for smarter, more expansive, and less expensive security solutions, never sleeps. In terms of potential and opportunity for surveillance providers, mission critical infrastructure planning and protection will continue to be a growing requirement and one where high quality surveillance solutions can play an essential part. From a technological standpoint, security and surveillance manufacturing continues to hold near unlimited promise. We are on the verge of an explosion in chip computation power, most assuredly, and how that will exactly manifest in terms of our industry is not yet fully known, but it is clearly exciting. In terms of available and potential technology, we are very much in the right moment in history. In 2016, it will be even more true that “imagination is our only limitation,” and we will have a tremendous opportunity before us to continue to figure out how to leverage next generation technology in ways that are powerful, practically useful, and, of course, affordable. See the full coverage of 2015/2016 Review and Forecast articles here