Hybrid surveillance systems
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...
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 ye...
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.”
Panasonic has launched a new medical portable recording camera system, capturing high-definition 4K images as well as adding network capability for IP control and IP streaming. The new POVCAM system includes a AG-MDR25 compact portable recorder and the AG-MDC20GJ 4K camera head, facilitating high-definition 4K image acquisition and advanced IP control and IP streaming. The new AG-MDR25/ AG-MDC20GJ system replaces the previous Full HD AG-MDR15/AG-MDC10 and is designed for various applications in the medical environment such as medical training and surgical documentation. POVCAM features The AG-MDR25 recorder features double SD memory card slots (SDXC), advanced high-quality compression and 4K/UHD image acquisition in a compact, portable unit. The AG-MDR25 boasts improved recorder operation with a touch-panel monitor and large buttons that are covered by a membrane sheet for easy disinfection. A 3.5-inch colour LCD monitor displays content in thumbnail images for quick viewing that can be reversely displayed. The ultra-compact AG-MDC20GJ camera head is equipped with a wide-angle 20x optical zoom lens that covers a range from 29.5mm wide-angle to 612 mm close-ups (35mm equivalent). A 16-axis independent colour correction function allows precise colour adjustment and an optical ND filter, which can be manually switched (CLEAR, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64). Additionally, the AG-MDC20GJ is equipped with a 5-axis hybrid image stabiliser. Further refinements for the surgical and medical environment include a new surgical light mode and compliance with medical standards. IP control and streaming IP control and IP streaming is possible with the new recorder via LAN terminal, offering video and audio streaming distribution over a local area network as well as access from PCs and tablets via web browser. The camera can also link up to a Panasonic remote camera system IP controller for more versatile operation. Connectivity is also improved with a new HDMI output. “This is a big step forward for Panasonic’s IMV camera range,” said Margarita Zoussevitch, European Marketing Manager for Industrial Medical Vision. “By bringing the resolution up to 4K, introducing a touch-enabled LCD panel as well as all the other improvements over the original HD version of this camera, this system is one of the most capable IMV devices on the market.” The AG-MDR25/ AG-MDC20GJ, which can be connected via optional cables in 3-metre and 20-metre lengths, will be available in June 2017.
Wavestore, the British developer of innovative open platform and highly secure Linux-based Video Management Software (VMS), is pleased to introduce its new easy to install and operate PT-Series Network Video Recorders (NVRs) supplied pre-installed with the latest version of Wavestore’s Video Management Software. Wavestore’s PT-Series NVRs are designed to offer a robust and reliable recording, management, and control solution for a host of security and video surveillance projects. With the ability to connect up to 48 network cameras per standalone unit, they can also be configured into server groups to satisfy large and distributed video surveillance installations, all accessible to an operator via Wavestore’s easy to use WaveView client software. Wavestore’s PT-Series NVRs “The PT-series enables WaveView to be accessed locally for day-to-day operation simply by plugging a monitor, keyboard and mouse directly into the unit, whilst additional remote connections of authorised WaveView clients can easily be achieved either from a computer or mobile device”, says Julian Inman, Head of Product Management at Wavestore. “With the addition of the PT-Series to our range of NVRs and Hybrid Video Recorders, our Partners can take full advantage of deploying fully scalable solutions that can be administered, managed and controlled on a common VMS platform.” PT-series NVRs can accommodate 4 x 3.5” hot-swap hard drives to provide up to 24TB of storage. Thanks to industry leading throughput, users can typically expect 31 days storage of images from over 40 Full HD cameras being recorded in real-time, 24 hours a day. Customisable recording rates can be set per individual channel for both normal and ‘on alarm’ recording and a wide mix of camera technologies, including 360 degree fisheye cameras, can be deployed across an installation. Option of upgrading or expanding channels Available from Wavestore’s network of authorised distributors, the new PT-Series NVRs come with the option to upgrade or expand channels at any time in the future without having to reinstall the VMS software. Users can choose from Base, Premium or Enterprise VMS levels and purchase the exact number of camera licenses required for the application at hand. All PT-Series NVRs are provided with a full three-year return to base hardware warranty and come pre-installed with Version 6 of Wavestore’s VMS embedded directly onto their Linux operating system.
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.
Background LAN airline, one of the most important airline companies in Latin America, is based in Lima, Peru. The airline company operates scheduled domestic and international services, controlling over seventy percent of the domestic market. Its main base and maintenance centre are located in Jorge Chávez International Airport, Lima, which is a significant transfer hub and aviation infrastructure of South America. Challenge The LAN airline deploys its surveillance system with Dahua solutions for its office and airplane maintenance centre, where it plays a vital role to keep customers' airplanes flying safely. As what the customer specified, they want the centre covered to ensure a 100% regular management and operation. However, since it is located inside of Jorge Chávez International Airport, it brings along with a hassle as neither too many cables nor wireless antennas are allowed because it may generate electronic jamming. Under this circumstance, the Dahua team suggested to use a hybrid solution — a combination of AP (access points) and wire transmission — wirelessly transmit the camera data to inter-connected sub-centres, and then cable-transmit to the control room. “In recent years, we are going vertical rather than providing simple and individual products. And this project deepened our insight and practical experience towards airport projects", says William Zhou, Sales Director for Latin Americas at Dahua Technology Solution The “AP mode” wireless video transmission system includes access points, feeders, PoE, antennas and power cables, allowing a 3.0km to 5.0km long-distance fast transmission with a wide angle, by which, the coverage is further expanded. There are in total hundreds of network cameras and Dahua speed domes adopted, ranging from basic lineup to the Eco-Savvy series with versatile shapes such as domes and box cameras according to the actual surveillance surroundings. Take the Eco-Savvy camera series for example, the dome camera is able to provide high-quality image with much lower power consumption — saving up to 50% energy compared with similar products from other bidders. Moreover, the Dahua 6C-series speed dome cameras can not only provide clear and crisp images, but also requires less output power, lowering the power output of the airport. As for storage, over fifteen 16-channel PoE NVRs are applied, each with 384Mbps incoming bandwidth, rendering a smooth HD real-time preview and recording; and its PoE function simplifies installation and reduces signal interference. The NVR accommodates up to 16TB with 4 SATAs supported, ensuring a large volume 7/24 storage. Result “Actually, we have many bidders and the final reason that drives us to cooperate with Dahua is their outstanding product quality and service. We can see their professionalism in video surveillance and plus their sincerity makes us moved during the communication,” Said Luis A. Gómez Cornejo, Supervisor of Electronic Security at LAN Perú. “The implementation went great, they deployed the system within quite a short time and the products are in very good performance.” “We feel super honoured to be involved in this case,” said William Zhou, Sales Director for Latin Americas at Dahua Technology. “In recent years, we are going vertical rather than providing simple and individual products. And this project deepened our insight and practical experience towards airport projects.”