Airports & Ports
- Arecont Vision cameras and Arteco VEMS software helps safeguard USS Iowa museum
- Security ready for take off: MOBOTIX helps protect 11 million passengers at major Italian airport
- Vanderbilt solutions facilitate free movement and effective safeguarding measures for airports
- Nedap AEOS controls access for Aéroport International de Genève
Banking & Finance
- Arecont Vision delivers megapixel camera solutions for banking and financial services
- Vanderbilt’s SPC intrusion detection is a solution worth banking on
- Pyronix PCX46 APP protects financial, industrial and commercial installations
- SeeTec Cayuga integrated solution protects Erste Group Bank AG in Vienna
- SeeTec's flexible and modular video security solution protects The Vienna University of Economics and Business
- Securing student accommodation with SMARTair™ access control
- Arecont Vision surveillance cameras secure Ottawa School District
- MOBOTIX video surveillance solution protects Edmund Rice College, Sydney
Government & Public Services
- Arecont Vision megapixel cameras slash healthcare video costs & increase quality and coverage
- Smart domotics: MOBOTIX cameras chosen for Conview Care solution
- SMARTair™ advanced wireless access control utilised by the Casa de la Misericordia care home in Pamplona
- CLIQ® electromechanical locking system improves staff access at QE Hospital, Birmingham
Hotels, Leisure & Entertainment
Industrial & Commercial
- Hikvision IP CCTV system secures perimeter and enables remote monitoring of workshop for GRW, South Africa
- Akuvox all-Android intercom solution ensures smart living environment
- VIVOTEK VAST used in successful IP surveillance project at Varun Beverages Ltd.
- Arecont Vision's megapixel solution enhances perimeter security at BASF China facility
- Remote monitoring with the Pyronix PCX46 APP Panel is here
- Remote monitoring with Vanderbilt’s SPC Connect and ACT365
- French water utility Eau de Valence selects CLIQ® access control to upgrade locking system
- Hikvision IP CCTV system secures perimeter and enables remote monitoring of workshop for GRW, South Africa
- MOBOTIX video surveillance cameras safeguard high-end jewellery for Meiller Jewellers
- Pyronix Octopus DQ takes a new approach to retail protection
- VIVOTEK provides IP surveillance system to Cea Point for retail store management
- CLIQ® technology allows flexible access and cuts key management costs at Festival Palace
3xLOGIC, Inc., a leading provider of integrated, intelligent security solutions, and a three-time Deloitte Technology Fast 500 winner, has announced that Northwest Church of Christ in Dayton, Ohio was broken into recently and Sonitrol of SW Ohio, using technology from 3xLOGIC, worked with local law enforcement to apprehend the intruder and prevent damage or theft from the facility. The church is located in a rough part of town, with a large homeless population. Church of Christ has installed multi-sensor devices connected to the Sonitrol Central Station to provide an active, visible deterrent to break-ins. Unfortunately, the church was undergoing renovations, and someone left a door unlocked. Multi-sensor intrusion detectors Immediately upon entering, the perpetrator was detected by the multi-sensor devices and the Sonitrol Operator was able to verify the intrusion within seconds using motion, video, and audio sensors and then contact the dispatcher for local law enforcement. The church is a large building with many entrances, so responding police officers needed all the assistance they could get. The Central Station Operator provided a steady stream of information updates to ensure real-time coordination with the law enforcement officers on the scene. The operator was able to guide the police to the suspect’s exact location, give a description of the suspect, and facilitate an apprehension before there was any damage or loss of assets. In addition to the multi-sensor devices, the church has a number of 3xLOGIC outdoor cameras tied to a VIGIL NVR. “This was a great success story,” commented Alison Shiver, Marketing Manager, Sonitrol SW Ohio. “The church was quite pleased with this apprehension, because it sends a clear message to the neighborhood: don’t mess around, you’re going to get caught!”
SMC Networks, Inc., manufacturer of megapixel IP-cameras and cloud-based video surveillance storage solutions, has released the newest version of its wireless home security camera along with a new and improved version of the Secure Watch smartphone app. Secure Watch mobile app, for both iPhone and Android, provides an extremely easy to set up and use smartphone experience. The updated SMC2030W-H Wi-Fi security camera is elegantly suited for home or small office use needing live-view monitoring, a large viewing angle lens, two-way audio for communicating through the camera, and integration of cloud-based video storage Wi-Fi security camera The updated SMC2030W-H Wi-Fi security camera is elegantly suited for home or small office use needing live-view monitoring, a large viewing angle lens, two-way audio for communicating through the camera, and integration of cloud-based video storage. New version 2.0 of the Secure Watch mobile app delivers 2-megapixel high-def viewing of live video feeds, easy to clip and download recorded video of interest, and simple management of multiple SMC2030W-H cameras in one account. Receive timely notifications when motion or sound triggers an alert on your smartphone app, which displays the recorded video of the activity happening on your camera. Secure Watch mobile app Rest assured that whether you are watching the pets while you are away from the house, the baby while she sleeps, or the office while you are on vacation on the other side of the world, the SMC Networks’ Wi-Fi security camera provides the peace of mind you need for your family or business. “We have significantly improved the ease-of-use and camera interaction with this latest version of our Secure Watch mobile app,” stated Alex Kim, CEO, SMC Networks. “Users will have quick access to the live video streams of their cameras that are keeping an eye on what matters most to them.” The SMC2030W-H Wi-Fi home security camera has available monthly cloud-based storage plans ranging from $4.99 for 5-days of video retention, $8.99 for 10-days of retention, and $23.99 for 30-days of retention Cloud storage Along with the current SMC2010P-D dome and SMC2010P-B bullet megapixel IP-cameras, the SMC2030W-H Wi-Fi home security camera has available monthly cloud-based storage plans ranging from $4.99 for 5-days of video retention, $8.99 for 10-days of retention, and $23.99 for 30-days of retention. Customer Arlin Taylor of San Diego, CA, shared with us, “the camera provides a sleek modern look that allows for it to be positioned in plain sight in any room and not create an eye sore as décor.” Stylish design User Rocco Stefano of Spokane, WA, stated, “It’s a beautiful camera. Really surprised by how much of the room it captures. I think the overall look of it is nice and it will blend in well wherever it's placed in the house.” The SMC2030W-H is available now with a MSRP of $119.99 from physical security dealers and online retailers such as Amazon.com. Video storage plans are easy to purchase through the Secure Watch Mobile App, starting at $4.99 per month.
LILIN Americas, an entity of IP video provider Merit LILIN serving North, Central and South America, has announced that it will be showcasing GJD outdoor intrusion sensors and security lighting technology at the ISC West exhibition, alongside its extensive range of IP cameras, recorders and accessories. ISC West is scheduled to take place from April 11th to 13th 2018, at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Interactive product demonstrations of GJD equipment will be shown on LILIN's booth #32079. LILIN formed a strategic partnership with GJD providing unique security and home automation IP solutions to the market.LILIN will be showing GJD's IP suite of products comprising external motion detectors, infra-red and white-light LED illuminators and laser sensors IP-enabled devices LILIN will be showing GJD's IP suite of products comprising external motion detectors, infra-red and white-light LED illuminators and laser sensors. The IP-enabled devices offer convenient and cost-effective compatibility with most major VMS platforms and Home Automation Systems, including LILIN Surveillance, Mirasys Carbon, Milestone XProtect, Wavestore, Control4, Crestron and RTI. These are just to name a few, other integrations are currently being added. Paul Tibbenham, Vice President of GJD USA Inc. commented: "We are extremely pleased to be sharing a booth with LILIN at ISC West. We are looking forward to showing visitors how our detectors and illuminators sit alongside and interconnect with LILIN's world leading technologies.” Joe Cook, Vice President of LILIN Americas said: "The GJD product range is an excellent fit for LILIN. We look forward to showing visitors at ISC West how easy it is to use the benefits of IP networking to sync the detectors motion alerts into the cameras directly activating motion event recording based on PIR and microwave detection. While most installers are familiar with hard wiring external sensors to alarm inputs, the GJD solution saves time and money on the installation by using industry standard networking, HTTP commands and PoE / PoE+ technologies."LILIN equipment is designed to make high-resolution, colour surveillance video an affordable, reliable solution" NVR5832 standalone NVR As a technology leader based in Taiwan, LILIN brings to ISC West an extensive portfolio of video surveillance solutions including megapixel IP cameras, network video recorders and video management software. LILIN equipment is designed to make high-resolution, colour surveillance video an affordable, reliable solution. One of the newer products LILIN will be showing is the NVR5832 standalone NVR, which supports Ultra HD 4K video recording up to 32 channels. Network redundancy prevents users from losing video in case of a switch failure. Along with its low power consumption and an all-in-one sleek design, the NVR5832 provides users with a simple, affordable yet professional solution for megapixel surveillance in SMBs, retail, hospitality, and intelligent buildings.
Vicon Industries, a designer and manufacturer of video surveillance and access control software, hardware and components, will showcase at ISC West 2018, Booth 10077, many additions and enhancements to its suite of end-to-end video surveillance offerings. Through a partnership with the global provider of video analytics solutions, Agent Vi, Vicon will preview new video analytics capabilities within its Valerus VMS platform for real-time monitoring and video search. In addition, visitors will be among the first to see the company’s expanded line of H.265 cameras and newly released versions of its Valerus VMS software and VAX Access Control software and hardware. These enhanced and expanded offerings span every category of Vicon product and reflect the company’s renewed commitment to providing cutting-edge solutions that have been engineered to simplify the entire user experience. Vicon product offerings Video Analytics: Vicon now offers a range of video analytics tools that can immediately detect and extract events and valuable data from surveillance footage. H.265 Cameras: Vicon’s extensive line of ONVIF indoor and outdoor cameras, for every application, now includes even more H.265 models that can reduce demands for storage and bandwidth by 50%. Valerus 18: The latest update to Vicon’s popular VMS software provides enhancements to its user interface, new data backup and security options and support for H.265 cameras. Valerus/ViconNet Gateway: A new module for use with Valerus 18 provides a migration path for users of Vicon’s legacy ViconNet platform to benefit from all of Valerus’ features. VAX Access Control: Updated software provides an enhanced monitoring interface and more flexibility in customizing automated functions. Expanded hardware includes Panel Room Style Master Controllers. “In addition to showcasing our many new products and product enhancements at ISC West, Vicon will be highlighting the many successful, high-profile installations that are employing our new generation of end-to-end Valerus VMS and VAX Access Control solutions that deliver unprecedented ease-of-use and performance flexibility. Visitors will learn how our unique, thin-client, true-open-standards approach to physical security is supporting customers in a wide range of verticals, including city-wide surveillance, government institutions, real estate developments, schools and healthcare,” said Bret McGowan, Senior V.P. of Sales and Marketing.
Security threats are on the rise and it has become a major challenge for decision making officials to come up with new and more comprehensive security systems in order to keep the offenders at bay. Billions of dollars are lost every year due to various security breaches in companies, banks, hotels, etc. Some organisations have implemented simple door locks with passwords to provide more convenience and ease of access for the employees. But in many such situations passwords that are used are common. Moreover, passwords are likely to become a vulnerable link to your organization since employees may tend to forget or share their passwords with others. Biometric measures could significantly improve the integrity of information possessions by providing a unique trait. Biometrics Biometric is a complex technology but when supported by new services and improved processes, this technology can lead to profound improvements. Moving forward, various organizations in India, both private and public sectors, are expected to embed biometrics in their security solutions, whereby authentications will be established through various biometric technologies. There are many biometric technologies available in the market, but each technology has its pros and cons. While selecting any new biometric device people are concerned about various parameters depending on their applications. They consider the type of security it provides, ease of use, speed of identification and verification, verification through touch required or not, false acceptance and rejection ratio, total cost of the product, usage environment, and finally its life. Is biometric security necessary for your company? As seen in our surrounding, biometric has taken over the electronic security systems. Even a small device as a mobile phone includes a biometric protection and not just that, Windows 10 operating system has also incorporated the use of a biometric security platform. So, if people think of securing information in a device as small as a mobile phone, surely your company has way too important assets to be secured. So, the answer is YES, it is essential for any company to follow the biometric trend for security. It would transform the future processes as biometrics is the most sophisticated technology for authentication, verification and identification purposes, and more companies and establishments are embracing it. What other things does it have to offer? Well usually the users (company owners) only know about the biometric hardware device, which allows limited people through the door. What they don’t know is, together with the biometric device used with the door locks for access control, it also has various features that will enhance and customize the security at your premises. Zone/Time/User based Access Control: Limit entry of specified users in specified area for specified time period. For example: - a certain visitor is only allowed in room 1 and 2 between 13:00 - 15:00 hours. Dual Authentication: Here, two specified people will punch in the device to open a door. Neither of the two will be able to open the door alone (in case one decides to go corrupt). Occupancy Control: Decide and limit the number of people allowed in a room depending on the size of the room. The room can also be constantly monitored by relative occupancy where at least one person stays in the room. Guard Touring: This makes sure that the guard/watchman is up all night and not sleeping during duty hours. The guard must go and punch at the device at every decided interval of time (you can either make him mark his presence in the same device all night or make him circle the block and make him mark his presence at various devices placed across the premises). Visitor Escorting: Assign one employee to visitor/s for the convenience of visitors and safety of the premises. Like above, there are plenty other uses and features of access control that can be used to secure the premises of your company.
Custom Consoles will promote its full range of security control room desks and video monitor mounting systems at the Security & Counter Terror Expo (SCTX), London Olympia, March 6-7, 2018. Exhibiting on stand D89, the company will be represented by Neil Reed (Managing Director), and Gary Fuller (Sales Manager). SteelBase-Lite desk Central feature of the Custom Consoles exhibit will be a SteelBase-Lite desk. This can be configured to provide an ergonomically efficient working environment for any size of control room. In addition, Custom Consoles are also providing a control desk from its SteelBase range for the Integrated Security exhibit, which will be one of the main features at the show. Widely used in defence, surveillance and critical process control applications where they can be specified for single-operator or multi-operator environments. SteelBase desks are built on 19-inch steel base frames. Desktops are surfaced in a choice of hard-wearing laminate or marmoleum. Additional design features of the range include hinged removable access doors, 19-inch equipment racking, sliding equipment trays, heavy cable management, PC sliding mounts, power distribution and data panels, and variable-speed ventilation fans. Worktops can be rectangular or curved, including angled or curved corners and optional curved-front-profile side panels. All elements of the desks are guaranteed against component failure for five years of normal use. SteelBase has been tested by FIRA and certified to conform to ISO9241 part 5, ISO11064 Part 4, EN527 Part 1, 2 and 3. Master control rooms Steelbase-Lite is a compact and cost-efficient variant. Each unit incorporates a PC storage base with two hinged removable access doors at front and rear. All doors have ventilation ports running almost the full height. Each SteelBase-Lite desk unit is equipped with cable management ducts plus easy cable access from the computer housing via a brush strip running the full width of the worktop. Adjacent to this is a video display support frame with two VESA monitor mounts, which attach to height-adjustable horizontal aluminum-frame beams. Robust steel arms and profiled legs integrated with the main desk unit give SteelBase-Lite very high strength and rigidity. "We will also be promoting our wider product ranges including Module-R desks as well as our Media Wall and MediaPost video display mounts," Gary Fuller comments. "Module-R and Media Wall have proved highly successful in the broadcast market, particularly for use in master control rooms. Module-R gives customers the freedom to specify control desks from a standard range of mix-and-matchable elements without incurring the expense of tailor-made furniture. Media Wall provides similar versatility in the specification and installation of flat-screen video display panels which can be provided in practically any required size. Like all our products, Media Wall and the recently introduced standalone MediaPost incorporate reflect our careful attention to detail in aspects such as cable management."
Mindlogicx Singapore Pte Ltd ("Mindlogicx") has launched the world's first anti-fraud device-based solution at the Ritz Carlton Singapore; a fool proof and tamper-proof e-ink device that will enable exam administrators to conduct high-stakes tests using biometric and encryption technologies. Dubbed IntelliPAD, the device's release comes amid a global rise in exam malpractice; such as question paper leakage, candidate impersonation and other illegal means of obtaining question papers for personal use or resale. The mounting pressure on examination boards has led to calls for tighter surveillance and security on exam production and delivery. Individual question paper to candidates IntelliPAD will address the above issues by delivering individual question papers to the right candidate at a set time, using candidates' biometric authentication. The six-inch e-ink device securely obtains the question paper and other relevant data from a family of interconnected devices linked to KenCLOUD, a private cloud-based service offered by Mindlogicx. The whole process is done with minimal human intervention. IntelliPAD works with the KenCLOUD-powered connected devices, such as IntelliSYS and IntelliSENSE, by securely mapping data. It prevents impersonation and exam centre hijacking by establishing a geofencing zone, as well as marking attendance automatically and auto-destructing the question paper once the exam is complete. Cuts out print paper use completely The user-friendly ecosystem also encourages users to go green by completely eliminating the need to print question papers. Each device will create and operate its own private network and communicate with other linked devices to deliver question papers, and does not require an internet connection to do so. This enables exams to be conducted in urban and rural exam centres alike. The devices also have built-in security features that prevent tampering of any kind. The IntelliEXAMS software, which is integrated with the IntelliPAD ecosystem, offers functions that span the entire assessment cycle; from candidate registration, fee management and ticket generation to the digitization of handwritten answer scripts, on-screen evaluation and result processing. It has serviced more than 3.6 million students to date, with over 28.68 million question papers delivered. Mr Suresh Elangovan, CEO of Mindlogicx, said: "Top universities and professional certification providers have seen an epidemic of exam fraud in recent years. We are pleased to have pioneered the world's first device-centric solution to this phenomenon, and believe this heralds a new era in education and test-taking." Mindlogicx to launch MNOC in Singapore Mindlogicx is setting up a global technology delivery centre, called MNOC, in Singapore. The office will employ about 60 staff, of which about 50 are local, and will serve as a global delivery and R&D centre. "Singapore is not only highly regarded as a financial and technological hub but also represents a gateway to the fast-growing Southeast Asian market, which will serve as the ideal launchpad for our global rollout," Mr Elangovan added.
The ceremonial opening of the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg was celebrated on 11 January 2017 with a gala evening attended by many leading lights in politics, business and culture and a concert by the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra. A video security system by Dallmeier formed part of the arrangements providing security in and around the new city landmark and protection for the inaugural guests, who included German President Joachim Gauck and Chancellor Angela Merkel. The full-IP system was planned and installed by Hamburg-based DEKOM Video Security & Network GmbH, a member of the Dallmeier group of companies. About a dozen weather-proof Dallmeier infrared cameras are located strategically to keep watch Building-wide security system Built in 1875, the Kaiserspeicher building serves as the historic backdrop and architectural foundation for the fascinating Philharmonic hall, which towers well over 70 metres above it into the Hamburg sky. Originally a warehouse and once the largest of its kind in the Hanseatic League city, the Kaiserspeicher was still in use as late as the 1990s. Nowadays, behind its imposing brick façade, the building has room for an extraordinary restaurant, modern multi-purpose rooms and a car park. Even as they drive in here, visitors can already rely on the discreet work being carried out by the building-wide video security system, which guarantees orderly traffic flow and theft-proof parking spaces. About a dozen weather-proof Dallmeier infrared cameras are located strategically to keep watch over all the entrances and levels of the car park. The DF4920HD-DN/IR type cameras deliver high-resolution video material even in darkness. The ultra-modern recording devices are covered in a surface finish designed, especially to reflect the remarkable character of the building. Besides the “car park” utility area, five more areas - each with different requirements – were defined in the planning phase for the net-based video system, so that they could still be combined into a single, overall system: Concert hall, Hotel, Residential, Restaurant and Plaza. Video detection helps to keep the Plaza clear of obstructions Intelligent video analysis system As an area open to the public, it was important to make specific video analysis options available for the Plaza. The Plaza is located on the 8th storey, at a height of 37 metres, and is reached from the building lobby via the “Tube”, an 82-metre-long moving walkway. Since this is a heavy traffic area, it was considered necessary to add an intelligent analysis system for the image information supplied by the first line of protection, the cameras. Consequently, a process for automatic detection of objects, particularly unattended packages is in operation. The entrance to the lobby of The Westin Hotel Hamburg is on the same level as the Plaza, which increases the likelihood that suitcases or the like may be left or even forgotten here. Video detection helps to keep the Plaza clear of obstructions. The video analysis take place on dedicated servers and even includes a people counter: Virtual boundaries are defined in the image, and these serve as a counter threshold that detects visitors individually as they enter or leave a detection zone. In addition to the total number of visitors, movement trends and peak times can also be discerned. Using this data management, the concerned authority can make well-founded decisions about the layout of retail space, such as that of the Elbphilharmonie Shop, for example. At the same time, they may also reveal consideration points for the continuous improvement of emergency and evacuation plans prescribed by the fire and police services. Notwithstanding their benefits for other applications, the combination of recording and analysis aims primarily at ensuring the safety of the building and protecting visitors to the Philharmonic hall, hotel guests and tourists. The seamless interaction of all system components is directed via SeMSy III video management system Seamless integration of all security components In total, security management for the Elbphilharmonie is supported by more than 300 camera systems spread throughout the building and its outdoor surroundings, including the Panomera patented multifocal sensor system by Dallmeier. The Panomera was developed specifically to be able to capture enormous expanses as well as large distances, and it has been deployed at a number of locations on the premises of the Philharmonic hall. Among several benefits, the MFS technology also safeguards the building on the riverside. And with their new, specially coloured surface finish, the Panomera models can be integrated unobtrusively in the architecture of the new city symbol. The seamless interaction of all system components is directed via the high-performance, user-friendly SeMSy III video management system. The operators can see everything at a glance at the six specially configured workstations, and can respond rapidly to any dangerous situations by automatic actuation of the necessary cameras, for example. DEKOM managing director Wolfgang Haack is also in no doubt that the pioneering Dallmeier video system will render an important contribution to the untroubled enjoyment of the Arts and Culture by all visitors for a long time to come. He adds, “It was a really enjoyable project and a huge success for the Dallmeier corporate group. We look forward to working together with the Elbphilharmonie in future, and of course to the occasional musical delight – I do not intend to miss an opportunity to experience the marvellous acoustics.”
Opened in 1923 in Dorset, the museum of the Royal Tank Regiment and Royal Armoured Corps is the world’s best collection of tanks and armoured fighting vehicles. It’s a unique 300-strong exhibition that includes the world’s first tank - Little Willie, the feared German Tiger tank - and the modern Challenger 2, all housed in one of six expansive halls. A recent Heritage Lottery Fund grant has doubled the museum’s size and with expansion came the need to install CCTV to keep the collection secure and visitors safe. Hikvision partner Ashley Security installed new IP cameras across the facility Analogue CCTV equipment Located near an army base, security is also a top priority. The technology had to be scalable and implemented swiftly to meet the museum’s needs. Roy Hicks, museum facilities manager, explains: “We needed a complete overhaul of our outdated analogue CCTV equipment. 15 cameras to oversee such a large area was not nearly enough, but with Hikvision’s wide range of products we now have a view of every part of the museum.” Hikvision partner Ashley Security installed new IP cameras across the facility. The company planned every detail so that visitors were not disturbed during the implementation process, which took place during opening hours. It took less than two months to fit 54 cameras and systems thanks to Ashley Security’s excellent planning. Upgrading existing CCTV equipment Yann Maciejewski, engineering manager at Ashley Security, helped the Tank Museum with its bespoke security system. He said: “The Tank Museum’s security team had concerns about the quality of their existing CCTV equipment and its inability to playback video quickly and easily. We custom-built a system using Hikvision’s innovative range of products.” Hikvision’s IP PTZ cameras provide 1080p HD for ultimate clarity of still and video images IP PTZ cameras It was crucial for the museum to upgrade from analogue to IP cameras, which can send and receive data via a computer network and the Internet. Hikvision’s IP PTZ cameras provide 1080p HD for ultimate clarity of still and video images. The PTZ cameras are perfect for large communal areas such as carparks and vehicle display areas. Network Video Recorder (NVR) An NVR software programme records video in a digital format to a disk drive, USB flash drive, SD memory card or other mass storage device. This means all recorded content is stored and available to view easily, which was an issue with the old equipment. Instant playback via a mobile device gives the Tank Museum security staff access from anywhere. The security team was frustrated by the poor quality and usability of the original system and felt it did not provide sufficient visibility of the entire space. Access to instant playback of videos and images from my mobile phone has made a huge difference" Mobile access to insatnt playback Roy adds: “Rather than 15 cameras there are now 54 that closely monitor the exhibits and communal areas. The IP cameras are of the highest quality and Ashley Security made sure the installation process ran smoothly. Access to instant playback of videos and images from my mobile phone has made a huge difference. I now know that it doesn’t matter where I am, if I need to check on anything suspicious I can do it easily.” A range of Hikvision’s innovative IP cameras were installed, which included IP PTZ cameras for instant HD images. Ashley Security also provided training for the security team.
Avigilon Blue is a powerful and advanced cloud service platform for security and surveillance that is purpose-built for Avigilon partners and their customers. The first release of Avigilon Blue provides managed services for video surveillance, powered by patented Avigilon self-learning video analytics. The platform enables partners to remotely connect to, manage, and service more customer sites with fewer resources. For customers, Avigilon Blue provides easy and secure system access, smart notifications, system upgrades, and new features that will be pushed directly from the cloud. Recurring monthly revenue model “With Avigilon Blue, we are launching both an exciting new technology platform and business model,” said James Henderson, Avigilon's President and Chief Operating Officer. "To help grow their business, Avigilon Blue offers our partners a recurring monthly revenue model based on customer site subscriptions. As the platform expands, we will continue to add new services that our partners and their customers can deploy, bringing additional value, performance and scale to their systems." The system integrates an on-premises Avigilon Blue Connect device that supports local storage as well as Avigilon and ONVIF compliant cameras; and sends critical events to the cloud for customers to view and verify from their web-connected device. Additionally, this helps keep incoming and outgoing network traffic to a minimum, saving valuable bandwidth. Powered by Microsoft Azure Powered by Microsoft Azure, Avigilon Blue leverages cloud services that are built, deployed, and managed through a global network of trusted datacenters, providing customers with enterprise-grade security and global scale.
Access control system specialists Nortech have recently seen Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust update and improved Tewkesbury Community Hospital’s car park using Nortech’s Feemaster system. Nortech’s Feemaster range was installed by entry control system specialists ASGuk, who were appointed by Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust to design and install a parking control system to stop visitors misusing the site’s car park. ASGuk was able to use their 30 years of experience to propose a time and budget-friendly solution which fitted the client’s needs now and in the future, combining both automatic barriers and parking ticket control. ASGuk selected Nortech’s FeeMaster parking system as part of the design, which includes the FeeMaster Smart Entry Station, FeeMaster Smart Exit Station, and a number of FeeMaster Smart Consoles for inside the building. The console allows the staff to control any misuse of the car park and ensures that there are enough parking spaces for visitors and patients.Nortech's products provide an easy solution to the ongoing parking problem and offers reduced cabling Smart parking management Nortech’s FeeMaster smart parking management system is a flexible, simple and cost-effective way of managing car parking access and controlling validity periods using Mifare smart cards. This avoids the need for expensive cabling between components and minimises disruption. Chris Vokes, Technical Sales at ASGuk Security and Safety Systems commented: “We selected Nortech because its systems were the right fit for the hospital’s short and long-term needs. The products provide an easy solution to the ongoing parking problem and fitted the criteria for what the client wanted, including reduced cabling.” “We have known Nortech for many years and are very happy with how the system works, their technical support and the end result achieved for the client. We will most certainly continue to use Nortech products on future projects.” FeeMaster-powered access control The FeeMaster entry station is designed to be used to record the date and time that a vehicle enters a car park. Located at the entrance of the car park, it issues tickets to visitors as they arrive, with each ticket containing a barcode, serial number and the date and time. The FeeMaster Smart exit station prevents unauthorised vehicles leaving a car park or entering restricted areas Dispensing the ticket triggers an ‘open’ signal to the entry barrier. The ticket is then taken to the hospital’s reception desk where the date and time is used in conjunction with the FeeMaster Smart Console. The FeeMaster Smart exit station prevents unauthorised vehicles leaving a car park or entering restricted areas. Located at the exit of the car park or the entrance to a restricted area, it validates the Mifare smart cards and exit tokens. The exit station is equipped with a barcode scanner to read exit tokens issued by the FeeMaster Smart console, as well as entry tickets issued at the entry station. Each ticket is valid for single use at the exit station during the validity period assigned to it. The exit station controller checks the details on the barcode ticket and sends an ‘open’ signal to the barrier. Efficient tariff management The FeeMaster Smart Console is a compact and easy-to-install device that reads barcode tickets issued at the entry station, calculates the fees based on pre-programmed tariff details, and encodes reusable Mifare access control cards with validity data. If necessary, the console can print customer receipts and/or barcode exit tokens. It can also control a till drawer and send a control signal to a vehicle barrier/turnstile. The console may also be connected to a PC so that transactions can be analysed and additional tariff management features may be used. Nortech has supplied products and solutions to the security industry for over 25 years as an independent British company. The company uses extensive experience and expertise to create new security products to fit their clients’ needs and designs everything with the customer in mind.
Video surveillance as a service (VSaaS) is not just for commercial organisations. Federal, state and local governments can also realise benefits from the technology—and use it to deliver an integrated video surveillance system that addresses some of their unique security needs. Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS) What is VSaaS? Simply stated, it’s a cloud-based video surveillance solution that is packaged and delivered as a service over the internet. The price varies depending on the features of your plan (i.e. number of cameras, amount of storage, software features, etc.), and you pay a monthly subscription price to use it. How does it work? Internet Protocol (IP) cameras are installed at site locations, and the video is captured and streamed to a service provider’s data center via an internet connection. The video management software (VMS) runs on backend infrastructure provided by the service provider’s cloud. All video processing is done in the cloud, and all that is required to view the footage is an internet-connected device and a web browser. Retail, health care, education, and transportation all benefit from the flexibility and architecture of VSaas Growing VSaaS providers Solution providers such as Axis Communications, Genetec, and G4S among many others offer VSaaS solutions, and the market is growing. According to IHS Markit, the market is expected to reach $2.3 billion in 2021. VSaaS is a solution with cross-industry appeal. Retail, health care, education, and transportation all benefit from the flexibility and architecture of the solution. But how does VSaaS address the surveillance needs of government institutions? Geographic coverage and access To protect cities and towns, law enforcement must watch over widespread geographic areas. Their work involves monitoring and policing many different neighborhoods, buildings, garages, parks, and walking paths—basically anywhere there is property or people to protect. They rely on video surveillance to help them keep these environments safe. But it’s more than local law enforcement officers who use video footage. From local city officials to federal and state law enforcement agencies, many other people, at times, need access to video footage captured by city surveillance cameras. Centralised remote monitoring How does VSaaS help? VSaaS enables the installation of cameras throughout cities and communities and stream footage to a central location via the Internet. Because the system is centralised, it eliminates the need to manage a lot of different standalone DVRs or NVRs, which enables organisations to monitor a large area from a remote command center. VSaaS enables the installation of cameras throughout cities and communities and stream footage to a central location via the Internet Plus, anyone with proper credentials can access the footage from an Internet-connected device—whether that be a smartphone, laptop, desktop, or tablet. That makes it easier for multiple agencies to work together, which in turn can improve communication and response time to incidents. Budget concerns and flexibility Tight budgets are normal in government. As a result, it’s often a challenge to procure capital for new technology purchases—and that sometimes leads to underfunded projects and difficulty upgrading old technology. VSaaS changes the expense model. It allows you to shift from a capital expenditure (CapEx) model, where large capital funding is required to purchase equipment, to an operational expenditure (OpEx) model, where the costs of the solution become an operating expense. Since the cameras, installation, storage, and software are packaged into a service, you don’t need a large capital outlay up front—you simply pay a predictable expense every month. VSaaS provides the capability for you to increase storage capacity when you need it Feature and storage capacity upgrade features VSaaS also makes it easier to upgrade old technology. When new technology becomes available, you can upgrade to it as part of the service. You no longer have to stick with old technology because of capital budget restrictions. Instead, you can upgrade to better cameras and management software features as they become available. The same is true for storage capacity. As camera resolution increases, the amount of data captured also increases. In addition, with the evolution of smart city technology and big data analytics, video data has become more valuable. As a result, there is a need not only to store more data but also to keep that data accessible for a longer period of time. VSaaS provides the capability for you to increase storage capacity when you need it. You can scale to accommodate growth, and since the storage is delivered as part of the service, you can leverage the “pay for use” model to manage your costs. On-premise storage or hybrid Where should surveillance video be stored? It’s an important question. After all, government entities must always comply with data privacy laws and handle data properly to ensure it can be used as evidence if needed. As a result, officials may prefer to be selective about where they store video data. In fact, the concern over regulatory requirements and security and privacy issues, according to Gartner, will lead governments to implement private cloud at twice the rate of public cloud through 2021. The provider’s ability to store large amounts of data cost-effectively makes VSaaS possible That’s not necessarily a show-stopper when it comes to video surveillance. Some VSaaS providers offer hybrid options. Plus, one of the things that makes VSaaS possible is the provider’s ability to store large amounts of data cost-effectively. Because service providers can manage their storage infrastructures economically, they can offer their service at an attractive price. Multi-tier storage infrastructure In a way, government institutions (as well as commercial organisations) can do the same thing. If a government entity—for example, a small municipality—wanted to store their data on-premise or implement a hybrid configuration, they could solve some of their video storage challenges by implementing a multi-tier storage infrastructure similar to what a VSaaS provider might use to provide the actual service. A multi-tier storage infrastructure uses different storage media—disk, object storage, tape, and cloud—and combines them to deliver the total capacity needed while balancing performance and cost. The diagram below is an illustration of a multi-tier infrastructure: As the diagram shows, storage capacity grows using lower cost forms of media as volume and long-term retention requirements change. Files are moved between tiers based on user-defined policies. When the policies are met, the files are moved to a lower cost tier. Some file systems allow for multiple copies be written at ingest which not only minimises the traffic of moving files across the network, but also provides much needed data protection through a second copy on a lower-cost tier. This scenario enables you to optimise the amount of high-performance media in your infrastructure and lower the long-term cost of retaining files. VSaaS offers many benefits for government institutions and commercial organisations alike Choice of implementations VSaaS offers many benefits for government institutions and commercial organisations alike. But not every implementation has the same needs or requirements. The good news is, when it comes to video surveillance solutions, you have options. You can leverage the benefits of VSaaS, in either a public cloud or hybrid scenario, depending on the service provider. Or if your needs dictate, you can achieve some of the same capacity and cost-saving benefits you would get from a VSaaS solution by implementing an on-premise solution based on a centralised VMS system and multi-tier storage. The choice is yours.
Siemens’ SiPass integrated access control system ensures that employees at the Balgrist Campus in Zurich can move freely throughout the building, whilst preventing admission by unauthorised personnel. The Balgrist Campus is a new research and development centre for cutting-edge medicine. Balgrist University Hospital specialises in injuries to the musculoskeletal system and is one of the leading hospitals in this field in Switzerland. The Balgrist Campus is intended to further strengthen this expertise and groups from various disciplines conduct their research here, working closely and sharing information. The rooms are intentionally designed to be bright and open to create a conducive space for creative ideas and innovations. Access control and fire safety The safety and security of people and property are among the top priorities at the new research institute. Not only does the access control deliver high-level security, but a Siemens fire detection system also protects the building against fire.It was a key requirement for Thomas Huggler that employees should only carry a single card for multiple services An online system is used in which all door control units and access readers are networked with the control centre via a bus system. “That way we can change access rights online and immediately block lost ID cards, for example. New authorisations become active right away,” explained Thomas Huggler, Managing Director of Balgrist Campus AG. “This is especially important because we also have biosafety level 2 areas that only specially trained personnel can access.” Single access card for multiple services It was a key requirement for Thomas Huggler that employees should only carry a single card for multiple services. Researchers can use their card to access lockers, printers and mailboxes, as well as make cashless payments in the cafeteria. The integration and design of the mailbox locking system was new to Siemens. “We had never created that kind of system before, so it was uncharted territory for us,” explained a senior customer service technician associated with Siemens. Each specialist group has its own mailbox and employees picking up the mail required to just hold their badge up to the reader and the right box opens automatically. The implementation was complex; we incorporated the concept of a card control for lifts. Future expansion plans Thomas Huggler also pointed out another advantage of SiPass integrated that is especially important for research institutions, “The system delivers precise logs of who accessed what areas, and when. This is particularly important for inspections by the authorities, because some areas have higher levels of security.” “The next step is to expand SiPass integrated to the Balgrist University Hospital.”, Huggler concluded.
Milestone Systems’ open platform IP video management software (VMS) is the technology helping to give peace of mind to residents and visitors of Las Ramblas in Cayala City, Guatemala. Milestone Systems’ XProtect expert software, an open platform technology, was chosen for managing IP-networked video and maintaining continual surveillance over the city’s projects. Network video cameras from Axis Communications are also used, some with crossline detection video analytics. EMC Isilon servers provide the data storage. The open platform Milestone software is compatible with the previously installed security equipment unifying the interface between differences in brand, while featuring larger capacities (in its servers as well), which optimises resources. The combined solution also integrates easily with existing human resources and procedures, making the process of obtaining valuable information, taking action and preventing incidents more efficient. Designed by urban planner Leon Krier, Cayalá is located in Guatemala’s capital city Virtually independent city Highly rated and classified as a spotless city, Ciudad Cayalá features impressive colonial buildings, wide pedestrian areas, greenways and - most importantly - a sense of security throughout its streets. Designed by urban planner Leon Krier, Cayalá is located in Guatemala’s capital city. His objective was to create a virtually independent city within the capital, away from crime and the problems known commonly to affect it. The initial project began in the 1980s when the land was purchased. The first residential areas that were built stood out due to their signature white walls but this closed city model led to some criticism related to class division and isolation of the Guatemalan upper class. As a result, the city’s residential community, Las Ramblas, is an open zone that forms a part of the commercial area and the Cayalá offices. Open area security systems Las Ramblas and the project’s future residential phases do not have walls, but are instead open, connected areas. It was exactly this aspect of Las Ramblas that led to its security systems - specifically those designed for open areas - being put to the test. The goal was to maintain the same standard of existing security among the other phases of the Cayalá project. One of the clear and principal objectives was to offer a safe environment for visitors and residents In Cayalá there are more than 1,500 residences, over 400 offices and businesses, and over 50 lofts. At times, the area involves more than 20,000 visitors daily. Thus, one of the clear and principal objectives was to offer a safe environment for visitors and residents; as a result, Cayalá took on the idea of being a ‘Safe City’ from the beginning. Milestone Systems XProtect Expert software Luis Pedro Rodas is the business manager of Revolution Technologies REVTEC, S.A., the firm that worked with Cayalá to find a security solution. He explains: “In order to carry out a challenge of such magnitude, the city selected Milestone Systems XProtect Expert software as its technological platform. Working together with human resources and processes, it provides the necessary information to take action and prevent security incidents.” All of the Axis cameras are connected to the Milestone video management platform, which interconnects three surveillance centers. For video storage, Cayalá uses EMC Isilon, which holds up to 30 days’ worth of footage. Although there is no physical wall, there are technology systems, human resources and policies at work" “Several virtual security rings exist in Cayalá. Those who enter are being monitored, and although there is no physical wall, there are technology systems, human resources and policies at work,” says Rodas. Prevention of security breaches With an investment of over 2 million dollars in technology, Cayalá has been able to introduce the concept of a ‘Safe City’. The routes of its residents and visitors alike are monitored thanks to a combination of over 120 elements provided by human resources, processes and technologies, which together make it possible to obtain information, take action and prevent security breaches. Héctor Leal, engineer and Cayalá general manager, mentions that this security plan “made it possible to restore the trust, peace and quality of life that had been lost in other cities of the country.”
Captis Intelligence, a provider of I-4 crime solutions (intelligence, information, investigation, identification), has announced the addition of the pharmacy retailer Rite Aid as a client. The announcement comes in the wake of a major acceleration in growth for Captis Intelligence, which recently opened offices in London and Singapore to support its growing international customer base. Captis will provide Rite Aid with asset protection support service from its corporate office located in Los Angeles. I-4 platform powered asset protection “Working with Captis Intelligence has enhanced our asset protection capabilities and provides us with extremely valuable information,” said Robert Oberosler, group vice president of asset protection at Rite Aid. “We are pleased not only with the results we’ve achieved since we began using the company’s platform, but also with the team’s commitment to delivering a high level of customer service.”Working with Captis Intelligence has enhanced our asset protection capabilities and provides us with extremely valuable information” Captis Intelligence developed its I-4 solution over the course of three years, with the goal of unifying powerful asset protection systems within an easy-to-use interface, categorised into four groups: Intelligence, information, investigation, and identification. Multiple industry-first solutions highlight the I-4 platform, including solveacrime.com, the first mass crowd-sourcing system used to identify unknown criminals in surveillance videos or pictures. Retail asset protection “As we look to the future, one of the key elements of our growth strategy is to expand our services to the retail asset protection segment,” said Dario Brebric, president of Captis Intelligence. “We are excited to add Rite Aid, a thought leader in the asset protection and loss prevention industry to our client roster, as part of this expansion.”