After eight years as an Engineer in the Royal Australian Army, I briefly worked at Telstra before joining Honeywell Australia. In 2000 I moved with Honeywell to Europe, and in 2010 took a position at ASSA ABLOY. My current role is global CTO for the ASSA ABLOY Group. During my career I have developed extensive knowledge of the global residential and commercial security industry, and of all aspects of building automation. I have had responsibility for sales leadership, project and product manage...
ASSA ABLOY has signed an agreement to acquire KEYper Systems, a supplier of electronic and mechanical key management systems in the US, with a strong presence in the automotive segment. KEYper was established in 1993, and operates from its HQ in Harrisburg, NC. KEYper Systems will become a separate business unit of Traka, which is a pioneer in key and asset management, and an operating unit of ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions. Ric Stone, President of KEYper will report to Justin Sasse, Managin...
Smart sensors, intelligent drives, modular production, automated logistics systems and holistic solutions for intelligent manufacturing – Hannover Messe has it all. The world’s premier trade fair for industrial technology will open its gates under the motto ‘Integrated Industry – Industrial Intelligence’. The motto reflects the organiser’s desire to show how the close integration of automation, power transmission and fluid power and software and IT can superc...
GlobalPlatform, the standard for secure digital services and devices, has published two configurations to simplify and expedite the implementation of its Trusted Execution Environment Management Framework (TMF). The configurations offer guidance on the specific parts of the framework that need to be implemented to remotely manage Trusted Execution Environments (TEEs) and their trusted applications (TAs) on particular device types. “The original TMF specification is extensive, covering a w...
Quantum Corp. named AutonomouStuff LLC its primary partner for storage distribution in the automotive market, enabling them to deliver Quantum’s comprehensive end-to-end storage solutions for both in-vehicle and data centre environments. Quantum’s StorNext-powered scale-out storage provides high-performance ingest of data into the data centre when test vehicles return to the garage, thereby speeding time to result for sensor-generated in-vehicle data. Quantum in-vehicle storage is d...
SICK has launched a configurable, plug-and-play 3D detection sensor based on its Visionary-T range of industrial 3D imaging cameras, harnessing the imaging power of SICK’s single-snapshot Time-of–Flight (TOF) technology for a range of detection, warning and security duties. With on-board processing, the Visionary-T DT sensor can be easily set up to detect the presence or absence of 3D objects. It therefore offers a versatile, entry-level option for protection both of stand-alone obj...
HANNOVER MESSE and Industry 4.0 (originally coined in Germany as Industrie 4.0): two names that are inextricably intertwined. True to form as the world's leading trade fair for industrial technology, HANNOVER MESSE got on board very early with the opportunities of Industry 4.0, and in the process became the global hotspot for the digital transformation of industry. This year, with ‘Integrated Industry – Connect & Collaborate’ as its lead theme, HANNOVER MESSE, is taking its Industry 4.0 commitment to the next level with a strong lineup of keynote themes. These include the integration of industrial IT and automation, artificial intelligence, predictive maintenance, the industrial platform economy, people and work, SMEs and technology users, interoperability, security and standards, to name but a few. The central discussion platform for these themes will once again be the ‘Industry 4.0 meets the Industrial Internet’ forum in Hall 8. International experts will take the stage at the forum to present new use cases, test beds, technologies and service offerings. There will also be daily panel discussions, where representatives from business, science and government will debate the big issues. The solutions and insights on offer at those two shows are what undeniably make HANNOVER MESSE the world's leading showcase for Industry 4.0" IAMD and Digital Factory shows "With numerous exhibitors from every segment of HANNOVER MESSE highlighting the lead theme, Industry 4.0 will feature prominently throughout the halls," said Arno Reich, Global Director IAMD and Digital Factory for HANNOVER MESSE. "But the epicentre of it all will be the IAMD and Digital Factory shows. The solutions and insights on offer at those two shows are what undeniably make HANNOVER MESSE the world's leading showcase for Industry 4.0." The automation and industrial IT sectors are prime examples of the changes wrought by integration in terms both of intelligence and convergence at the technology level and of interconnectedness and collaboration among enterprises. Traditional boundaries and demarcations are breaking down as classic automation specialists morph into software experts and classic IT providers forge alliances with major industrial corporations. HANNOVER MESSE showcases complete Industry 4.0 solutions – everything from smart components to cloud-based data management" Showcasing wide-range of Industry 4.0 solutions These trends are also reflected in the merger of the Industrial Automation and MDA shows of past years to form the new IAMD – Integrated Automation, Motion & Drives show. The merger was the logical consequence of market changes in the age of digitisation. "The market for multidisciplinary solutions and integrated products is growing all the time," Reich said. "The new tradeshow makeup is just another example of how we are systematically building on our Industry 4.0 strengths. Like no other trade fair, HANNOVER MESSE showcases complete Industry 4.0 solutions – everything from smart components to cloud-based data management – and not just the individual building blocks." The dialogue on Industry 4.0 and integration that springs up at the exhibition stands will be addressed in greater depth in a number of dedicated forums, first and foremost of which is the aforementioned ‘Industry 4.0 meets the Industrial Internet’ forum in Hall 8, followed by the Smart Power Transmission and Fluid Power Solutions showcase in Hall 23, the Automation Forum in Hall 14, the Logistics 4.0 Forum in Hall 19/20 at CeMAT, and the central Industrial Supply Forum in Hall 4. Communication standards for IIoT Industry 4.0 and integration will also feature prominently at HANNOVER MESSE's Energy show. For example, on the Monday of the show, the German Energy Agency (dena) will use the Digital Energy display to present the findings of a recent survey on the market potential and uptake of digital technologies that facilitate the smart integration of industry 4.0 systems with the energy supply infrastructure of industrial companies. Given that the digital integration of production raises many new technical challenges, one of the main topics up for discussion at the ‘Industry 4.0 meets the Industrial Internet’ forum will be norms and standards for communication in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Other topics include the platform economy, artificial intelligence and machine learning and IT security. Many national-level and international initiatives will be using the forum to present their responses to the digital transformation challenge. HANNOVER MESSE is a unique opportunity to gain a comparative global perspective on Industry 4.0 visions, ideas and approaches Industrial security display area This means that HANNOVER MESSE is a unique opportunity to gain a comparative global perspective on Industry 4.0 visions, ideas and approaches. The forum is organised by the German Engineering Federation (VDMA), the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association (ZVEI), Germany's Industry 4.0 Platform (Plattform Industrie 4.0) and the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC). This year, the discussion on IT security won't be confined to the ‘Industry 4.0 meets the Industrial Internet’ forum, the Automation Forum and the Smart Power Transmission and Fluid Power Solutions display. That's because this year, for the very first time, the Digital Factory show will have a dedicated Industrial Security display area. Located in Hall 6, the display area will feature a group pavilion and a forum.
According to the announcement of the Red Dot Award 2018, Hikvision's MR-Q3-LR series of intelligent warehouse robots stood out from the submissions from 59 countries and won the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2018. The robots boast concise and versatile design. By adopting the concept of ‘handling complexity by simplicity’, Hikvision's MR-Q3-LR series of intelligent warehouse robots provide excellent technical performance and human-machine interaction capabilities. In addition, the exquisite workmanship and the flexible customisation feature also help the series win the heart of the jurors. Flexible motion control Thanks to the frame made of aluminum alloy, the robot is robust yet light. The two-wheel differential drive features flexible motion control, which ensures smooth movement of robots, and the visual and inertial navigation (which will be upgraded to laser navigation) enables precise localisation by robots. The IP54 protection level allows the robots to function well even in harsh environments. Hikvision's intelligent warehouse robots are a prime example of mobile robots being used on a large scale Hikvision's intelligent warehouse robots are a prime example of mobile robots being used on a large scale. Together with machine vision products, mobile robots have been widely used in numerous sectors including electronic equipment manufacturing, automotive manufacturing, e-commerce logistics, retail, third-party logistics, food and beverage, photovoltaic, and medical. Big Data optimisation Nearly 800 Hikvision intelligent warehouse robots have been employed in the Hikvision Tonglu security industry base for its phase I and II projects to provide strong warehouse and logistics support for the base, which has a daily output value of more than RMB 100 million. This solution drastically reduces labour intensity and increases production efficiency and quality. In addition, the big data optimisation technology is applied to optimise the warehouse layout, saving approximately 58% in manpower and boosting efficiency by 84%.The selected product must have innovative features that set it apart from other similar products Stringent evaluation criteria Founded in Germany in 1955, the Red Dot Design Award is one of the top three internationally recognised awards in industrial design, along with the iF Design Award of Germany and the IDEA Awards of the USA. The Red Dot Award is renowned for its stringent evaluation criteria. It comprises three awards in the disciplines of Product Design, Communication Design, and Design Concept. The selected product must have innovative features that set it apart from other similar products and make it the leader in its industry.
Through an exclusive licensing agreement, Orion Entrance Control, Inc. (Orion) is now offering a unique new entrance control system that enhances security and monitoring at any doorway within a building where access is a security concern. The new DoorGuard system, which utilises LIDAR (light detection and ranging) technology that is a key component in autonomous motor vehicles, is being unveiled at the ISC West security conference in Las Vegas on April 11-13. Orion is renowned U.S. owned and operated manufacturer and global provider of optical speed lane turnstile solutions. Drones to industrial automation In drones, payload and battery runtime benefit greatly from the Quanergy's compact S3 sensorsThe core component of the DoorGuard system is the S3 sensor developed by Quanergy, a company that was the first to patent solid state LIDAR. Orion has been selected as the preferred S3 vendor for the security sector. This small solid-state sensor is ideal for applications requiring object detection at long range including drones, intelligent robotics, security, smart spaces and industrial automation. In drones, payload and battery runtime benefit greatly from these compact sensors. “We are very pleased to be the preferred vendor for Quanergy’s S3 sensor and are using this disruptive technology as a key component of our new DoorGuard system. This enabled us to build a 'better mousetrap' that is a significant upgrade from the beam-based systems currently in use." "It is the most effective, easiest to install and affordable system on the market to control access entrances and exits. We can overlay this on anyone’s system to provide a higher level of security at about 30 percent of the cost of other systems,” said Steve Caroselli, CEO of Orion. LIDAR smart sensing technology DoorGuard leapfrogs existing technology for accuracy and performance and can be added into current security systems. The DoorGuard unit is mounted above a door and integrates to the access system and Orion’s proprietary Infinity software. The LIDAR smart sensing technology generates a half million data points per second with signal processors that calculate the time-of-flight (TOF) of each light pulse. The end result is significantly more accuracy that protects points of entry from unauthorised access.Today’s solutions typically feature a row of sensors secured onto a door frame and they can be very inaccurate" The solid-state technology communicates directly with Orion’s chip technology and software that links to perimeter doors and stairwells. It is designed to detect one credit per person and deter common ways other systems can be tricked to allow unauthorised access. Accurate security It can detect people trying to enter a building by following someone very closely (tailgating) and can set off warnings if a door is open for too long or has been propped open. Additionally, in emergency situations when access points need to be open, DoorGuard can accurately count the number of authorised individuals who pass through, enabling first responders to know if people still remain in buildings or sections where there is limited access. “Accuracy in a security system is critical. Today’s solutions typically feature a row of sensors secured onto a door frame and they can be very inaccurate. Other more accurate alternatives are more cumbersome, more expensive and do not get to the level of accuracy the LIDAR technology can offer. We’re excited to roll out this disruptive technology at the ISC show,” Caroselli said.
The widespread adoption of vehicle to intersection technology – known as V2I – can help to solve a range of mobility issues in communities of all sizes, enabling cities to make the vital first moves towards delivering smarter transportation systems. That’s the message that Global Traffic Technologies (GTT) – the trusted market leader in priority control solutions – will be giving at a special session on Automated and Connected Vehicle Technologies during the American Public Transport Association TransITech conference in Jacksonville, Florida. During the session, Josh Lehman, GTT’s pre-sales engineer, will discuss the ways in which cities and communities can take advantage of connected technologies to make an immediate improvement in their public transit operations and on-time efficiency, leveraging connected devices, cloud-based computing and the potential to extract insightful analytics from the resulting data. GTT’s industry-leading Opticom™ Transit Signal Priority (TSP) solution allows transit vehicles to request a green light at intersections, dramatically reducing the potential for intersection crashes Improving travel times and reliability “Transit agencies and their partners can use data and technology to make smarter decisions about routes, timing and service levels,” Lehman said. “These improvements provide a better experience for riders and more efficient operations for the agencies. GTT’s industry-leading Opticom™ Transit Signal Priority (TSP) solution allows transit vehicles to request a green light at intersections, dramatically reducing the potential for intersection crashes and improving travel times and reliability. These intelligent priority management systems allow users to oversee and control the movement of vehicles that operate on a city's streets. With 50 years of priority control expertise under its belt, GTT is now pioneering innovative new approaches to the introduction of smart mobility solutions. Connected vehicle technologies Lehman’s presentation, during the Automated and Connected Vehicle (AV/CV) Technologies session from 2.45-4pm on Monday April 9, will explore three communities that worked to solve mobility issues by using connected vehicle technologies: New York City: Following a successful TSP pilot project on SBS-M15, NYC MTA has started deploying TSP on nearly 6,000 buses citywide. New York is leveraging existing infrastructure to create a centralised TSP solution. TSP is provided by a software application instead of typical purpose-driven hardware on the buses and at the intersections. Laval, Quebec: Laval recently implemented a number of preferential bus measures that aim to increase ridership. Advanced TSP is used to do more than just give a green light to buses – TSP in Laval takes into account passenger loads and lateness to determine what level of priority each bus should receive at each intersection. Bay Area, Calif.: Agencies in the Bay Area use advanced TSP applications to help manage schedules and maintain bus headway. The conditional priority measures help to ensure buses arrive at stops at posted times and help to avoid bus bunching. Data generated by the TSP system are used in analytics tools that drive performance and operational improvements. The 2018 TransITech Conference is focused on managing innovation in the best interests of public transportation operations and safety. The event attracts a wide range of public transportation information technology professionals, chief information officers, operations managers and staff, and software developers for transit agencies. TransITech is co-located with APTA’s Fare Collection/Revenue Management conference, at the Hyatt Regency in Jacksonville, Florida, and takes place from April 9-11.
Avigilon Corporation, provider of security solutions, today announced it will preview the new Avigilon H4 Thermal camera line at IFSEC 2017. The Avigilon H4 Thermal camera line provides exceptional detection and performance with the combination of thermal imaging and Avigilon’s patented self-learning video analytics. Operating beyond the visible spectrum, the H4 Thermal camera line is designed to detect the movement of people and vehicles even in areas with poor visibility, challenging lighting conditions, absolute darkness and partly camouflaged objects. Through Avigilon self-learning video analytics, operators receive notification of detected activity that may require further investigation, helping them take decisive action when needed. All-environment design “With our patented self-learning video analytics built in, our H4 Thermal camera line is designed to help our customers detect, verify and act on events in locations where environmental conditions are challenging,” said Mahesh Saptharishi, Avigilon’s Chief Technology Officer. “Expanding our product line with thermal imaging technology continues to broaden the range of Avigilon solutions available to meet our partners’ and customers’ needs.” The bullet-style, all-environment design is outdoor ready and well suited for a wide range of applications including critical infrastructure, transportation and government. The H4 Thermal camera line is expected to be available for order in the fourth quarter of this year.
oneM2M’s session is titled oneM2M: Building a secure, interoperable Internet of Things at Cloud Expo Europe 2016 Standards organisation oneM2M will play a leading role at Cloud Expo Europe – Germany's largest cloud event – with Ultan Mulligan, Marketing and Communications Committee Vice Chairman at oneM2M and Director of Communications at ETSI, set to reveal details on oneM2M’s progress since its second set of specifications (Release 2) was announced. IoT interconnectivity Release 2 introduced 14 additional specifications for the expansion of IoT interconnectivity, including ones addressing security and semantic interoperability, across sectors including healthcare, smart homes and smart cities, and automotive. Cloud Expo Europe will take place at Messe Frankfurt, from Wednesday, November 23 to Thursday, November 24, and will host more than 200 providers and more than 200 speakers. Future technological developments Ultan Mulligan will speak on Thursday, November 24 in the Big Data and Analytics and The Internet of Things Theatre at 3:00pm. The session is titled oneM2M: Building a secure, interoperable Internet of Things and will outline future technological developments through the creation of a scalable platform while ensuring there is a reliable network of connected devices. oneM2M aims to address exactly this, with its technical specifications accelerating scalability and interoperability.
The way we purchase services and products is changing. The traditional concept of buying and owning a product is giving way to the idea that it is possible to purchase the services it offers instead. This approach has come from the consumer realisation that it is the outcome that is important rather than the tools to achieve it. For example, this approach is evident with the rise of music streaming services as opposed to downloads or physical products. With the physical security industry becoming ever more integrated – and truly open systems now a reality – there is every reason to assume this service-lead trend will come to dominate the way our industry interacts with its clients as well. Interest in service-based security There is a significant change of mindset that the security industry needs to embrace before a large-scale move to Security as a Service can take place. Like many technology sectors in the past, security providers have focussed on ‘shifting boxes’ as their definitive sales model. This approach was especially prevalent when proprietary systems were the mainstay of the security industry. Essentially, if the customer wanted more services they simply bought a new product. This was a straightforward and economic sales approach for manufacturers and installers alike.The security industry needs to embrace a change of mindset before a move to SaaS can take place The flexibility of integrated and open technology has changed the way consumers view their purchase, so it shouldn’t be any surprise that there is increased interest in a service-based approach. Customer choice equates to a change of focus and interest, with physical products being eclipsed by the benefits of the overall solution. We have already seen these changes in other technology areas, notably with smart devices and general IT systems. Cloud-based services put the onus on the result rather than which device the user chooses. This approach is even starting to manifest in areas that couldn’t have been predicted in the past, such as the car industry for example. Consumers are focusing more on the overall costs and convenience of buying a car over the specific specification of the vehicle. Equally, urban dwellers don’t necessarily want the hassle and expense of owning and parking their own vehicle anymore. If you don’t use it every day, it can make more sense to rent a vehicle only when you travel beyond public transport. For these consumers the car has become a service item for a specific journey. Benefits for end users At the heart of this approach is the simple equation that consumers have a need and suppliers need to provide the most cost-effective, and easiest, solution. At the same time, the security operator may not necessarily want to know (or care) what specification the system has, they just want it to perform the task as required. By discussing with consumers, we can ensure we work even more closely with them to provide the expert support they need and deserve Most security buyers will identify the specific business needs and their budget to achieve this. This is where a service approach really comes into its own. Customers need expert advice on a solution for their requirements which takes away the stress of finding the right products/systems. In the past there was always a risk of purchasing an unsuitable solution, which could potentially be disastrous. The other issue was having to budget for a big capital expenditure for a large installation and then having to find further resources once an upgrade was due when systems went end of life. Most businesses find it far easier to pay a sensible monthly or annual fee that is predictable and can easily be budgeted for. A service model makes this far easier to achieve. Benefits of a service sales model As well as the benefits for end users, there are considerable benefits for security providers too. Rather than simply ‘shifting boxes’ and enduring the inevitable sales peaks and toughs this creates; a service sales model allows manufacturers and installers to enjoy a more stable business model. You don’t have to win new business with every product, but rather sell ongoing services for a set period. Its highly likely that the whole security industry will start to take this approach over the next few years. Manufacturers are already well aware of this shift in customer expectations and are changing their approach to meet demands.There are major opportunities on offer in return for a change of perspective in the security industry With the service and leasing approach already firmly entrenched in other industries, this is well proven in a consumer market. The airline industry is a great example. Manufacturers understand that airlines need flexibility to upscale and downscale operations and therefore whole aircraft and even individual key components (such as engines or seating) can be leased as required. Using this approach, airlines can concentrate on what customers demand and not worry about the logistics of doing this. Manufacturers and leasing businesses provide assurances and guarantees of service time for aircraft and engines, taking care of the servicing and maintenance to ensure this delivery. This approach is just as well suited for the provision of security systems. Servicing the future security market Undoubtedly there are major opportunities on offer in return for a change of perspective in the security industry. However, this will involve substantial changes in some quarters to ensure the business model is aligned with the market. Overall, the security industry needs to not only develop the right systems for the market, but also to deliver them in the right way as well. This will ensure we work even more closely with customers to provide the expert support they need and deserve.
Cameras capable of recording video at 60 frames per second (fps) are becoming widely available in the security industry. It’s important to understand what 60-fps brings to the table for the security industry and how to leverage the technology for particular scenarios. Capturing video at 60-fps represents a unique application. System integrators typically use much lower frame rates, ranging from 7- to up to 30-fps. The potential for an incident might only represent 1%, or less, of the time a camera is recording. However, when a significant event does occur, it’s better to record at a higher frame rate, because incidents such as a car accident, an altercation, or someone running away are usually only seconds long. Depending on the lighting environment, and the camera setup at that time, you either captured plenty of details or you didn’t. Casino and stadium security For example, in casinos, hands, money and chips move around quickly. If there’s a dispute, footage needs to be examined frame-by-frame at a resolution that provides exacting detail. For this reason, Las Vegas casinos require at least 30-fps for any cameras covering gaming action. Another example is a stadium; if you have a lower frame rate of 10-fps, it might look good when all the seats are empty and there is very little motion. On game day, things can look different. If there is an altercation, at that frame rate, it becomes difficult to ascertain the actual sequence of events. The quality of what is captured in those brief moments is where 60-fps recording pays off with its increased resolution and crystal-clear image detail. Casino footage needs to be examined frame-by-frame at a resolution that provides exacting detail. Can my infrastructure handle 60-fps? Running multiple streams of 60-fps 24/7 will consume network resources and storage space at an exponential rate, which is difficult to justify for most organisations. For 60-fps recording to be practical, H.265 encoding and other compression techniques are necessary. With H.265, there is no requirement to upgrade a network infrastructure. H.265 does require a more capable workstation to decode, view and playback video, but most VMS systems utilise GPUs for decoding, so this is a non-issue for most installations. The best way to reduce network and storage bandwidth is to teach the camera not to run at its maximum frame rate when there is no motion. The frame rate can drop to 5- to 4-fps if there is no motion or other activity, but as soon as there is a visual or audible trigger, the camera can dynamically switch to its highest frame rate. Having analytics in-camera makes this simple to setup and should be part of a camera’s profile. Performance vs. frame rate A camera capable of 60-fps output is considered a high-performance camera. It might be more beneficial to put that performance to use enabling features other than pure 60-fps output. Cameras with the power to output 60-fps should also be able to process more data in parallel than regular cameras. This means that a 60-fps camera could also be used to send out multiple streams at lower frame rates. You might decide on a 30-fps stream to the recorder, with a 15-fps profile feeding a live view, and another 15-fps stream going to a mobile app. In this way, a 60-fps camera can offer tremendous flexibility in how its power and processing are used. Shutter speeds are typically reduced at night to get more light onto a camera’s sensor WDR (wide dynamic range) has the ability to combine multiple exposures into a single image to allow us to see in the shadows while not overexposing highlights. WDR can also halve your frame rate. A typical 30-fps sensor with WDR enabled has an effective frame rate of 15-fps for motion because of the duplicate frames being used for exposures. Starting with a 60-fps camera, customers can utilise WDR and still have an impressive 30-fps frame rate for an incredible quality image. Optimising equipment for low-light usage Shutter speeds are typically reduced at night to get more light onto a camera’s CMOS sensor. The sensitivity of the sensor and the lens f-stop will come into play, but in general, if you force the camera to run at 60-fps at night, it’s going to produce a darker image than a 15-fps or 30-fps camera. A camera set at 15-fps may also produce more of a ghosting effect on fast moving objects. Ultimately, it’s the customer’s individual use case that should dictate what is most important between luminance and clarity for moving objects. A powerful 60-fps camera can deliver the best tradeoff between low-light performance and frame rate, giving end users the best possible solution available for their unique requirements. Many VMS solutions can tell cameras to switch profiles at certain times of the day to capture optimal images based on the environment and time of day. Again, 60-fps cameras can offer the most flexibility across all scenarios. It’s important to remember that most cameras look good in daylight, and since 99% of installations happen in the daytime, always remember to tune cameras for nighttime use as well.
In recent news, trucks, lorries and vans have been the weapon used in terror attacks around the globe, and other sources suggest that autonomous vehicles, particularly self-driving trucks and lorries, could be a reality sooner than we think. It poses the question: How can we prevent autonomous vehicles from being used as weapons in terror attacks? Accessories for terror attacks We already have ‘self-driving’ technologies in the cars which are on our roads today, from lane-departure warning systems, cruise control and active park-assist, but just how far are we from introducing fully-autonomous vehicles onto our roads? As Google tests its own self-drive vehicles, clocking more than 200,000 miles in a fleet of self-driving cars retrofitted with sensors, it seems we are not far from seeing fully-autonomous vehicles on our roads at all. As reported by The Guardian, law-makers have warned that autonomous vehicles must have secure and safe technology to prevent use as an accessory in terror attacks in the future. VW dealership, Vindis, investigate further. Developments in self-driving technology In-car technology is constantly developing to make the driver’s life easier and enhance the driving experience. Developments with semi-autonomous technology suggest that we are significantly close to rolling out fully-autonomous vehicles. Many drivers are progressively trusting their vehicles to carry out tasks which previously would always need to be done manually. We already have systems which keep us in our lanes on dual carriageways and motorways, systems that can parallel park our vehicles for us, and software that automatically maintains a safe, steady speed on the UK’s roads – with some even advanced enough with automated braking systems when tracking the vehicle in front. Self-driving technology is revolutionising the driving experience. We may not be far from seeing fully-autonomous vehicles on our roads But what needs to happen next? For fully-autonomous vehicles, manufacturers need to converge sensor-based technologies and connected-vehicle communications, so that they can deliver safer self-driving techniques than what each approach could ever deliver on its own. As lorries and trucks are forecast to be some of the first fully-autonomous vehicles to be rolled out onto the roads, there are many jobs that could be at risk if the need for human driving is eliminated. Low-end estimates suggest that over 1.7 million truckers could be replaced by self-driving counterparts – which could rise to as high at 3 million, ridding trucks of their manual drivers. Cybertechnology aims to make it incredibly hard to hijack a vehicle, to prevent terrorists from using autonomous technology as an accessory Risks of autonomous-vehicle terror attacks Everyone is aware of the horrendous terror attacks that have taken place recently around the globe, using trucks and lorries as the main weapon. Trucks are chosen for their size and anonymity, and have been used to drive into crowded pedestrian areas at high speeds, causing devastating results. It’s predicted that these vehicles will be amongst the first fully-autonomous vehicles on our roads, and officials worry they could play a crucial role in mitigating their use as rolling weapons. If autonomous trucks are to pose a real threat, we need to have a prevention. Thankfully, legislation has been passed to say that all autonomous vehicle will be armed with cybersecurity technology so that they can’t be used as an accessory in a terror attack. The cybertechnology aims to make it incredibly hard, if not impossible, to hack the vehicle for hijack, meaning potential terrorists can’t use autonomous technology as an accessory in an attack. In recent attacks, hire vehicles have been the weapon used to cause mass disaster. Further regulations and restrictions will also be put in place with hire and rental companies. It has been suggested that companies should have access to a wider database that reveals more sensitive information in the future, so that companies are aware of individuals that are suspect. Whilst databases currently check against identity, credit and insurance, the threat of terrorism may lead to a more detailed and sensitive database. Trucks are chosen for their size and anonymity, and can cause devastating results in crowded pedestrian areas Educating drivers on preventative measures TRIP is the UK’s first Terrorism Risk and Incident Prevention suite of products and training to support fleet operators that has been developed by a leading provider or training and auditing services for the road transport industry, Fleet Source. Its aim is to reduce the risks of commercial vehicles being used as a weapon in terror attacks. The products and services serve to educate fleet operators, managers and drivers of the risks of terrorism, the nature of the threats and safety precautions that can be implemented to reduce the possibilities of their vehicle being hijacked, stolen or used in a terrorist incident. Further prevention development is expected from the government, who hope to develop geo-fencing systems to prevent unauthorised vehicles from entering particular areas of a city – the system will slow down vehicles and control the speed as soon as they enter the sensitive area, through the use of satellites. The system would automatically connect with the vehicle and retain control, so that the vehicle only travels at a safe speed within the area. As lorries and vans continue to be used as terror weapons, perhaps it is time to implement some of the prevention strategies sooner rather than later.
A Japan based technological enterprise is working towards the formation of a technology corporate group. The company’s technologically advanced products include a diverse range of products that are used on land, sea, air and even space. The company offers a range of environmental and recycling plants, industrial plants to automobile and infrastructure equipment. And at every step, Kawasaki pays the utmost attention to humankind and the environment. This century old company has been able to establish a firm foundation as a technological enterprise. The company’s automobile division, which makes it one of the pioneer automobile companies, is spread on a global scale. Crystal clear images They also wanted to monitor how the employees interacted with customers, cleanliness of the premises The company having franchise stores operated by respective owners in India was concerned about the consistency in branding and customer service across these stores. They wanted a solution that could enable them to view the stores from a central location, specially the front end where their premium vehicles were displayed. They also wanted to monitor how the employees interacted with customers, cleanliness of the premises, whether the products were displayed in the right order, branding in the store and other process compliances. But at the same time, they did not want to invest in recorders as the numbers of cameras at individual locations were very limited. Matrix installed high resolution IP cameras at each store. These cameras provided crystal clear images of every corner of the store. This enabled the company to monitor every aspect of brand management such as order of vehicles, customer service, cleanliness, behaviour of employees, etc. Geographically separated locations A Matrix NVR was placed at the central location, and all the cameras from different locations were connected to itCameras were installed at each location based on the requirement and connected to a network switch with the help of CAT6 cables. Since there was a private connectivity between all the geographically separated locations of the company, all cameras at various locations were configured locally with VPN functionality (same class of IP address), and were viewed at a central location without port forwarding. A Matrix NVR was placed at the central location, and all the cameras from different locations were connected to it. This allowed streams from all twelve locations to be viewed on a single screen. In this way, Matrix helped the automobile giant maintain process compliance in its stores throughout the country. Centralised Control Better Brand Management Elimination of Compliance Check Costs Enhanced Security Employee Discipline Matrix products used: SATATYA CIBR13FL40CW: 1.3MP IP BULLET CAMERA SATATYA CIDR13FL40CW: 1.3MP IP DOME CAMERA SATATYA NVR24P: 24-CHANNEL NETWORK VIDEO RECORDER WITH 6TB STORAGE SUPPORT
The 9th BRICS Summit was successfully held in Xiamen, China from September 3rd-5th, 2017, where leaders of the five member-countries were in attendance. Building on its success in providing a comprehensive security solution for the G20 Hangzhou Summit in 2016, the 9th BRICS Summit was yet another accomplishment for Dahua. The 2017 BRICS Xiamen Summit demanded high-level protection for national leaders from Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. As Xiamen’s city centre is located on an island, the security system required comprehensive surveillance of all roads leading into the area, also known as the “Four Bridges and One Tunnel” network.Dahua provided 1723 bullet cameras, 379 PTZ cameras, 226 vehicle checkpoint cameras, 116 Face Recognition cameras, 10 mobile 4G PTZ cameras Protection through Dahua technology In addition to roads leading into the city, routes to and from the airport, hotels, and the Xiamen International Conference & Exhibition Center needed to be protected as well. A solution of this proportion would also require an advanced, automated, and centralised system to ensure efficient, coordinated responses. With its cutting-edge IP camera, video cloud, network storage, and transmission technologies, Dahua was up to the task of securing Xiamen and the BRICS venues. In total, Dahua provided 1723 bullet cameras, 379 PTZ cameras, 226 vehicle checkpoint cameras, 116 Face Recognition cameras, 10 mobile 4G PTZ cameras, and many other advanced Dahua products and services used in various areas of the city. The BRICS security command centre, administered by the Public Security Department of the Xiamen, was fitted with a Dahua visual emergency dispatch and command system. The centre’s large display wall was stitched together with Dahua edgeless HD LED panels, enabling a complete picture of all units under command center control during the meeting, greatly simplifying control and responses. The security system surrounding the Xiamen International Conference & Exhibition Center as well as the visual emergency dispatch and command system in the security command center both adopted a full range of Dahua video surveillance and display solutions. Dahua employed advanced technologies such as intelligent analysis and big data, to increase the efficiency of emergency command and management capabilities Live video security on the road A customised Dahua Mobile Solution with GPS positioning and in-vehicle wireless image transmission system was installed on 228 patrol cars and 72 special cars from the Xiamen Public Security Bureau, which was used to clear the way for Summit leaders. This provided the command centre with a continuous live overview of all areas while providing support for the handling of various emergencies. Dahua contributed to the security of other key areas including the Xiamen Airport, train station, ferry piers, and police checkpoints In order to secure “Four Bridges and One Tunnel” access points, Dahua employed advanced technologies such as intelligent analysis, big data, and video analytics to significantly increase the efficiency of emergency command and information technology management capabilities, providing uninterrupted HD video surveillance and smart road event monitoring on bridges and tunnels. In addition, Dahua also contributed to the security of other key areas including the Xiamen Airport, train station, ferry piers, and police checkpoints. In surrounding Haicang and Jimei districts, Dahua constructed video surveillance on routes and sites which held key activities in the city, achieving full coverage of places such as guarded routes, main roads, key sites, as well as surrounding areas and regions of elevated risk. Dahua securing public safety Dahua also played a role in safeguarding conference-related affairs such as catering, accommodation, and travel. The hotels in which leaders stayed in and surrounding areas were upgraded to HD systems in a short amount of time, making sure the leaders were secure while they rested during the Summit. The mobile law enforcement surveillance system assisted the Xiamen Market Supervision Commission in guaranteeing the provision of safe food during the Summit. The three day BRICS Summit concluded without a hitch. National leaders and their delegations were able to smoothly move about the city and attend the conference while Dahua products prevented threats through a vast network of smart video technologies. In addition, the large-scale project significantly upgraded Xiamen’s city surveillance system and provided a long-term foundation for not only public security-related operations, but also broader public projects such as the Xiamen Wireless Image Transmission System.
The Sinan Erdem Dome is the largest multi-purpose indoor venue in Turkey. Located in Istanbul, the dome has a seating capacity of up to 22,500, and hosts a number of events, including concerts, tennis matches, and basketball games. Strengthening stadium security Upon being chosen to host a number of games during the European Basketball Championships 2017, the chief European men’s international basketball competition held biannually, the Sinan Erdem Dome looked to strengthen their security system. The dome’s large-scale presented high-surveillance requirements such as support for 64 split-screens, hundreds of cameras, and a back-end storage and management infrastructure that could support the entire system. Dahua provided the dome with a complete, high-end monitoring system that included a total of over 600 IP, speed dome, and ANPR cameras on the front-end, and NVRs, video walls, video matrix devices, and related control accessories on the back-end. Smart detection technologies The dome’s surveillance system was constructed with the latest cutting-edge technology To better protect the stadium from a variety of threats, the solution employed a number of smart detection technologies such as intelligent analysis, which includes motion detection, tripwire, intrusion, and smart-tracking functionality. ANPR was also utilised, which recognises licence plates numbers and checks them against a central whitelist and blacklist. Plate records are also stored on NVR devices and can be searched through by security officers. In less than a week, the local team completed installation, testing, and customer training, and the dome was fully ready to securely host international sporting events. Protecting all corners In under a week, the dome’s surveillance system was constructed with the latest cutting-edge technology, increasing its appeal to international events seeking venues. Dahua smart technologies automated a great number of surveillance operations, such as automatic car-barrier operation enabled by ANPR camera integration, thus greatly reducing the strain on security workers. Every corner of the stadium was covered by Dahua cameras providing high definition video, ensuring zero blind spots and optimal detail collection. In addition, Dahua showcased its customer-centric philosophy through supplying high-quality customisation, technical support, operation training, and after-sales service, which guaranteed the expertise of system operators as well as long-term reliability and quick issue resolution.
The Salzburg Festival is considered the world’s finest drama and classical music festival. Siemens has equipped the specially built opera houses with state-of-the-art technology with advanced systems to ensure the perfect balance of comfort, safety and security. Founded in 1920 by theatre director and producer Max Reinhardt, the Salzburg Festival has grown into a cultural event of international stature. Today nearly 260,000 visitors attend the 14 performance venues where over 200 events take place each year. Cutting-edge technology ensures utmost comfort, maximum safety and security, as well as first-class acoustics. The facilities are equipped with building automation, sound systems, stage management consoles, fire detection technology, access control and evacuation systems. Advanced fire safety and access control The fire detection system delivers maximum safety. Over 1,800 detectors monitor the many different areas throughout the festival halls. Linear detectors, flame detectors and smoke extraction systems offer high level protection of the audience and stage areas. Festival managers also have the advantage of central control and an integrated guard tour system. In an emergency, everyone on site is given clear instructions via a voice alarm system on how to exit the building safely and securely. A Siport access control system ensures that only authorised personnel gain access to the secure areas of the festival halls. Approximately 7,000 photo ID cards are issued across the site every summer across the workforce to personnel such as performers, stage technicians and administrative staff. The photo ID cards cannot be counterfeited as a special security overlay with holographic printing prevents tampering. The same card is also used for time and attendance and cashless vending in the cafeteria. Cameras enable the stage manager to monitor the stage area and other key locations Monitoring and managing safety and security The stage manager is in charge of the overall coordination at the festival. This includes a wide range of procedures such as monitoring the action on stage, alerting performers in their dressing room and issuing light signals. During the performance, all the threads converge on a specially designed stage manager console, complete with touch screen for maximum ease of use. Cameras enable the stage manager to monitor the stage area and other key locations. In an emergency, the stage manager can contact the relevant services and first responders as well as organise safe evacuation over the public-address system. More than 300 loudspeaker circuits were installed for these tasks in the Mozart House and the Felsenreitschule alone. The Great Festival Hall is still being modernised, however once the work is finalised, approximately 400 loudspeaker circuits will ensure smooth operations in this one venue. Digital sound system network A digital network was set up to improve the acoustics in the festival halls. The sound systems and all the required components for the stage and audience arena were also provided by Siemens. Fibre-optic cables transmit all the audio data and control information digitally to the three venues. The system uses a digital time division multiplex process. Each one of the base units used has an audio data bus with 256 time slots, which carry 256 signals simultaneously. Computer-controlled loudspeakers and equalisers ensure that every audience member hears the sound not only at the same time but at the same quality. The system is self-diagnostic and as soon as a malfunction occurs, it sends relevant information to the appropriate personnel. All stakeholders benefit from the new technology; the management team, employees, performers, and audiences Climate control system Precise control of the interior temperature and humidity is particularly important in a festival hall, so that both audiences and artists can experience the performance in comfort. To achieve this objective, Siemens designed a sophisticated climate control system using natural resources. The Alm River flows under the city of Salzburg and cold water is rerouted underneath the Great Festival Hall and used for air conditioning to maintain a temperature of 23 degrees Celsius and a humidity of 55 per cent in the concert hall. This automation system also controls ventilation and delivers fresh air to the concert halls continuously and quietly. A management station monitors more than 6,000 data points and will report the slightest disruption or deviation from the specified values to ensure continuity. Integrated technology solutions With a unique, integrated solution that monitors room temperature, humidity, acoustics, stage manager systems, fire detection and access control, Siemens has added considerably to the safety, security and comfort of the internationally renowned Salzburg Festival. The cutting-edge technology guarantees the best acoustics, optimal room temperature and climate, reliable fire safety, controlled access and state-of-the-art evacuation. All stakeholders benefit from the new technology; the management team, employees, performers, and audiences.
The gates that give access to the campus are equipped with Nedap long range vehicle identification readersHindustan Unilever Limited (HUL), the largest Fast Moving Consumer Goods Company in India, has chosen Nedap's security management system AEOS to secure its new corporate office in Mumbai.The Indian subsidiary of Unilever recently moved its corporate office within the city of Mumbai to a new ultramodern campus, which is spread over 12.5 acres of land and will house over 1600 employees. The campus offers various facilities to employees including convenience stores, a library, a food court, an occupational health centre, a gym and a day care centre. The idea behind the move was to integrate various business processes under ‘One HUL Campus' and to concentrate the divisions of the organisation in one place.Considering that a state-of-the-art campus needs a state-of-the-art security solution, HUL decided to choose Nedap AEOS as the company's security management system. To make sure that the company's intelligence is well protected, approximately 120 doors are secured with AEOS, whereas the gates that give access to the campus are equipped with Nedap long range vehicle identification readers. Furthermore, AEOS visitor management has been implemented including the pre-registration of visitors by HUL employees. The AEOS system was implemented by Nedap's business partner in Mumbai.Nancy Wanders, Business Development Manager Asia/Pacific at Nedap, says: "This project perfectly shows the extensive possibilities of the AEOS system. Thanks to its open architecture, the functionality of AEOS is freely configurable, creating a very flexible system that can be easily adjusted to changing security needs."