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It seems there are more “bad things” happening than ever before. We hear news every day of workplace shootings and terrorist attacks, of smash-and-grab thefts and child abductions. Beyond the possible human tragedy involved, such events pose a persistent question to anyone involved in the realm of security: Could we have prevented it? The first step toward prevention is to predict or foresee an event before it happens. Too often, technology enters the picture after the fact, most commonly the use of forensic video. Isn’t there more our industry can do before such events occur? We put the question to this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: How can security systems be used to predict bad things before they happen?
We have been hearing about smart buildings for more than a decade, but the increasing profile of the Internet of Things (IoT) expands the possibilities for intelligent building systems and makes them even more attainable. Security is often among the “smart” functions of a building, and the capabilities of many physical security systems can contribute in new ways to building intelligence. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What is the impact of “smart buildings” on the physical security marketplace?
Industry standards make it possible for systems and technologies to connect and work together. Standards enable today’s integrated systems. But does adherence to standards stifle innovation? Does the necessity to interface using an industry-wide standard slow down the implementation of newer (and possibly not standards-compliant) capabilities? Or do standards eliminate extraneous variables, empower more integration and encourage greater innovation? We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: How does the use of standards either stifle or jump-start innovation?
Products are the building blocks of systems and solutions. How those products are combined, and where the integration happens, is a variable in the physical security market. Before the advent of open systems, a single manufacturer typically combined his own products, using proprietary connections, into end-to-end solutions for customers. Open systems undermined that paradigm to some degree and made it possible for customers to pick and choose products from multiple manufacturers to be integrated into a solution. Lately, the pendulum has again swung toward “system solutions,” or end-to-end systems provided by a single manufacturer … Or has it? We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: Is the industry shifting from a focus on products to emphasising end-to-end solutions? How is that a good (or bad) thing?
Video systems today offer more capabilities than ever. Consequently, the systems can be used in new ways. For a variety of reasons, however, many customers don’t take full advantage of the capabilities of their video systems and therefore are leaving value on the table. Education and training are tools to alleviate the situation, but the first step is to identify the new ways that video can be used. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: How do customers under-utilise their video systems, and what should they do differently?
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For many years, video analytics have enabled end users to detect specific people or vehicles entering restricted areas, capture license plate information, scan crowds for specific individuals and much more. Today’s Video Management Systems (VMS) and IP cameras are built with powerful processing capabilities, helping to drive the development of more advanced analytics to more accurately detect abnormalities in behaviors that trigger alerts – an important component of predictive analysis. What is predictive analysis? With this greater number and variety of data points available to security professionals, the trend toward integrated solutions is fuelling growth in the evolving science of predictive analysis. Differing from standard alert triggers, predictive analysis uses information gathered from a wide range of data sources including surveillance, access control, visitor management, incident management and other systems, evaluating the information against established behavioral models, taking into account, earlier incidents, effectively predicting the likelihood of a similar event in the future. Note that predictive analysis does not always generate binary security events, but typically identifies occurrences such as irregular traffic patterns, motion detection during off peak hours or in restricted areas, and correlates this data with facial detection, access control activity or other system information to indicate anomalous activity or the potential for an incident of interest to occur. When this happens, the system can alert security professionals to take proactive preventive actions. Predictive analytics in IP cameras Camera-based analytics have improved significantly in recent years but these technologies remain largely reactive, providing valuable information for post-event investigation and follow-up. However, as the security industry continues its momentum toward a more predictive model, intelligent IP cameras will play a key role in allowing security staff to take more meaningful, proactive actions to prevent incidents before they can occur. Those cameras equipped with video analytics are already driving advancements in predictive analysis, by providing the means to more accurately detect incidents and events and turn those into inputs which provide context systems can be designed to indicate compromising activity, enabling a fast and highly informed response, potentially highlighting potential future risks before they can occur. People-counting video analytics can be used to detect a large number of people gathering in a particular area off hours The below real-world example illustrates the value of intelligent IP cameras in enhancing predictive analysis to improve security personnel’s ability to take proactive rather than reactive action and avert threats. Detecting unusual behaviour For example, people-counting video analytics could be used to detect a large number of people gathering in a particular area during off hours. This could be as benign as people gathering to celebrate a coworker’s birthday or it could be something much more sinister, such as a group of disgruntled employees coordinating the theft of company assets and/or data. Without context, however, it’s impossible to tell where on the potential threat spectrum this event would fall. As the predictive solution begins gathering contextual data for analysis, video analytics can determine whether an alert should be issued. Based on predetermined factors or analysis of prior events, such an off-hours gathering may be enough for the system to alert security staff to a potentially negative situation. The group’s location could also be a factor, as a gathering in a conference or break room would be much lower priority than if it were in a restricted area. Alerts can also automatically trigger cameras to switch to higher resolution, initiate both on-board and remote recording, maintain focus on a particular area and/or entry point, and even launch facial recognition analytics. This is helpful for security management and staff when responding to an alert, providing more complete understanding of the situation to determine the appropriate course of action. Access control data combined with people-counting may indicate that the number of people assembled exceeds the number of card swipes Contextual analysis Alerts also initiate contextual analysis to determine the specifics of a situation. Technology can’t accurately judge intent; it collects all available information to determine the level of severity of a situation and, in turn, what actions need to be taken – both in the immediate term and post-event. In the case of a large after-hours gathering, data collected and correlated from additional systems and sources will provide fuller context. For example, access control data combined with people-counting may indicate that the number of people assembled exceeds the number of card swipes. While multiple people entering on a single card swipe is a clear violation of policies, it still may not indicate a threat. Several authorised individuals may have arrived at the door at the same time and simply entered together out of convenience. Using facial recognition both at the edge and within the VMS to compare those who entered against the database of authorised users will determine whether there may be a potential security threat from unauthorised individuals being in a restricted area. Intelligence-based action Once data has been gathered to provide greater context, predictive solutions analyse all available information to determine the level of the threat. At the same time, the system correlates information from intelligent cameras, access control, incident management and other sources to build a profile of either normal or abnormal behavior that will be used to analyse similar occurrences in the future that may or may not indicate a potential compromise. Once data has been gathered to provide greater context, predictive solutions analyse all available information to determine the level of threat Information from network-based calendar solutions may reveal that the gathering was simply a scheduled meeting or training. People-counting and facial recognition analytics combined with access control and HR system data could show that all of the individuals present are authorised to be in that particular area and that the discrepancy between the number of card swipes and individuals is indeed the result of tailgating. If this is the case, an email could be sent to employees to remind them of security policies. However, if unauthorised individuals are found to be in the area, security staff would likely be dispatched to that location to determine the purpose of the gathering and ensure that unauthorised users are removed from the area in compliance with established policies. At the same time, the physical and IT access credentials of those in attendance can be temporarily deactivated to reduce the risk of insider theft. Additionally, intelligent cameras can employ analytics to detect whether objects have been removed from the area and isolate video of any such incidents for response. As illustrated by the above example, intelligent video cameras play a significant role in more effective predictive analysis. Integrated security and surveillance systems with powerful video analytics can be deployed to improve security, lower risk, reduce fraud and transform traditional security operations from a simply reactive to much more proactive function. The intelligence gleaned from each incident empowers security professionals with the opportunity to avoid potentially dangerous situations before they can even occur.
Energy security, access to the electrical grid and police and fire safety are just a handful of the networked services that we take for granted and rely upon on a daily basis. Every second of every day, sensors are digitising the real world, creating information and transporting it across multiple networks and interfaces to a broadening audience. While there is obvious utility being gleaned from this process, from our vantage point here in the physical security space, information sharing and transmission raises issues we have to consider: what happens to this information inside those organisations, and what risks are presented by increasing the communication in and out of these organisations, in the name of utility? Information revolution In a world where convenience and anytime availability can make or break a business, information availability and always-on connectivity are here to stay. Much as the Industrial Revolution brought key innovations and new challenges, this new Information Revolution is shaking up the accepted paradigms. The explosion of demand for mobile access to information and increased opportunities for interconnectivity are a fact of life, both at home and for business. We can use security information to answer questions such as: How efficient are your delivery routes? What cameras saw the guy with the red shirt? Is that the UPS delivery man at the door? However, interconnectivity and high data availability also represent a high risk for organisations that are concerned about threats to their information security. A hunger for more information upon which to base decisions and actions is driving the proliferation of big data, video analytics, cloud storage and Internet of Things (IoT) deployments, while ratcheting up our risk profiles and the potential for cyber-attack. Industry proven cyber security ONVIF’s mission is to establish a common communication interface for all security devices and clients, across security disciplines, systems and vendors. While ONVIF does not set security policy, what many people don’t realise is that industry proven cyber security measures can be included in the common interface established by ONVIF. Among these are Certificate Based Client Authentication, Keystores and TLS Servers. There are also best practices that can be encouraged, such as forcing a default password change or out of the box hardening. ONVIF and other standards groups can help ensure and deploy real-time security by including these established cyber security measures in their Profiles and standards. It is estimated that as many as 50 billion IoT devices will be connected to a network over the next three years The establishment of a common interface by ONVIF and other standards organisations helps to bring awareness about the capabilities of standards in this area and enables manufacturing companies to invest once in this approach rather than continually developing proprietary products and unique interfaces to integrate with other devices. Safe/smart city deployments and Internet of Things systems are helping to accelerate acceptance of interoperability over proprietary systems. In fact, it is estimated that as many as 50 billion IoT devices will be connected to a network over the next three years, all requiring some measure of interoperability. If you’re concerned about the security of information, that number can seem alarmingly high. The good news is that IoT security budgets are also expected to increase substantially over the next three years. And there are some changes that we, as an industry, can proactively make in the meantime. Encryption technology hardens IoT devices Remember that a single device or product alone cannot be cyber secure if it’s connected to an unsecured network or to a network with other vulnerable devices. People, products and processes – these three elements together can provide security, but if you don’t have sound cyber security practices in place for all three, you won’t have complete security. It is estimated that as many as 50 billion IoT devices will be connected to a network over the next three years, all requiring some measure of interoperability Manufacturers of physical security products can use encryption technology to help harden IoT devices. They can ship products with default settings that require end users to change the default password on installation and that also require password changes periodically. It’s also worth exploring whether some settings on devices should be locked down to protect our customers, for example making encryption part of the factory settings, increasing the likelihood that encryption is left enabled on the device. Balancing availability and protection of data End users and system integrators also have some responsibility to bear. Approximately 95 percent of the security breaches that occur today are due to some sort of simple password error or lack of organisational policies with respect to password management. It takes only a matter of seconds to very quickly choose a simple, easy to remember password. However, relying on the most convenient solution – often the default password – can most definitely increase the potential for compromised access to our most private information. As is the case with many things, a balancing act is required when it comes to information availability and securing access to that information. Each end user and system integrator has to find the right balance between availability of data and protection of that data, taking cost into consideration as well. Strong user authentication, event monitoring, activity logging, encryption of data and other controls that are built into our IT networks go a long way in increasing cyber security. Using standards like those offered by ONVIF may actually be the key to having the best of both worlds: the ability to share information with other devices using standardised, encrypted communications.
In the physical security space, video analytics have historically over-promised and under-delivered, often leaving end users sceptical about their capabilities. However, increased integration with security solutions and other business systems, as well as developments in deep learning and artificial intelligence (AI), have given video analytics a significant boost in recent years. Here, we take a look at the key trends putting video analytics in the spotlight, and how this opens up new opportunities for increased security and business intelligence. Deep learning and AI will enhance video analytics capabilities At the start of 2018, our security industry experts commented on how deep learning technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI) would extend to the video surveillance industry, allowing security professionals to gain very specific insights into human behaviour. Our experts predicted that this would permit organisations to reduce risk, enable efficiencies, reduce costs, ensure compliance and provide faster access to stored video. With AI-enables video systems, video analytics are set to perform more complex applications at a higher level of accuracy. Image processing developments allow intelligent analytics According to Ambarella’s Chris Day, advancing chip technology combined with the neural network approach to computer vision is game changing for video analytics. Since the problem of higher resolution has already been solved, the key differentior for video surveillance systems will be the ability to add computer vision in parallel with image processing and high-resolution encoding – ideally in a chip that is low-power. Integration with security systems increases video analytics value Video systems produce an immense amount of data that is often wasted, says Bosch Security Systems’ Sean Murphy. When video analytics alerts are integrated with other security systems, video events can trigger responses from other parts of the security solution. For example, cameras with video analytics can initiate intrusion detection system events initiate intrusion detection system events, prompting the panel to take action by alerting the central station or sending video to security personnel. Video analytics add value with actionable business intelligence Adding network video to the current generation of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions provides actional value beyond situational intelligence for security purposes. With increasingly intelligent sensors, interactions between business systems are becoming more sophisticated, providing a value greater than the sum of the parts. Organisations can use smart applications to reduce energy consumption, allocate workspace, and reduce operating costs. In a retail environment, analytics are now capable of assessing a scene for occupancy and crowd control, even generating reports of trends over time. Video analytics detect abnormalities to predict incidents Camera-based video analytics can go beyond assessing a current scene to predicting potential risks before they occur, explains Pelco’s Jonathan Lewitt. Based on predetermined factors or analysis of prior events, systems can collect all available information to determine the level of severity of a situation and whether an action needs to be taken. At the same time, systems can correlate data from video and other sources to help analyse similar occurrences in the future. Video analytics increasingly supplemented with audio analytics Audio analytics are often overlooked, notes Hanwha Techwin’s Paul Kong, perhaps due to differing privacy laws from video surveillance. However, audio analytics processed in a camera can help provide a secondary layer of verification for events, as well as identifying gunshots, screams, or other sounds indicating an incident is taking place. This makes audio analytics ideal for dealing with active shooter events at schools and campuses. As Louroe Electronics’ Richard Brent explains, audio analytics software can detect rising levels of human aggression, as well as recognising firearm discharge. This can trigger alerts to ensure incidents are dealt with swiftly.
Pelco by Schneider Electric, a global leader in surveillance and security products and technologies, has announced a new integrated solution based on the Pelco VideoXpert VMS with Ipsotek’s VISuite 10.1 advanced video analytics platform. Ipsotek is a leader in scenario-based video analytics across a wide variety of industries. The integration provides a solution that increases security, reduces investigation time, and takes the complexity out of managing the video and associated analytics in an overall surveillance network. “This integration reflects the continued commitment that Pelco has to our customers to provide high-quality and innovative solutions that are also easy to set up and use,” said Jonathan Lewit, Director of Technology Leadership, Pelco by Schneider Electric. “Ipsotek specializes in detecting target behaviors in the live video, delivering dependable alerts to operators while dramatically reducing false alarms. Combining this expertise with our enterprise-level video management system lets us offer our customers a powerful solution for efficiently mitigating security risks.” Ipsotek’s VISuite Analytics integrated with Pelco VideoXpert VMS “Pelco is known for engineering the rock-solid security solutions that are required for any successful analytic overlay,” said Bill Flind, Chief Executive, Ipsotek. “Integrating the intelligent VISuite analytics with VideoXpert lets users tailor the automated system detection to their specific needs by applying one or more defined target behaviors.” Pelco’s VideoXpert VMS is designed to deliver control with confidence. It incorporates the latest advancements in system navigation, with a platform that enables console monitoring to improve operational efficiency and reduce incident investigation time. The intuitive user interface requires little training, while also allowing operators to quickly and easily collate video scenes from multiple angles, up to nine video scenes, for export into a single clip for effective case management. The result is real-time data with real-time video for a quick response and improved security. Ipsotek’s scenario-based video analytics software solution Ipsotek’s scenario-based video analytics software solution boasts a set of advanced, automated video analysis tools that provide for the real-time detection and extraction of events and valuable data from surveillance footage, replacing the manual and time-consuming tasks traditionally employed to monitor live video feeds or shift through recorded video. By employing VISuite, clients can make optimal use of their surveillance systems and allocate operator time and attention in a more effective manner, thus increasing their return on investment, as well as improving overall security, safety and operational efficiency.
Pelco by Schneider Electric, a global provider of surveillance and security products and technologies, has joined forces with AMAG Technology, a manufacturer of access control and security products. The integration provides a truly integrated and scalable access control and surveillance system management solution, enabling end-users across a wide spectrum of applications to make faster and more informed decisions. Protect facilities, assets and people “The integration of Pelco’s VideoXpert VMS and AMAG’s Symmetry Access Control System provides security professionals with an extremely powerful and versatile system management and control solution,” said Jonathan Lewit, Director of Technology Leadership, Pelco by Schneider Electric. “By engaging with industry leaders like AMAG, Pelco continues to focus its attention of providing users with meaningful innovation that delivers the best combination of performance, functionality, and cost-efficiency they need to best protect their facilities, assets, and people.” Pelco’s VideoXpert VMS and AMAG’s Symmetry Access Control System provide a number of versatile ways to combine surveillance and access devices with software into a unified Security Management System. The integrated solution is standardised for any IP LAN, WAN, or VPN network and is designed for minimal bandwidth use. For small systems, a single PC can host both VideoXpert and Symmetry, acting as both the client and server. "There’s a driving demandfor system solutions that seamlessly integrate high performance surveillance and access control technologies" Benefits of integration Other benefits of the VideoXpert VMS and Symmetry Access Control System integration include: a user interface design with graphical map capability; comprehensive alarm handling features; and the capability for unlimited client workstations, card readers and card holders. As an added bonus, video badging and visitor management software is also included. “As security professionals continue to look for ways to increase efficiencies and control costs, there’s a driving demand for system solutions that seamlessly integrate high performance surveillance and access control technologies,” said Dave Ella, Vice President of Products and Partner Programs, AMAG Technology. “With the integration of our Symmetry Access Control System and Pelco’s VideoXpert VMS, users of all sizes, have access to an extremely powerful solution that we believe surpasses their expectations.” Pelco by Schneider Electric is a member of AMAG’s Symmetry Preferred Partner Program. The Program assists companies wishing to develop and certify an interface between their product and Symmetry and provides a clearly defined route for manufacturers to achieve a trusted solution that is tested, certified, and supported by the Partner. As a Symmetry Preferred Partner, Pelco has previously integrated their Endura and Digital Sentry VMS solutions with the Symmetry Access Control System.
ONVIF, the global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products, hosted its annual membership meeting in late October, providing an update to members on the accomplishments of ONVIF in 2017 and its outlook for the year ahead. Attendees heard presentations on the final release of Profile A in 2017 and the ongoing development of Profile T for advanced video streaming, activities which are enabling the growing prevalence of the nearly 9,000 ONVIF conformant products in bid and specification processes in projects around the world. International standards inclusion In the webinar’s opening remarks, ONVIF Steering Committee Chairman Per Björkdahl highlighted collective achievements of ONVIF since its founding in 2008, including the continued inclusion of ONVIF in international standards from organisations such as the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), on its IEC TC 79 standard for video surveillance and physical access control standards. Björkdahl also cited the progress of ONVIF on a system-to-system approach for interoperability between various management systems, work which is happening in tandem with continued development of additional profiles to keep pace with the changes of the industry. "As a member-driven organisation, it’s importantto recognise members who contribute many hours of service to the work of ONVIF" Significant contributions award Björkdahl also recognised the extensive contributions of three individuals to various ONVIF technical committees. Arsenio Vilallonga, former Vice President, Networked Systems, FLIR Systems, Inc. and Nicholas Brochu of Genetec, one of the most active participants in the development of Profile T, were recipients of the 2017 ONVIF Award, which recognises individuals and companies who have made significant contributions to ONVIF. Sriram Prasad Bhetanabottla of Canon Inc., was recognised with the 2017 ONVIF Distinguished Service Award for his role as an active, contributing core member to the Device Testing activities of the Technical Services Working Group’s and Profile T. “Arsenio, Nicholas and Sriram have made significant contributions to the development of Profile T, our newest release candidate for advanced video streaming, as well as to the ongoing work of ONVIF,” said Björkdahl. “As a member-driven organisation, it’s important to recognise members who contribute many hours of service to the work of ONVIF, and contribute to fulfilling our mission. Thank you for your service and congratulations.” Development roadmap Hans Busch of Bosch, Chairman of the ONVIF Technical Committee, spoke to members about the specification development roadmap and its alignment to the standardisation activities within the IEC TC 79 working groups for video surveillance and physical access control standards. Technical Services Committee (TSC) Chair Andreas Schneider of Sony gave an overview of the committee’s work on profiles, test tools, the conformance process and Developers’ Plugfests, and highlighted the new conformant product database launched earlier this year. ONVIF Communication Committee Chair Jonathan Lewit of Pelco by Schneider Electric followed the TSC with a recap of the internal and external communications of ONVIF in 2017, activities designed to promote the adoption of ONVIF Profiles. Re-elected to the ONVIF Steering Committee were Mayur Salgar of Honeywell and Stuart Rawling of Pelco by Schneider Electric Annual election results The results of the annual elections for committees of ONVIF were announced by Stan Moyer, ONVIF Executive Director. Re-elected to the ONVIF Steering Committee were Mayur Salgar of Honeywell and Stuart Rawling of Pelco by Schneider Electric. For the Technical Committee, Hanwha Techwin’s Sujith Raman, Pelco by Schneider Electric’s Steve Wolf, and Panasonic’s Hasan Ozdemir were re-elected, while Tyco Security Product’s Stephen Serplus joined the committee as a new member. Bob Dolan of Anixter, Andrew Downs of Pelco by Schneider Electric and Giri Guntipalli of Honeywell were re-elected to the Technical Services Committee. Tim Shen of Dahua, Mike Mao of Honeywell and Jonathan Lewit of Pelco by Schneider Electric were re-elected to the ONVIF Communication Committee, while Hikvision’s Jens Berthelsen joined the committee as a new member. Founding members Axis, Bosch and Sony automatically retain seats on the Steering, Technical and Technical Services Committees.
ONVIF®, the leading global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products, announced recently that it is a sponsor of IFSEC International 2017 in London, 20-22 June, 2017, at ExCel London. IFSEC International is Europe’s largest security exhibition and more than 27,000 security professionals are expected to attend this year’s event. Deploying exciting and innovative solutions “Trade shows like IFSEC International give the security community the opportunity to see how our members leverage the ONVIF interface to enable the deployment of exciting and innovative solutions to a broad swath of markets, from easily attaching video to point of sale data for retail to linking traffic cameras with municipal video management systems for more comprehensive security,” said Jonathan Lewit, ONVIF Communications Committee Chair. “These developments highlight just how quickly the Internet of Things is growing and the vital role that standards can continue to play in its evolution going forward.” ONVIF sponsorship ONVIF will sponsor the IFSEC Cafe on stand B550, where attendees will find seating and educational materials about ONVIF. In addition to its sponsorship, ONVIF will be represented by 79 member companies exhibiting at IFSEC International this year. Founded in 2008, ONVIF is a leading and well-recognised industry forum driving interoperability for IP-based physical security products. The organisation has a global member base of established camera, video management system and access control companies and more than 7,000 Profile conformant products. With Profile S for streaming video; Profile G for recording and storage; Profile C for physical access control; Profile Q for improved out-of-the-box functionality and the Release Candidate Profile A for broader access control configuration, ONVIF continues to work with its members to expand the number of IP interoperability solutions ONVIF conformant products can provide.
ONVIF, the global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products, announces that it will speak at the annual conference of the International Association of Professional Security Consultants (IAPSC) on May 7-9, at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol in Austin, Texas. The IAPSC’s 2017 conference focuses on how the scope of a security consultant’s role is changing as the physical security industry evolves to address such issues as cyber/IT threats and crowd security. Changing security landscape ONVIF Communication Committee Chair Jonathan Lewit will speak to conference attendees on the changing security landscape and the rise of interoperability on Sunday, May 7, 2017, at 4:00 PM. The presentation will focus on how demand for interoperability is driving the expansion of the physical security market and how security consultants can use standards established by ONVIF and other groups to create best of breed customer solutions that integrate access control, video surveillance and other security and Internet of Things elements as part of a security deployment. “Standards are figuring prominently in the evolution of the physical security market, as end user demand for big data, comprehensive management and intelligent analytics software increases,” said Per Björkdahl, Chair of the ONVIF Steering Committee. “Security consultants are an essential part of the security community and so it is important that we share how ONVIF and other standards can be resources for systems integrators and end users in this ever-evolving market landscape.” Looking into the Future Lewit also will participate in a panel discussion entitled “Looking into the Future: Five, 10 and 15 Years” that considers the requirements, challenges and needs of the end users of the future, both within the security market and beyond. He is joined on the panel by representatives from organisations across the security industry including RS2 Technologies, ASSA ABLOY, HID Global and MorphoTrak. ONVIF is a platinum sponsor of IAPSC’s 2017 annual conference. Founded in 2008, ONVIF is a leading and well-recognised industry forum driving interoperability for IP-based physical security products. The organisation has a global member base of established camera, video management system and access control companies and more than 7,000 Profile conformant products. With Profile S for streaming video; Profile G for recording and storage; Profile C for physical access control; Profile Q for improved out-of-the-box functionality and the Release Candidate Profile A for access control configuration, ONVIF continues to work with its members to expand the number of IP interoperability solutions ONVIF conformant products can provide.
Jonathan Lewit will touch on the array of connected devices and open platforms in the market ONVIF, a standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products, announced that it will be presenting at TechSec Solutions 2017, February 27-28, 2017, at the Delray Beach Marriott, Delray Beach, Florida, as part of a panel discussion on standards, best practices, cybersecurity, and the Internet of Things.Internet of ThingsJonathan Lewit, Chair of the ONVIF Communication Committee, will be speaking on behalf of ONVIF and will be one of four panellists discussing ‘The future of IoT: Taming security's wild west.’ Other panellists include Neil Lakomiak of Underwriters’ Laboratories, Mitchell Klein of Z-wave Alliance and Jim Coleman of Operational Security Systems, Inc. The panel will be moderated by Paul Ragusa, Editor of Security Systems News. “Standards are an essential part of the conversation when considering any scenario in which disparate elements must work together to provide actionable intelligence or automation, which the Internet of Things often seeks to do,” said Per Björkdahl, Chairman of the ONVIF Steering Committee. “Jonathan will bring an ONVIF perspective to the panel, shedding light on how standardisation and ONVIF specifications can build vital bridges between clients and devices and between IP-based systems.”Physical securityLewit, who also serves as Director of Technology Leadership for Pelco by Schneider-Electric, will touch on the array of connected devices and open platforms in the market that use common communication protocols to work together, including smart homes, buildings, and cities. The panellists will examine how standards, the establishment of best practices, interoperability, cybersecurity and other trends are helping to shape the future of the physical security industry.Lewit will be speaking on Monday, February 27, at 9:30 A.M. at TechSec Solutions 2017.
Jonathan Lewit will address how standards also can help ensure adherence to cyber security measures ONVIF, a global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products, announced that it will be presenting at Intersec 2017, January 23-24, 2017, at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, as part of Intersec’s Infrastructure and Cybersecurity Conference. Internet of Things applications Jonathan Lewit, Chair of the ONVIF Communication Committee, will be speaking on behalf of ONVIF and will present on Standards and the Dynamics of IoT in Physical Security Critical Infrastructure, a session designed to help attendees understand the role of interoperability standards such as those developed by ONVIF in the deployment of physical security infrastructure and in broader Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Lewit, who also serves as Director of Technology Leadership for Pelco by Schneider-Electric, will address how standards also can help ensure adherence to current industry cyber security measures. Cyber security“Cyber security, inter-disciplinary integration, and interoperability are essential to successful physical security and IoT deployments,” said Per Björkdahl, Chairman of the ONVIF Steering Committee. “Jonathan will speak to Intersec attendees about what this looks like in everyday practical terms, sharing how some of our members are using the ONVIF specification to address all three factors at once.”Lewit will be speaking on Monday, January 23rd, at 3:15 P.M. in the Al Multaqua Ballroom at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
ONVIF will be eight years old in the next several weeks. It has been interesting to watch the open industry forum’s impact on physical security since it began in 2008 with a goal to develop a global standard for the interface of IP-based physical security products. ONVIF’s influence has accelerated just in the last year, with the number of ONVIF-conformant products in the market growing from about 5,000 a year ago to more than 7,000 today – more than a 40 percent increase. ONVIF’s Profile S for streaming video applications is one of their success stories. To stay on top of industry changes, ONVIF’s committees will be watching closely the changes in video streaming technologies, such as H.265, high-resolution cameras, etc., and their possible impact on Profile S and other work by ONVIF. A milestone for ONVIF occurred this summer with the final release of the ONVIF Profile Q, aimed at enabling integrators to connect cameras more easily for quicker installs. The profile also benefits manufacturers who don’t have to accommodate as many variables when connecting with their various technology partners. Profile Q has been available in the draft stage for six months or so. Now that the final version is available, ONVIF will be working with manufacturers to list the first Profile Q-conformant products. “We saw a gap, and this profile can certainly help,” says Jonathan Lewitt, Chairman of the ONVIF communication committee. “We expect significant adoption by the end of the year.” ONVIF and access control Slower to be embraced has been ONVIF’s activities in the access control arena – including their Profile A. “It’s fair to say we have had more mind share on the video side than access control,” says Lewitt, who is Pelco’s Director of Technology Leadership. “We are rolling up our sleeves and making sure we understand the needs of the access control marketplace and the standards that need to be in place.” "Cameras are the first IoTdevices, so there is a significantrole we can play by expandingour expertise from video devicesto other devices in the IoT" He says adoption of ONVIF profiles in access control has been slower because many access control manufacturers had already developed their own connectivity paradigms, and there is less integration of different systems in access control (compared to video). Still, Lewitt says IP-connected devices in access control communicate similarly to video devices, so there are parallels with ONVIF’s success in video. Profile A has not had its final release, but will come out as a ratified document in 2017. “There is more interest with some new entrants in the market, who can lead forward and catch up more quickly,” says Lewitt. What does the future of ONVIF hold? Lewitt says the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) offers a focal point. “Cameras are the first IoT devices, so there is a significant role we can play by expanding our expertise from video devices to other devices in the IoT.” Specifically, the lessons ONVIF has learned about detection, discovery and configuration paradigms of IP cameras when developing Profile Q can easily translate to data-driven devices such as IP sensors, whether temperature, motion, or IR proximity sensors, or even traffic sensors. “If you follow a standard workflow to find all the devices on a system, you can simplify the implementation process, reduce errors, and allow people to focus on more complex solutions,” says Lewitt. IoT is also closely related to another sector ONVIF is targeting – safe cities. ONVIF challenges Lewitt identifies two challenges that ONVIF faces. One is continuing to maintain engagement from their membership base as they work on new problems and areas. “We need to be sure we communicate the value that members bring and get their buy-in. It’s a challenge for any standards body,” says Lewitt. The second challenge is external: The need to communicate who ONVIF is, the value it brings to the market, and how it is working to keep pace with the changing dynamic of the physical security industry. ONVIF is an acronym for Open Network Video Interface Forum; the name was shortened as the scope of the organisation’s activities expanded. ONVIF will also be watching the market more closely to identify new opportunities, says Lewitt. There is a new “Use Case Working Group” in the organisation, which will connect to customers and users of the ONVIF standards, looking for new scenarios that standards could address and in general to “provide better context to drive the solutions forward,” says Lewitt.
Per Björkdahl announced the recipients of the 2016 ONVIF Award at the annual membership meeting ONVIF, a standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products, hosted its annual membership meeting on October 25, 2016, updating members on ONVIF’s accomplishments of 2016 and its outlook for the year ahead. ONVIF member companies heard presentations on the final release of Profile Q in 2016 and the ongoing development of Profile T for video, in addition to learning about the growing prevalence of ONVIF’s more than 7,000 conformant models of products in bid and specification processes in projects around the world. IEC 62676-2-3 standard In the webinar’s opening remarks, ONVIF Steering Committee Chairman Per Björkdahl highlighted ONVIF’s collective achievements over the past 12 months, including the organisation’s continued work with the International Electrotechnical Commission on its IEC 62676-2-3 standard for network video clients and video transmitter devices. Björkdahl also cited the formation of the ONVIF Use Case Working Group as a significant step in increasing opportunities for member input. Björkdahl announced the recipients of the 2016 ONVIF Award, which recognises individuals and companies who have made significant contributions to the industry and to ONVIF. The 2016 ONVIF Award winners are: Sriram Bhetanabottla of Canon, Robert Haraldsson of Axis Communications and Hiroyuki Sano of Sony. Physical access control “Sriram, Robert, and Hiroyuki have made significant contributions to the development of our Device Test Tool, Device Test Specification, and Profile Q, our newest profile for improved out-of-the-box functionality,” Björkdahl said. “As a member-driven organisation, it’s important to recognise members who contribute many hours of service to the work of ONVIF.” "As a member-drivenorganisation, it’s important to recognise members who contribute many hours ofservice to the work of ONVIF" Hans Busch of Bosch, Chairman of the ONVIF Technical Committee, spoke to members about the specification development roadmap and its alignment to the standardisation activities within the IEC TC 79 working groups for video surveillance and physical access control standards. Technical Services Committee Chair Andreas Schneider of Sony gave an overview of the committee’s work on profiles, test tools, the conformance process and Developers’ Plugfests, and also provided additional information on the development of future Profiles. ONVIF Communications Chair Jonathan Lewit of Pelco by Schneider Electric followed the TSC with a recap of ONVIF’s internal and external communications in 2016. Results of annual committee election The results of ONVIF’s annual elections for committees were announced by Stan Moyer, ONVIF’s Executive Director. Re-elected to the ONVIF Steering Committee were Mayur Salgar of Honeywell and Stuart Rawling of Pelco by Schneider Electric. For the Technical Committee, Honeywell’s Ramesh Subbaiah, Pelco by Schneider Electric’s Steve Wolf, and Panasonic’s Hasan Ozdemir were re-elected, while Hanwha Techwin’s Sungbong Cho joined the committee as a new member. Bob Dolan of Anixter and Andrew Downs of Pelco by Schneider Electric were re-elected to the Technical Services Committee, joined by new committee member Giri Guntipalli of Honeywell. Tim Shen of Dahua was named to ONVIF’s Communication Committee as a new member, while Mike Mao of Honeywell and Jonathan Lewit of Pelco by Schneider Electric were re-elected to the committee. Founded in 2008, ONVIF now consists of nearly 500 member companies in six continents and more than 7,000 Profile conformant products. With Profile S for streaming video; Profile G for recording and storage; Profile C for physical access control; Profile Q for improved out-of-the-box functionality and the Release Candidate Profile A for access control configuration, ONVIF continues to work with its members to expand the number of IP interoperability solutions ONVIF conformant products can provide. Save Save
Pelco by Schneider Electric announced recently that its VideoXpert™ video management platform is now integrated with PlateSmart’s ARES license plate recognition (LPR) system. The integration provides joint customers with an advanced, accurate and efficient suite of intelligent video analytics tools that complement the rich video management functions delivered by Pelco VideoXpert. LPR-based video analytics for VideoXpert users Integration with third-party technologies, such as PlateSmart, is part of the Pelco’s commitment to developing customised solutions for end customers. As users capture growing amounts of video data, it is critical to deploy intelligent tools that enable video surveillance data to be immediately digestible to ensure safety and security, and optimising business efficiency. The combination of Pelco’s scalable and customisable VideoXpert VMS and the automated number plate recognition (ANPR) of PlateSmart’s ARES solution delivers end users with the ability to recognise key data points for identification and investigations accuracy. “To be the best, you have to work with the best, and Pelco is absolutely at the top of its game in the video surveillance marketplace,” said John Chigos, CEO, PlateSmart. “With all of the changes currently underway in the VMS market, we knew the time was right to closely partner with Pelco. ARES delivers a robust LPR-based video analytics to VideoXpert users, along with data integrity protection that enables users to ensure the availability of captured data.” New level of integration More specifically, the Pelco and PlateSmart interface correlates data from license plate information and video surveillance systems and displays critical information and live video through a single, easy-to-deploy user interface. The integration enables three plug-in capabilities, including: LPR Overlay, which facilitates accurate and real-time monitoring of license plates by overlaying a camera-view window with a dynamic list of license plates captured by the system. This allows users to quickly and easily view critical license plate information – such as number and state. Plate Viewer displays essential metadata, such as time capture with timestamp details, the name of the camera, where the license plate was read, and source and images of the license plate. Alert Viewer, which enables expanded alert details and metadata, including identification of the standard operating procedure (SOP) that triggered the alert as well as the alert type, code, category and priority previously defined by the alert SOP. “Pelco is focused on developing strategic relationships with innovative technology providers to increase customer efficiencies and capabilities,” said Jonathan Lewit, Director of Application Business, Pelco by Schneider Electric. “The integration of PlateSmart’s LPR technology and Pelco’s VideoXpert VMS delivers new levels of intelligence to joint customers who are looking for ways to incorporate advanced levels of situational awareness with incoming video data,” PlateSmart plugins for VideoXpert are available for download by Pelco customers on the Partner First website as part of the Pelco Partner First program.
Pelco by Schneider Electric recently announced that its VideoXpert video management system is now integrated with iTrak, the latest incident management solution from iView Systems. “The iTrak plugin continues our effort to work with other leaders in the industry to provide Pelco customers seamless access to the ready-made solutions to better understand and protect their organisations” said Jonathan Lewit, Director of Business Application at Pelco by Schneider Electric. Integration links incidents with supporting video Ideal for multi-site, multi-departmental solutions, iTrak provides users with a centralised platform for incident and risk management. Its intuitive design makes it easy to access comprehensive reporting, profiling, interview management, risk analysis and subject profiling information. With the integration to VideoXpert, users will not only be able to see all related incident data via a single report, they can now link these incidents with supporting video. The Incident File feature captures critical incident data including location, sub-location, date and time as well as a short description of the incident. The added ability to include supporting attachments in the form of a Narrative or Media file to the Incident, allow for quick information retrieval. Narrative files provide flexibility to include free-form text, critical in instances when collecting witness accounts or documenting incident notes, while the media attachments enable to user to include pictures or PDF files for more thorough event investigations. “Ease-of-use and integration of video with critical business data are cornerstones of the VideoXpert platform. The integration with iView is a prime example of our commitment to providing users with extensible functionality through partner integration.” added Lewit. “The seamless integration of iView Systems iTrak® with the Pelco VideoXpert Ops center provides an instant and efficient method of converging Incident related information with its associated Video data”, stated Martin Drew, President / CEO, iView Systems. “Users will also be able to leverage the tagging capability to identify video from cameras associated with iTrak’s incident location classifications. The overall integration will provide significant improvements in overall operational efficiency and accuracy of reporting” says Drew. Pelco customers can access additional iView integration details on the Partner First website. Pelco’s Partner First program marks a new level of openness and commitment to identify and bring to market additional features, capabilities and solutions through development of strategic partnerships.
Pelco by Schneider Electric recently announced that its Optera range of panoramic cameras as well as Spectra Enhanced high-speed PTZ domes are now compatible with the latest version of the Genetec, Inc. Security Center, 5.3 (SR3). This collaboration reflects Pelco’s continuing commitment to provide fully integrated, robust solutions. “This certification and integration gives our joint customers two more options for clear, state-of-the-art video images,” said Jonathan Lewit, Director of Business Application at Pelco by Schneider Electric. “These integrations provide security professionals with better situational awareness by leveraging the panomersive experience and the full analytics capabilities in both Optera and Spectra Enhanced cameras.” Improved motion detection responses In this suite, the new version of Security Center will benefit those with a need for improved motion detection responses, with motion indicator bars now visible in the Security Desk timeline. Security Center 5.3 also features simplified tools for security investigations that promote collaboration between operators and external organisations, such as support of presets, the ability to display multiple cameras simultaneously, and sharing of select Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR) data. In turn, Security Center 5.3 users will be able to enjoy the advanced image quality delivered by the award-winning Optera and Spectra Enhanced range of cameras. The Security Center 5.3 integration with Optera enables a separate view of a continuous panorama in a single cell. This feature is made possible exclusively through this innovative integration and is the first of its kind in the industry. Pelco Optera series The Optera series delivers a single seamless view of a panoramic, 180° scene, constructed from four 3MP image sensors. With full ePTZ on both live and playback video, Optera provides stitched and blended panoramic views to gain great situational awareness. SureVisionTM 2.0 image processing and Anti-Bloom technologies enable outstanding image quality in the most challenging of lighting conditions, without ever leaving true wide dynamic range (WDR) imaging. Pelco Spectra Enhanced series Spectra Enhanced provides industry-leading image quality and great PTZ control along with SureVision 2.0 and 130 dB WDR, at up to 60 images per second video. These and a whole host of features make the camera system an ideal solution for detecting and capturing faces, license plates, tattoos, and evidentiary details in nearly any lighting situation. “These releases further strengthen the tight relationship between Pelco and Genetec Inc. with mutual dedication to an integrated product offering and the highest industry standards that each require of their products,” added Lewit. The partnership offers Pelco customers can access Genetec Security Center 5.3 information as well as additional integration details on the Partner First website. Pelco’s Partner First program marks a new level of openness and commitment to identify and bring to market additional features, capabilities and solutions through development of strategic partnerships.
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