Digital Video Recorders
VITEC, a provider of advanced video encoding and streaming solutions, announces it will showcase the latest capabilities for its award-winning EZ TV IPTV & Digital Signage Platform at ISE 2019 on Stand 14-M200. The chosen solution for sports and entertainment venues, enterprise, government, and military agencies in Europe and the U.S., EZ TV's comprehensive feature set enables any organisation to centrally manage and stream HD, low-latency, in-house feeds and TV channels, as well as create...
DW, the provider of digital recorders, surveillance cameras and related management software, announces the upcoming release of our 4MP MEGApix video analytics cameras. The new cameras — including fixed and varifocal lens turrets (DWC-MTT4WiA, DWC-MTT4Wi28, DWC-MTT4Wi36 and DWC-MTT4Wi6), vandal domes with fixed varifocal lens (DWC-MVT4WiA, DWC-MVT4Wi28, DWC-MVT4Wi36 and DWC-MVT4Wi6), and fixed lens bullet (DWC-MBT4Wi28 and DWC-MBT4Wi36) — offer a vast array of analytical solutions. A...
DW Complete Surveillance Solutions, the provider of digital recorders, surveillance cameras and related management software, announces the launch of our new 2U Blackjack X-Rack server. The DW-BJX2U is the latest addition to our Blackjack family, offering a high-end, high-capacity solution for enterprise scale applications. The Blackjack X-Rack comes with DW Spectrum IPVMS server installed for setup and configuration, and is recommended as a complete solution with one or more Blackjack NAS devic...
TeleEye, global supplier of video surveillance systems, is pleased to announce the introduction of Analogue HD DVR — JN6916, the latest addition to their analogue product line. Analogue HD DVR — JN6916 with 4K JN6916 brings a revolutionary enhancement to AHD digital video recorders. From SD to 4K, the whole system has to be overhauled during the installation, resulting in extra costs and disruptions to the daily operations. TeleEye’s JN Series is designed to overcome the diff...
The Milestone Husky X series is designed to unlock the full potential of Milestone’s XProtect video management software (VMS), offering remarkable performance and low total cost of ownership. All NVRs in the Milestone Husky X series utilise hardware accelerated video decoding for server-side motion detection to further increase performance and camera capacity – all that in hardware that is customisable and can be matched to specific functional, operational and budgetary requirements....
At Intersec this year, on stand SA-J31, Veracity will be demonstrating and launching COLDSTORE Colossus, the 4U, 45-bay, 630TB video storage solution. COLDSTORE Colossus is engineered to meet the long-term retention needs of the Middle East. The COLDSTORE family offers unique benefits including a 10x increase in hard disk life and power savings of 90%+. In fact Colossus, with 630TB and 45 disks, consumes less than 80W of power! This gives the COLDSTORE range not only enviable performance benefi...
Achieving another major milestone toward volume shipments of its pioneering HAMR (heat-assisted magnetic recording) technology, Seagate announces it has used its advanced HAMR technology to build and test the world’s first formatted and fully functioning 16TB enterprise hard drive platform in a standard 3.5-inch form factor — the highest capacity hard drives ever produced. Seagate is on track to grow beyond 20TB per drive in calendar 2020. Seagate is using this 16TB pre-release version of its HAMR-based Exos hard drive to run the tests customers commonly use when integrating hard drives into enterprise applications. The successful tests have confirmed the HAMR drives are plug-and-play and operate just as any other hard drive in standard enterprise application environments. Deployable storage capacity In today’s dawning Data Age, the hunger for greater storage capacity continues to accelerate, as data capture and creation at the edge proliferates No architectural changes are needed to integrate HAMR drives into current data centers and systems. Customers simply plug the drives in as with any other enterprise hard drive. In today’s dawning Data Age, the hunger for greater storage capacity continues to accelerate, as data capture and creation at the edge proliferates, and rapidly-evolving Artificial Intelligence applications demand access to ever-larger datasets to extract crucial learnings. Affordable, deployable storage capacity enables the digitisation of the world. Seagate has developed HAMR to enable the next big increase in the amount of data that can be stored on a hard drive. HAMR uses a new kind of media magnetic technology on each disk that allows data bits, or grains, to become smaller and more densely packed than ever, while remaining magnetically stable. Standard benchmark tests A small laser diode attached to each recording head heats a tiny spot on the disk, which enables the recording head to flip the magnetic polarity of each very stable bit, enabling data to be written. Seagate’s proprietary execution of HAMR technology will be delivered in the industry’s standard form factor, thus reducing total cost of ownership by getting a lot more terabytes (TB) into the same space as a conventional hard drive. Seagate Exos HAMR 16TB internal test unit “Seagate has begun running early Exos HAMR units through the full set of standard benchmark tests used to prepare and optimise each new hard drive product for deployment,” says Jason Feist, Seagate’s senior director of enterprise product line management. “Our testing has demonstrated the drives’ compatibility for enterprise systems that are being used today. No system level changes are needed to run the HAMR drives in these evaluations, or to deploy them in customer environments.” Power efficiency tests “The Exos HAMR drives run like all other drives in a standard suite of integration benchmarks. At this point in early testing, they’re meeting our expectations for how a drive should interact in each benchmark,” Feist explains. These new product-level HAMR tests provide further weight to the groundbreaking results from last year’s in-lab reliability tests “These are the same tests that customers use to qualify every new drive, including power efficiency tests, sg3_utils utilities that test SCSI commands to devices, standard smartmontools utility programs that will enable customers to characterise and compare HAMR drives in their environment right next to PMR drives, and several four-corners tests of reads, writes, random, sequential and mixed workloads.” These new product-level HAMR tests provide further weight to the groundbreaking results from last year’s in-lab reliability tests. Surpassing customer requirements In those tests Seagate HAMR read/write heads far exceeded industry standards for reliability and lifetime data transfer capability, surpassing customer requirements and standard hard drive specifications by a factor of 20. Combined with HAMR’s plug-and-play compatibility with standard systems, the results have further cemented customers’ confidence in HAMR’s readiness to launch into standard cloud and IT environments. “The HAMR technology we demo’ed last year is now being fully integrated into Seagate’s industry-leading high-capacity enterprise product portfolio,” says Feist. “We continue on track to deliver the future generations of Seagate Exos hard drives equipped with HAMR to achieve industry-leading areal density and capacity.”
From towers and moats to modern walls and wire mesh, physical perimeter fortifications have been around for millennia. Today’s technology brings us various types of electronic perimeter protection systems, mainly detecting or possibly preventing would-be intruders from crossing over into protected areas. Now, most traditional perimeter protection systems use active infrared detection. However, this type of detection method falls short in stability and reliability. Just before an intrusion happens, or while it is happening, traditional IR cannot make accurate predictions, and, lacking video data, it can be rather difficult to locate key alarm points. Furthermore, terrain, environment, and other factors often cause underreporting, false alarms, or other inaccurate results. Camera with built-in PIR detector The Turbo HD PIR Camera uses advanced video surveillance technologies to improve alarm accuracy and prevent intrusionsIn order to resolve these problems, Hikvision’s Turbo HD Passive Infrared (PIR) Camera uses advanced video surveillance technologies to improve alarm accuracy and prevent intrusions. As a result, perimeter protection jumps to a whole new level for residential areas, around factories, warehouses, schools and other settings. The most striking features of this camera are the rapid response rate and alarm accuracy when suspicious people cross established perimeters. The camera has a built-in PIR detector that captures infrared light given off by human bodies and distinguishes it from other visual ‘noise’. It can be equipped with Hikvision’s Turbo HD K series DVR’s motion detection to filter false alarms caused by moving targets without human body IR emission. This way, filtering false alarms reduces storage space and costs, and it also means more efficient post-event footage search. Intrusion detection and crime prevention Hikvision’s Turbo HD PIR Camera can be used with the Hikvision’s Turbo HD K-Series DVRs for perimeter protectionIn addition, the camera features a strong and immediate deterrent by producing a flashing white strobe light that serves as a warning signal to stop intruders. And with ultra low-light technology, the white light serves as supplemental lighting, enabling the camera to capture clear images of suspects as evidence when the alarm is triggered, even in extremely dark environments. Hikvision’s Turbo HD PIR Camera can be used with the Hikvision’s Turbo HD K-Series DVRs for perimeter protection, with both the intrusion warning function and its ability to keep an eye on monitoring areas in real-time with front-end devices. When an intrusion occurs, it can issue a warning immediately and notify security personnel to go right to the scene. In some cases, intruders will be deterred and leave – thus crime can be prevented, not just detected. The camera can support a broad range of perimeter protection and security system processes for pre-warning, warning in process, and evidence collection after an event. It has truly improved monitoring functions, surpassing the traditional ‘post-event investigation’ approach, and helps change perimeter protection from passive monitoring to active deterrence, protecting people and assets.
Arecont Vision Costar, the provider of network-based video surveillance solutions, announces the promotion of a key staff member and the addition of skilled new sales resources to improve customer and partner support across several international growth regions. The company, a business unit of Costar Technologies, Inc. is increasing its presence in Europe, the Middle East, and India through strategic hiring. The international sales organisation has its regional headquarters in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and is responsible for all worldwide Arecont Vision Costar sales and support activities outside of the Americas. Video management system The new Arecont Vision Total Video Solution and its component megapixel cameras offer valuable new choices to the market" “We are truly excited to promote and add these skilled and experienced team members and sales partners to both enhance our presence and deliver improved sales support to our end user customers, systems integrators, consultants, and technology partners,” stated Sanjit Bardhan, Vice President - International Sales, Arecont Vision Costar. “The new Arecont Vision Total Video Solution and its component megapixel cameras, video management system, video recorders, and cloud-based web services offer valuable new choices to the market, and our expanded team will help bring these products to our customers around the world.” Vineet Panwar has been promoted to Technical Director – International, leading all technical support activities across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, India, and Asia-Pacific. Mr. Panwar first joined the company in 2015, as Regional Technical Manager for the Middle East, Africa, and India. Experienced sales professionals The European sales organisation has added Sergej Piculin as Regional Sales Director. Based in Solvenia, Mr. Piculin’s responsibilities include the DACH and Benelux regions, as well as Eastern Europe and Russia. He rejoins Arecont Vision Costar from his most recent role at IndigoVision, and is a graduate of the University of Ljubljana. In the Middle East, Khaled Shehata has been appointed as Regional Sales Manager for the region. An experienced sales leader, Mr. Shehata previously served in similar assignments with Harco Group for Egypt and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and most recently at SNB Middle East FZC, Dubai. Successful sales career We look forward to recognising their success in supporting Arecont Vision Costar customers and partners in the future" Vani Jeevan has been added to the regional team as Inside Sales Manager – International. Since graduating with an MCA degree from India’s Osmania University, Ms. Jeevan has had a successful career in sales, customer service, quality assurance, and client management in assignments in India and most recently Dubai where she is now based. In India, the regional sales organisation has been enhanced with the addition of manufacturer’s representative Hikam Vision. Mr. Bardhan’s team also added Innowave IT Infrastructure Ltd. as regional distributor for the country. “These promotions and additions to the team bring new skills and capabilities to our entire international sales organisation,” said Mr. Bardhan. “We look forward to recognising their success in supporting Arecont Vision Costar customers and partners in the future.”
The security industry is driven by a constant stream of new innovations. However, innovation can have a negative knock-on effect when it leads to increased complexity, makes installation more complicated, set-up more confusing and operations more strenuous. It is a guiding principle that means every technical and software innovation is designed around the people who matter the most: installers, users, operators, integrators and IT specialists. UserFirst ensures every innovation not only advances the safety and security of people and property, but also makes the usability of the technology or software as smart and intuitive as the innovation itself. Enhanced user experience BVMS offers full scalability, enabling the expansion of video surveillance systems according to specific requirements UserFirst is a principle that Bosch believes will help drive innovation in the future because, as a company, they understand that advances in technology or software only become truly meaningful when they put the user at the centre of every innovation. The latest Bosch Video Management System 9.0 does exactly this. Originally launched in 2007, the Bosch Video Management System (BVMS) provides seamless management and interpretation of digital video, audio and security data transmitted across IP networks in over 17,000 installations worldwide. BVMS offers full scalability, enabling the expansion of video surveillance systems according to specific requirements and the management of up to 200,000 cameras. The system also features technology that keeps operations functioning even when Management and Recording servers fail, so it is resilient and can be trusted. With the release of BVMS 9.0, Bosch is putting the operator first with an enhanced user experience, and reduced storage consumption. Supports intelligent streaming BVMS 9.0 fully supports Intelligent streaming, an advanced technology developed to substantially reduce bitrates without compromising image quality. This intelligent data management technology is offered built-in as standard in the majority of Bosch IP camera portfolio. Enabled by the camera’s built-in video analytics, Intelligent streaming smartly adjusts encoder settings based on movement in the whole, or in sections of the scene, to achieve the most efficient bitrate. Besides cost-efficiency, BVMS 9.0 introduces a completely renewed graphical user interface (GUI), including a unified colour scheme Combined with built-in Intelligent Dynamic Noise Reduction and H.265 video encoding, bitrates can be reduced by up to 80 percent. As a result, security managers or IT managers can substantially lower their storage costs and network strain. Besides cost-efficiency, BVMS 9.0 introduces a completely renewed graphical user interface (GUI), including a unified colour scheme, whilst alerts, maintenance messages and notifications are clearly displayed in colour against a dark grey background. Improved levels of security This development improves the levels of security considerably having been designed to ensure the operator’s attention is directly drawn to objects or events of significance. An additional advantage is the improved contrast between text (alerts, messages and notifications), camera footage and background (controls and operator menus) which relieve eye strain and reduces operator fatigue. Another ‘UserFirst’ innovation of BVMS 9.0 to enhance viewer options is the ability to display individual alarm set-ups, whereby alarms can be sequenced in priority then automatically appear on-screen, providing the operator with a complete overview of a situation and the ability to react quickly by eliminating the need to search through a list view with multiple alarms. The ability to limit the amount of camera views (cameos) on a single screen also saves time, as it avoids operators being overloaded with information. New interface and enhanced controls BVMS Plus is recommended for the video management of mid-sized applications with up to 256 video channels which need the flexibility to grow Moreover, BVMS 9.0 improves mouse-based control of pan-tilt-zoom cameras via a straightforward drag and drop mode, which simplifies the pursuit of moving objects. This new interface and enhanced controls have been specifically designed around the user, improving effectiveness, reducing fatigue-related errors and improving security and safety. The introduction of BVMS 9.0 will coincide with the renewal of the license model. In addition to the existing licenses, BVMS Plus will be introduced to make it easier and more flexible to scale up and meet new demands and expansions as they happen. BVMS Plus is recommended for video management of mid-sized applications with up to 256 video channels which need the flexibility to grow. When customer needs exceed 256 video channels BVMS Plus can be upgraded to BVMS Professional (up to 2,000 video channels), or BVMS Enterprise (up to 200,000 video channels). BVMS 9.0 has been designed to offer users an increase in performance, the ability to substantially improve levels of security and intelligent, intuitive usability. A prime example of UserFirst thinking, from Bosch.
Seagate Technology plc, a provider of data storage solutions, announced a new SkyHawk Health Management feature at the 14th China International Exhibition on Public Safety and Security 2018 in Beijing. SkyHawk Health Management (SHM) is the industry’s first embedded drive monitoring software designed for data prevention, intervention, and recovery with Seagate’s Skyhawk & SkyHawk AI surveillance-optimized hard drives in Network Video Recorder (NVR) and Digital Video Recorder (DVR) environments. Developed by Seagate, SkyHawk Health Management was first launched last year and has seen rapid adoption by leading surveillance vendors including Hikvision, Dahua, Tiandy & Uniview. Integrating RAID RapidRebuild technology RAID RapidRebuild technology reduces system-level performance degradation so that the drive can be quickly brought back onlineSHM is built on proprietary AI algorithms that analyse drive parameters on an on-going basis and enable end users to manage the health life of the drive. With information on operating and environmental conditions, SHM recommends preventive measures and possible interventions depending on current drive health in order to help preserve customers’ critical surveillance data. SkyHawk Health Management now integrates RAID RapidRebuild technology. This exclusive Seagate technology helps the user rapidly extract the intact data from the drive before beginning a RAID recovery. Only the unreadable data from the drive is rebuilt using the traditional RAID method. Critically, RAID RapidRebuild technology reduces system-level performance degradation so that the drive can be quickly brought back online. Reducing outage risks “Already popular with surveillance vendors, this new version of SkyHawk Health Management integrates RAID RapidRebuild technology and can result in up to three times faster rebuilds, thus saving users lots of time and reducing outage risks. This gives vital peace of mind to customers seeking to protect data integrity in the RAID environment,” said Sai Varanasi, Seagate’s vice president of product line marketing. RAID RapidRebuild technology’s feature is available through SkyHawk Health Management on compatible surveillance systems
Johnson Controls announces the latest version of the victor and VideoEdge flagship video management solution (VMS). This release features an array of tools to improve analytic reporting and streamline device and user management across multi-location installations. The victor client on VideoEdge hardware platforms allows users to leverage high-performance video streaming, audio, video intelligence and an expansive feature set for improved real-time command and management. victor and VideoEdge VMS “This is a major step forward for our VMS platform in its ability to better suit system owners and stakeholders that appreciate the benefits of regular updates and other proactive maintenance,” said Jammy DeSousa, senior product manager, American Dynamics, Building Technologies & Solutions, Johnson Controls. “In the past, keeping up with the latest and greatest firmware and cyber practices, such as rotating passwords on an array of devices, like cameras and NVRs, could be a hugely cumbersome process. With version 5.3 we've greatly reduced that workload while adding capabilities for cyber security and policy compliance.” This latest release presents firmware and software management with enterprise bulk configuration that reduces the time and complexity associated with managing updates across enterprise deployments of Illustra cameras and VideoEdge recorders. Also included is the ability to efficiently manage camera and NVR passwords to adhere to cyber security policies, enriched by the new enhanced security mode which removes default accounts and requires the creation of new accounts and roles. Video analytics metadata visualisation Analytic functionality has been optimised with a new dashboard that displays important operational business intelligence from search results and visuals Analytic functionality has been optimised with a new dashboard that displays important operational business intelligence from search results and visuals for average occupancy, conversion rates, engagement rates and more. Analytic overlay and live people counter allow built-in tools for video analytics metadata visualisation by creating people counting areas and tallying entry and exit to those areas. VideoEdge NVRs VideoEdge NVRs now support H.265 streaming for efficient encoding in constrained environments, saving network bandwidth and storage costs. Further, NVR camera access permissions simplify the user interface by restricting camera access, effectively hiding cameras from operators who don’t need to see them. victor and VideoEdge offer powerful command and control to seamlessly synchronise video surveillance with access control, fire, intrusion and other systems into one powerful, intuitive interface and recording platform, allowing customers to manage their business more safely and intelligently.
According to IHS Market, it is estimated that there are over 60 million security cameras in the United States, and other reports say these cameras capture more than four billion hours of footage per week. Over the last decade, IP camera technology has dominated the conversation as it has provided users with a broad offering of enhanced image quality and features. With a large percentage of existing security systems relying on analogue, many end users looking for high definition (HD) video quality have been forced to take on a complete system overhaul. Infrastructure overhaul for HD video To make the switch, customers would need to change everything, from cameras to hardware to wiring– not to mention the lengthy installation process that would ensue. IP cameras also require higher Internet speeds and more cloud space. Whether constrained by budget, bandwidth or storage, many end users have been unable to adopt this new video surveillance method.Thanks to technological advancements within the security industry, HD over Coax offers a viable solution for integrators and end users alike Thanks to technological advancements within the security industry, HD over Coax offers a viable solution for integrators and end users alike. By utilising the current Coaxial cables, this offering yields high definition video, while requiring minimal infrastructure changes and is an optimal surveillance choice for security customers. Plus, with new advancements and updates being made frequently to this technology, there is a solution for every security need. The enhanced alternative of HD over Coax has been warmly welcomed in the security industry, thanks to its simple solutions and ever-evolving features. Many new analogue HD cameras are “plug and play,” able to connect directly to existing Coaxial cables. This eliminates the need for a complete system change, creating cost-savings for the end user and an enhanced video quality offering. Easy solutions for HD video As a result, integrators can cost-effectively upgrade their customer’s surveillance solution while using their legacy infrastructure, making it an attractive option for end users and an easy sell for dealers. Latency in video is another common issue with network-based camera systems, where even the slightest delay in video surveillance can hinder security response HD over Coax cameras themselves are always expanding and evolving to meet a wide array of security needs. With the introduction of fisheye and multi-sensor cameras, users now have a multitude of coverage options, not to mention the introduction of 4K bringing resolution options to the same level as IP. Some newer technologies are even touting 4K cameras paired with 4K digital video recorders (DVRs) made specifically for analogue systems. Longer cables grant transmission for up to 1600 feet, double the distance of standard analogue solutions, and triple that of IP systems. This single cable is able to transmit both HD video and audio. Recently, broadcast quality audio over Coax has become available in limited models, a substantial improvement over older analogue technology, which was unable to transmit audio. Stopping video delay Latency in video is another common issue with network-based camera systems. Even the slightest delay in video surveillance can hinder security response. IP cameras are forced to compress and packetise their video for transmission. The outcome of this is a reduced number of images per video, which in turn causes delay. HD over Coax on the other hand, delivers an unlimited amount of HD images in real time, with smooth motion and impressive clarity. Additionally, the point-to-point transmission delivers uncompressed video free of lag. Another touted benefit is that, unlike IP networked cameras, analogue systems provide a more secure video transmission. With so much sensitive information housed on a businesses’ network, adding another point of network access through an IP camera can create concerns for cyber security risks. HD over Coax delivers an unlimited amount of HD images in real time, with smooth motion and impressive clarity Preventing network hacking With HD over Coax, the physical connections between the camera and DVR prevent network hacking. By keeping the video surveillance system offline, security professionals are able to direct their attention to the physical threats at hand, rather than having to focus on deterring cyber security risks. One of the primary difficulties of deploying HD video solutions is the fact that many older systems utilise a wide variety of HD standards and platforms. To make matters more complicated, after HD over Coax was brought to market, manufacturers raced to create their own version of this technology. Today, the most popular proprietary standards are HD-CVI, HD-TVI and AHD. However, integrators and customers found that attempting to manage multiple HD technologies proved to be near impossible.Integrators and customers found that attempting to manage multiple HD technologies proved to be near impossible Diversifying surveillance through one DVR To combat these issues, manufacturers have introduced products with more flexibility to their portfolios. One example of this is the penta-brid DVR which grants the ability to seamlessly integrate multiple technologies deployed across one application. This means that systems with diverse camera brands and technologies, such as a mix of HD-CVI, HD-TVI, AHD, analogue or IP, can be connected through one DVR. For many end users with legacy analogue systems, penta-brid DVRs give them greater freedom to choose between a variety of solutions, rather than being limited to one option. With video resolution increasing, the space needed to store the footage is similarly rising. Penta-brid technology has been able to adapt to these evolving needs, giving users ample storage space to house the HD and 4K surveillance video with some of the newest models including H.265 compression. HD casino surveillance made simple For casinos, HD images are critical for identifying unauthorised personnel and unlawful behaviours to create a safe environment for guests and staff While HD over Coax is beneficial to many end users and integrators, those in the casino and hospitality markets find it crucial. With a combination of high profile guests, large amounts of cash on hand, constant crowds and strict industry regulations, reliable video surveillance is a must. Deploying new IP systems comes at a stiff price. When looking to upgrade their video surveillance, casinos must also be mindful of the installation process. When moving to an IP-based system, ripping out old wires and replacing them with new is the standard practice. This practice can be both disruptive and costly, not to mention gaming regulations require casino activities be monitored at all times so a complete system shutdown would result in revenue loss. This cost can be hard to justify, especially when the current legacy analogue system remains in working condition with only the lower image resolution to date it. For these scenarios, the most cost-effective option is to leverage the legacy infrastructure, replace the existing cameras with new devices, and reap the benefits that HD video has to offer without any lapse in security. For casinos, HD images are critical for identifying unauthorised personnel and unlawful behaviours to create a safe environment for guests and staff. HD over Coax cameras now offer the same resolution as IP cameras with a plug and play approach, that cuts down on expense without sacrificing quality. For businesses and applications that are unable to adopt IP technology, whether it be cost or time prohibitive, HD over Coax now features most of the same benefits IP has to offer without breaking the bank. By providing clear images in real time, maximising existing infrastructure, and affording cyber security benefits, HD over Coax provides an attractive solution for many end users and integrators.
Over the course of the past few months, I have discussed a myriad of topics, from Big Data, the Internet of Things and emerging video surveillance-use cases, to analytics, storage complexities and IT technologies like virtualisation and hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI). All of these trends have a significant effect on the security market, and in April they were highlighted in spades at ISC West. It’s great to talk about these trends but it’s far better to see how they are being leveraged in real-world applications. That’s really where we can all see the true value of new solutions and concepts. We’re lucky enough to work with some leading organisations that want others to benefit from their experience and I’m happy to have the opportunity to share two of these applications with you. Protecting educational facilities UCF has adopted advancements in technology, particularly video surveillance solutions, to help ensure stronger security on campus Educational institutions face an increasingly complex risk environment. Recent high-profile incidents emphasise these risks and magnify the vulnerabilities that educational facilities face. These incidents have led to more public demand for improved security solutions across campuses. The primary mission of these organisations is to deliver quality education to students, and they face the challenge of balancing between a highly secure facility and one that supports open interaction. The University of Central Florida is no different. This organisation, one of the largest universities in the country, has adopted advancements in technology, particularly video surveillance solutions, to help ensure stronger security on campus. Active shooter incidents In March 2013, UCF faced an active shooter situation in which a former student planned to pull the fire alarm in a residence hall and then attack his classmates as the building was evacuated. However, the shooter’s gun jammed, and as officers were closing in on the gunman, he took his own life. During the university’s response to the incident, accessibility to critical video data was a major issue. Educational institutions face an increasingly complex risk environment UCF had cameras in the area where the incident took place, but first responders had no way of viewing the footage without being at the physical location of the video recorder. At the time, UCF had a wide variety of standalone systems in place, including non-integrated video surveillance, access control and intrusion systems. As a result, there was no way to centralise video management, viewing and analysis. Upgrading from analogue systems Altogether, its security system consisted of older analogue platforms that were reaching end of life, 58 standalone servers, 12,000 access points and a wide variety of DVRs — all being managed in a siloed manner. UCF needed a solution that would allow officials to centralise system management, store video data more effectively and reliably, and enable the security team to deliver situational awareness to responders when needed. Security leaders sought a way to further modernise its security, surveillance, access control and IT infrastructure The university deployed an HCI solution, one that is optimised for demanding, data-intensive workloads like video surveillance. Using standard off-the-shelf server hardware, the system aggregates the storage and compute resources from multiple servers into a single unified pool that all cameras can access, which maximises performance and storage capacity utilisation. The platform also hosts the university’s video management solution, which serves as a centralised source to manage video and effectively protect its security data. Because of the growing demand for video across UCF's campuses — for both safety and business purposes — the HCI solution’s ability to eliminate the opportunity for data loss and easily scale were key components in its selection. Protecting air travel and airports In 2012, Charleston International Airport embarked on an ambitious upgrade project dubbed the Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Program. The $200 million initiative was designed to modernise and expand the facility to meet increased passenger demand. While the aesthetics and amenities of the airport were under construction, security leaders sought a way to further modernise its security, surveillance, access control and IT infrastructure. The IT and security teams needed to address the challenges of their existing standalone server environment, which included siloed systems, management complexity and high administrative and equipment costs. Charleston International Airport embarked on an ambitious upgrade project dubbed the Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Program Considering the high value of the airport’s video, security and IT data, it required a solution that could deliver reliable data protection, system resiliency and fault tolerance. The airport is required to store video for 30 days, but it seeks to expand its retention time to 60 days. Therefore, technology that can scale simply was key in the selection process. Storage system updates It also required a storage platform that could manage the demanding and write-intensive nature of its nearly 250 IP surveillance cameras — a challenging task for traditional video recorders. The airport deployed HCI appliances to better manage captured video data and expand its archive capability for video surveillance. Users rely on video to validate whether something did or did not happen - and this is essential in airports HCI surveillance solutions are designed to provide industry-leading resiliency. Even if multiple hardware failures occur, including an entire appliance, video management servers will remain online and recording, and any previously recorded video will continue to be protected and accessible. Reducing expenses and costs The solution also reduced total cost of operations by consolidating servers, storage and client workstations into one enterprise-class solution that is easily managed from a single user interface, without the need for specialised IT skills. These use cases demonstrate the value emerging technologies bring to these types of modern environments. And they show that solutions like HCI are no longer simply much-talked about technology trends. Video, IT and security data is critical to organisations of all types and they need to ensure their investment in capturing this data is protected. From a security standpoint, users rely on video to validate whether something did or did not happen. If that video data isn’t protected, they lose a very valuable investigative tool. That isn’t an option in today’s complex environment. That’s is why it is paramount to understand how new technologies can help expand current capabilities and evolve security operations. This can’t be left to chance.
There was a time when one of our biggest challenges was securing our physical assets, whether that was our people or our property from crime. We researched and deployed the very latest in video solutions, intrusion systems, fire alarms and access control devices, all in an effort to keep the bad guys out and the good guys safe, along with protecting our facilities from break-ins, robberies and countless other crimes. However, times are changing. No longer must we only be concerned about keeping intruders out of our buildings but now—off our networks. It should come as no surprise that cybercrime is one of the biggest threats organisations of all shapes and sizes face today. While attacks on major brands and Fortune 500 companies make headlines, there were purportedly 918 reported data breaches, compromising nearly 2 billion data records in just the first six months of 2017. Of those 918 breaches, 500 of them had an unknown number of compromised records. Some in the industry referred to not locating cyberattacks in a swift manner as a breach detection gap or dwell time Reducing breach detection gap Depending on your organisation, these cybercrimes and the investigation into them, may be handled by your IT department. However, considering the magnitude of these crimes, it now falls on the entire organisation, including the traditional security or loss prevention executives, to band together to combat these threats. One of the biggest challenges cyberattacks pose is timing. Often cyberattacks can go undetected for weeks, months or even years. Some in the industry referred to this timing as a breach detection gap or dwell time and is defined as the time elapsed between the initial breach of a network by an attacker and the discovery of that breach by the victim. To put that into perspective, the most recent Ponemon report on the cost of a data breach showed dwell time for malicious attacks has stretched to an average of 229 days—a long time for bad actors to be lurking around your networks. Many companies rely on heritage-based services offered by managed security service providers (MSSPs) Traditional cybersecurity measures We are familiar with traditional cyber lines of defence against these attacks like firewalls and anti-virus software. While these solutions are effective at identifying and potentially stopping known forms of malware and viruses that are attacking companies every day, they are blind to signatureless and zero-day malicious activity. Unfortunately, this trend does not show signs of letting up as internal security processes are having trouble keeping up with increasingly sophisticated land pervasive threats. Many companies rely on heritage-based services offered by managed security service providers (MSSPs) that use security information and event management (SIEM) software, or intrusion detection systems/intrusion prevention systems (IDS or IPS respectively) to monitor networks for malicious activities on a continuous basis. However, these activities are based on known threats where a valid signature of the cyberattack or system logs are available and used to analyse activity. They then provide security alerts to the client and generate reports for compliance purposes. This form of alerting often generates an overwhelming number of notifications causing what is coined in the industry as ‘alert fatigue’ making it hard to weed out what is important from what is not. Managed detection response uses a combination of advanced technology and expert human analysis to combat cybercrime Managed detection and response The Ponemon Institute found that companies spend an average of 21,000 hours each year analysing false negative/false positive alerts trying to detect and contain cyberattacks. This translates to approximately 17,000 security alerts in a week of which only 4% were deemed reliable and investigated. This can potentially waste nearly $1.3 million per year on investigating and managing inaccurate data. Based on this overwhelming challenge, it’s time for organisations to look at improving real-time threat detection and incident response capabilities beyond standard security screening and compliance requirements. In addition to the services provided by an MSSP, it would be wise to add or layer a managed detection and response (MDR) service to your arsenal of cyber defence weapons. An MDR analyst can replay the event allowing him to dig deeper into the incident and determine remediation steps Identifying real threats with MDR services MDR services use a unique combination of advanced technology and expert human analysis. Equating MDR services to traditional physical security devices, it is more like having a DVR, where an analyst can go back and replay the incident on the network via packet capture technology. Event logs and signatures by themselves don’t provide visibility and detail. Traditional cyber defences act like a conventional alarm system. The alarm sounds and a notification is sent, but there is no context or detail about the incident and it is up to the recipient to determine if the alarm is valid, what exactly happened and what to do about it. With packet capture on the network, an MDR analyst can replay the event allowing him to dig deeper into the incident and determine remediation steps. This approach helps quickly identify real threats to the business, provides remediation specifics for timely resolution, and significantly cuts through the false positive noise so security teams can focus on the things that matter. Efficient incident management MDR services only notify clients after the incident is verified. The notifications provide granular detail of the scope and severity of an attack with recommendations for quick containment and response. MDR services offer 24/7/365 continuous monitoring of customer network data, provide analysis of the data to add context to the event and notify the customer of the incident. With MDR services, clients have direct communication with the security analyst and rely less on using an alert portal With MDR services, clients have direct communication with the security analyst and rely less on using a portal for alerting, investigations, case management and workflow activities. Because MDR services rely on advanced tools and human analysis, they are more apt to uncover malicious activity that has breached the first line of defence and can reduce the time from infection to detection to minutes rather than months. Combating cybercrime with secure networks To sum it all up, MSSPs focus on perimeter devices like firewalls, or IDS/IPS and SIEM and provide device management such as updating firewall rules, anti-virus software and compliance reporting. They are typically used to supplement internal IT or security teams. An MDR service concentrates on detecting threats that have penetrated the perimeter. MDRs deliver threat notification and remediation guidance. While both solutions provide value to their clients, their basic areas of focus are different. Cybercriminals are becoming more coordinated in their efforts to steal our data, disrupt our operations and damage our brands. It is time that we coordinate our efforts across the entire organisation to combat them.
One of the biggest recent security divestitures in the news was the sale of Mercury Security to HID Global, which occurred around a year ago. The seller in that transaction was ACRE (Access Control Related Enterprises), also the parent company of Vanderbilt and ComNet. We recently spoke to founder and CEO Joe Grillo, a 30-year industry veteran, about the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) market, ACRE’s future, and new opportunities opened up by the Mercury sale. Q: What’s new with ACRE? Grillo: We have an opportunity to have organic growth and to have some scale on a global basis to be a decent size player" ACRE is a company I founded in 2012, and since then we have had six acquisitions and one divestiture. We’ll never focus on ACRE as a brand, but we currently have more visibility of ACRE as a parent company with our two strong brands, ComNet and Vanderbilt. Last year was a very busy year [with the sale of Mercury Security to HID Global] because it takes as long to sell a brand as to buy one, maybe more so. Q: What’s next? Grillo: What you are seeing from us this year is that we are again in a buying mode. No announcement yet, but we expect one by the end of the year. We are well-funded, have great partners, and see an opportunity to continue to grow acquisitively as our highly fragmented space of access control continues to consolidate. From the standpoint of ACRE, with the ComNet and Vanderbilt brands, we are also doing more integration on the backside – not what the customer sees. We will continue to grow toward a $200 million business. We were there when we owned Mercury, and we will get there again. We have an opportunity to have organic growth and to have some scale on a global basis to be a decent size player. Because ACRE are owned by a private equity company, we are brought into every opportunity: ComNet is a good example" Q: Do you see the M&A market being more competitive – more companies looking to acquire? Grillo: There’s a lot of money chasing not-so-many deals, so evaluations can get expanded. But as interest rates creep up, it is definitely a challenge to find the right valuation, the right financing and the right strategic fit. It is a very strategic market. Q: There have been some big acquisitions lately. Were you guys involved at all in evaluating those opportunities? Grillo: Because we are owned by a private equity company, we are brought into every opportunity. An example of that was ComNet. I would not have been aware that the founder passed away two years ago and that there was this opportunity to own the business. So we look at everything; anything that’s out there we look at. The biggest recent announcement in our world was S2 (being sold to UTC/Lenel), and, yeah, we looked at that. It didn’t fit our profile – it was too expensive. Great business, and it’ll be interesting to see how it fits into the UTC environment. There was also Isonas [which was recently sold to Allegion], but the size didn’t add enough scale, but I like the technology. ComNet sells communication networking solutions and products, which is more attractive than video systems for ACRE Q: So what are you looking for in an acquisition? Grillo: It’s hard for us to find something that moves the needle, and you have to find that right balance. Is it something we can digest and have the financing for, and also is there room on the back end? We are private equity-owned, so we know there will be an exit for our investors, too. So we have to find the right balance, good valuations, the right size and digestible. If you look at our acquisitions, we have done two “carve outs.” The Vanderbilt name didn’t exist until we bought the business from Ingersoll Rand, and then we bought the [intruder] business from Siemens. That’s how Vanderbilt came about. You get a lot of value when you carve out a business, but there’s a lot of work. In the case of Mercury or Access Control Technology (ACT) that we acquired; they were growing and profitable but they stretch your finances a lot more. So you have to find the right mix in there. Q: Does video interest ACRE at all? Grillo: We have to find the right balance, good valuations, the right size and digestible"ComNet is our video play. ComNet sells communication networking solutions and products, and 70 to 80 percent of that is used for video systems. But unlike cameras, which don’t interest us, it’s actually good margins, highly specialised repeat business and with good channel partners. So where are we going to play? Cameras – no (because of commoditisation). We have some recorder technology (from the Siemens acquisition) and we have the communication networking technology (with ComNet). On the software side, we have looked at a lot of the VMS companies, and a lot of them have been on the market. But the valuation expectations can be high because they are software companies. And we really believe in partnering as a good thing, too. If we integrate to Milestone or Salient or some of these companies, we will never lose an access control client because they chose a particular VMS. Q: ACRE is also looking to grow organically, isn’t it? Grillo: From a technology perspective, we are a product company and we are continuing to bring new products to the market with the ComNet communication networking business and the access control business. And in Europe, we have a third leg of the stool, which is the very successful intrusion and burgular alarm business we acquired from Siemens (SPC products now sold under the Vanderbilt brand). That business continues to do well and is now one of the highest performing segments in our portfolio.The intrusion and burgular alarm continues to do well and is now one of the highest performing segments in our portfolio" Q: But you don’t have to own a company to make it part of your solution. Grillo: An important word is integration. We have to integrate to all the wireless locks. We have to integrate to the VMS systems. But we don’t have to own them. Q: How has the Mercury Security divestiture impacted the rest of your business? Grillo: It has opened up the opportunity for us to look at Mercury partners as possible acquisition targets without worrying about conflicts with the very good business of Mercury. We have more flexibility now compared to the Mercury era. Q: How will the economic cycle impact the security market? Grillo: Interest rates are a much bigger issue than the overall economic cycle. We talk a lot about it with our owners – clearly interest rates are tightening up. If you go out to do acquisitions or to borrow money to do something with your business, it will be tougher than it was two years ago, and it may get worse in the next two years. Security is less impacted by the economic cycle than some industries.
Change is happening at MOBOTIX, and the German company wants to get the word out. “This company has been around since 1999, and people still give us a blank stare because they don’t understand what’s behind the curtain,” says Joe Byron, Vice President Sales Americas, MOBOTIX CORP. “As we gain visibility, people really want to know ‘what’s going on over there?’” There’s a lot going on. A new CEO, Thomas Lausten, who joined the company last year, is a former Milestone employee who brings with him the Milestone philosophy of open systems. It’s a culture shift for MOBOTIX, which has historically favoured closed systems. “We needed a new leader to take us to the next level,” says Byron. “Thomas brings an open-platform mentality. He listens to a variety of opinions – from end users, architects and engineers, and MOBOTIX employees – before formulating a smart decision. That will take us to the next level.”MOBOTIX has been well ahead of the industry’s technology curve, and several early innovations have recently become more common The MOBOTIX ecosystem Over the years, MOBOTIX has developed a unique “culture” that has many rabid devotees; some say it’s the security industry’s version of tech giant Apple. “MOBOTIX has many loyalists, who are enthused about the products and the culture,” says Byron. “We can build on that with a new level of products, more excitement and a new direction.” In addition to a new CEO, MOBOTIX will soon have a new chief technology officer (CTO), Hartmut Sprave, who will be joining this summer. Providing “fresh eyes on the subject” and an outside perspective from the IT industry will drive further innovation. “We don’t want to be on the bleeding edge, but on the cutting edge, and know the audience and its needs and challenges,” says Byron. MOBOTIX’ existing technology mix provides a foundation as the company makes the transition. In some cases, MOBOTIX has been well ahead of the industry’s technology curve, and several early innovations have recently become more common. An example is MOBOTIX’ decentralised system approach with edge-based recording. Tradeshow successes Products highlighted by MOBOTIX at the recent ISC West show included the M16 AllroundDual Multisensor IP camera, S16 DualFlex IP camera and the Q26 Hemispheric 360-degree panoramic IP camera for indoor and outdoor applications. MOBOTIX Management Center (MxMC) 1.8 can change the camera settings on 80 cameras at a time. MOBOTIX IP Video Door Stations can interface with iOS and Android smartphone apps. “We have had so many things in place over so many years that people haven’t known about,” says Byron. He argues that MOBOTIX’ emphasis on technology development sets it apart from some camera companies in the U.S. market. Joe Byron, Vice President of Sales, and Ashley Grabowski, Regional Marketing Manager, at ISC West 2018 “People have been let down in the U.S. market with cameras that have been over-marketed, over-reaching and have little substance,” he says. The German engineering of MOBOTIX products and systems provides an antidote to the technology void, he says. “They are looking for the substance, and that’s what we have,” says Byron. What was missing – until now – was the “layer of integration” with other systems in the market, contends Byron. That separated MOBOTIX from the rest of the industry.MOBOTIX offers cybersecurity features that pre-dated the current industry obsession, such as HTTPS/SSL encryption in recording and playback video “But now we are an open platform, and we have these features sets and are the best of both worlds,” he says. “We can align with technology products and bring MOBOTIX to the masses. It’s a matter of listening to customer challenges and formulating a path to meet those challenges.” The fruits of that open system approach were on display at ISC West. The MOBOTIX booth featured integrations with ClearSite, Omnicast by Genetec, Konica Minolta and Mx-MSP by APB Technology. Other MOBOTIX technology partners include Avigilon, Bosch, Exacq, Gallagher, IndigoVision, Lenel, Milestone, Pelco by Schneider Electric, Salient Systems, Verint and Video Insight (Panasonic). Targeting local markets Another change under the new leadership is more flexibility to address the needs of local markets. “We need to be aware of our audience in the Americas,” says Byron, “and how approaching the market and the product mix may be different. We have the ability to create what we need here to be successful.” One particular concern in the Americas market is cybersecurity, and MOBOTIX offers cybersecurity features that pre-dated the current industry obsession, such as HTTPS/SSL encryption in recording and playback video. “We already have it, but we have never broadcast it to the masses,” says Byron. “We have the substance but haven’t communicated it.” Looking to enter the government market, for example, MOBOTIX faces the important requirement to be “IA compliant.” The company qualifies as IA (information assurance) compliant but just needs to go through the process of getting the “rubber stamp.” “We have so much under the hood when it comes to our products,” says Byron. He says MOBOTIX’ Internet of Things (IoT) approach can meet any end user challenges. “We can be all things to all people, if they truly get to know us. We just need to develop a vehicle to allow customers to communicate with us: What is the challenge? Nine times out of 10 we can meet that challenge with one of our cameras.”
As the dust settles after ASIS 2017 in Dallas, most agree it was a good show. It was different in some respects from previous shows, but several of the changes seemed to work well. Launching the exhibition on Tuesday instead of Monday was a big hit, and who could fault the idea of happy hour drinks on the show floor? Attendance may not have broken records, but end user VIPs were among the crowd, and foot traffic held up fairly well, even on the final, shortened day. STANLEY Security virtual reality experience What the show lacked in big, new product announcements, it made up for in an abundance of industry buzzwords, such as virtual reality, Internet of Things, cybersecurity, and artificial intelligence. Virtual reality (VR) is among the “enhanced” security solutions highlighted by Stanley Security at its ASIS booth. The interactive “virtual reality experience” provides training for critical response situations, such as active shooter, security assessment and suspicious behavior, and fire safety. The trainee wears VR goggles and holds two controller wands to “teleport” and to interact with elements within the environment, which can be customised to an end-user’s specific site. The system provides realistic training scenarios to improve decision-making and reduce human error – I tried it out and managed to escape a fire. Stanley is partnering with HTX Labs to provide the system, previewed at ASIS 2017 and available in three to six months. Another theme at the Stanley Security booth was an emphasis on internet of things (IoT) management and monitoring, specifically a system that monitors a system’s health and event status at a very deep level. Continuous automated oversight of a customer’s system reduces downtime, enhances safety, lowers costs, and delivers automated proof of compliance to standards. The system analyses and monitors performance on a constant basis and is customisable. Stanley partners with Viakoo to provide the cloud-based system. Cybersecurity challenge Cybersecurity was emphasised at many ASIS booths, reflecting growing concerns in the industry and a realisation that cybersecurity is a shared challenge among manufacturers, integrators and end users. An example was the CyberVigilant system from IndigoVision, which monitors an IP video network and picks up anomalies that point to cybersecurity risks. The patented system combines IndigoVision’s IP expertise with specific knowledge of a site’s cameras, NVRs and workstations. It can detect anomalies such as unauthorised configuration access attempts, network reconnaissance/scans, device access from unauthorised clients, shell access, use of unauthorized DNS, NTP and SMTP servers; and denial of service (DoS) attacks. The interactive “virtual reality experience” provides training for critical response situations CyberVigilant is incorporated into IndigoVision’s new Control Center 15.0 software release, which also includes Control Center Mobile and artificial intelligence powered by BriefCam. Potential impact of deep learning and AI Software improvements were also a theme, including, for example, Open Options’ release of Version 7 of its DNA Fusion “flagship” access control software, which embraces an open platform using Mercury access control panels. The system integrates with more than 30 technology partners (to date), including manufacturers of intelligent locks, video management systems, critical communications, elevator systems, and other solutions. Features include an updated user interface, and operation reminiscent of the familiar Microsoft look and feel. A differentiator is a “drag-and-drop” capability, allowing customers to “drag” an access level and associate it with an individual cardholder or a group. The potential impact of deep learning and artificial intelligence (AI) is just now working its way through the market. Video companies like IDIS are evaluating AI and developing systems to implement it, likely in the next few months (in time for ISC West?) “We want to make sure our AI-based video analytics meet the needs of the market,” says Josh Keaton, IDIS America regional sales manager. He says much of the early implementations of AI are aimed at showcasing a company’s capabilities rather than solving real-world problems. IDIS’ Deep Learning Analytics (IDLA) engine, still being developed, is built on 2.6 million images of people, buses, and vehicles, and the company will seek to double that number going forward and to broaden the categories. “The founders of IDIS have a background in video analytics and AI, so we are committed that when our AI hits the market, it will serve the real world,” says Keaton. “The idea of deep learning is that you can look at a scene and natively understand how the pattern has changed,” he adds. “You can’t categorise everything; the camera has to learn.” Transport, enterprise and smart cities Some of the companies seeking to leverage the power of the ASIS show did not have booths on the show floor. Some players, such as VidSys, met with end users and integrators in meeting rooms in the adjacent Omni hotel. (VidSys was also a partner in the Motorola booth.) “It’s the largest turnout we have ever had,” said Neil Chung, VidSys vice president, systems and solutions engineering. IDIS’ Deep Learning Analytics (IDLA) engine contributed to the high profile of artificial intelligence (AI) at the show The converged security and information management (CSIM) company was highlighting a suite of video and big data analytics capabilities added to their system through a partnership with Micro Focus. The AI system works “in the background” to characterise and filter out anomalies (false positives) to alert customers only to situations that require attention. VidSys focuses on large transportation, commercial campus/enterprise customers, and smart cities, where they interface with a variety of sensors. “The most excitement is over our social media integration and how external events can affect their business,” says Chung. In addition to security and other internal systems, VidSys can monitor outside sources, such as RSS and Twitter feeds through technology partners such as DataMiner. “If an event happens near a customer facility, we can use our business rules to notify them. People are realising that there’s more information outside the systems that they control, and they want to start taking advantage of it.” The move to road shows Another company not exhibiting at ASIS 2017 was Lenel Systems International, which is redirecting the marketing funds from exhibiting at ASIS to a series of “road shows” to spread the word about what’s new with the company. I caught up with Ross McKay, Lenel’s Global Director of Product Management, who provided an update. Lenel’s new OnGuard release (v7.4) is coming in December, including a thin client monitoring app, the newest element in a trend toward operating OnGuard through mobile devices. “We are at a tipping point,” says McKay. “Customers can do the job without being behind a desktop. Guards can do their jobs while mobile.” The concept of a centralized control center is being questioned, and security operations are becoming more decentralised and device-independent. “The thick client is dying,” he says. “They will coexist for the immediate future.” OnGuard v7.4 The next release of OnGuard will also proactively support customers’ move to the cloud. Customers want to be able to put physical security servers in the cloud (such as Microsoft Azure). “The thin client and the cloud story – the webisation and the cloudisation of OnGuard -- go hand-in-hand,” says McKay. The changes are driving adoption of OnGuard into a lower tier of customers (small- and medium-sized businesses), although the enterprise will continue to be Lenel’s main market. A full SAAS solution is forthcoming in April 2018.) Lenel will also be releasing a new version of the Blue Diamond mobile app, which leverages Bluetooth technology to enable a mobile phone to serve as an access control credential. The new version will enable favourites, allow nicknaming of doors, and quick-connect to favorite doors to simplify operation. Despite the shift in marketing approach, McKay says Lenel continues to be a big supporter of the ASIS show. “ASIS is alive and healthy and will continue to be vibrant, continuing to reinvent itself,” he says. Attendees at this year’s show would likely agree.
The first Starbucks coffee house opened in in Moscow in 2007 and in ten years the chain’s growing popularity across Russia has seen more than 100 outlets open. There are now several different store formats including classic coffee shops located in shopping centres; stand-alone stores characterised by open vaulted ceilings; smaller kiosk outlets; and drive-through outlets where customers can buy fragrant coffee and fresh-baked goods round the clock without leaving their cars. Following a survey of the latest solutions AVIX recommended IDIS technology as the best option for reliable, scalable video that could be remotely accessed via PCs and mobile devices. Maximum design IDIS Solution Suite was identified as the best video management software option to integrate existing legacy equipment IDIS Solution Suite was identified as the best video management software option to integrate existing legacy equipment, the analogue IDIS DirectCX range to leverage existing infrastructure as well as the latest IDIS IP solutions. The VMS also offered the most user-friendly and convenient for use not only for Starbucks security controllers but also by the senior operations managers In the classic coffee house outlets IDIS HD TVI DVRs have been installed handling either 8 IDIS cameras (TR-3108) or 16 cameras (TR-4116) depending on the site requirements. A mix of analogue and IP camera technology is used across the Starbucks estate, giving maximum design and installation flexibility. New drive-through outlets are protected by a combination of external and internal cameras. Older legacy cameras In the shopping centre kiosk outlets an easy-install and compact full-HD flat dome camera (DC-F1211) has been deployed, while a compete view of the entire point of sale is covered by a vandalresistant IR camera, the DC-D2233WR, with both cameras linked to an H.265 4K recorder (DR-2304P). With thousands of customers visiting stores every day, and hundreds of staff to take care of, Starbucks’ management wanted a robust, flexible video surveillance solution that would operate effectively in every store location and in all store formats. AVIX, a Russian distributor was challenged with designing a system that would deliver optimum quality video regardless of the store format and make use of older legacy cameras in certain locations. The system also needed to be convenient to install while maintaining the aesthetics of each outlet with the ability to focus in on sales transactions in real-time. Maintaining quality standards This IDIS solution gives us excellent video quality the operational control we need to manage our continued expansion" The system was required not just to ensure high security standards but also to be used by Starbucks’ senior operations managers to control efficiency and underwrite customer service and performance as the number of stores continues to grow. Senior staff in the Starbucks operations department, and security managers, now use the video system day-to-day, verifying working hours, maintaining quality standards and controlling incidents. “This IDIS solution gives us excellent video quality the operational control we need to manage our continued expansion. The IDIS Solutions Suite VMS is comfortable and convenient for remote monitoring and it works perfectly by allowing our current mix of IP and analogue cameras, including the latest IP IDIS models and equipment. The system is future scalable, and we will easily adapt it to changing needs.” Alim Sizov, General Manager ‘SVS Project’ – Starbucks Partner. Following the success of this first phase installation a comprehensive upgrade to IDIS video cameras is being implemented across the entire Starbucks estate.
Vega Systems Inc. has announced that their Redundancy Management Framework (RMF) software has begun operations at a prominent airport in the Middle East. The airport surveillance software plugin for Milestone XProtect enhances video security. Typically, without the software system, video surveillance down-times at critical infrastructure locations have the potential to create security loopholes. Vega Systems' RMF reduces live video disruption to milliseconds during server failure episodes while simultaneously providing uninterrupted access to all archived footage. This, along with other beneficial features, mitigates the impact of server failures on security. Vega Systems' RMF RMF is a novel, few-to-all approach towards enhancing XProtect Recording Server Redundancy through dual recording. A few redundant servers can handle concurrent failures of all primary servers. Offering a live view recovery almost instantaneously following the recording server failure, the system works two orders of magnitude faster than fail-over recording. RMF is a result of collaboration between Vega Systems Inc in San Jose, California, Sunjin Infotech based in Seoul, South Korea, and Milestone Systems' Middle East offices. The product is a plug-in framework for the Canon subsidiary Milestone Systems' XProtect software.
Nestled on the banks of the river Thames, Kew Gardens in southwest London is home to the most diverse collection of living plants anywhere in the world. At 330 acres in size, it’s London’s largest UNESCO world heritage site, and has a history stretching back more than 250 years. The Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, attracts more than 1.6 million visitors every year, coming to see the 30,000 different kinds of plants, and to visit the Herbarium, which has over seven million preserved plant specimens. As an internationally important botanical research and educational institution, Kew’s library contains more than three quarters of a million books, along with more than 175,000 prints and drawings of plant life. 24/7 video surveillance coverage Kew Gardens hosts a wide variety of events throughout the year, including festivals, concerts and art exhibitions, as well as learning experiences for all ages and interests, in addition to the garden attractions. A need was identified to upgrade the existing legacy analogue CCTV system to one capable of transmitting and recording in true HDThe site is accessible via London Underground, Overground, buses and river services in summer, and the public can enter via four separate gates: the Elizabeth Gate, the Brentford Gate, Victoria Gate and the Lion Gate. There are also a number of other access gates to the gardens which are not open to the public. Because of the sheer volume of visitors and the multitude of public and trade entrances to Kew Gardens, the site requires around the clock video surveillance coverage, seven days a week. Analogue to IP CCTV system Kew’s CCTV control room operations team works to monitor the safety and security of the park, but a need was identified to upgrade the existing legacy analogue CCTV system to one capable of transmitting and recording in true High Definition. Security specialist firm The ITS Group was called in to help. The ITS Group is comprised of ITS Fire and Security, ITS Electrical, ITS Fire Training and ITS Building Services. The company has 20 years of experience within the fire and security industry, and provides CCTV, intruder alarms, barrier gates, security lighting, panic alarms, access control, and door and video entry, alongside a swathe of other services. ITS Group Director Tim Dyer said the Kew project required upgrading equipment in the Gardens’ security control room and providing site-wide cameras which can be used to view all entrances for both public and trade, as well as various strategic locations throughout the Gardens. Challenges in system installation The results were achieved in the process of implementing a Hikvision IP HD video surveillance systemThe massive 330-acre site is a huge area to monitor in itself, and Tim Dyer says the very public nature of the Gardens and its operations meant the actual video system installation posed some security continuity challenges. “Because the control room needed to be in operation 24/7, close co-ordination was required between ITS and the security team on-site,” he says. “We needed to maintain the CCTV in line with the changing site requirements on a daily basis. This, coupled with access issues and working in a public environment, was very challenging, and the fact that we were able to achieve such good results is testament to the close co-ordination between the site team and Kew security.” Those results were achieved in the process of implementing a Hikvision IP High Definition video surveillance system, which included new 43-inch and 22-inch HD monitors for the control room, along with new touchscreen network keyboards and joysticks. HD images in low light When there’s no light at all, the Darkfighter cameras switch to IR mode and record black and white images at 0 LuxControl room operators monitor images from a number of different Hikvision cameras. These include an initial 48 DarkfighterX network speed domes, which provide colour HD images in light levels as low as 0.001 Lux. That’s pretty dark. And when it gets darker still, they provide black and white images in light levels down to 0.0001 Lux. When there’s no light at all, the Darkfighter cameras switch to IR mode and record black and white images at 0 Lux. In addition, they offer 25x zoom capabilities and Deep Learning-powered target classification for automatic tracking and perimeter protection. They’re complemented by 29 Darkfighter 2 megapixel motorised varifocal lens cameras, 21 ultra-low light smart bullet cameras, and six low light smart cameras. Images are recorded to Hikvision 16-channel Turbo HD digital video recorders which support analogue, HD-TVI, and IP cameras, H.264, H.264+ and dual-stream compression, and can output at up to 4K resolution. Improved picture quality The Gardens now have a full HD system which can be expanded with additional cameras in the future"The resulting system is not only powerful and effective in the short-term but is purposefully planned to incorporate forthcoming changes. “The Gardens now have a full HD system which can be expanded with additional cameras in the future,” Tim Dyer says. “It allows them to take advantage of technology advances and newly developed functionality on any cameras or devices they add to the system in future.” Tim Dyer says the Hikvision system has revolutionised Kew’s video picture quality and functionality. “Making the change from an old analogue system to installing a new Hikvision IP system has transformed the Gardens’ picture quality, both during the day and at night,” he says. “The zoom facility is amazing and precise, and the reliability of them is second to none, making the work of the control room operatives a much easier role.” The HD surveillance system has been received exceptionally well by those whose opinion matters most: the security team at Kew Gardens. John Deer, Head of Security, said: “I am delighted with the installation of Hikvision cameras at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. They are of the highest quality, which has enhanced the overall security across the 330-acre site.”
Surveon Technology, the complete megapixel solutions provider, announces that one of the banks in Bangladesh has adopted Surveon end-to-end solutions. With Surveon Avatar Failover, which supports the system to continuously record through collaborative NVRs, the bank can easily secure the assets of its clients and ensure the safety for all people in every aspect. To avoid any confidential video loss, the bank needed dual copies of recording videos for all time, even if one of NVRs fails. Surveon provides total 14 CAM4471HEV, including two spare cameras and 12 cameras for recording, its videos will be saved in 2 NVR7316A1 simultaneously, providing dual video copies for the bank, ensuring 0% loss with valuable data. Non-stop recording To prevent any dispute between bank and customers, the bank required the solution provides sufficient reliability for 24/7 recording, once the conflicts happened, the evidences like videos can assist the investigation. The bank has adopted Surveon Avatar Failover, which supports mutual failover among NVRs and is composed by 2 sets of NVR7316A1 + JBOD, each NVR7316A1 is with 12 recording licenses and 12 failover licenses.When disaster happened, the failover NVR can not only take over the recording work of protected NVR but also clone the original settings of it When disaster happened, the failover NVR can not only take over the recording work of protected NVR but also clone the original settings of it, making itself become an avatar of protected NVR, realising non-stop recording for 24/7. Any parts fail will make the system to stop recording, especially hard disks. Different protection levels The bank asked the system to well operate even if hard disks fail. Surveon RAID + Spare volume gives the bank a hot-spare that is ready to synchronise data immediately should a hard disk fail. If a hard disk fails, the data will start to synchronise with the spare, giving the bank enough time to replace the failed hard disk after being notified. NVR7300 Series provides different protection levels with RAID1, 5, 6, 1+Spare, 5+Spare, 6+Spare options, and the bank choose to backup its valuable videos with RAID6+Spare mode whether in normal or failover recording. "From camera, NVR, JBOD to VMS, Surveon total solutions always support Navana to win clients' heart. The unique Avatar Failover keeps bank's confidential videos and data in safe, making our customer very satisfied with the result." said Navana InterLinks, the major partner of Surveon in Bangladesh.
Fuller, Smith & Turner plc (Fuller’s) is an independent family-owned regional brewer and premium pub operator, founded in 1845 in Chiswick, West London. It is based at the historic Griffin Brewery in Chiswick, where brewing has taken place continuously since 1654. Fuller’s is listed on the London Stock Exchange. Renowned as the home of such famed ales as the iconic London Pride, Frontier Lager, ESB and 1845, Fuller’s produces a variety of cask and craft keg beers supported by a changing seasonal range. The company owns Cornish Orchards, a craft cider maker producing a range of award-winning ciders and premium soft drinks, and Nectar Imports, a wholesale drinks business. In February 2018, Fuller’s also acquired Dark Star Brewing, a craft cask brewer based in Sussex. Hikvision-Maxtag video security system With such a wide range of locations, Fuller’s decided that the time had come to upgrade and synergise its security surveillance systems Fuller's also owns and operates over 380 pubs, inns and hotels across the South of England. These include more than 200 Fuller’s managed pubs and hotels, and over 170 tenanted pubs, with the accommodation on offer consisting of in excess of 780 boutique rooms. The Fuller’s pub estate stretches from Brighton to Birmingham and from Bristol to the Greenwich Peninsula. With such a wide range of locations, Fuller’s decided that the time had come to upgrade and synergise its security surveillance systems. In place across those facilities were a diverse range of analogue equipment from a myriad of manufacturers. In most cases these legacy systems were offering poor, low resolution images and no remote access to onsite video. “The systems had been installed in an ad hoc fashion, and in some instances needed upgrading as they were no longer really fit for purpose,” says Glynn Gordon, managing director of retail security systems experts Maxtag, who were called in by Fuller’s to address the security issue. IP camera technology “Fuller’s wanted to unify all of its locations within the estate over time,” he says. “The aim was to bring everything onto one platform, whilst having an upgrade path for new and refurbished sites going forward, utilising IP camera technology.” A key consideration in the project was that while there was no doubt the existing equipment would need to be upgraded, the costs of re-cabling each site looked prohibitive – not to mention difficult to achieve in practice, given the way many of the buildings were constructed. To overcome the challenges posed by this cabling conundrum, Maxtag proposed supplying and installing Hikvision Turbo HD systems to those Fuller’s sites where an upgrade was required for the cameras, the recorder, or both. “This would allow the group to record 1080p HD images utilising the existing cabling,” Gordon says. Turbo 5.0 AI-powered tech Since 2013, Hikvision’s Turbo HD range of products has brought high definition clarity to analogue surveillance systems Since 2013, Hikvision’s Turbo HD range of products has brought high definition clarity to analogue surveillance systems. The Turbo products make the very most of legacy cabling, delivering innovations including ultra-low light recording and super-efficient bandwidth and storage usage. The very latest iteration of the Turbo HD range, Turbo 5.0, incorporates Artificial Intelligence-powered technology to boost colour performance even in the lowest light conditions, and to automatically detect, identify and extract relevant images from vast video datasets, saving time and resources. For the Fuller’s project, Maxtag would be using a variety of Turbo cameras, and initially utilising the Turbo DS-7316 digital video recorders, which provide 16-channel HD recording and storage, and support analogue, HD-TVI, and IP cameras, a key requirement of the extensive ongoing project. Turbo DS-7316 DVRs Maxtag’s plan was that the cameras and recorders could be upgraded in stages. “As and when cameras or recorders failed or were beyond economical repair they could be swapped out,” Gordon says. “The recorders could also be networked to HQ for remote access when recording evidence for the police if an incident occurred.” While the Turbo equipment would go into the existing sites, any new or refurbished Fuller’s pubs and hotels would have Hikvision IP cameras and NVRs installed, capable of recording images at 3 or 4-megapixel HD quality, and all networked for remote access. Hikvision NVRs The Hikvision network video recorders are both 16 and 32-channel models and are capable of connecting to 160Mbps of incoming bandwidth “The beauty would be that both the Turbo HD and the IP systems would have the same familiar operating systems across the group,” Gordon says,” which makes it very easy for managers and staff to quickly familiarise themselves and operate as required.” The Hikvision network video recorders are both 16 and 32-channel models and are capable of connecting to 160Mbps of incoming bandwidth. Maxtag’s plan was agreed upon and put into place, and as a result Fuller’s has now converted more than 85 pubs and hotels over the last 18 months using a combination of Turbo and IP systems. Hikvision IP video surveillance solution “The clarity of images has vastly improved and on a few occasions has been instrumental in helping the police with evidence when incidents have occurred predominantly outside the premises,” Gordon says. “The group now has a planned migration path going forward and takes advantage of the latest Hikvision developments as they are released. That means they’re on top of the benefits of the newest technology without the need to begin the whole upgrade process again.” The ongoing project has been warmly welcomed by Fuller’s. Oliver Boardman, Head of Digital & IT Operations, said: “We have been very pleased with the progress that we have made with Hikvision and Maxtag over the last 18 months. We have an increasingly standardised estate with regards to CCTV, which is helping to reduce faults and improve the service that we can provide to our pubs. With the need to protect privacy becoming more critical, we expect centralised management to become increasingly important.”
For more than seven decades, the name Porsche has been synonymous with quality and performance in automobiles. In 2018, the German automaker’s position and recognition around the world is unparalleled among luxury car brands, engendering consumer passion and loyalty that runs from admirers through collectors. Such qualities are proudly shared and returned around by those who represent the brand around the world, emblematic of the brand’s commitment to providing a sales and service experience as effortlessly exceptional as the vehicles themselves. Such commitment is the order of the day in Chandler, Arizona, where the family-owned and locally operated Porsche Chandler serves brand enthusiasts daily, showcasing a select range of new, certified and pre-owned Porsche models in a 36,500-square-foot facility, beautifully designed to feature both the majesty of the Porsche brand and the surrounding Arizona landscape. Camera surveillance solutions New and existing camera installations integrated seamlessly via IDIS’s DirectIP line of true plug-and-play network video recorders Porsche Chandler is known throughout Arizona for providing exceptional customer experiences, on behalf of a brand known globally for effortless, high-quality performance Scottsdalebased SARC Monitoring designed a security solution to match. Crafting and implementing an innovative virtual guarding solution that brought together powerful military, intelligence, and law enforcement expertise (and best practices) with equally powerful, next-generation surveillance technologies, SARC worked closely with dealership security personnel to comprehensively secure the full dealership space, including all personnel, visitors, around the clock, beyond the reach and capability of traditional manned guarding, video verification, and camera surveillance solutions. At the heart of SARC’s solution is IDIS technology. New and existing camera installations integrated seamlessly via IDIS’s DirectIP line of true plug-and-play network video recorders. Minimising downtime IDIS NVRs, designed to eliminate device compatibility issues through the support of multiple industry standards and 3rd party protocols, avoid the most common integration, compatibility, and installation challenges, preventing delays and minimising downtime. Multiple IDIS DR-8364(F) NVRs provide Porsche Chandler signature high-performance, and a user-friendly surveillance system that fully supports their existing IP camera infrastructure. The combination of cameras and recorders are installed, integrated with the dealership’s low-profile speaker system, and used by on-site personnel and SARC’s highly trained rapidresponse team of remote monitors to provide edge-to-edge comprehensive surveillance in support of security, analytics, and even business intelligence, including after hours. Situational awareness The presence of multiple security guards, large visible camera installations, at the levels required to cover the nearly 36,500 square foot indoor/outdoor In keeping with the tradition of effortless luxury experiences for Porsche customers, the sales environment is designed to facilitate a stress-free browsing, sales, and customer service experience for guests, seeking to offer a perfect balance of staff support for questions and transactions, with space to move and explore inventory and consider options without crowding, hassle, or pressure. The presence of multiple security guards, large visible camera installations, at the levels required to cover the nearly 36,500 square foot indoor/outdoor, multi-level and multi-purpose complex, would not ideally serve the dealership’s commitment to a seamless, low hassle, pleasant, and stress-free sales and customer-service environment. Porsche Chandler required a next-generation security and surveillance solution that would provide maximum visibility and facilitate full situational awareness by dealership management and security staff, comprehensively protecting both people and property, without unnecessary intrusion. Law enforcement fields SARC Monitoring’s unique and innovative virtual guarding model—which goes beyond traditional remote monitoring and video verification models by leveraging experienced personnel and best practices from the military and law enforcement fields, and incorporates latest-generation, feature-rich video surveillance technologies—now delivers round-the-clock coverage of Porsche Chandler’s sprawling indoor/outdoor complex, exceeding the typical capabilities of traditional security approaches to such spaces, while doing so at a significantly lower cost. Features enhancing the value and utility of the IDIS DR-8364(F) NVRs toward meeting Porsche Chandler’s security requirements and the needs of SARC Monitoring’s team of 24/7 remote monitoring and rapid response personnel, include the the DR-8364(F)’s support for 64 IP channels of 4K UHD (with a maximum incoming throughput of 900Mbps), meaning that fewer NVRs are needed to support large numbers of cameras now (and as added in the future). Ensuring data integrity Fewer devices mean less time spent on maintenance tasks and reduced complexity of the surveillance system. Support for H.265 with IDIS Intelligent Codec and Motion Adaptive Transmission (MAT) further reduces the need for additional bandwidth and storage upgrades, providing up to a 90% reduction in both bandwidth and storage utilisation, meaning more data can be transferred on existing cabling and saved in existing storage space. IDIS’s Critical Failover suite of features includes features such as RAID 5 storage redundancy, dual power supply redundancy, and NVR failover The included IDIS’s Critical Failover suite of features includes features such as RAID 5 storage redundancy, dual power supply redundancy, and NVR failover (which provides support for a standby NVR that continually monitors the primary NVR, taking over recording if the primary hardware fails), ensuring data integrity and system operation are automatically monitored and maintained, simplifying system support and maintenance tasks. Optimised security posture And the intuitive DR-8364(F) NVR interface, common to all IDIS products, minimised installation, training, and transition costs. IDIS’s unusual license-free software model, compatibility guarantees, and industry-leading warranty further minimises total costs for Porsche Chandler. “The comprehensive virtual guarding solution helps Porsche Chandler to achieve better security outcomes, keeping the people and property in our care safer than ever while still providing a seamless and non-intrusive customer experience. Our ability to achieve an optimised security posture at a lower total cost than traditional approaches means our dealership can keep security overhead low and invest as much as possible in both the customer experience and making great deals. It’s security as forward-thinking and high performance as our brand.”