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Qognify is strengthening its North American presence to support customers and partners Qognify, the provider of big data solutions for physical security and operations, announces the opening of its new corporate headquarters office in Pearl River, New York. Located in the Blue Hill Plaza complex, the new expanded headquarters is home to corporate management functions and the regional sales team, enabling better support to customers and partners. Situation Management platform Just 20 miles outside of Manhattan, Pearl River in Rockland County is strategically located with convenient access to both New York and New Jersey. Customers and partners will be able to visualise Qognify’s state-of-the-art, market leading Situation Management platform: Situator 8.0 with its Operational Intelligence Centre (OIC); VisionHub, the new intelligent IP Video Surveillance and Security Management System, and Qognify’s next-generation real-time Video Analytics solution- Suspect Search. Ideal location The Blue Hill Plaza was designed with powerful redundancy to support critical organisations such as the once bustling NYNEX stock exchange. This was proven during Super Storm Sandy, as it was one of the few buildings in the area that did not lose its power supply. This makes it an ideal location to host customers and partners for demo and training purposes. “With a close proximity to the metropolitan of New York and its airport network, our new location offers ideal access to customers and partners from the US and around the world.” said Moti Shabtai, President of Qognify. “In this new location, we will have access to top talent to further grow our business in the Americas and oversee the company’s global operation.”
Qognify, the provider of big data solutions for physical security and operations, will introduce its range of packaged solutions at ISC West 2018. Visitors to Booth 30056 will learn how these innovative solutions are pre-designed and configured to address common security-related challenges, using Qognify’s advanced big-data technologies. Qognify Packaged Solutions provide organisations with access to powerful tools and insights, with minimal installation and faster deployment, and at a lower cost, when compared with traditional and comprehensive security projects.Qognify Extend extends the reach, coverage and effectiveness of an enterprise’s control room and operations This enables organisations to see almost immediate value in their investment while using and protecting past investments in legacy systems, and at the same time, also enabling them to grow and solve new challenges as or if needed in the future. Integrated security solutions Alongside Qognify Packaged Solutions, the company will also showcase its multi-award-winning solutions including: Situator – The situation management/PSIM solution, Situator integrates all existing systems (Qognify and third-party) including surveillance cameras, access control, alarms, sensors and other security and operational systems. It correlates the information from all these different systems to provide greater situational awareness, incident management and effective response. Operational Intelligence Center (OIC) – The OIC is a module of Situator that monitors large volumes of data to identify precursors to incidents and unfolding events, and measures leading business and service KPIs. With the ability to learn from past experience via trend and pattern analysis, OIC provides the actionable intelligence needed to mitigate or eliminate risk and business disruption, as well as insights to better prepare for future events. VisionHub – A powerful and robust video management solution (VMS) that includes also situational awareness and effective security incident management, by integrating and unifying additional layers of information from core safety and security systems. Suspect Search - Every second counts when looking for a lost child or crime suspect. Manually searching video surveillance systems can take hours, even days to locate them. Suspect Search is Qognify’s patented next-generation real-time video analytics software that locates and tracks specific individuals in minutes. Situator Mobile app - extending situation management from the control room to the field, tightening the collaboration between the incident stakeholders. Improved incident management is provided by presenting a list of incidents associated with operators, their location on the map and the tasks required to perform, as well as means for an intuitive, fast response to various event types in alignment with the control room. Qognify Extend – Winner of the Security & Fire Excellence Awards ‘Best Communications Product of the Year’. Powered by CloudScann, this cloud-based suite of integrated mobile solutions extends the reach, coverage and effectiveness of an enterprise’s control room and operations, by enabling personnel — and their smartphones — to become powerful sensors. Quick return-on-investment “Through Qognify Packaged Solutions, we have made powerful situational awareness and management as well as advanced data analytics accessible to the masses, by removing barriers to entry that may inhibit some organisations from adopting this vital technology,” explains Moti Shabtai, Qognify’s CEO and President. “Because these new solutions are pre-designed and configured to focus on key security issues they can be installed faster and deliver a strong and quick return-on-investment at lower price point.”
Qognify a provider of big data solutions for physical security and operations, announced that it has appointed Al Maillet as VP Sales of the Americas and to the company’s Leadership Team. This appointment supports the company’s increased focus on the Americas and responds to the market’s need for solutions that address a wide range of cross-functional challenges. Al brings with him 25 years of experience in business development, sales and management. His leadership experience in developing complex technology solutions to enterprises worldwide will serve both existing and new Qognify clients. Developing market solutions His expertise in building enterprise software sales team comes from leadership roles including his most recent as Sr. VP of Global Sales at IneoQuest Technologies, where he was responsible for IneoQuest’s revenue growth across the globe leading to a successful acquisition. Moti Shabtai, Qognify’s CEO and President said, “We are witnessing a market that is increasingly driven by operational needs alongside traditional security needs – leading to the more sophisticated and value-rich solutions we’re focused on. Appointing a VP Sales with Al’s specific experience is aligned with our commitment to maintaining that focus and developing such expertise across all sales teams in our largest markets.”
Qognify, a provider of big data solutions for physical security and operations, announced that one of the world’s largest banks and financial services companies has selected Qognify Situator and its Operational Intelligence Center (OIC) module to help manage its global security and operations. The Qognify solution will manage security for locations in over 200 countries. The bank has been using Qognify’s video management solution as part of its security program for over ten years now, and is adding Situator and OIC to expand its capabilities to incident management and holistic risk management. When completed, the deployment will include global high availability architecture to support worldwide locations, all running on a single Situator system. Situator's Advanced Rules Engine In addition to centralised management from a single location, the bank has set up Regional Security Operation Centers around the world to track and respond to incidents using a "follow the sun methodology" reporting in to the Global Security Operations Center. Powered by Situator's Advanced Rules Engine (ARE) which is capable of handling thousands of events per second, this strategy gives the bank the ability to provide consistent and effective response to incidents happening simultaneously around the world. The solution will be used by internal users as well as dozens of external stakeholders who will be assigned to Situator. Situator will also be integrating multiple sub-systems, including access control, video management, alarm, mass notification and other systems and sensors. Operational Intelligence Center An advanced and technology-savvy organisation, the bank also acquired as part of the solution, OIC, an analytical engine that provides predictive, actionable intelligence to mitigate risk, maintain business continuity and improve operations. Worldwide deployment commences with a joint team dedicated to the effort. “We’re very proud to see our cooperation with one of the global banking leaders grow,” said Moti Shabtai, Qognify’s CEO and President. “We worked with the bank to devise a solution that would support both current and future needs. We will continue to push the envelope to deliver industry-leading products to the incredibly security-conscious banking sector. This expansion deal solidifies our already leading position as the global provider for corporate security Situation Management solutions. We expect our activity to increase with corporate customers and the financial industry specifically.”
Qognify, a provider of big data solutions for physical security and operations, has announced that it will showcase its new suite of integrated mobile solutions – Qognify Extend, alongside its award-winning video management (VMS), situation management and video analytics solutions, at ASIS 2017, Booth no. 1515, taking place between 25-28 September in Dallas, Texas. Qognify solutions at ASIS 2017 Qognify Extend – A cloud-based suite that extends the reach, coverage, and effectiveness of a mission-critical control room and operations, by enabling personnel — and their smartphones — to become powerful sensors. Qblock – An enterprise-class, converged VMS and NAS (Network Attached Storage) turnkey solution combing Dell EMC Isilon storage with Qognify’s VisionHub VMS. Qblock is a state-of-the-art IT grade solution with zero data loss, low-risk deployment, centralised management, as well as seamless expansion and scalability without the need for re-architecture. VisionHub – A next generation VMS that also integrates and unifies additional layers of information from core safety and security systems to deliver increased situational awareness and incident management capabilities. Situator – Qognify’s market leading situation management / PSIM solution now includes actionable intelligence via its Operational Intelligence Center (OIC) module: providing organisations with capabilities that allow them to proactively anticipate and respond to both impending risks, upcoming events, and operational issues. Suspect Search— a patented video analytics solution and winner of multiple awards, Suspect Search reduces the time it takes law enforcement and security organisations to locate a person on video from hours or days to minutes during real-time situations as well as for forensics. Improving security safety Moti Shabtai, CEO and President of Qognify states: “The Qognify portfolio on display at ASIS 2017 offers security professionals the most comprehensive set of solutions available, to improve security, safety, and operational performance. We are especially excited for the opportunity to demonstrate our new Qognify Extend suite. Shown live for the first time, it has the power to transform every ‘smart’ mobile device into a sensor sharing incident information with the control room.”
Qognify, the provider of big data solutions for physical security and operations, announces that it has launched a new suite of integrated mobile solutions, Qognify Extend, empowering organisations to leverage field resources and responders to increase situational awareness. Powered by CloudScann, the cloud-based solution effectively extends the reach, coverage and effectiveness of an enterprise’s control room and operations, by enabling personnel — and their smartphones — to become powerful sensors. Qognify Extend Qognify Situator has been the leading Situation Management solution in the market and is in the heart of security and operations programs around the globe. One if its key values is its open platform architecture that is allowing value added partners to develop applications on top of Situator extending its capabilities. This open platform architecture creates a force multiplier as value added partners leverage the platform to develop further applications and solutions. The Qognify Extend suite includes several modules: SeeItSendIt geared to enable field personnel to report into the control room using their smartphones. Live Video Broadcast, a special module allowing field personnel to broadcast live video directly to the control room. Dispatch - provides operators with simple Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) functionality, including locating the closest guard, suggesting best route to the incident, sending notifications and comments to guards’ mobile phones. Personal Safety Module gives users basic personal security features, including, the ability to monitor an individual’s progress along a route, immediate report of distress situations via a “panic button”, and alerting to any failure to arrive safely. Qognify VICC (Visual Intelligence Command Center) - a desktop application that collects and aggregates the information from the various mobile applications, presenting it on a map - enabling control room operators to get complete situational awareness. Enhanced flexibility Integrated with Situator or VisionHub, the Qognify Extend suite was designed for flexibility and can also work as a stand-alone solution. As part of the integration with Qognify’s Situator and VisionHub solutions, incidents are automatically triggered in Situator, including textual, visual, and geographic information observed and captured by the smartphone. The Qognify Extend suitewas designed for flexibility and can also work as astand-alone solution Advanced GIS capabilities provide display of the location on a map, yielding essential information about the specific place that needs to be examined; the associated video feed from surveillance cameras in the area will pop-up, and an adaptive response plan, based on the organisation best practices guides the operator actions. Connectivity to VisionHub and Qognify’s video analytics suite, means additional power to automatically analyse the information received and take effective action, such as with the case of apprehending a suspect at the scene with Suspect Search. CloudScann CloudScann, a Subject Matter Expert in the domain of crowdsourcing, human intelligence and data mining for the Enterprise market, teams with Qognify to provide a suite of applications integrated with Qognify’s solutions, bringing rich information from the field into the control room to help enterprises to better protect the public, customers, and employees under the Qognify Extend umbrella. “We’re proud to partner with Qognify, the leader in Situation Management,” said Dan Kerning, CEO CloudScann. “extending to the field is firstly about collecting invaluable information, yet the trick is establishing the link to the control room, and providing a new layer of data and intelligence, allowing operators to act faster to resolve them.” Moti Shabtai, CEO and President of Qognify: “The ubiquitous nature of smartphones together with their range of capabilities, makes them an ideal tool to leverage for improving security, safety and operations. Bringing these into Situator and VisionHub is a no-brainer, as it’s the Qognify vision is to provide as many sources of information as possible- smartly. With Qognify Extend, organisations can literally extend coverage, turning personnel and their mobile phones into smart sensors.” The Qognify Extend Suite will be presented live during ASIS International 2017, at the Qognify booth, #1515.
Qognify, the provider of big data solutions for physical security and operations, announces that Golden Lion Marbella, one of Panama’s top-ranking casinos, has selected Qognify VisionHub to upgrade security, safety, and operations. Formerly the Princess Casino Marbella, Golden Lion features one of the largest casinos in Panama City which will now enjoy total coverage with Qognify’s security solution for gaming featuring its market leading VMS, VisionHub. The casino environment is an enticing target for criminal behaviour for both visitors and employees – with large amounts of money constantly changing hands. Continuous, reliable 24x7x365 monitoring is a necessity for theft and fraud prevention, allowing casino security management to identify, verify and resolve unfolding incidents. VisionHub provides 100% system availability combined with high-definition video quality casinos need when monitoring card playing and money counting. Deterring criminal behaviour The security program at the casino serves as both a deterrent and accurate, non-refutable method to settle disputes. “VisionHub gives us the ability to view gaming sequences from many different angles and zoom in for close-ups,” said Mr. Hasky, President of Sortis Hotel, Spa & Casino, Golden Lion Marbella. “If a dispute arises, we can scroll through the video quickly – back and forth – and view images from several cameras simultaneously. We can see the fine details, which cards each player held, the exact amount of a bet and when it was placed.” Specific industry experience is particularly important in the gaming industry. “Gaming is a challenging environment that requires an exceptional enterprise solution,” said Moti Shabtai, CEO and President of Qognify. “The solution our teams designed for Golden Lion Marbella enables them to cost-effectively monitor the entire casino operation, with high-quality video. In turn, this facilitates the prevention of potential security issues, promotes the safety of guests and protects the integrity of casino operations.”
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.
Qognify, the provider of big data solutions for physical security and operations, announces that it has expanded its global development centre with the opening of new offices in Israel’s premier industrial area in Ra’anana. Increasing global footprint Qognify develops smart security systems that enable organisations to optimise response, mitigate risks, reduce business exposure, and improve performance. The company’s corporate headquarters are in New York and it operates sales and service offices in Europe, Singapore, and India. The Israeli operation is Qognify’s development centre in which most of the employees are engineers and developers, with plans to expand investment in R&D throughout 2017 and 2018. Moti Shabtai, CEO and President of Qognify: “Today, the need for safety and security systems is an axiom. Organisations, companies and countries with an advanced realisation of this need, take it to the next level by leveraging the information collected by these systems for streamlining operations and improving services.” Qognify’s’ customers include major airports, seaports, public transportation and infrastructure companies, financial institutions, smart cities and commercial entities. Qognify is considered world leader in its field and the demand for its video management, video and data analytics and PSIM/ Situation Management solutions around the world is constantly growing. “Naturally, the ability to serve such customers and to provide them with complex and advanced solutions is made possible by tremendous investment in technology,” Shabtai continues. “Our new offices are designed to support the needs of the development environment with advanced infrastructure and with optimal connectivity to the company’s offices around the world. No less important is the state-of-the-art work environment in which our engineers and developers, project managers, product and service personnel and other units operating from Israel will receive the inspiration they need to continue to produce technological excellence.”
Qognify, a provider of big data solutions for physical security and operations, has announced the appointment of Dan Hindman to the role of Vice President of Sales EMEA and Eran Noam to Vice President of Global Strategic Partnerships. Expanding EMEA market share Dan Hindman joins Qognify as VP Sales of EMEA, and a member of the Qognify Leadership Team. An accomplished international executive with more than 29 years’ experience, Dan held senior sales, marketing and operations management positions at Pitney Bowes including Vice President Sales Europe, and Regional Vice President and General Manager for its Presort Services. As VP Sales Europe, Dan designed and led the implementation of Pitney Bowes’ go-to-market strategy throughout five major European regions including the UK, France, Germany, Italy and the Nordics. Dan Hindman comments: “I am excited to join the Qognify team. The company has a strong presence throughout EMEA with an established and growing customer base. Together with my team and a hugely impressive solution portfolio, I look forward to expanding Qognify’s market share in the region.” Expanding product portfolio with strategic partnerships Former Vice President of Sales EMEA, Eran Noam, has been appointed to the newly created position - Vice President of Global Strategic Partnerships. Eran has been with the company since 2006 and is carrying into the new role his deep understanding of security and operational market needs he had obtained in the industry and in previous leadership positions he had held at Israel Aerospace Industries and the Israeli Ministry of Defense. Qognify has identified Strategic Partnerships as a core business driver and force multiplier to its business growth Qognify has identified Strategic Partnerships as a core business driver and force multiplier to its business growth. The new role is geared to support the expanding product portfolio and the recent marquee accounts wins by Qognify, further positioning the company to partner with industry leaders, for delivering best-of-breed technology and business solutions. “Our extensive portfolio of next-generation video management, situation management and the very latest in real-time video analytics, is a highly attractive proposition for partners”, says Eran Noam. “It enables Qognify to deliver on the increasingly demanding and complex safety, security and operational requirements of customers, while creating mutual opportunities to diversify and grow their business.” Moti Shabtai, Qognify’s CEO and President: “Our solution portfolio is attracting positive attention from end-user organisations and prospective partners around the world. The appointment of a highly experienced new VP of Sales EMEA, and the creation of a new VP of Global Strategic Partnerships, is a statement of our commitment to provide exceptional solutions, sales, services and support to the market.”
Qognify, a provider of big data solutions for physical security and operations, announced that it will showcase its comprehensive portfolio, including new solutions shown for the first time in Europe, when the company returns to IFSEC International 2017 in June. Innovative solutions on display The Qognify solutions that will be showcased on stand F950: Qblock: Launched in March 2017, Qblock is an enterprise class, converged VMS and network attached storage (NAS) turnkey solution specifically designed for the security market. Qblock combines the market’s leading Dell EMC Isilon storage with Qognify’s VisionHub VMS, creating a state-of-the-art IT grade solution with zero data loss, low risk deployment, centralised management, as well as seamless expansion and scalability without the need for re-architecture. VisionHub: The award-winning, next generation video management solution includes new, robust VMS capabilities and extends to offer situational awareness and effective security incident VisionHub delivers increased situational awareness and incident management capabilities by integrating and unifying additional layers of information from core safety and security. Situator 8.5: Qognify’s situation management/PSIM solution now includes actionable intelligence via its Operational Intelligence Centre (OIC) module, providing organisations with capabilities that allow them to proactively anticipate and respond to both impending risks, upcoming events, and operational issues. Suspect Search: A patented video analytics solution and winner of multiple awards, Suspect Search reduces the time it takes law enforcement and security organisations to locate a person on video from hours or days to minutes during real-time situations as well as for forensics. Qognify’s suite of mobile situational awareness and management apps: These apps leverage multimedia information from field personnel to provide the control room with location-based, real-time, rich data about security and operational incidents. Unprecedented situational awareness“Qognify will be proudly demonstrating its most extensive security solution portfolio to date,” commented Moti Shabtai, CEO and President of Qognify. “Since launching Qblock earlier this year, it has been very well received for its innovation, scalability, and high availability. The mobile app suite which will be shown at IFSEC is a further extension of capabilities to field personnel, which will enable organisations to gain unprecedented situational awareness to help ensure the highest levels of security, safety, and operational efficiency. We look forward to introducing these to visitors to IFSEC International 2017.”
ISC West in Las Vegas kicked off Wednesday with an expanding focus on new technologies and new applications, including some that go beyond any narrow definition of “the security industry.” Qognify QBlock and Cloudscann “Technology is disrupting the market and executives are taking our solutions beyond security,” says Moti Shabtai, CEO and President of Qognify. “They are starting with security and quickly moving to other risk and business continuity issues in the organisations. They want a clear return on investment (ROI), which we can deliver if we move from covering a limited island of ‘security’ issues and give them the value of also managing risk, safety, and operations.” Among Qognify’s products at the show is QBLOCK, a turnkey network attached storage (NAS) video management system that guarantees no loss of video; Qognify is partnering with Dell EMC. Another product is Qognify Cloudscann, a mobile application that enables a mobile phone to be used as a CCTV camera to provide video live. Citizens can live-stream what is happening in real time to the cloud. There is a public version (for citizens) and a private version (for employees). NVIDIA smart cities and safe cities Graphics processor manufacturer NVIDIA is attracting a lot of attention at the show. Its booth is a microcosm of the new hot topics we are hearing about in the market, including deep learning, machine learning, robotics, and video analytics with new levels of accuracy. The processing power of NVIDIA’s GPUs enable higher levels of resolution, faster image processing and compression, larger camera counts and smarter systems with greatly expanded capabilities. Thirteen partner companies are exhibiting products that leverage NVIDIA technology. NVIDIA is focusing on applications that combine smart cities and safe cities. Examples are realtime video analytics and licence plate recognition (ANPR) using cameras mounted in police cars. Qognify Cloudscann is a mobile application that enables a mobile phone to be used as a CCTV camera to provide video live Aqueti, one company exhibiting in the NVIDIA booth, offers the 100-megapixel Mantis Camera, a “super camera” array of 19 cameras that are combined into a single view of a large area. The images are stitched together in real-time, and the user can zoom in and see an impressive level of detail. The system is capable of face recognition over a 70-degree field at 75 metres. Axis Communications press conference Axis Communications kicked off ISC West with its press conference, a tradition on the first day. A magic show was part of the presentation highlighting the continuing transformation of Axis from primarily an IP camera company to a manufacturer of a variety of IP devices to function (often alongside Axis cameras) as part of the Internet of Things (IoT). New devices in their portfolio include all-in-one music and audio speakers, intercom door stations and a new radar detector. They further expand Axis’ entrance into new categories, which began several years ago with the introduction of IP access control devices. “The camera market is still growing, but no longer at a rate of 40 percent,” said Fredrik Nilsson, General Manager of Axis Communications in the U.S. “The conversion to IP cameras is coming to an end, but the value is really in integrating other systems together. The camera is the basis for larger systems.” Axis acquisitions Axis increased its presence in the IP intercom market last year with the acquisition of Czech company 2N. Another recent acquisition, Swedish image analysis company Cognimatics, is boosting the use of Axis video analytics in retail markets. A new introduction at ISC West is a dual-image (“stereoscopic”) sensor that improves analytics accuracy. Using two image views allows 3D depth perception that eliminates the possibility of false alarms caused by shadows (which are two-dimensional but might otherwise trigger a false alert.) The new Axis radar detector provides reliable detection of approaching trespassers in a perimeter security application, even in adverse conditions. The IP-based detector can be coupled with a pan-tilt-zoom camera to direct a video view of the area where motion was detected. Cybersecurity: Politics and education Cybersecurity is an oft-heard topic of discussion at the show: Axis emphasised that cybersecurity is not just a product issue, but also encompasses policies and education. Axis emphasised the cybersecurity benefits of “knowing what’s inside the camera.” In the case of Axis, all the technology is manufactured by Axis. Combining the elements together provides a pre-integrated, easy-to-install system for integrators, and greater dependability for end users Another cybersecurity view came from Pelco. “The business case for cybersecurity will be turned on its head when we start valuing cybersecurity in terms of the potential liability of a cybersecurity failure rather than the cost of developing a cybersecurity solution,” said Sharad Shekhar, Pelco CEO. Fully considering the possibly catastrophic costs of a cybersecurity failure would motivate the market to do even more in the interest of ensuring cybersecure systems, he said. Addressing liability will also likely involve greater use of insurance in the future, he noted. Pelco’s big message at the show is “we have it all covered,” a reference to the company’s broad product portfolio and emphasis on customer service, a tradition for Pelco. The company has narrowed its focus to fewer vertical markets and geographic areas, but it has not narrowed its product scope. Pelco’s VideoXpert software offers unlimited scalability and provides an innovative user interface that enables intuitive navigation of even complex systems. FLIR thermal cameras FLIR is typical of companies that have transformed from a product-focused strategy to an end-to-end systems approach. You’re seeing it more often in the market. FLIR’s acquisition of DVTEL in 2015, including video management systems and cameras with edge analytics, provided the missing piece of a total system. The DVTEL capabilities have since been combined seamlessly with FLIR’s historic strength in thermal cameras, also previously expanded to include visible cameras. Combining the elements together provides a pre-integrated, easy-to-install system for integrators, and greater dependability for end users. “For integrators, time is money, and there is a premium on making sure everything can interoperate easily,” says John Distelzweig, General Manager of FLIR Security. “Now we control all the elements, from the sensors to the back-end software.” (Even so, FLIR products are open architecture and can be integrated individually into other systems as needed.)
Navi Mumbai officials have the benefit of operating in a modern environment, maximising Qognify’s Safe City solution Qognify, the provider of big data solutions for physical security and operations, announces the successful implementation of its market-leading Safe City solution in Navi Mumbai, a planned township that was established to handle the population overflow from the overcrowded and ever-growing city of Mumbai. Together with CIDCO (City and Industrial Development Corporation, the agency established for managing the new city) and system integrator WIPRO, Qognify has designed an integrated and holistic solution that helps Navi police to maintain law, order and safety. As a planned township, Navi Mumbai officials have the benefit of operating in a modern environment, allowing to maximise Qognify’s Safe City solution. At the core of the solution are Qognify Situator, an advanced Situation Management platform, and Qognify’s Video Management Solution, which controls the hundreds of surveillance cameras throughout the city. Safe City solution functions With the solution’s implementation, the city has gained the ability to improve traffic management, deter criminal activity, effectively manage response to events, and resolve investigations efficiently: A central command center is using the platform to monitor entry and exit points of the city, toll points, traffic junctions, accident prone road sections, subway and railway stations, schools, key residential areas, open markets, and key utility infrastructure areas such as electrical substations and the main water supply lines. Special “Emergency Communication Boxes” act as “panic buttons” and allow people to generate alerts and communicate directly to the control room in case of emergency. Qognify’s video management solution provides high quality video feeds. Smart integration with Agent Vi’s video analytics solutions enables immediate detection and extraction of security and safety incidents from surveillance cameras throughout the city. This integration enables the triggering of real-time, automatic alerts of incidents in Qognify Situator, that in turn, generates the appropriate operating procedure and response plan for the operators to act upon. "The Navi Mumbai security program goes far beyond a CCTV system" Situator provides a unified, operational view of the city by integrating all the components of the solution, while providing advanced collaboration capabilities for field personnel who are able to send real time images as well as videos to the control room with the type of the incident at hand and the GIS coordinates of the field respondent. Navi Mumbai security program “The Navi Mumbai security program goes far beyond a CCTV system,” said Mr. Soma Vijayakumar, CIDCO. “It is a smart solution that integrates video, emergency response, traffic control, license plate identification and more. Qognify is the core important element of this platform, providing a solution which is among the most modern and advanced available anywhere.” “Navi Mumbai has embarked on a remarkable program which will enhance the safety and security of its citizen, visitors and assets,” said Moti Shabtai, Qognify’s President. “We’re proud to be a part of this multi-solution, multi-agency project that fulfils the vision of the city authorities to provide a security and safety to its constituents.” Qognify will be featuring its security and operations solutions in booth 9101 at ISC West, April 5-7 in Las Vegas.
Visitors to Qognify’s booth will be able to see demonstrations of VisionHub Qblock and other market-leading solutions Qognify, a provider of big data solutions for physical security and operations, has announced that it will be showcasing Qblock, the most reliable turnkey NAS VMS solution designed for the surveillance industry at ISC West 2017. Visitors to Qognify’s booth, no. 9109, will be able to learn about and see demonstrations of VisionHub Qblock and other market-leading solutions. Qognify Qblock Qblock, which will be shown for the first time during ISC West 2017, is a unique offering built on industry’s leading technology from Dell EMC, bringing together the market’s leading NAS and VMS technologies to create a true best-of-breed solution that addresses both today’s and the future’s growing needs. Combining the power of VisionHub VMS, Dell EMC’s Isilon storage and PowerEdge compute, Qblock features a state-of-the-art IT Grade solution with zero data loss, low risk deployment, centralised management and seamless expansion and scalability without the need for re-architecture. In addition to the first public introduction of Qblock, visitors will be able to see the most recent offerings from Qognify: Situator 8.0 and VisionHub VMS Situator 8.0 PSIM/Situation Management’s known and proven leadership now includes actionable intelligence via the Operational Intelligence Center (OIC) module: providing organisations with capabilities that allow them to proactively anticipate and respond to both impending events and operational issues. The Security Industry Association’s New Product Showcase award for the Best Video Surveillance Management System 2016. VisionHub, with its high performance and availability, extends VMS to offer increased situational awareness and incident management capabilities. Suspect Search A patented video analytics software, Suspect Search reduces the time it takes law enforcement and security organisations to locate a person on video from hours or days to minutes during real-time situations as well as for forensics. Winner of multiple awards, Suspect Search relies on both technology and people to yield accurate and reliable results, using a fraction of the time and manpower. “Increasingly, security-conscious organisations rely on big data to ensure security, safety and improved operations. This growing need requires effective capturing, managing, analysing and storage of data to leverage its power,” commented Moti Shabtai, CEO and President of Qognify. “Visitors to ISC West will be able to see how Qognify solutions specifically address these needs for the security industry.”
Qblock combines the power of Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, Dell EMC Isilon storage and Qognify’s VisionHub Video Management Solution Qognify, the provider of big data solutions for physical security and operations, announces the launch of Qblock. Qblock is a unique offering built on industry’s leading technology from Dell EMC to address the growing need for securely and efficiently storing critical video data. The Qblock converged infrastructure is designed specifically for the surveillance industry, optimised with Qognify’s state-of-the-art video management solution. Qblock meets the needs of clients who have expanded surveillance environments and/or critical video data with storage intense requirements. This integrated solution can scale to support thousands of video channels with easy, centralised management, avoiding complex storage migrations. VisionHub Qblock Qblock combines the power of Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, Dell EMC Isilon storage and Qognify’s VisionHub Video Management Solution to create a best-of-breed, large-scale solution. As storage requirements are rapidly increasing, the need for a turnkey solution that is easy to deploy and manage has become a market necessity. VisionHub Qblock uniquely addresses this need, allowing users to scale their solution as much as required, without having to re-architect it. "The powerful combination of market-leading technologies allows organisations to future-proof their surveillance storage solution" Qblock is now offered to the market by Qognify to meet the needs of both Security and IT in a single solution. Support for the solution and all its components is provided from a single point of contact. “Based on the surveillance market’s trajectory, the need for a reliable, scalable, and simple video storage solution was clear. Coupled with our leading video storage management capabilities and Dell EMC technology, we are delivering a truly unique solution that addresses the stringent IT requirements from a VMS solution,” commented Moti Shabtai, CEO & President of Qognify. “We’re proud to be the leading Video Management Solution provider offering a solution based on Isilon scale-out network attached storage (NAS) platform.” Future-proof surveillance storage solution For security conscious organisations, the loss of video is unacceptable, making high availability and fault tolerance critical. Qblock responds to this need by reducing failover time and increasing fault tolerance beyond typical RAID storage configurations. “Qblock is ideal for storage-savvy organisations that understand their needs will only increase, and wish to avoid complex migrations,” said Ken Mills, General Manager & Chief Technology Officer, Surveillance and Security, Dell EMC. “The powerful combination of market-leading technologies allows organisations to future-proof their surveillance storage solution. Dell EMC is proud to collaborate with Qognify to address this growing market need.”
The solution was successfully used during the Maratha Morcha in October 2016 Qognify, a provider of big data solutions for physical security and operations, has announced the successful implementation of its market-leading Smart and Safe City solution in the city of Kolhapur, India. Increasing in both strategic and geo-political prominence, Kolhapur officials together with Qognify and partners have designed a platform that will not only increase security and safety, but help manage traffic, emergency communications, and other vital aspects that create a smarter and safer city. Crowd monitoring The solution was successfully used during the Maratha Morcha on October 15th, 2016. Qognify’s crowd monitoring video analytics solution continuously monitored vast areas where approximately one million protestors were marching, instantly alerting police of any overcrowding areas through 165 cameras installed with across city. Smart threshold alerts were streamed directly into the control room while the crowd was building up, so that action could be taken before the crowd density reached dangerous levels, alleviating crowd safety and stability. At the core of the solution is Situator, Qognify’s advanced PSIM/Situation Management solution, which manages a myriad of security systems and sensors, including Qognify’s video management solution, from a newly built state-of-the-art Command and Control Center. Security operators and officials have advanced situational awareness of what is happening in their city and where. Automated, pre-defined Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) were designed, in the local language Marathi, for handling routine security incidents as well as disaster management, ensuring that the most effective response is initiated, and procedures are executed in a consistent manner. "Our joint expertise bringssmart city concepts that deliver best-in-class solutions, whichare central to how safe city environments are created and maintained for all residents" IP surveillance During the planning phase, 65 locations were identified as focal points throughout the city, either due to known criminal activity or due to the significance of the location for other reasons. In those locations, the IP surveillance, including some high definition, panoramic cameras with additional sensors, are implemented to boost capabilities and awareness. This integrated and comprehensive approach taken by the city’s officials has earned them recognition in the form of the Skoch Award, which celebrates human excellence and agents of change in Indian society. “We are proud of the protection we provide to the city,” said P. Siva Sankar (IAS), Kolhapur Municipal Commissioner. “The deployment of the Qognify solution is key to our efforts in making Kolhapur a better place to live.” Smart and safe city solution Enabling an increased quality of life is really the ultimate goal. “Our joint expertise brings smart city concepts that deliver best-in-class solutions, which are central to how safe city environments are created and maintained for all residents,” said Mr. Yashwant Patil, CMD, Samarth Security Systems India Pvt. Ltd. Moti Shabtai, President of Qognify, comments: “We are honoured to partner with Samarth and be part of the solution team ensuring security and safety for the people of Kolhapur city. We’re not only creating safe cities, but promoting the concept of smart cities in the region – the future of urban management.” Save
Qognify supports Tianjin Transit Group’s expansion with field-proven capabilities Qognify, formerly NICE Security, announced that the Tianjin Rail Transit (TRT) in China will be extending its Qognify video management system (VMS) to provide coverage for the city’s Metro expansion. In total, Qognify technology will be helping to secure over 273 kilometres of transit lines and 42 stations, by effectively managing output from over 4,000 video cameras. Rail expansion project Tianjin, a metropolis in northern coastal China located near Beijing, is experiencing steady population growth with currently over 15 million inhabitants. In 2015, the Tianjin Transit Group, the body responsible for managing the city’s major Metro construction project, deployed Qognify’s video management solution. Since then, the solution has been a vital part of security management, which enabled the Group officials to confidently make the choice to extend the solution to the newly built lines. “For large-scale metros, managing security in a unified, centralised and robust way is always a big challenge to operators, public security, and government authorities,” said Mr. Song, Director of Construction, Tianjin Transit Group. “With Qognify’s advanced technology and deep transportation industry experience, we’re able to provide passengers a safe and secure environment, and to our employees an easy to access, scalable, and stable system to monitor and manage our entire Metro. These capabilities give us confidence to build more metro lines in Tianjin, which will greatly increase the friendliness of the city. We trust Qognify and believe they have the depth of experience we need.” Advanced technology “There is a unique combination of the right technology and breadth of transportation relevant experience that makes a massive difference to the success of large scale transportation projects such as the Tianjin Metro,” commented Moti Shabtai, President of Qognify. “Tianjin Metro sets an example for public transport organisations and we’re proud to be able to provide the required level of expertise as we solidify our market-leading position in the transportation sector.”
The Navi Mumbai Metro is now under construction and slated to open for operation in 2017 Qognify, formerly NICE Security, has announced that the Navi Mumbai Metro has selected its mass transit solution to ensure the safety and security of passengers and assets. The Navi Mumbai Metro is now under construction and slated to open for operation in 2017.Navi Mumbai was established to handle the population overflow of the overcrowded and ever-growing city of Mumbai. Like the new city itself, the Navi Mumbai Metro is built from the ground up. This has enabled City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO), the body formed and tasked with management of Navi Mumbai, to utilise the latest technology and best practices to ensure the secure and safe operation of the Metro. Qognify Situator At the core of the solution is Qognify Situator, an advanced situation management/PSIM platform which integrates all components for the solution as well as Qognify’s video management system and award-winning video analytics. The first phase of the project provides coverage for the ten new stations opening along the line, with Phase II planned to include connectivity to the Navi Mumbai Airport. With 24/7 monitoring of the Metro stations and depot areas, the solution will enhance passenger safety and security, in addition to enabling streamlined operations and ensuring regulatory compliance. "Situator and our video management solution give Metro security andoperations personnel the power to identify risk, make optimal decisions, and take effective action" With its automation engine, Situator delivers pre-defined, adaptive workflows that facilitate effective and consistent responses. It also facilitates collaboration among stakeholder agencies including Metro operators and police via system access to a common operating picture. Passenger safety “Qognify’s mass transit domain experience was key in our decision to partner with them,” said Mr. Nitin Deshpande, Superintendent Engineer Telecom CIDCO. “We are confident that the Qognify solution will go beyond our requirements for seamless surveillance of our railway stations to mitigate operational, safety and situational risks and to ensure a sense of security and safety for our passengers and employees.”“We’re honoured to have Navi Mumbai Metro join a long and growing list of transit operations using Qognify’s integrated security solutions to secure people, operations, and infrastructure,” said Moti Shabtai, President of Qognify. “Situator and our video management solution, complemented with advanced video analytics, give Metro security and operations personnel the power to identify risk, make optimal decisions, and take effective action.” Save Save
Situator includes an analytical engine that enables converting the data into operational, actionable intelligence Qognify, formerly NICE Security, announced the completion of certification to the most recent versions of Lenel’s OnGuard, 7.1 & 7.2, access control system. Situator, Qognify’s Situation Management/ physical security information management (PSIM) solution now interfaces with the OnGuard system, providing organisations with the added value of improved workflow between the two systems, including sensor configuration, alarm activation and deactivation and door access control, all through Situator. Centralised access control “Qognify has completed required factory testing at Lenel to validate the functionality of its interface to OnGuard. Our mutual clients will benefit from centralised access security management and maintaining consistent levels of response,” said Zach Roth, OAAP product manager, Lenel. “We look forward to their continued involvement in the Lenel OpenAccess Alliance Program.” “We are proud to be certified by Lenel and to be able to make our complementary solutions even more accessible for our clients,” said Moti Shabtai, President of Qognify. “Qognify is committed to openness and to providing the security marketplace with a broad range of high quality, open integration products. This certification from Lenel further exemplifies this commitment, and simultaneously bolsters our clients’ ability to focus on managing security situations, rather than going back and forth between systems.” Easy conversion of data Situator allows organisations to create a common operating picture from big data collected by their various sensors and systems, bringing fast situational awareness and facilitating effective processes in response. The solution includes an analytical engine that enables converting the data into operational, actionable intelligence.
The Hefei Xinqiao Airport uses Qognify's VMS to monitor, manage & record activity within the terminal for enhanced security Qognify, formerly NICE Security, announced that Hefei Xingiao International Airport is expanding use of its Video Management System (VMS). Originally implemented in 2010, airport officials are scaling the Qognify solution as the airport increases flight volumes domestically and internationally. Improved operational efficiency Hefei Xinqiao International Airport is the main airport serving Hefei, the capital of Anhui Province in East China, currently averaging 600 domestic and international flights per week, the airport is facing significant growth: it is estimated that in 2020, over 11 million passengers and 150,000 tons of cargo will pass through the airport. The task of securing all of this activity and covering a 3,400-meter runway, as well as a 110,000 square-meter terminal building, is handled by Qoginfy's (VMS), with centralised management of 1,200 cameras. The airport uses Qognify's VMS to monitor, manage and record activity within the terminal for enhanced security. The centralised management of the system improves operational efficiency and lowers the airport's total cost of ownership (TCO). Additional advanced capabilities include Qognify's patented Visual Parameters Optimisation solution and NVR-based Camera Tampering Detection that ensure high-quality video and capturing of the relevant field of view, at all times. Scalable and easy-to-access monitoring security solution "With Qognify's advanced technology and in depth knowledge of the airport industry, we're able to provide our passengers a safe environment. Employees have a scalable, easy-to-access and stable security solution that monitors and manages surveillance of our terminal building as well as other areas," said Ms. Yang Jing, Director of Technology, Hefei Xingiao International Airport. "Our positive experience with the Qognify security solution has given us strong confidence in its capabilities. We plan to increase the investment in our video surveillance system even further, allowing us to improve our customers' satisfaction and to fulfill growth and expansion plans." Hefei Airport's experience with the Qognify solution not only provides proof of its security capabilities, it also points to the airport's confidence in the ability to seamlessly expand it and meet future needs. "When customers gain such a high level of confidence in our technology through its capabilities and the benefits it provides, and experience the value our expertise brings to the table, it's a testament to the intense focus we've placed on providing solutions that go beyond effectively meeting security needs," said Moti Shabtai, President, Qognify. "We look forward to supporting Hefei Airport as they continue to grow."
Quantum has continued to collaborate with partners to meet specific needs of the surveillance community Quantum Corp. has announced joint development initiatives with four industry-leading Video Management System (VMS) providers targeted at bringing enhanced multi-tier storage solutions to security and surveillance customers worldwide. Aimetis Corp., On-Net Surveillance Systems Inc. (OnSSI), Qognify and Verint Systems Inc. have joined the Quantum Advantage Program, and certified interoperability with Quantum offerings, including StorNext 5 data management and Quantum QXS hybrid storage. Significant growth for Quantum’s surveillance partner ecosystem Quantum’s surveillance partner ecosystem has tripled in size over the last six months and now includes more than 30 partners. This growth reflects a shift in how the security community views storage, increasingly treating it as a foundational element of a surveillance strategy. Quantum’s multi-faceted validation testing with VMS partners such as Aimetis, OnSSI, Qognify and Verint ensures that customers have access to thoroughly tested and integrated storage solutions suited to their unique environment. Quantum’s multi-tier storage makes the combination of storage performance and data retention more affordable, enabling customers to retain surveillance data longer and incorporate real-time analytics into their surveillance program. This economical approach to storage leaves more budget available to spend on cameras and analytics, for a more effective video surveillance environment. Continuing development with Quantum partners Quantum Advantage Program partners seeking to expand their offerings in video surveillance can fast track time to market for their joint solutions with technical and marketing support from Quantum, and also leverage cooperative engineering programs that enable them to optimise solutions for their customers. In addition to working with the new partners mentioned above, Quantum has continued to collaborate with others to meet the specific needs of the surveillance community: Axis Communications, to address the unique surveillance and security challenges found in many healthcare environments; Genetec, to create optimised security solutions for transportation environments, including airports, ports and rail systems; Milestone Systems, to provide a fully integrated video surveillance solution for critical infrastructure projects. "Through the partnership with Quantum, we can offer validated configurations, which reduce risk and document expected performance under certain scenarios” Supporting quotes by Quantum Advantage Program partners Justin Schorn, Vice President, Product Management, Aimetis Corp.“Partners and end users can reference the tested configurations from the Aimetis certification process to help build a solution with confidence. Through the partnership with Quantum, we can offer validated configurations, which reduce risk and document expected performance under certain scenarios.” Mulli Diamant, Vice President of International Business Development, OnSSI“Security systems are including more cameras — and higher resolution cameras — than ever before to better capture relevant situational information. Our partnership with Quantum lets us deliver scalable video surveillance and physical security solutions with the storage capacity and real-time access to handle the increased volume of data that these systems generate. In this way, we help security managers achieve their objectives with flexible storage solutions.” Moti Shabtai, President, Qognify“We are proud to partner with technology leaders such as Quantum to deliver optimised, timely surveillance solutions to our customers, enabling them to make informed decisions with actionable intelligence distilled from vast amounts of data.” Wayne Arvidson, Vice President, Surveillance and Security Solutions, Quantum“Quantum continues to expand its robust surveillance and security partner ecosystem by collaborating with the leading innovators in the VMS market. With these collaborations we are delivering a unique platform that supports the performance required for surveillance data analytics and enables significantly longer data retention periods while preserving project budgets.” Visit Quantum at ASIS Quantum featured a range of surveillance storage solutions at the ASIS 2016 conference, booth #2273, 12-15 September, in Orlando, Florida. Save Save
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