Over the past few years, biometrics has rapidly expanded into consumer applications, like the financial market for customer authentication, to payment services and withdrawing cash from ATMs in high-fraud markets. However, its adoption as an additional authentication factor for physical access control systems (PACS) and other enterprise applications, hasn’t been as rapid. But this is changing. Biometrics offers numerous benefits at the door and throughout the enterprise. With the advent o...
Vanderbilt strives that its products meet the highest approval standards and Vectis iX is no different with UVV Kassen certification. Access to playback can be restricted by requiring two user logins. One of the users must be the 4-eye master in order to playback the video. This feature protects workers’ privacy rights as it ensures they cannot be secretly monitored by their co-workers or superiors in their working environment. A reference picture of an area within the bank (e.g. the ATM...
Broco Rankin is pleased to announce the acquisition of long-time client Chamberlain Security, effective December 31, 2017. Founded in the early 1970's, Chamberlain Security is a manufacturer of high security components designed to protect the contents of safes, filing cabinets and ATMs. Chamberlain Security components are included in many commercial and residential safes as well as government GSA-rated (Government Services Administration) and UL® (Underwriters Laboratory) tested TL-15 and TL...
Organisations across the world face a new risk paradigm: one that encompasses cyber and physical threats. We’ve heard the stories associated with ATM skimming, identity theft, data breaches, scams, and phishing. Large financial services organisations are often the victim of hackers looking to steal corporate information and transactional data or funds, and criminals continue to become more sophisticated in their approach. Growth in cyber-attacks Additionally, cyber-threats have taken a...
3xLOGIC, a provider of integrated, intelligent security solutions, and a three-time Deloitte Technology Fast 500 winner, has announced the release of the VIGIL V500 Hybrid. VIGIL V500 Hybrids are fully-integrated intelligent video appliances. Pre-configured with VIGIL Video Management System (VMS) software, this hybrid represents a cost-effective video management platform that provides all the key functionality of VIGIL VMS with unrivalled ease of setup. “Our V500 Hybrid provides t...
Sargent and Greenleaf (S&G), a subsidiary of STANLEY Security and a manufacturer of high security locks and locking systems for safes, vaults and high-security cabinets, has appointed Keith Deaton to Chief Operating Officer. Exceeding business objectives Deaton joined STANLEY Security’s finance team in 2010, and, most recently, served as S&G’s Chief Financial Officer and interim CFO (Canada). In the security industry since 2005, Deaton brings substantial experience to his n...
Biometric technology company Zwipe has announced that it has partnered with Gemalto, a worldwide card manufacturer, to pilot the first battery-less dual-interface fingerprint activated payment card with Bank of Cyprus. 2018 upcoming pilots Gemalto has confirmed multiple upcoming pilots in 2018, with the first of these being with Bank of Cyprus. Commenting on the cooperation, Sylvie Gibert, SVP of Payment Cards at Gemalto said, “We have spent the last 18 months extensively evaluating and confirming the viability of Zwipe’s technology and we are happy that we have now seen great interest from banks all over the world for biometric technology on payment cards, having already identified several issuing banks in multiple regions to participate in the pilot program.” Fingerprint-activated payment cards are seen as the next major market innovation when looking at card-based payments. Consumers will benefit by having a more secure and convenient method of payment that utilises their own fingerprint to authenticate and complete transactions at checkout. The advanced security enabled by biometrics will remove the need for a 4-digit or longer PIN entry as well as allow for the elimination of transaction limits on contactless payments. Payments of the future Commenting on the value of the technology, Kim Humborstad, CEO and founder of Zwipe said, “Many consumers are seeking out ways to avoid having to memorise difficult to remember passwords or PINs. Looking ahead this will be seen as a blast from the past as we continue to integrate the trust of biometrics into payment. Having a more secure method of payment that does not infringe on convenience or consumer privacy is essential. Combining that with the ability to use the card for any type of transaction regardless of amount will make the card top of wallet and top of mind for the consumer.” Referencing the announcement made by Gemalto, this first-of-its-kind card being piloted by Gemalto and Bank of Cyprus is a fingerprint-activated payment card which utilises Zwipe’s unique energy harvesting capacity and biometric engine to enable the authorised user to complete contactless and contact transactions with the card, without the need for battery power. The card works with existing payments infrastructure as standard point-of-sale terminals provide the power necessary to operate. Commenting on this latest cooperation for Zwipe, Kim Humborstad said, "Receiving Gemalto’s support in bringing our technology to market is a big step for our organisation. They have an expansive customer base in every corner of the world and a leading industrialisation capacity and know-how required for such innovative products. We share a common vision about the capabilities and capacity of what Zwipe’s technology can offer to banks and consumers moving forward.”
We probably take critical infrastructure for granted in our day-to-day living. We turn on a tap, flick a switch, or push a button and water, light, and heat are all readily available to us. However, as critical infrastructure are managed by computerised systems this makes them vulnerable to cyberattack. As a direct consequence, this makes us as a society vulnerable too. Imagine if a cyberattack took down the power supply to an entire city without warning? Chaos would ensue. Traffic lights, ATMs and cash registers, fuel pumps, and water pumps, amongst a long list of other things, would cease to operate. The scary thing is, the scenario of a cyberattack on critical infrastructure isn’t far-fetched anymore. Two-factor authentication For example, in 2016 the WannaCry ransomware attack infected over 300,000 computers around the world. Frighteningly, the virus was spread by something as low-tech as an email. Britain’s National Health Services (NHS) was caught up in the attack. As a result, surgeries were cancelled, staff reverted to pen and paper, and only emergency patients could be treated. The most well-known example of a cyberattack on critical infrastructure was the attack on the Ukrainian power grid in December 2015 when 250,000 homes lost power as a result. Accessing the systems controlling the plant’s circuit breakers did not require two-factor authentication, thus providing a security breach for the attackers to exploit with stolen credentials. Physical security has moved from being very simple inputs and outputs, to being always-connected devices Provide best security The rapid gains that technology has made into everyday living has also changed how the security industry operates. In short, physical security has moved from being very simple inputs and outputs, to being always-connected devices. This makes the industry very much part of the IoT world. Of course, this leads to the question - how does physical security protect itself from cyber vulnerabilities? This ethos has changed how Vanderbilt think when designing and developing their own security systems, in particular SPC. FlexC, the company’s communications protocol, was redesigned from the ground up solely with cybersecurity in mind. The protocol has been designed to ensure everything is encrypted, all communications are monitored, and multiple types of attack are considered for defensive purposes to provide the best security possible. Multiple communication paths SPC has built-in protection mechanisms whereby if the system is attacked, it will go into protection mode. The system will remain operational and it will still be able to communicate out, but it will start to shut down elements of itself to protect the system from the attack. While no system is invincible, SPC has been designed so that should an attack penetrate, the system has multiple communication paths available as backup. Therefore, if one server is taken down the system can immediately switch to a backup server and then switch communication paths to bypass the attack and ensure messages still operate successfully. Targeting people opens the door to the ‘weakest link’ possibility that can uncover vulnerabilities such as lack of authentication and encryption Targeting critical infrastructure The most obvious low hanging fruit when targeting critical infrastructure is to target people. Targeting people opens the door to the ‘weakest link’ possibility that can uncover vulnerabilities such as lack of authentication and encryption, and weak password storage that can allow attackers to gain access to systems. Notably, the clear majority of hacks come down to human error whereby weak passwords, or clicking on contaminated email attachments, will expose an organisation’s security. Hackers have also been known to target contractors and simply wait until they go on-site for scheduled maintenance with their infected laptops. Spear-phishing email According to the Kaspersky Lab research, the percentage of industrial computers under attack grew from 17% in July 2016 to more than 24% in December 2016. The top three sources of infection were the internet, USBs, and email attachments. For instance, a spear-phishing email was the technique used in an attack on a German steel mill in 2014. Here, the attackers gained access to the plant’s network through an infected email attachment. The success of these non-complex methods would indicate low levels of awareness about how cyberattacks are carried out. Blocking phishing attacks Technology in day-to-day life might be growing at a rapid rate leading to fears of potential security breaches. But one must remember that technology’s growth also means that security defences are developing in parallel. At its core, security is about being continuously observant, following best practices, and being ready and able to react against a security issue. Unfortunately, in a survey of nearly 600 utility, energy, and manufacturing organizations, only half of the companies had a dedicated IT security program. A hacker waits an average of 146 days from having penetrated a system before they strike Email controls assist in blocking phishing attacks that can bypass spam filters. While regular compromise assessments will check to see if an attacker is already in the system. Currently, a hacker waits an average of 146 days from having penetrated a system before they strike. Therefore, regular assessments give the opportunity to root out penetrations before they strike. Following best practices However, one of the most obvious places to start is to choose equipment from reliable suppliers that have a knowledge and interest in cybersecurity and are focused on protecting your data. When your security system is designed from the ground up to protect against cyberattacks, naturally your organisation will be in a much better place. So how do we best protect against the darker side of an increasingly connected world? By being open and transparent in exposing and reporting vulnerabilities. The best way to avoid attacks is to keep systems up-to-date, change passwords regularly, provide employee training and be diligent in safeguarding facilities through firewalls and following best practices in network maintenance. Keeping up with security updates allows us to make the most of the new technologies available today and into the future.
March Networks, a global provider of intelligent IP video solutions, announced the results of an independent survey exploring how fraud, customer service and security perceptions are impacting U.S. banking consumer decisions. Key results from the survey, commissioned by March Networks and conducted by leading market research firm Ipsos earlier this year, reveal that 15% of consumers experienced fraudulent bank account activity in 2016. Banks and credit unions responded successfully, however, with 85% of those consumers saying they were satisfied with how their financial institution handled the incident. Security influence on banking decisions Survey results also show that a continued focus on customer experience remains critical for banks and credit unions when it comes to retention, with 1 in 5 respondents (and a higher 1 in 4 Millennials) confirming they have switched banks in the past because of poor in-branch service. In addition, banking choices are influenced by how secure consumers feel when conducting transactions, either in their local branch, at an ATM or online. A majority of consumers (98%) felt most secure when conducting transactions at their local banking branch, compared with 92% when conducting transactions online and 85% using a mobile phone app. Further, 90% of consumers said they feel safer when they can see video surveillance cameras in their bank or credit union, and would choose a financial institution with surveillance over one without, all other things being equal. Key findings from the survey: Nearly half of consumers said waiting more than 5 minutes for service is unreasonable While poor customer service was the top reason consumers switched to a new bank, other drivers included the branch nearest them closing (14%), fraudulent bank account activity (9%) and safety concerns (9%) Half of consumers walked away from an ATM without conducting their intended transaction because someone was loitering in the vestibule 90% of consumers think that visible surveillance cameras help deter crimes 60% of consumers noticed a fraudulent transaction before their financial institution, leaving plenty of opportunity for banks and credit unions to be more proactive when it comes to identifying and notifying customers about potential fraud Intelligent video solutions “Banks and credit unions recognise that today’s consumers want a mix of in-person and online banking service options, and have very high expectations when it comes to security and customer service,” said Peter Strom, President and CEO, March Networks. “The positive takeaway from this survey is that financial institutions are meeting these expectations at present, however will need to get even more strategic to retain customers and attract new business in their extremely competitive environment.” For nearly two decades, March Networks’ intelligent video solutions have helped many of the world’s leading banks and credit unions address real-world business challenges efficiently and cost-effectively. More than 500 financial institutions rely on the company’s solutions to enhance security in their banking branches, corporate facilities and at ATMs; proactively identify and reduce losses from theft and fraud; and improve operations and corporate policy compliance. Using March Networks’ video-based business intelligence software, which integrates video with transaction data and analytics, financial institutions are also realising significant improvements in customer service, workforce management and operations.
Now in its 4th year The Commercial UAV Show has released the full conference agenda which includes contributions from NASA, BP and the UK Ministry of Defence. Marcus Johnson, Research Aerospace Engineer, Aviation Systems Division, at the NASA Ames Research Center is discussing developing an autonomous ATM system and defining the future of the drone industry. Joe Little, Technology Principal, at BP plc is giving a snapshot view into how UAVs have revolutionised the oil industry. Al Cunningham, Project Engineer for Watchkeeper Unmanned Air System, at the UK Ministry of Defence is offering insights into building the case for the safe use of UAS in international airspace. The Commercial UAV Show is two events: a world-class conference focused on the progression of the UAV industry; and, a technology exhibition showcasing the latest hardware and software innovations from the mega tech companies to the latest start-ups. The Show takes place 15-16 November at the ExCel in London.
Biometric technology company Zwipe is proud to announce that Priority Group Holdings (Pty) Ltd., a digital security provider and installer based in South Africa has chosen Zwipe Access as its preferred biometric access control solution. The two companies have signed a distribution agreement that includes the marketing, sale and distribution of Zwipe Access cards for the Southern African Development Community (SADC), representing a territory composed of 15 countries across the southern part of the continent. Priority Group Holdings client network features end users representing some of the region's largest and most well-respected companies and organizations within the financial, healthcare and education segments. Global growth strategy Commenting on the new agreement, Kgaudi Mahlangu, Chief Executive Officer of Priority Group Holdings said “We have been providing turn-key security solutions for our customers for some time and have seen a serious demand from our far reaching customer network for biometrics, after getting to know Zwipe, we felt that Zwipe’s portfolio of solutions provided the best combination of security and convenience that we could find,” adding “We have already placed our first order, with the first deployment taking place in Q3 this year. We are confident that our customers will see the benefit of adopting Zwipe’s solution, because it is the easiest way to upgrade to a biometrics solution without needing to change their existing access control readers.” Speaking on the new partnership, John Laws, Zwipe’s Director of Sales EMEA said, “Biometric authentication, and fingerprint scanning in particular, is rapidly being adopted in Africa, both for payment and for secure identification. With Priority Group Holdings experience in high security system integration, and with Zwipe’s unique on-card authentication solutions, the timing is now ideal to introduce Zwipe Access to the region,” adding “we are pleased that Priority Group Holdings has selected our solution, and we are excited that their customers are already testing Zwipe Access. We have seen great interest from governmental, institutional and enterprise customers throughout Europe and the Middle East, and we see the African market as key to our global growth strategy, this would not be possible without dedicated local partners like Priority Group Holdings who truly understand the local cultures, demands and the value of upgrading to biometrics at a fraction of the cost, all without needing to change or upgrade existing systems and infrastructure.”
MegaPX Modular ATM Camera combines HDR and robust low-light performance to capture clear video in high-contrast lighting March Networks, a provider of intelligent IP video solutions, recently introduced the MegaPX Modular ATM Camera. Providing sharp, 3MP images and an impressive 3-foot vertical view of ATM customers in all lighting conditions, the camera enables banking investigators and law enforcement to clearly identify faces and other distinguishing features. Its two-component design ensures easy installation in compact ATMs, including the NCR SelfServ 34 Walk-Up. The camera is the newest complement to March Networks’ comprehensive banking solution used by more than 500 financial institutions worldwide. MegaPX Modular ATM Camera “The Modular ATM Camera delivers exceptional images. One of our credit union customers tested it recently and was so impressed with the video quality that they only want these cameras in their ATMs moving forward,” said Jeff Popoff, Installation and Service Technician with systems integrator Chubb Edwards. “The camera is also very easy to install, so it’s definitely one we would recommend.” The MegaPX Modular ATM Camera is the most recent addition to March Networks’ line of purpose-built ATM IP cameras, mounts, and locking brackets. Measuring just 1.1 H x 1.0 W x 1.4 D inches with a separate decoding unit and flexible 40-inch cable, it is available with a standard or View Window mounting bracket—both of which lock securely into place to ensure the camera does not shift, tilt, or fall back during daily ATM vaulting—saving banks the time and cost of repeat service calls. “The camera is also very easy to install, so it’s definitely one we would recommend” Providing comprehensive video evidence Similar to the self-contained MegaPX ATM Camera, the modular camera combines high dynamic range (HDR) and robust low-light performance to capture clear video in high-contrast lighting, such as the direct sunlight and near-dark conditions experienced at ATM vestibules and drive-throughs at different times of the day. Available with a 2.8mm standard lens, the camera’s wide field-of-view (FOV) records ATM users from the waist up rather than just capturing faces to provide more comprehensive video evidence. In addition, the camera can be configured to auto-correct images recorded behind tinted ATM glass enclosures. To speed up maintenance, each MegaPX Modular ATM Camera includes a unique QR code that technicians can scan with their smartphone or tablet using March Networks’ free GURU Smartphone Application. GURU automates typically time-consuming tasks such as determining a camera’s serial number, verifying its warranty status, and completing online return forms. The app also connects systems integrators with how-to video tutorials, product manuals and convenient troubleshooting tools to help them work more efficiently and resolve camera issues onsite. Purpose-build design and capabilities “With card data theft on the rise and reports of new ‘shimmer’ fraud targeting chip-based credit and debit cards, banks and credit unions want to know they are capturing the best video evidence possible at their ATMs,” said Dan Cremins, Head of Global Product Management with March Networks. “This new ATM camera enables this thanks to its purpose-built design and capabilities that are consistent with March Networks’ leadership position providing intelligent end-to-end video solutions to financial institutions to help address their real-world business challenges.” March Networks will showcase the MegaPX Modular ATM Camera and its complete banking solution in Booth 25041 at the International Security Conference and Exposition (ISC West), April 5-7, at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Las Vegas, Nevada.
HID Global, a global provider of trusted identity solutions, is driving biometrics adoption throughout Latin America, and especially in Mexico, ahead of the October 2018 deadline set by the country’s National Banking and Security Commission (CNBV) to deploy fingerprint identification technology across financial institutions. “Banks, government services agencies and commercial entities in Latin America have embraced our biometrics solutions over the past decade because of their speed, accuracy, reliability and fraud-fighting capabilities,” said Greg Sarrail, Vice President of Global Sales, Extended Access Technologies, Biometrics with HID Global. “Now we are helping to extend these benefits across Mexico’s banking infrastructure as part of a major initiative to curb identity theft.” HID’s multispectral fingerprint devices have helped eliminate fraud in Mexico’s national vaccination program and other healthcare initiatives Enhancing the security of ATMs HID Global’s Lumidigm biometrics sensors with multispectral imaging technology are currently used in Latin America’s retail banks, financial institutions and government agencies to create a more convenient customer experience while increasing the security of ATM and other transactions. More than 115,000 multispectral fingerprint sensors are deployed in Brazil to protect billions of ATM transactions per year, with nearly 80 percent of the nation’s ATMs used by over 85 million banking customers. Financial institutions in Chile and Argentina have embraced HID’s technology to secure pension payments for over one million elderly citizens. HID’s multispectral fingerprint devices have helped eliminate fraud in Mexico’s national vaccination program and other healthcare initiatives that provide millions of underprivileged citizens with subsidies for medicine and medical care. Most reliable fingerprint capture technology The company’s biometrics sensors are also used extensively in commercial applications in Mexico, including verifying identity for more than 70,000 members of a large fitness club franchise. Now, the same technology is poised to improve banking security and convenience in Mexico as the CNVB gets closer to the October 2018 deadline for financial institutions to verify their customers’ identity using fingerprint biometrics when creating accounts, applying for loans and conducting other transactions. HID’s patented multispectral fingerprint imaging technology captures unique characteristics from both the surface and subsurface of the skin HID’s patented multispectral fingerprint imaging technology captures unique characteristics from both the surface and subsurface of the skin, providing the most reliable fingerprint capture technology available. Multispectral fingerprinting works for the broadest range of people with normal, wet, dry or damaged fingers, across the widest range of usage conditions--from dirt and grease to sunlight to wet or cold conditions. Liveness detection capabilities to eliminate fraud HID Global’s Lumidigm biometrics solutions also feature field-updatable ‘liveness detection’ capabilities that help eliminate fraud by preventing the use of fake fingerprints or ‘spoof’ attacks. The devices use a top-ranked NIST certified MINEX III minutia algorithm for proven interoperability with industry-standard fingerprint template databases. HID will be demonstrating its biometrics solutions at Expo Seguridad Mexico from April 24-26 in Stand #3131 at the Centro CitiBanamex in Mexico City.
Banks and financial institutions have more complex and diverse requirements for video surveillance technology than most other organisations. From corporate buildings, to branch offices, data centres, ATMs and cash depots. Several European Banks benefit from using Mirasys Video Management Software (VMS), which provides high privacy protection and robust technology. Networking the video management system of the bank’s branch offices provides users a single logical system that can be used from any site or from an external service provider's service centre. Hence, VMS services are produced in the most cost-effective way whether it be locally, centrally or outsourced.The unique, non-fragmenting storage file system provided by Mirasys protects against hard disk failure The Mirasys VMS checks the system performance in real time and helps to prevent system failure. Enhanced multi-disk recording minimises data loss and maximises recording continuity. The unique, non-fragmenting storage file system protects against hard disk failure. Benefits to financial sector Perimeter and motion detection monitors sensitive and restricted areas, such us bank vaults or safety deposit boxes, and alerts personnel only if an important event occurs, saving time and operational costs. People counting and other data reporting enables reduction of business inefficiencies and enhances customer service. Advanced alarm management tools enable the creation of specific alarm lists based on the motion, sound or text data triggers; reducing the number of false alarms. Dwell time and stopping detects people loitering at the ATM. Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) alerts on potential threats and suspicious vehicle movement and reports on car parking utilisation.Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) alerts on potential threats and suspicious vehicle movement and reports on car parking utilisation Recorded video watermarking guarantees the integrity and authenticity of recorded and exported video data for court evidence. User authentication and setting specific user rights ensures control of system access and protects sensitive data. Also, product features such as audit trail and versatile material management and search functionality support, e.g., the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements. The purpose of the audit trail events is both to show what the user has done, and also to track other (programmatic) changes that change the user interface. Key to data security is operational policies for: account security (e.g., personal user accounts, instead of shared accounts, rename default administration accounts, etc.); password security (don't leave systems with default passwords, don't permit too short passwords, use passphrases instead, etc.), and; software and device firmware updating. Mirasys recommends that systems are kept up to date with the latest software versions. In a networked, multi-server or multi-site environment, all Mirasys VMS servers and client applications can be centrally upgraded from the Mirasys management server. Manage easily various event sources in multiple locations with the flexible Mirasys Smart Event Management platform How to protect your surveillance online For deployments, Mirasys recommends that surveillance cameras are installed, when possible, in a private camera network, where the direct camera communications take place only inside the camera network to VMS servers, and is separate from the client access (“viewing”) network (and from the public Internet, in particular). This also prevents the camera streaming and signalling from being forwarded inadvertently to any external systems not part of the VMS solution. In addition, camera access from outside the private network is thus not possible. It is also recommended to protect wide area network links with VPN (Virtual Private Networking), or other secured, connections.Integrated systems such as access control, intruder detection and fire alarm systems serve as sensors for the video management system For server-to-server and client-to-server signalling, the data communication is in Mirasys VMS both compressed and encrypted by default for sensitive data (such as usernames and passwords and other details). Integration and Internet of Things in VMS With larger video management solutions, the integration of different systems is valuable because it allows automated functionalities that eliminate human errors and delays. Integrated systems such as access control, intruder detection and fire alarm systems serve as sensors for the video management system. IoT (Internet of Things) is increasingly applied in the video management. The sensors continuously provide information and, if necessary, based on this information, the predefined decision chains automatically open a video connection to the event place without any delay or error. The resulting snapshot may be one image or a set of several images that supports decision making in a problem situation. All the information is also stored for later processing. The event picture is routed either automatically or manually for people and organisations needing the information. Also, related Standard Operating Procedures can be automatically opened.Mirasys VMS is the answer to the scalability and performance needs of new camera technologies from any manufacturer Mirasys VMS is quick and easy to install, and especially effective in networked, IP-based CCTV systems and their operational and management needs, such as centralised management and upgrading/updating of servers, drivers and client applications without requiring on-site travel to remote locations. User profiles are easy to create and change. Servers can be pre-installed and pre-configured before delivering to the deployment location. Easy-to-use user interface The Mirasys VMS user interface can be adapted to individual and specific needs and preferences and provides more visual space for videos without sacrificing any functionality. A HTML5 (Hypertext Markup Language, Version 5) based user interface in Version 8.4 offers easy access to the Mirasys system from anywhere; PCs, tablets or smartphones. Video surveillance camera features are consistently improving. Image quality can be exceptionally good compared to what it used to be only a few years ago. The newest cameras also require much less network bandwidth due to more effective encoding formats, such as H.265/HEVC (from 40% up to 60% of bandwidth and storage space savings, depending on the footage and device without any loss of quality, or increased quality at the same level with the H.264/AVC encoding) that many IP camera manufacturers have started to support. Individual servers can handle more simultaneously connected cameras than before, and the entire system has no actual upper limit. Mirasys VMS is the answer to the scalability and performance needs of new camera technologies from any manufacturer, and the Mirasys based video management system can be designed freely using the best equipment for the customer-specific requirements and can support also all future needs.
Multitone Electronics plc, a specialist in the design, manufacture and implementation of integrated communication systems, announces that its Mall Call communications system has been chosen by Canary Wharf Group for its retail facilities. Security communication management tool Peter Lomax, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Multitone, commented, “We are delighted that Canary Wharf Group has chosen to use Multitone’s Mall Call solution to manage communications with retail tenants. With over 490 Mall Call Units being installed, more than 300 stores, banks, services and restaurants over five malls will be covered. Mall Call is designed as a dedicated communications tool and is perfect for a busy and extensive large-scale site, from sending service alerts to tackling crime and managing major events.” The flexibility, reliability and security of Mall Call is perfectly suited to the needs of a large retail management team. Peter continued: “The scope of communications requirements at Canary Wharf is vast, from everyday planning messages (such as opening times or maintenance), to dealing with shoplifters or even potentially an emergency and evacuation. Mall Call enables the estate management team to instantly communicate with the security teams and retail tenants when required.” Multitone i-Message platform Lee England at Canary Wharf Shopping also commented, “The Mall Call solution was ideal for our communication needs. The system has scope far beyond that which we are utilising initially and we look forward to the benefits of a long-term partnership with Multitone.” Mall Call uses a robustand seamless touchscreen interface, which can beutilised on any suitable smart device including a smart watch Based upon Multitone’s powerful i-Message platform, Mall Call is designed to provide high levels of communications availability to all relevant teams, with a tailored interface for the bespoke requirements of the specific applications and organisation using it. Mall Call uses a robust and seamless touchscreen interface, which can be utilised on any suitable smart device including a smart watch. The whole system will be hosted on a secure fixed and wireless system at Canary Wharf for full control of communications. Multi-content facility for regular admin updates From a user’s point of view, communications centre around the Mall Call Units, which are tamper-proof, fixed tablet-style devices that fully utilise the multi-content facility of the system and will be installed with each retailer. Along with text information and audible alerts, Mall Call also allows for the sharing of graphics or photo images and documents. This could be used for regular admin updates from the facilities team, warnings on known suspects to identify criminal individuals or to find a lost child or missing person, for example. Peter Lomax concluded, “With Phase One of the project underway, we are working closely with the team at Canary Wharf Group to investigate potential ways of expanding the project in the future. For example, Mall Call can be utilised over multiple sites, which offers further scope for expansion should it be required moving forward.”
PVcomBank, one of Vietnam’s fastest growing and most progressive banks, has acquired a cutting-edge March Networks video surveillance system. Established in 2013 through a merger of PetroVietnam Finance Corporation and WesternBank, the Hanoi-based financial institution is a joint stock commercial bank with 115 branches throughout the country. Shareholders include Petro Vietnam with a 52 percent stake and Morgan Stanley with a 6.7 percent strategic interest. Prior to selecting the March Networks technology, PVcomBank had a variety of different video surveillance systems installed throughout its branch network. The bank wanted to upgrade to a high-performance solution it could eventually standardise on for all of its retail branches, ATMs and corporate offices, and centrally manage from its headquarters in Hanoi. “The March Networks system gives us the central management capability that we didn’t have before. It’s also reliable, user friendly and provides us with excellent quality video.” Enterprise-class video surveillance The enterprise-class March Networks system PVcomBank is now deploying consists of 8000 Series Hybrid NVRs, Command Enterprise video management software and hundreds of March Networks IP cameras, including MegaPX WDR MiniDomes Zs and MegaPX Indoor IR Domes.More than 450 banks and credit unions worldwide rely on March Networks’ intelligent IP video solutions to keep their customers and employees safe PVcomBank relied on the advice of Intelligent Building Solutions (IBS), a security systems integrator and March Networks certified partner with offices in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore and Phnom Penh. “We wanted to upgrade to a high quality, enterprise system with central management and health monitoring,” said Nguyen Manh Hai, PVcomBank. “IBS recommended March Networks because of its track record as a global leader in the delivery of video surveillance solutions to the financial sector.” More than 450 banks and credit unions worldwide rely on March Networks’ intelligent IP video solutions to keep their customers and employees safe, and help reduce losses due to fraud, theft and liability claims. IBS, a supplier of security and building automation products, including video surveillance, access control and intrusion detection systems, began rolling out the March Networks system across PVcomBank’s branch network in June 2015 and expects to complete the deployment by the end of 2016. Hybrid capability results in lower costs The hybrid capability of the March Networks 8000 Series NVRs is ideal because, in addition to approximately 250 new March Networks IP cameras, PVcomBank opted to continue using analogue cameras from its previous video surveillance systems. Continuing to use its existing cameras with the March Networks system kept costs down and resulted in noticeably improved video quality from the analogue cameras. Access to video is restricted to the bank’s security staff and used to obtain evidence of burglaries, fraud and other reported incidents. Eight and 16-channel NVRs are equipped with 6 and 8 TB of onboard storage, respectively — sufficient for approximately 60 days of video retention. The 8000 Series recorders are available in 4, 8, 16 and 32 channel models and can accommodate two simultaneous recording streams — one lower resolution stream for viewing online, and another full resolution, full frame rate version for investigation purposes. Built for maximum reliability, they feature a secure Linux operating system to better protect against viruses and malware, and an internal battery backup for systematic shutdown in the event of power loss.The 8000 Series recorders can accommodate two simultaneous recording streams The 8000 Series recorders are also designed for easy maintenance with docking station architecture that keeps all cables securely connected to the back of the unit for faster, more convenient installation and servicing. Technicians can also take advantage of March Networks’ industry-first GURU Smartphone Application to scan the QR code on any 8000 Series NVR to quickly find the recorder’s serial number and warranty status, speed troubleshooting, link to video tutorials and use an installation audit feature to run automated reports on the video system’s configuration complete with camera field-of-views. Simplifying day-to-day system administration The Command Enterprise video management software used by PVcomBank simplifies day-to-day system administration with centralised management and mass configuration tools, and provides real-time health monitoring that alerts administrators to performance issues. A customisable user interface with motion histogram and thumbnail images allows investigators to quickly zero in on video evidence. “We are very pleased with our March Networks video surveillance system,” said Nguyen Manh Hai. “We worked closely with IBS, our security systems integrator, to select a system that would meet all of our needs. The March Networks system gives us the central management capability that we didn’t have before. It’s also reliable, user friendly and provides us with excellent quality video.”
Dahua Technology, a world-leading manufacturer and supplier of video surveillance products headquartered in Hangzhou, China has delivered an IP-based security solution for SANASA Development Bank in Sri Lanka. Founded in 1997, SANASA Development Bank (SDB) is a unique financial institution, committed to rising the standard of living for low income Sri Lankan families with its range of microfinance activities. SDB is a national cooperative bank, with over 82 branches covering all of Sri Lanka. A large proportion of the bank’s clientele consists of farmers, fishermen, labourers and small vendors and business owners, making it truly a bank dedicated to the people it serves, focusing on their improvement and development. As its business was growing consistently, SDB decided it needed to upgrade its security system. IR dome network cameras for monitoring After examining SDB’s unique requirements and concerns, Dahua provided the bank with a cost-effective, customised, high-definition IP security solution, designed for stability and reliability. The new system includes surveillance cameras and DVRs, as well as intelligent security software. A number of different camera models were chosen to cover all areas of the bank, including offices, counters, and ATM kiosks. The majority of cameras used in the SDB system are Dahua’s small IR dome network cameras. These feature a 1/4-inch 1-Megapixel CMOS sensor which outputs clear, crisp 720p images at 25/30 frames per second, and supports multiple network monitoring options, including web viewer, video management software (including Dahua’s DSS or PSS) and DMSS remote viewing. The domes also feature infrared sensors with a range of up to 30 meters – excellent for monitoring the bank during the dark hours of night. IP66-rated weather-proofing and dust-proofing ensures the cameras can withstand even the harshest weather conditions, and IK10-rated vandal-proofing effectively prevents violent attacks on the domes. All of these factors meant that Dahua’s small IR dome network camera made an ideal choice for SDB’s interior and exterior monitoring. Improving security and operational efficiency To record the video images provided by the small IR network domes, Dahua provided its 5000 series NVRs. These 8-, 16- or 32-channel network video recorders can receive up to 160Mbps of footage, and support HD resolution of up to 5MP for camera input, record, live view and playback. Crucially, Dahua’s 5000 series NVR offers Power over Ethernet (PoE), which allows the cameras to be powered via data cables rather than necessitating the installation of additional power cables. For its video management, SDB uses Dahua’s Smart Pro Surveillance System software which supports video wall control and is easily connected to smart IP cameras. The Smart PSS provides a host of functions, including device management, real-time viewing, video recording, remote search and playback, and much more. SDB is the first bank in Sri Lanka to adopt a fully IP solution for its entire security system, and Dahua’s IP solution is helping to improve both security levels and operational efficiency for the bank. As the world-leader in advanced video surveillance solutions, Dahua offers a complete range of high-level banking security systems and equipment, for both large financial institutions like SDB and for smaller credit unions.
Dahua Technology, a world-leading manufacturer and supplier of video surveillance products headquartered in Hangzhou, China upgraded the security level for Banco de la Provincia de Buenos Aires (Banco Provincia). Banco Provincia is a publicly owned Argentine bank operating 342 branches and is Argentina's second-largest by deposits and total assets. Banks strive to safeguard negotiable & non-negotiable assets Banks strive to safeguard their negotiable (cash, bonds, etc.) and non-negotiable assets such as documents, equipment, furniture, and other assets, requiring the highest level of security. As Banco Provincia was in the need of upgrading their surveillance system, devices from many other providers were tested but failed to meet such high-standard requirements. Dahua’s products and technology met these requirements and exceeded other suppliers, becoming the optimal choice. In this upgrade, DVRs, NVRs, analogue cameras, analogue PTZ cameras, and network cameras, which have fit the cost performance ratio and high stability, were used to meet the security requirements. Clear and intelligent functions Dahua’s analogue cameras and PTZ cameras feature high resolution images, even under the most unfavourable weather conditions. Dahua DVRs provide high-quality live view and up to 8/16 channel synchronous real-time playback. Meanwhile, selected NVRs can be used as storage devices in order to manage massive data volume from the analogue DVRs. With clear and intelligent functions, Dahua products are able to monitor core areas of the branches of Banco Provincia, such as the lobby, desks, teller counter, ATM, etc. Moreover, Dahua’s Smart PSS and DH-DMSS provide convenience and intelligence by supporting viewing and operation on multiple electronic devices. “It's a great honour and pleasure to cooperate with Banco Provincia,” said David Shen, Manager of Argentina market at Dahua Technology. “But the process wasn’t easy. The competition among suppliers was quite furious. However, Dahua security products have successfully passed a number of professional tests and proved it qualified as a top security surveillance provider. We are very confident of our products and technology."