Axis Communications has continued to listen to industry needs and announces two new camera models for corner-mount usage, with specific design features to meet particular use cases. The AXIS P9106-V Network Camera Brushed Steel model has a design that is perfect for blending into the aesthetic in elevators, whereas the AXIS P9106-V Network Camera White model is ligature-resistant (also known as anti-ligature), ideal for, among others, the healthcare sector. The 3 MP cameras are specially designe...
At GSX 2018 in booth #2341, Hanwha Techwin America, a global supplier of IP and analogue video surveillance solutions, will unveil the new Wisenet TNV-7010RC corner mount camera. Focussed on the unique needs of correctional facilities and detention centres, the IP-based camera features a corner mount design that provides broad room coverage. IR (infrared) is emitted at a higher wavelength than traditional ‘red glowing’ IR emitters, making it invisible to the human eye so as not to di...
There are many aspects to consider when developing a retail security strategy, including loss prevention, physical security, asset protection, risk management, and IT. All these areas could be the responsibility of just a few people working to secure a handful of stores or each of these areas could be entirely separate departments, as is often the case for major retailers with locations throughout the country. Regardless of the size of the retailer, there are many different technologies that ca...
Analysis from IHS Markit shows revenues generated by the mission critical LTE ecosystem are set to increase across all major sectors to 2021. Leading the way is the utilities market, with 120% growth, followed by public safety, where revenues are set to double. Transport is predicted to see growth of 80%, just beating the 75% increase expected from the industrial sector. Catalysed by TCCA, mission critical communications features and services have been a key priority of 3GPP in recent years Th...
International Procurement Services (IPS) announces the release of the Research Electronics International (REI) ANDRE Deluxe Near-Field Detection Receiver which offers higher frequency detection range, ultrasonic detection, new software and a new antenna which extends the frequency detection range to 12 GHz. ANDRE Deluxe Near-Field Detection Receiver The ANDRE detects signal activity and displays a histogram of signal strength over time The ANDRE detects signal activity and displays a histogram...
AES Corporation, global manufacturer of long-range wireless private mesh radio alarm communication products and services, is pleased to announce the appointment of Tim Lyon as the new Regional Sales Manager covering all of the New England, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania territory. AES Corp. new regional sales manager Lyon brings over 16 years of successful sales operations and security experience to AES. In his new role, he is responsible for engaging new business development efforts,...
Vanderbilt, a provider of state-of-the-art security systems, announces the release of its new VR mullion card reader. Designed for today’s bright, clean interiors, Vanderbilt’s VR mullion card readers are easy to install, use and maintain. The reader, with keypad, maximises the user interaction with arming, access and messaging that results in enhanced user interaction ‘at the door’. "One of the really nice design features we have implemented with these new readers," starts Ross Wilks, Head of Marketing Communications at the company, "is that when the light bar is in rest mode, it can be configured to appear in a colour that suits the building’s interior design, or even the company’s corporate colours. There is also automatic mood lighting to ensure the readers are not too bright when it is dark. Subtle design features like that are why we feel the Vanderbilt VR mullion card readers are the slickest on the market," finishes Wilks. One of the key features in this new release from Vanderbilt, is the inclusion of the highly secure OSDP Highly secure OSDP All models of the readers have three indicator LEDs and a multi-tone buzzer for audio verification. A multi-colour light frame enforces access status information. This can be configured to follow the indicator LEDs or any number of different options. Display brilliance is set automatically by a built-in light sensor. Aesthetics aside, one of the key features in this new release from Vanderbilt, is the inclusion of the highly secure OSDP (Open Supervised Device Protocol) in the readers to help combat people hacking communications. High-security option "90 percent of all access control cards in the industry today are easily copied and cloned," states Andrew Fulton, Head of Access Control Product Line at Vanderbilt. "Copied credentials, fake credentials, and card cloners can easily be ordered on the internet. This has created the growing realisation that most access control ID systems are therefore totally open to being compromised and seriously vulnerable to attack," he explains. "Our solution to these latest hacking vulnerabilities offers a true high-security option that not only secures the cards and readers but also uses the latest OSDP to ensure that sniffing devices cannot be installed behind the reader or along the communications path," Fulton concludes. The readers are manufactured with a high-quality zinc casted metal frame for extra durability and quality" Extreme weather conditions Designed to work with all of Vanderbilt’s systems, including SPC, Omnis and ACT, they are also vandal resistant and tamper protected. "Our mullion readers were designed to perform in even the harshest environments. They have been successfully tested to withstand extreme weather conditions, varying from -40c to +70c. The readers are manufactured with a high-quality zinc casted metal frame for extra durability and quality, and have been tested to withstand 5 joules, a feat you just won’t get with plastic readers," summarises Wilks.
Control4 Corporation, a provider of smart home solution, announces the availability of the new Control4 Intercom Anywhere, including a new app for iOS and Android mobile devices. With Intercom Anywhere, Control4 homeowners can receive video intercom calls from a Control4 Door Station, enabling them to see and communicate with visitors at the front door or gate, whether they’re home or away. In addition, homeowners will see who’s at the door prior to answering the call, and can simultaneously activate a home scene such as turning on lights, opening the gate, or unlocking the door or garage in response to who has arrived. Homeowners can also quickly activate alerts such as sounding an alarm, locking all doors, or turning on all interior and exterior lighting for additional safety measures. Ignore unwanted calls “Intercom Anywhere adds compelling everyday utility and capability to Control4 smart homes — elevating the ‘smart doorbell’ through a comprehensive in-the-home/away-from-the-home peace-of-mind solution that unifies access control, video surveillance, security, and interactive communication,” said Control4 Chairman and CEO Martin Plaehn. Control4’s Intercom Anywhere places homeowners in control with an app that’s designed to launch and connect quickly. By providing video previews from the Control4 Door Station, like caller-id for the front door, homeowners can simply ignore unwanted calls, answer calls from a welcomed guest, or accept a delivery even when they’re miles away. Homeowners can now receive incoming audio and video intercom calls on their mobile devices Control4 Touch Screens Modern video doorbell products allow the use of mobile phones to see and talk to visitors at the door, but only Control4 Intercom Anywhere supports additional customizable programming. For example, while in an Intercom Anywhere call, the user can turn on lights, unlock the door, open the gate or garage, disarm or trigger the alarm, or any other action uniquely enabled by the Control4 automation system. Control4 Intercom Anywhere also provides new ways to communicate among family members. Family members can make calls from Control4 Touch Screens within the home to a family member’s mobile phone or vice versa. The babysitter or child not answering the landline phone at the house? Use Intercom Anywhere to dial directly to any or all Control4 Touch Screens for a video-call to get connected, fast. Want to call the family to dinner? One tap and you can broadcast the call to dinner throughout the house. Control4 offers a complete audio/video intercom system with sleek video door stations and dedicated interactive video touch screens with premium audio and video quality. Whether at home or away, homeowners can now receive incoming audio and video intercom calls on their mobile devices or call from their mobile phones to Control4 Touch Screens installed throughout the home.
Cost-optimised digital technologies are the fastest-growing digital licensed mobile radio (LMR) technology, as global LMR users migrate to digital. Deployments of cost-optimised digital technologies increased by 16 percent in 2017, reaching more than $1 billion in revenue, compared to an average of 7 percent growth for the overall LMR market. More than 3 million users adopted cost-optimised digital technologies for the first time in 2017, and the installed base of these types of solutions will more than double between 2017 and 2022. Cost-optimised digital technologies Digital LMR users out-numbered those of analog for the first time in 2017 Cost-optimised digital technologies, a term coined by IHS Markit to include digital mobile radio (DMR), next generation digital narrowband (NXDN) and professional digital trunking (PDT), will remain the fastest growing global LMR technologies, at least until 2022. The global success of these technologies has been multi-faceted, as multi-tiered options, increasing competition and advances in capabilities have provided an increasingly cost-effective migration path from analog-to-digital communications. Digital LMR users out-numbered those of analog for the first time in 2017, however there remains a huge opportunity for the market to continue to convert to digital. Increasing awareness of the benefits of LMR technology for mission-critical and business-critical organisations around the world have facilitated this growth. More users are turning to trunked cost-optimised digital solutions to meet their scalable communications requirements. The deployment of trunked networks has increased significantly over the last couple of years, as transportation hubs, utility companies, mines, and public safety and security organisations have adopted these technologies. Cost-optimised digital technology has also been successful globally, irrespective of the level of economic development in any particular region Digital LMR technology Cost-optimised digital technology has also been successful globally, irrespective of the level of economic development in any particular region Cost-optimised digital technology has also been successful globally, irrespective of the level of economic development in any particular region. The largest markets in 2017 were North America and Asia, with Asia being the fastest-growing market, accounting for half of all deployments. In developed regions, where the private sector accounts for a larger proportion of economic growth, transportation and the industrial sector will be the largest adopters of cost-optimised digital technologies. In developing regions, where there is no single national adoption of higher-end technologies (e.g., TETRA, TETRAPOL or P25), adoption rates by public safety and security organisations will be more prevalent. LTE technology This market will continue to grow, despite the developments of Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology on the world stage. As nationwide networks continue to grow, private LTE networks have emerged in China, South America, Australia, Qatar, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria. Mexico built a nationwide LTE network — Red Compartida — in 2018. Other national LTE networks are expected to be deployed in South Korea and the United Kingdom, while Angola has opted for a TETRA and LTE convergence solution for its national communications network. The United States has affirmed its commitment to rolling out its nationwide FirstNet LTE network, with AT&T securing a 25-year contract to build and maintain the network. 5G wireless communications The next generation of wireless communication is on the horizon, with commercial carriers in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Far East developing 5G capabilities Furthermore, the next generation of wireless communication is on the horizon, with commercial carriers in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, China and South Korea developing 5G capabilities that leverage new radio spectrum and technologies, to deliver ubiquity, low latency and future adaptability. The emergence of 5G is a fulcrum in the evolution of mobile technology, moving from a technology that has had transformative effects on personal communications, to one that transforms entire industries and economies. Despite the emergence of LTE and next-generation mobile broadband technology, IHS Markit projects LMR adoption will continue to grow. Because LMR technology provides mission-critical voice and data communications, public-safety organisations, along with airports and other mission-critical commercial organisations, require guaranteed communications in times of emergency. Mission-critical voice and data communications As LTE becomes more established and proves its ability to meet the critical voice communications requirements of emergency services, IHS Markit projects that over the next few years, LTE will complement critical voice with data, rather than replace LMR altogether. Only in the medium- to long-term of five to ten years, as capital investments are considered in nationwide or large-scale deployments, will LTE substitute for TETRA, TETRAPOL and other high-end LMR technologies.
Hytera Communications Corp. Ltd., Hytera America, Inc., and Hytera Communications America (West), Inc. (collectively, "Hytera") has filed a petition at the US International Trade Commission (ITC) requesting review of a Final Initial Determination issued on July 3, 2018 by ITC Administrative Law (ALJ) Judge MaryJoan McNamara that features in Hytera's Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) products sold in the US infringe patents of Motorola Solutions, Inc. (MSI). Hytera files petition at US ITC Hytera's position remains that its products sold in the US do not infringe MSI's patents, and that the initial determination is incorrect. MSI originally asserted seven patents in its complaint but later withdrew three. ALJ McNamara ruled that a limited number of claims in the four remaining patents at issue are infringed, but also determined that MSI did not satisfy the technical industry prong of the domestic industry requirement as to another of its patents and did not find Hytera to have violated the statute with respect to that patent. During proceedings in this case, before the period for factual discovery ended, Hytera had produced for the ALJ's consideration documents and source code related to several new designs. In addition to asking the ITC to reverse the ALJ's initial determination, Hytera has also petitioned the Commission to affirm that these latest products are not infringing. Hytera is confident that our designs for our next-generation DMR product portfolio do not infringe any of the asserted patents of MSI" Digital Mobile Radio products "Hytera is confident that our designs for our next-generation DMR product portfolio do not infringe any of the asserted patents of MSI," said Tom Wineland, Vice President of Hytera Communications America (West), Inc. "MSI did not oppose our new designs based on six of the asserted patents." In June of 2018, Hytera announced a new range of features for its digital mobile radio (DMR) portfolio, including its mobile radios, portable radios, and repeaters. These new features include extending full-duplex calling into repeater-mode operation (RMO) and direct-mode operation (DMO), enlarging full-duplex coverage beyond trunking mode without requiring extra hardware. Hytera also extended its over-the-air programming capability to conventional repeater operation, allowing individual radios to be reprogrammed remotely. Furthermore, optimised push-to-talk (PTT) functionality allows users to talk instantly after PTT even before a call is established. Hytera portable radios and repeaters Hytera's new features for digital mobile and portable radios and repeaters promote higher productivity" "Hytera's new features for digital mobile and portable radios and repeaters promote higher productivity, help improve the safety of users, and offer a better user experience," added Hytera's Wineland. "They boost Hytera’s leading position in providing innovative, versatile, high-quality DMR solutions that also present a compelling value to our dealers and customers." Hytera's petition before the ITC remains confidential by terms established by the Commission, which typically completes reviews within 120 days. Since the Commission has not issued its final decision, there is presently no constraint on the import or sale of any of Hytera’s products. Hytera also learned in May of 2018 that the US Patent and Trademark Office's Patent Trial and Appeal Board has accepted three Hytera petitions to invalidate MSI's patents based on prior art. "Hytera looks forward to the disposition of this case at the ITC and to resolving the series of nuisance litigations our competitor has filed against us," adds Wineland. "Hytera is focused on innovation and prefers to compete fairly in the marketplace rather than in the courtroom. Hytera is confident that our products do not infringe."
Global and domestic threats have highlighted the need for tighter security across all verticals. One of the technologies that has redefined situational awareness and intrusion detection is thermal imaging. Once a technology exclusively manufactured for the military operations, thermal cameras today are deployed across hundreds of security applications and continue to see strong demand in existing and emerging commercial markets. With thermal technology, security personnel can see in complete darkness as well as in light fog, smoke and rain Technology overview and early adoption What distinguishes thermal cameras from optical sensors is their ability to produce images based on infrared energy, or heat, rather than light. By measuring the heat signatures of all objects and capturing minute differences between them, thermal cameras produce clear, sharp video despite unfavorable environmental conditions. With thermal technology, security personnel can see in complete darkness as well as in light fog, smoke and rain. Originally a military developed, commercially qualified technology, the first thermal cameras for military and aircraft use appeared in the 1950s. By the 1960s, the technology had been declassified and the first thermal camera for commercial use was introduced. However, it wasn’t until the late 1990s - when FLIR Systems introduced a camera with an uncooled thermal detector - when the technology began to see substantial adoption beyond government defense deployments. Installations at critical infrastructure sites In the 2000s, industrial companies were some of the first adopters of thermal, using the technology for predictive maintenance to monitor overheating and machine malfunctions. In the years following the September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001, there was an increase in thermal camera installations across critical infrastructure sites. Stricter security requirements drove the deployment of thermal cameras for perimeter protection, especially in the nuclear power sector. Thermal cameras produce clear video in daylight, low light or no light scenarios and their sharp images result in higher performing analytics In 2010, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Committee released its 73.55 policy, which states nuclear facilities must “provide continuous surveillance, observation and monitoring” as a means to enhance threat detection and deterrence efforts onsite. Because thermal cameras produce clear video in daylight, low light or no light scenarios and because their sharp images result in higher performing analytics, thermal cameras quickly became the preferred option for nuclear facilities. Likewise, following the 2013 sniper attack on PG&E Corporation’s Metcalf transmission substation, the Federal Energy Regulation Commission introduced the Critical Infrastructure Protection Standard 014 (CIP-014). The policy requires utilities to identify threats to mission critical assets and implement a security system to mitigate those risks. This statute also led to more thermal installations in the utility sector as thermal cameras’ long-range capabilities are ideal for detection of approaching targets beyond the fence line. The demand from both industrial and critical infrastructure entities, as well as other factors, helped drive volume production and price reduction for thermal, making the technology more accessible to the commercial security marketplace. Commercial applications In recent years, the increasing affordability of thermal cameras along with the introduction of new thermal offerings has opened the door to new commercial applications for the technology. In the past, thermal cameras were designed for applications with enormous perimeters, where the camera needed to detect a human from 700 meters away. Locations like car dealerships, marinas and construction supply facilities can be protected by precise target detection, thermal analytic cameras providing an early warning to security personnel Today, there are thermal cameras specifically designed for short- to mid-range applications. Developed for small to medium enterprises, these thermal cameras ensure property size and security funds are no longer barriers to adoption. Lumber yards, recreation fields and sports arenas are some of the commercial applications now able to implement thermal cameras for 24-hour monitoring and intrusion detection. Affordable thermal cameras with onboard analytics have become attractive options for commercial businesses Innovation and advancements Innovation and advancements in the core technology have also spurred growth in thermal camera deployment, providing faster image processing, higher resolution, greater video analytic capabilities and better camera performance. In particular, affordable thermal cameras with onboard analytics have become attractive options for commercial businesses that need outdoor, wide area protection. Car dealerships, marinas and construction supply locations all store valuable merchandise and materials outside. Without protection, these assets are vulnerable to vandalism and theft. However, by providing precise target detection, thermal analytic cameras provide an early warning to security personnel so that they can intervene before a crime is committed. By helping to deter just one incident, the thermal solution delivers a clear ROI. New market opportunities Not only are there more thermal cameras in use today than ever before, but there are also more thermal sensors being integrated with other multi-sensor systems, driving the adoption of thermal in new markets. For large perimeter surveillance applications, thermal is repeatedly being integrated with radar and drones to expand situational awareness beyond the point of fixed cameras. Users get immediate, accurate alerts of approaching targets and evidentiary class video for target assessment In the commercial market, thermal imagers are combined with optical sensors, analytics and LED illuminators into one solution that integrates with central monitoring station platforms. By bringing these technologies together, users get immediate, accurate alerts of approaching targets and evidentiary class video for target assessment. The result is a lower number of false positives, reducing the total cost of ownership for the solution. These multi-sensor solutions also feature two-way audio capabilities, which enable remote security officers to act as “virtual guards” and speak to intruders in real-time to dissuade them from illegal activity. The introduction of solutions that integrate all these state-of-the-art technologies under one unit reduces the amount of capital and infrastructure needed for deployment. Consequently, more small businesses and alarm monitoring companies can implement advanced perimeter security technologies like thermal sensors, some for the very first time. Thermal cameras have gone from military defense devices to widespread commercial security cameras Multi-sensor thermal solutions Multi-sensor solutions featuring thermal are quickly gaining traction and opening the door to new business opportunities for the security channel. One of the primary reasons for the strong market interest in these systems is they enable integrators to increase their recurring monthly revenue (RMR). With intense price competition and eroding margins on CCTV equipment, integrators have to rely on RMR to grow their businesses. Offering remote video monitoring services and virtual guarding technologies is one of the best ways to do so. Additionally, there is a clear demand for it. Central stations are continually looking for new technologies to offer their customers and businesses are interested in economical alternatives to physical guards. In conclusion, thermal cameras have gone from military defense devices to widespread commercial security cameras that are a substantial segment of the outdoor security protection market. From nuclear power plants to construction locations, thermal technology is being implemented to secure sites around the globe.
The increasing sophistication of network audio technologies and the ability to bring the benefits of audio to a growing number of environments has inevitably led to more complex arrangements of audio devices. In announcing AXIS Audio Manager C7050 Server, Axis Communications has created a single point of audio management for larger and more advanced systems, enabling organisations to enhance the benefits of audio in security, public address and improved customer experience with background music. AXIS Audio Manager C7050 Server offers a complete audio management package that includes both hardware and software. It allows users to manage and control all their network audio devices from a single user interface, including network speakers, audio bridges, microphones and horn speakers from Axis. Easy to install and operate, AXIS Audio Manager is perfect for central management of audio content and scheduling in larger, more advanced audio installations that can be found, for instance, in retail and education environments. With zone management, the user can broadcast music, pre-recorded and/or live announcements to any one, multiple or all zones as needed Ultimate scalability and flexibility AXIS Audio Manager enables easy and efficient zone management to meet individual site needs. A multi-site retail chain can, for example, define different zones for each geographical location and its specific site areas. With zone management, the user can broadcast music, pre-recorded and/or live announcements to any one, multiple or all zones as needed. This allows users to schedule an ideal mix of announcements, commercials and background music throughout the day, week and year, in addition to making live announcements in response to specific situations when required. Content can be managed centrally, from headquarters, or devolved to individual local sites and outlets. Quick to install and easy to use AXIS Audio Manager requires no complicated software programming, with all IP audio devices connecting over a LAN/WAN network automatically. Users can control their entire network audio system using a computer, tablet or phone, scheduling the broadcasting of pre-recorded tracks, controlling audio volume and monitoring device operation: the system offers 24/7 status overview of all connected devices so faults can be identified instantly. AXIS Audio Manager delivers seamless control across our entire audio portfolio, becoming the ‘brain’ of network audio infrastructure" Håkan Hansson, Global Product Manager, Audio, at Axis Communications, commented: “While the use of audio is not new, advances in network technologies mean it is more flexible than ever before. This flexibility means that the benefits of audio in improving security and safety, and creating the best possible customer experience, are being realized by an ever-larger number of organizations. “Effective, easy management is essential as any technology becomes more prevalent across an organisation, and AXIS Audio Manager delivers seamless control across our entire audio portfolio, becoming the ‘brain’ of network audio infrastructure.” Single point of management AXIS Audio Manager provides a single point of management across the Axis range of network audio devices, which includes: AXIS Network Speakers: complete, high-quality audio systems in a single unit, allowing for live and scheduled announcements and background music AXIS Network Horn Speaker: outdoor ready, clear and simple horn speaker to form part of a complete surveillance solution AXIS 2N SIP Mic: an all-in-one network microphone console with configurable buttons that turns network speakers into a full public-address system AXIS Network Audio Bridge: connecting and combining analogue and network audio to broadcast announcement and music from any source, protecting existing investments
Sonitrol, the provider of verified electronic security, announces the successful implementation of a Sonitrol TotalGuard system for 4EverReady Home Care, located in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio. TotalGuard, innovated by 3xLOGIC, has alarm verification capabilities that detected an incident outside the premises, which led to a successful resolution of a potential false alarm situation. 4EverReady Home Care is a privately-owned home care agency based in Dayton, Ohio. The organisation is committed to providing clients with the highest quality care possible, while allowing them to maintain both freedom and independence in the comfort of their homes. Incident triggered alarm 4EverReady has two locations, in Cincinnati and Dayton. Late on a recent evening, surveillance video from inside the Cincinnati location showed a person standing outside the office when suddenly a car drove by the intersection. The person in the video made a hasty retreat from the building and crossed the street. What had happened? “We recognised the man in the video, he’s often in the neighbourhood and because our offices are all glass looking out to the street, we can observe him and others walking up and down the nearby sidewalks,” recounted Lisa Roberts-Rosser, Executive Consultant for 4EverReady. “Because this incident triggered an alarm from our system, Sonitrol of SW Ohio brought the video to my attention, I was the first person called. I knew the man in the video, and I’d never seen him move that fast.”Sonitrol operator was able to quickly determine that the offices were not in danger of a break-in, therefore, this was not an active alarm Area under protection The Sonitrol operator was able to play the video with the related audio to figure out that the passing car had actually fired (turned out later) a paintball gun at the man in front of 4EverReady’s offices, causing him to flee. More importantly, the Sonitrol operator was able to quickly determine that the offices were not in danger of a break-in. This incident occurred outside the area under protection; therefore, this was not an active alarm so no further action was necessary. “We installed the Sonitrol TotalGuard system back in April and our system’s two cameras give us all the visibility we need. Our office is essentially one big room and the cameras give views in the office and through the windows into the immediate neighbourhood,” Roberts-Rosser explained. Motion detection technologies In addition to video surveillance with video and audio alarm verification, the TotalGuard system includes glass break detection and motion detection technologies. 4EverReady has also installed a Sonitrol Cloud Access, which provides key fob entry through the office main entrance. Roberts-Rosser and any other staff with privileges can remotely arm and disarm the TotalGuard system with a smartphone through the available Sonitrol mobile app. “TotalGuard provides us complete alarm verification capability, and the mobile app definitely works well for us,” she explained. “If there is a time that someone has forgotten to arm the system upon exiting at the end of the day, I can arm the system from home or wherever I am.” Legitimate alarm situation 4EverReady has a consultant that uses the office space for meetings after hours, to prevent any interruption of the normal daily work flow. Roberts-Rosser can program the TotalGuard system from anywhere, at anytime, to grant the consultant access when it is needed. The sensitivity of our system is impressive, when it was first installed it was alarming because of loud music outside, cars backfiring, and other loud noises In addition to TotalGuard picking up an incident outside the area of protection, Roberts-Rosser said there has been a process to calibrate the system to be as effective as possible. “The sensitivity of our system is impressive, when it was first installed it was alarming because of loud music outside, cars backfiring, and other loud noises. Once a neighbourhood child pulled on the door while horseplaying around and that definitely caused an alarm. Working with Sonitrol, we’re able to verify all of these incidents to make sure we are only contacting the police when it’s a legitimate alarm situation.” Highly-effective system As is becoming abundantly clear in recent years, police forces are not unlimited resources. Sonitrol TotalGuard has proven to be a highly-effective system in cutting costly, even dangerous, false alarms. “TotalGuard is a technology package no other company is offering security customers, it is a genuine game changer, and this incident proves the technology goes above and beyond in protecting customer’s property, even if the action is well outside the area under surveillance,” said Alison Shiver, Marketing Manager, Sonitrol of SW Ohio.
On September 2, torrential rain caused mountain flood and massive landslide swept Mengdong Town of Yunnan province in southwestern China. Local transportation, electricity and communications network were disrupted.At 9:00PM, in order to reinforce local rescue forces, Yunnan Provincial Fire Brigade dispatched 24 vehicles and 130 firefighters, who later experienced serious challenges in communications in areas where intermittent voice call and short messages in cellular service was available only on heights. Hytera swung into action immediately after being notified about the firefighting department’s emergency communications requirements. Hytera iMesh broadband network solution A Hytera technical team brought the latest emergency communications equipment with them and joined the firefighters onsite. The team quickly set up an ad hoc wireless network with Hytera iMesh broadband networking solution. This broadband network has been facilitating real-time audio and video communications and coordination between the onsite forces and the Provincial Fire Brigade command center. Multiple casualties have been reported and more people are missing. The relief effort is ongoing.
3xLOGIC, global provider of integrated, intelligent security solutions, and a three-time Deloitte Technology Fast 500 winner, has announced, in cooperation with Bates Security, Sonitrol of Lexington, and Sonitrol corporate, the partners have completed a video surveillance and audio detection security upgrade project for The Nest, known formally as the Center for Women, Children, and Families. 3xLOGIC installs video security for The Nest The Nest is located in a somewhat “rough” part of town, so a robust security system is crucial The Nest, located in a Lexington, KY public park, does a little bit of everything, according to Danny Goodpaster, Sales Consultant for Bates Security/Sonitrol of Lexington. It provides needy families with free essential items, offers counseling for domestic violence issues, and has daycare services onsite. The Nest is located in a somewhat “rough” part of town, so a robust security system is crucial. The center had been equipped with a four-camera analog system complete with alarm capabilities, so staff were very aware of the importance of verified alarms in providing a higher degree of safety and security. Goodpaster met with the customer and determined that, at a minimum, eight cameras were needed to provide enhanced visibility of the Center’s surroundings and greater protection. Also, expanded coverage of The Nest’s parking lot and the approach to the entrance were critical. “The Nest just didn’t have the budget for the upgraded system they needed, and we could have installed a much less expensive, non-verified alarm system to save costs,” explained Goodpaster. “But they have been our customer since 1989, and their verified alarm capability plus panic buttons has led to successful police apprehensions at the site on several occasions. Staff understood the importance of Sonitrol brand equipment and our positive relationship with law enforcement. So, in cooperation with our corporate office, we decided to ensure they had the system they truly needed to be able to function more safely and securely.” 3xLOGIC Sonitrol-branded cameras Bates/Sonitrol of Lexington installed a total of eight 3xLOGIC Sonitrol-branded cameras Bates/Sonitrol of Lexington installed a total of eight 3xLOGIC Sonitrol-branded cameras, equipped with full video verification capabilities, and an NVR onsite. There are different camera models to fit the varying surveillance needs, including wide-dynamic range 3MP HD cameras and a 180-degree camera to cover a wider, outdoor area. Most of the cameras are located outside, covering the parking lot and a playground. Two interior cameras cover both of The Nest’s entrances, the office, and the entrance to the daycare facility. The entire upgrade project was completed in April of this year. “One of our biggest concerns,” related Jeffrey White, The Nest Director, “is for our children and staff during operating hours, and us not knowing what is going on in the approach to our building—we need that visibility.” The center has had a number of incidents over the recent past, including a break-in, as well as one of the old analog cameras actually being shot out. NVRs with Smart Search capabilities “The old system was just not doing the job for them,” said Goodpaster. “It was in disrepair, the image quality was poor, and the wiring had deteriorated. We replaced the old DVR with a new NVR that has Smart Search capability, and the entire system is now IP. I was really impressed with the commitment by our corporate office to make sure this important non-profit, doing essential work, has a system that provides them with peace of mind and genuine security. Once we were fully installed, we provided a staff training day that included an orientation for law enforcement as well.”
3xLOGIC, Inc., a provider of integrated, intelligent security solutions, and a three-time Deloitte Technology Fast 500 winner, announced that Frederick Douglass High School (FDHS) has deployed a highly-successful video surveillance installation that helps ensure two points of alarm verification to sharply reduce false alarms. In the summer of 2017, Sonitrol of Lexington and Bates Security completed one of the companies’ most innovative installations. The project includes verified audio detection, verified video, and an advanced access control system. FDHS, located in Lexington, KY, comprises 350,000+ sq. ft. with over 90 staff and hundreds of students. The video surveillance system utilises 192 3xLOGIC HD and IP camera models with analytics software for verification and network health monitoring WDR HD and IP cameras for clear pictures The video surveillance system utilises 192 3xLOGIC HD and IP camera models with analytics software for verification and network health monitoring. Sixty cameras are deployed outside the building and 130+ are located inside throughout the facility. The system features wide dynamic range cameras that automatically adjust to environmental lighting and allow the end user to see clearly out of a sun-lit window or in pitch-black darkness. The cameras record to six 3xLOGIC V7300 servers. “Every door has a strike and motion detection, every lower level room has an audio sensor,” explained Sean Moberly, Sonitrol of Lexington Project Manager, who designed the system. “Every entry has a sensor and panic buttons, and we have Sonitrol access control for 12-15 doors. We concealed the door readers with built-in pockets, so the reader is not exposed but still effectively reads cards. We have video verification at every entry door.” Easily accessible security system Moberly continued, “School staff and Law Enforcement are extremely pleased with 3xLOGIC and the technology the company offers. They love the image clarity and the range of coverage it provides with the zoom feature. They appreciate the ability for easy access with cell phones and laptop computers and told us how user friendly the system is. Upon receiving an audio detection alarm at the central station, the Sonitrol operator also receives video footage for every camera connected to that alarm point “This technology allows the user to conduct faster, more efficient searches, and it enables staff to narrow searches to one area, such as a specific door, and find out quickly what you need to know. The school is so pleased they are considering migrating from their current VMS software to 3xLOGIC VIGIL. In fact, we’re talking to multiple schools who are interested in moving to VIGIL for their existing VMS.” Double verification with audio and video detection The installation features verified audio detection operating in conjunction with the verified video system. Upon receiving an audio detection alarm at the central station, the Sonitrol operator also receives video footage for every camera connected to that alarm point. This ensures double verification before alerting police dispatch and provides responding officers with up-to-the-minute intelligence on what they’ll face upon arriving at the high school. Law enforcement and the administration stated that they use it all the time to recover property from thefts or for situations where an item was lost or mislaid. FDHS administration reported that they once used the camera system to help figure out what staff propped a door open over one weekend so they could address the issue directly with that person. The ability for Sonitrol to monitor the system in real time helps ensure there will be fewer incidents of cameras and recorders being down for any length of time VIGIL Central Management monitoring software Another unique and valuable service Sonitrol of Lexington provides the high school is 3xLOGIC’s VIGIL Central Management (VCM) or health-check monitoring software. Before the client is even aware, Sonitrol of Lexington can detect and repair camera failures, as well as server and hard drive issues without even going on site. The ability for Sonitrol to monitor the system in real time helps ensure there will be fewer incidents of cameras and recorders being down for any length of time. In the long term, VCM keeps the facility much safer and reduces repair costs. The system eliminates troublesome, costly false alarms with its two points of verification. The entire system can be conveniently managed by any device with internet access or via the 3xLOGIC mobile app, View Lite II. Bates Security and Sonitrol of Lexington recently received a SAMMY Installation of the Year award for this powerful, highly-effective security system.
Wolverhampton Homes manages and maintains over 23,500 homes on behalf of The City of Wolverhampton Council. In order to provide residents with the highest standards of security and safety, it has installed access control and door entry products from GDX by STANLEY. Wolverhampton Homes is a not-for-profit organisation that was formed in 2005 with a mission to provide good quality homes and great customer service for The City of Wolverhampton Council’s tenants and leaseholders. It is responsible for letting the homes through a scheme called Homes in the City and chose GDX door entry solutions due to the flexibility the system would provide for their tenants. We aim to respond to the changing needs and expectations of our customers" Deliver excellent services The last 13 years have been a genuine success story for Wolverhampton Homes and in 2010 it became one of the first Arms Length Management Organisations (ALMO) to be given an ‘excellent’ company rating. “We aim to deliver excellent services to our customers by continually improving the work we do and the services we provide,” explains Darren Baggs, assistant director for housing at Wolverhampton Homes. “We aim to respond to the changing needs and expectations of our customers. The safety and security of residents is high on our list of priorities and is supported by the close relationship we have enjoyed with GDX.” Robust yet simple Prior to the formation of Wolverhampton Homes, GDX worked directly with The City of Wolverhampton Council and the first GDX system was installed on its behalf in 1995. GDX5 is designed for residential projects requiring control of multiple door entry panels. Lloyd Palmer, area manager at GDX, explains, “The system can manage a maximum of 255 handsets per block with the option of central control from a concierge. The control equipment contains all of the necessary electronics that can be split into distribution units to simplify and can reduce wiring. The result is a robust yet simple to install door entry system with audio only or video options.” Wolverhampton Homes has adopted all the various versions of GDX5 Remote monitoring Wolverhampton Homes has adopted all the various versions of GDX5 as they have been introduced, and there are now over 700 door entry systems in low-rise blocks of flats across the city, while 3,000 tenants that live on our high-rise estates utilise a concierge service. Commenting on the developments over the years, John Hopkins, Neighbourhood Services Manager at Wolverhampton Homes, states, “In 2006 we made our first steps into remote monitoring by enabling each GDX5 system to be monitored from a single location within each building. However, with the help of GDX, in 2013 we developed a remote monitoring and Concierge Control Room in Bilston, which allows a dedicated team of operators to monitor CCTV and control door access into buildings and provide what is now a highly-valued concierge service.” Development of new technologies The ability to expand the scope of the GDX5 system into a remote monitoring platform is down to the use of internet protocol (IP). The IP revolution has had a dramatic effect on the physical security equipment industry, allowing the development of new technologies that would have been unimaginable just a few years ago. GDX’s Lloyd Palmer says, “IP means that not only can access control technology be managed remotely, specific personnel can even be granted or denied access to certain areas at different times, making it not only good for security but also, in some environments, for health and safety. Also, in the event of a theft or antisocial behaviour, it is possible to pinpoint exactly who was where.” All the information traditionally gathered by an on-premise IP access control system is then stored and retrieved from its database" Virtually unlimited system expansion IP based access control offers virtually unlimited system expansion capabilities that, in turn, enables an abundance of cost saving and centralisation benefits. This scalability also means that existing systems can simply be added to, offering Wolverhampton Homes the benefit of knowing that the cost of their system will be proportional to the number of doors it needs to control. “Similarly, the use of IP means that Wolverhampton Homes can access information via their remote monitoring operation,” comments Lloyd Palmer. “All the information traditionally gathered by an on-premise IP access control system is then stored and retrieved from its database. Remote diagnostics, technical issues and servicing can be carried out, and it’s also possible to remotely view status, reset a system and access an event log. It also offers other practical benefits, e.g. if someone loses their fob we can access their personal information, carry out an authorisation check, let them into their abode and deactivate the missing device.” Alert based system GDX5 has made a huge contribution toward ensuring that each building is kept clean, safe and secure. With audio communication between the Concierge Control Room and all the buildings, Wolverhampton Homes can monitor traffic, address antisocial behaviour and take appropriate action to minimise the impact of any events by deploying personnel or, if required, notifying the emergency services. Wolverhampton Homes has even worked with GDX to enhance features to the access control system. John Hopkins explains, “I wanted to implement a non-intrusive way that we could be notified if there was a potential problem within a home. In collaboration with GDX we have developed an alert based system that notifies the remote monitoring centre if a resident’s key fob hasn't been used for a specific period of time. If an alert is activated, we can send someone over to check on them, notify next of kin or the relevant authorities. We also have the ability to remotely open entrance doors to the block to allow access for the emergency services.” The design of the devices and good levels of availability means that any problems are quick and easy to resolve Problems are easy to resolve Although vandalism is infrequent, GDX5 is particularly robust and if a component is damaged or any other type of technical malfunction occurs through normal use, a notification is sent to the Concierge Control Room, so remedial action can be taken. The design of the devices and good levels of availability means that any problems are quick and easy to resolve. The relationship between the two organisations continues to go from strength to strength and Darren Baggs of Wolverhampton Homes concludes, “There’s no doubt that GDX’s access control technology has helped to improve security, safety and protection across our estate and allows for a quick response to incidents. The ongoing developments and improvements GDX makes to its technology obviously has a big part to play in the success of our relationship, but so too does the level of help, advice, service and support we continue to receive.”
Siklu Inc., a supplier of mmWave solutions, has announced that its radios have been selected by Israel Police as their main wireless fibre solution. These systems were selected for nationwide deployments as well as temporary events for the purpose of backhauling HD video surveillance systems and advanced sensors. The Israel Police, similar to police forces all over the world, face a considerable challenge when it comes to deploying a camera array at a city’s main centres within a short timeframe. Adding to the difficulties in securing these parades, is the legacy communication infrastructure in the old rock-based, mountainous terrain city of Jerusalem. When a wireless communication option is considered, the challenge of a dense urban environment packed with thousands of interfering Wi-Fi networks, needs to be addressed. Putting on a Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem, the holiest city in the world presented an additional challenge – how fast the city’s technology partners, MER Group, SMBIT and Siklu would be able to design, supply and install the very small mmWave radios at the strategic locations marked by the security experts. The surveillance cameras serve as a deterrent, as potentially disruptive groups are aware that they are being filmed High-quality video streams Operating in the abundant 70GHz band, with 5GHz of continues spectrum, Siklu’s radios were not constrained by the costly and time-consuming frequency survey associated with legacy wireless solutions. At each location, the Police placed 2 HD cameras and simply deployed the Siklu radios back to back, eliminating the need for traditional multiple powering and switching devices. Simplified deployment was enabled by the Siklu EtherHaul radios with their integrated switch and dual PoE out. At each pole and rooftop along the parade route, a single EH-710TX radio was able to power the complete pack of cameras and radios. With these features and capabilities, the whole network was deployed in only 1 day. On the day of the parade, the event gathered four times the number of people (~20K) attending in recent years, and the Police commanders were more than satisfied with the quality of video streams arriving in real-time to the control rooms. The live, high quality video streams enabled real-time response from the Police to any possible provocations. The cameras also serve as a deterrent, as potentially disruptive groups are aware that they are being filmed. Siklu’s mmWave technology, carefully tailored for our security networks, was definitely the right call to make" Wireless fibre links Yoav Ludmer, SMBIT’s CEO stated that “for all city events, we should provide adequate safety measures for the huge crowds expected. The Israel Police tested and deployed Siklu’s mmWave radios a few months prior to the Gay Pride Parade in another sensitive part of Jerusalem, and the solution proved to be rock solid.” For the first time in Israel, Siklu’s mmWave wireless fibre links were deployed in hours to support Police surveillance cameras and sensors. “After experiencing the high-quality video cameras enabled by Siklu’s technology and integrated by the MER Group and SMBIT, we challenged them to deliver a complex solution in very little time for a very sensitive temporary event and the result was impressive” said Israel’s Police Chief Technology Consultant, Avi Gohar. “Siklu’s mmWave technology, carefully tailored for our security networks, was definitely the right call to make. It proved to be a real game changer for us, and indeed for the city.”