Star Defense Logistics & Engineering (SDLE) is exhibitor, for the third consecutive time, at the International Defense Exhibition (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi. This week at the National Exhibition Center of the city, SDLE showcase its new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for security indoor operations, in addition to its full range of unmanned aerial vehicles and its Anti-drone system for threats detection and inhibition. Indoor light drones in military use The indoor light drone is one of the latest S...
According to a recent report produced by IHS Markit, which specialises in providing insight on the areas that are shaping the business landscape, the number of video surveillance cameras equipped with advanced low-light functionality is set to soar over the next four years. Whilst it is estimated that in 2015 there were approximately 4.75 million of these types of cameras delivered to the market, in 2022 this number is projected to increase to about 51 million. Advanced low light functionality...
Infrared (IR) illumination provides a highly-effective enhancement for video surveillance in complete darkness. At ISC West 2018 in Las Vegas, Axis Communications is unveiling several new network cameras featuring its IR functionality, including pan, tilt and zoom (PTZ) and fixed dome cameras, bullet, fisheye and panoramic cameras, and discreet sensors units. Together, these bring IR capability to almost any surveillance environment and answer an increased market demand. IR’s abilit...
Clarion Events’ Defence & Security division has appointed Grant Burgham as the new Event Director for Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI). With 17 years of experience working on major global events for organisers such as Reed Exhibitions, the Dubai World Trade Centre and Centaur exhibitions, Grant joins Clarion with a wealth of experience from the high-tech British engineering sector, IT & communications and the international maritime industry.Grant's skilled leade...
Following the success of the first Hereford Defence and Security Expo in 2017, Harrison Clark Rickerbys, one of the UK’s Top 100 law firms, is organising a second major defence and security expo, the Three Counties Defence and Security Expo (3CDSE) 2018, which will be held at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern on 31st May 2018. The event, which will be of interest to those involved in private and public safety and security, crime prevention and those serving in the police forces as we...
Surveillance manufacturer IDIS has unveiled its Covert Modular Cameras (DC-V3213XJ) at this year’s Intersec, at the Dubai World Trade Center. Available in options featuring a 4.3mm or 2.5mm fixed lens, the new covert cameras offer easy installation with new and existing DirectIP® network video recorders (NVRs) so that customers can simply add the cameras to their current systems, effectively protecting their existing investment. Adaptability in new features The new covert cameras al...
In 2016, US safety and security drone sales totalled $90 million. This includes products and services that are utilised by both commercial and consumer end users, but excludes any military drone use. Safety and security sales are just one segment of the larger drone market, accounting for roughly 20% of the total commercial drone market in 2016. Despite the initial hesitance among end users to adopt safety and security drones, sales for these products and services are expected to see stellar growth opportunities over the next several years. Over the short term, safety and security drone sales are expected to nearly double by 2019, reaching $250 million. Between 2019 and 2022, sales are expected to see explosive growth and increase more than fourfold. Long-term growth prospects are also bright with sales projected to increase nearly sevenfold in the six-year period between 2022 and 2028. Acceleration of drone sales The key factors driving the rapid growth in the safety and security drone market are: Rapidly spreading awareness of the capabilities and benefits of commercial drones, including the option to integrate drones into existing security systems and services to provide actionable intelligence; Declining equipment costs as economies of scale continue to allow manufacturers to produce equipment more efficiently, and as broader demand for sensors and specialised equipment eases current supply shortages, making drones a more affordable option for potential end users; Ongoing development into more specialised solutions in all segments of the industry, which will help address customers’ key needs and provide additional applications for use; Expanding capabilities of drone systems to quickly and efficiently gather crucial data for safety and security applications; Evolving industry regulations that will help remove grey areas in the legality of operation and encourage wider adoption among potential end users who may otherwise hesitate due to liability concerns; Desire among end users to reduce labour costs and rely on more highly-automated, often more-accurate systems; A myriad of ways to leverage drone technology to complement existing electronic security systems, such as tethering drones to safety and security unmanned ground vehicles.
Johnson Controls introduces the Illustra Flex 3MP Compact Mini-Dome, a hard-working, outdoor quality day/night camera that can produce HD-quality images in low light conditions, and is small enough to fit seamlessly into discrete settings, whether it’s a retail store, bank, or healthcare facility. Illustra Flex 3MP Compact Mini-Dome Like other Illustra Flex cameras, the 3MP Compact Mini-Dome goes beyond H.264 and H.265 for bandwidth management via its powerful Illustra® IntelliZip compression technology that monitors and then adjusts system streaming parameters to match the level of activity in the camera’s field of view. IntelliZip also optimizes the bitrate when activity ceases to reduce network bandwidth and video storage needs. Advanced VideoEdge® TrickleStor technology enables edge-based video recording, even in an outage. The camera will automatically detect interruptions between it and the NVR, record the video to its SD card, and seamlessly transfer video to the NVR’s hard drive for uninterrupted viewing once power is restored. Reduced installation costs The factory-focused Flex 3MP Compact Mini-Dome is powered by Power over Ethernet (PoE) which reduces installation costs by eliminating the need for power cabling. Use of free Illustra Connect software makes configuration a quick and easy process. Installation time is further reduced through the use of remote firmware upgrades. The Flex 3MP Compact Mini-Dome joins the rest of the Flex family in adhering to the rigorous standards of the Tyco Security Cyber Protection Program (CPP).
The CMD3-AHD camera is built to blend into corners to ensure maximum area coverage UK-based CCTV manufacturer ITS Products Limited announced an addition to their range of anti-ligature high-security cameras. CMD3-AHD analogue high definition camera The new model, the CMD3-AHD, is the company’s first camera to feature analogue high definition and joins the existing IP and analogue models to complete a comprehensive offering. The three cameras are aimed at end-users in establishments that have the challenging task of balancing security with duty of care to detainees or patients. The CMD3-AHD delivers exceptional images at up to 1920x1080p resolution. The unit includes covert infrared illumination to ensure that it can capture pictures regardless of room lighting conditions. “We always listen to what our customers and end-users are telling us” said Director Martin McCarthy. “AHD was beginning to feature more and more in the high-security market with our UK and overseas clients. We felt the time was right to introduce an analogue high-definition camera to complete our product range. These cameras are installed at sites where there can be many stakeholders including regulatory bodies, independent inspectors, and staff representatives as well as the more traditional user. It’s critical that the products should address everyone’s needs and concerns.” AHD avoids risks associated with cabling disruption and allows high-definition images to be recorded Facility security The CMD3-AHD will benefit customers wishing to move to high-definition video but for whom re-cabling is not an option whatever the reason. High-security facilities such as police custody suites or secure mental health hospitals simply cannot have new cabling infrastructure fitted in many instances either because of the risk inherent with possible behaviour of occupants or due to the fabric of the building and estate. This can frustrate installers as there is always a demand to increase video quality in any market. AHD avoids risks associated with cabling disruption and allows high-definition images to be recorded. As with the rest of the CMD3 range, the camera is built to blend into corners so ensuring it can capture the maximum area in the room. This is something a traditional CCTV dome cannot achieve. The design minimises ligature points and is highly resistant to malicious attack. The unique CMD3 solutions can be found in some of the most challenging environments around the world. Custodial and healthcare professionals fully understand the seriousness of the daily challenges they face and know that the ITS Products range can solve many of these demands while at the same time not introducing new hazards.
AvonAir is interoperable, cost effective, and able to protect users from CBRN threat environment The last decade has demonstrated that the nature of threats to international security has changed significantly. Challenges such as terrorism, cyber-attacks and nuclear proliferation have created an entirely new security environment. Avon Protection deliver’s customised end-to-end security solutions and respiratory protection products, all underpinned by expert analysis, innovation and operational experience, to meet the changing chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threat environment. They have 130 years of experience in respiratory protection across the military, law enforcement, first responder, fire-fighting and industrial sectors worldwide and are soon to launch a new product range designed for the new threat environment. AvonAir adapts to changing operational conditions The new AvonAir range is the first adaptive powered air system capable of being configured to match changing operational conditions and includes the EZAir+ power module, the FM54 mask, the MPPAPR and the CSPAPR. The products are interoperable, cost effective, and able to protect users from a broad spectrum of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) situations – from small scale chemical spills or incidents at major events through to full defence solutions - to meet the new and changing needs of the specialist user. Commenting on the new product range, James Wilcox, Global Director of Marketing said, “After 5 years of development, working alongside the end-user community, Avon has produced the next generation of modular CBRN respiratory protection. Our focus on providing the wearer with lighter, modular and fully integrated solutions is evident in the AvonAir range. In addition the ability for customer to configure systems depending on operational needs dramatically lowers their cost of ownership and maintenance.” argus P Type covert camera exhibited at Eurosatory 2016 Avon’s range of handheld thermal imagers for fire-fighters, surveillance operatives, first responders and law enforcement officers are market leaders around the world. The argus P Type camera, designed for covert surveillance, will be used at Eurosatory to demonstrate how the heat signatures of people and objects can be used to detect hidden devices and voids. With the ability to detect a person up to 500m away, quick start operation (5 secs) to save time and battery life, and video and stills capability as standard, the P Type has many of the most advanced features available on any thermal imaging camera.
Tyco Security Products introduces the new Illustra Pro 2 megapixel micro camera series. This small, covert camera provides a low profile, high performance video solution. Discreet form and high definition video quality Ideal for ATMs, banks, hospitals, retail stores and other locations where a small camera is needed, the Illustra micro camera gives users a discreet form factor while also providing high definition video quality. The Illustra Micro camera delivers 1080p video at 30 frames per second for capturing clear details. The Illustra Pro micro camera series comes with a main unit, 20 foot cable and sensor units. This allows users the flexibility to easily install the small sensor unit in a specific, tight location while placing the main unit in another location out of sight. This Illustra camera offers several lens options for multiple fields of view including telephoto and wide angle lenses. The Illustra Micro camera features exceptional video quality in high contrasting lighting situations with wide dynamic range. Additionally, the cameras corridor mode function rotates to the most optimal image orientation with a 9x16 field of view aspect ratio. Covert surveillance “The new Illustra micro camera provides our customers with even greater flexibility with its covert size,” said Steve Carney, Senior Director, Product Marketing, Video and Integration Platforms, Tyco Security Products. “Unlike any other cameras in the Illustra Pro camera line, the introduction of this micro camera presents a solution that can easily blend into any environment for special applications where space is an issue.” Compatible with American Dynamics VideoEdge and exacqVision video management system (VMS) software and recorders, the Illustra micro camera can be easily configured into a video security system. The camera supports an on-board SD card for convenient video storage and video recording inside the camera with exacqVision Edge VMS software.
LILIN will display its latest products in video surveillance solutions at IFSEC India LILIN will be at the IFSEC India at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi, India from December 10th to 12th. We would like to invite you to visit the show and stop by LILIN Booth at #C49 to check out its latest products in video surveillance solutions for all verticals. LILIN Covert series IP camera IPC0122 enhances ATM security Security for banks and ATMs can be a real challenge when faced with a multitude of threats including physical attacks and fraud. LILIN Covert series IP camera IPC0122 provides miniature IP video surveillance to enhance ATM operations and security. IPC0122 covert IP camera delivers true high definition video, the camera streams clear 1080p at 30 frames per second while maintaining absolute low network bandwidth. IPC0122 camera is suitable for low bandwidth conditions without sacrificing the image quality. LILIN NAV VMS, Videonetics ANPR system integration LILIN is partnering with Videonetics to bring to the India market a well-thought-out number plate recognition technology. LILIN Navigator (NAV) VMS video management software integrated with Videonetics ANPR system is able to automatically identifies all the moving vehicle s in a scene by their number plates.
The height strip camera blends into the storeenvironment, conducting covert surveillanceundetected by potential criminals Video security systems could see a spike in Taiwan’s store security market, as more manufacturers start to release covert “height strip” cameras. These cameras offer an inconspicuous surveillance solution for Taiwan’s huge number of convenience stores, who are easy targets for criminals. One of the first things that potential criminals check for at their target stores or banks is where the security cameras are mounted, so they can avoid their faces being captured as evidence. Since the majority of surveillance cameras are ceiling-mounted, baseball caps or hoods are often used to avoid being caught on camera in a recognisable way. Capturing reliable facial images for identification is crucial to the security of stores and banks or any other business that can fall prey to criminals. Covert camera benefits for store security Specialty covert cameras such as height strip cameras provide a simple, yet discreet and cost-effective way to augment store security in small systems. As its exterior is disguised as a height strip, the camera blends in with the environment and its existence is unnoticed. In addition, such cameras are often placed by the exit, where fleeing criminals are most concerned about avoiding security cameras. Capturing reliable facial imagesfor identification is crucial to thesecurity of stores and banks orany other business that can fallprey to criminals VIVOTEK enters the height strip camera market This summer, Taiwanese security manufacturer VIVOTEK joined other big names, such as Axis, Honeywell and Verint in adding a height strip camera to its product offering. While it is not the first in the market to launch such a product, it has the advantage of being offered geographically within a large potential vertical market – Taiwan has the largest density of convenience stores in the world. Convenience stores: a vertical market, but vulnerable to crime According to 2014 statistics cited by China Times, a local news source, Taiwan has 10,000 convenience stores, or one for every 2,000 residents. These stores live up to their claims of convenience – catering their product offerings to their niche community, in addition to providing a wide array of services. These include mailing domestic and international packages, ATM banking, laundry service, and the collection of bills, traffic violation, tax and credit card payments. For instance, one convenience store located in Taipei 101, a must-visit for tourists, stocks up on pineapple cakes that are popular amongst tourists who take them back as souvenirs. Another located next to a duty-free store takes payments in Chinese Yuan, while those in scenic areas offer seating for customers to enjoy the breathtaking view while sipping store-bought coffee and nibbling on store-bought snacks. Since convenience stores are “alwaysopen”, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,even during the worst weather, theycan become easy targets for criminals.Moreover, convenience store productsare small and can be easily smuggledout of the shops without detection Statistics from 2005 ACNielsen Shopper Trends have shown that on average, out of a national population of 23 million, 80 percent of the Taiwanese urban household shoppers visit a convenience store at least once a week and 14 times a month. Since convenience stores are “always open”, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even during the worst weather, they can become easy targets for criminals. Moreover, convenience store products are small and can be easily smuggled out of the shops without detection. This makes height strip cameras ideal for optimising the video surveillance system within stores. Furthermore, all convenience stores currently have a height strip installed by the exit, so customers and would-be criminals may be so accustomed to its existence that they won’t suspect its true function. Height strip camera market potential Despite the large number of convenience stores in Taiwan, the market is not as fragmented as one might assume. Four major companies operate the convenience stores, with the exception of an isolated few. For instance, China Times reported that the convenience store industry leader owns approximately 5,000 stores, followed by 2,900 for the second largest, and 1,296 and 800 stores by the third and fourth largest, respectively. In other words, these are large projects not to be taken lightly!
Demand for covert cameras in the home has doubled in the last two years, according to one camera supplier. These additional “hidden” cameras are also increasingly being networked into home security systems, and installation of the newest covert IP cameras is do-it-yourself easy. Covert cameras appeal to consumers who don’t want the industrial look of video cameras disrupting their décor. They are also the latest variation on “nanny-cams” that keep watch while parents and/or homeowners are away. “The price has come down, and the products are becoming easier to use,” says Todd Morris, founder and CEO of BrickHouse Security, a direct-to-consumer and business-to-business supplier of security cameras. “Previously they were very hard to use and to install.” A covert camera catches what’s happening when someone in the home doesn’t know they’re being observed BrickHouse Security’s newest product, introduced at the ASIS 2014 show in Atlanta, is a remote-view hidden camera designed to be easily integrated with a complete home security system. Retailing at right under $200, the Observa camera sits unobtrusively on a bookshelf and looks like a Bluetooth-type audio speaker. The WiFi-enabled camera inside offers cloud-based video recording and storage and even infrared “night vision” technology to see in the dark. “There are two main reasons people choose a covert camera,” says Morris. “One is aesthetics -- they just don’t want a camera to stand out because it’s ugly.” (They also don’t want holes drilled in their walls, which isn’t necessary with WiFi connectivity.) Another reason is an extension of the “nanny-cam” concept. A covert camera in the home can provide additional peace-of-mind to working parents concerned about babysitters taking care of their children. The growing need for two-income households is driving demand. Video can also keep watch on the activities of maids, dog walkers, home healthcare workers or even someone who’s watering the plants. “It answers questions such as ‘Did they show up? Did they do what they said they would do? Did they do anything else?’” says Morris. A covert camera catches what’s happening when someone in the home doesn’t know they’re being observed. Other uses include monitoring vacation homes and keeping up with teenagers. Outside the home, video can provide an early warning of an intruder or prevent vandalism. Covert IP cameras are now pre-configured to be easy to install by a homeowner. Basically, installation involves plugging the camera in and pushing a WPS button that automatically links to a homeowner’s router, does a “handshake” and is connected to the cloud-based service. Customers are provided a secure user name and password in an email before the camera even ships. Everything is Web-based, and there are apps to access video via smart phones and tablets. Entry by Google (which now owns DropCam) into the home video camera market is good news because it helps to raise awareness, says Morris. “A rising tide lifts all boats.” He notes that companies from Google to local cable companies are advertising to promote the idea of video surveillance in the home. Covert IP cameras are now pre-configured to be easy to install by a homeowner Covert cameras are just part of a broadening range of video products available for the home market. Beyond the two models currently provided by DropCam, other manufacturers offer cameras for the home that have pan-tilt-zoom, can be installed outdoors, and are enclosed in domes. BrickHouse Security itself has more than 100 designs and does 60 percent of its business over the Internet. BrickHouse also sells to some dealers, and refers customers to dealers if they seek professional installation services. There are only two limitations on where a covert camera can be placed in the home. In the case of a live-in nanny or maid, the camera cannot be placed inside his or her bedroom (where they would expect privacy). Also, cameras cannot be placed inside bathrooms, although they can be placed outside a bathroom looking into the door. “Video inside the home is so much less expensive and easier to use,” says Morris. “There’s a massive influx of new people it is available to.”
More and more police forces in the EU are getting equipped with bodycams. Recently the State Police of Niedersachsen in Germany, the Police of Mechelen in Belgium and the Police in the Czech Republic have signed contracts for the supply of bodycams by Dutch company Zepcam. Body worn video (BWV) and body worn cameras (BWC) Body worn video (BWV) and body worn camera’s (BWC) improve the safety of law enforcement officers Body worn video (BWV) and body worn camera’s (BWC) improve the safety of law enforcement officers, increase transparency and supply video-evidence for criminal investigation purposes. Surveys in the US, where bodycams are used for years now, show that they de-escalate aggression or have a civilizing effect on police-citizen encounters, thus reducing complaints. Also, police forces want to use bodycams as a countermeasure against the public shooting more and more videos of incidents on their smartphones. Unlike public videos, footages captured by law enforcement can be admissible in court. Zepcam, bodycams supplier for police forces globally Zepcam already supplies bodycams to police forces in 15 countries like Switzerland, Germany, Hong Kong and The Netherlands. The Dutch company is global supplier in Europe, with clients in over 40 countries. It both manufactures and supplies the camera systems and the IT structure which automatically stores and processes the captured footages. Zepcam has seen and enormous increase in the use of bodycams by law enforcement in the past five years The State Police of German State Niedersachsen has ordered 500 bodycams in a 4-year contract. Zepcam has won this tender because its cameras and software platform made the best match with requirements of field users and the central IT department. The region of Mechelen is the first police zone in Belgium to deploy bodycams on a large scale. Zepcam was selected after a test period with 7 different bodycam suppliers. Video management software (VMS) integration The Czech Police in the Central Bohemian Region purchased Zepcam bodycams for law enforcement purposes. Also, the company will assist the police force to expand and integrate the new video management software in the management software that is used in over 80 locations in the Czech Republic. Zepcam has seen and enormous increase in the use of bodycams by law enforcement in the past five years. According to the company the cameras help reduce aggression and allow for better transparency. For instance, because situations tend to de-escalate when people know they are being recorded.
The North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) is the first Ambulance Service to trial body worn video cameras in a scheme that launches this week. Approximately 40 of the Trust’s frontline staff will be trying out the use of body cameras in a bid to offer them greater support against the rise of incidents of violence and aggression. Alan Gallagher, Head of Risk, said: “The health, safety and welfare of our staff are of utmost importance. We want to take every precaution possible to ensure that our employees are safe whilst at work.” NEAS staff adorn body worn cameras “Our staff are reporting more incidents of this nature and we are working closely with the police and other partners to respond to those perpetrators with warning letters and, where necessary, criminal action. From previous reports, we know that most of these circumstances happen away from CCTV covered areas so using body worn video cameras will mean that our staff can record evidence of abuse or assaults when they happen, such as when they are in a residential property attending to a patient." We will continue to work on measures to reduce assaults and liaise with police colleagues" "This move is designed to help us bring more prosecutions against people who put our staff at risk and reduce the assaults and abuse they are currently facing in the line of their work. There really is nothing more disheartening than being hurt by someone that you’ve gone to help, particularly when they already work in such challenging circumstances.” Fighting crime “We will continue to work on measures to reduce assaults and liaise with police colleagues to ensure action is taken following any criminal acts against staff or the Trust. We encourage all valuable NHS colleagues not to tolerate such behaviour.” The number of reported physical assaults on NEAS staff has increased by 23% compared to last year. The numbers of addresses across the North East flagged for the potential caution or violence has also increased. This sits against a backdrop of more than 350 prosecutions that have been brought for attacks on ambulance staff over the last year nationally. The scale of the problem is believed to be much greater. Emergency workers’ safety This follows a new law that was recently introduced, the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill, in which individuals who assault, or attack emergency workers will face longer jail terms if found guilty. The Bill was designed to recognise the debt of gratitude the public feels towards emergency services, and for the courage, commitment and dedication they show every day in carrying out their duties. Footage will be admissible as evidence in the court of law utilising Edesix VideoManager software platform Mr. Gallagher continued, “We welcome anything that will help to deter people from abusing or assaulting our staff and we hope that by reporting incidents and providing credible evidence where we can, courts might be able to be much tougher when sentencing those found guilty of assaulting and threatening our staff, prosecuting those people to the full extent of the law.” Edesix VideoManager software Footage obtained in the event of an assault or abuse will be admissible as evidence in the court of law utilising the features available in the Edesix VideoManager software platform. It will only be used for the purposes of providing evidence to the Police in any enquiry intended for the health, safety and protection of staff. The tamper proof cameras, software and support for the three-month trial have been provided free by Edesix. Richie McBride, Chief Executive Officer of Edesix commented, "We're pleased to provide the North East Ambulance Service with our cameras to enhance the protection of staff and to deter any aggressive behaviour towards NEAS workers."
Hikvision USA Inc., a global provider of artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics and other emerging technologies, along with video surveillance products and solutions, worked with Hikvision integrator TAS Electronics in New York to furnish a full-scale surveillance system for 'The Armadillo', a repurposed armored truck the Utica Police Department (UPD) uses to deter crime in the community. “When the decision was made to upgrade the Armadillo, the immediate concern was the camera system, because it is the lifeblood of any high quality digital video recording network. Knowing this, we demanded the best equipment available,” said Edward Noonan, deputy chief of police for the UPD. “Hikvision and TAS Electronics provided us with high resolution cameras that have the ability to see in the dark, and we can control these cameras remotely through an app on our smartphones with remarkably high resolution.”The Armadillo is a great example of our integrators collaborating with a local police department to deliver improved safety and security to their community" Improved community security Six Hikvision turret cameras and two Hikvision PTZ dome cameras were installed on the vehicle for comprehensive panoramic surveillance. To provide 65 days of video storage and recovery, TAS installed a 32-channel Hikvision Pro-Series DS-9616NI-I8 NVR with 12 TB of storage. Hikvision’s technology, combined with TAS’ expertise, resulted in a resource that improves crime monitoring and deterrence, making the streets safer for the citizens of Utica. “The Armadillo is a great example of our integrators collaborating with a local police department to deliver improved safety and security to their community,” said Alex Asnovich, Head of Marketing, Hikvision North America.
Using Predator Hybrid cameras, The Oracle security team can view all aspects of the shopping centre Looking to move to a totally IP surveillance camera network in the future but wanting to upgrade their current analogue cameras now, The Oracle shopping centre, Reading, is fulfilling both criteria—by installing the innovative Predator Hybrid camera from CCTV design and manufacturing company, 360 Vision Technology. Network cameras Opened in September 1999, the first phase of The Oracle was followed in November of that year by The Riverside, a stylish choice of restaurants, pubs, and cinema. The final phase completed the development in May 2000, which was officially opened by the Princess Royal. Along with The Riverside’s 22 restaurants, cafés, and bars, The Oracle’s 90 stores and shops increases Reading's retail outlet footage by thirty-three percent. Visitors to the centre can utilise its two large car parks, which provide 2,300 vehicle spaces. Securing such a vast retail space presents a challenge for the on-site security team at The Oracle. The team consists of a mixture of guards in public areas of the centre, and highly skilled operators working in the CCTV control room, from where they can view a network of over 300 static, covert, PTZ, and dome cameras.Visitor safety “As our security consultant of choice for many years, we have enjoyed a successful relationship with Zada Technology Ltd, in which time we have built a working relationship that has seen the installation of further cameras to our system,” explains Andy Salmon, Security Manager at The Oracle. “For the latest upgrade, we had some concerns about investing in analogue cameras, only to be faced with them becoming obsolete and having to replace them in the future when we upgrade our control to IP, which will happen in the next round of planned rolling upgrade programme.” Predator Hybrid camera “High-definition images from the Predator Hybrid cameras mean we don’t have to deploy our guards to every situation” “We specified the 360 Vision Technology Predator Hybrid to provide both analogue and HD functionality in a single PTZ camera,” explains Adam Parsonson-Smith, Technical Director at shopping centre security specialist Zada Technology Ltd. “It’s the perfect choice for use at The Oracle. This patent-pending technology means that when their installation moves to HD infrastructure, the Hybrid camera’s standard analogue 4:3 images can be replaced with a full HD 1080p output—at the flick of a camera switch and with no additional equipment required.”Predator Hybrid also features ONVIF compliant or 360SDK protocols for fast set-up and IP68 certification to ensure continued performance in the harshest of environments—all backed by 360 Vision Technology’s comprehensive 3-year warranty, and their design and manufacturing base in the UK.Identifying suspicious behaviour Using the new Predator Hybrid cameras, the Oracle security team can view all aspects of the shopping centre’s malls and its vast car parks, in HD quality. These high-definition images are a great improvement on the original images and assist the control room team to easily identify suspicious and anti-social behaviour. Better quality images also ensure that known offenders can be identified as soon as they enter the centre, and their behaviour monitored and recorded whilst they are on-site. This new, unparalleled HD overview of the entire centre allows security, management, and health & safety decisions to be made swiftly—based on a comprehensive visual summary of monitored situations. If a situation or incident requires one of the security team to attend, effective resources can be directed to the location via radio link from the control room. “High-definition images from the Predator Hybrid cameras mean we don’t have to deploy our guards to every situation,” explains Andy. “Using the new cameras we can monitor the situation and only deploy our manned guarding team if necessary—this frees them to perform other tasks and helps me as manager use the resources at my disposal for best effect and in the most economical way.” “The Hybrid camera’s standard analogue 4:3 images can be replaced with a full HD 1080p output” Cost-effective solution “Predator Hybrid’s designed-in seamless integration and simple set-up meant minimal installation time and therefore minimal disruption to The Oracle’s business trading during camera installation,” adds Adam. “This provided The Oracle management with the assurance and satisfaction derived from a quick camera changeover procedure and minimal downtime while the work was carried out.”The Oracle management team is now enjoying a future-proofed and cost-effective surveillance solution that is set to provide many years of continual service. The new 360 Vision Technology Predator Hybrid cameras are providing a highly-effective security and management tool—affording peace of mind to the millions of customers who visit The Oracle shopping centre each year.
Background Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) robberies, fraud, attacks, and vandalism are on the rise. Security for banks and ATMs can be a real challenge when faced with a multitude of threats including physical attacks and fraud. Established in 1986 in Taiwan, the bank has a history of 28 years of service to the local customers and facilitating growth in Taiwan. Solutions A well-known bank group in Taiwan decided to monitor and manage its widespread branch offices and ATM machines by using LILIN solutions. The bank recently upgraded the surveillance system at its 18 branches and 150 ATMs to an IP based video surveillance system consisting of more than 300 units of IPC0122 LILIN Covert Cameras and 150 units of NVR104s. Products installed 1080P HD Covert IP Camera IPC0122 x300 1080P Real-time Multi-touch 4 Channel Standalone Network Video Recorder NVR104 x150 Benefits LILIN NVR systems are embedded, they are recognised for their stability essential in the banking environments, whereas PC dependent solutions have a reputation for crashing without warning. Looking in more detail at LILIN covert ATM fitted IP camera systems which have been put in place at the bank in Taiwan, to support the effective monitoring of vital ATM related infrastructure. LILIN surveillance solutions provide 24-hour continuous monitoring of unarmed ATM machines and real-time monitoring of ATM machines 18 branch offices.
Infra Red CCTV cameras capture high quality images inside the bat caves where there is no scope for natural light In possibly the world's most remote installation, Raytec IR illuminators have been deployed deep in the remote bat caves of the Mulu National Park, Borneo, in a specialist eco surveillance project directed by Charles Tomas, CEO and Principal Security Adviser of CTG Security Matrix.The IR lights capture high quality images of the jungle wildlife in absolute darkness in the network of underwater chambers, providing covert surveillance without disturbing the unspoilt habitat. The images are then transmitted to a visitor information centre, located 3km from the caves, with fibre-optic cabling linking the two sites across the most challenging jungle terrain. The unique CCTV system, purpose built and installed by Australian Integrated Security, demanded the most high performance and rugged equipment to deliver premium image quality within such a harsh environment.The IR lights have to stand up to some of the toughest conditions found anywhere in the world - including high humidity (up to 99%), average temperatures of 30° and corrosive droppings from the millions of bats inhabiting the caves. The tough and robust nature of all Raytec illuminators made them the perfect choice for such a demanding project.The caves are so isolated that they can only be reached by a 35 minute plane trip from the nearest settlement, or a day-long river journey. The treacherous installation aided by the tribesmen of the National Park, required technicians to brave jungle conditions, raft state-of the art equipment down rivers and hoist it across perilous ravines, whilst swimming through snake infested waters daily just to access the site.Watch a short demo video of the IR lighting in the bat caves Following on from the previous success of a similar CCTV eco project by CTG in 2007, where Raytec IR was deployed in the Naradoorte bat caves in South Australia, the Mulu National Park bat caves project in Borneo has proven one of the most challenging remote CCTV installations ever attempted and took two-and-a-half years from concept to completion. Night shot of bats hanging in caves which was taken in complete dark through the Infra Red image capture technology Prior to the installation all the equipment was tested for its robustness and performance. In comparison to Raytec, alternative hardware had proved extremely disappointing when tested, highlighting the many challenges of filming small, fast moving targets in zero light conditions, such as bats and other creatures. CTG turned to specialist suppliers, including global lighting leader Raytec, and achieved amazing results with crystal clear full screen real-time images of objects no bigger than a tennis ball from a distance typically 120 metres away under pitch black conditions."With the system up and running it is now delivering real time video and audio with spectacular clarity," says CTG's CEO Charles Tomas. "The fact that Raytec's LED-based illuminators require zero maintenance and have a 10 year minimum product life means that they can be relied on to continue delivering exceptional images, making this ground breaking project possible." Mr Tomas adds that "Eco-surveillance is a growing specialism, and now using the latest surveillance technology from companies like Raytec, we can help push forward life-sciences and gain a better understanding of the natural world. Around the world, remote regions that are rich in wildlife can now benefit from tourist income, whilst protecting the environment from actual visitor disturbance." CTG is now preparing to use Raytec's RAYMAX Infra-Red illuminators for a series of similar projects.