Hybrid surveillance systems
Aqua Security, global platform provider for securing container-based and cloud native applications, has announced version 3.5 of its cloud native security platform, which now protects a wide range of cloud native technologies, including applications using serverless functions. Customers can deploy end-to-end security to establish a consistent policy enforcement layer spanning container, serverless containers (such as AWS Fargate) and serverless functions (such as AWS Lambda). Aqua CSP v3.5 In...
Pivot3, global provider of security, Internet of Things (IoT) and hybrid cloud infrastructure solutions, has announced the introduction of the Pivot3 Architect and Engineer (A&E) Program. This initiative will provide architects, engineers and consultants with the resources and support needed to make intelligent decisions when specifying infrastructure platforms at the core of enterprise-class IoT, video surveillance and security solutions for their clients. Pivot3 A&E Program The Pivo...
Pulse Secure, global provider of Secure Access solutions to both enterprises and service providers, has announced the launch of new packaging of its award-winning Pulse Access Suite for Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs). The solution offers service providers an accelerated, cost-effective means to differentiate and build out their service portfolio to meet the massive demand for protected connectivity to cloud applications and hybrid IT resources. Pulse Secure Pulse Secure offers a co...
Securitas Services Holding UK Ltd (Securitas) has announced its acquisition of R&R Frontline Services Ltd and R&R Frontline Services UK Ltd. As part of the Securitas Group, R&R Frontline Services Ltd and R&R Frontline Services UK Ltd will continue to deliver local, professional security services to clients and will transition to operate under the Securitas brand for the future. With more than 70 employees, R&R Frontline Services Ltd and R&R Frontline Services UK L...
Secutech Vietnam 2018 reached new heights as it closed its doors, having seen visitor numbers shoot up to an estimated 13,800+ (2017: 12,097). Positive feedback from buyers and exhibitors alike also cemented the fair’s position as the ideal shop window into the regional security industry. Secutech Vietnam 2018 The new Smart Home and Smart Building zone was added to the show floor this year alongside the returning Security zone and the Fire & Safety zone The enlarged show occupied the...
Honeywell invites attendees to ISC West 2018 and visit Honeywell’s booth #14025 from April 11 to 13 in Las Vegas, to see the latest connected home and buildings technologies. Visitors will get an early preview of Honeywell Home’s next generation security solutions –from All-in-One to Tower versions – featuring smart designs to keep users safe and connected. Dealers can experience how Honeywell’s voice, video and mobile solutions integrate with today’s connecte...
The National Security Inspectorate’s (NSI) team of 34 full-time, expert auditors recently gathered in Maidenhead to participate in advanced training and sharing of best practice, as part of their continual development. This unique, highly respected team clocks up on average 3.25 million miles each year, fulfilling around 3500 audit days across more than 1800 approved companies. As part of its commitment to raising standards within the industry, NSI’s audit team is increasingly adopting hybrid powered vehicles which deliver low emissions and excellent fuel economy. “Up to 37 miles of my daily commute to audits can be completed on electric only power, as I charge my car every night. It’s beneficial knowing I can select electric mode when driving through residential and city areas, thus reducing pollution,” advises NSI Auditor Doug Malcolm. Having owned a hybrid vehicle prior to starting my employment with NSI, it was an easy decision to opt for one" Zero emission zones NSI Auditor Dave Bartram comments: “Having owned a hybrid vehicle prior to starting my employment with NSI, it was an easy decision to opt for one. I’m not an eco-warrior but I do feel passionate about contributing to cleaner emissions. As discussions are underway with respect to zero emission zones in major city centres, the continued ability to drive into zero emission zones is a great positive." "I believe we will see more and more of these types of vehicles in the coming years, as the benefits far out way the future impacts and limitations of solely combustion engine cars.” NSI’s forward-looking approach to its vehicle fleet is just one of the ways in which the UK’s leading certification body in the security and fire safety sectors is delivering greater efficiency and environmental benefits. The organisation’s integrated audit policy has been a welcome and proactive step, benefitting its clients through cost saving as well as delivering the environmental benefit of fewer road miles.
Pulse Secure, a provider of secure access solutions for people, devices, things and services, announced a key new release of the Pulse Secure Virtual Application Delivery Controller (vADC). The new solution brings an industry step change in enterprise management and analytics, giving IT and security professionals detailed information about data flows through each application and providing actionable insights into the behavior of applications across virtual and cloud platforms. Following last year’s acquisition of the vADC product line from Brocade, this announcement demonstrates Pulse Secure’s commitment to product innovation and the vADC market segment, which is experiencing dramatic growth and is a driver behind today’s digital business transformation initiatives. “This new vADC release from Pulse Secure overcomes the challenges of early application visibility tools, which can be expensive and require a lot of care and feeding to set up and maintain. By offering a turn-key approach to application visualisation and analytics with intuitive analysis tools, this solution enables a customer to quickly drill down and gain a better understanding of application performance as well as pinpoint patterns and problems that can be optimised and repaired." "The flexible licensing model lets enterprises tightly align their IT spend with demand and avoid over spending,” said Mike Fratto, Research Director at GlobalData. “I look forward to seeing where Pulse Secure goes with its vADC platform and closing the loop with orchestration in the future.” Virtual ADC analytics allows IT and security professionals to readily view high-level dashboards and drill down to detailed behavioural data flows" Pulse Services Director version 18.1 Pulse Services Director version 18.1 supports customers moving to virtual, cloud, software and micro-service-centric architectures. IT and security professionals no longer have to wade through large streams of unstructured data in order to identify patterns and unusual events. Powerful new intuitive graphical analytics make it easy to visualise end-to-end application traffic flows in order to baseline normal activity and highlight issues that need to be addressed, leading to quicker investigation, interpretation and corrective actions. Customers benefit from: Graphical analysis of data flows through the application Insights into application behaviour Segment-by-segment breakdown of traffic statistics Microsecond-accurate timing analysis and connection tracing Drill downs into performance problems and identification of optimisation strategies Sharable reports for closer collaboration with co-workers “We are excited by our pace of innovation and business growth since we have been acquired by Pulse Secure. In just six months, we are enjoying new flagship customer wins across a variety of industries and realising healthy revenue growth,” said Marion Smith, VP and GM, vADC Business Unit at Pulse Secure. “Virtual ADC analytics allows IT and security professionals to readily view high-level dashboards and drill down to detailed behavioral data flows of each application in real time. The enhanced operational insight, triage and reporting capabilities in this new release demonstrate our continued commitment to leading the virtual ADC market with world class products and services.” Pulse SD automates the management, licensing, and metering of virtual network services for Pulse Secure vADC Enterprise management Pulse SD Version 18.1 brings other Enterprise Management (EM) capabilities into the same package, including centralised backup and restore of ADC instances as well as centralised authentication for administration of ADC instances. It also supports centralised logging and Application Data Export for integration with third-party analytics engines. Pulse SD automates the management, licensing, and metering of virtual network services for Pulse Secure vADC, one of the most advanced virtual application delivery controllers in the market today. Intelligent access capabilities “We have been fortunate to be involved with Pulse Virtual Traffic Manager for over 12 years and are very excited about the opportunity to work with Pulse Secure following its acquisition of vADC. Many of our customers already use Traffic Manager’s built-in activity graphs for traffic analysis and visibility, and this new release will give customers a centralised view of the data with rich analytical tools." "We expect to see new and innovative solutions come out of Pulse Secure leveraging its best-in-class Secure Access and Traffic Manager platforms,” said Ken Tan, Sales Director at Network Armada. “This release is the first step in a larger vision to help provide customers with more intuitive tools enabling visibility, availability and control of their applications. You will see us build on this release in the future as we start to bring our Secure Access product portfolio together to include intelligent access capabilities around hybrid cloud,” added Smith.
New research from WinMagic, the data security company, surveying over 1,000 IT Decision Makers (ITDM) about hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) has revealed flexibility (65%), performance (58%) and availability (46%) as the highest ranked benefits of the technology. However, the survey also highlighted ITDM concerns around expanding their use of HCI, with complexity leading at 45% and security, a close second (43%). Currently, only 15% of respondents’ report have any HCI technology in their infrastructure. Yet, the HCI market is expected to expand, with Gartner stating that “By 2021, hyper-converged integrated systems (HCIS) will represent 54% of total converged infrastructure shipments by revenue, with HCIS reaching $10.8 billion.” (Hype Cycle for Storage Technologies, July 2017). ITDMs are clearly seeing the benefits of HCI technology, so what is holding them back from using it more? Deployed with the correct controls, HCI can be one of the best ways to simplify data centre infrastructure Simplifying data centre infrastructure Deployed with the correct controls, HCI can be one of the best ways to simplify data centre infrastructure. However, its dynamic nature and reliance on virtual machines creates challenges such as how to unify security and control data sprawl as IT departments struggle to maintain control as workloads expand. ITDMs highlighted four areas, making them reluctant to include HCI as part of their future infrastructure plans: Increased complexity of IT infrastructure (45%) Maintaining security across HCI environments (43%) Maintaining management control as HCI scales across the business (39%) The lack of an ability to manage virtual machines in hybrid environments (34%) Risks from security shorcuts A quarter (27%) of respondents admitted to not limiting access to the control planes of their hyper-converged infrastructure. Rather than encrypting individual workloads, many are simply encrypting the whole platform, ignoring the need for encryption and access controls to certain sensitive datasets. The result is that unfettered access may be given to workloads that should be geo- or time restricted, leaving a company at risk of breaking its governance, regulatory and compliance obligations. In addition, there were other areas of concern relating to security when using HCIs, such as: Having a security solution that scales with our needs (29%) Ensuring compatibility with any type of hypervisor technology (23%) Maintaining identity access management and authentication (22%) Unified approach to security management “Hyper-converged infrastructure offers a wide range of benefits for IT departments and they want to embrace the technology, but often the security and management concerns make it feel like a risky investment,” said Mark Hickman, Chief Operating Officer at WinMagic.WinMagic SecureDoc Enterprise offers 100% encryption of endpoints, data centre and cloud workloads with a single platform “The truth is the benefits can be easily realised by IT teams, if a unified approach is taken to security and management, through a single tool where they are dependent, not separate tasks. In reality, this approach should extend beyond the hyperconverged hardware to the whole infrastructure whether on premises or in the cloud." "WinMagic SecureDoc Enterprise offers 100% encryption of endpoints, data centre and cloud workloads with a single platform, meaning data is protected across the enterprise while IT leaders are free to deliver the enormous benefits of hyperconvergence.”
Honeywell has announced an array of Performance Series Multi-Format Hybrid recorders and Performance Series Multi-Format HQA (high-quality analogue) cameras. Through an expansion of the current product line, these new multi-format products offer a flexible upgrade and expansion path for SMB video security installations, such as retail, restaurants and small commercial offices. These updates to the Performance Series portfolio can be used to help lower installation costs and provide customers with an opportunity to upgrade to a state-of-the-art system without having to re-design and install a completely new system. By using existing cables, cameras and other hardware, installation time can be decreased as well, simultaneously providing a path for future upgrades and becoming a ‘go-to’ solution for retrofits. On top of being compatible with the current analogue video standards (HD-CVI, HD-TVI, AHD and CVBS), the new recorders are also compatible with current IP video standards, offering both analogue and IP inputs. Similarly, the Multi-Format HQA cameras function with the same analogue video standards, enabling them to work with a multitude of existing recorders. In the SMB market where the combination of functionality and price are crucial, this increased compatibility allows businesses to mix-and-match solutions and gives them the flexibility to combine products that truly suit their security needs. Access control and multi-site management In addition, the Performance Series Multi-Format Hybrid Recorders and Cameras integrate with I-View Now for video alarm verification and MAXPRO Cloud access control software for access control and multi-site management, expanding Honeywell’s connected security as a service portfolio. Following are the products offering this functionality: Performance Series Multi-Format Hybrid Recorders – 4-/8-/16-Channel 1080p Performance Series Multi-Format HQA – TDN 1080p IR Bullet Camera Performance Series Multi-Format HQA – TDN Low-Light 1080p Box Camera Performance Series Multi-Format HQA – TDN 1080p IR Rugged Dome Camera Performance Series Multi-Format HQA – 30x Zoom IR PTZ Dome Camera Performance Series Multi-Format HQA – TDN 1080p IR Ball Camera
OPTEX Europe will be exhibiting for the first time at Sicurezza in Milan to showcase its wider range of detection and LED lighting devices. The portfolio on show will cover perimeter protection and security, as well as transportation safety devices and vehicle sensors – a perfect opportunity to meet the team and discuss new applications. OPTEX presence at Sicurezza Part of the OPTEX team present at the show will be Mark Cosgrave, Western Europe Divisional Manager for OPTEX EMEA and Sandrine Cocks, New Business Product Development Manager – EMEA HQ. “Although Italy is one of our biggest markets, we are mainly known for a small number of our whole sensor range,” Mark says. “So, we thought it’s important to show the many strings we have to our bow – we have reliable intrusion detection systems suitable for everything from home alarm protection, to high security critical infrastructure. “Our sister company, Raytec, will join us to showcase its IP and hybrid white and infrared LED lights, the ideal partner for our fibre optic fence detectors, and our volumetric intrusion sensors, to allow CCTV systems to have the best camera view to see the intruder.” Tailgating issue Intrusion can also happen during normal office hours when an unauthorised person attempts to follow an authorised employee into a controlled area. “Tailgating is a growing issue for companies, leading to loss of intellectual property and in a worse-case scenario, the threat of employee safety,” says Sandrine. “In the case of interlocks, when one single authorised person is allowed in, our Accurance 3D system will act as a tailgating prevention system. If more than one person is detected, the second door of the interlock will not open – and this will also be showcased live on our stand,” she continues. LiDar laser scanner In addition to the security sensors, OPTEX will also exhibit its LiDAR laser scanner that has been specifically designed for transportation safety applications. It can detect obstacles on railway crossings, as well as people falling off a station platform and onto the track. Another non-security range will be presented: a vehicle detection, presence and counting sensor – an alternative way to detect vehicles without the need for a ground-installed device. This new OPTEX vehicle sensor series includes a model for gate automation, one for counting cars, and a third to manage the availability of parking bays. While the OPTEX stand will showcase sensors and lighting used as part of an overall project, OPTEX’s distributor, Hesa, will be showcasing all of the core OPTEX intrusion sensors, including the brand new short-range volumetric and curtain sensors, part of the Shield series. “This all goes to show that there’s a great deal to see from OPTEX at Sicurezza, on two different stands, Hesa Stand Pav. 7 K11 M20, and OPTEX Stand Pav. 7 D6,” Mark concludes.
The CCTV design and manufacturing company, 360 Vision Technology, will be showing their support for advancing secure security solutions, fielding their range of high-performance surveillance cameras and new Illuminator Dome, at Security Twenty 17 North, 4th July, Majestic Hotel Harrogate. Predator HYBRID and VisionDome VR surveillance cameras Underlining the company’s technology innovation, 360 Vision will be displaying their popular Predator HYBRID and VisionDome VR surveillance cameras featuring advanced SSL & 802.1 encryption protection. Visitors to the show will also see 360 Vision’s latest ‘All-in-one’ external PTZ Illuminator Dome, which offers HD imaging and onboard 360-degree illumination for a high-performance 24/7 surveillance monitoring applications. “Designed to protect against hacking and ransomware attacks, we’ll be showcasing 360 Vision camera technology with advanced SSL & 802.1 encryption protection,” says Adrian Kirk, Director of Strategic Accounts at 360 Vision. “In addition, we’ll be launching our latest innovation with a 360 degree PTZ dome camera with built-in 360-degree illumination. Designed and built in the UK to deliver effective 24/7 video imaging, reliability and performance, we’re looking forward to showing this novel camera product to our security trade installers and specifier customers.”
IP video recording systems offer high-resimaging, speed & analytics to its end users Familiarity with analogue systems Familiarity is one factor in the slow conversion of casino customers to IP technologies. Many end users and integrators are comfortable with and have long-term experience with the more simplistic analogue systems. However, as IP systems continue to become easier to install and maintain with more plug-and-play technology, this dynamic should change. A problem of latency when controlling pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) functions of IP systems also suffered by comparison to responsive analogue technology, but the problem has been solved. The conversion from analogue to IP has been slower than expected, but the trend is beginning to accelerate, says Larry Wanvig, senior national account manager – gaming, Tyco Security Products. Most casinos recognise the benefits that IP can offer in terms of resolution, speed, control and integrations, he adds. As such, casinos often turn to a hybrid approach and try to slowly phase in newer IP video recording systems and cameras. It seems that smaller casinos migrate and adopt IP technology more quickly than the larger “corporate” casinos, which have been a bit slower to make those types of investments, Wanvig says. However, IP conversion is largely decided by budgetary factors. One of Tyco’s casino customers has been a long-time Intellex DVR user and is now deploying the Victor Unified Client and preparing for migration to IP while continuing to use their existing digital video recorders (DVRs). Victor Unified Client allows the casino and others to migrate as budgets permit by providing a single user interface not only for the newer network video recorder (NVR) technology, but also for the older DVR technology. This maximises the casino’s investment and makes the transition to IP easier. Improved resolution & control renews IP interest High video resolution, a unified interface that leverages video and access control, and reductions in PTZ camera control latency have all impacted casinos’ acceptance of IP significantly, says Wanvig. With increased resolution come improvements in live and recorded video as well as playback quality, which deliver more detail for investigation and incident confirmation. Most casinos recognise the benefitsthat IP can offer in terms of resolution,speed, control and integrations. Casinosoften turn to a hybrid approach and tryto slowly phase in newer IP videorecording systems and cameras The significantly reduced latency of Tyco’s Illustra IP PTZ dome – it can move to position in as fast as 512 degrees per second – has really accelerated the acceptance of IP within gaming. Compared to the responsiveness of traditional analogue PTZ technology, some of the earlier IP PTZ cameras experienced significant lag time between the real-time movement of the object and when the image was displayed, making tracking an object difficult. The responsiveness of the new PTZ dome far surpasses that of these older IP PTZ cameras. Tyco Security Products has been providing market-specific products and support to the casino surveillance market for more than 30 years. Historically, Tyco has provided analogue matrix systems to help casino operators easily manage multiple viewing monitors from a single keyboard and Intellex DVRs to help casinos migrate to digital video recording. Today, as casinos upgrade their analogue cameras and recording equipment and move to IP cameras, NVRs and virtual matrix systems, Tyco’s Victor Unified Client provides seamless control of both analogue and IP environments from a single user interface. Tyco’s low-latency cameras give this casino real-time tracking and monitoring, high-resolution imaging, and low bandwidth usage, which cut costs. Powerful NVRs allow the casino to use multiple video streams for live and recorded video and to access it quickly. The unified client leverages real-time alarms and events with video surveillance to give the casino a comprehensive view of their facilities. Any casino that values high-resolution imaging, speed, advanced analytics and complete view of its security could benefit from a similar deployment.
Suffice it to say 2014 was a pivotal year for the majority of alarm dealers and installers. Many have had to change their way of thinking and their method of doing business, while adapting to ever-changing technology. But those who continue to reinvent their go-to-market model prove that the integration business is the place to be – and there’s money to be made, albeit it not in simply installing boxes and hardware. In fact, that mind-set changed several years ago, and the participating companies have not looked back since. Competition is always at the doorstep and comes from every angle in the industry - from Google’s Nest energy management to recent announcements that U.S. Cellular (OnLook home automation platform) has joined the ranks of offering security and interactive services, to the likes of Comcast Xfinity, AT&T Digital Life and Time-Warner Cable. And while U.S. Cellular and AT&T Digital Life duke it out, saying they both will excel at the customer “experience,” it’s something that has already fundamentally changed the face of the traditional security industry. Maybe it began after the first break-up of the “Bells” in the mid-80s or later, but most dealers and integrators understand that they are the local, national and traditional firms that can provide the much-needed service every customer craves. Customers will pay more for service, for that personal touch, for being able to reach a live person and perhaps even the owner of the company. And that mind-set has also moved the industry more fully into the role of trusted service provider. The year of managed services Across the country, managed services now takes a starring role. Guidant Partners of Nashville changed completely from a break-fix model to a fully-managed IT services role. The changeover required many technology adaptations and capital investments in-house so they could go about providing predictive analysis of networking equipment. The rewards have brought new business to the company and allowed technicians to work smarter, not harder, in many cases avoiding a costly ($250 on average) truck roll. Securadyne Systems, Dallas, also takes the managed services approach, betting on cloud-based services to help its vertical market customers reduce the total cost of ownership and budget more efficiently for regular operating expenses, versus large capital outlays. Advance Technology, Scarborough, Maine, also moved fully into managed services several years ago and calls its proactive plan White Glove Service. President Rob Simopoulos says it’s the only way for systems integration companies to thrive and prosper today. Competition is always at the doorstep and comes from every angle in the industry Technology also assisted the security community in 2014. Remote monitoring and maintenance devices have helped companies deal remotely with their customer’s networks and network-connected devices, and these predictive hardware devices will continue to mature and provide new areas of service. Video surveillance has moved squarely into the realm of business intelligence and data gathering, providing much more than security and adding further value to the arsenal of services, making dealers stickier to their customers. Other 2015 predictions: Cloud-based services will continue to gain strength, but integrators need to be assured customer data is safe and secure. Video surveillance will be more reliable and couple with intrusion detection and access control for additional layers of security. That sleeping giant, access control, will take centre stage, and move from not only providing perimeter and interior security, but data, identity and credential management. Recurring monthly revenue remains critical, but how companies attain it is still in question. Many will see the proverbial “lightbulb” that they should work on their existing customers to garner more RMR and stop chasing too much from new customers. The security industry is a great place to be and will continue to grow. However, only those companies who take it on full force will realize the potential. There are many family-owned businesses who will try to make the transition to the brave new world of services; some will make it and some won’t. Those who do will find their stature in the industry elevated like never before.
On his 2018 two-day visit to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families, Pope Francis’s scheduled activity was protected by high-performance Predator and Invictus cameras from UK CCTV design and manufacturing company, 360 Vision Technology. Specialists in a wide range of leading-edge CCTV, Access Control, PA, AV and radio communications, County Kildare-based Mongey Communications was chosen to provide the additional security surveillance protection measures necessary to secure the Pope’s visit to Dublin. With the massive crowds expected to see the pontiff, the temporary surveillance installation needed to be minimally disruptive and use mobile radio to provide the multi-scene coverage required during the two-day visit. Multi-site CCTV surveillance The camera images were to be used for co-ordination and management by multiple agencies To support an existing small-scale CCTV installation at the Pope’s final venue of Phoenix Park (the largest enclosed city park in Europe), there was a need for further camera coverage along the park’s approach routes, entrance/exit gates, search areas and general areas of crowd movement and congregation. A similar solution was also required for the Pope’s visit to the Knock Shrine pilgrimage site and the Capuchin Day Centre, where public space CCTV was again already in place but of limited overall coverage. Full integration with the existing CCTV system at the 82,300 capacity Croke Park stadium for a papal address to the Festival of Families extravaganza was also required, with communications and CCTV feeds from all locations required to be transmitted back to local on-site control rooms at each location, and additionally to a central Command and Control room at Dublin Castle. At the main Command and Control Centre, the camera images were to be used for co-ordination and management by multiple agencies, including the Office of Public works (OPW), Garda Síochána, Defence Forces Ireland, Dublin Fire Brigade, HSE / Ambulance Services and Civil Defence. High-definition video security to secure Phoenix Park “With 300,000 people expected to attend a papal mass at Phoenix Park to close the World Meeting of Families, we were briefed to provide the very best possible reliability and imaging performance from the additional cameras we employed,” explains Kevin McGrath of Mongey Communications. We needed to be confident of camera reliability straight out of the box, along with simple and fast set-up" He further added, “With this in mind, we needed to be confident of camera reliability straight out of the box, along with simple and fast set-up, and quality high-definition video for forward transmission to the various control rooms. Our very positive experience of employing 360 Vision Technology cameras on many high-security installations in the past led us to be confident about the image and build quality of the manufacturer’s cameras, and product support.” “So, to fulfil the challenges we faced for this high-profile project, we specified the latest version of 360 Vision’s Predator camera, and also their new cost-effective and ruggedised Invictus Hybrid HD PTZ camera.” 360 Vision Invictus Hybrid HD PTZ camera The new 360 Vision Invictus cameras specified for the project employ the latest compact camera modules with a choice of 20:1 or 30:1 zoom and are available with 1/2.8” Sony StarVis or 1/1.9” Sony Exmor (Ultra) sensor packages. Bridging the divide between analogue and IP technology, all Invictus cameras are equipped with Hybrid functionality enabling installation in existing analogue systems and also in full 1080P HD IP video streaming networks. Alongside ONVIF 2.4 Profile S compatibility, this means the Invictus range is not only economical, but simple to install, providing Mongey Communications engineers with a reliable, flexible and high- performance solution with which to enhance the existing electronic surveillance measures for the Pope’s 2018 visit. HD IP video streaming networks An upright camera mount design allows full 360-degree continuous pan and unobstructed field of view Further enhancing camera reliability for this important event, the new Invictus camera range design draws cost-effectively on features usually associated with very high-end cameras, including construction from high grade, hardened aluminium and stainless steel, to ensure a rugged, durable and compact camera. An upright camera mount design allows full 360-degree continuous pan and unobstructed field of view, plus the ability to tilt above the horizon – enabling operators to view targets above camera installation height (i.e. up hills) – an invaluable asset where cameras were being installed in the difficult installation and operational conditions of Phoenix Park. Technical relationship with 360 Vision Technology “Our decision to once again entrust the provision of the best technology available for the project to 360 Vision Technology was proven correct, and we had no issues of consequence with the installation, commissioning and performance of all the cameras - straight out of the box,” explains Kevin. “Because of the condensed set-up period available and challenging terrain of some of the installation areas, we had to act fast to ensure the successful inclusion and full control of the cameras for the multi-agency command and control room,” adds Kevin. “Here our technical relationship with 360 Vision Technology really paid dividends throughout this time-critical project, affording easy integration of all the additional cameras into the control room’s Cathexis VMS. Cathexis VMS Images from the cameras were relayed back to the various event control centres In all, over 60 additional 360 Vision Technology cameras were employed over the various sites throughout the Pope’s visit. With extensive digging and cabling not a practical option, images from the cameras were relayed back to the various event control centres via a network of reliable and secure microwave transmission links, powered by temporary generators and back-up batteries. “The new Invictus cameras were perfect for the role thanks to their low power consumption compared to other similar specification PTZ cameras,” explains Kevin. “Low power consumption really helps when adding multiple cameras to a network with a temporary power system - and meant we could add more cameras for the benefit of maximum scene coverage.” High-speed fibre-optic connectivity High-speed fibre-optic connectivity between the various remote sites and Dublin Castle was installed, together with video walls at the various control rooms. “The Pope’s visit was a great success with no security issues reported,” says Kevin. “Images relayed to the control room from the additional 360 Vision Technology cameras were vital in the smooth running of the visit and allowed all of the state agencies involved to keep a constant update on the movements of the vast crowds drawn over the pontiff’s two-day visit.” “Our long-term technical partnership with 360 Vision Technology and our direct input in to the development of their new products really pays off with high-profile projects like this,” concludes Kevin. “We have many new and exciting installation challenges on the horizon and I’m confident that 360 Vision Technology camera products will continue to be an integral part of those future projects.”
Pulse Secure, a provider of Secure Access solutions to both enterprises and service providers, has announced that Entegrus has successfully deployed Pulse Policy Secure advanced network access control (NAC), to strengthen overall visibility and access security across their hybrid IT infrastructure. Entegrus, a Canadian energy company, leveraged their existing Pulse Secure virtual private network (VPN) implementation to expedite NAC deployment and fortify their infrastructure in accordance with National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) guidelines. As a result, their security organisation extended visibility for remote and on-premise users and devices, as well as enhanced endpoint compliance and Internet of Things (IoT) risk mitigation. We have increased our security posture, and for the most part, there has been zero impact on our end users" Pulse Secure-Entegrus collaboration Entegrus serves over 58,000 customers throughout Ontario. They bring electricity, renewable energy and water across three large regions, with a workforce spread out over 2,300 square miles. Entegrus’ objective is to provide safe, reliable and cost-effective provision of energy and related billing services, while providing high levels of service to its customers, partners and the communities it serves. IT security plays a critical role in protecting their delivery of energy and data services. “The threat landscape is constantly evolving, forcing us to always consider how we can go one step further. With a widely distributed IT infrastructure, we considered NAC as an effective way to improve our security posture without dramatically altering how we operate,” said Dave Cullen, manager of information systems for Entegrus. “We have a long-standing relationship with Pulse Secure. The level of integration between Pulse Secure secure sockets layer (SSL) and NAC, as well as the extended feature set, made it a straightforward choice for us. Perhaps, the two most important things are that we have increased our security posture, and for the most part, there has been zero impact on our end users.” Active control with seamless network access Ensuring always active control while maintaining flexible, seamless access to network and application resources is an essential requirement for utility providers. Within such highly regulated industries, best practices dictate a constant cycle of security readiness review and improvement to meet an increasingly potent threat posed by cyber threat actors. NAC provides foundational endpoint intelligence, resource access enforcement and IoT defences that support industry and regulatory compliance guidelines. These compliance requisites apply to both regional and large national critical infrastructure providers. For stretched IT departments, Pulse Secure’s Secure Access solutions are designed to streamline deployment and on-going administration using an easy, integrated, policy-driven platform that works with a customer’s existing installed base and network infrastructure. In addition, Pulse Secure’s VPN solution utilises the same endpoint client, policy engine and appliance management as the NAC solution. Entegrus took advantage of this platform capability to rapidly implement NAC. As a result, they gained dynamic intelligence, unified policy management, automated enforcement and threat response through a single management console. We needed to make sure our secure access technologies could adapt to new regulatory requirements and new business needs" Secure access solutions Cullen highlights numerous benefits, including a simplified method of managing complex policies and user access rights, as well as an enforceable method of checking end-point devices to ensure that only properly patched operating systems can connect to the network. Another advantage of Pulse Policy Secure was evident after Entegrus recently merged with London, Ontario-based St. Thomas Energy. “We needed to make sure our secure access technologies could adapt to new regulatory requirements and new business needs, as the recent merger added new, unqualified infrastructure and grew our customer base by around a third, which also led to the hiring of 28 new staff members,” Cullen added.
A security camera provided by Hikvision USA Inc., the North American supplier of innovative, award-winning video surveillance products and solutions, was installed by Holmes Security to help Spinner’s Pizza in Fayetteville, NC to improve efficiency. Established in 1999, Spinner’s Pizza is a popular restaurant with a dedicated following and a very busy lunch crowd. Owner Spero Poulos thought of using a “Pizza Cam” to streamline operations during their busiest times. “Holmes Security had installed Hikvision cameras for security in and around the restaurant. We decided, why not use it for the service efficiency and accuracy?” said Poulos. Innovative camera-kitchen monitor system The restaurant owner needed to improve efficiency. The combination of a camera with a kitchen monitor “keeps the staff from running to the buffet just to check what needs to be cooked." Poulos noted that when staff members leave the kitchen they’re “invariably stopped by customers and friends that want to chat. That can slow down the replenishment process." Spinner’s analog and IP hybrid system includes mini domes, bullets and turret cameras. Holmes Security recommended and installed the Hikvision DS-2CE56D5T 1080p Turbo HD-TVI Turret camera for the buffet to deliver HD quality over the existing coax cabling. The turret camera is positioned to capture the entire line of pizzas on the buffet. “We’re able to keep the buffet full at all times. When someone is on a tight lunch break, the last thing you want them to do is wait for their food. With the Hikvision camera in place, they no longer have to wait,” said Poulos. The Pizza Cam enables the operation to be run from the kitchen monitor with no downtime. Monitoring the Hikvision Turbo HD-TVI Turret camera from the kitchen improved efficiency since staff can check the status easily and quickly Ruggedised camera for heat tolerance “Heat tolerance was a big consideration based on the camera’s position in relation to the buffet itself. The specs showed that the Hikvision camera’s operating temperature range was 22 below to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, so we knew it could withstand the heat,” Dave Foster, sales and marketing manager for Holmes Security, told Hikvision. Holmes Security is a 109-year old, family-owned company based in Fayetteville, NC. They use Hikvision cameras because “we have found over time that Hikvision provides higher quality, is easier to install, program and maintain. Tech support is great, and the software is consistent as well. Plus, we have great reps and a great rapport with Hikvision personnel,” said Foster. Holmes Security positioned the camera to the upper right of the buffet to capture the entire line of pizzas. Spinner’s kitchen staff can now see the entire buffet from a monitor in the kitchen, allowing the chefs to stay ahead of customer demand. Poulos adds that he gets “comments all the time about what a great idea it is. The customers especially like the fact that they don’t have to wait for new pizzas to be placed on the buffet.” Greater efficiency and improved operations Spinner’s Pizza is delivering a better experience to its customers by keeping its buffet stocked with fresh pizza. Monitoring the Hikvision Turbo HD-TVI Turret camera from the kitchen improved efficiency since staff do not have to run out to the food line to check the status. The system allows servers to concentrate on serving. The Hikvision Pizza Cam delivers ease of operations for the restaurant staff, owner, and patrons. “Our strength in the field is the partnership among Hikvision, our integrators and their customers, collaborating together to find innovative ways to solve real-world problems,” said Alex Asnovich, director of marketing for Hikvision. “Spinner’s Pizza is a great example of applying our technology to achieve business results in a retail restaurant environment.”
The Melbourne Cricket Ground, known to fans as simply ‘The G’, is Australia’s largest and most iconic sporting venue. With a history dating back to 1853, upwards of 100,000 fans as well as thousands of catering and hospitality staff, hundreds of security officers, police, medical teams, and media crews, as well as sports teams and match officials, flood the site. After a site survey, it was found that the existing access control system not only needed to be replaced, but taking the new public threat levels into account, access control needed to be significantly expanded to protect equipment and infrastructure across the site. Access control-building management integration A key challenge for Frances was that MCG’s electronic security and building management systems were incompatible with each other In addition, a management solution was required that could weave the existing surveillance gear together with the new access control system, as well as other electronic security and building management solutions. Whatever solution was implemented, it also had to be scalable and completely future-proof. MCG facilities manager Andy Frances quickly realised the key to the MCG’s electronic security future would be an open architecture networked solution. A key challenge for Frances was that MCG’s electronic security and building management systems were incompatible with each other and the multiple layers of cabling infrastructure that sprawled across the site were a complete unknown. Frances also knew that he would need a powerful graphical user interface that incorporated mapping, which meant all the hardware employed across the site had to be built for a networked environment. Networked access control According to Frances, integrating the entire system in a networked environment was a crucial factor According to Frances, integrating the entire system in a networked environment was a crucial factor. Frances explains that in terms of what he wanted to achieve at The G, the main goals were to upgrade the access control system, including door controllers and door hardware, and to look at software management programs for controlling access control, CCTV and alarms. “Given the current state of technology, the first thing we had to look at was the security infrastructure,” Frances states. “I saw the key to the site was going to be a futureproof network infrastructure supporting video surveillance, access control and alarm monitoring, integrated by a powerful software management solution.” “That overall management solution was important because for our critical infrastructure areas, we wanted a system that would allow us to know if a door was forced open, and to have some auditing capability,” says Frances. VertX IP access control solution All parts of the new system have been selected on the basis of their ability to support open architecture. The network components include off-the-shelf hardware and firmware installed in IT rooms and supported by the IT department. This part of the system includes switchers and the recording solution. The access control side is the major part of the new installation at the MCG, with Genetec Security Center’s Synergis module supporting VertX IP access control solution, a powerful modular solution designed to carry access control solutions into an IP environment. According to Frances, as the decision solidified and VertX came to the fore, a catastrophic failure of the existing access control system took over the decision-making process. OPIN application programming interface What we liked about VertX was the fact that along with its excellent functionality, HID Global would provide the specifications of that product to any software manufacturer" “While we were calmly assessing the product, we had a failure of the access control system we couldn’t recover from,” Frances explains. “Fortunately, we had already talked to HID about the VertX IP access control solution”, says Frances. “What we liked about VertX was the fact that along with its excellent functionality, HID Global would provide the specifications of that product to any software manufacturer. This satisfied our IT team because it was non-proprietary.” The MCG’s need for open architecture and the proprietary nature of virtually all other access control systems meant HID Global’s VertX solution built on HID’s OPIN application programming interface was the perfect solution for this application. OPIN enables HID Global’s Edge access control devices to operate seamlessly with any management software and in almost any conceivable configuration. The perfect compatibility of VertX meant that it was the first component of the new access control solution selected, which is uncommon. The operational functionality of VertX was also an important part of the decision-making process. Non-proprietary management software “When looking at HID Global’s VertX, there are some key elements that are important. If the system goes offline, it has a cache and when the network is available, VertX downloads all interim events - that was an important thing for us,” Frances says. “While we wanted a fully networked system, we didn’t want to lose any data if the network was offline. We also wanted to retain functionality - we wanted to have the doors operate as they normally would under all circumstances.” Most importantly, VertX’s OPIN architecture allowed the use of non-proprietary management software – this was a major issue for MCG. VertX’s hybrid nature meant virtually the entire site’s existing RS-485 cable could be retained. This saved an enormous amount of money, given the challenges of re-cabling a site so large and heavily constructed. HID’s V1000 network controllerThis robust and highly intelligent Linux-based unit is really the hero of HID’s VertX solutionNo account of the MCG’s access control solution is complete without recognition of the power and capability of HID Global’s V1000 Network Controller. This robust and highly intelligent Linux-based unit is really the hero of HID’s VertX solution. With its RISC processing the V1000 pulls system smarts all the way down to remote network closets giving multiple benefits. The V1000 reduces the number of dedicated ports the access control system needs and buffers events when the network is down. And the V1000 can receive and action commands from third party control software and is also able to activate a digital dialer or GSM modem in the event of longer network failure. Genetec Security Center Frances has no doubt that he has made the right decision going with a fully networked solution at the MCG. “I think the networked model works very well and there’s no question this is the way most security managers on large sites should be heading,” Frances says. “Working with HID Global has been very good for most the same reasons – they understood where we were at and what we wanted. HID Global is able to come to the party very quickly with a system designed with this sort of solution in mind. I can pick up the phone and speak to them and get things resolved.” “The way things are now I can call up the integrator and discuss changes and improvements and talk about ways to keep things within budget. If there’s a location where a low-cost camera works well, and I can save money for other things, then I can buy that. If Bosch releases a new high-end camera for external environments, then I can buy a hundred of those. And it’s the same with access control readers, or if Genetec releases a new version of a module, I can upgrade to it and know I have the best possible system at any given moment,” Frances states. Integrators Australia installed the HID Global VertX access control solution at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. It is managed across the site’s network by Genetec’s Security Center software that includes a Synergis access control module and Omnicast video surveillance module.
A security camera provided by Hikvision USA Inc., the North American provider of innovative, award-winning video surveillance products and solutions, was installed by Holmes Security to help Spinner’s Pizza in Fayetteville, NC to improve efficiency. Established in 1999, Spinner’s Pizza is a popular restaurant with a dedicated following and a very busy lunch crowd. Owner Spero Poulos thought of using a “Pizza Cam” to streamline operations during their busiest times. “Holmes Security had installed Hikvision cameras for security in and around the restaurant. We decided, why not use it for the service efficiency and accuracy?” said Poulos. Full coverage of pizza buffet with kitchen monitor The restaurant owner needed to improve efficiency. The combination of a camera with a kitchen monitor “keeps the staff from running to the buffet just to check what needs to be cooked.” Poulos noted that when staff members leave the kitchen they’re “invariably stopped by customers and friends that want to chat. That can slow down the replenishment process,” said Poulos. Holmes Security installedthe Hikvision DS-2CE56D5T 1080p Turbo HD-TVI Turret camera for the buffet Spinner’s analogue and IP hybrid system includes mini domes, bullets and turret cameras. Holmes Security recommended and installed the Hikvision DS-2CE56D5T 1080p Turbo HD-TVI Turret camera for the buffet to deliver HD quality over the existing coax cabling. The turret camera is positioned to capture the entire line of pizzas on the buffet. “We’re able to keep the buffet full at all times. When someone is on a tight lunch break, the last thing they want is to wait for food. With the Hikvision camera in place, they no longer have to,” said Poulos. The Pizza Cam enables the operation to be run from the kitchen monitor with no downtime. Greater efficiency and improved operations “Heat tolerance was a big consideration based on the camera’s position in relation to the buffet itself. The specs showed that the Hikvision camera’s operating temperature range was 22 below to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, so we knew it could withstand the heat,” Dave Foster, Sales and Marketing Manager for Holmes Security, told Hikvision. Holmes Security is a 109-year old, family-owned company based in Fayetteville, NC. They use Hikvision cameras because “we have found over time that Hikvision provides higher quality, is easier to install, program and maintain. Tech support is great and the software is consistent as well. Plus, we have great reps and a great rapport with Hikvision personnel,” said Foster. Holmes Security positioned the Hikvision camera to the upper right of the buffet to capture the entire line of pizzas Holmes Security positioned the camera to the upper right of the buffet to capture the entire line of pizzas. Spinner’s kitchen staff can now see the entire buffet from a monitor in the kitchen, allowing the chefs to stay ahead of customer demand. Poulos adds that he gets “comments all the time about what a great idea it is. The customers especially like the fact that they don’t have to wait for new pizzas to be placed on the buffet.” Applying technology to achieve business results Spinner’s Pizza is delivering a better experience to its customers by keeping its buffet stocked with fresh pizza. Monitoring the Hikvision Turbo HD-TVI Turret camera from the kitchen improved efficiency since staff does not have to run out to the food line to check the status. The system allows servers to concentrate on serving. The Hikvision Pizza Cam delivers ease of operations for the restaurant staff, owner and patrons. “Our strength in the field is the partnership among Hikvision, our integrators and their customers, collaborating together to find innovative ways to solve real-world problems,” said Alex Asnovich, Director of Marketing for Hikvision. “Spinner’s Pizza is a great example of applying our technology to achieve business results in a retail restaurant environment.”
Using Predator Hybrid cameras, The Oracle security team can view all aspects of the shopping centre Looking to move to a totally IP surveillance camera network in the future but wanting to upgrade their current analogue cameras now, The Oracle shopping centre, Reading, is fulfilling both criteria—by installing the innovative Predator Hybrid camera from CCTV design and manufacturing company, 360 Vision Technology. Network cameras Opened in September 1999, the first phase of The Oracle was followed in November of that year by The Riverside, a stylish choice of restaurants, pubs, and cinema. The final phase completed the development in May 2000, which was officially opened by the Princess Royal. Along with The Riverside’s 22 restaurants, cafés, and bars, The Oracle’s 90 stores and shops increases Reading's retail outlet footage by thirty-three percent. Visitors to the centre can utilise its two large car parks, which provide 2,300 vehicle spaces. Securing such a vast retail space presents a challenge for the on-site security team at The Oracle. The team consists of a mixture of guards in public areas of the centre, and highly skilled operators working in the CCTV control room, from where they can view a network of over 300 static, covert, PTZ, and dome cameras.Visitor safety “As our security consultant of choice for many years, we have enjoyed a successful relationship with Zada Technology Ltd, in which time we have built a working relationship that has seen the installation of further cameras to our system,” explains Andy Salmon, Security Manager at The Oracle. “For the latest upgrade, we had some concerns about investing in analogue cameras, only to be faced with them becoming obsolete and having to replace them in the future when we upgrade our control to IP, which will happen in the next round of planned rolling upgrade programme.” Predator Hybrid camera “High-definition images from the Predator Hybrid cameras mean we don’t have to deploy our guards to every situation” “We specified the 360 Vision Technology Predator Hybrid to provide both analogue and HD functionality in a single PTZ camera,” explains Adam Parsonson-Smith, Technical Director at shopping centre security specialist Zada Technology Ltd. “It’s the perfect choice for use at The Oracle. This patent-pending technology means that when their installation moves to HD infrastructure, the Hybrid camera’s standard analogue 4:3 images can be replaced with a full HD 1080p output—at the flick of a camera switch and with no additional equipment required.”Predator Hybrid also features ONVIF compliant or 360SDK protocols for fast set-up and IP68 certification to ensure continued performance in the harshest of environments—all backed by 360 Vision Technology’s comprehensive 3-year warranty, and their design and manufacturing base in the UK.Identifying suspicious behaviour Using the new Predator Hybrid cameras, the Oracle security team can view all aspects of the shopping centre’s malls and its vast car parks, in HD quality. These high-definition images are a great improvement on the original images and assist the control room team to easily identify suspicious and anti-social behaviour. Better quality images also ensure that known offenders can be identified as soon as they enter the centre, and their behaviour monitored and recorded whilst they are on-site. This new, unparalleled HD overview of the entire centre allows security, management, and health & safety decisions to be made swiftly—based on a comprehensive visual summary of monitored situations. If a situation or incident requires one of the security team to attend, effective resources can be directed to the location via radio link from the control room. “High-definition images from the Predator Hybrid cameras mean we don’t have to deploy our guards to every situation,” explains Andy. “Using the new cameras we can monitor the situation and only deploy our manned guarding team if necessary—this frees them to perform other tasks and helps me as manager use the resources at my disposal for best effect and in the most economical way.” “The Hybrid camera’s standard analogue 4:3 images can be replaced with a full HD 1080p output” Cost-effective solution “Predator Hybrid’s designed-in seamless integration and simple set-up meant minimal installation time and therefore minimal disruption to The Oracle’s business trading during camera installation,” adds Adam. “This provided The Oracle management with the assurance and satisfaction derived from a quick camera changeover procedure and minimal downtime while the work was carried out.”The Oracle management team is now enjoying a future-proofed and cost-effective surveillance solution that is set to provide many years of continual service. The new 360 Vision Technology Predator Hybrid cameras are providing a highly-effective security and management tool—affording peace of mind to the millions of customers who visit The Oracle shopping centre each year.