The use of facial recognition has become a highly debated topic recently, and has increasingly and misleadingly been criticised by some for being an unethical tool used to spy on the public. The reason for such criticism is however largely due to lack of information and regulation around the technology. Used proportionately and responsibly, facial recognition can and should be a force for good. It has the ability to do a lot more to increase security in the future – from street crime to...
CeComunica, a Professional Mobile Radio (PMR) operator in Panama, is slated to launch in December a Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) Tier III trunking network supplied by Hytera, global provider of innovative PMR solutions. This new nationwide network will provide advanced and reliable mission and business critical communications services to a large number of users from sectors such as ports, airports, ground transportations, hospitality, retailing and security companies in Panama. DMR Tier III trunk...
Hikvision, the provider of innovative video surveillance products and solutions, announces the launch of its Security Radar intrusion detection solution. The solution uses cutting-edge Hikvision technology to accurately pinpoint the location and motion trail of up to 32 potential intruders per radar, even in the harshest weather conditions. Hikvision Security Radar is ideal for monitoring large, exposed spaces with harsh weather, and where the perimeter environment is too complex for deployment...
Airbus will be showcasing a myriad of smart solutions for safer oceans at 2018's Euronaval event in Paris. The portfolio presented will range from maritime awareness centres, secure seamless communications services, through satellites and related services, to Unmanned Aircraft Systems, aircraft and helicopters. Airbus’ uniquely broad maritime portfolio enables customers to make the right decision and act at the right time, capitalising on 50 years of experience in the maritime domain. The...
EUSAS and Euralarm, hosted by Airbus, recently organised their second joint conference, which was this year on the topic of aviation safety and security. It showed once again the importance of technological development for an industry endeavoured to protect lives with a particular relevance to the aeronautics and air transport sectors. Aviation safety & security The US Federal Aviation Administration reports yearly over 100 false fire alarms on airplanes, resulting in unplanned landings an...
At GSX 2018 in booth #2341, Hanwha Techwin America, a global supplier of IP and analog video surveillance solutions, will unveil two new cameras in its P series line. The Wisenet PNM-9000VQ (4-head) multi-directional camera and the PNM-9320VQP (4-head) multi-directional plus 32x optical zoom PTZ camera support configurable fixed-focus lens/CMOS sensor modules that allow the installer to choose the resolution and the focal length for each head. Full suite of video analytics Ideally suited for c...
Axis complements AXIS Q35 Series with two multi-megapixel, outdoor-ready fixed domes. Developed for solid performance in challenging light conditions and rough environments, the new models are perfect for surveillance in a wide range of areas such as critical infrastructure, city surveillance, airports, railway stations, harbours, healthcare, pharmaceutical and food industries. Based on top-quality ½” sensors and Axis’ latest image processing, AXIS Q3518-LVE delivers 4K, and the stainless-steel AXIS Q3517-SLVE delivers 5 MP, in 30 fps with outstanding image quality in challenging light conditions. This includes support for Axis OptimizedIR illumination, forensic WDR and Lightfinder technology. The new models also support Axis’ award-winning Zipstream technology, which preserves important details in full image quality, while reducing the storage and bandwidth needs by an average of 50% or more. Withstands harshest conditions Shock detection feature means they can send an alarm when exposed The advanced AXIS Q35 cameras have been designed to withstand the harshest conditions, with stable operation in extreme temperatures from -50 °C to +60 °C. AXIS Q3517-SLVE features a marine-grade stainless steel casing that is highly resistant to the corrosive effects of salt, detergents and other chemicals. AXIS Q35-LVE/-SLVE cameras are IK10+ rated and have been tested to ensure they can withstand 50 joules of impact. The shock detection feature means they can send an alarm when exposed. The cameras’ electronic image stabilization (EIS) means they provide steady video even during intense vibrations. Additional camera features Pre-installed AXIS Motion Guard, AXIS Fence Guard and AXIS Loitering Guard analytics for proactive surveillance The use of dynamic overlays to add extra information, such as weather update, to the video feed External sensors can be connected to input ports to trigger alarms or actions, and if the connection to a sensor is cut, the camera can send an alarm Relays and other external devices can be connected to outputs to, among others, activate lights, lock/unlock doors If there is a power outage, redundant DC power and Power over Ethernet help ensure a reliable power supply to the cameras Installation is made easy with flexible cable management, optional connection to any conduit and helpful tools such as leveling assistant, auto rotation, remote zoom and focus Pre-installed analytics provide excellent support for proactive surveillance Petra Bennermark, Global Product Manager at Axis Communications, comments, "The new additions to our top-of-the-line AXIS Q35 Series will help our customers ensure safety even at the most challenging conditions, whether it comes to light, weather or a rough environment. The cameras’ outstanding image quality give the operators the best possible chance of identifying people, objects and vehicles, and the pre-installed analytics provide excellent support for proactive surveillance."
Running into its 11th edition, this year’s Guangzhou Public Security Technology (GPST) show will officially open its doors from 9 – 12 June at the China Import and Export Fair Complex. Taking place alongside Guangzhou Electrical Building Technology, the two fairs will welcome over 220 manufacturers and solution providers across 15,000 sqm of floor space over the coming four days. Amidst growing optimism surrounding the prospects for China’s booming smart city sector, the fair provides an ideal platform for security sector stakeholders to deepen their business relationships and enhance their integration across vertical markets. Over 10,000 visitors are expected to descend on the fair, including the most relevant trade, industry, and local government authority representatives. Smart city, smart transportation, public safety and smart community will be among the vertical markets that fairgoers will have the chance to explore at this year’s show" Surveillance and biometric recognition Commenting on the opportunities that the show will deliver for its attendees, Mr Hubert Duh, Chairman, Guangzhou Guangya Messe Frankfurt Co Ltd, said: “The security industry is currently enjoying abundant business opportunities, as new technologies in fields such as video surveillance and biometric recognition are adopted and integrated across different sectors. GPST is at the forefront of showcasing these opportunities. Smart city, smart transportation, public safety and smart community will be among the vertical markets that fairgoers will have the chance to explore at this year’s show.” Co-organised for the first time this year by Guangzhou Guangya Messe Frankfurt, the fair has attracted many brands from various security sectors. Highlighted technologies and vertical markets include: Intelligent analytic technology Beijing Sensing Technology – Demonstrating facial recognition technology that can automatically identify facial features and cross reference them with a database. The system is capable of achieving a recognition rate of 3 billion times per second. Dahua Technology – Featuring an advanced video surveillance system that uses high performance facial recognition technology to carry out classification analysis. Guangdong Ao Zhi Innovation Technology – Exhibiting an enterprise computing system that can carry out high performance back-end video analysis. A range of applications for smart city include surveillance, machine vision and artificial intelligence. Hikvision Digital Technology – The AR ‘Hawk Eye’ 360 degree surveillance system is widely applicable in airports, transport terminals, stadiums, and other places where large-scale surveillance is necessary. Netposa Technologies – Among other advanced solutions, the company will showcase its high performance video analysis system. Sensetime – An advanced point detection technology that can detect 240 facial points to accurately recognise human faces and expressions will be on display to fairgoers. Shenzhen IntelliFusion Technology – The Company’s signature ‘DeepEye’ facial recognition and analysis system utilises data mining, cloud intelligence and the largest human face database in the world. Over 10,000 front end systems have already been installed in Chinese cities. The system allows for the sharing of lead and strategy deployment information Public security & smart transportation Jinpeng Electronic Information Machine – An integrated public security system that facilitates online cooperation across public security departments through cloud computing and big data. The system allows for the sharing of lead and strategy deployment information. New Orient Electronic Technological Engineering – An integrated surveillance management system can be used for prison security and has numerous functions including: video and audio surveillance, intrusion monitoring, emergency response requests, access control and public announcements. PCI-Suntek Technology – An advanced traffic monitoring system combines cloud computing, big data and artificial intelligence. The system is able to assist in decision making, manage congestion and resolve complex traffic issues via traffic light control and resource allocation. Asset management and security Guangdong Anjubao Digital Technology – Displaying building intercoms that function as access control systems. The systems can be operated remotely using mobile devices as well as through facial recognition, Bluetooth and password. Guangdong Sayee Intelligent Technology – Providing end-users with O2O community services such as property management and building security. Video intercom and access control systems can be operated remotely through mobile phone applications and PC. Shenzhen Cloudy Security Technology – Featuring a cloud based video analysis system that can be utilised for asset management and security. The system allows users to monitor video feeds remotely through an online portal. Product Analysis & Machine Vision The Exemplary Case Study Zone is also one of the most highly anticipated aspects of the 2018 show. Artificial intelligence and IoT technology will feature heavily at the zone, providing fairgoers with key product analysis and industry insights. Applications of the technology stretch into public safety, retail, medical care, building management, transportation and factory. Meanwhile, the Live Talk with Industry Experts Zone will give visitors the chance to listen to two-way dialogue between high level representatives of security industry giants. This area will feature live-streamed talks that delve into the future development of security products. Data mining, deep learning and machine vision (an automated image analysis and inspection technology) will be examined. An exploration of user requirements and pain points will also be on the agenda. Artificial Intelligence security solutions These discussions will not only be open to visitors at the show, but they will also be made available through a live internet broadcast. Speakers will include representatives of premier companies such as Dahua Technology, PCI-Suntek Technology and Netposa Technologies. Speakers will include representatives of premier companies such as Dahua Technology, PCI-Suntek Technology and Netposa Technologies As the adoption of artificial intelligence becomes more prevalent across many industries, the security sector is also examining how AI can be more broadly implemented. To analyse how AI can be proactively adopted to boost development, the Asia Intelligent Security Technology (AiST) forum will take place from 9 to 11 June. The forum will involve seminars delivered by experts representing government departments and premier companies. Public safety associations With its deep and wide-ranging coverage of the security sector, the fair has drawn support and participation from many notable Chinese industry associations. The Dongguan Public Security Technical Protection Association, the Fujian Safety Technology Protection Industry Association, the Guangxi Security Technology Defense Industry Association, the Guangzhou Security and Protection Industry Association, the Hangzhou Security and Protection Industry Association, the Hubei Province Security Technology Guard Industry Association, the Hunan Security Protection Association, the Jiangxi Public Security Association, the Jilin Social Public Security Protection Industry Association, the Qinghai Public Security Technical Protection Association, the Smart Security Industry Association of Shenzhen, the Shenzhen Security Industry Association, the Zhejiang Safety Technology Protection Industry Association, and the Zhuhai Public Security Technical Protection Association will all be in attendance at the fair.
Mr. Fu Liquan, Chairman of Dahua Technology, participated in the China (Zhejiang) – Zimbabwe Business Forum held in Harare, the capital city of Zimbabwe. Mr. Fu Liquan gave a speech at the forum on behalf of Dahua Technology. The forum, participated by political and business representatives on the Zimbabwean side, including President Emmerson Mnangagwa, and the Zhejiang delegation led by Secretary of Zhejiang Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China, Che Jun, which focused on exploring the business opportunities in Zimbabwe’s key economic fields. Mr. Fu Liquan, Chairman of Dahua Technology was granted an opportunity to speak as an outstanding business representative Dahua Technology security integration Mr. Che Jun said that the China (Zhejiang) – Zimbabwe Business Forum would serve as an important platform for business circles of both sides to get acquainted. He hoped that through this platform, members of the Zhejiang delegation will enhance its strategic cooperation with local companies and also find viable projects to invest in. Mr. Fu Liquan was granted an opportunity to speak at this state-level business forum as an outstanding business representative. He briefly introduced Dahua Technology to all forum participants, and Dahua Technology’s business development in Africa, including a number of successful projects completed including airports, railroads, military harbours, safe cities, etc. With a mission of “Enabling a safer society and smarter living”, Dahua Technology, will continue to focus on “Innovation, Quality and Service” Innovative video surveillance solutions During his introduction of Dahua Technology in Zimbabwe, Mr. Fu Liquan specifically mentioned President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s visit to Dahua Technology in April, 2018. He said that Dahua Technology, upon the request of the President, will establish a branch in Zimbabwe and help build Harare a safe city in the future. In addition, Dahua Technology will bring professional trainings to local scientific and technical personnel and provide end-to-end service and true value to the local government and people. “Dahua Technology is willing to contribute to creating a stable economic development and investment environment for Zimbabwe.”Mr. Fu Liquan said. President Emmerson Mnangagwa personally unveiled a plaque of Dahua Technology Zimbabwe Liaison Office to Mr. Fu Liquan, symbolizing his warm welcome towards a Dahua branch in Zimbabwe in future. Under the expectations from both sides, dozens of projects were signed that day. With a mission of “Enabling a safer society and smarter living”, Dahua Technology, a global solution provider in the video surveillance industry, will continue to focus on “Innovation, Quality and Service” to serve partners and customers around the world.
The 5 new vandal-resistant thermal cameras in the Wisenet T series are able to capture images at up to 640 x 480 resolution and are designed to detect objects and people in difficult environmental conditions such as through smoke, snow, heavy rain and fog, which traditional video surveillance cameras may not be able to do. They also offer an effective solution for projects where there are concerns about light pollution. “Wisenet cameras are increasingly being specified for multi-sited, high security and mission critical projects across Europe and these new thermal cameras will enhance our ability to provide robust solutions, regardless of the operating conditions,” said Bob (H.Y.) Hwang Ph.D., Managing Director of Hanwha Techwin Europe. “Our camera line-up is now even more formidable with the introduction of the Wisenet T series. Together with our Wisenet P, Q, X and HD+ cameras, they place us in a very strong position to meet the demanding requirements of airport, bus & railway stations, city surveillance, solar farm and traffic monitoring type applications.” Built-in Gyro sensors offer accurate stabilisation, while audio analysis recognises critical sounds Feature rich thermal camera All models in the Wisenet T series are equipped with audio analysis functionality which recognises critical sounds such as gunshots, explosions, screams and broken glass. Additional features include temperature change, shock, object/people direction, loitering and camera tampering detection. Built-in Gyro sensors offer accurate stabilisation which comes into effect when a camera is disturbed by wind or vibrations, resulting in more stable images. Bi-directional audio, motion detection and handover are also offered as standard, as is the ability to store up to 256GB of data via an SD/SDHC/SDXC memory slot to ensure video is automatically recorded in the event of network disruption. There is also a choice of H.265, H.264 or MJPEG compression and feature WiseStream II, a complementary compression technology which dynamically controls encoding, balancing quality and compression according to movement in the image. Bandwidth efficiency is improved by up to 99% compared to current H.264 technology when WiseStream II is combined with H.265 compression. Wisenet VGA camera range Wisenet TNO-4030T: 13mm fixed lens. 5m minimum object distance Wisenet TNO-4040T: 19mm fixed lens. 11m minimum object distance Wisenet TNO-4041T: 19mm fixed lens. 11m minimum object distance. Pan/Tilt mount Wisenet TNO-4050T: 36mm fixed lens. 36m minimum object distance Wisenet TNO-4051T: 19mm fixed lens. 36m minimum object distance Pan/Tilt mount
Oncam, global provider of 360-degree video capture and business intelligence technology, has announced partnership with BDF Sicurezza Latina to provide the company's full suite of products to Italy as the country's first Oncam distributor. The strategic partnership offers customers the ability to incorporate Oncam's innovative technology into their security plan to help increase situational awareness and aid in investigations. The new 180-degree product range delivers something truly unique to the market and we are excited to introduce it to our customers" Oncam-BDF collaboration Serving a number of vertical markets, such as banking, commercial and enterprise, airports and transportation, and smart city, BDF has 30 years of experience providing security and automation technology to protect people and assets from threats. Adding Oncam's products to the solutions the company allows BDF the ability to diversify its video surveillance offering for the Italian market. “The Oncam technology offers exceptional image quality and a strong product line that delivers a variety of form factors to our customers,” said Benito De Filippis, Founder, BDF. “In particular, the new 180-degree product range delivers something truly unique to the market and we are excited to introduce it to our customers.” Intelligent surveillance solutions As part of the agreement, BDF will sell the Oncam suite of intelligent surveillance solutions, including its award-winning Evolution camera range, which includes both 5MP and 12MP 360- and 180-degree models, and are available in a variety of enclosures, including indoor, outdoor, recessed, concealed, mini, stainless steel, explosion-proof and more. Oncam also provides users with an innovative de-warping experience and integrates seamlessly with the industry's leading NVR/VMS partners as part of the ONVIF Profile S standard. “BDF has a wealth of experience in Italy and truly understands the varied challenges that customers face within this market,” said Simon Reed, Vice President Sales, EMEA and Asia, Oncam. “The company's dedication to listening to what the customer needs from a security solution, as well as their attention to training and support, are in line with Oncam's mission to provide innovative technology that is supported by dealers dedicated to customer service and experience.”
Zaun Limited has acquired all the intellectual property rights (IPR) and assets of EyeLynx Limited after the voluntary liquidation of its former subsidiary. Zaun will continue the business under the trading name of Zaun Technology, which will be part of the multi-award-winning perimeter protection systems, Zaun Group. The EyeLynx range of security software services and products – including its iconic SharpView CCTV solutions and much-vaunted EPR-500 radar – will be part of the Zaun brand product line under this new approach. The core technical team behind the product and support remain unchanged under Francisco Feijoo, but fellow co-founder and former CEO Jay Patel is no longer part of the business. While the quality of its CCTV has been praised by The Metropolitan Police, the radar is currently attracting most customer interest Business integrations Zaun Technology has taken on all support contracts and product warranties for EyeLynx customers under the deal. Zaun co-founder and director Alastair Henman said: “Customers in the perimeter security industry will benefit from a more holistic solution, driven by innovation. We wish Jay the best of the luck with his new endeavours.” Zaun had been steadily integrating the business since acquiring it three and a half years ago and the approach to the market through channel partners Eclipse Digital Solutions, Harper Chalice and Tensor will continue. While the quality of its CCTV has been praised by The Metropolitan Police, the radar is currently attracting most customer interest. Perimeter security Feijoo created a mobile pack fitted with its EPR-500 radar and all-in-one Pharos PTZ camera on top of a tripod to demonstrate instantly to security managers that it can identify predatory vehicles at up to 700m – and drones at 80 metres. The EPR-500 radar with SharpView detects, tracks and records moving objects in a 120° field of view, such as people and transport, in high resolution, even at night, making it ideal for airport perimeter intruder detection, railway trackside public safety and building site security and asset protection.
As anyone who has ever flown on a commercial airline since 2001 knows, security measures at airports are well enforced and the emphasis on traveller safety is all around the airport and its grounds. Mass transportation, meanwhile, presents a special but not any less significant challenge when it comes to determining security issues. These facilities need to develop the means to protect a constantly changing and large population of passengers. And unlike airports these facilities often have hundreds of points of entry and exit on multiple modes—buses, subways, light rail, commuter trains, even ferries. About 2 million Americans will use the nation’s airways on a given work day, while 35 million people will board some form of public transportation. In fact, statistics have shown that nearly 11 billion trips are taken on public transportation every year. In some large metropolitan areas in North America where mass transit is well established, more than 20 percent of the area’s inhabitants get around via public transportation.About 2 million Americans will use the nation’s airways on a given work day, while 35 million people will board some form of public transportation Solving mass transit security For transportation officials and their security providers, solving the mass transit security issue begins with determining the key concerns and then creating the proper responses via security systems, policies and procedures to mitigate the risks. Although vandalism and graffiti are very visible signs of criminal behaviour in mass transit settings such as bus stops and subway stations, this is not where transportation officials typically focus their energy. Fences and gates can secure out-of-service buses and train cars, as can remote surveillance methods to keep such vandalism at a minimum. Instead, it is the day-to-day safety and security of transit riders and employees that should become the highest priority. This begins with creating the safest environment possible that is highlighted with appropriate signage and, when necessary, audible warnings, and supporting that with technology, such as surveillance cameras, that will document what has happened if an incident occurs.Analytics can also be useful in alerting security about other suspicious behaviours at a transit stop, such as an untended bag or package Crime prevention in transportation Analytics can also be useful in alerting security about other suspicious behaviours at a transit stop, such as an untended bag or package Incidents of concern within a transit setting can take several forms, ranging from legitimate accidents or crimes to false claims such as faked fall down the stairs to potential and actual suicides. Bus and subway stations also have become magnets for homeless people who may put themselves and others in harm’s way by trying to access less secure public areas within a station as temporary shelters. If someone is injured on a subway platform and the transit provider is held liable, it could be on the hook for hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars. Suicides are a major concern for operators, with personnel now being trained to look for individuals who seem distressed, are loitering in the area or are intentionally putting themselves in a dangerous situation, such as standing too close to the edge of a platform. The deployment of video analytics, which can be programmed to send alerts when certain pre-set actions occur, can help determine when such dangerous behaviours come into play. Analytics can also be useful in alerting security about other suspicious behaviours at a transit stop, such as an untended bag or package or a person going into a restricted area. Whether it is on the bus, train or ferry or at the stops themselves, cameras and intuitive video management systems are the key to both active and forensic transit security. Some cities use buses that are up to 60 feet long and those can be equipped with up to a dozen cameras Train security and safety By using the proper cameras and recording systems in a transit environment, quick-acting personnel can locate a person of interest who boarded a train at one station, follow him during his trip and produce a crisp, clear identifiable image at the end. Those setting up the system thus should keep in mind proper camera positioning, resolution and motion-based changes to framerates or other compression settings. A typical 30-foot bus often has six cameras—one each at the front and middle doors, two more within the bus and then one looking forward and another looking behind the bus. The latter two are important in the event of accidents to verify liability. Some cities use buses that are up to 60 feet long and those can be equipped with up to a dozen cameras.Train stations often deploy high-definition cameras to better support facial recognition software to get that actionable image Train cars are similarly equipped with two to four cameras to view activity down the centre aisle. Within the stations themselves, there can be from 15 to 30 or more cameras capturing wide-angle shots. Train stations, which have a restricted point of egress, often deploy high-definition cameras to better support facial recognition software to get that actionable image. Installing the right technology for the solution Although bandwidth and storage can be a concern, with motion-based recording, the resolution can be bumped up during event, resulting in a 1-megapixel stream jumping to 4 or even 8mbps when needed. By changing the resolution on demand, end users can cut their storage needs significantly. Transportation settings often rely on the same technology used in other security installations, primarily mini dome cameras, although there are some mini transit domes built specifically for the environment with the proper aesthetics. Because of vandalism threats, transit typically avoids pendant mounts, which can be more easily grabbed and damaged. Temperature ratings for cameras also come into play in cold climates with cameras often getting outdoor exposure.Today’s new buses and trains are constructed with the cameras onboard and newer stations also take security into consideration at the earliest design stage As trains and buses move along their routes, especially those that service outlying areas, Internet connectivity becomes an issue as well. Because it may be difficult for video to be sent in transit, security bus barns are equipped with Wi-Fi so video from onboard cameras can be downloaded at the end of the day. And the use of hardened recorders at the stations allows security personnel to retrieve recorded video. Transit security with modern technology Today’s new buses and trains are constructed with the cameras onboard and newer stations also take security into consideration at the earliest design stage. Older infrastructure from long-standing subway and bus terminals can prove to be a challenge when adding security, but these issues aren’t insurmountable. Often the solution is to add more cameras to cover the same square footage because of less-than-ideal sight lines and to place conduit wherever it works best, which may mean positioning it under platforms or in other out-of-the-way places within older stations. Looking ahead, transit security will continue to evolve, not only as new stations and modes of transportation are added to the system, but in terms of communicating with commuters. People can expect to get mass notification alerts on their mobile devices, and those same devices can provide vital data to transportation entities to better develop their overall systems.
Over the course of the past few months, I have discussed a myriad of topics, from Big Data, the Internet of Things and emerging video surveillance-use cases, to analytics, storage complexities and IT technologies like virtualisation and hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI). All of these trends have a significant effect on the security market, and in April they were highlighted in spades at ISC West. It’s great to talk about these trends but it’s far better to see how they are being leveraged in real-world applications. That’s really where we can all see the true value of new solutions and concepts. We’re lucky enough to work with some leading organisations that want others to benefit from their experience and I’m happy to have the opportunity to share two of these applications with you. Protecting educational facilities UCF has adopted advancements in technology, particularly video surveillance solutions, to help ensure stronger security on campus Educational institutions face an increasingly complex risk environment. Recent high-profile incidents emphasise these risks and magnify the vulnerabilities that educational facilities face. These incidents have led to more public demand for improved security solutions across campuses. The primary mission of these organisations is to deliver quality education to students, and they face the challenge of balancing between a highly secure facility and one that supports open interaction. The University of Central Florida is no different. This organisation, one of the largest universities in the country, has adopted advancements in technology, particularly video surveillance solutions, to help ensure stronger security on campus. Active shooter incidents In March 2013, UCF faced an active shooter situation in which a former student planned to pull the fire alarm in a residence hall and then attack his classmates as the building was evacuated. However, the shooter’s gun jammed, and as officers were closing in on the gunman, he took his own life. During the university’s response to the incident, accessibility to critical video data was a major issue. Educational institutions face an increasingly complex risk environment UCF had cameras in the area where the incident took place, but first responders had no way of viewing the footage without being at the physical location of the video recorder. At the time, UCF had a wide variety of standalone systems in place, including non-integrated video surveillance, access control and intrusion systems. As a result, there was no way to centralise video management, viewing and analysis. Upgrading from analogue systems Altogether, its security system consisted of older analogue platforms that were reaching end of life, 58 standalone servers, 12,000 access points and a wide variety of DVRs — all being managed in a siloed manner. UCF needed a solution that would allow officials to centralise system management, store video data more effectively and reliably, and enable the security team to deliver situational awareness to responders when needed. Security leaders sought a way to further modernise its security, surveillance, access control and IT infrastructure The university deployed an HCI solution, one that is optimised for demanding, data-intensive workloads like video surveillance. Using standard off-the-shelf server hardware, the system aggregates the storage and compute resources from multiple servers into a single unified pool that all cameras can access, which maximises performance and storage capacity utilisation. The platform also hosts the university’s video management solution, which serves as a centralised source to manage video and effectively protect its security data. Because of the growing demand for video across UCF's campuses — for both safety and business purposes — the HCI solution’s ability to eliminate the opportunity for data loss and easily scale were key components in its selection. Protecting air travel and airports In 2012, Charleston International Airport embarked on an ambitious upgrade project dubbed the Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Program. The $200 million initiative was designed to modernise and expand the facility to meet increased passenger demand. While the aesthetics and amenities of the airport were under construction, security leaders sought a way to further modernise its security, surveillance, access control and IT infrastructure. The IT and security teams needed to address the challenges of their existing standalone server environment, which included siloed systems, management complexity and high administrative and equipment costs. Charleston International Airport embarked on an ambitious upgrade project dubbed the Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Program Considering the high value of the airport’s video, security and IT data, it required a solution that could deliver reliable data protection, system resiliency and fault tolerance. The airport is required to store video for 30 days, but it seeks to expand its retention time to 60 days. Therefore, technology that can scale simply was key in the selection process. Storage system updates It also required a storage platform that could manage the demanding and write-intensive nature of its nearly 250 IP surveillance cameras — a challenging task for traditional video recorders. The airport deployed HCI appliances to better manage captured video data and expand its archive capability for video surveillance. Users rely on video to validate whether something did or did not happen - and this is essential in airports HCI surveillance solutions are designed to provide industry-leading resiliency. Even if multiple hardware failures occur, including an entire appliance, video management servers will remain online and recording, and any previously recorded video will continue to be protected and accessible. Reducing expenses and costs The solution also reduced total cost of operations by consolidating servers, storage and client workstations into one enterprise-class solution that is easily managed from a single user interface, without the need for specialised IT skills. These use cases demonstrate the value emerging technologies bring to these types of modern environments. And they show that solutions like HCI are no longer simply much-talked about technology trends. Video, IT and security data is critical to organisations of all types and they need to ensure their investment in capturing this data is protected. From a security standpoint, users rely on video to validate whether something did or did not happen. If that video data isn’t protected, they lose a very valuable investigative tool. That isn’t an option in today’s complex environment. That’s is why it is paramount to understand how new technologies can help expand current capabilities and evolve security operations. This can’t be left to chance.
One of the toughest business decisions companies need to make is when selecting a new video surveillance system, as it’s a rigorous process to compare camera offerings and technologies, and to evaluate price structures. With its proven performance over the last several years, IP surveillance systems have become the defacto standard for most professionals. Those experts typically cite the numerous benefits that IP cameras offer, including higher image resolution, ease of installation, scalability, and analytics as rationale – which are all valid. However, the biggest drawback is the high price tag when considering making the switch from an analogue to a dedicated IP surveillance system. In reality, many end users don’t need networked IP cameras in every location throughout their facility, as the additional features and benefits IP cameras typically provide may not be necessary in every location. Ultimately, the decision to stick with analogue or move to IP needs to be based on your surveillance objectives and future needs. Advantages of 4K Consider this – you’re managing an analogue surveillance system and your primary goal is to increase image resolution; 4K analogue cameras may be your ideal solution. Advanced 4K analogue surveillance cameras deliver a myriad of advantages, including: Superior resolution Lower cost and easy installation. Picture clarity even under changing or difficult lighting conditions Models with 2 and 4 megapixel resolution, such as Dahua’s HDCVI 4K cameras with scalable HD-over-coax technology, provide security professionals with greater situational awareness and are available in multiple form factors to provide exceptional quality video & audio for a wide range of surveillance applications.Since 4K analogue cameras are not connected to an IP network, they do not present the cybersecurity risks that are typically associated with IP cameras Greater distance, greater definition Another benefit of 4K analogue cameras is that their higher number of pixels provides increased digital zoom performance without pixilation versus traditional HD or 2K cameras. This allows security operators to see further into the distance with greater definition. The added resolution is especially important for popular applications that require higher levels of detail, such as face and licence plate recognition or object analysis, as well as emerging video analytics and artificial intelligence applications for future system enhancements. 4K analogue applications 4K analogue cameras are also ideally suited to cover large fields of view such as in sports stadiums or airports with great detail and accurate colour reproduction. Their superior digital zoom capabilities can allow 4K analogue cameras to do the work of two cameras – one for a wide view and another for close-up – without sacrificing quality or compromising security. This can also help dramatically reduce hardware and installation cost, and simplify video monitoring. Finally, since 4K analogue cameras are not connected to an IP network, they do not present the cybersecurity risks that are typically associated with IP cameras. With the ever-increasing amount of sensitive and personal information stored on networked drives at businesses of all types, the value of removing one more potential network entry point cannot be understated. Overall, with 4K analogue cameras, security professionals can take advantage of higher resolution video on an existing, cost-effective platform that’s safe from network intruders with isolated and limited installation downtime and exceptional cost-efficiencies.
In a significant move for the video security market, BCDVideo has announced that it is set to become Dell EMC’s OEM partner in the video surveillance space. For nearly a decade, the Chicago-based company has been known as a key OEM partner of Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), providing storage and networking technology to security integrators on a global scale. This latest partnership will allow BCDVideo to take their offerings to the next level. BCDVideo Vice President Tom Larson spoke to SourceSecurity.com to discuss the reasoning behind the deal, and how the programme will benefit partners, integrators, and end-users alike. Expanding BCDVideo's product offering For BCDVideo, the HPE OEM programme has been widely acknowledged as a success, allowing the company to leverage a globally recognised brand and provide high-quality, reliable solutions across video networking and access control. Nevertheless, explains Larson, HPE server solutions are primarily suited to large-scale enterprise projects, and are therefore unable to accommodate for the growth in small- and medium-sized surveillance applications. The global collaboration with Dell EMC will allow BCDVideo to open up a broader product offering, building on success in the larger enterprise market to offer tailored solutions to SMEs. Our aim is to look at all best of breed technology to serve the video surveillance marketplace, and that means multiple partnerships” Support for integrators By leveraging Dell EMC’s sophisticated digital storage platforms, BCDVideo will now be able to offer a more cost-effective solution to integrators, without sacrificing the resilience and IT-level service that BCDVideo is known for. With access to Dell EMC’s expansive global sales and technical teams, the company hopes to expand its reach, all-the-while providing partners with around-the-clock technical support and a five-year on-site warranty. Customers should be reassured that BCDVideo will continue to offer HPE platforms, service, and support. “Our aim is to look at all best-of-breed technology to serve the video surveillance marketplace, and that means multiple partnerships,” says Larson. “The addition of Dell EMC to our portfolio is a major win for BCDVideo, for Dell EMC, and for our integrators.” The global collaboration with Dell EMC will allow BCDVideo to open up a broader product offering Meeting surveillance market demands At the technology level, assures Larson, Dell EMC’s server offering is well suited to handle the increasing video resolution and growing camera count demanded by the surveillance industry. At the larger end of the spectrum, the company’s Isilon Scale-Out NAS solution can handle tens of petabytes of data, making it ideal for large-scale security applications such as city-wide surveillance and airport security. Dell EMC storage solutions are already proving successful at major international airports including Dubai and Abu Dhabi, each with a camera count in the 1000s.Dell EMC and BCDVideo together are ensuring our customers get the right solutions designed for the surveillance market” For Dell EMC, the new partnership means the ability to expand on this success in the enterprise market, leveraging BCDVideo’s surveillance expertise and high-level customer service to offer tailored solutions for lower-volume applications. Since its inception, BCDVideo has differentiated itself in the security space by providing a high level of IT service to integrators making the transition to IP systems. By combining resources, the partners will be able to service VMS and analytics companies, software vendors, and access control providers, as well as traditional business integrators. Ken Mills, General Manager Dell EMC Surveillance, explains: “Surveillance storage is not just about capacity, it is also about performance and reliability. Dell EMC and BCDVideo together are ensuring our customers get the right solutions designed for the surveillance market.” Accomodating for growth BCDVideo is well placed to accommodate this anticipated growth. Last year, the company opened a new 51,000-square-foot global headquarters in Illinois, home to 90 separate stations within their Innovation Center where each system is customised according to integrator needs. The new facility allows for expanding business with new and existing partners in the security market.
Heightened security is the watchword throughout Europe and around the world after the recent dual terror attacks in Brussels. Two explosions at Brussels’ Zaventem airport were followed an hour later with a third bomb at the Maelbeek Metro station, just 100 metres (about 300 feet) from the headquarters of the European Union. In all, 35 people died (including three suicide bombers), and more than 300 others were injured, 62 critically. Raised security levels worldwide In Belgium, flights were cancelled and the terror threat was raised to the highest, fourth level. The Metro subway and the airport in Brussels shut down. There was extra security at French and Dutch airports, and cross-border traffic was halted in the immediate aftermath. France’s border with Belgium was closed. In London, security was stepped up at Gatwick and Heathrow airports, and UK nationals were advised to avoid crowded areas in Belgium. Thousands of miles away in the United States, security measures were also increased at transport hubs and landmarks. #Brussels airport attack only the 3rd against an aviation hub following post 9/11 clampdown https://t.co/3IzQjazkPE pic.twitter.com/ghnbRZmrRi — Bloomberg Business (@business) March 22, 2016 Both attacks took place essentially at public places. Although the Belgium airport screens passengers carefully before allowing them to board airplanes, the bombs went off in the ticketing/departures area where anyone can walk in, and no luggage had yet been screened. Witnesses reported gunshots fired and shouts in Arabic right before the explosions, and a Kalashnikov assault rifle was found next to a dead attacker. An unused explosives belt was also found. At the crowded subway station during rush hour, the Metro was leaving the station when there was a loud explosion. Hundreds of troops and police took to the streets in the aftermath, and two suspects were arrested later a mile away from the Maelbeek station. CCTV identifying bombers We remember that CCTV footage was critical in the investigation of the London terror attacks in 2005, and the same will certainly be true here. The technology has improved since then, and typical video quality is much higher quality. Undoubtedly, police are searching through that video for more clues. An early report said police already had video of one of the Brussels airport bombers including the moment he detonated his suicide belt. Just hours after the attacks, CCTV video from the airport made its way to YouTube, showing terrified passengers running for their lives out of the building amid the smoke of the explosions. Fires burned among bags and debris, including ceiling tiles and glass littered across the floor of the terminal building. JUST IN: Belgian authorities have released an image of 3 suspects at #Brussels airport after terrorist attacks. pic.twitter.com/IQW5748wp6 — Fox News (@FoxNews) March 22, 2016 Every space in the city’s airport, including the area where the explosion occurred, is reportedly covered by four video cameras. Although passengers are not yet screened at that point, security officials watch the area carefully (and covertly). But identifying a bomb among all the unscreened luggage would be a challenge. Plainclothes security patrol public areas of most airports in addition to uniformed officers. Historically, security has been top-of-mind because so many politicians and dignitaries come through the Brussels airport in the EU headquarters city. Security screenings at departures not enough? Ironically, Zaventem airport, like other airports in the European Union, is required to employ explosives trace detection on passengers as they pass through airport screening. But that screening happens minutes after passengers check in at the departures area before they are allowed to board an airplane. The attack will likely lead to some rethinking of security procedures in these public areas. Any additional security would likely increase congestion and delay travellers, reflecting the perpetual need to balance convenience with security. Typically, incidents like the Brussels terror attacks tip the balance toward greater security (even if it’s inconvenient). The attack comes just days after the capture of Salah Abdesiam, the main figure in the November 2015 Paris attacks. The latest tragedy is a sad reminder for us all to remain vigilant. Read more: Are ineffective airport screenings putting travellers at risk of attacks?
I suspect that many people – especially travellers – associate the idea of “security” with what they see at the airport screening line. If that’s the case, our market’s image suffers from the association. I’m not sure what that is, that happens at airport screening gates, but I don’t think it’s security. Rather than actual security, the practice seems aimed more at making the travelling public feel safer (if that’s possible even as they are hassled to take off their shoes and unpack their baggies and laptops). Airport security has always played a vital role ensuring travellers are not put at risk and preventing possible terrorist attacks. Over the years, major airports from around the world have adopted varied forms of security systems from biometric systems to access control solutions for passengers. In the United States, the Transport Security Administration is primarily responsible for keeping travellers safe at airports. Airport screening agents failing security tests I imagine the idea is that if they have to jump through enough hoops, surely an intended terrorist would just give up and go home. After I pass through the line, I mostly feel tired, irritated and a little violated. Not safer. The media is full of reports about how ineffective airport security screening it. You hear that Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners consistently underperform – some data shows that TSA agents fail 95 percent of security tests involving passing weapons through security. It’s a classic case of focusing too much on the process and not enough on the outcome. Processes can be mandated. People can be herded like cattle through long lines by well-meaning agents. Technology can be deployed. Activity can be created – but to what end? Achieving an outcome is much harder, and has mostly eluded the TSA throughout its 15 years of existence. Would anyone today be surprised if there were another 9/11-type attack? Who would be shocked to learn that an airport screener missed something important that led to a disaster? It’s more likely terrorists would find a new way to create mayhem while screeners are still reacting a dozen years later to an attempted shoe bomber or use of liquid explosives. After 9/11, airport security screening was deemed too important to be performed by private companies. The government had to step in. However, along with government involvement came the same level of bureaucratic inefficiency one sees at the local DMV. Background checks for passengers as an additional security measure The latest TSA administrator, Peter Neffenger, is being called on to improve the situation. But how do you improve what amounts to a self-perpetuating bureaucracy that resembles a federal jobs programme more than a security operation? There is talk of more emphasis on workforce recruiting, training and management. There is also talk about more intelligence gathering about passengers – likely outsourced – before they get to the airport. Assigning a commercially developed “risk score” could be used to sort passengers for less screening. It’s a variation on the idea of the existing PreCheck programme – offering less screening to someone who volunteers for a background check. But will any of it improve the situation? The lack of a successful terrorist attack is sometimes cited as evidence of the success of the TSA. However, if you evaluate the bigger picture, including the TSA’s repeated failures and inefficiencies, it seems more likely we have just been extremely lucky.
Vega Systems Inc. has announced that their Redundancy Management Framework (RMF) software has begun operations at a prominent airport in the Middle East. The airport surveillance software plugin for Milestone XProtect enhances video security. Typically, without the software system, video surveillance down-times at critical infrastructure locations have the potential to create security loopholes. Vega Systems' RMF reduces live video disruption to milliseconds during server failure episodes while simultaneously providing uninterrupted access to all archived footage. This, along with other beneficial features, mitigates the impact of server failures on security. Vega Systems' RMF RMF is a novel, few-to-all approach towards enhancing XProtect Recording Server Redundancy through dual recording. A few redundant servers can handle concurrent failures of all primary servers. Offering a live view recovery almost instantaneously following the recording server failure, the system works two orders of magnitude faster than fail-over recording. RMF is a result of collaboration between Vega Systems Inc in San Jose, California, Sunjin Infotech based in Seoul, South Korea, and Milestone Systems' Middle East offices. The product is a plug-in framework for the Canon subsidiary Milestone Systems' XProtect software.
Dallmeier offers comprehensive security solutions for all areas of application around airports. Specifically, in the area of cameras a wide range of systems allow customers to tackle all of their safety and security challenges and be able to comply fully with operational and regulatory requirements. On top of that, Dallmeier supplies video management solutions that not only give operators an exhaustive overview of security-relevant events, but also allow the video data to be analysed with a view to optimising business processes such as ground handling operations. One of the paramount concerns for airports is perimeter protection; an issue, which was highlighted by a number of recent incidents involving unauthorised access onto airfields. It is important to be able to use video system to track an intruder, but the ultimate goal is to prevent an intrusion in the first place. IR cameras with integrated IR illumination With its range of high-performance IR cameras with integrated IR illumination, Dallmeier offers the right solution for every area of applications across airports IR cameras are a key component of any video security system that must provide around-the-clock monitoring capabilities, and the Dallmeier line of advanced IR cameras is ideally suited for that. With its range of high-performance IR cameras with integrated IR illumination, Dallmeier offers the right solution for every area of applications across airports. The IR cameras are designed specifically for applications requiring images with highest resolution in real-time at day and in the IR mode at night. Dimly lit areas on the apron or sections along the airport perimeter, which might only be lit in case lighting systems are triggered by movement, are among the many possible applications. Multi-focal sensor technology Panomera Airports typically encompass wide areas and stretch over long distances, which poses particular challenges for video monitoring system. In the past, in order to adequately monitor the entire area, it was necessary to use a number of cameras installed in a whole range of locations. Dallmeier’s multifocal sensor system Panomera, however, represents an entirely new technology and a fundamentally different approach to the issue of video security. The patented multi-focal sensor technology Panomera from Dallmeier is the ideal video solution for landside and airside safety and security. It was specially developed for the all-encompassing video surveillance of expansive areas. With Panomera, huge widths, as well as areas with large distances can be displayed with a completely new resolution quality, in real time and at high frame rates of up to 30 fps. With Panomera, a huge area can be surveyed from a single location and depending on the customer’s needs, the resolution can be scaled nearly limitlessly. For example, one Panomera system equipped with eight sensors is sufficient to replace up to 35 standard megapixel cameras. Optimising airport operations Panomera offers unique capabilities for optimising airport operations, such as aircraft turnaround time, as well as monitoring airfield traffic on both aprons and runways Moreover, in conjunction with intelligently designed video management and analysis systems, Panomera offers unique capabilities for optimising airport operations, such as aircraft turnaround time, as well as monitoring airfield traffic on both aprons and runways (e.g. ground support equipment on the way to restocking aircraft galleys). The fact security personnel are provided with a comprehensive overview of the entire airport, regardless of where their individual focus may at any given time, means that they can react quickly to any incidents. Video technology can therefore assist airports with the implementation of the Europe-wide optimisation concept of Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM), which is supported by a number of organisations including the European Organisations for the Safety of Air Navigation (EUROCONTROL) and the Airport Council International Europe. The latter represents over 500 airports from 45 European countries. A-CDM specifically aims to enhance the operational efficiency of airports, which opens up various application areas for video technology. Proactive video monitoring as is enabled by the Dallmeier video information systems, instead of passive surveillance, is the way forward across different industries - including airports.
Hoverfly Technologies Inc., global supplier of tether-powered aerial drone systems, is pleased to announce it has engaged retired Deputy Chief of Los Angeles Police Department Mike Hillmann to consult and provide expertise to Hoverfly and public safety officials of cities, counties and special law enforcement agencies who are considering the use of Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) to assist in keeping their cities safe. Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) When incidents and/or events happen, having ‘real-time, situational awareness’ from above the scene is critical to managing risk and upholding public safety “With 24-hour news cycles, a never-ending stream of social media posts, mid-term elections and potential threats to the public at large, getting fast, accurate situational awareness from the air during an incident has never been more important when it comes to keeping the public safe. We are thrilled to have Chief Hillmann advising on use cases and how best to implement and integrate this new technology,” says Hoverfly SVP of Systems, Lew Pincus. When incidents and/or events happen, having ‘real-time, situational awareness’ from above the scene is critical to managing risk and upholding public safety and the safety of those who serve our communities. Aerial/Drone surveillance He adds, “We typically have relied on manned aircraft to provide aerial coverage over a variety of incidents. On occasion, those assets have not always been available, deemed too disruptive or too expensive to deploy in certain situations where an aerial view clearly could have helped an incident commander better understand the situation. Deploying small tether-powered, highly portable, unobtrusive persistent cameras positioned high above the scene can now be used as either a standalone capability or integrated system with existing networks, security infrastructure and even manned aircraft.” Hoverfly tether-powered sUAV (Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) systems solve short battery-life problems associated with free-flying drones Today, Mr. Hillmann is helping chiefs of police, local city and county officials and other public safety personnel understand how Hoverfly’s tether-powered LiveSky systems can be deployed from police or EMS vehicles providing incident commanders with actionable intelligence from high above the scene within minutes of arrival. “Tactically, having the ability to stay in the air monitoring the situation from above for hours, days, even weeks at a time represents an amazing capability we never had before. During my career, I can think of hundreds of situations where having a drone in the air to provide real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance would have helped keep my officers and the community much safer. It’s a force multiplier that should be exploited by public safety,” says Hillmann. Hoverfly’s LiveSky systems Hoverfly tether-powered sUAV (Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) systems solve short battery-life problems associated with free-flying drones because they operate using a standard 120VAC power source or vehicle inverter. The power, command and control information and video are transmitted over the tether making the entire system completely secure from jamming, hacking or spoofing, ensuring the privacy of the data and improving safety. Perhaps the biggest benefit of Hoverfly systems is they are autonomous and require no piloting skills. The CEO of Hoverfly likes to say, “if you can operate an elevator, you can operate our LiveSky system.”
LAN airline, one of the most important airline companies in Latin America, is based in Lima, Peru. The airline company operates scheduled domestic and international services, controlling over seventy percent of the domestic market. Its main base and maintenance centre are located in Jorge Chávez International Airport, Lima, which is a significant transfer hub and aviation infrastructure of South America. The LAN airline deploys its surveillance system with Dahua solutions for its office and airplane maintenance centre, which plays a vital role to keep customers' airplanes flying safely. As what the customer specified, they want the centre covered to ensure a 100% regular management and operation. However, since it is located inside of Jorge Chávez International Airport, it brings along with a hassle as neither too many cables nor wireless antennas are allowed because it may generate electronic jamming. The Dahua 6C-series speed dome cameras can not only provide clear and crisp images, but also requires less output power AP mode wireless video transmission Under this circumstance, Dahua team suggested to use a hybrid solution — a combination of AP (access points) and wire transmission — wirelessly transmit the camera data to inter-connected sub-centres, and then cable-transmit to the control room. The ‘AP mode’ wireless video transmission system includes access points, feeders, PoE, antennas and power cables, allowing a 3.0km to 5.0km long-distance fast transmission with a wide angle, by which, the coverage is further expanded. High-quality images at low power consumption There are in total hundreds of network cameras and Dahua speed domes adopted, ranging from basic line-up to the Eco-Savvy series with versatile shapes such as domes and box cameras according to the actual surveillance surroundings. Take the Eco-Savvy camera series for example, the dome camera is able to provide high-quality image with much lower power consumption — saving up to 50% energy compared with similar products from other bidders. Moreover, the Dahua 6C-series speed dome cameras can not only provide clear and crisp images, but also requires less output power, lowering the power output of the airport. Over fifteen 16-channel PoE NVRs are applied, each with 384Mbps incoming bandwidth, rendering a smooth HD real-time preview and recording As for storage, over fifteen 16-channel PoE NVRs are applied, each with 384Mbps incoming bandwidth, rendering a smooth HD real-time preview and recording; and its PoE function simplifies installation and reduces signal interference. The NVR accommodates up to 16TB with 4 SATAs supported, ensuring a large volume 24/7 storage. Products deliver excellent performance “Actually, we have many bidders and the final reason that drives us to cooperate with Dahua is their outstanding product quality and service. We can see their professionalism in video surveillance and plus their sincerity makes us moved during the communication,” said Luis A. Gómez Cornejo, Supervisor of Electronic Security at LAN Perú. “The implementation went great, they deployed the system within quite a short time and the products are in very good performance.” “We feel super honoured to be involved in this case,” said William Zhou, Sales Director for Latin Americas at Dahua Technology. “In recent years, we are going vertical rather than providing simple and individual products. And this project deepened our insight and practical experience towards airport projects.”
As an innovator in airport security, Oakland International Airport (OAK) announced that it has installed the Evolv Edge, a physical threat detection and prevention system powered by artificial intelligence, to streamline its employee screening program. This installation enhances OAK’s security posture by protecting against metallic and non-metallic threats while simultaneously improving operational efficiency. Physical threat detection system OAK is committed to applying advanced, innovative solutions to complex security operations OAK is committed to applying advanced, innovative solutions to complex security operations. The TSA acknowledged this commitment by selecting OAK as a TSA Innovation Site, a prestigious distinction that promotes improved efficiency and allows the airport to try technologies to benefit its growing passenger and employee base. As the second busiest airport in northern California, passenger travel at OAK is on pace to surpass the 13.2 million travelers that passed through the airport last year. To accommodate this growth, more and more employees are being hired to work at OAK. Therefore, OAK began researching innovative solutions related to employee inspection methods and equipment. Evolv Edge provides OAK with the ability to screen employees for metallic and non-metallic threats with a fast, non-invasive process. Designed with built-in wheels for portability, OAK can easily move the system throughout the airport allowing maximum efficiency for its employee inspection program. Non-invasive employee screening With Edge, organisations, such as OAK, can adapt a risk-based security approach while balancing security with positive experience With this installation, OAK continues to be at the forefront of security through its use of modern technologies to combat today’s evolving threat landscape. By replacing traditional physical screenings with Evolv Edge’s precision, mobility and multi-threat detection capabilities, OAK can control access and respond to different threat scenarios quickly and efficiently. With Edge, organisations, such as OAK, can adapt a risk-based security approach while balancing security with positive experience. “With today’s threat landscape, the security perimeter has expanded beyond traditional checkpoints,” said Mike Ellenbogen, CEO of Evolv Technology and a 20-year veteran in aviation security. “Evolv Edge’s flexibility and portability provides Oakland International Airport with an added layer of security when it comes to employee screening. Oakland International Airport is always at the forefront of innovation, and we will continue working closely with their team to ensure success and safety.”
Though it has been statistically proven that taking a plane is no riskier than taking a bus, people do have reasons to put extra caution on air travel safety, especially in a time replete with terrorist threats. A major line of defence must be the various sections of the airports, which, as a gateway to the outside world and transportation hub of the city, has always been on the top of the safety list of the government and all related authorities. Dahua’s Airport Solution is an intelligent security system to help ensure the safety of the airports. Elements of an effective solution First of all, an effective solution requires a complicated collaboration of multiple (sub)systems such as monitoring system, alarm system, access control system, network transmission system and management platform. As is known to all, the more steps and players it takes, the higher likelihood for a mistake to occur. Secondly, airports include a variety of places such as terminal areas, parking lots, office areas, freight areas, front desk areas (including the square in front of the terminal building), the flight areas, hangars, the perimeter area and so on, each of which operate on vertical management system. Yet due to the diversity of places and the complexity of personnel & cargoes coming in and going out in huge flow, there are too many risky elements to control. Thirdly, it’s not only about accuracy but also about swiftness when it comes to airport security. Safety should bring efficiency and not the other way around. For example, in April 2017, a drone flew into Chengdu Airport, resulting in the runway closing down for 80 minutes, the loss of which was estimated as at least 10 million dollars, not to mention collateral damages in the broad sense. Dahua’s Airport Solution is a unified security system combining multifunctional HD surveillance cameras with deep-learning AI Unifying a security system Designed to solve all the difficulties mentioned above, Dahua’s Airport Solution is a unified security system combining multifunctional HD surveillance cameras with deep-learning AI that can analyse the big data to get the target, be it a car, a face or a series of numbers. In terms of vehicle management: you can adopt all-in-one cameras to capture and recognise license plates of vehicles accessing the airport. This will trigger the alarm when detecting illegal, stolen, blacklisted, hit-and-run, crime-related and other suspects’ vehicles. Covering the whole route of a vehicle, from entrance highway, to parking lots and then to exit, the surveillance system can effectively assist security guards and police to keep a smooth service, and respond quickly when things go wrong, even if it’s just something from the car that was left behind due to carelessness. In terms of passenger management, the same full coverage of the security system also applies to this, from someone stepping off the car to one’s entering terminal building and checking-in area and all the way to the last step to the boarding gate. The HD surveillance cameras endowed with deep-learning AI have world-leading accuracy in face recognition and e-passport verification. Any suspect, should they show up in the airport area, will at once trigger the alarm. Guarding the airport perimeter Dahua’s Airport Solution also takes care of another crucial part of airport that is the perimeter area. One must resort to special equipment like thermal imaging cameras to keep the safety of the said area. An example of this is Dahua’s solution for one specific airport, which covers a perimeter of 30 km and boasts an annual throughput of 30,000,000 people and 8,000,00 tons of cargo. According to the thermal imaging calculation form below: Dahua chose to use a 100mm lens with a resolution of 640 x 512 and set the installation height at 5M, which detects 1.8m x 0.5m, showing people from within 3000m. The perimeter will be well covered for intruder detection purpose with 10 cameras. The intelligent analysis of IVS (intelligent video system) requires 10 x 10 pixels, under which condition, each thermal imaging camera can detect and analyse objects from within 400m. There is in total 12km of perimeter length in need of such cameras, so Dahua chose to place 30 there, totalling 40 thermal imaging cameras to solve the problem. Advantages of using Dahua tech It should be noted that Dahua’s thermal imaging technology has the following advantages: PTZ function, long distance surveillance (which can detect a vehicle 8.8 km away), long distance zoom, binocular lens (optical and thermal imaging lens), and strong intelligence (which can detect intrusion). Compared to alternate perimeter protection equipment on the market today, such as vibration fibre sensor and IR beam sensor, thermal imaging camera has higher accuracy and less false alarm while directly providing video to verify. Dahua has established stable cooperation with world-renowned platforms like Genetec, Milestone, Avigilon, AXXON, ISS, infusing Dahua’s Airport Solution with more possibilities. Supported by strong R&D resources and good working relationships earned in multiple previous collaborations with partners, Dahua can ensure seamless integration whether it’s front-end IPC or back-end NVR, fulfilling different demands of clients and building a sound security system for the airport. In future, Dahua will keep investing in R&D of cutting-edge technologies into the realm of civil aviation video surveillance solutions. With a mission of “Safer Society, Smarter Living”, Dahua will continue to focus on “Innovation, Quality, and Service” to serve partners and customers around the world.