To reduce installation difficulty and extend the effective monitoring range of cameras, Dahua Technology, a video-centric smart IoT solution and service provider, launches mini PT/PTZ series, a small-sized IP cameras with various pan and tilt ranges. Boasting compact design and excellent product performance, the mini PT/PTZ series offers a cost-effective solution for various small- and medium-sized applications such as retails, hotels, casinos, supermarkets, entrances, etc. Effective monitorin...
IDIS America, the regional headquarters of South Korean security technology innovator, IDIS, announces Emily’s Place, as the first recipient of a comprehensive donation of company’s award-winning technology as part of its ‘Create a Better World’ campaign. The campaign, announced at the 2019 ISC West security show in April, is designed to support and better empower community organisations, the facility’s mission of providing long-term, multi-faceted care and support...
In a move to build upon their existing radar technical and sales support, 360 Vision Technology, renowned UK CCTV manufacturing company, is delighted to announce that it has appointed Mark Rainbow to the role of UK & Export Business Development Manager. Radar, video camera solutions Greatly experienced in the sales, engineering and specification of radar and video camera solutions across a wide range of applications, Mark begins his new role at 360 Vision Technology after 25 years with Ogi...
Kingdom is delighted to announce the recent acquisition of Dunedin Facilities Management Ltd. Established in 2012, Dunedin has gained an excellent reputation for delivering CCTV, Door Supervisors, Security Guards, Mobile Patrols, Key Holding and Event security solutions. With an extensive portfolio of loyal clients, Dunedin looks forward to using the Kingdom platform to develop further future growth in Scotland. The Dunedin acquisition continues the strategic expansion plans of Kingdom. Enhanc...
The sound of bar staff yelling ‘who’s next?’ on a busy Saturday night is set to become a thing of the past, thanks to the launch of the world’s first A.I. powered bar. The ‘A.I. Bar’, which has been developed by British data science product company DataSparQ, helps make ordering in busy boozers easier, faster and fairer by using the latest facial recognition technology to put punters in an “intelligently virtual” queue. Led to a reduction in serv...
Integrated security manufacturer TDSi is pleased to welcome Gwen Curran as its new Channel Partner Manager North. Gwen’s role is a pivotal one in TDSi’s ongoing relationship with its Channel Partners in Northern England and Scotland. John Davies, Managing Director of TDSi commented, “Channel Partners are a lifeblood for TDSi and we have a close working relationship with them as we build our business together. We are very pleased to welcome Gwen to this highly important role in...
Limitless Security launches a new fixed cost managed solution for the housebuilding and construction industries. This fully managed service takes away the headaches and hassles involved in installing, managing and maintaining security equipment on building sites. It will enable housebuilders to reduce the incidence of break-ins, theft and vandalism whilst maintaining and managing the costs of security within acceptable limits. Managed security solution This fully managed security solution includes detection, monitoring and response This fully managed security solution includes detection, monitoring and response using a SIA-licensed security guarding service. It covers everything from risk assessment, the supply, installation and management of all equipment, including Limitless Security’s battery operated VIDAR motion detectors with integrated image verification. Also provided are site security signage, documentation of any events for evidential purposes and the provision of information to responding agencies. “Our new service challenges the industry perception that the price of security may outweigh the cost of an intruder event. This is understandable when the costs of traditional manned guarding contracts and CCTV installations are taken into account,” said Adam Lees, Managing Director of Limitless Security. Fully managed service “We developed this fully managed service to meet the needs of housebuilders as it provides a complete solution for a single, fixed monthly cost to make budgeting easier and eliminate any unexpected additional charges.” Limitless Security monitors all installations around the clock from its Monitoring Centre which reacts and responds immediately should a security event occur. When required, SIA-licensed security guards are directed to an event location and VIDAR captured images can be sent to their smartphones or tablets to assist with identification.
Reliance High-Tech, the independent security technology integrator and provider of lone worker protection services, has announced that it has relocated its headquarters to a new state-of-the-art facility in Station Road, Bracknell, from its previous site in Winnersh, Berkshire. The move follows a highly successful 12 months for the company and highlights its intention to significantly grow its operation and market share. The new offices offer more flexibility, a great new working environment for the company’s valued employees and convenient transport links by both road and rail for customers and partners. To showcase the company’s growing range of services, the facility boasts a purpose-built boardroom and customer innovation area, which invites visitors from a diverse array of vertical sectors to learn how Reliance High-Tech can help them achieve their security objectives in comfortable surroundings. Siloed security systems and integrated solutions Having a headquarters that allows us to further develop our strategic offering is vital as we move forward"Reliance High-Tech works with the very best technology partners in order to assist customers on their journeys from disparate, siloed security systems to fully integrated IT based solutions and, with the new innovation area, visitors now have the opportunity to see these first-hand. The company also runs its management, finance and sales functions from the new site, where its newly appointed sales director, Tom Clarke, will also be based. “The move to this new head office indicates our intention to rapidly expand the company’s success across key target areas with an absolute focus on supporting the changing needs of our customers,” commented Alistair Enser, Reliance High-Tech’s chief executive officer (CEO). “As a specialist niche integrator, with a strong interest in key technologies and helping customers navigate and gain incremental value through the fast changing and converging landscape of security, we operate at the cutting edge of service provision. Having a headquarters that allows us to further develop our strategic offering is vital as we move forward.”
Redvision, the manufacturer of high-performance, rugged, CCTV cameras and housings, enhances its VMS1000™ open platform control system with a comprehensive range of new features. The VMS1000™ is a video management software and analytics solution, powered by Digifort, which is cost-effective, scalable, intuitive and server-based, with no annual maintenance fees. Standard analytics functionality Over 300 camera brands and 10,000 individual camera models are integrated with the VMS1000™" Stephen Lightfoot, technical director at Redvision, explains, “We have enhanced the capability of our VMS1000™, open-platform control system with a range of new features including object linking, for configuring a logical flow between cameras on screen; field of view direction depiction, for fixed cameras and PTZs on maps; edge playback, direct from supported cameras with SD cards; local MP4 recording options within the surveillance client, not just the server; privacy masking with user rights hierarchy; and multi-level camera grouping.” “Additionally, over 300 camera brands and 10,000 individual camera models are integrated with the VMS1000™. The VMS1000™ enables analytics on presets and has dedicated buttons for the control of lights, wipers, washers and telemetry for our X-SERIES™ rugged PTZs. It also has comprehensive control of the VEGA™ fixed cameras.” The Redvision VMS1000™ standard analytics functionality includes traffic management (speed filter), object tracking, loitering, virtual fences, missing object, abandoned object, face detection, vehicle counting and people counting. Additional, bolt-on modules are available for LPR, Facial Recognition, edge analytics, edge recording and synopsis.
Globally renowned technology-based security specialist, Safer Scotland is extending its support to local sporting heroes with new sponsorship initiatives that could take talented youngsters to the top of their game. Safer Scotland finances MMA It has pledged financial backing of up to £1000 to outstanding Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter Reece McEwan, who has an amateur MMA record of seven wins and only one defeat and a professional Kickboxing record of two wins and no defeats. Reece is ranked 3rd out of 531 active UK/Ireland amateur bantamweights. The 24-year-old from Greenock is recognised as having the talent, will and passion to reach the highest levels of his grueling sport and has an ultimate aim of turning professional and securing a contract with a large association such as UFC. The Paisley-based company has already financially backed the young athletes of Greenock Boxing Club CCTV security firm The Paisley-based company has already financially backed the young athletes of Greenock Boxing Club when they hosted their counterparts from St Catherine’s Boxing Club in Ontario at the Lady Octavia Sports Centre in Greenock. Now it is time for the return bout and the champs of the future are heading to Canada last week (July 17), with backing from Safer Scotland for their away match gear so that they will always look their best in Ontario. Manned guarding For Reece McEwan, Safer Scotland plans to provide block training sessions with Ju-Jitsu and MMA Coach Ian Gilmartin, whom Reece said, “will improve my knowledge immensely”. Safer Scotland Director Ryan Clark stated, “It is a privilege to be able to help committed and dedicated young people who are working hard and training hard to achieve their personal sporting ambitions. I first encountered Reece at the Inverclyde Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Club, where I started training. He was taking a children’s class and was well-spoken, polite and humble. He didn’t fit the fight image at all." Safer Scotland has created a niche in a competitive business environment "He is a business graduate from Glasgow Caledonian University and is extremely highly thought of in the sport. He is practical, and wants to take time to gain experience, rather than rushing into contests. I think he has the ability and personality to get to the very top. We come from the same area of Inverclyde and it is great to see, and to be able to back, someone with such a passion for his sport.” High value assets security Safer Scotland has created a niche in a competitive business environment by its emphasis on reliable technology which allows corporate clients to secure high value assets in remote or temporary locations. It is expanding this year into the North of England. The company also provides security guards, event security, door supervisors, key holding and other security services.
Eagle Eye Networks, the provider of cloud video surveillance worldwide, announced a new partnership with Salto Systems, a global provider of access control systems. In the new and improved Salto KS application, the Eagle Eye Cloud VMS Surveillance product has been integrated via cloud to provide Salto KS customers a more cyber-secure video experience connected to access control events. Within the Salto KS mobile app, a user can confirm a person’s identity before remotely granting access to any door, and share the video footage with offsite, cloud back-up. These and other features delivered by the Salto KS / Eagle Eye Networks Cloud VMS integration, provide considerable benefits to end users in various verticals that need a seamless integration between video and access control. Additionally, the partnership showcases the continuous expansion within the Cloud ecosystem of security products manufacturers. Benefits of cloud integrations “It is great to be able to provide this integration with what we perceive is our twin in the industry for CCTV. Twins because our companies are almost the same age, we share the Cloud vision and both share core values like security, reliability and both sell and support through a global network." - Rick Voogt, MD SALTO KS. SALTO KS provides a flexible access control management system that requires no software to be installed Through secure, restful APIs, cloud integrations are superior to on-site integrations in terms of speed, security and the redundancy of valuable customer data. For system integrators, this new partnership enables valuable opportunities to gain stickier customer relationships with monthly recurring revenues on both video and access control products. Cloud-based wireless access control system SALTO KS provides a flexible access control management system that requires no software to be installed. The modern cloud-based, wireless access control system is simple to use and the configuration with an Eagle Eye Cloud VMS customer account can be quickly accomplished in a few easy steps with the appropriate Eagle Eye Networks’ customer account credentials. “We are pleased to work alongside Salto Systems globally to provide a better user experience for both end users and channel partners,” says Dean Drako, CEO and Founder of Eagle Eye Networks. “Cloud systems are rapidly becoming the better option in physical security and we are determined to continue leading the transformation with strong partnerships like this one with Salto Systems.”
Arecont Vision Costar, a provider of network-based video surveillance solutions, announces the 1st anniversary of its launch as a business unit of Texas-based Costar Technologies, Inc. The new company has committed itself to the delivery of the surveillance industry’s best customer experience and to fully addressing ongoing customer needs and requirements. 3 pillars of business “It’s been an exciting first year for Arecont Vision Costar,” said Shane Compton, Chief Engineering Officer, Costar Technologies, Inc., and General Manager, Arecont Vision Costar. “All aspects of the company are focused on the three main pillars of our business, which are Product Quality and Reliability, Customer Service and Support, and in delivering Innovation in everything we do.” Integrating and leveraging resources Arecont Vision Costar has been integrating and leveraging the wider resources of parent Costar The company marked its 1st anniversary with the launch of a new public website. Arecont Vision Costar launched on July 13th, 2018, following the acquisition of the product portfolio, patents, trademarks, and technology of the original Arecont Vision, LLC. A majority of the employees at time of acquisition moved to the new company, and Costar has been adding key personnel in executive leadership roles and across sales, development, operations, customer support, and other areas. Significant investment has been made in new technology to improve the customer experience and increase operational efficiency, including the implementation of a NetSuite ERP system, a Customer Support Portal powered Zendesk customer service software, an updated Partner Portal, and the new public website launched this week. Throughout this process, Arecont Vision Costar has been integrating and leveraging the wider resources of parent Costar. Ongoing strategic planning “Arecont Vision Costar is a key component of Costar’s ongoing strategic planning,” stated James Pritchett, President and Chief Executive Officer. “The leadership and team members of the new business unit have come together quickly and are already making a big contribution to Costar and to overall customer satisfaction. We expect the entire company will continue to grow and expand our business and manufacturing capabilities thanks in part to what has already been accomplished.” Costar product portfolio Costar Technologies, Inc. is a publicly traded corporation headquartered in Coppell, Texas. Costar designs, develops, manufactures, and distributes a full range of products for the video surveillance and machine vision markets. In addition to Arecont Vision Costar, the company operates four other businesses - CohuHD Costar, Costar Video Systems, Innotech Security, and IVS Imaging. The combined Costar product portfolio consists of video surveillance system software, cameras, NVRs and recorders, monitors, lenses, cables, and other electronic accessories with manufacturing in the United States and around the world. Expanding corporate operations Many headquarters functions moved to a new Collaboration and Development center Arecont Vision Costar expanded its corporate operations from a single headquarters and manufacturing facility in Glendale, California to three new locations over the past year. Many headquarters functions moved to a new Collaboration and Development center about one mile from the original facilities in Glendale. Manufacturing and warehousing operations were moved about 20 miles inland to the city of Duarte. When Costar added a new office facility located in Clovis in California’s Central Valley, Arecont Vision Costar opened a new Advanced Technology Center onsite. New showroom and demonstration facilities are also in planning. Arecont Vision Costar continues international operations from company facilities in Dubai, UAE. Both sales and field application engineering team members are located in regional locations around the world, backed by a network of authorized manufacturer’s sales representatives and partners. Total Video Solution The Arecont Vision Costar Total Video Solution™ continues as the premier offering of the one-year old business. The solution consists of a growing portfolio of ConteraIP® megapixel cameras and Made in USA products that include award-winning MegaIP® megapixel cameras, advanced ConteraVMS® video management system, cyber-secure ConteraWS® web services, and ConteraCMR® cloud-managed video recorders. Company products are ONVIF compliant and feature advanced integration with 3rd party offerings through the Arecont Vision Costar MegaLab™ program. Arecont Vision Costar products are sold by a global network of authorised distributors, systems integrators, and security dealers.
For those of you old enough to remember, video matrix switchers were once the heyday of surveillance camera control. These cumbersome antiques were at the heart of every major video surveillance system (CCTV at the time) in premier gaming properties, government installations and corporate industrial complexes. They required more physical labour to construct and configure than perhaps the pyramids – maybe not – but you get the picture. And then digital video made its way in to the market and everything changed, transforming the physical demands for camera control and management from a hardware-centric to a software driven process. We’ve come a long way in a few short years, and the borders that once defined IT and security continue to diminish, if not disappear completely There’s no doubt that this migration also presented significant challenges as many security professionals often struggled with all things IT and software programming being one of the industry’s soft spots. Fortunately, we’ve come a long way in a few short years, and the borders that once defined IT and security continue to diminish, if not disappear completely. However, the complexities of today’s VMS functionality can be intimidating for anyone tasked with installing one of these systems given all of the user-defined options available from the simplest camera sequencing and bandwidth allocations to mobile management and enterprise level integration. This is where truly advanced VMS solutions need to shine on both the operations and the design/build sides of the equation. Smart VMS design There are more solutions products labelled “VMS solutions” out there than ever before. The issue is the fact that many of these “solutions” really don’t fall into the category of a true VMS by today’s standards but offer basic camera and NVR control. No doubt that there is a place for such software programs in the market. However, VMS solutions from the likes of OnSSI and other industry-leading companies offer distinct and superior management and control capabilities for demanding security and business intelligence applications. Perhaps of equal importance, these top-tier VMS solutions incorporate provisions for installers, so they have a clear and easier implementation path. OnSSI offers VMS solutions with smart camera drivers Here are seven attributes that can assist with the design and implementation of an advanced VMS solution: 1) Open architecture platform We need the ability to easily integrate with other systems and scale for future developments and physical system growth The ability to easily integrate with other systems and scale for future developments and physical system growth is largely dependent on a systems platform architecture. Here’s where VMS solutions with open architecture provide a distinct advantage. Open-architecture solutions expand functionality by facilitating greater integration between multiple systems and components. This not only makes VMS solutions with open architecture easier to implement, it makes them extremely cost-efficient by eliminating the need for proprietary solutions. Open architecture systems also provide adherence to industry standards such as ONVIF and PSIA, as well as compression formats such as H.265 and MJPEG, and help ensure system integration and support of an extensive range of manufacturers’ cameras and off-the-shelf hardware. Be wary of VMS solutions with limited camera manufacturer support. 2) Simple licensing processes and pricing Camera licenses and pricing is always a touchy subject, as any misunderstanding of a specific VMS solutions’ licensing terms can prove to be costly after the fact. And it often seems that some VMS suppliers have gone to great lengths to complicate the process as to obscure actual Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Perhaps the most direct, simple and straightforward camera licensing and pricing method is to have one license per IP address used by each camera/encoder on multi-channel devices. These should be perpetual licenses with no required annual fees or subscriptions. Additionally, the licensing agreement should be all inclusive without added fees for multiple clients, failover servers, active directory support, I/O devices, redundant management servers, technical support or security patches and updates. 3) Mixing and matching camera license types The ability to mix and match different camera license types within the same system helps facilitate a seamless and simple migration of new and pre-existing systems with minimal downtime or interruption in operation. The ability to mix and match camera licenses not only saves valuable design and installation time, it can provide considerable savings when integrating large, multi-tenant systems. Mix and match capabilities also allow system designers to apply specific feature sets to specific groups of cameras to best leverage functionality and budgets, as well as providing the flexibility to implement an on-site, virtual, or cloud-based VMS solution, without any additional cost. 4) Auto camera detection and configuration Another VMS set-up feature that eases the install process is the ability to forego device registrations or MAC address requirements Another VMS set-up feature that eases the install process is the ability to forego device registrations or MAC address requirements. This functionality allows installers to instantly locate cameras on the network and configure them centrally so they can easily replace older cameras while seamlessly retaining video recorded from them. The auto detection capability should also include the ability to detect and import CSV files, which can then be stored and used to configure camera templates for future camera installation profiles. 5) Smart camera driver technology VMS solutions with smart camera drivers offer valuable assistance during system implementation, and any time new cameras are added to the network or replace older models. Manufacturer-specific smart camera drivers expand the range of model-specific static drivers. Instead of storing the device’s information (codecs, resolutions, frame rates, etc.) statically, a VMS with smart camera drivers queries devices for their capabilities using the manufacturers’ proprietary protocol. All that is required for configuration is that the camera is available on the network. Smart camera drivers eliminate the need to wait for model-specific drivers or installation of driver packs, allowing for newly released cameras to be used immediately. Network security is an area where leading VMS suppliers like OnSSI have ramped up development efforts to stay ahead of hackers 6) Importance of network security Network Security is perhaps the greatest challenge faced by industry professionals today Network security is perhaps the greatest challenge faced by industry professionals today. This is an area where leading VMS suppliers like OnSSI have ramped up development efforts to stay ahead of hackers. New security developments to look for include TLS 1.2 encryption protocols for camera-to-server communications (SSL 3.0 supported for older cameras), as well as server-to-server communications. Additional safeguards to consider include: randomised video databases with no camera identification information to secure recorded data; support for Active Directory authentication; AES encryption between servers and clients; and AES encrypted exporting. 7) Automatic updates Regardless of the supplier you select for your VMS solution, they should be consistently providing new updates and security patches on a frequent if not regular basis. Keeping up with these updates can be a burden and are often overlooked leading to system failures and breeches. Advanced VMS solutions now feature automatic update service checks on a system-wide basis, eliminating the need to manually update individual servers and devices. This ensures that your VMS system always has the latest drivers, fixes and updates which assures overall security while reducing TCO. So next time you’re getting a demo of the latest and greatest VMS solution, remember to ask what it offers in terms of design and implementation tools. Half the battle with new technologies is getting them installed and working properly. Without the right tools to accomplish these critical first steps, all the functionality in the world will do you little good.
In my coverage of China Tariffs impacting the security industry over four recent articles, products on the tariff schedules routinely integrated into security solutions included burglar and fire alarm control and transmission panels, video surveillance lenses, HDTV cameras used for broadcast use cases and fiber optic media converters. The general ‘callout’ of ADP (Automatic Data Processing) devices and peripherals technically includes servers, workstations and microcomputers, all of which are commonly used to support security solutions. The underperformance, from June 15 to August 24, of U.S. stocks with high revenue-exposure to China, and that of Chinese stocks with high revenue-exposure to the United States was significant and almost identical at 3.2%, significant losses to some investors already involved in security industry M&A activity. Significant public safety Facial Recognition (FR) vendors leveraging AI expanded their market focus to retail and public safety While it was not apparent that practitioners’ security program budgets kept pace with the growth of the more popular solution providers like video surveillance and cyber security, the ICT industries supporting the security economy continued to expand, especially in wireless and wired infrastructure, including preparations for 5G wireless rollouts. These omnipresent technologies drove significant public safety, smart city and public venue projects in 2018. Facial Recognition (FR) vendors leveraging AI expanded their market focus to retail and public safety. In 2018, virtually every public presentation, webinar and published Q&A on social media monitoring and facial recognition technologies I worked on, involved significant pushback from privacy advocates, almost to the point of alarmism. Massive risk reduction Several solution providers in these areas have made significant strides on data protection, accuracy, powered by AI and documented crime reduction cases; however, this real news is quickly shadowed by privacy advocates, seemingly ignoring massive risk reduction, especially in the case of active assailants and gang-related crime. Will FR become mainstream? The cautious security industry may take a cue from the maverick retail industry, sports venue and VIP verification solution providers that grew in 2018. 2019 trends: presupposition or repudiation; winners and losers. Chinese tariffs have had a huge impact on the security industry, which can be seen from changes to U.S and Chinese stocks Although technology adoption forecasting is inexact, there are definitive opportunities in the security industry born on necessity. With the widespread problem of false alarm transmission and inability for first responders to ‘be everywhere,’ developers of solutions that provide automated verification and alternative security incident detection are expected to become mainstream. Promising detection systems The use of AI, NLP, LiDAR, UAS (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles aka drones) with surveillance and thermal imaging will grow, mostly due to higher acceptance in other industries like autonomous vehicles, rail safety, terrain and post devastation mapping/rescue. However, legacy ‘listing’ or certification organisations will be forced to make an important decision for their own survival: work toward integrating these promising detection systems into acceptance by insurance, licensing and standards development organisations. 2019’s ‘true’ Industrial Philanthropists will be needed to fund early warning tech for firefighters and the presence of active assailants 2019’s ‘true’ industrial philanthropists will be needed to fund early warning tech for firefighters and the presence of active assailants. For these use cases, 5G infrastructure rollouts, FR acceptance, lower cost perimeter detection and long range object and fire recognition by LiDAR and Thermal imaging will all be watched closely by investors. Should public agencies and philanthropical solution providers in the security industry cross paths, we may just yet see a successful, lifesaving impact. Cyber risk profile The ‘Digital twin’ refers to a digital replica of physical assets (physical twin), processes, people, places, systems and devices that can be used for various purposes. Your ‘Security Digital Twin’ has a similar physical and cyber risk profile, either through common threats, similar assets or both. Good news: managing your risk, protecting assets and securing your facilities in 2019 will get easier as security digital twin profiles will grow in maturity, while keeping their data sources private. This will be accelerated by the maturity of AI-based, auto-generated visualisations and image recognition, that happens to also drive the FR solutions. The 5G wireless infrastructure market is emerging as far more of a quantum leap in connectivity, like ‘wireless fiber optics’ performance, than an upgrade to 4G LTE. The 5G infrastructure market will be worth $2.86 billion by 2020 and $33.72 billion by 2026, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 50.9%. Intelligent applications The explosion of ingested voice, video, and meta-data, the interconnectivity of devices, people and places, and the integration of intelligent applications into expanding ecosystems all require faster communications. To be more accurate, 5G rollouts will accelerate in 2019; however, current project funding will include and be impacted by future enterprise security connectivity: 5G and FWA (Fixed Wireless Access). 5G rollouts will accelerate in 2019; however, current project funding will include and be impacted by future enterprise security connectivity Quite simply put, larger solution providers are gently coaxing practitioners into seemingly ‘open systems;’ the negative discovery during an M&A process, audit or integration with a smart city’s public/private partnerships will continue to be revealed, and related industries will force reform. Autonomous things will be enabled by AI and image recognition. With few affordable rollouts of security robots and outdoor unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) that leveraged platforms popular with research and even NASA, the autonomous security robot was mostly MIA from a security practitioner’s program in 2018. Perimeter intrusion detection One platform was even accused of intimidating homeless people in a public place, at a major city. Industries mutually beneficial are often unaware of each other; this will change gradually: one major domestic airport is currently evaluating a UGV platform performing perimeter intrusion detection, runway weather conditions and potential aircraft taxiing dangers. The platform is being used largely in transportation research, yet offers significant opportunities to the security industry. Research firm Gartner estimates that 70% of today’s technology products and services can be enhanced with ‘multi-experience’-based VR/AR/MR The ‘immersive experience’ of virtually any security or threat detection is a twist on virtual/augmented/mixed reality (VR/AR/MR) with additional sensory features. Although VR/AR/MR is well underway in other industries, there are several companies with solutions like VR-based active assailant training that could provide a fighting chance for practitioners, employees, visitors, faculty and children. Research firm Gartner estimates that 70% of today’s technology products and services can be enhanced with ‘multi-experience’-based VR/AR/MR. Security ecosystem members Not necessarily MIA, but of special mention is the need of security and safety practitioners to prioritise communications systems over ‘nice to have’ expansive video surveillance systems for mass casualty threats. This will eventually improve with 5G for Enterprise solution rollouts. At the past GSX and upcoming CES Technology trade shows, a new roundup of technologies is discovered: a wider diversity of protection promise to save ASIS members on their technical security program is realised. With each of the ‘winners,’ (5G, AI, NLP, LiDAR, UAS [Unmanned Aerial Vehicles aka drones], thermal imaging, digital security twins and smart-city-friendly technologies) it is both exciting and challenging work for both security practitioners and solution providers. All things equal and with the necessary technology acceptance testing processes, this is a truly great time for security ecosystem members.
The use of facial recognition has become a highly debated topic recently, and has increasingly and misleadingly been criticised by some for being an unethical tool used to spy on the public. The reason for such criticism is however largely due to lack of information and regulation around the technology. Used proportionately and responsibly, facial recognition can and should be a force for good. It has the ability to do a lot more to increase security in the future – from street crime to airport security, all the way through to helping those battling addiction, the technology can take security and operations to new heights. These systems can memorise the faces of persons of interest, networks of gang members, wanted criminals and those suspected of involvement in serious violent crimes The rise in knife crime Knife crime has dominated the headlines in the UK throughout the year. Recent statistics show the number of people being admitted to emergency care due to attacks by a sharp object to be up by nearly 40 per cent from two years ago, whilst the number of children under the age of 18 being admitted to hospitals with stab wounds is up by 86 per cent in only four years. This recent surge in knife crime has put police forces under immense pressure, and the intelligent use of facial recognition has a role to play in enabling more informed stop & search interventions. Currently UK police can stop and search an individual they suspect to be carrying drugs or weapons or both, or they can stop and search a person in a location where there have been or are considered likely to be “incidents involving serious violence.” In both cases they must do so with access to limited information, leaving themselves open to accusations of bias or discrimination. Knife crime dominated the headlines in the UK throughout 2018 Police systems benefiting crime investigations This is where facial recognition can offer up additional intelligence. These systems can memorise the faces of persons of interest, networks of gang members, wanted criminals and those suspected of involvement in serious violent crimes. Furthermore, these systems don’t need prior personal engagement to recognise an individual and see only data, not gender, age or race. Facial recognition thus helps eliminate both weapons and criminals off the streets and potentially prevent crimes before they have a chance to take place. The technology doesn’t take the decision away from the human police officer. However, it does bring greater transparency and context to the decision-making process of whether a stop and search intervention is justified. Similarly, the advanced technology can recognise and match an individual seen on a CCTV camera at a crime scene to someone the police encounters on the streets some time later, justifying a stop and search on that individual. Its ability to check in real time if a person is on a criminal watchlist adds an extra layer to the decision-making process prior to conducting a stop and search, lowering the likelihood of discrimination. Facial recognition thus helps eliminate both weapons and criminals off the streets and potentially prevent crimes before they have a chance to take place. Gambling addiction and how facial recognition can help There are an estimated 593,000 people in the UK currently battling a gambling problem, making it a serious public health issue in the country. Having understood the gravity of the issue, the UK gambling commission have set limits and advice in place to help those suffering this addiction; yet as with all addictions, gambling is a tough habit to beat. In order to put effective limitations in place and make a real difference, the gambling commission needs the right technology to protect those most vulnerable in the industry. Facial recognition technology is able to keep track of customers and thus help gambling companies in protecting their customers Facial recognition technology is able to keep track of customers and thus help gambling companies in protecting their customers to a higher degree. Monitoring those entering and moving around gambling areas is an extremely difficult task for human staff to do alone, especially in large crowded areas such as casinos. Facial recognition technology installed around the premises would be able to help the company and the staff to identify people who have registered as gambling addicts, and keep record of their day’s play in order to inform staff if and when it was time for them to stop. It would also be able to ensure effective self-exclusion procedures, by identifying a self-excluded individual via CCTV as soon as they entered the venue to then allow security staff to respectfully escort them out. Utilising facial recognition at airport security Facial recognition has by now become a normal sight at many airports around the world. Several people today hold a so-called biometric passport, which allows them to skip the normally longer queues and instead walk through an automated ePassport control to proceed to the gate faster without having to deal with control officers. Facial recognition used in this way has managed to significantly cut waiting times at the passport control, but it also has the ability to enhance security in and around airports. Facial recognition uses algorithms to match physical characteristics against photos and videos of people's faces Earlier this year, facial recognition technology managed to catch an imposter trying to enter the US at the Washington Dulles Airport. The false passport may have been uncaught by the human eye, yet due to the accuracy of the facial recognition technology it managed to help officers catch the imposter and bring him to justice. Facial recognition thus allows officers to identify an individual faster and more accurately than the human eye. Facial recognition uses algorithms to match physical characteristics against photos and videos of people's faces, which have been collected from visas, passports and other sources. Facial recognition allows officers to identify an individual faster and more accurately than the human eye At airports the use of facial recognition has proved to both enhance security as well as speed up processes such as check-inWhilst some critics may worry about issues of privacy related to the technology, at airports the use of facial recognition has proved to both enhance security as well as speed up processes such as check-in and, in the future, even boarding proceedings. If used correctly and proportionately, facial recognition can help safeguard the public and improve national security on several fronts. Whilst the many benefits of facial recognition are evident, the lack of regulation and understanding of the technology has led to misconception around how it works and what it is used for. Facial recognition technology can match faces in crowded public places against criminal watch lists, and register faces that match with those on criminal watch lists – whilst ignoring everyone else.
Police in the United Kingdom have been testing the effectiveness of live facial recognition (LFR) for several years now, but future uses of the technology have been called into question. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), an independent authority that seeks to uphold information rights in the public interest, has weighed in on issues of data privacy related to LFR, and Members of Parliament (MPs) have called for a moratorium on uses of the technology. The big question is whether the benefits of LFR outweigh its impact on privacy rights. Live facial recognition I believe that there needs to be demonstrable evidence that the technology is necessary" The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has expressed concerns about bias, privacy and accuracy of facial recognition systems and urged the U.K. government to issue a moratorium on further live facial recognition trails until regulations are in place to address bias and data retention. According to Elizabeth Denham, U.K. Information Commissioner: “[Police trials of LFR] represent the widespread processing of biometric data of thousands of people as they go about their daily lives. And that is a potential threat to privacy that should concern us all.” Denham says live facial recognition (LFR) is a high priority area for ICO. “I believe that there needs to be demonstrable evidence that the technology is necessary, proportionate and effective considering [its] invasiveness,” she says. Potential public distrust “Any organisation using software that can recognise a face amongst a crowd and then scan large databases of people to check for a match in a matter of seconds, is processing personal data,” says Denham. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) wording specifies biometric data as a ‘sensitive’ category of personal information. London’s Metropolitan Police Service performed 10 trials of live facial recognition at various venues in 2016, 2017 and 2018. The London Police Ethics Panel reviewed the trials and concluded that additional use of the technology would be supported if certain conditions were met. One condition is if the “overall benefits to public safety [are] great enough to outweigh any potential public distrust in the technology.” Each deployment should be assessed and authorised as necessary and proportionate. Operators should be trained to understand associated risks and to be accountable, and there should be evidence that the technology does not promote gender or racial bias. Develop strict guidelines Met Police used NEC’s NeoFace technology to analyse images of the faces of people on a watch list The Ethics Panel also specified that both the Metro Police and Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime should develop strict guidelines to ensure that deployments balance the benefits of the technology with the potential intrusion on the public. “We want the public to have trust and confidence in the way we operate as a police service, and we take the report’s findings seriously,” said Detective Chief Superintendent Ivan Balhatchet, who led the trials. In its 10 trials of live facial recognition, Met Police used NEC’s NeoFace technology to analyse images of the faces of people on a watch list. The system measured the structure of each face, including distance between eyes, nose, mouth and jaw to create facial data, which was used to match against the watch list. The system only kept faces matching the watch list, and only for 30 days. Non-matches are deleted immediately. More accurate identification An independent review of the trials, commissioned by the Metropolitan Police, concluded it is ‘highly possible’ that the Met’s ‘trial’ deployments would not satisfy the key legal test of being considered ‘necessary in a democratic society’ if challenged in the courts, according to U.K. human rights advocacy group Liberty. South Wales Police have partnered with NEC to formally pilot facial recognition technology. NEC’s real-time solution enables trained officers to monitor movement of people at strategic locations. “Facial recognition technology enables us to search, scan and monitor images and video of suspects against offender databases, leading to faster and more accurate identification of persons of interest,” says Assistant Chief Constable Richard Lewis. “The technology can also enhance our existing CCTV network in the future by extracting faces in real time and instantaneously matching them against a watch list of individuals, including missing people.” U.K. human rights advocacy group Liberty has taken legal action on behalf of one Cardiff resident against South Wales Police Intrusive technology “We are very cognisant of concerns about privacy, and we are building in checks and balances into our methodology to reassure the public that the approach we take is justified and proportionate,” says Lewis. U.K. human rights advocacy group Liberty has taken legal action on behalf of one Cardiff resident against South Wales Police over its use of facial recognition. “Facial recognition is an inherently intrusive technology that breaches our privacy rights,” says lawyer Megan Goulding at Liberty. “It risks fundamentally altering our public spaces, forcing us to monitor where we go and who with, seriously undermining our freedom of expression.” ICO’s Denham says any judgment resulting from the legal action will form an important part of ICO’s investigation and will be considered before ICO’s final findings are published. Information management South Wales Police offers the following assurance: “Data will only be retained as long as is necessary for a policing purpose, as per guidance within the Authorised Policing Practice on information management.” Facial recognition systems are yet to fully resolve their potential for inherent technological bias" One concern is that live facial recognition ‘discriminates’ against women and people of colour because it disproportionately misidentifies them, thus making them more likely to be subject to a police attention. ICO’s Elizabeth Denham comments: “Facial recognition systems are yet to fully resolve their potential for inherent technological bias; a bias which can see more false positive matches from certain ethnic groups.” Taking regulatory action ICO has also considered data protection ramifications of commercial companies using LFR. Denham says: “The technology is the same and the intrusion that can arise could still have a detrimental effect. In recent months, we have widened our focus to consider use of LFR in public spaces by private sector organisations, including where they are partnering with police forces. We will consider taking regulatory action where we find non-compliance with the law.” A 27-page U.K. Home Office Biometrics Strategy sets out an overarching framework within which organisations in the Home Office sector will consider and make decisions on the use and development of biometric technology. However, Biometrics Commissioner Paul Wiles says the document “doesn’t propose legislation to provide rules for the use and oversight of new biometrics, including facial images. Given that new biometrics are being rapidly deployed or trialed, this failure to set out more definitively what the future landscape will look like in terms of the use and governance of biometrics appears to be short-sighted.”
While security salesmen are touting megapixels and anti-passback features, they are missing an opportunity to communicate the role of technology in the broader context of risk management and incident response – and in saving lives. That’s the message of Gerald Wilkins, PSP, Vice President of Active Risk Survival. Incident response is at the core of how an enterprise reacts to risk and is a standardised approach to the command, control, and coordination of emergency response. Effective incident response requires integrating a combination of facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures, and communications operating within a common organisational structure. All the elements must work together to achieve the desired outcome – to mitigate a risk using countermeasures. Capabilities of systems during emergencies I want to see us have more meaningful conversations with security directors and emergency operations planners"Equipment such as CCTV, access control and mass notification systems can provide effective countermeasures, but salesmen in the physical security market are not ‘connecting the dots’ between equipment specifications and its capabilities as part of the broader incident command system. “Historically, purchases of security technologies have not been considered in that context,” says Wilkins. “Rather, the industry’s sales pitches have been about features and capabilities – pixels or communication distances or intelligence – not about how those capabilities are useful in the specific context of emergency response.” “My goal is to change the industry,” says Wilkins. “I want to see us have more meaningful conversations with security directors and emergency operations planners.” Focusing on the Emergency Operations Plan “We are in the life safety business, and we need to have more conversations about where technology fits into the Emergency Operations Plan (EOP). When was the last time you [as a security salesman] asked a client to look at their Emergency Operations Plan? No one knows the technology better than we do.” What’s missing, however, is attention to how technology is applied to risk management and response“There are so many folks in our industry who are technology gurus, who ‘get’ the technology, and are good at selling it,” he says. What’s missing, however, is attention to how technology is applied to risk management and response. “As an industry, even guys who have been in the business a long time have never heard about incident command,” says Wilkins. “How are we weaponising technology to maximise the outcome? We don’t talk about it. We want to talk about megapixels and wide dynamic range. But when are we going to talk about how we can apply that technology to mitigate our tangible and intangible risks?” Importance of security equipment In the wake of each active shooter or other incident in the news, Wilkins looks back to consider the missed opportunities and how security equipment could have saved lives. “What technology did we have to help first responders – video, access control and paging – but they weren’t used?” he asks. An example is the San Bernandino shooting in 2015, when police officers were heard asking “has anybody found that access control card?” In effect, a law enforcement officer was asking for technology that should have been included as part of the emergency plan. Situational awareness, such as that provided by video systems, can help responders judge which areas are safe fasterSituational awareness, such as that provided by video systems, can help responders judge which areas are safe faster and provide Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel more time to save lives. However, video is not being viewed in that light as a part of the broader life-saving mission. “Our industry needs to sit down with a security director or operations manager and ask: How are you using technology as a resource tool that will become part of your critical response?” says Wilkins. Understanding how equipment works Technology is often not being incorporated in emergency planning, even with something as simple as a fire drill. Most fire drills are ‘one size fits all’ – every person knows where they should go and how they should exit. But what if there is a fire in a particular part of the building? Today’s fire alarms operate in zones to communicate the location of a fire, but this capability is not being used to practice a variety of resulting scenarios that could save lives. “We need to understand as an industry how our partners in law enforcement and EMS do their jobs,” says Wilkins. “We can help stakeholders in a building understand how our equipment works every day and how they can use it in a critical incident. We need to understand Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs), how incident command works, and how we can help emergency responders.” Security training for salespeople I want to know everything I can know to help guys sell things that can change the outcome if something bad happens"“If a guy wants to talk about his pixels or his anti-passback, he should instead consider having a meaningful conversation with the client about best practices and how to mitigate risk. This creates a different position [for the salesman], and if there is a critical incident, something you said or did might save someone’s life.” When it comes to training and taking a more strategic approach to sales, to some extent, the security technology industry has been a victim of its own success. When business is good, security companies are less likely to look for ways to train their salespeople. “We’re in the life safety business, not in the ‘stuff’ business,” says Wilkins. “I want to know everything I can know to help guys sell things that can actually change the outcome if something bad happens.” Another problem is “we don’t know what we don’t know.”
When it comes to emergency planning and response, there is an abundance of resources to help enterprises prepare to mitigate the impact of an incident. The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has devised the National Incident Management System (NIMS), aimed at defining and standardising ways that resources can be used to manage and respond to an incident. An enterprise’s Emergency Operations Plan, or EOP, incorporates NIMS concepts and spells out what to do in an emergency. Security equipment purchases But how does an EOP relate to security equipment purchases? In the language of FEMA, enterprises should ask themselves: How do I currently ‘resource type’ my electronic countermeasures as part of my critical incident response plan? In FEMA parlance, ‘resource typing’ is categorising resources according to capability using FEMA’s ‘Typing Library Tool’. The tool identifies technologies that can improve response. Technology purchases should be considered in the context of their role in the larger plan, says Jerry Wilkins, PSP, Vice President of Active Risk Survival. “Currently, that doesn’t happen, and we as an industry do not even speak in the same language as those who guide emergency responses to which security equipment can be a useful contributor,” Wilkins says. The National Incident Management System is aimed at defining and standardising ways that resources can be used to manage and respond to an incident Wilkins speaks with authority based on a long career in the industry. Beyond his experience working in burglar alarms, home security, and as a manufacturer’s rep, Wilkins has expanded his expertise to the broader categories of incident command, emergency response and law enforcement. He has received FEMA IS-0100 (incident command training) and has sought to apply it to critical incidents, active shooters and other emergency situations. He has attended Solo Engagement Operator Training (SWAT school) and Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) military training. Responding to emergencies As a student in a broad array of disciplines, Wilkins has sought to engage the security technology industry in an important conversation: What can we do as an industry to apply technical capabilities to the question of how to respond to an emergency? Adherence to best practices can help to avoid liability – and save lives For example, CCTV is a valuable tool for situational awareness, but it wasn’t deployed in the aftermath of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting in 2018 until 24 minutes into the incident. “By the time they decided to use the video, [the shooter] was already gone. They had 15 high-definition cameras, but they did not know how to use the technology for situational awareness because it was not part of the Emergency Operations Plan. They could have known every move [the shooter] made if the technology had been part of the EOP,” says Wilkins. Here is another example from the Parkland shooting incident response. When responding to an incident, Emergency Medical Service (EMS) typically divides a site into three levels – hot zones, warm zones, and cold zones – based on danger levels. In the Parkland shooting, the 1200 building went ‘cold’ – meaning it was safe – as soon as the shooter left the building. But it was 58 minutes before they called it a ‘cold’ zone, thus delaying survivors’ access to emergency care that could have saved lives. Better situational awareness, provided by leveraging CCTV, would have made the difference. If OSHA puts out a white paper on how to protect a facility and you don’t do it and have an event occur, how does that look?" There are a number of other available standards, processes and other documents to guide emergency response. Adherence to best practices can help to avoid liability – and save lives. Ignoring known and well-documented best practices can leave an enterprise vulnerable in the aftermath of an incident. Understanding these principles and best practices can help security equipment companies understand how the benefits of their products can be maximised in this context. Here are some available resources: NFPA 3000, a 42-page provisional standard for responding to an active shooter, addresses all aspects of the process, from identifying hazards and assessing vulnerability to planning, resource management, incident management at a command level, competencies for first responders, and recovery. National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) has created Standards and Best Practices for School Resource Officer Programs. PASS (Partner Alliance for Safer Schools) has compiled School Safety and Security Guidelines and a School Security Checklist. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has released ‘Making Prevention a Reality: Identifying, Assessing and Managing the Threat of Targeted Attacks’. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released ‘Planning and Response to an Active Shooter: An Interagency Security Committee Policy and Best Practices Guide’. U.S. Secret Service has released ‘Enhancing School Safety Using a Threat Assessment Model: An Operational Guide for Preventing Targeted School Violence’. OSHA 3148 provides policy guidance and procedures to be followed related to occupational exposure to workplace violence. (OSHA is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) OSHA’s ‘general duty’ clause requires that each employer furnish to each of its employees a workplace that is free from recognised hazards that are causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm. “If OSHA puts out a white paper on how to protect a facility and you don’t do it and have an event occur, how does that look?” says Wilkins. “It’s regulatory guidance that you could have followed but didn’t.”
Comelit 4 camera wireless CCTV system has been selected on site at the iconic, Grade II listed Chichester Cathedral, to protect the retail area and provide 24x7 high-quality monitoring capability and extra peace of mind for staff. Wireless CCTV surveillance This magnificent Cathedral has stood at the centre of Chichester for over 900 years. With unique architecture from each century of its life, this Cathedral is both ancient and modern, where original medieval features sit alongside world famous contemporary artworks. Any works needed to consider the sensitivities of working in such a historic building. A representative from Chichester Cathedral commented, “When it came to upgrading CCTV for the retail area, we contacted Envisage Technology Ltd who recommended Comelit’s 4 camera wireless CCTV system. It has proven to be the perfect solution, with the system proving simple to install. Staff now have access to monitors by the till points that also act as a significant visual deterrent. The high-quality images available add extra peace of mind.” Four camera wireless CCTV Kevin Brown, Managing Director, Envisage Technology added, “Chichester Cathedral is one of the most prestigious visitor sites in West Sussex. Comelit’s wireless CCTV specification, coming from such a renowned brand, provided the necessary infrastructure to embrace the need for delicate installation, minimising the need to run cables, and still provide the high-quality footage. We can support the ongoing maintenance process to ensue volunteers, customers and staff are kept safe and secure.” Comelit’s simple four camera wireless CCTV system provides a clear, detailed and well-defined high-resolution image Comelit’s simple four camera wireless CCTV system provides a clear, detailed and well-defined high-resolution image. Installed outside of opening hours to avoid disruption to the retail environment, monitors were positioned directly by the till points, enabling staff to have full visual access of the complete area at all times. Retail surveillance Tim Edmonds, Comeilt CCTV Manager concluded, “The retail area, established in such a significant Cathedral is a great example of how Comelit’s wireless CCTV system can be used to protect any environment.” “Working with Envisage, the solution was presented as a simple, yet effective option, installed with absolutely no impact on the surrounding building. The result is a powerful visual deterrent and peace of mind that staff in store, and in back offices can keep an eye on operations quickly and easily, on a 24x7 basis.”
New Covent Garden Market is the largest wholesale fruit, vegetable, and flower market in the United Kingdom. Redevelopment work launched in 2015 included a new security monitoring system, as well as a migration from analogue security equipment to an IP solution from FLIR Systems. New Covent Garden Market is a phenomenon in London, to say the least. The world-famous wholesale market provides 40 percent of London’s fresh fruit and vegetables eaten outside the home and serves 75 percent of London’s florists. With more than 175 affiliated businesses, New Covent Garden Market is the largest wholesale market in the UK. IP-based security system Redevelopment construction works started in 2015 and should continue until 2022 When London authorities decided to redevelop the entire site on Nine Elms and Battersea in order to meet future needs, it was clear that New Covent Garden Market was facing a huge operational challenge. Redevelopment construction works started in 2015 and should continue until 2022. In addition to a better road layout, improved waste management, and upgraded parking facilities, the market authorities wanted better security so that employees, tenants, customers and suppliers would feel safer. The organisation wanted to upgrade its legacy analogue CCTV technology to an IP-based security system capable of incorporating future upgrades. Surrey-based company Phoenix Integrated Security Limited, which had been the security solution provider for New Covent Garden Market for years, oversaw the security overhaul, as well. Future-proof system “We designed a security system together with the end customer and the site constructor so that it could meet today’s security standards again,” said Trevor Hearn, Director at Phoenix Integrated Security Limited. “We were looking for a future-proof system that was able to monitor this complex site and that was easy to work with for our security guard personnel. We looked at various manufacturers for this, but FLIR Systems was the only company that ticked all the boxes.” Phoenix opted for FLIR United VMS, which includes FLIR’s enterprise-level software solution Latitude, and a wide range of FLIR IP cameras. At the end of 2018, New Covent Garden Market already had more than 300 IP cameras installed across the entire site it intends to gradually upgrade all analogue systems over a five-year period. Wide range of cameras The image quality of the FLIR IP cameras represents a huge improvement over analogue The site combines a wide range of cameras, including the FLIR Quasar 4K fixed box camera, the FLIR Ariel Quad HD bullet camera, and the Quasar 1080p PTZ camera. The cameras offer high evidentiary detail and discreet, compact form factors. According to Hearn, the image quality of the FLIR IP cameras represents a huge improvement over analogue. Image quality is not the only benefit of using United VMS. Another valued feature is the platforms scalability. From 2016 onwards, New Covent Garden Market has been gradually replacing analogue cameras and storage equipment across the entire site, and Latitude has the flexibility to incorporate an unlimited number of channels. Body-worn cameras Operators have the flexibility to present their video sources on screen where they want and define user profiles to see only specific video sources from a given particular building, for example. “This project is an engineer’s dream,” said Hearn. “The FLIR Latitude system allows New Covent Garden Market to easily expand their camera network whenever they feel the need and to connect with practically any camera they want, including body-worn cameras. The Latitude system is also easy to couple with third-party systems, such as intercom and access control systems.”
In a highly visible, and competitive sport like Formula One racing, it’s not hard to understand why an organisation like Aston Martin Red Bull Racing attracts people who want access to their factory, and all the secrets contained within. Intrusion from unwanted visitors or vandalism is something that the people at Milton Keynes headquarters, in Buckinghamshire, England, want to avoid at all cost. Asset protection “Our Milton Keynes facility contains valuable technology and intellectual property,” says Mark Hazelton, Chief Security Officer. “At the same time, we are located alongside a public road, close to a residential area with high footfall. That is why it is critical for us to have high-performing security processes and systems in place, so we can effectively protect our assets as well as the people who work here.” The scale of operations at the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Team factory in Milton Keynes is amazing The scale of operations at the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Team factory in Milton Keynes is amazing. Crafting the next Formula One challenger is done on the engineering site with a variety of buildings, including many office spaces, an R&D facility, manufacturing and storage areas. The design, testing, building and assembling of thousands of parts required to construct each race car all happen in house. About 750 people are employed at Milton Keynes and some parts of the factory are operated on a 24/7 basis. Site and facility security “As our site has grown, our previous CCTV system was no longer sufficient to provide adequate security monitoring,” says Caroline Tierney, Infrastructure Project Manager at Aston Martin Red Bull Racing. “Our CCTV installation was no longer state of the art and we wanted to ensure that we made best advantage of the improving technology available. We were also looking to make it easier to retrieve information from the system.” Aston Martin Red Bull Racing started to look out for an updated CCTV system, investigated different options and ultimately selected FLIR Systems as their technology provider through a local IP security system integrator. Quasar HD and 4K cameras The facility is now equipped with some 120 cameras, both visual and thermal, that cover the entire area 24/7. Cameras on site include FLIR’s visual Quasar HD and Quasar 4K, the latter presenting four times the resolution of the HD camera and, therefore, able to cover larger areas with less cameras. The facility also makes use of the Quasar Hemispheric Mini-Dome, which provides 360° immersive viewing, and of the thermal FLIR FC-Series ID camera, which includes onboard video analytics capable of classifying human or vehicular intrusions. The entire camera network is managed by FLIR’s Latitude Network Video Management System (VMS). FLIR thermal cameras The image quality that we get from the new range of visual FLIR cameras is truly impressive" “The image quality that we get from the new range of visual FLIR cameras is truly impressive,” says Zoe Chilton, Head of Technical Partnerships at Aston Martin Red Bull Racing. “It’s amazing what kind of image quality can come out of such a compact camera unit.” The FLIR thermal cameras have powerful video analytics on board, which makes them extremely useful as intrusion protection devices at several strategic locations across the Milton Keynes site. With the FC-Series ID camera, you can set custom trip lines and regions of interest that will trigger alarms for human or vehicular intruders, even at night or in poor weather conditions. Upon the detection of an intruder, an alert is sent over to security personnel via email. FLIR Latitude VMS The FLIR Latitude video management system is the backbone of the system, allowing Aston Martin Red Bull Racing personnel to easily view, playback, search and export video from a scalable number of cameras. “In the past, when we wanted to investigate a particular incident in more detail, it used to take a long time to actually retrieve the information we needed from our video recordings, but with the new FLIR Latitude VMS, this is much more straightforward and we save a lot of time,” says Tierney Comprehensive camera network The cameras used in the network around the Milton Keynes site are relatively small in size. And there’s a very good reason for that, according to Chilton. “Of course, it’s important to have the best image quality possible, but on the other hand, we don’t want our cameras to be too large and imposing either.” The Milton Keynes headquarters receives visitors, customers and partners every day. For Aston Martin Red Bull Racing, it’s important that everybody feels welcome: “While we need our site to be secure, and the cameras are of course important, we don’t want them to be the first thing visitors see when they arrive to visit us, " said Chilton. "I think that the FLIR cameras strike that difficult balance between security and subtlety really well.” The cameras can also be used to check whether visitors are using the parking lot correctly FLIR security monitoring system Other than the security aspect, there are other practical benefits of having a comprehensive camera network, as well. The cameras can also be used to check whether visitors are using the parking lot correctly, to track contractors around the site, and just for general site management purposes. The selection of the FLIR security monitoring system fits into a long-standing technology partnership between FLIR and the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing team. Since 2014, the team has been integrating FLIR cameras for a wide variety of uses around the factory and track, from electrical maintenance, test rigs and security on site, to tyre temperature assessments in the garage. High product quality The high product quality and innovative approach FLIR takes to developing new solutions for the challenges of Formula 1 makes a great fit with Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s desire to push the boundaries of available technology for developing their cars.
K9 Fuels are a family run, fuel distribution business providing an efficient and customer focused service in and around Lincolnshire. Since moving to their new premises on an industrial site, they weren’t able to leave their fuel trucks in the yard because of constant break-ins and theft. CCTV was installed but wasn't enough of a deterrent. Seeing a Gallagher monitored pulse fence at nearby TC Harrison, K9 Fuels wanted more information on how a similar system could benefit them. Monitored building alarm A simple stand-alone, four zone system linked to their existing monitored building alarm was installed. There is potential to upgrade this to a network based system, using the same F32 fence energisers, if the company expands. System height is 3.0m (32 wire), with a fence length of approximately 200 metres including one sliding gate and one double leaf gate. The break-ins stopped after the monitored pulse fence was installed and K9 Fuels are at ease knowing that their premises are monitored and protected 24 hours a day.
AT Brown (Coaches) Ltd is a premier coach company based in Telford, England that has been operated by the same family for over 100 years. After moving to larger premises in the town’s Hortonwood Industrial Estate in 2005, AT Brown began suffering from constant diesel theft. Installing a Gallagher monitored pulse fence stopped the thieves overnight. Despite having installed CCTV cameras and employing mobile patrols, AT Brown owner Ewen MacLeod says the diesel theft problem continued for the first eight years on the new site. “Thieves were coming through the security fence and syphoning fuel out of the coaches. The investment in CCTV cameras and mobile patrols wasn’t paying off.” Perimeter security solution Gallagher Security partnered with SPG Security Systems UK Ltd to provide a perimeter security solution that would let AT Brown get back to running their business. A Gallagher monitored pulse fence was installed around the whole site, including the large double leaf access gates. The monitored pulse fence was easily retrofitted to AT Brown’s existing security fence, making it a cost-effective option that could be quickly installed without any disruption to the business. SPG and Gallagher very quickly got to know what our requirement was and installed it around us" “SPG and Gallagher very quickly got to know what our requirement was and installed it around us,” says Ewen. “There was no impact whatsoever on us running the business.” Gallagher Security strategic business development manager Kevin Godfrey says the monitored pulse fence provided deterrence and detection for the whole site. Building alarm system “It’s a really simple, effective solution that has negated the need for guard patrols and a CCTV system.” The fence can be armed or disarmed with the building alarm or a keypad, and any break-ins are notified on a phone, through the building alarm system. Since the monitored pulse fence was installed in 2013, there have been no further incidents at AT Brown. The fence provides a powerful visual and practical deterrent to would-be thieves, preventing further break-ins and resulting in happy staff, and children getting to school on time in the mornings. “Everyone feels more secure, which is a very important factor,” says Ewen. “Now we can just carry on running our business the way we want to.”
Westminster City Council is standardising on Videalert’s hosted CCTV enforcement platform. The decision was taken after conducting a twelve-month pilot comparison exercise between Videalert, the market-leading supplier of unattended CCTV enforcement solutions, and the incumbent provider. Marston Holdings group companies Videalert and NSL were selected to deliver this solution after completing a comprehensive analysis across a wide range of enforcement activities including yellow box junctions, banned turns and restricted access. Videalert CCTV enforcement platform “The decision to extend the Videalert platform was taken after a number of successful deployments across the West End with high volume traffic and complex moving traffic scenarios. Videalert delivered the highest capture rates enabling us to meet our compliance objectives, a significantly higher level of performance compared with the previous manually-operated system, as well as providing the highest availability,” commented Darren Montague, Business Implementation Manager in Westminster City Council’s Parking Services team. Videalert is now the single platform standard for all CCTV enforcement throughout Westminster “The platform also delivers better value as future-proofing is built-in and additional camera assets and enforcement applications can be cost effectively added as required." Videalert is now the single platform standard for all CCTV enforcement throughout Westminster. The latest Videalert ONVIF-compliant digital HD cameras are now used at these locations to capture high quality images which minimise discard-rates, increase productivity and help reduce the number of appeals. The cameras are also playing a key role in helping to deliver Westminster City Council’s joint strategy with TfL, which aims to improve public spaces by reducing traffic congestion and tackling poor air quality. The council hopes to extend the use of the Videalert platform to additional locations including the Oxford Street West scheme and a number of traffic exclusion zones around schools in Westminster. Traffic and parking management According to Mark Hoskin, Managing Director of NSL: “We are delighted to have been awarded this high profile contract as it shows how Videalert and NSL can jointly deliver complete solutions that streamline every aspect of the traffic and parking management process from enforcement and PCN processing through to collections. This unique, integrated approach not only removes the risk element when working with outside contractors, but also enables councils to increase efficiency and maximise compliance in short timeframes.” “The joint Videalert and NSL service proposition demonstrates how close collaboration between the public and private sector can deliver better outcomes. Improving traffic flows will help to reduce congestion and the corresponding air pollution whilst increasing road safety for the millions of people that visit the Westminster area,” added Tim Daniels, Sales and Marketing Director at Videalert. “It also shows how councils can extend enforcement to further improve compliance without incurring major additional capital expenditure.”
Round table discussion
When it comes to security and to ensuring the integrity of gaming operations, today’s casino market is risk-averse. Regulations direct the required surveillance of table games and slot machines, while modern casinos are often sprawling complexes that have a variety of other risks to be addressed, too. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What are the challenges of the casino market relating to security and surveillance technology?
Physical security technologies operate successfully in many different markets, but in which markets do they fall short? Physical security is a difficult challenge that can sometime defy the best efforts of manufacturers, integrators and end users. This is especially the case in some of the more problematic markets and applications where even the best technology has to offer may not be good enough, or could it be that the best technology has not been adequately applied? We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable to reflect on instances when the industry may fall short: Which segments of the physical security industry are most under-served and why?
In the simplest terms, video systems capture and record video. But supporting these basic operations are a growing number of other functions that expand usefulness and the ability to interact with related elements in a larger system. As video system functionality expands, we asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What is the most important function of a CCTV system and why?
CCTV surveillance: Manufacturers & Suppliers
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