Pro Cloud SaaS announces it’s new partnership with Ava Security. Ava Security is uniquely positioned to deliver both cyber security and physical security solutions to organisations worldwide. Pro Cloud SaaS is a global organisation and partners with the most recognised SaaS providers and SaaS consumers on the planet. Their Professional Services Engineers are strategically located in Australia, India, Qatar, Zambia, Belgium, Chile, the United Kingdom and the United States to provide client...
Clare Controls, maker of the ClareOne wireless security and home automation system distributed exclusively by Snap One unveiled a range of new security solutions at ISC West 2021 in Booth #10053. Clare platform and products “Clare has changed the way home technology professionals install and manage security and smart home systems by creating an integrated ecosystem that meets the evolving needs of the market,” said Clint Choate, Snap One Security Market D...
The UK Government has set out an ambitious ten-point plan, known as the green industrial revolution, with an aim “to forge ahead with eradicating its contribution to climate change by 2050.” This makes our government the first major economy to embrace such a legal obligation. Green recovery Acknowledging climate change and meeting net-zero is a demanding challenge especially for those affected by the pandemic. But the UK Government, with the launch of its aspiring strategy, is inve...
Panasonic announces the i-PRO multi-AI system designed to harness the power of its latest AI cameras and applications by integrating them seamlessly into existing CCTV infrastructures. Available free-of-charge, the plug-in software allows users to easily manage the AI analytics from multiple i-PRO cameras, alongside their Video Management System. It creates a faster, more efficient and accurate AI-powered security solution without compromising on image quality or network performance. AI securi...
Hikvision, an IoT solution provider with video as its core competency, has introduced its All-in-one Indoor Station product, a tablet device for converging security solutions in homes and offices. With the intelligent indoor station as the management center, users now can enjoy simple control and flexible linkage among various Hikvision devices, including video intercom, access control, intrusion alarm, IP cameras, NVRs, and more. Protecting home and office Through the built-in Hik-Connect ap...
SALTO Systems North America is excited to announce the appointment of Preston Grutzmacher to Vertical Business Leader - Residential and Rob Wengrzyn as Business Leader for Distribution. “As SALTO focuses more on vertical markets and expands our distribution partnerships, we have sought seasoned professionals who know the SALTO hardware and software suite of innovative electronic access control products and bring the expertise to deliver real world solutions,” said Steve Burk, SALTO...
Redline Communications Group Inc., a provider of industrial wireless broadband network connectivity solutions for mission-critical applications, announced that they have been selected to provide a turnkey wireless data solution for a mission-critical surveillance project that will help ensure citywide safety and security in one of the Kingdom's largest cities. This contract is an initial project of a broader initiative being rolled out in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Range of cross-IT products Redline will deploy its next-generation RDL-3200 family of ruggedised and highly secure virtual fiber solutions for CCTVs Redline's partnership initiative with Three Pillars Technology and Communication Co., provides a wide range of cross-IT-industry products, applications, and services. Redline will deploy its next-generation RDL-3200 family of ruggedised and highly secure virtual fiber solutions for the backhaul of high-speed CCTV cameras. Providing high demand CCTV tech "Redline Communications is honoured to have been selected as a critical member of the alliance and as a strategic vendor and for the partnership with Three Pillars Technology and Communication Co.” “Having been entrusted with the telecom solution for Saudi Arabia's Safe Cities initiative is a true example of our purpose-built industrial-grade infrastructure and its unmatched ability to support mission-critical uptime of high demand CCTV technology,'' states Reno Moccia, EVP of Sales & Marketing of Redline Communications. "We look forward to the expansion of this public safety initiative." Wireless solutions "Redline was selected after a rigorous evaluation process, including extensive field trials," states Eng. Feras Alboushi General Manager of Three Pillars Technology and Communication Co. "Redline, with its in-country support with its secure and best-of-breed wireless solutions, was the best fit for the end user's stringent application requirements. We are confident in the project's success – it will lay the foundation for future public safety projects."
Barco, a globally renowned company in professional visualisation and collaboration solutions, introduces the next generation of its successful high brightness Barco UniSee LCD video wall. This is the last step in the full LCD video wall portfolio renewal, after the introduction of the new Barco UniSee 500, OverView KVD-5521C and OverView LVD-5521C. This new generation builds on the unique strengths of Barco UniSee and further optimises the state-of-the-art image quality for use in a broader range of applications. Barco UniSee LCD video wall Barco UniSee LCD video wall was first launched in 2017 and was met with great market enthusiasm, and a number of important awards, including the renowned ‘Best of the Best’ Red Dot Design award. Improvements in terms of image quality, installation precision, ease-of-servicing and reliability in critical environments, further boosted the success of the Barco UniSee platform. Currently, more than 2,500 Barco UniSee video walls have been deployed for a wide variety of applications Currently, more than 2,500 Barco UniSee video walls have been deployed for a wide variety of applications, in all regions in the world and from small size 2x2 installations to 40 metres/131 feet wide video walls. Enhanced image quality Updating the high brightness Barco UniSee video wall to the next generation means another step-up in image quality. With an improved colour performance under wide viewing angles and proprietary local dimming technology enhancing local contrast (improving contrast with dark backgrounds and reducing power consumption), Barco UniSee is suited for use in even more applications (including control rooms, corporate lobbies, television studios, boardrooms and experience centres). Sense X automatic calibration technology Barco’s Sense X automatic calibration technology is further enhanced, perfecting the intra tile and full wall uniformity. The patented UniSee Mount solution keeps ensuring precise and uniform seams, whatever the size and the age of the wall. Barco also further evolved the deployment and serviceability of the platform, making it easier for partners to get the wall up and running, and keeping it operational with minimum interrupts. Video Wall Management Suite Introducing the Video Wall Management Suite allows resellers and managed service providers (MSPs) to monitor and manage the complete installed base from a central location. This solution comes free of charge during the warranty period and can be extended with a service contract or subscription offer. Also Barco’s service portfolio has been renewed, offering comprehensive packages for the complete product lifecycle. This allows customers and resellers alike to experience the best possible protection and optimal uptime. Driving for sustainability Eco design has grown into an important strategic focus point for Barco striving towards more sustainable solutions Eco design has grown into an important strategic focus point for Barco striving towards more sustainable solutions. The next generation of the Barco UniSee series, succeeded in obtaining the Barco Eco Product label, following their stringent ISO14021 compliant eco-scoring methodology. “The introduction of the high brightness Barco UniSee concludes our LCD portfolio update and prepares us for the years to come with the latest LCD technology. It also shows our full commitment to customer outcomes by continuing to offer the full range of visualisation solutions being LCD, LED or rear-projection cube (RPC),” said Gerrit Vermeire, Director of Product Management at Barco. Pioneer in innovation Gerrit Vermeire adds, “This demonstrates our pioneering role and innovation in our key markets. The new high brightness Barco UniSee platform continues the path that our customers value so much, adding several additional benefits to the package, while sustaining our established eco-system.” The next generation, high brightness Barco UniSee LCD video wall will start shipping from July 21, 2021 onwards.
Johnson Controls, the provider of smart, healthy and sustainable buildings, and architect of the OpenBlue digital connected platforms, is introducing the reimagined web-based client for the Tyco Software House C•CURE 9000 security and event management system. With the addition of enhanced functionality for alarm monitoring to the already streamlined search and filtering capabilities, users are able to perform personnel administration and alarm monitoring for their C•CURE 9000 system from anywhere, using any PC with a web browser or tablet. Visual alarm monitoring Featuring a modern web design with an adaptive interface, the new web client has redesigned how C•CURE 9000 users are able to view and process events to include a dynamic visual alarm monitoring experience. The new web client is also optimised for control room operations, where dark mode is often preferred With the new event viewer, operators can easily prioritise the most urgent of alarms and recognise patterns and anomalies with analytical event bubble images that are reflected in importance by colour and size. Manual actions and intrusion zones have been designed to handle core alarm management functions for critical infrastructure projects. The new web client is also optimised for control room operations, where dark mode is often preferred, with special consideration given to colour brightness to reduce light reflection for optimal viewing. Operator preview mode Individual operators can now smoothly transition between light and dark modes with the click of a button to fit their individual preferences. System administrators can customise the web-based interface to fit a variety of different users with Web Views, further streamlining productivity and balancing the user’s responsibility and workload. The screen appearance for each web view can be customised to show different tabs, columns, and fields based on the role within the organisation. An operator preview mode, allows admins to see defined roles and responsibilities as it appears to the user, without toggling back and forth between the admin and user logins.
Blaize, the AI computing innovator revolutionising edge and automotive computing solutions, announces that Minds Lab of Seongnam, S. Korea has extended its maum.ai ‘AI as a service (AlaaS)’ cloud service to the Edge running on Blaize Xplorer X1600P PCIe accelerator platform and utilising the Blaize AI Software Suite. The Maum Edge AI Platform combines Edge AI Devices and Maum AI Cloud to improve and expand services with greater usability and expandability. Minds Lab is using Blaize initially for its ‘Edge AI Road,’ ‘Edge AI Street’ and ‘Edge AI Home’ services, all of which are AI-based CCTV enabled. Artificial intelligence CCTV "The artificial intelligence CCTV applied with Minds Lab’s Edge AI is highly effective in monitoring objects and analysing data efficiently and quickly," said Dr. Hoon Paek, CTO, Minds Lab. "Based on the Blaize edge AI hardware, we plan to combine Minds Lab's unique AI technology to provide full-scale services to the Edge AI service platform market in Korea, the US and abroad." “The maum.ai service at the edge is an example of how Blaize hardware and software products deliver the right balance of performance with low power, low latency, and programmability to enable compute for breakthrough productisation of AI applications at the edge,” said Dinakar Munagala, CEO, Blaize. “Combined with the Minds Lab innovations, end users can access the power of affordable AI to enhance safety, security and convenience.” Performing various analytics Customers download an application from the Minds Lab AI cloud and install it on a network The Edge AI Road application provides traffic surveillance such as car and licence plate detection and speed and lane infringements. Edge AI Street provides sidewalk and close to home surveillance concerning pedestrian traffic and unusual behaviours (such as break-ins) and Edge AI Home provides monitoring of various activities in public and private interior spaces. The Maum.ai platform enables customers to download AI applications just like one would download an app for a mobile phone. Customers download an application from the Minds Lab AI cloud and install it on a network. They then register, activate, and adjust settings to perform various analytics via the Minds Lab cloud-based and real-time interface. Accelerating AI applications MindsLab is recognized for its AI technology solutions built on Blaize edge AI hardware, such as the Suwon City's CCTV video data construction business solution that immediately informs controllers when abnormal behaviour such as assault or theft is detected. In particular, the MindsLab AI-enabled CCTV service in Suwon City met strict performance verification through the Korea Data Agency (KISA) in recognising the behaviour of wandering, intrusion, and collapse. The Blaize embedded and accelerator platforms are built on the Blaize Graph Streaming Processor (GSP) architecture designed for the demands of edge computing. The Blaize Xplorer platforms accelerate AI applications at the edge of the enterprise via easy plug-in to the PCIe slot in a host server or appliance. The Blaize AI Software Suite comprised of Blaize Picasso and the AI Studio product leads the industry with open standards and ease of accessibility reducing the time to get edge applications into production from months to days.
Dahua Technology, a video-centric smart IoT solution and service provider, recently releases its upgraded WizMind series, offering a comprehensive project-oriented product portfolio and flexible AI solutions for a wide range of industries. Inheriting the company’s high-end AI solutions that focus on human, vehicle, object and thermal technology, the upgraded WizMind series boasts topnotch AI algorithms with expanded functions including human/vehicle video metadata, face recognition, privacy protection, wide area security, illegal parking detection, parking space management, object monitoring, etc., empowering vertical markets with enhanced AI experience. Basic AI functions Adopting the latest AI chip and algorithms, the upgraded WizMind based on human applications integrates more advanced AI performance, including privacy protection 2.0, face recognition 2.0, human video metadata 2.0, wide area security 2.0, people counting, stereo analysis, etc. The upgraded WizMind based on human applications integrates more advanced AI performance While providing early warning, precise target search, and other basic AI functions to achieve timely responses to incidents, it also supports intelligent analysis of customer flow, crowd density, target direction and other metadata to assist in business optimisation and decision-making. Based on passerby database, face recognition 2.0 eliminates duplicated count of people appearing frequently in the scene within a certain time frame, driving more accurate customer traffic and frequency statistics for further business analysis. Real-time notifications At the same time, it allows users to set up real-time notifications for VIPs or frequently appearing people in the scene to remind administrators to take corresponding measures. In addition, human video metadata 2.0 is now equipped with PPE detection and alarm to improve employee safety at construction sites and factories. In order to strengthen user privacy protection, Privacy Protection 2.0 offers additional occlusion options (irregular polygons, mosaics, and coloured blocks) and supports code exporting based on specified targets, ensuring privacy safety of people and places. The updated WizMind applications based on vehicles integrates ANPR, parking space management, vehicle metadata 2.0 and illegal parking detection technology to serve multiple vehicle-based scenes, including gas stations, building entrances and exits, parking lots, city roads, etc. Deep learning algorithm With combined ANPR technology and vehicle video metadata 2.0, users can capture violations Powered by deep learning algorithm, the Dahua parking space management technology can accurately detect and display parking status and number of available parking spaces to guide drivers, avoiding traffic congestion and improving parking experience. The updated illegal parking detection system supports overlaying a variety of information on the vehicle’s snapshot including licence plate number, time and location, as well as other violation information, providing more complete evidence for investigation. Moreover, a dual-PTZ system has the ability to cover a wider area and can even capture detailed images of vehicles under occlusion. With combined ANPR technology and vehicle video metadata 2.0, users can capture violations, track illegal vehicles as well as collect statistics for business analysis. Object monitoring technology As a brand new feature of the upgraded WizMind, the Dahua object monitoring technology utilises deep learning algorithms to focus on object detection of up to six kinds of objects, including bags, boxes and other custom objects. It can effectively filter out false alarms caused by interference of light It can effectively filter out false alarms caused by interference of light, animals, leaves and other irrelevant objects, so as to provide customers with accurate alarm information. Through the linkage alarm connected to the administrator, it can help passengers find their lost baggage and missing item in time, or detect a blockage at the fire exit, thus significantly reducing property loss and increasing safety level. Thermal imaging technology Dahua thermal imaging technology adopts thermal imaging sensor in combination with excellent image processing algorithm to deliver 24/7 long-range surveillance performance. Loaded with the company’s advanced AI capabilities, the Dahua thermal camera can accurately identify vehicles up to 20 km away and human targets up to 8 km away. While offering high-contrast images, its AI-enabled intelligent analysis functions can effectively detect abnormal behaviours, achieve highly accurate alarms, and enhance the overall operating efficiency of security systems. In addition, the outstanding hardware performance of the camera allows the device to withstand various conditions in a wide-range of application scenarios, making it an ideal choice for the perimeter protection of airports and borders, overheating detection of critical infrastructure, forest fire prevention, sea surface vessel detection, etc. Alarm monitoring software The Dahua DHOP allows third-party access to WizMind IPC and thermal cameras Embracing openness and collaboration, Dahua WizMind is fully compatible with main video management systems, PSIM, and a variety of alarm monitoring software. Together with Milestone, Qognify, Network Optix, Luxriot and other platforms, it delivers advanced features including face recognition, people counting, perimeter protection, and heat map. What’s more, the Dahua DHOP allows third-party access to WizMind IPC and thermal cameras, enabling customisation of camera functions based on customer needs. Dahua Technology also provides sufficient API, allowing integration with various systems of its technology partners. Protecting personal privacy With the aforementioned technical highlights, the upgraded WizMind series brings accurate, reliable and comprehensive AI-powered smart solutions to a variety of vertical industries, including traffic management, building, retail, energy, etc. For users with project needs in these industries, they can enjoy the convenience brought by advanced AI functions and benefit from the high-end customised solutions. In order to meet applicable legal requirements and protect personal privacy, they hereby suggest to choose a suitable solution according to actual needs as well as meet local legal requirements.
Hanwha Techwin, a global supplier of IP and analogue video surveillance solutions, has announced the immediate availability of a new range of easy to install and affordable Public View Monitors (PVMs) designed to help retailers deter crime. Wisenet PVMs The new Wisenet PVMs offer a complete built-in SSL-connected 2-megapixel camera, eliminating the need for system integrators to install and connect a separate supporting camera. With a choice of 10”, 27”, and 32” (inches) monitors, the three new PVMs can be easily placed at store entrances, shopping aisles, cash registers, or self-service checkouts. Public view monitors can serve as a strong deterrent to illicit behaviour" “Public view monitors can serve as a strong deterrent to illicit behaviour,” said Ray Cooke, Senior Vice President, Products, Solutions, and Integration, Hanwha Techwin America, adding “Our new line of PVMs has been designed for ease of installation so they can be quickly deployed across a large number of stores.” Supported by Wisenet WAVE VMS and NVRs Aside from deterring crime, the new PVMs can also display other important information, such as customised on-screen messaging to indicate a recording is in progress, as well as supplier commercials, own-brand product promotions, and special offers, by making use of the monitors’ SD/SDHC/SDXC slot, which can facilitate up to 256GB of data storage capacity. Supported by the Wisenet WAVE video management platform (Wisenet WAVE VMS), as well as Wisenet NVRs (Network Video Recorders), the ONVIF-conformant Public View Monitors can be programmed so that images captured by the cameras are either continuously recorded or when prompted to do so, by built-in face or motion detection video analytics. Face and motion detection activation The face and motion detection feature can also be configured to switch the display to ‘live’ view to make people aware they are being watched, as they will be able to see themselves on the monitor as they enter a store or walk down a shopping aisle. The display reverts to the slide show after a specified number of seconds. The PVMs can be integrated with tagging (EAS) systems to record images of people, who might be leaving the store with stolen items. Video evidence Public View Monitors will continuously stream images to a control room, where they can be viewed via VMS Regardless of whether they are displaying live images or a slide show, or the monitor has been turned off by someone using a remote control, the Public View Monitors will continuously stream images to a control room, where they can be viewed via video management software (VMS), as well as continue to be recorded on an on-site or remotely located NVR. The ultra-low light capabilities of the new PVMs, together with Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) technology performing at up to 150dB, enables the built-in camera to capture clear and sharp images in strongly contrasting light conditions, at store entrances, for example, where strong sunlight may be streaming in. Power over Ethernet (PoE+) All three Public View Monitors (PVMs) can be powered by 12V DC power supply, with the Wisenet SMT-1030PV also offering the option to utilise Power over Ethernet (PoE+), if there isn’t an existing power supply close to where the Public View Monitor is being installed. A single cable of up to 325 feet is all that is needed to provide power to the SMT-1030PV and for network communications. The three new Wisenet PVMs, which can be mounted by using standard VESA brackets, are as follows: SMT-1030PV: 10” monitor with LED backlight and 1024 x 600 display resolution. SMT-2730PV: 27” monitor with LED backlight, HDMI input, and Full HD display. SMT-3230PV: 32” monitor with LED backlight, HDMI input, and Full HD display.
The 2020s will be a wireless decade in access control, says Russell Wagstaff from ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions EMEA. He examines the trends data, and looks beyond mobile keys to brand new security roles for the smartphone. The benefits of wire-free electronic access control are well rehearsed. They are also more relevant than ever. A wireless solution gives facility managers deeper, more flexible control over who should have access, where and when, because installing, operating and integrating them is easier and less expensive than wiring more doors. Battery powered locks Many procurement teams are now aware of these cost advantages, but perhaps not their scale. Research for an ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions (AAOS) benchmarking exercise found installation stage to be the largest contributor to cost reduction. Comparing a typical installation of battery-powered Aperio locks versus wired locks at the same scale, the research projected an 80% saving in installers’ labour costs for customers who go cable-free. Battery powered locks all consume much less energy than traditional wired locks Operating costs are also lower for wireless: Battery powered locks all consume much less energy than traditional wired locks, which normally work via magnets connected permanently to electricity. Wireless locks only ‘wake up’ when presented with a credential for which they must make an access decision. AAOS estimated a 70% saving in energy use over a comparable lock’s lifetime. Find out more about wireless access control at ASSA ABLOY's upcoming 29th June webinar Deploying wireless locks In short, every time a business chooses a wireless lock rather than a wired door, they benefit from both installation and operating cost savings. A recent report from IFSEC Global, AAOS and Omdia reveals the extent to which the advantages of wireless are cutting through. Responses to a large survey of security professionals — end-users, installers, integrators and consultants serving large corporations and small- to medium-sized organisations in education, healthcare, industrial, commercial, infrastructure, retail, banking and other sectors — suggest almost four locations in ten (38%) have now deployed wireless locks as a part or the whole of their access solution. The corresponding data point from AAOS’s 2014 Report was 23%. Electronic access control Electronic access control is less dependent than ever on cabling Without doubt, electronic access control is less dependent than ever on cabling: Even after a year when many investments have been deferred or curtailed, the data reveals fast-growing adoption of wireless locks, technologies and systems. Is mobile access control — based on digital credentials or ‘virtual keys’ stored on a smartphone — an ideal security technology for this wire-free future? In fact, the same report finds mobile access is growing fast right now. Among those surveyed, 26% of end-users already offer mobile compatibility; 39% plan to roll out mobile access within two years. Before the mid-2020s, around two-thirds of access systems will employ the smartphone in some way. The smartphone is also convenient for gathering system insights Driving rapid adoption What is driving such rapid adoption? The convenience benefits for everyday users are obvious — witness the mobile boom in banking and payments, travel or event ticketing, transport, food delivery and countless more areas of modern life. Access control is a natural fit. If you have your phone, you are already carrying your keys: What could be easier? IBM forecasts that 1.87 billion people globally will be mobile workers by 2022 Less often discussed are the ways mobile management makes life easier for facility and security managers, too. Among those polled for the new Wireless Access Control Report, almost half (47%) agreed that ‘Mobile was more flexible than physical credentials, and 36% believe that mobile credentials make it easier to upgrade employee access rights at any time.’ IBM forecasts that 1.87 billion people globally will be mobile workers by 2022. Workers in every impacted sector require solutions which can get the job done from anywhere: Access management via smartphone offers this. Site management device The smartphone is also convenient for gathering system insights. For example, one new reporting and analytics tool for CLIQ key-based access control systems uses an app to collect, visualise and evaluate access data. Security system data could contribute to business success. The app’s clear, visual layout helps managers to instantly spot relevant trends, anomalies or patterns. It’s simple to export, to share insights across the business. Reinvented for learning — not just as a ‘key’ or site management device — the phone will help businesses make smarter, data-informed decisions. The smartphone will also play a major role in security — and everything else — for an exciting new generation of smart buildings. These buildings will derive their intelligence from interoperability. Over 90% of the report’s survey respondents highlighted the importance of integration across building functions including access control, CCTV, alarm and visitor management systems. Genuinely seamless integration They offer greater peace of mind than proprietary solutions which ‘lock you in’ for the long term Yet in practice, stumbling blocks remain on the road to deeper, genuinely seamless integration. More than a quarter of those polled felt held back by a lack of solutions developed to open standards. ‘Open standards are key for the momentum behind the shift towards system integration,’ notes the Report. As well as being more flexible, open solutions are better futureproofed. Shared standards ensure investments can be made today with confidence that hardware and firmware may be built on seamlessly in the future. They offer greater peace of mind than proprietary solutions which ‘lock you in’ for the long term. Open solutions and mobile management are critical to achieving the goals which end-users in every vertical are chasing: scalability, flexibility, sustainability, cost-efficiency and convenience.
We still have some way to go before we see 5G service rolled out as a UK-wide service, but we can discuss future implications of 5G, and how it can improve device capabilities once its widely accessible. The impact of 5G lies within the increase in the amount of data that can be transferred between smart home devices through a cloud-based system. By utilising the cloud’s mass computing power and its ability to process data in larger capacities, we are able to receive more in-depth analytics that can help improve smart home devices by making them faster, more informed and intelligent. Will 5G boost innovation in the smart home market, if so, how? Innovation using 5G can be shown with current smart home CCTV systemsAn example of innovation using 5G can be shown with current smart home CCTV systems. Products at present allow you to use functionalities such as motion detection. As it stands, this is a basic form of monitoring that monitors changes in picture and notifies the owner when something unusual has happened. Once 5G comes into play, the video data captured can be sent off to the cloud, interpreted in more detail, and can allow the system to conclude whether the movement is from a human, object or animal. Facial recognition could also come into play here, providing a more seamless service when reporting incidents to the police. Similarly, you can use data from various different devices within your home to toughen security measures. A video camera used in conjunction with a presence or heat detector can eliminate small errors by providing the ‘bigger picture’ with more data points to work with - an amalgamation of all smart devices used in tandem. We can’t solely rely on smart devices to make decisions for us, but what we can do is improve device processing so that by the time we step in, we already have all the necessary information to assess the appropriate call to action. What will 5G enable homeowners to do within their homes? Smart homes using 4G currently operate in a fragmented fashion, incorporating Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and other network protocols. Unlike 4G, 5G will work with low-power devices, making it useful for a broader array of connected products. This means that all devices we will be able to connect any internet connected product in order to allow integrated communication between all devices. Can be connected to work together in conjunction with your home system Your fridge and other kitchen appliances, for example, can be connected to work together in conjunction with your home system to create an entirely automated home. If your freezer is internet connected, you may get a notification if it loses power, but as everything else is also connected within your home, you will be able to determine whether it is a power fault or product fault straight away. Faster connectivity means that users can quickly take advantage of the data their smart devices provide, such as water use sensors which can monitor levels and allow for behaviour changes to curb water usage The same can be applied with vehicles. Cars in future will be autonomous and include an integrated dashcam which can then be connected to your security system to provide added security on-site in the peripheral of your home, alerting you to potential intruders before they reach your front door.
Developing an effective contact tracing system in the UK to monitor the spread of COVID-19 has proved to be problematic. The trials of the app developed by the government and its partners encountered numerous challenges, and despite the reopening of restaurants, pubs and shops, the current approach to contact tracing is inconsistent, with recent reports suggesting not all establishments are following the government guidance. At the same time, businesses are being encouraged to ask employees to return to the workplace as lockdown restrictions ease, and the lack of an effective contact tracing system is only going to become more of an issue. Responsibility now lies with employers to ensure social distancing measures are adhered to in the workplace, trace any contact that a person infected with COVID-19 has had with others, and communicate consistent messaging across their organisations. Considering all of these challenges, it is not surprising that technology is being turned to for the answers. Turning to technology However, it is not just cutting-edge technology that can support measures to address health and safety issues related to COVID-19; the use of existing infrastructure is vital too. Consider the ubiquity of CCTV in workplaces and public spaces, especially in densely populated cities. Recent research has shown that London, for example, has 627,727 cameras for 9.3 million residents - the equivalent of 67.5 cameras per 1,000 people. The data collected from these feeds will play a key role in effectively tracing interactions and monitoring the adherence to social distancing measures. Tracing interactions and monitoring the adherence to social distancing measures As useful as this data is though, the sheer volume of it is enormous. Sifting through hundreds of hours of video footage collected from networks of thousands of cameras will be far too time-consuming and inaccurate to complete manually. This is where more advanced technology such as A.I.V.A. (Artificial Intelligence Video Analytics) is required. A.I.V.A. solutions use existing camera networks and geospatial algorithms to determine an individual’s location in the camera field of view in real-time, automatically learning the perspective of the scene and calculating the GPS coordinates of individuals in real-time based on their location in the camera field of view. Social distancing algorithms For example, with regards to social distancing, an algorithm can detect when two parties are within a metre proximity of each other. This will trigger an alert in the system and log the occurrence in a dashboard report. If government recommendations change and the suggested distance is 2 meters, the algorithm is easily adjusted. This approach will help to reinforce changes in behaviour to encourage social distancing and, in the worst case, establish an effective contact tracing system for those who have been infected with COVID-19 and have come into contact with others. An effective contact tracing system for those who have been infected with COVID-19 Firstly, in terms of how this can be used for social distancing, AI powered video analytics can be used to identify particular hotspots where breaches occur. While isolated incidents of a breach in the 1m rule may not be particularly useful, when a series of occurrences is identified from thousands of hours of CCTV footage, vital insights can be gained into localised clusters of COVID-19 infections. The reports generated from this type of analysis can be extremely useful; for example, pinpointing particularly busy areas of a job site, identifying queues at a coffee station at a certain time of the day, or the most frequently used exit of an office building. Breaching the rules Armed with these insights, businesses can implement measures to try and alleviate such bottlenecks. In practice, this may involve implementing one-way systems or moving people from one congested area to a quieter one at particular times of the day, to help reduce the chances of breaching the 1m social distancing rule. There is even the capability of triggering an automatic alert when a breach is observed to remind employees of their responsibility to adhere to the guidelines. If a business is informed that one of its employees or a visitor has contracted COVID-19, the use of A.I.V.A can support in helping to identify areas that the person has visited and whether there were any other people in that area at the same time. Instead of informing others directly, the business can issue a notice to say exactly where that person was and advise employees who may have been present to be tested. This is particularly useful for businesses with large sites, who need to manage each building and facility on a case-by-case basis. Workforces can be protected by decreasing the chance of social distancing breaches Although simple to implement, AI powered video analytics can play a key role in helping businesses implement solutions that allow employees to safely return to work. With such technology in place, workforces can be protected by decreasing the chance of social distancing breaches occurring and effectively tracking those who have it. The technology does not rely on the identification of specific individuals nor their personal information or mobile phones, but rather recognises behaviour patterns and uses this approach to provide accurate information to groups of people that need it. AI has long been touted as the technology set to revolutionise life as we know it, and now it has the chance to unlock its potential and protect people in a world significantly affected by COVID-19.
Trends in the alarm industry point to a need for a software system that accommodates business patterns such as recurring monthly revenue (RMR). Workhorse Service Company provides a software that combines customer relationship management (CRM), enterprise resource planning (ERP) and field service management (FSM) into a “cradle-to-grave” system designed specifically for the alarm industry. “Making an alarm sale is different than making a CCTV sale, and the processes for the salesperson, technician and customer service rep are different,” says Steven Hayes, founder of Workhorse Service Company. He says WorkHorse is built on modern programming languages, is responsive, and provides a pleasant user experience regardless of the device being used. Client experience “Before coming on WorkHorse, our clients have needed to use multiple softwares such as bookkeeping, quoting, central station software, email, spreadsheets, and more,” says Hayes. “This would cause issues with continuity between softwares. Mistakes are made, appointments are missed, and customers leave.” When building WorkHorse, Hayes and his team interviewed dozens of companies to find out what they were missing and what their pain points were. “There are other CRM and FSM softwares on the market, but the ones that are made for our industry are generally designed for dealer programs and selling contracts,” he says. “Others are designed to bill your RMR and have basic service call functionality.” Alarm companies know that they need RMR to survive, and WorkHorse seeks to make it easy. WorkHorse allows companies to have multiple subscriptions inside a single deal. Single point of data entry WorkHorse ensures a single point of data entry for alarm companies Merchant services come with Auto Updater. If a credit card expires or even if it is cancelled, the service will reach out to the issuing bank and get the new number or token necessary to bill customers. This means less time with past due bills and calling on customers to get an updated form of payment. With two-way sync integration into central stations, WorkHorse ensures a single point of data entry for alarm companies. Information used at the time of the sale to create accounts is then pushed right from the tech portal to the central station. Employees can Create, Place Online/Offline, on test, and terminate accounts through the use of WorkHorse. The Workhorse call centre, ProConnect.io, will answer phone calls and provide a Tier 1 Tech Support line for clients as a well as a concierge service. Operators will trouble-shoot alarm issues or create a service ticket if they cannot help them (subscriptions to both ProConnect and WorkHorse are needed). Operators will also try and collect money that is past due while assisting clients. Misconceptions in the industry Over the next year the prevailing trends will likely be a large swing from dealer programs to the traditional alarm company, says Hayes. This will make software like WorkHorse incredibly important as companies move from a funding program to managing their in-house sales, RMR, service, and customer retention, he adds. There is a misconception is that an owner/operator can purchase a bookkeeping software and run their alarm company efficiently and effectively. Another misconception is that someone can just turn on a software and know how to use it without any help or guidance, that “playing around” with it at night will be enough to make them proficient users. The software used to run a business should be a top priority. The software used to run a business should be a top priority The WorkHorse team is looking to expand verticals into other environments in the future. WorkHorse is built in a way that could easily expand verticals by making changes to the deal and service call modules. “In mid-2020 we plan on starting Pool Cleaning and Pest Control followed by HVAC, Plumbing, Electricians, and more,” says Hayes. WorkHorse has all in-house developers located in South West Florida. The team is continuously working to create additional features and integrations in order to bring the best user experience to clients and their customers.
The drive for learning doesn’t diminish, even in times of a global pandemic. To accommodate the demands of social distancing, more training today happens online. “We have seen unprecedented international demand for our portfolio of online training courses ranging from small installation companies to the largest organisations, across a wide range of sectors,” says Jerry Alfandari, Group Marketing Manager of Linx International Group, a U.K. training firm. “More than ever, businesses are looking to ensure they have the skills in-house to coordinate their response to the changing situation. Individuals are also taking this time to upskill themselves for when we return to ‘normal’ by bringing something with them they didn’t have before. Perhaps unsurprisingly, people are still seeking to better themselves for what will be, eventually, a competitive market.” Expert security training Topics such as CCTV, Access Control, Intruder and Fire Tavcom Training, part of the Linx International Group, provides technical security training delivered by expert tutors on topics such as CCTV, Access Control, Intruder and Fire and also CCTV Control Room and Security Management. Given the practical nature of the courses, the majority have historically been delivered in a state-of-the-art training centre through interactive workshops. However, in order to best protect their staff and learners, and following government guidelines, Tavcom have closed their training centre for the time being. Learners are still able to book into classroom courses for later in the year with a choice of two learning centres now being offered: Hampshire or the recently established training centre in Shipley. For those who prefer to learn online, Tavcom delivers accredited online security training. “Given the situation we are all in at the moment, our online courses have seen an 86% increase in demand over the last several months,” says Alfandari. All online courses offer the same level of support as the classroom courses, with many accredited to BTEC level 3 and 5, catering to professionals of varying skill levels and experience. Improve your professional development “Our online courses remain as accessible as ever, with huge numbers of security systems engineers and professionals seeking to use this [quarantine] time to improve their professional development,” Alfandari says. “We encourage all people to consider the benefits of eLearning and, if they need any advice, to reach out to the Tavcom training team.” It’s more important now than ever before that learners are able to access Tavcom’s online learning programmes and continue in their professional development, he says. To help facilitate learning, the company has discounted 25% off the portfolio of eLearning courses, many of which are BTEC accredited and come with expert tutor support. We are also introducing new interactive ways of teaching traditionally classroom-based courses" “We are also introducing new interactive ways of teaching traditionally classroom-based courses with the aid of Zoom virtual classroom courses, led by our tutors,” says Alfandari. “From the learner’s own home, they will be able to undertake their chosen training course and return to the training centre later in the year to complete the practical assessment.” Skillsets remain in demand Even the most well-prepared organisations with extensive contingency plans have been stunned by the scale and speed of the current situation. Alfandari says: “We are finding especially our Intruder Alarms courses for repair and maintenance engineers have been exceptionally popular; those skill sets remain as in demand as ever in these troubled times.” A sister company, PerpetuityARC Training, offers Security Management BTEC Level 4 and Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management BTEC Level 4 courses that are purposely designed to help businesses and those responsible for security learn how to identify threats, risks and vulnerabilities, and create a comprehensive plan that will enable practical measures to be applied to mitigate the impact. Both courses run via two media: classroom or online and are tutor-supported so learners have a choice according to what best suits their needs and requirements. An online Essential Security Practices course is comprised of 12 modules designed to introduce the essentials of corporate security. Modules can be bought individually or as a whole course and will establish fundamental knowledge of best security practice. “It’s a great starting place if you’re new to security or want to brush up on your expertise,” says Alfandari. Maintaining a security presence is a challenge during a global pandemic. “With people following guidelines by staying at home, we’ve been working hard to drive the message that learning doesn’t stop just because you can’t go out,” says Alfandari. “People may think that because they can’t get to the training centre then they can’t train, but that’s just not the case.” Learning in these unprecedented times Our training centres may be closed for now, but our courses are still very much running" Between Tavcom Training and PerpetuityARC Training, there are more than 20 distance learning courses including ASIS International and The Security Institute, all of which can be accessed at home, at a learner’s own pace. “It’s important that people understand that we’re still here, still available and that we haven’t ‘gone away’,” says Alfandari. “Our training centres may be closed for now, but our courses are still very much running. “ “These are, without doubt, extremely difficult times,” he adds. “We are here for our learners. Our team are working hard behind the scenes to facilitate the best possible learning experience during this time, and we encourage all potential learners to really use this and make the most of it. Whether you want a refresher in security basics or finally to start on that qualification you’ve been putting off, we are here to help you in your professional development.” Rhiannon Limbert, Marketing Coordinator for Linx International Group, contributed to this content.
The success of smart homes began with professional security providers offering bundled packages, focused mostly on security monitoring. However, due to the cost of professional contracts, consumers began to embrace the do-it-yourself (DIY) approach. Despite the challenges and opportunities that come with professional and DIY approaches, the momentum of smart home growth depends on these two approaches working symbiotically. Smart home systems In 2017, there were about 122 million smart home devices shipped globally, according to IHS Markit. The retail channel represented about 62 percent of all device shipments in 2017 and will represent about 70 percent in 2021. Despite the increased demand for professional installation, the “do-it-for-me” approach, most the volume remains with ad-hoc purchases. This includes a consumer video camera or a smart thermostat purchase from a retailer. Data capture form to appear here! When a consumer wants to add devices to an existing professionally installed system, they often will buy products from retail. Flexible service offerings and pricing are already taking shape across smart home offerings. DIY installed smart home systems such as Scout Alarm already offer no contract monitoring. Professional monitoring companies are already offering no contract pricing, and providers such as Comcast are looking to pilot programs for just video monitoring, bundled with Internet for a low monthly fee. Home automation system Connected smart locks can actually act as an extension of a smart hub or controller Options for financing are also going to become commonplace. Smart home equipment is expensive, even when attempting to outfit a modest size home (2,500 square feet). Immediate access to services is becoming more critical. This means consumers should be able to access on-demand service options directly from a mobile device to activate or deactivate professional monitoring. Lastly, pricing still needs to come down for many smart home devices, but there is a threshold. For example, the sale of wireless, connected smart locks (viewed by some consumers as DIY) can lead to opportunities for further home automation product sales and professional installations. Connected smart locks can actually act as an extension of a smart hub or controller. They can be used to communicate wirelessly with and control all the devices that make up a home automation system, including lighting, entertainment, thermostats, air, alarms, shades and more. Residential security According to a 2018 Residential Security Market Report prepared by Parks Associates, “More than 60% of installing dealers now report that DIY systems are biting into demand for their services.” But the rise in DIY is not entirely bad news for security and home automation installers and dealers. There are a number of ways to view this glass as half-full. For example, with their lower cost and perceived ease of installation, DIY products have broken down barriers for additional purchases. There are reasons for dealers and installers to be cheerful about the rise of DIY. For one thing, according to that same Residential Security Market Report from Parks Associates, residential security dealers are doing quite well. The report states, “In 2017, revenues were up an average 7.72% for security dealers.” Full-time monitoring DIY products have broken down barriers for additional purchase and installation of professionally installed systems What about installations? The report goes on to say, “For 2017, the average number of installs per dealer was 22 per month, compared to 17 per month in 2016.” So, revenues are up for security dealers, and at least part of the reason can be attributed to the fact that DIY products can raise overall awareness of and spur interest in other home automation and security products. With their lower cost and perceived ease of installation, DIY products have actually broken down barriers for the additional purchase, and installation, of complete, professionally installed systems. Instead of paying for monthly monitoring, homeowners can install a web cam, access from a smartphone or tablet and essentially do their own security monitoring. The downside of this approach is readily apparent. Without full-time monitoring, homeowners can easily miss the break-in or the aged parent who falls and can’t get up. Near-field communication Until they log on and take a look, there’s no central station to send medical aid or call the police. Connecting door locks and other devices to the Internet can also open a door to hackers, if the infrastructure isn’t properly protected. The areas of consumer electronics and security are closely intertwined. For example, Apple recently expanded near-field communication (NFC) support to include the NDEF (NFC Data Exchange Format), which will likely accelerate the adoption of smartphones for access control credentialing. In another recent development, Amazon acquired Blink, a home security camera startup that offers wireless home security systems. The acquisition aligns with Amazon’s effort to offer more home devices. A common theme among professional monitoring providers is that a homeowner who is aware of events happening in the home does not necessarily have a secure and protected household. Traditional security features For example, a Nest camera, a DIY product, notifies a consumer via smartphone about events in the home when it detects motion, but only when the notification is opened and identified will a consumer be able to act on the related event. Self-installable smart home devices may resonate with a segment of the market that want security but are unwilling to adopt professional monitoring; however, providers can leverage these devices to enhance traditional security features and communicate the value of professional monitoring. Missed part one of our smart home mini series? Read it here.
Hyde Park is a premium residential complex of BI Group, a renowned construction holding company in Kazakhstan. This high-end project is located in one of the elite and ecologically safe neighbourhoods of Almaty, combining modern solutions and quality services with elegant British architecture. In addition to the traditional British mansion features, one of the main attractive qualities of this residential complex is its high level of security, thanks to a range of modern and smart solutions made by Yasar LLP (Yasar Group), which includes the intelligent residential solution from Dahua Technology. Dahua Intelligent Residential Solution The Dahua Intelligent Residential Solution provides an interconnected platform for property managers While bringing high-quality living experience to residents, the Dahua Intelligent Residential Solution provides an interconnected platform for property managers, to simplify operations and improve management efficiency in a visual way. To help Yasar LLP achieve their tasks, which include ensuring the safety of the residents, keeping the property of the apartment owners safe, as well as home owners’ requests for visual intercom with visitors, the project must be able to provide a video intercom system that supports both audio and video, integrates with third-party smart home apps, supports IP camera integration and preview, and allows several door opening methods, etc. Video intercom system with two-way audio support It required high-performance products with modern video technologies and quality services, which were successfully fulfilled and accomplished by Dahua products and solutions. Based on the client’s requirements, the Dahua team customised a complete solution including the successful development of a 10-inch Android indoor monitor that supports two-way audio intercom, video recording, remote door opening, message features, as well as installation and access to third-party smart home apps. Android indoor monitor installed This indoor monitor offers high brightness, high contrast and high sound intensity. It can provide a clear display interface, even in a strong-light environment and transmit clear two-way intercom sound, despite noise interference. In addition, the indoor monitor is equipped with dual network cards that can work at the same time. The wired network card is used to access the video intercom system, while the wireless network card is for third-party smart home systems. Flexible door opening options In the Hyde Park residential area, two different parking areas are provided for residents and their guests In order to bring modern and high-tech living experience to home owners, the solution provides flexible door opening options, including cards, fingerprint recognition, password, etc., in case they forgot to bring their key or access card. Alternatively, they can also open the door remotely using the mobile app or enter via facial recognition. In the Hyde Park residential area, two different parking areas are provided for residents and their guests. These parking areas are both under constant round-the-clock monitoring using the Dahua ANPR camera. At the same time, the camera’s real-time recognition algorithm allows vehicles to enter and exit automatically, without stopping and waiting, greatly improving traffic efficiency. 24/7 uninterrupted video surveillance Public areas and common spaces are comprehensively protected by a combination of 2 MP IR Mini Dome Network Camera, 2 MP WDR IR Mini Bullet Network Camera, 4MP IR Mini Dome Network Camera and other equipment. At the same time, the Dahua DSS platform was selected for centralised management, operation and maintenance. The Dahua Intelligent Residential Solution provides a highly secured and comfortable community for Hyde Park residential complex. It has 24/7 uninterrupted video surveillance, covering the whole residential area, including public areas, playground and lobbies. The Dahua Intelligent Residential Solution provides a highly secured community for Hyde Park residential complex It enables the communication between the residents and security system operators, as well as touchless access control to parking lots and residential buildings in addition to card, password and a physical lock. Advanced AI technology Now, residents can enjoy a smart and convenient living experience brought by advanced AI technology, make video conversations with guests, call security personnel for help, or manage all smart home control systems remotely. The Dahua indoor monitor integrates a visual intercom system and smart home system, which simplifies the tedious configuration process and saves input costs for integrators. Remote and visual management of properties Security guards at the entrance are not needed anymore, to manage entering and exiting vehicles, which saves labour costs, reduces the waiting time, and improves traffic efficiency. Moreover, it assists remote and visual management of properties, and improves the services and facilities offered in the residential community. “Thanks to smart residential solution of Dahua Technology, the safety and functionality of this residential complex has become more efficient. The cameras of the entire residential complex meet the latest innovations and instantly transmit data to the central observation point,” said Bagdan, a Yasar LLP Executive Employee.
Dutch franchisee Leussink Retail Groep operates 7 Jumbo supermarkets in its portfolio. They tackled the thorny issue of hygiene and social distancing with a solution made up of Hikvision cameras, SmartPole sanitizing stations, and the SmartPole platform for safe shopping. Hikvision’s comprehensive solution SmartPole Solutions, a Dutch member of Hikvision’s Technology Partner Program, stepped up to the plate, delivering a comprehensive solution based on Hikvision Dual-Lens People Counting Network Cameras (DS-2CD6825G0/C-IS), their SmartPole Sanitizers, and LeftClick software. The solution operates based on a calculation that no more than a certain number should be in a shop, depending on its size. This means that there are few enough people inside to make social distancing possible. In this way, everyone can shop for their essentials more safely.
Ways to manage visitors and improve communications, while keeping doors to the Congregation Beth Jacob’s sanctuary and school locked. Aiphone IS Series video intercom Aiphone IS Series video intercom mounted just outside the main entry allows visitors to buzz one of four master stations. “Emergency communications and procedures are now embedded in our daily operations,” said Greg Sterling, Past President of the Congregation Beth Jacob. Enhancing safety against active shooters In recent years, houses of worship have become an all‑too‑common target for active shooters, burglars and vandals The Congregation Beth Jacob provides a house of worship, pre-school and attached K-7 religious school for the Redwood City, California’s Jewish community, in the heart of the famed Silicon Valley. In recent years, houses of worship have become an all‑too‑common target for active shooters, burglars, vandals and a host of other criminals. Founded in 1930, Congregation Beth Jacob has a rich history as the first Jewish institution built between San Francisco and San Jose. Since an earlier sanctuary was destroyed by a suspected arsonist in 1979, Congregation Beth Jacob has taken security of its members, students and employees very seriously and regularly updates its systems and procedures. Managing visitors and improving communications Congregation Beth Jacob’s security integrator, Oakland-based HighCom Security Services, was asked for ways to manage visitors and improve communications, while keeping doors to the sanctuary and school locked throughout the day. Requirements for the Congregation Beth Jacob included: Sanctuary employees had to be able to remotely see and speak with visitors before opening an exterior door. Employees needed to be able to easily communicate between the 12 classrooms and offices in the sanctuary and school. The solution had to be easy for employees, congregation members and visitors to use. “Emergency communications and procedures are now embedded in our daily operations,” said Greg Sterling, Past President of Congregation Beth Jacob. Fences and gates installed Fences and gates now guide visitors from the street to a rear parking lot and a double-door entry to the main facility. This and all other exterior doors are kept locked. An Aiphone IS Series video intercom is mounted just outside the main entry, allowing visitors to buzz one of the four master stations located on the desks of the Executive Director and Receptionists and in the common areas of the main and school offices. Colour LCD monitors on the IS Series master stations allow office staff to see and speak with visitors, before remotely unlocking the door. Keypads at the door let employees open the door by entering a code. Wall-mount audio intercoms Aiphone speakers and horns were added to share emergency messages in the school play area Wall-mount audio intercoms have been provided in each classroom. Teachers can communicate hands-free with the main or school offices, and other classrooms. They can also choose to use the intercom’s handset for more private conversations. Before the intercoms were installed, teachers had to leave the classroom and walk to the office for help. Aiphone speakers and horns were added to share emergency messages in the school play area, two patios, front entry, sanctuary, social hall and main dining room. Surveillance cameras installed Surveillance cameras set to view the parking lot, school entry and the street fronting Congregation Beth Jacob. Sanctuary staff can view live video from monitors in the facility’s main and school offices. Panic buttons were installed in each classroom, the social hall and kitchen. Pushing a button generates a code phrase intended to start an immediate facility lockdown without overly frightening the students.
The Aiphone IX Series IP emergency stations with embedded video intercom systems provide an easily recognisable island of safety on any campus. “The stations protect students, giving them a sense that if there is an emergency, they can push one button and immediately get help,” said Robert Martinez, Owner & CEO, RJR Communications Technologies. Protecting students and staff Protecting thousands of students, staff and visitors in buildings on large college or university campuses is a daunting task. Maintaining their safety as they cross hundreds of acres of outdoor open space is an even greater challenge. The challenge is to protect the outdoor spaces of a large college or university campus, making sure students, staff and visitors are secure outside dorms, on exercise paths or in remote parking facilities. Aiphone IX Series IP-based emergency stations The station’s video and audio capabilities provide the important information that dispatchers need The Aiphone IX Series IP-based emergency stations with embedded video intercom systems provide an easily recognisable safety system on any campus. With a touch of a button, a distressed person can immediately speak with campus police. The station’s video and audio capabilities provide the important information that dispatchers need to determine an effective response. Administrators work diligently to make their campuses safer and they have been largely successful. Federal statistics show, during the past decade, overall campus crime has decreased nationwide. Still, cases of assault, robbery, theft and other crimes routinely occur on many campuses. The tools used to protect the indoor environment, locks, access control and burglar alarm systems, provide little to no value outdoors. Outdoor security requires different solutions This is where Aiphone IX Series IP emergency stations and blue light towers literally shine as a conduit between distressed people and campus police. Bright lights atop each Aiphone tower station make it easy to locate at night or during inclement weather. One button on the station’s embedded video intercom immediately links a person to police dispatchers. Once the station is activated, the tower lights flash to draw additional attention to the site. Enhancing campus security Aiphone emergency stations are ideal for all campus areas, such as parking lots and garages open spaces and running trails. They also provide comfort and safety in and around dorms, libraries, stairwells, recreation centres and near elevators. Stations should be placed so that at least two towers are within view, allowing a distressed person the option of choosing the closest unit. Information, both visual and audio, takes on added importance outdoors. Real-time audio and video aid dispatchers Dispatchers immediately know the IX Series station’s precise location, helping to reduce response time First responders need all the input that they can get from emergency sites, located hundreds of yards away from the nearest dispatch centre. Real-time audio and video help dispatchers quickly assess situations, in order to provide the appropriate response. As calls arrive, dispatchers immediately know the IX Series station’s precise location, helping to reduce response time. For campus police officers on regular patrol around campus, an Aiphone app is available to turn smartphones and tablets into roaming control centres. White illumination LED for quality night video Each video station’s wide angle camera captures clear, identifying views of people and their surroundings. A white illumination LED provides quality night video. Campus police can also use the cameras to monitor potential trouble spots, before an emergency occurs. But cameras are only as good as the monitors displaying the live video. Aiphone IX Series master stations are equipped with 3.5-inch direct-view TFT colour LCD displays. TFT technology for high resolution imaging The TFT technology provides the brightest and best resolution of all flat-panel techniques, helping to improve image resolution and addressability. And Aiphone has not forgotten the audio, making sure two-way conversations are clearly understood on both ends. Audio also helps humanise the security function. During an emergency, a human voice can be far more reassuring than security cameras, fencing and bollards. Two-way communication Two-way communication over the intercom can be helpful in calming the victim, while trying to collect more detailed information about the ongoing situation. The built-in station-mounted speakers also allow broadcasting of live or recorded voice communication during an emergency. Other advantages of Aiphone IX Series emergency stations include: They are always available, day and night. A second call button facilitates non-emergency communications, such as visitors seeking directions to an administrative office or classroom building. Both the towers and wall-mount stations are made of steel, making them weather and vandal resistant. Stations provide peace of mind to pedestrians and act as a deterrent to criminals. Importance of multiple security layers One constant between securing indoor and outdoor security is the need for multiple security layers One constant between securing indoor and outdoor security is the need for multiple security layers. Again, the IX Series shines as a single master station that can control hundreds of emergency stations and non-emergency classroom, and office stations, as well as act as a hub for security platforms, such as those from Lenel, EMERgency 24, KapLogic and more. The system also easily integrates with surveillance cameras to provide a broader view of emergency locations. With the Aiphone IX Series, campuses can start small and increase the number of emergency and non-emergency stations as the needs change. Aiphone IX Series for maximum flexibility Each campus has its own needs, so the IX Series is designed for maximum flexibility. The emergency towers offer two- or three-module designs available in a variety of heights to suit any location. The wall-mounted emergency boxes are ideal for placement on or inside buildings. Braille signage and adjustable call button heights allow them to comply with ADA standards. Towers are available in five standard colors in addition to a variety of custom paints to match school colours. IP-based IX Series stations Aiphone’s IP-based IX Series stations connect to a campus network and draw Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) using CAT-5e/6 cable, keeping dispatch/ phone lines open. The IX Series eliminates the need and expense of traditional phone lines. The stations are upgradable to future proof an investment for years to come Previously installed Aiphone two-wire audio only intercoms can also easily be upgraded to the IP-based system with an Aiphone network adaptor. The stations are upgradable to future proof investments for years to come. If a school already has towers installed around campus, Aiphone’s tower adaptor plate allows these existing towers to be re-used, while modernising communication infrastructure to the latest IP-based communication solution. Superior customer support and service Customer support representatives and the company’s QuikSpec website tool ensure that the campus integrator or on-site installation team will accurately design the right system for any site. Campus security has never been more important. Federal law mandates administrators report crimes against the people who live, work and visit campus each day. Those reports are important factors when parents help their children select a college or university. With Aiphone, security isn’t a niche, it is a necessity. That is why the IX Series emergency stations are designed and built with the same attention to detail and exacting standards dealers, integrators and campus users have come to expect from the world leader in intercom technology.
Leonardo delivered the first two M-345 jet trainer aircraft to the Italian Air Force, which to-date has ordered 18 units from a total requirement for up to 45 aircraft. The new type of jet trainer aircraft, designated T-345A by the Italian Air Force, will gradually replace the 137 MB-339s which have been in service since 1982. M-345 jet trainer aircraft Marco Zoff, Leonardo Aircraft Managing Director, said “Building on our heritage and expertise in jet trainers, the M-345 will allow our customers to achieve a significant improvement in training effectiveness while at the same time reducing operating costs. This first delivery to the Italian Air Force is a key milestone, the result of a longstanding and productive team working closely together with the operator.” The new M-345 jet trainer aircraft, designed to meet basic and basic-advanced training requirements, will complement the in-service M-346, which is used for advanced pilot training. Integrated training system Leonardo’s integrated training system developed around the M-345 platform is representative of the company’s technological leadership in training pilots to fly current and future generation aircraft. The system benefits from experience with, and technology developed for, the M-346, which includes a ‘Live Virtual Constructive’ capability. This allows aircraft which are flying live training missions to incorporate simulated ‘friend’ or ‘foe’ elements into scenarios, allowing the pilot to be exposed to the full range of possible operational situations. M-345 HET (High Efficiency Trainer) The new M-345 HET (High Efficiency Trainer) reduces the time required for air forces to train pilots The M-345 is a high-performance aircraft which supports a pilot’s transition from basic trainers to latest-generation fighters. The Italian Air Force’s acquisition of the new aircraft is an important step forward in the modernisation of its fleet, with the M-345 replacing the MB-339A in Air Force’s second and third military pilot training phases. The M-345 has also been chosen as the new aircraft of the Italian Air Force’s acrobatic team, the ‘Frecce Tricolori’. The new M-345 HET (High Efficiency Trainer) reduces the time required for air forces to train pilots. It also gives trainees the chance to fly an aircraft that features higher performance characteristics than other basic/advanced trainer aircraft currently in service around the world. Delivering high quality training at low cost The performance of the M-345 allows it to carry out the most demanding mission types found in a training syllabus, delivering high quality training at significantly lower cost. The M-345 cockpit architecture is the same as that of frontline fighters. The aircraft is also able to perform operational roles, thanks to an extended flight envelope, with a high-speed maneuvering capability even at high altitudes, modern avionics systems, high load capacity and performance. Health and Monitoring Usage System The M-345 is designed with a long life-cycle and a two-level approach to maintenance The M-345 is designed with a long life-cycle and a two-level approach to maintenance, eliminating the need for expensive general overhauls. The aircraft’s Health and Monitoring Usage System (HUMS) also contributes to a lower cost of ownership. A sophisticated on-board training simulator confers a number of benefits. For instance, M-345 pilots are able to plan maneuvers before live training, allowing for higher efficiency during flight. Mission Planning and Debriefing Station Trainees are also able to fly in formation with other pilots in the air and those training on the ground in simulators, via a real-time data-link. The aircraft’s Mission Planning and Debriefing Station (MPDS) allow trainees to analyse the missions they have just flown. The M-345’s engine is a Williams FJ44-4M-34 turbo fan optimised for military and aerobatic use. The cockpit is based on HOTAS (Hands-On-Throttle-And-Stick) controls and features a glass cockpit with a three-colour MFD (Multi-function Display) touch screen. The aircraft’s heads-up display is mirrored on a fourth screen in the rear seat.
In the fast-growing legalised cannabis industry, extensive security measures are a necessity. VIVOTEK, the pioneering IP surveillance provider has collaborated with Existo, a collective of cannabis industry professionals, to establish an IP surveillance solution for a cannabis cultivation facility in Northern Michigan, the United States. The results not only exceeded the state of Michigan’s expectations to allow for licensing at the state level but are also user friendly and add a level of comfort concerning building security to the owners. Why VIVOTEK? The state of Michigan has placed stringed demands on-camera coverage and recording quality for this industry, so a camera system is essential for the licencing of this business. Challenges in the project were related to distances within the building, coverage in unique spaces and varying climates and light exposure within indoor grow rooms. Existo chose VIVOTEK and a total of 70 of its indoor and outdoor security solutions, network video recorders (NVR) and video management software (VMS) to monitor the cannabis cultivation facility. CC9381-HV Panoramic network camera In the grow room, which includes a long hallway with tight spaces and climate concerns, 7 VIVOTEK 180-degree panoramic network cameras, the CC9381-HV were installed to combat high contrast lighting environments and armed with WDR Pro function to ensure 24/7 surveillance coverage. SD9364-EHL Speed dome camera For exterior corners, 4 VIVOTEK SD9364-EHL speed dome cameras were utilised. The camera is adopted VIVOTEK's Smart IR II technology which is specifically designed to provide a superb low light image in the most challenging situations. FE9181-H Fisheye and FD9380-H Fixed dome cameras Due to its high-quality imagery at a cost-effective perspective, 14 FE9181-H fisheye cameras and 40 FD9380-H cameras were installed throughout the rest of the indoor and outdoor facility. ND9541 NVR and apps VIVOCloud and iViewer app provide users with an open, flexible, and intelligent NVR for video surveillance applications The facility is also utilising VIVOTEK’s 16-CH ND9541 Linux-based embedded standalone NVR to set up and manage advanced IP surveillance systems with ease. It also supports remote and mobile access, via VIVOCloud and iViewer app, for both iOS and Android handheld devices, providing users with an open, flexible and intelligent NVR for seamless use in small to medium-sized video surveillance applications. Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) acclamation In the end, the outcome not only met but surpassed all expectations and goals. The system was complimented as the highest quality in terms of coverage and camera quality by the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) enforcement agent during the state licencing walkthrough. Surpass expectations “The flexibility we gain from the quality and variety that VIVOTEK offers pays off tenfold in our business because there is no standard building design for cannabis businesses,” said Chris Hernandez, Existo director of operations. “Unique buildings with unique layouts but with highly standardised expectations put forward by state licensing expectations can be a stumbling block for many cannabis businesses. Our ability to utilize VIVOTEK’s solutions allows us to create systems that exceed state expectations while still being used to achieve safety goals set internally by our customers.”
Round table discussion
There was a time when men dominated the physical security industry. On second thought, that time is today. Even with increasing numbers of women entering our community, it’s an industry that is still mostly populated by men. But change is coming, and the industry as a whole is benefiting greatly from a surge in female voices. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What is the changing role of women in security?
In the digital age, software is a component of almost all systems, including those that drive the physical security market. A trend toward hardware commoditisation is making the role of software even more central to providing value to security solutions. Software developments make more things possible and drive innovation in the market. We asked this week's Expert Panel Roundtable: How do software improvements drive physical security?