Aeron Searcher Thermal Camera Pan & Tilt System added to PureActiv capability offering PureTech Systems, a manufacturer of a map-based video management system and thermal video analytic software, recently announced that it has integrated its PureActiv® wide area surveillance solution with the Aeron Searcher Thermal Camera Pan & Tilt System from Silent Sentinel. The integration leverages the Aeron Searcher’s compact, rugged, continuous rotation pan-tilt axis, along with its thermal camera payload, to provide a high performance solution for those with long range surveillance needs in harsh and challenging environments. When integrated with the PureActiv map-based video management system, the highly accurate pan tilt axis, directed by the PureActiv georeferenced control logic, provides long-range precision positioning utilising simple map coordinates and a point and click interface. Automated control The integration includes slew-to-cue, scan-to-target and camera auto follow capabilities. These pan-tilt-zoom video analytic algorithms provide for automated control of the Silent Sentinel camera to track an intruder without the need for operator intervention. The long range nature of the Aeron and the accuracy of the pan tilt axis, allows integration of these capabilities at very long ranges, which is critical to border protection scenarios and mobile remote surveillance needs. “PureTech Systems aims to provide highly accurate, robust solutions for our customers requiring long range, outdoor, mobile and fixed surveillance. We do that through our own intelligent video research and through development and teaming with top performing sensors like the Aeron series from Silent Sentinel,” explains Rich Anderson, director of business development at PureTech Systems. “We believe that taking the extra step and an integrating world class sensor here in our labs reduces risk, improves the solution quality and ensures a positive customer experience once the sensor combination is deployed in the field.” "The integration results in long-range precision positioning utilising simple map coordinates and a point and click interface" “We have built the Aeron camera series to be a premiere product for long range surveillance in harsh environments,” explains Mark Klang, president, Silent Sentinel USA. “Combining the Aeron Searcher with PureTech Systems’ intuitive map control and advanced video analytics technology, provides a compelling security solution for the security marketplace.” Geospatial control PureTech’s intelligent video solution uses real object size to identify the target as a person, car, truck or boat and can be deployed as a fixed installation or as part of a rapid mobile system. The solution boasts geospatial camera control for both manual and automatic movements. “Geospatial control” involves the translation of a location’s actual latitude, longitude and elevation coordinates into precise pan, tilt and zoom commands which result in the repositioning of the camera to that exact location. The Silent Sentinel Aeron Searcher integration is currently available as part of the PureActiv 12 software release, with its first installation protecting multiple airfields at a southern US army base. Other planned installations include perimeter protection of several government facilities, over-water intrusion detection for protected areas and multiple mobile and border opportunities.
The potential costs and consequences of hackers getting through firewalls and onto the user’s computer networks can be devastating Theft of NATO data. Leakage of emails. Hackers setting up a live streaming website for over 100 New York City private webcams and even hacking the infrastructure servers of the U.S. government. As news of malicious takeover of private and corporate networks as well as incidents of malicious software programs, referred to as malware, continues to reach critical mass, the physical security industry knows it needs to be proactive to address these issues. At ASIS 2015, manufacturers indicated they are doing just that to secure data and, especially, networked video surveillance and camera streams. ‘Secure Communication’ for Panasonic IP devices Panasonic, Newark, N.J., announced a new partnership with Symantec to develop more secure video transmission solutions to prevent data takeover and malicious activity called Secure Communication. Panasonic’s launch of the Norton Secured powered by Symantec solution at ASIS is designed to provide secure management of data in video surveillance and address recent cyber security incidents that continue to occur, including hacking, data breach, password takeover and tampering. Secure Communication is PC-level security for built-in devices and protects video streams with data encryption, communication encryption and verification to maintain evidence and safety of video streams Charlie Hare, Panasonic’s National Category Manager, Security and Mobile Video Solutions, said Secure Communication is PC-level security for built-in devices and protects video streams with data encryption, communication encryption and verification to maintain evidence and safety of video streams. Secure Communication specifically protects against spoofing (false data), altering (changing images) and snooping (stealing passwords) of protected surveillance communications. “All IP end points are connected to the network. And each time an installer hangs an IP camera there’s vulnerability to the network,” says Hare. “With Secure Communication, Panasonic IP devices have an extra layer of protection. It encodes data and encrypts transmission. This is a big effort now on behalf of Panasonic, to put this type of protection on our cameras,” he says. He adds that Secure Communication is available on all new Panasonic 3, 5 and 6 Series Models. Protection at the appliance level Rich Anderson, CMO and CTO of Razberi Technologies, Farmers Branch, Texas, says the company’s line of appliances that host video management systems also include measures to protect against data loss and cyber security threats. The company’s LocBeri Cyber Security System is designed to prevent unauthorised users from accessing network ports intended for use with surveillance cameras. Anderson says the potential costs and consequences of hackers getting through firewalls and onto the user’s computer networks can be devastating. "Whenever you install IP cameras, especially outside on a building, you’re potentially opening the network up to others", says Rich Anderson, CMO and CTO of Razberi Technologies “Whenever you install IP cameras, especially outside on a building, you’re potentially opening the network up to others,” Anderson says. “One example is a college where students unplugged cameras and plugged their laptops into the ports to get into the network and alter their test scores. LocBeri automatically populates the MAC addresses of all ports through a utility software scan and locks down those ports with a single click. It’s one-button security,” he says. The company recently introduced LocBeri as a new standard feature on all Razberi™ ServerSwitch units. The LocBeri system scans attached cameras and automatically configures the switch so only those cameras work on those ports. There is no major downtime or labour involved when undergoing system maintenance or changing a camera, because one push of a button unlocks all ports to allow for system changes and another push when finished re-locks the system, saving the installer programming and installation costs as well, Anderson adds. Cyber security and outsider threats of compromise to the network is something the security industry continues to address with new layers of detection and protection.