Pulse Secure, global provider of Secure Access solutions to both enterprises and service providers, has announced the launch of new packaging of its award-winning Pulse Access Suite for Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs). The solution offers service providers an accelerated, cost-effective means to differentiate and build out their service portfolio to meet the massive demand for protected connectivity to cloud applications and hybrid IT resources. Pulse Secure Pulse Secure offers a co...
SentryNet, a wholesale central station monitoring service founded in 1987, is pleased to announce they will be expanding their monitoring footprint by adding a monitoring centre in Lacey, Washingtnton. Currently, SentryNet has two UL/FM/NISPOM listed hot redundant monitoring centres in Memphis, Tennessee and Pensacola, Florida, and provides monitoring for more than 650 independent alarm dealers, primarily based in the Southeast. Over the years, SentryNet has continued to expand their dealer foo...
Dahua Technology is proud to present the world with HDCVI 5.0, the latest instalment to a revolutionary series for the global surveillance industry initiated in 2012, which brings clarity, intelligence and security to an unprecedented level. For those who are not already familiar with the field, there’s no need to rush into jargons of technical details behind the acronym. Simply imagine a really good security guard you hire that happens to enjoy exceptionally sharp eyesight unaffected by...
Send For Help Ltd., one of the largest lone worker protection firms in the world, which provides 24/7 emergency response via personal safety alarms, has been featured in the 'FT Future 100 UK' list, recently published in the Financial Times and FT.com. The prestigious list selected by an expert panel led by FT journalists, features fast growing UK companies that are also making an impact on their industry, or wider society. FT 1000: Europe’s Fastest Growing Companies list The list is bui...
Hikvision USA Inc., the global supplier of video surveillance products and solutions, will showcase new technology and its extensive integration capabilities at the GSX 2018. Central Management System To highlight unique features and demonstrate how products can be combined to address the specific needs of end users, HikCentral—Hikvision's Central Management System (CMS)—will be the centerpiece of the Hikvision showroom. "End users and integrators come to GSX to figure out how to...
DICE Corporation is pleased to announce it has formally completed its full integration with the CHeKT visual monitoring platform. “CHeKT brings a new, simplistic approach to providing visual monitoring at the protected premises by the professional integrator. The CHeKT Bridge pairs alarm panel zones and IP cameras or HD over coax recorders to present event and live-view video to central station operators in seconds,” said John Milliron, CHeKT vice president. The Bridge, CHeKT’...
StoneLock, a global provider in the design and manufacture of enterprise-level facial recognition identity management solutions, announced at Global Security Exchange (GSX), the introduction of the StoneLock GO edge reader, the latest innovation in StoneLock facial recognition for enterprise physical access, and the next generation of the StoneLock True Frictionless Solution. StoneLock GO is a revolutionary biometric edge reader designed from the ground up to address the toughest authentication requirements" Enterprise-level identity verification Delivering a revolutionary step forward in biometric identity management, the StoneLock GO combined with the StoneLock Gateway brings a complete biometric-centric credentialing and access control solution to StoneLock customers, providing scalability, versatility, extended capture range, and speed for up to 20,000 face-only users. StoneLock GO authenticates in light ranging from bright sunlight to pitch dark. New multi-face capture capability detects and alarms “tailgating” scenarios where unauthorised person(s) may attempt to enter with an authorised user. StoneLock’s distributed, decentralised architecture avoids the heavy infrastructure investment of a centralised server-based solution, providing the customer with enterprise-level identity verification that is efficient, accessible, privacy compliant, and easy to scale as required. “StoneLock GO is a revolutionary biometric edge reader designed from the ground up to address the toughest authentication requirements our customers ask us about – high throughput, scalability, tailgate alarming, large population face-only, the ability to work outdoors, and being a secure solution for user privacy,” said CEO and Co-Founder Colleen Dunlap. “Rounding out our complete biometric-centric identity management solution, StoneLock GO takes full advantage of the functionality of the StoneLock Gateway released last year and is designed to protect both security and privacy concerns with an easy-to-use, transparent approach to access control." Biometric identity management solution The StoneLock Gateway provides a complete biometric-centric credentialing and identity management solution Launched in 2017, the StoneLock Gateway provides a complete biometric-centric credentialing and identity management solution that supports a highly available, fully secured, seamless movement of hundreds of thousands of biometric templates between thousands of readers. In addition, the Gateway delivers versatile integrations that include the leading access control systems. Now coupled with the StoneLock GO to deliver the next generation of the StoneLock True Frictionless Solution, StoneLock customers will experience a seamless approach to managing identities and an access control experience, where users “just GO” where they are authorised, with no remembering codes, presenting credentials or even pausing to scan body parts. StoneLock’s True Frictionless biometric identity management solution, comprised of StoneLock GO and StoneLock Gateway, will be demonstrated at the Global Security Exchange (GSX) in Las Vegas.
ISS - Intelligent Security Systems, a global provider of intelligent VMS and analytics, announces the latest release of the company’s renowned SecurOS Video Management System at GSX 2018. The new SecurOS v.10 features an updated, highly intuitive GUI designed to accommodate multiple clients and the ability to easily manage large systems with infinite scalability. Additional enhancements include a new web client for remote access, robust cyber security updates, 64-bit edition for faster throughput and larger capacity, enhanced native failover operations, H.265 Intel QSV support and a brand-new Evidence Manager. Seamless integration SecurOS v.10 is designed to seamlessly integrate with a host of powerful analytics developed by ISS. This unique combination allows ISS to offer a wide range of specialised packages to fulfill users’ specific physical security and business intelligence needs. The release of SecurOS v.10 builds upon our powerful open platform with numerous enhancements designed to further facilitate ease of use" “ISS provides a more holistic approach to camera management and control by seamlessly integrating native analytics with our VMS platform, enabling us to provide users with truly innovative and unique solutions for their specific security challenges,” said Cody Flood, Vice President of North American Sales, ISS. “The release of SecurOS v.10 builds upon our powerful open platform with numerous enhancements designed to further facilitate ease of use for today’s more advanced and larger surveillance installations.” SecurOS v.10 new enhancements SecurOS v.10 features a long list of new enhancements that increase ease of operation, performance and functionality, system scalability and security, including: An updated Client and Administrator GUI featuring new Operator Workstation Profiles to manage large numbers of clients on a unified platform along with new object groups/categories for more intuitive, customised system configuration. A new web client, SecurOS WebConnect to facilitate seamless remote access and operation. New Cyber Security enhancements including: secure HTTPS connection to all cameras with tunneling of both video and audio; digital signature of all exported files using digital certificates to verify the authenticity and source of exported files; and encryption of all data stored on ISS server HDDs. New Native Failover Cluster capabilities including: native cluster failover of many or 1-1 cameras using as few as 2 servers; failover of all features including analytics modules; failover operation within 30 seconds and the ability to manually assign any video server to any workstation. New Evidence Manager with many new features to manage exported video. 265 Intel Quick Sync decompression support. Decompression of H.265 on Intel HD Graphics adapters to concurrently view large amounts of cameras on client workstations. 64-bit Server Edition to increase the number of cameras and throughput per server. Innovative VMS solution SecurOS v.10 is also available pre-bundled with ISS’ native analytics ISS SecurOS v.10 is available in five configurations: MCC (Monitoring Control Center), Enterprise, Premium, Professional, and Xpress to deliver the perfect balance of functionality and cost-efficiency for every size and level of application. SecurOS v.10 is also available pre-bundled with ISS’ native analytics to provide VMS solutions for specific applications. Some of the SecurOS v.10 analytic modules include: SecurOS Auto which provides license plate recognition (ANPR) and comparative analysis for all types of vehicles. SecurOS Auto works in a wide range of internal/external conditions and delivers recognition accuracy for US and international locations. SecurOS Face captures and recognises faces from a video stream. SecurOS Face is a solution with active recognition where subjects know their image is being captured or passively, where they do not have knowledge of such surveillance. SecurOS Cargo provides recognition of cargo container ISO codes in a variety of applications. It implements the most advanced native image processing software, the ISS SecurOS framework, and advanced algorithms for the recognition of codes on cargo containers. SecurOS Tracking Kit provides a suite of situational awareness detectors such as loitering, crowd detection, object left behind, object counting, etc. Integrated hardware-software solutions ISS is a true provider of intelligent surveillance solutions that we refer to it as ‘intelligent video defined'" Additional specialised SecurOS v.10 hardware and software solutions include: SecurOS UVSS, an integrated hardware-software based solution for remote under-vehicle surveillance. SecurOS Velox, to detect speeding violations with automatic license plate recognition (ANPR) of all passing vehicles. SecurOS Motus, an IP-camera designed with integrated ALPR for high-speed and high accuracy commercial and law enforcement applications. SecurOS Cargo Terminal, which provides remote visual inspection of cargo containers and control of vehicles which carry them. SecurOS Crossroad combines specifically engineered hardware and software to provide real-time detection of complex types of traffic violations. “ISS is a true provider of intelligent surveillance solutions that not only sees and documents events but provides the rich data necessary to analyze what may otherwise be perceived as disparate events, and alerts management of impending threats. We refer to it as ‘intelligent video defined,” concluded Mr. Flood.
In most residential and small commercial applications, the popular XT Series by Digital Monitoring Products (DMP) is the industry’s workhorse with everything you need in a single panel. In typical DMP style, this family of panels continues to deliver added features and enhancements. For instance, monitoring centers now have the option to program Receiver 2 exclusively as a backup receiver. If programmed this way, Receiver 2 will start receiving messages when Receiver 1 fails. The panel will confirm that it’s had to fail over as Receiver 2 continues receiving messages until Receiver 1 returns to its normal state. This option is now standard with all DMP panels. XT Series panels with Entry Check-In Protection Furthermore, all XT Series panels now have the added security feature known as Entry Check-In Protection. It’s a proactive safeguard against a burglar’s fast tactic to disable the security system before it can send an emergency signal. Specifically, if an entry zone is triggered, and the system is not disarmed in the designated delay timeframe, a trouble signal will be generated at the monitoring center. There are no intermediary servers or network operation centers, and no retransmission or reinterpretation of the information over the Internet. This ensures faster response and eliminates concerns about signals not being properly relayed or intermediate communication links failing. “Entry Check-In Protection is based on the same reliable check-in technology that we’ve used for years, even for our high-security customers,” says DMP Vice President of Sales Mark NeSmith. “And, because this is the same trusted network supervision solution that dealers and subscribers have trusted for years, there’s no need to update receiver hardware or software.”Consumers can add video integration with multiple options and control it all from the app or browser Greater system automation features With this month’s XT Series Version 182 update, customers who use the Virtual Keypad app or VirtualKeypad.com browser have even greater system automation features. They not only can remotely control lights, locks, and thermostats as they come and go, but they also can use the new Custom Actions programming to automate up to 20 different user programmable scripts. Consumers can add video integration with multiple options and control it all from the app or browser. And now, customers who use the app also have the ability to allow up to 50 night or exit type zones to report to them as activity occurs on their systems. XTLtouch security system and XTLplus panels Introducing the Newest XT Panel DMP’s best known XT panel is the popular XTLplus, which sets a standard for security, fast installations, and ease of operation. This month’s launch of the new XTLtouch security system is a natural extension of that proven XT and XTLplus security technology, built into an enhanced all-in-one system.
Governments and corporations face crisis events every day. An active shooter terrorises a campus. A cyber extortionist holds a city for ransom. A hurricane washes away a key manufacturing facility. Not all critical events rise to the level of these catastrophic emergencies, but a late or inadequate response to even a minor incident can put people, operations and reputations at risk. Effective response plan In 2015, for example, the City of Boston experienced several record-breaking snowstorms that forced the city to close the subway system for three days. The extreme decision cost the state $265 million per day and was largely attributed to a lack of preparation and an inadequate response plan by the transportation department. The reputation of the head of the transportation department was so damaged by the decision she was forced to resign. Being able to better predict how the storms would impact the subway system’s aging infrastructure – and having a more effective response plan in place – could have saved the state hundreds of millions of dollars (not to mention the transit chief’s job). A comprehensive critical event management strategy begins before the impact of an event is felt and continues after the immediate crisis has ended. This full lifecycle strategy can be broken into four distinct phases – Assess, Locate, Act and Analyse. Assessing threats for prevention Security teams might have complained about not having enough intelligence data to make accurate predictionsIdentifying a threat before it reaches critical mass and understanding how it might impact vital assets is the most difficult challenge facing security professionals. In the past, security teams might have complained about not having enough intelligence data to make accurate predictions. Today, the exact opposite might be true – there is too much data! With crime and incident data coming from law enforcement agencies, photos and videos coming from people on the front line, topics trending on social media and logistical information originating from internal systems it can be almost impossible to locate a real signal among all the noise and chatter. Being able to easily visualise all this intelligence data within the context of an organisation’s assets is vital to understand the relationship between threat data and the individuals or facilities in harm’s way. Social media monitoring Free tools like Google Maps or satellite imagery from organisations like AccuWeather, for example, can help understand how fast a storm is closing in on a manufacturing facility, or how close an active shooter is to a school. Their usefulness, however, is limited to a few event types and they provide only a very macro view of the crisis.Data from building access systems, wifi hotspots, corporate travel systems, among others, can be used to create a profile Critical event management (CEM) platforms, however, are designed specifically to manage critical events of all types and provide much greater visibility. Internal and external data sources (weather, local and national emergency management, social media monitoring software, security cameras, etc.) are integrated into these platforms and their data is visualised on a threat map. Security teams can quickly see if there are actual threats to the organisations or communities they are protecting and don’t lose time trying to make sense of intelligence reports. The more they can see on a ‘single pane of glass,’ the faster they can initiate the appropriate response. Locating a threat Once a threat has been deemed a critical event, the next step is to find the people who might be impacted – employees/residents in danger, first responders and key stakeholders (e.g., senior executives or elected officials who need status updates). Often, this requires someone on the security team to access an HR contact database and initiate a call tree to contact each person individually, in a specific hierarchical order. This can be a time-consuming and opaque process. There is no information on the proximity of that person to the critical event, or if a person has skills such as CPR that could aid in the response. Ensuring ahead of time that certifications, skill sets, or on-call availability is included with contact information can save valuable time in the middle of a crisis response. Going even further, data from building access systems, wifi hotspots, corporate travel systems, among others, can be used to create a profile of where a person just was and where he or she might be going in a CEM platform. This information can be visualised on the threat map and help determine who is actually in danger and who can respond the fastest. The emergency response then becomes targeted and more effective. Security teams can quickly see if there are actual threats to the organisations or communities they are protecting Acting and automating The third step is to act and automate processes. If there is a tornado closing in on a town, for example, residents should not have to wait for manual intervention before a siren is activated or a message sent out. Organisations can build and execute their standing operating procedures (SOPs) fully within a CEM platform. Sirens, alarms, digital signs and messages can all be automatically activated based on event type, severity and location. Using the tornado example, an integration with a weather forecasting service could trigger the command to issue a tornado warning for a specific community if it is in the path of the storm. Summon security guards Warning messages can be prepared in advance based on event type so there is no chance of issuing a misleading or unclear alert Warning messages can be prepared in advance based on event type so there is no chance of issuing a misleading or unclear alert. All communications with impacted individuals can be centralised within the platform and automated based on SOP protocols. This also includes inbound communications from first responders and impacted individuals. An employee confronted by an assailant in a parking garage could initiate an SOS alert from his or her mobile phone that would automatically summon security guards to the scene. Conference lines can also be instantly created to enable collaboration and speed response time. Additionally, escalation policies are automatically engaged if a protocol is broken. For example, during an IT outage, if the primary network engineer does not respond in two minutes, a designated backup is automatically summoned. Eliminating manual steps from SOPs reduces the chance for human error and increases the speed and effectiveness of critical event responses. Analysis of a threat Looking for ways to better prepare and respond to critical events will not only improve performance when similar events occur again It’s not uncommon for security and response teams to think that a critical event is over once the immediate crisis has ended. After all, they are often the ones pushing themselves to exhaustion and sometimes risking life and limb to protect their neighbours, colleagues, community reputations and company brands. They need and deserve a rest. In the aftermath of a critical event, however, it’s important to review the effectiveness of the response and look for ways to drive improvements. Which tasks took too long? What resources were missing? How many times did people respond quickly? With a CEM platform, team performance, operational response, benchmarking data and notification analysis are all captured within the system and are available in a configurable dashboard or in after-action reports for analysis. Continuously looking for ways to better prepare and respond to critical events will not only improve performance when similar events occur again, but it will also improve response effectiveness when unforeseen events strike. Coordinate emergency response Virtually every organisation has some form of response plan to triage a critical event and restore community order or business operations. While many of these plans are highly effective in providing a structure to command and coordinate emergency response, they are reactive in nature and don’t account for the full lifecycle of a critical event – Assess, Locate, Act and Analyse. Whether it’s a large-scale regional emergency or a daily operational issue such as an IT outage, a comprehensive critical event management strategy will minimise the impact by improving visibility, collaboration and response.
Quantum Corp announces significant enhancements to the Xcellis scale-out storage appliance portfolio: StorNext 6.2 bolsters performance for 4K and 8K video while enhancing integration with cloud-based workflows and global collaborative environments. NVM storage significantly accelerates ingest and other aspects of media workflows. These enhancements reinforce Xcellis as the solution of choice to ingest, edit, share and store rich media content for thousands of customers worldwide. Modern file systems Quantum’s Xcellis scale-out appliances have long been trusted to deliver high performance to increasingly demanding applications and higher resolution content. The introduction of NVMe storage to the Xcellis appliances offers ultra-fast performance: 22 GB/s single-client, uncached streaming bandwidth. Leveraging Excelero’s NVMesh technology in combination with StorNext, all data is accessible by multiple clients in a global namespace, making it easy to access and cost-effectively share flash-based resources. As more organisations depend on broad collaboration among their staff to meet project deadlines, and workflows extend from on-premise into the cloud, being able to effectively manage and access data across complex, hybrid environments has become a requirement for modern file systems. Greater flexibility StorNext 6.2, Quantum now offers an S3 interface to Xcellis appliances, enabling them to serve as targets for applications designed to write Now with the ability to provide cross protocol locking for shared access across SAN, NFS, and SMB, Xcellis is an optimal solution for organisations that need to share content across both Fibre Channel and Ethernet. With StorNext 6.2, Quantum now offers an S3 interface to Xcellis appliances, enabling them to serve as targets for applications designed to write to RESTful interfaces. Organisations gain greater flexibility to use Xcellis as either a gateway to the cloud or as an S3 target for web-based applications. With storage environments becoming increasingly complex, users need more powerful tools to proactively manage their storage resources. Adjust system configuration Xcellis environments can now be managed with a new cloud monitoring tool that enables Quantum’s support team to monitor critical customer environmental factors, speed time to resolution, and ultimately increase uptime. When combined with Xcellis Web Services – a suite of services that enables users to set policies, adjust system configuration, and more – overall system management is simplified and streamlined. Available with StorNext 6.2, enhanced FlexSync replication capabilities enable users to create local or remote replicas of multi-tier file system content and metadata. With the ability to protect data for both high-performance systems as well as massive archives, users now have more flexibility to protect a single directory or an entire file system. Additional management tools StorNext 6.2 enables administrators to provide defined and enforceable quotas, implement quality of service levels for specific users Organisations that provide storage as a service to departmental users require additional management tools to support their business processes. StorNext 6.2 enables administrators to provide defined and enforceable quotas, implement quality of service levels for specific users, and allows for simplified reporting of used storage capacity. These new features make it easier for administrators to efficiently manage large-scale media archives. The new S3 interface and NVMe storage option are both available today. Other StorNext features and capabilities described in this release will be available by December 2018. Effective foundation Tom Coughlin, President, The Coughlin Group commented “Across multiple industries, and especially in media and entertainment, organisations are continuing to move more workflows into the cloud, which requires storage solutions to efficiently ingest, and offload, data to and from the cloud.” “By building on the existing capabilities of StorNext, Quantum’s new release will help customers maximise the benefits of the cloud and provide a more effective foundation for the industry’s most modern workflows.” Demanding workflows As 4K goes mainstream and adoption rates of 8K media continue to rise, the need for future-proof, high-performance storage is greater than ever before Lior Gal, CEO and co-founder, Excelero said “As 4K goes mainstream and adoption rates of 8K media continue to rise, the need for future-proof, high-performance storage is greater than ever before.” “Excelero and Quantum have partnered to build on the capability of StorNext, the industry’s number one choice for storage, and offer an appliance that can support the requirements of the most demanding workflows for years to come.” High-resolution content Molly Presley, Vice President, Product Management and Global Marketing, Quantum commented “The new economy increasingly requires the ability to manipulate and manage rapid real-time types of unstructured data.” “Whether editing multiple streams of high-resolution content in multiple formats, reams of information produced by commuters on their way to work, or the flood of data from hundreds of sensors on an autonomous vehicle, this broad Xcellis platform refresh provides the storage foundation to effectively preserve, manage, and protect this valuable data.”
S2 Security, the developer of complete enterprise security solutions, announces S2 Magic Monitor Version 6.1. With a range of media options that now includes Internet-streamed TV as well as enhancements to Magic Monitor Forensics, S2 Magic Monitor Version 6.1 is the most flexible, versatile solution for security operations and enterprise-wide communication. “Broadcast television plays a critical role in situational awareness as well as entertainment,” said John L. Moss, CEO, S2 Security. “Whether you’re seeing an important world event unfold or watching the ball game in the cafeteria, Magic Monitor does it.” Provides numerous enhancements Version 6.1 introduces Internet-streamed TV, enabling users with a YouTube TV account to display a wide variety of content in S2 Magic Monitor. Users can push TV streams to an external Magic Monitor, further expanding digital signage capabilities throughout the enterprise. In addition, Version 6.1 provides numerous enhancements to Magic Monitor Forensics that make locating and sharing information about recorded video easier than ever. The Forensics timeline now visually differentiates types of recorded content. Users can add visual bookmarks as well as descriptive text to bookmarks. This feature can be utilised to make notes, create reminders or relay information to another team member reviewing the footage. Users can also aggregate, search for and edit bookmarks, which simplifies navigation back to the video once it has been located.
Maxxess, the innovative security management and communications solutions, partnered with the Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD) to deploy a powerful new security and operations solution that leverages the power of smart mobile devices to maintain comprehensive communications and emergency management operations. Maxxess Ambit, which provides private, two-way, managed messaging and intel on a more personal and intuitive level, received its first wide-scale test during the SAUSD’s annual earthquake preparedness drill called the Great Southern California ShakeOut. SAUSD used Maxxess Ambit as their primary communications solution during the Great Southern California ShakeOut drill “The 2018 Great Shakeout drill was more realistic than in years past,” said Camille Boden, Executive Director or Risk Management for the Santa Ana Unified School District. She further added, “With Maxxess Ambit, our Emergency Operation Center (EOC) was able to receive simulated eyewitness accounts and requests for assistance from multiple staff members at schools across the District. The information with GPS locations provided by Maxxess Ambit came into the EOC rapidly, providing first responders with the specific details they would need if we really had experienced a disaster. The drill tempo was accelerated and provided real-world insight as to what the District could possibly experience in the event of a massive earthquake.” Maxxess Ambit’s “see it, say it” SAUSD used Maxxess Ambit as their primary communications solution during the Great Southern California ShakeOut drill. Maxxess Ambit’s “see it, say it” application kept SAUSD’s EOC fully informed of missing people, dangerous situations, property damage and more during the emergency simulation. This allowed the EOC’s staff to instantly generate various reports and assign the appropriate personnel to respond. One report that came in during the drill was from a school needing to be evacuated, which was immediately assigned to SAUSD’s logistics personnel. Logistics then called the school transportation service and directed them to the correct pick-up spots. The EOC at SAUSD not only took action on reports that came in but was able to anticipate issues resulting from the information collected with Maxxess Ambit. All EOC’s actions were captured for reporting and future audits within Maxxess Ambit. Mass notification During an earthquake scenario, Maxxess Ambit can broadcast a mass notification that will be sent to all users of an organisation During an earthquake scenario, Maxxess Ambit can broadcast a mass notification that will be sent to all users of the organisation, by site, by department or even by selected user groups. This allows emergency personnel to quickly monitor staff status, communicate with staff members using an organised interface, and help first responders act efficiently. As end users respond to the mass alert broadcast, a geo-tag is placed on a map to correspond with each mobile user’s location. Unlike systems that handle only one aspect of communications like a mass texting tool, Maxxess Ambit also addresses longstanding security challenges by transforming the way organisations operate on a daily basis. In a school environment, for example, a staff member can activate a duress report via Maxxess Ambit in the event a meeting is becoming emotional or tense. Real-time chat session The report would appear on the mobile devices of the school’s security team, enabling a real-time chat session while continuously tracking the staff member’s location. This unique combination of features empowers total awareness by making administrators, teachers, staff and students an integral part of the security solution. Maxxess Ambit is a cloud-based solution that does not require a capital investment in any hardware or servers and is deployed like a mobile app with all information logged into the system for compliance and audit purposes.
Brazilian infrastructure company Companhia Energética de Pernambuco (CELPE) is the main supplier of electricity in the country’s Northeastern state of Pernambuco. Headquartered in the state capital Recife, one of the most important economic and urban hubs in the country, CELPE serves a population of more than 8.8 million inhabitants in the 184 municipalities of Pernambuco. As part of the Brazilian government’s commitment to clean energy, the CELPE grid also contains several hydropower plants at rivers across the state. Providing electricity to private customers and industrial clients in the expansive region requires a 136,762 kilometres distribution network and 4,386 kilometres of transmission lines. As critical parts of the power infrastructure, CELPE operates 240 substations across Pernambuco. But as most of these stations are located in remote areas, the last few years saw an alarming increase of vandalism and theft of expensive power cables. For video security, Bosch installed its AUTODOME IP starlight 7000 HD cameras, integrated via the Bosch Video Management SystemBosch’s Building Integration System Looking to safeguard its vital infrastructure, CELPE needed an integrated security solution that achieved three goals: firstly, keep out criminals and alert police upon security breaches. Secondly, provide seamless access control for the 300 maintenance teams in the field. And thirdly, connect fire alarm, communications, and voice evacuation on an integrated system that allows for remote management from CELPE headquarters. As a one-stop solutions provider, Bosch won the contract for equipping sixteen substations with video security systems, access control, communications, fire alarm and voice evacuation as well as intrusion alarm connected on the Building Integration System (BIS). For video security, Bosch installed its AUTODOME IP starlight 7000 HD cameras, integrated via the Bosch Video Management System (BVMS). The fire alarm revolves around smoke and heat detectors, while for voice alarm and evacuation, Plena Mixer Amplifiers are connected to driver loudspeakers. Cameras with built-in video analytics For added security, selected cameras feature built-in video analytics to automatically set off intruder alarms and alert authorities All systems and cameras are monitored by security personnel at the company’s control centre in Recife. For added security, selected cameras feature built-in video analytics to automatically set off intruder alarms and alert authorities. The system also fulfils the key customer requirement for remote management via the management system BIS (Building Integration System), including administration of user credentials and access rights for the 300 maintenance teams serving various substation sites. Successfully installed at sixteen stations in Pernambuco, the Bosch solution has proven to be an asset for CELPE and its personnel. Aside from safeguarding valuable infrastructure against criminals, the system has also streamlined communications among the service teams in the region by including elements such as conferencing and automatic alerts for fires and intrusions through a messenger system. The remote management of user access rights at the substations has enhanced the overall service level and prevented security breaches. Satisfied with the end-to-end solution, CELPE has now commissioned Bosch to equip approximately 240 electrical substations over the next years.
National Security, a global safety and security products manufacturing company, has delivered some advanced security solutions equipped with the latest technology. The company has been known to meet every business challenge that enterprises face with its solutions. Their global reach and unparalleled range of products and services assisted customers in ensuring safety, security and business with the right solutions. Security access challenge Since this manufacturer of safety and security products was spread across India, it required a reliable time-attendance and access control system. However, the major issue lay with the implementation of such a system across different locations in India. Another issue that the company needed to deal with was to assign different attendance policies and shifts to its employees. The manufacturer also required a centralised management for their time-attendance and access control system. Solution Connected all locations with their central location for time-attendance Integration with HRMS software Centralised monitoring and control of all devices Auto Data Push to a central server Configured flexible attendance policies Products COSEC DOOR FOP: Fingerprint based Door Controller with Touch-Sense Keypad COSEC CPM MIFARE SMART: Card Personality Module for Mifare Smart Card COSEC PANEL LITE: Site Controller for Controlling Multiple Door Controllers COSEC ENROLL FINGER: Enrolment Station for Enrolling Finger COSEC CENTRA LE: Application Software for 1000 Users, Expandable up to One Million Users COSEC LE TAM: Time-Attendance Module for COSEC CENTRA LE COSEC LE ACM: Access Control Module for COSEC CENTRA LE COSEC USER1000: User License for 1000 Users Results Enhanced time-attendance solution with flexibility Fast fingerprint recognition Reduced costs and time savings on maintenance Excellent after-sales support Centralised monitoring Direct salary generation using HRMS integration
Videowall technology supplied by Ultimate Visual Solutions (UVS) is at the heart of a new security control room at iNTU Trafford Centre. High-end videowall technology The new facility helps ensure 30 million annual visitors have a safe and enjoyable time at what is the single best-known and most iconic retail and leisure destination in the UK. Burnley-based UVS, formerly eyevis UK, provides video wall displays and audio-visual solutions to a range of clients across the UK. UVS Full HD Videowall As part of the new state-of-the-art facility, UVS installed a 7.2m wide by 2.7m high videowall As part of the new state-of-the-art facility, UVS installed a 7.2m wide by 2.7m high videowall, made up of 24 eyevis 55-inch XSN extremely narrow bezel LCD screens with Full HD resolution. The displays offer 1920 × 1080 pixels, direct-LED backlight technology, a mechanical bezel width of only 3.5 mm between two displays and a brightness of 500 cd/m2. The installation also includes a control room meeting space featuring a videowall made up of four eyevis 46-inch XSN screens with 3.5mm bezel. Netpix 4900 videowall controller Both videowalls connect to a Netpix 4900 videowall controller configured for multiple analogue video feeds, IP video feeds, graphic PC data and web browsers. iNTU security staff, who monitor the centre and liaise with visitors, will be able to send live videos from their tablets directly back to the video wall to share incident video with security staff. Video monitoring and visitor management iNTU Trafford Centre is a retail and leisure destination and it is important that the control room has the latest videowall technology" UVS managing director Steve Murphy said: “iNTU Trafford Centre is a retail and leisure destination enjoyed by millions of people each year and it is important that the control room has the latest videowall technology.” He adds, “We are delighted to have been involved in such a prestigious and important project.” Lee Barlow, Security Manager, iNTU Trafford Centre said “The security and safety of our customers, retailers and staff is our number one priority so having a control room that allows us to keep them safe is really important. The new videowall and meeting room screens allows us to do just that and we are really happy with them.” New control room with videowall The new control room was designed and refurbished by Intech Solutions, which specialise in technical and control room furniture including full control room fit-outs in the UK and worldwide. UVS also worked to deliver the videowall with its security integrator partner, Nottinghamshire-based Quadrant Security Group.
AxxonSoft technology speaks to product simplicity, ease-of-use and advanced functionality during the FIFA World Cup in Russia. Within the framework of preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, AxxonSoft's tech support customised settings on more than 1,350 video channels at 3 stadiums and at a central monitoring station to meet the Ministry of Internal Affairs' needs through a centralised monitoring system. AxxonSoft, in collaboration with this global high calibre event, launched this state-of-the-art technology system within just 1 month, utilising team members to rollout. Videos were streamed from stadiums and surrounding territories, fan zones, and other locations deemed critical from the point of security Situational video analytics AxxonSoft's Intellect software managed a total of 960 video surveillance channels at Samara Arena, Mordovia Arena, and RZD Arena — the latter of which was used as a training base for referees. 250 of those channels employed AxxonSoft's situational video analytics to monitor the stadiums, 41 license plate recognition channels to monitor vehicle traffic, and 9 facial recognition channels to monitor for individuals prohibited from accessing the stadiums. Video monitoring was also integrated with access control, fire and security alarm systems. The Ministry of Internal Affairs' central monitoring station, powered by AxxonSoft's Intellect PSIM platform, pooled over 390 video channels from all 11 World Cup host cities with video feeds displayed on an interactive map. Videos were streamed from stadiums and surrounding territories, fan zones, and other locations deemed critical from the point of security for participants and guests of the World Cup. Integrated access control software The World Cup stadium security project included requests to integrate access control software, as well as develop a screen manager to adaptably manage camera layout and the video wall. These functions were successfully implemented at the World Cup stadiums and will be incorporated in Intellect 4.11.0. Over 9,000 Intellect-powered video surveillance cameras were used to monitor the security of over 2 million spectators The Intellect PSIM platform was employed in various areas of 10 out of the 12 stadiums where 49 World Cup matches were played. Over 9,000 Intellect-powered video surveillance cameras were used to monitor the security of over 2 million spectators who attended the games. AxxonSoft software was also widely used at training camps, fan zones, transportation infrastructure, and other sites where teams and fans arrived and moved around the country. Advanced stadium security technology “The team at AxxonSoft were really excited to be part of a project of this calibre. We were able to demonstrate product simplicity, ease-of-use and advanced functionality through our stadium security technology. The FIFA World Cup was a great success in Russia and just proves how we can work together with top agencies and companies to provide a safe environment for all,” says Global Marketing Director for AxxonSoft, Colleen Glaeser. FIFA president Gianni Infantino called the 2018 World Cup the best in its history. In addition to commenting on match attendance and television viewership numbers, Infantino gave high praise to the quality of infrastructure and security.
Recife’s urban trains system carries around 400 thousand passengers a day – it is the third largest railway operator in number of users in Brazil. To ensure a safe journey for passengers, it is imperative to increase the subway security with modern technologies and monitoring equipment. The main challenge was to adapt the technology to the specific conditions such as lighting, people flow and speed of a subway station while not interrupting the transportation service. Therefore, ease of operation, installation and high availability of the system were prerequisites for choosing the surveillance solution. Surveillance operation development With a contribution of BRL 61.5 million to invest in the improvements for the Pernambuco subway, Companhia Brasileira de Trens Urbanos (Brazilian Urban Trains Company, CBTU) has started a recovery plan for stations, trains, electrical systems and permanent pathways last year. It then inaugurated a new phase of the surveillance operation with the acquisition of 1380 high-resolution cameras from Dahua Technology for the deployment of the surveillance system. The Dahua intelligent surveillance system with embedded video analytics monitors 52 places scattered all over the 71 km of the railway line The Dahua intelligent surveillance system with embedded video analytics monitors 52 places scattered all over the 71 km of the railway line at the capital and the metropolitan region. The project led by Grupo Avantia from the publication of the bidding contest until the installation combines four models of network cameras from Dahua: DH-IPC-HF5231EN-Z-S2; DH-IPC-HF5231EN-S2; DH-IPC-HDBW8231E-ZS2; and DH-SD65F230FN-H – all equipped with H.265 compression and video analytics. Efficient processing format These cameras work every day capturing and identifying images. With an amount of data that needs to be analysed daily, the H.265 video compression pattern, a format twice as efficient as its predecessor (H.264), is essential since it uses only 50% of the bandwidth, maintaining the same quality. The equipment using the main features of Dahua (H.265 compression, analytics, Starlight) has reinforced the security of the Central and Southern lines of the Pernambuco Subway and has allowed the operators to obtain detailed views of the subway operations, especially at peak hours or during tourist events, such as Carnival. Starlight surveillance solution Day and night, under difficult lighting conditions and even in points with extreme low light, Dahua exclusive Starlight cameras deliver sharp and colorful images to the surveillance center to guarantee the best performance in conditions of very low luminosity (0.005 Lux). Technology strengthens user protection in a general way, because it avoids intrusions into vital areas of operation, depredations or other occurrences that could hinder the passenger transportation. With video analytics, even if the video surveillance operator is not tracking the images of a specific camera, the system automatically identifies and alerts a detected movement in a restricted region, for example. In addition to the high technology, Dahua also provided professional technical support to guarantee the success of the installation process Professional technical support In addition to the high technology, Dahua also provided professional technical support to guarantee the success of the installation process, which did not hinder the operation of the subway. As revealed by Avantia’s Operational Director, Mr. Hamilton Valentin, “The partnership with CBTU has been very successful, due to the peculiarities of the implementation of the security system. It was a major deployment challenge, since all the systems of the stations were in full operation. It was a result of an outstanding team effort with the full support and partnership of the client, so that the implementation would occur in the best way possible and with minimal interventions in the subway system". With the help of Dahua network cameras, the coming and going of passengers from Central and Southern lines now have the protection of the security teams in multiple locations throughout the subway’s operation. The new video surveillance system was designed to operate in a centralised management, which differs completely from the previous single-management model. Thus, with this change, it became possible to take better advantage of the human resources of the security team at the 37 stations. Improved quality of service The whole system of Dahua video surveillance was thought to ensure not only the physical safety of each user, but also to avoid a common problem that causes a high impact to the quality of the service: vandalism. On some occasions, a window broken by a user can delay the routine of thousands of passengers. With the video surveillance cameras, it is possible to identify suspects, trigger the maintenance service in a more agile way and minimise the impact on the operation. The video footage of occurrences that happen inside the System of Urban Trains’ facilities can be shared with the Military Police which, if necessary, can conduct searches in the image database and use resources such as Zoom to capture details that help in the investigations. The operators themselves can alert the authorities depending on the incident. This is the first CBTU project, which also manages the urban rail transport in other Brazilian capitals, such as João Pessoa, Maceió, Natal and Belo Horizonte Smart video surveillance system This is the first CBTU project, which also manages the urban rail transport in other Brazilian capitals, such as João Pessoa, Maceió, Natal and Belo Horizonte. “With this case, Dahua Technology ratifies once again its expertise in projects for the public segment. The solution offered will enable the end client to have a fully smart video surveillance system that will provide optimal lighting in dark environments, 24h protection of restricted areas, occurrence alerts and high performance to operators. All this will focus on prevention and alerting possible situations that endanger the subway system as well as the security of its users", Fabio Lopes, Channel Sales Director of Dahua Technology Brasil. “The cameras are being installed and monitored centrally, in a control room. In the future, we intend to achieve a cost reduction for the company, since with the cameras we were able to reduce in local surveillance at some subway stations, but the great advantage will be seen in the safety of our passengers. The images help us identify crimes in the stations and send this information to the law enforcement. We are in the implementation phase and starting to operate with smart technology, the results have already started to be seen – we have already managed to identify and arrest suspects, forwarding them to the police. We are employing all efforts to train and hire new agents and I am sure we will achieve greater gains in the future”, commented Leonardo Villar Beltrão, CBTU Recife Superintendent. Minimal interventions for deployment “The partnership with CBTU has been very successful, due to the peculiarities of the implementation of a state of the art security system. It was a major deployment challenge, since all the systems of the stations were in full operation. It was a result of an outstanding team effort with the full support and partnership of the Client, so that the implementation would occur in the best way possible and with minimal interventions in the subway system", said Hamilton Valentin, Avantia’s Operational Director. “This project is of extreme importance to Spectra. We have been close to Avantia and Dahua Technology throughout the implementation process, providing them with all the necessary support in the delivery of solutions”, Reginaldo Mattos, Director of Spectra Systems.