IFSEC International 2016 by all measures was a successful show. Two of the three days clearly met (or exceeded) exhibitors’ expectations. The third day was slower, but is it any wonder? Heavy rains and resulting commuter train complications would have discouraged all but the most determined. And there was another distraction, too: It was the day of the Brexit vote, when the United Kingdom made history. Results of that momentous vote underlined the sense of uncertainty I felt on the first day of IFSEC, and also ensured the gamut of ramifications – political and economic – that will impact the security marketplace for years to come. So the last day of IFSEC was definitely historic! And just days after the close of IFSEC comes word of another terrorist bombing, this one at the airport in Istanbul, Turkey, again reiterating to the security industry the importance of what we do. Clearly, multiple factors suggest continued instability in the European region, and internationally, pointing to the use of more technologies like those displayed at IFSEC 2016. Canon's complementary camera lines Axis is expanding its product line beyond cameras into other devices operating on the Internet of Things I had an interesting discussion on the last day of IFSEC with Julian Rutland, Canon’s European Network Visual Solutions Marketing Director. Industry observers (including me) have wondered about the thinking behind a large corporate parent (i.e., Canon) operating two camera lines – Axis and Canon – seemingly in direct competition. For its part, Axis has repeatedly emphasised its independence from Canon, and is also expanding its product line beyond cameras into other devices operating on the Internet of Things. Canon is taking a very different path, says Rutland (who was careful not to comment on “strategy.”) Canon is seeking to complement what Axis is doing, rather than competing head-on. Specifically, Rutland says Canon is looking to leverage their "general business" presence and their "global accounts team" (i.e., the ones that sell Canon copiers, scanners and other office equipment). Canon will sell their general business customers on video "solutions" – in many cases leveraging that other familiar Canon sister company, Milestone Systems. This approach (outside the traditional security channel, where Axis is strong), allows Canon cameras a route to success that doesn’t require them to compete head-to-head with Axis. And by leveraging Milestone's open "community," they are maximising the corporate synergies there, too. New Canon products at the show included cameras that have an “IR band pass filter” that takes out the glare from halogen headlights for vehicle license plate recognition (ANPR) applications; the stand highlighted an integration with Intelico. Other solutions announced in the Canon stand included integration with Digital Barriers for real-time streaming on cellular networks. The system, for safe cities applications, adjusts image quality and frame rates automatically according to available bandwidth. There was also an integration with Ipsotek (video analytics, accredited by the UK Home Office) for high-end critical infrastructure applications. Successful year for Vanderbilt I also caught up with Vanderbilt CEO Joe Grillo on the last day. It’s been exactly a year since Vanderbilt’s acquisition of Siemens Security Products business, and it’s been a busy transition. They have been at almost every trade show in Europe during the last year to build the Vanderbilt brand. Vanderbilt has also consolidated its access control platforms into the Aliro 2 solution, which uses firmware by sister company Mercury. At IFSEC, Vanderbilt also demonstrated the SPC intrusion line, including the SPC Connect cloud-based system. Also, the Eventys CCTV range provides plug-and-play installation and intuitive interface for small- to medium-sized installations that require up to 20 cameras. Significant security trends from Nedap “In the last months, you have started to see awareness that, in the physical security world, there is a cyber-threat that affects everything" Daryn Flynn, Nedap’s UK security management manager, confirmed trends I had heard several times at the show. One was the growing awareness of wireless locks (whether online or offline). Wireless locks expand the ability to protect a variety of doors in an organisation – no one size fits all. A mixed topology of online and offline locks provides plenty of options, says Flynn. Another familiar topic I heard at Nedap is cybersecurity, and there is a new acknowledgement in the market of its importance. “In the last months, you have started to see awareness that, in the physical security world, there is a cyber-threat that affects everything,” says Flynn. “It’s becoming much more mainstream.” Flynn says Nedap’s goal with its AEOS security management platform was to create a product that does not have an end of life. The flexibility of the system is an advantage for users, who can adapt to changes – different people, different risks, different buildings – because everything is based on reprogrammable software. “In security that represents value,” he says. “When people invest in a technology, they want a long life.” At Heathrow Airport traveling home from IFSEC, the passenger screening lines moved fast, and my carry-on bag was scanned, thoroughly searched, swabbed for explosives residue, and scanned again — as it should be.
High-sensitivity 2MP CMOS sensor allows the cameras to capture Full HD images, even in low light conditions Canon Europe announces the launch of eight new 2MP network cameras, unveiled at IFSEC 2016. The new range includes an outdoor 360º endless panning model with 30x optical zoom and fast autofocus, and two new fixed box “bullet” models with 20x optical zoom, a first for Canon. All eight new models will be on display alongside the recently announced VB-H651V and Canon’s flagship low light network camera, the VB-M50B, capable of recording bright, clear images in low light conditions, particularly at the telephoto end. Julian Rutland, EMEA Marketing Director, NVS, Canon Europe, says, “The security market is always diversifying and evolving, yet achieving high image quality, particularly in low light conditions, remains a key priority in the industry. Our new cameras are a potent addition to our existing range, with all of the new devices benefiting from updated technology and high quality lenses. They demonstrate the range and imaging excellence typical of Canon technology and offer integrators and installers the ability to provide bespoke solutions for their customers across a range of vertical industries.” Outstanding image quality The new high-sensitivity 2MP CMOS sensor allows the cameras to capture Full HD images, even in increasingly challenging low light conditions. This is essential for a range of security applications, from city surveillance to critical infrastructure, where accurately identifying the faces of individuals or details on a vehicle number plate can provide invaluable evidence. The VB-R13VE, an outdoor vandal resistant 360? PTZ camera, also incorporates a 30x optical zoom lens with a fast autofocus to keep images in pristine clarity. Coupled with an Ultra-low Dispersion lens, which prevents image distortion from aberrations in the glass, the camera is capable of providing crisp, clear images. This allows for precision imaging and remarkable colour accuracy that results in clear video ideal for critical infrastructure applications. New technology and features All the new cameras are compatible with ONVIF Profiles S and G allowing for simple integration with the majority of VMS platforms, and the recording, searching and play-back of footage from the edge recording device All of the cameras feature Motion-Adaptive Noise Reduction, a new Canon technology that automatically adjusts noise reduction upon detecting motion within the scene. By dynamically adjusting noise reduction in real time, depending on the scenario and requirements, Motion-Adaptive Noise Reduction reduces noise levels and respective video data size without a loss of quality. A new graphical user interface (GUI) and dedicated embedded Mobile Viewer have been added to support multiple compatible browsers and mobile devices, designed to offer installers and end-users easy, wireless access to the cameras’ features and functionality, making setup easier. Unique features by model include: Continuous 360º panning cameras: VB-R13VE & VB-R12VE (outdoor with high-end vandal and weather resistance), VB-R13 (indoor): PTZ speed dome network cameras featuring 30x optical zoom, 360º endless panning capabilities, fast autofocus and 450º per second high-speed precision PT control to provide maximum visual coverage and ensure effective monitoring of a wide variety of challenging environments. Thanks to Canon’s Enhanced Digital Zoom technology, the cameras can also offer an equivalent 120x zoom when streaming at low resolutions Bullet cameras: VB-H761LVE & VB-H760VE: Outdoor fixed box cameras (IK09 rated) featuring a 20x optical zoom lens, as well as low light performance down to 0.06lx (colour). The VB-761LVE provides lowlight performance in mono down to 0.04lx while the VB-H760VE produces crisp mono images down to 0.003lx without the aid of IR. The VB-761LVE also features Clear IR Mode, which reduces haze and heat shimmering effects to produce clean, clear monochrome images of distant scenery VB-H751LE: Outdoor fixed box camera with an ultra-wide 124.3º angle of view, 2.4x zoom lens and low light performance to 0.035lx (colour) and 0.002x (mono), with built-in IR capabilities to allow round-the-clock high quality surveillance Fixed dome cameras: VB-H652LVE: Outdoor vandal resistant dome camera (Ik10 rated) with IR LED illumination, featuring a wide 122? angle of view, IP66 rated water-tight housing, tamper-proof screws, an anti-fog airflow design and an optional heater unit VB-H651VE: Outdoor vandal resistant dome camera (IK10 rated) featuring 2.4x optical zoom, wide 122.5º angle of view, and low light performance down to 0.035lx (colour) and 0.002lx (mono) Both outdoor bullet and fixed dome cameras are designed to work in a range of challenging weather environments, including near salt water or in colder areas that may be prone to frost. All the new cameras are compatible with ONVIF Profiles S and G allowing for simple integration with the majority of VMS platforms, and the recording, searching and play-back of footage from the edge recording device. Customers, VMS partners and system integrators can find out more information about Canon’s network camera product range at Canon’s IFSEC stand, F500.
Digital Barriers, Ipsotek, and Intelico are showcasing their combined innovation with Canon for security applications Canon Europe along with solution providers Digital Barriers, Ipsotek, and Intelico, will show how their joint expertise delivers best-in-class security solutions across smart cities, critical infrastructure, transport and government industries at IFSEC International. Julian Rutland, European NVS Marketing Director, Canon Europe comments, “We’re honoured to host some of the best solution providers at IFSEC International this year. They are experts in their fields, and together we are showcasing the strength of our combined innovation for a range of security applications. This year in particular, we’re focused on highlighting how our bespoke solutions can adapt to a variety of situations across key industries for our system integrators.” Digital Barriers At IFSEC, Digital Barriers will demonstrate its EdgeVis Live wireless technology in conjunction with the Canon VB-R11VE speed dome. This demonstration will show how these solutions can work together to allow customers to deliver true real-time high-definition surveillance, over any wireless network, anywhere, every time. This solution, designed for quick and easy city-wide deployment, will demonstrate its unique low-bandwidth secure streaming features that address challenges such as bandwidth congestion, cyber security and network operating costs. With the PTZ functionality and long range zoom capabilities of the VB-R11VE, this combined solution is ideal for monitoring large city areas and is easy to reposition remotely. In addition, visitors will see how Smart Shade Control technology optimises exposure to improve highlights and correct dark areas, useful for backlit conditions in locations such as car parks and transportation hubs. "These solution providers areexperts in their fields, andtogether we are showcasingthe strength of our combinedinnovation for a range of securityapplications" Intelico Visitors at IFSEC will see how Intelico’s Accuplate technology, in conjunction with the Canon VB-M50B, can allow customers to capture crisp and clear images of vehicle number plates, no matter the lighting conditions. The VB-M50B’s innovative Clear IR View Mode, which combines an IR Band Pass Filter (IRBPF) and new image processing capabilities, will demonstrate how monochrome images can be captured in superb definition in any lighting condition. This filter cuts out any obstructive lighting, such as vehicle headlights, to produce a clear image, particularly in low-light conditions such as in carparks or at night. There will also be a video demonstration of how Intelico’s Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) platform can capture images of three lanes of traffic on a motorway with the Canon VB-H43 PTZ camera, something that was not previously possible with any other camera that Intelico has tested. Ipsotek Ipsotek will show a combination of live video analytics and facial recognition technology with Ipsotek’s VISuite technology and the Canon VB-S30D, suitable for a diverse range of applications where it is essential to achieve real time awareness in CCTV deployment within government, transport, critical infrastructure and finance. The demonstration will highlight how these technologies can be used in parallel to detect specific incidents and behaviours in real-time, while also using facial recognition technology to capture and compare face data. The Canon VB-S30D excels in providing the precise field of view and pixel density that is required by the highly specific capability of facial recognition. A team of technical and channel development experts will be available at IFSEC International (stand F500, London ExCel, 21-23 June) to meet with the industry and answer any questions.
Canon will be joined by Digital Barriers, Ipsotek, and Intelico to demonstrate their expertise in lens technology Canon Europe, world-leader in imaging solutions, will be joined by solution providers Digital Barriers, Ipsotek, and Intelico, at IFSEC International (stand F500, London ExCel, 21-23 June) to demonstrate Canon’s expertise in lens technology and how this delivers best-in-class solutions for vertical industries. At the show, Canon will be showcasing its cameras’ low-light capabilities and will be strengthening its partner proposition with the launch of eight new cameras. Meeting high performance monitoring needs Canon will demonstrate how its market-leading product range is suitable for a variety of different applications, aimed at solving the high-performance monitoring and surveillance needs from a range of industry sectors. This will include the recently announced high-sensitivity VB-M50B network camera, which delivers low light performance, particularly at the telephoto end, to provide clear and detailed images of distant objects. Solution providers at the Canon stand will also be showing the strength of their integrated solutions and highlighting joint capabilities in a wide variety of scenarios relevant to the latest industry demands and trends. Julian Rutland, European NVS Marketing Director, Canon Europe comments, “The security market today is advancing at a pace that requires manufacturers and partners to become more agile to the changing demands of end-users. Canon is committed to delivering superior video quality and we are incredibly proud of our ability to provide best-in-class solutions that respond to the demands of different vertical market segments. IFSEC International provides us with a great opportunity to unveil eight new high-sensitivity network cameras designed to address the high-performance, low-light capabilities our partners and customers have been asking for.” Eight new cameras to be launched The eight new Canon cameras being launched at IFSEC are ideal for indoor and outdoor environments, including critical infrastructure, transportation, city surveillance and government use. Standout features include wide angle of view, low light capabilities and faithful colour reproduction, enabling detailed images to be captured across different lighting environments. Seamless integration with VMS platforms also provides business benefits beyond security, such as behaviour analytics and site management. Live working demonstration areas at the event will highlight Canon’s high quality image offering and its broad range of technology propositions, including: Low light performance and Clear IR Mode with the Canon VB-M50B Enhanced Digital Zoom capabilities Smart Shade Control (SSC) PTRZ remote camera configuration Accurate colour reproduction A team of technical and channel development experts will be available on stand to meet with customers and system integrators and answer any questions.
Canon Europe, world leader in imaging solutions, announces the launch of two new low light network security cameras. Both the indoor pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ); VB-M50B, and indoor fixed dome; VB-H651V, include new features that help to ensure high quality images, even in challenging low light conditions. These new cameras are suited for a range of scenarios requiring round-the-clock surveillance, including critical infrastructure facilities, retail, commercial buildings and urban surveillance. Both models include a new graphical user interface (GUI) and dedicated embedded Mobile Viewer to support multiple browsers and mobile devices, designed to offer installers and end-users improved compatibility and manageability. Excellent low light imaging The new VB-M50B high-sensitivity 1.3MP PTZ network camera demonstrates outstanding low light performance, even at 5x optical zoom. The large aperture, which lets increased amounts of light enter the camera, ensures bright images even at high magnification. With a high-sensitivity sensor and high-performance image processor, the VB-M50B can produce images of a subject’s face with recognisable colour from 90 metres away in ambient light levels equivalent to moonlight (0.08 lux). This makes the camera ideal for situations requiring 24-hour surveillance, including covert intelligence and evidence gathering such as law enforcement and urban surveillance. The VB-M50B also includes Canon’s new Clear IR Mode, allowing the camera to be used during day or night to produce high definition monochrome images. This creates clearer images with greater definition and detail than in colour, particularly at distance, and also allows the camera to reduce distortion from heat shimmer, suitable for applications requiring longer range surveillance in difficult conditions. Outstanding image quality The VB-H651V offers Full HD resolution and wide angle of view up of to 122.1 degrees. As a result, the camera is capable of creating crisp, defined images of a large coverage area, ideal for surveillance applications requiring higher image quality for functions like facial recognition or analytics such as in retail, education, banking and commercial spaces. Both models also feature Motion Adaptive Noise Reduction, a new Canon technology which senses moving objects and decreases noise reduction to improve performance in low light conditions. By dynamically adjusting noise reduction in real time depending on the scenario and requirements, the technology ensures that captured images are of the best possible quality for effective threat detection and identification. Julian Rutland, European NVS Marketing Director, Canon Europe, says: “There is a growing need for high-performance video surveillance systems capable of recording quality images both at night and during the day, making low light technology more important than ever. Our new cameras are a fantastic addition to our existing range and offer integrators and installers the performance, durability and quality expected from the Canon brand.” Technical specifications include: The VB-M50B features an aperture of F/1.8 at the wide-angle end to F/2.4 at the telephoto end with a focal length of 600mm (35mm film equivalent). Images are captured at a resolution of 1.3MP. The camera can record images in colour down to 0.04 lux and, in monochrome, provide images with a minimum subject illumination of 0.002 lux. The VB-M50B also incorporates aspherical and UD (Ultra Low Dispersion) lens elements to reduce the risk of chromatic aberrations and keep images focused and crisp The VB-H651V includes a 2.1MP Full HD resolution 1/3” CMOS Sensor and F/1.2(W) – F/1.8(T) 2.4x optical zoom lens. It can image in colour at light levels down to 0.035 lux, and in monochrome to 0.002 lux Both new cameras are compatible with ONVIF Profiles S and G.
As my trip to London for IFSEC International ends, I can look back on three days jam-packed with new approaches, new technologies, and the best the global security market has to offer. I met people from all over the world who share an interest in physical security technology -- and how it can be used to make the world a safer place. I heard several exhibitors mention that business was slow in Europe in the early part of 2015. However, the show highlighted that R&D investment has continued throughout the slowdown, and companies are now poised with a new wave of products just when an economic resurgence will increase demand. Almost every exhibitor in the hall saw greater success on the horizon. Was it optimism or an industry on the verge of really taking off? "Investment is pushing us forward and contributing to the growth" "Investment is pushing us forward and contributing to the growth," says Alan J. Reigler, Tyco Security Products'sales director, UK and Ireland. Tyco is one of the IFSEC exhibitors whose booth was crowded for much of the show. He says Tyco relies on the "voice of the customer" to guide its R&D teams to create the products end users need the most. Responsiveness to customer needs was another oft-heard pledge by IFSEC exhibitors. A company that is adding products at a fast clip is Canon, which has now expanded its line to 24 cameras. A year ago they had 13, and they launched nine in March alone. "We are coming as the last big brand to the market, so each product has to provide a higher level of quality, differentiating features, or something new," says Julian Rutland, Canon's European NVS marketing director. "Our prices are the same as Sony, Panasonic, and the others, so what's the reason for buying from Canon? Hard-nosed integrators want us to show them something different." Sometimes the differences are subtle -- but they matter. Canon's low-light capabilities are a strong suit. Positioning and focus of their fixed dome cameras can be adjusted remotely to simplify installation and/or to change a camera's position if an application need evolves. Theirs are the widest angle views in the market if you consider their minimised distortion, says Rutland. Just one of many examples of companies using IFSEC to highlight their responsiveness to the market. Sourcesecurity.com was out in full force throughout IFSEC, with 10 or so people walking the aisles, meeting with exhibitors, interviewing sources and shooting video. Some of this content has already been posted on the site -- and there's a lot more to come. Sourcesecurity.com was out in full force throughout IFSEC, with 10 or so people walkingthe aisles, meeting with exhibitors, interviewing sources and shooting video We have already reported on a trend toward providing solutions (rather than technologies or products). A recurring theme I heard was about the importance of a local approach to individual markets, even in an increasingly global environment. Ron Alalouff, Contributing Editor, found several examples of technologies offering applications beyond security. Ron also heard a lot of talk about the importance of integration. Finally, our consultant friend Simon Lambert has sized up the show from the viewpoint of a long-time industry watcher. Check out our IFSEC in photos feature, and keep watching for our extensive video at the show. Thanks to all who participated and provided content we can share with our visitors. What we heard at IFSEC will also help guide our editorial coverage for months to come.
The collaboration will enable Canon customers to access digivod’s solution across its full range of network security cameras Canon Europe, world leader in imaging solutions, has announced a new partnership with digivod, an innovative provider of video management software (VMS) at Security Essen. The collaboration will enable Canon customers to access digivod’s high performance solution across its full range of high-quality network security cameras, and benefit from its powerful video analysis. Following increased demand from customers to access Canon’s network security cameras, the partnership will enable Canon and digivod to provide a simple, flexible and scalable security system that can be adapted to suit all business sizes across key verticals, including retail, warehousing and petrol station environments. Canon’s full range of network cameras will be supported by digivod’s solution, which will enhance its strong range of in-built intelligent self-learning analytic functions, including different filters to classify identified objects. The digivod VMS supports cameras with a resolution of up to 8 megapixels and enables Canon customers to incorporate license plate recognition into their security systems. The optional feature identifies characters starting at a 16 pixel font size and detects alpha numeric characters in the four most common text types (Latin, Arabic, Cyrillic and Chinese). Once activated, security systems can be set up to trigger an alarm after certain license plates have been detected. Dr. Karsten Fourmont, CEO says, “Our customers need tailored security offerings to suit their needs. To help meet this expectation, we are pleased to be partnering with Canon to access its high-quality lens technology and provide a simple, flexible and reliable solution.” Julian Rutland, Planning and Strategy Director, Canon Europe, says, “We’re delighted to work closely with digivod to offer a scalable security system for any business size, ranging from SMBs to enterprises. Working closely with key partners to enhance our security offering is a key focus for us and we regard Security Essen as the ideal event to announce our latest agreement and further establish our presence in the security market.” Canon uses its 70 years’ experience as a high quality lens manufacturer to develop network cameras which deliver exceptional image quality and capture best in class images in all light conditions. Canon’s range of network security cameras are simple to install and are supported by an extensive warranty programme. Canon showcased its high quality advanced network cameras at Security Essen 2014, Hall 2.0 Stand 330 (23-26 September).
The agreement will make Canon’s entire range of network security cameras available to Arteco’s customers Canon Europe, world leader in imaging solutions, is pleased to announce a new partnership with Arteco, a pioneer in Video Event Management Software (VEMS) for the security industry. The agreement, announced at Security Essen, will provide a powerful VMS offering and make Canon’s entire range of high-quality network security cameras available to Arteco’s customers. The leading VEMS provider required a hardware partner that was easily adaptable and complemented the flexibility of its features to provide security solutions for all business sizes; from small businesses, to enterprise security operations. Arteco selected Canon as a partner due to its reputation within the security industry and the strength and ergonomics of its network camera product line. Arteco’s security package will be enhanced by integrating with Canon’s full portfolio, offering superior image resolution, even in areas of low light, and a wide field of vision. The collaboration will extend Canon’s reach into a wider market and provide customers with an ideal package to suit their surveillance needs across a number of key verticals including business parks, schools, hospitals, regional utilities, manufacturing, warehousing and hotels. Arteco’s VEMS simplifies the third-party integration process and is compatible with a wide range of input and output devices, meaning the security system can be extended to incorporate monitoring of a range of actions, such as opening gates and closing doors. A streamlined user interface will also help users to clearly monitor and identify critical and key events, such as trespassing and perimeter protection. Giampaolo Sabbatani, CEO of Arteco, comments: “We are extremely thrilled with the opportunity of partnering with Canon Europe by integrating their high quality cameras with our competitive, cutting-edge VEMS, Arteco Logic NEXT. The quality of Canon’s IP camera offering, its worldwide distribution, combined with its professional salesforce and consolidated reputation, make the company an ideal partner for our strategic offering to clients and partners alike around the world.” Julian Rutland, Planning and Strategy Director, Canon Europe, says, “Working with key partners to provide tailored security solutions and adapting them to meet the needs of our customers is central to our strategy. We are extremely pleased to announce our partnership with Arteco which will see us combine a simple, flexible and cost effective security option, offering a complete package for advanced video event management.” Canon uses its 70 years’ experience as a high quality lens manufacturer to develop network cameras which deliver exceptional image quality and capture best in class images in all light conditions. Canon’s range of network security cameras are simple to install and are supported by an extensive warranty programme. Canon showcased its high quality advanced network cameras at Security Essen 2014, Hall 2.0 Stand 330 (23-26 September).
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