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Neurotechnology, a provider of deep learning-based solutions and high-precision biometric identification and object recognition technologies, has announced the release of the SentiVeillance 7.0 software development kit (SDK) and the end-user oriented SentiVeillance Server solution. With SentiVeillance SDK, developers can create identification solutions that use live video streams from digital surveillance cameras. The latest version adds multiple enhancements to the biometric face recognition a...
Milestone Systems, globally-renowned open platform company in networked VMS, released its Device Pack 10.0a in October this year and now supports the MOBOTIX MOVE camera series. MOBOTIX MOVE is an independent product line providing customers everything from a single source. “MOVE” stands for the use of mechanically moving parts in the cameras, meaning that MOBOTIX have parted with their previous product policy of only offering decentralised video systems on the market. The MOBOTIX M...
Matrix has announced that it will be participating in the prestigious and the world’s premier trade fair for Security, Safety & Fire Protection Intersec 2019. The expo is to be held in the Dubai World Trade Center, Dubai from 20th to 22nd January 2019. Matrix will be launching its new door controller and exhibiting its time-attendance, access control and video surveillance solutions at the event. Matrix is well-known for its indigenous and innovative range of solutions for IP video su...
Maxxess Systems introduces new enterprise software that combines security, communications, business intelligence and data integration into a single, easy-to-use platform called Maxxess InSite. Maxxess InSite, unified interface platform Maxxess InSite sets a new benchmark for security and business intelligence software platforms by every standard of measure" Nothing operates, functions or looks like Maxxess InSite. It combines systems intelligence and human intelligence to detect and respond to...
Pelco by Schneider Electric, global provider of intelligent video surveillance solutions, announced the release of the GFC Professional 4K, a video camera delivering 8 MP resolution detail for demanding video security applications with heavy foot and vehicular traffic. The GFC Professional 4K is also designed to support challenging lighting conditions that are typical in city surveillance, airports, seaports, traffic, gaming facilities, corrections, commercial, and hospitality deployments. GFC...
ISS, Intelligent Security Systems, global provider of intelligent VMS and analytics, is showcasing two highly specialised analytics solutions for vehicle surveillance and law enforcement applications at ISC East 2018 (booth #527). Natively developed and designed to seamlessly integrate with ISS’ SecurOS v10 platform, SecurOS UVSS (Under Vehicle Surveillance System) combines advanced software and hardware for remote under-vehicle surveillance. Furthermore, the ISS SecurOS Motus is an IP-cam...
Vaxtor Technologies has acquired RoadPixel and is relocating its international headquarters from Spain to the UK. Together, the companies will become Vaxtor Recognition Technologies Ltd. The Vaxtor family of companies in the USA, Singapore, and Spain will continue to service their respective territories. Juan Vercher, CEO of Vaxtor Technologies stated: “I really feel honoured leading Vaxtor Recognition Technologies and bringing on board recognised experts in the ANPR industry including Frank Thomson, Lawson Noble and their entire team. This will enhance and strengthen the relationship with our current technology partners and customers and will allow us to deliver next generation disruptive products thanks to our enhanced capabilities. The relationship and quality of service we provide to our customers and partners will remain the cornerstone of our values.” Joining forces with Vaxtor means that we will become a very significant player in the ANPR market" Camera and recognition technology Frank Thomson, CEO of RoadPixel added: “Joining forces with Vaxtor means that we will become a very significant player in the ANPR market with the combination of RoadPixel’s advanced camera technology and Vaxtor’s world class recognition software. We have been working closely with Juan Vercher and his very talented people for some time and we have great synergy and company cultures that are already very much aligned. In addition to our best of breed technologies, our combined personnel will be one of the most experienced and capable teams in the ANPR market.” Strategic markets for the combined operations are security, parking, traffic, safe cities, and critical infrastructure. These markets will enjoy a full family of video analytics products including license plate recognition (LPR/ANPR/ALPR), USDOT, railway vehicles, and container code recognition technology chosen by 3 of the Top-5 USA ports.
Total Recall Corporation, a Convergint Technologies Company, will showcase its portable CrimeEye LPR License Plate Recognition unit at the 32nd annual Police Security Expo to be held June 26-27 at the Atlantic City Convention Center in New Jersey. “Our exclusive CrimeEye video surveillance products have offered law enforcement portable, high-quality video surveillance solutions for years. This year we’re excited to showcase the latest configuration that will benefit the law enforcement community immensely: license plate recognition that can be moved as needed,” said Total Recall Corporation’s President of Sales Jordan Heilweil. “We’re excited to demo how it’s possible to have a high-quality portable LPR solution with the thousands of law enforcement industry professionals that attend PSE.” CrimeEye LPR is a unique solution for law enforcement in that it is a portable, self-contained LPR system CrimeEye license plate recognition unit CrimeEye LPR is a unique solution for law enforcement in that it is a portable, self-contained LPR system. It includes an Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR) camera, emergency battery backup, WiFi and pole mount. Thanks to its all-inclusive design, CrimeEye LPR unit can be quickly attached to a street pole in an area of interest and instantly stream captured data to a command center. With such portability, police departments are able to have an audit trail of passing traffic, alarm on BOLO’s and use this CrimeEye solution to help reduce crime in different areas of interest at various times. The CrimeEye LPR joins the deep product lineup of video surveillance solutions that Total Recall Corporation pioneered with the original CrimeEye video surveillance unit. Used by law enforcement, cities and municipalities across the United States to protect millions of American citizens each day, the CrimeEye line of public safety video surveillance solutions include fixed location units for permanent deployment, as well as smaller and lighter rapid deployment (RD) units that can be easily installed and quickly moved to enable video monitoring at a new location on as-needed basis. Police Security Expo 2018 PSE is the law enforcement industry’s longest-running and most well-known product showcase. There are over 7,000 in attendance, 750 exhibits on display, seminar programs, product demonstrations and new product updates. Show attendees are encouraged to visit Total Recall Corporation at PSE Booth 1643 to demo the latest in video surveillance security solutions which include the CrimeEye LPR.
Milestone Systems, the global company for open platform IP video management software (VMS), continues to ensure ongoing expansions in its personnel. Milestone has a keen focus on supporting the success of its partner community, so the last several months have been busy with hiring new people to the company and rewarding well-deserved internal upward career moves. Some earlier ‘family members’ who had spread their wings to other areas of the industry have also returned to the Milestone home to ply their broadened expertise. Returnees Jennifer Hones has rejoined Milestone as the Western Region Key Account Manager. She was at Milestone from 2010-2015, then moved to Vicon as National Distribution Manager and National Account Manager, and on to Dahua as Enterprise Business Development Manager. In her new Milestone role, she assists partners in the management and growth of principal end user accounts, establishing Milestone in A&E firms focused on Fortune 500 companies and strategic vertical markets, and key community partner relationships. Jennifer is a graduate of Stanford University with a BA in International Relations and an MA in Sociology. She was a starting guard for the Stanford women’s basketball team, playing in two NCAA national title games. Her competitiveness, experience, organisation, and the relationships she has within the organisation and industry are a winning combination! Will Ramsay also is welcomed back to Milestone as the Channel Business Manager for the Gulf territory, where his contributions in his earlier 5-year tenure were greatly appreciated. In this newly created region - which includes the states of AL, MS, TN and KY - Will returns knowing the customer base and the end users very well. He brings 20 years of industry experience to this position, having held high-level sales roles at rep firm Murphy & Cota, integrator at North American Video and distributor at ADI. He holds a master’s degree from Mississippi State University and resides in Memphis. Andrei Junqueira is now the Milestone Channel Business Manager for Brazil New hires Andrei Junqueira is now the Milestone Channel Business Manager for Brazil. He spent almost 10 years with Axis Communications in sales and business development, where his latest position was as Sales Manager for South America. At Axis, he leveraged his leadership, strategic thinking and sales focus to build territories, increase the number of channels and partners, and shape the long-term sales growth path in the region. He rose from earlier engineering positions at Verint and Johnson Controls, gaining extensive experience with VMS and integrations with Building Management Systems, Access Control and HVAC. Andrei graduated with a Master’s in Business Administration for IT in Robotics Engineering at University of Brasilia. Aaron Hallmark is the Milestone Channel Business Manager for the new Mid-South territory. He brings substantial knowledge of the security industry. He began as a technician with Connections 21 before moving to Dowley Systems, a large systems integrator, as a technician, Account Executive and General Manager. After some time as a Regional Sales Manager with Pivot3, Aaron founded his own integration company, RFIP, sold after 7 successful years to Orion Systems, where he spent the last 15 months as their Strategic Project Business Manager. Aaron has served in the US Army where he achieved the rank of Section Platoon Sergeant for the 145th Calvary. He is based in Norman, Oklahoma. Dan Viotto has joined the Americas team as Channel Business Manager in the newly aligned Southwest Territory: San Diego, Las Vegas (Clark County) and Arizona Security and internet analytics experts Dan Viotto has joined the Americas team as Channel Business Manager in the newly aligned Southwest Territory: San Diego, Las Vegas (Clark County) and Arizona. He comes from Knight Security, a large multi-site Milestone Partner in Texas, where he was a Sales and Marketing Manager. Dan’s professional roles included Director of Channel Partner Development, VP of Operations and Business Development and Managing Partner, with experience in the security, internet analytics and B2B consulting industries for a track record of revenue growth through personnel and process development. He is a graduate of UCLA with a BA in Political Science and will live in San Diego. Dave Loyer is the new Milestone Channel Business Manager for the Great Lakes territory. He has 25 years of security experience in operations, sales and service, including Infinite Technologies LLC in Detroit, a Milestone Gold Partner, where he managed projects with security and surveillance integrations. Dave achieved multiple security certifications, notably as a Milestone Certified Integration Technician, and he holds a Mechanical Design (CAD) Associates degree from Owens Community College. He has been a long-time Milestone advocate, affected particularly by two projects he managed. The first was a big city Medical Center; the second was a County Community College, which involved Milestone XProtect open platform VMS integrated with Platesmart license detection and Herta facial recognition. Dave will be working from Toledo, Ohio, also coaching his kids’ baseball and hockey teams. JJ Jadali is the Milestone Channel Business Manager for the new Mid-Atlantic territory LPR and facial recognition technology experts JJ Jadali is the Milestone Channel Business Manager for the new Mid-Atlantic territory, backfilling Walter Coady who was promoted to Federal Key Account Manager. JJ has significant experience in the security industry, most recently as Business Development Executive with Genesis Security Systems, recently purchased by Convergint Technologies. He developed corporate security technology programs dedicated to protecting large organisations and their assets for companies like McCormick, Meritus Health, and Fannie Mae. Other roles included Business Development Manager at S2 Security where he managed the highest revenue-generating territory. He also worked at Brivo, developing enterprise accounts such as Salesforce.com, AMD and United Rentals. He holds an MBA from Seton Hall University, and now resides in Rockville, Maryland. A new Solutions Engineer, Alexander Laffrenier, is based in Toronto, Ontario. Alex worked for seven years at iView Systems as a Sales Engineer. He has done many technical demonstrations and worked with video analytics such as LPR from Genetec and Facial Recognition from Cognitec. Previously, he worked as a Network Engineer for Vitran Logistics. Michael Gonzales is now a Milestone Solutions Engineer in Presales for the US and Canada Video, ACS and intrusion systems’ professional Michael Gonzales is now a Milestone Solutions Engineer in Presales for the US and Canada. He came from LINX LLLP, a low voltage integrator for structured cabling, audio/video, DAS and security, where he was Engineering Manager – Security, leading the engineering team in design, permits, estimates and implementation of video, ACS, intrusion and intercom systems. Prior to that he was Sales/Project Manager at Sturgeon Electric Co. in the Rocky Mountain region developing security integrations and managing installations. Mike was also the President/CEO at Fort Collins Wintronic, an electronics and networking goods wholesaler. Kevin Gentry is a new Support Professional in Milestone’s Technical Support Americas. He came from Hewlett Packard where he was a Field Engineer for more than 12 years. Mike Blay has come on board as Sales Support Specialist in the Milestone Partner Services and Sales Support group. He got his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management at Linfield College, and worked in sales and merchandising at Columbia Sportwear after other positions with retailers Pendleton, Mondelēz International and Big 5. He has also been a floor supervisor at Royal Casino in WA. Russell Gardner has joined Milestone’s Partner Activation team as Sales Development Associate and Lead Qualifier. He comes with over seven years of inside sales, lead and outbound calling expertise that will help channel partners see more success doing business with Milestone. Jamie Mertz has filled a new role in Milestone as Sales Administrator, assisting the North America Field Sales and Sales Operations with leads, reporting, coordination and prioritising as well being a touch point and liaison between many departments and roles in the region. Stephanie Beale-Marlowe is Milestone’s new Technical Project Manager - a critical role in building the company’s project management practice. Her focus is closing gaps in large and complex system deployments, ensuring proper risk mitigation, delivering an exceptional customer experience, expediting project deliverables and bringing solid project management discipline to the Americas teams. Stephanie is West coast born and Texas raised, and has been working in Product Management roles for the last 4.5 years. She has a BA from University of North Texas. Eric Moe is now Milestone’s Director of Sales North America, in charge of both Field Sales and Inside Channel Management Promotions Eric Moe is now Milestone’s Director of Sales North America, in charge of both Field Sales and Inside Channel Management for alignment under a common reporting line. Eric has been with Milestone since 2013, moving from Director of Sales Operations responsible for Inside Sales, Partner Service and Sales Support, Partner & Business Development. Earlier he was VP Sales & Operations at Connex International and Security Consultants International following a position as Director of Events at IP Video Security and sales roles at Transcend Communications and Paychex. Eric studied Marketing and Sales at University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Amy Hanks has been promoted to Manager, Partner Activation, having worked at Milestone from January 2016 as an Inside Channel Manager (ICM) covering the Southeast and Gulf territories, then taking on ICM responsibilities for the Atlantic territory. In her previous career at Coca-Cola, she managed 35 field employees and was responsible for sales and logistical support. Her experience in developing, managing and implementing processes, as well as her passion for leadership and sales, make her an excellent fit for the Partner Activation team, where her primary responsibilities include leading the team in renewals and lead generation/development. As a true “Culture Contributor,” Amy has a memorable impact on everyone, bringing positive energy in her work at Milestone. Danielle Quinones has been promoted from Scheduling Coordinator to Project Coordinator. Dani has been a valuable asset in organising Milestone’s training and professional services processes over the past 2.5 years. Recently, she has taken on additional duties in project management to coordinate activities with high-profile federal customers. Dani has made a significant commitment to studying project management outside of work through various courses and workshops, bringing valuable insight and feedback from her educational endeavors. Milestone’s reporting systems Pia High is now Marketing Specialist in the Americas Regional Marketing Team Michael Morgan started with Milestone as a Finance Intern in October 2017 and quickly proved his ability to understand Milestone’s reporting systems and forecasting financial models. He recently finished his Bachelor of Science in Finance from Portland State University in December and in April became a permanent addition to the Americas Finance team as a Financial Analyst. Pia High is now Marketing Specialist in the Americas Regional Marketing Team. She started with Milestone in 2016 the day after she graduated from Portland State University, as an intern in Partner Service and Sales Support (PSSS) proving to have a great work ethic, organisational skills and disposition that quickly earned her a permanent spot in Milestone. As her degree in Marketing & Advertising suggests, Pia has a passion for marketing, so her skills will be leveraged to continue building a strong brand and marketing presence throughout the region.
Around 11 p.m., police got an emergency call and rushed to the scene. An assault had happened in a park. According to the victim, the attacker looked like a beggar in ragged clothes and smelling of alcohol. The victim was heading home from the park at the time of the incident, when the attacker suddenly ran out of nowhere and attacked her, took her purse, and fled. The police investigated the scene but found no useful information about the attacker. Because it happened at night, the security cameras in the neighborhood could not effectively record any usable footage. When reviewing the surveillance video, the image was blurry and full of visual noise, which is bad for detection. Public park security and surveillance Neighborhood parks should be a peaceful place where you can take a break from the hustle and noise of the city. However, an urban park at night is often synonymous with danger. At night, passersby have to be vigilant to stay safe. Although security camera systems are becoming more commonplace in urban parks in recent years, there are still many security requirements that cannot yet be met, such as high-resolution night vision and recording in color. Today, to effectively solve this problem, cameras equipped with Hikvision ColorVu Technology extend and enhance surveillance capabilities into the dark, lifting the cover of night to capture vivid chromatic images – leading to the prosecution of criminals like the one described above and ultimately enhancing safety. As a video surveillance manufacturer, Hikvision has long developed products equipped with innovative new features based on video surveillance technologies that have been refined and improved over previous decades. Hikvision ColorVu Cameras Hikvision ColorVu Cameras’ powerful ability to capture details in low lighting comes from two specific breakthroughs in hardware technologies: advanced lenses and high-sensitivity sensors Hikvision ColorVu Cameras’ powerful ability to capture details in low lighting comes from two specific breakthroughs in hardware technologies: advanced lenses and high-sensitivity sensors. In contrast to conventional lenses, ColorVu lenses are equipped with a super-aperture, reaching up to F1.0, which allows more light to enter the lens so that imaging brightness can be increased. Hikvision ColorVu Camera lenses also feature Broad-Band Anti-Reflection (BBAR) Coating and Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) Optical glass, to reduce light flare and efficiently reproduce an image’s sharpness and color saturation. These technologies effectively overcome the kind of key information that gets blocked by a light flare. The ColorVu Cameras’ high-sensitivity is designed for surveillance applications where high-resolution color images are required even in ultra-low light environments. Hikvision ColorVu Cameras sensors demonstrate an extraordinary photovoltaic conversion efficiency. They employ an advanced sensor technology – a new light-collection structure that vastly improves the utilisation of light. Tests show ColorVu cameras continually provide colorful, sharp images right down to the lowest light levels. At the same time, their self-adapting 3D DNR algorithm on ISP guarantees high imaging quality. ColorVu Camera sensors Hikvision ColorVu Cameras provide bright color video images 24/7 in low illumination conditionsIn addition, extreme light conditions are taken into consideration in the design process. ColorVu cameras are equipped with warm supplemental light, so when there is no light source whatsoever – even starlight or street lights – they can guarantee colorful imaging. This feature provides environmentally-friendly, soft, warm lighting, reducing any harsh discoloration of the object being illuminated. As a result, Hikvision ColorVu Cameras provide bright color video images 24/7 in low illumination conditions. They excel at capturing vivid chromatic images in a multitude of application scenarios, such as public places with no lighting, night security at industrial parks, traffic intersections in low light environments, and many more – everywhere color information is particularly important. License plate recognition As an example, in general, license plate information of a suspect’s vehicle is crucial in traffic accident investigation. However, when the vehicle is non-licensed, or the license plate is deliberately obscured, the vehicle can only be investigated by its features – brand, model, and especially the color. So, though external lighting conditions are poor, even completely dark, Hikvision ColorVu Cameras still capture valuable color information. Hikvision ColorVu Technology is being used in the Turbo HD 5.0 and Easy IP 4.0 series.
SeeTec, global provider of video management solutions, has been developing and selling software for security applications for almost 20 years. Twice a year SeeTec publishes new releases of its products and at the end of May, the R12 version of SeeTec Cayuga and SeeTec BVI were announced. In these latest versions, three major areas of enhancement were the focal points. In SeeTec Cayuga, an improved map mode offers a better overview of a video project SeeTec Cayuga In SeeTec Cayuga, an improved map mode offers a better overview of a video project. It is now easier to locate cameras, or alarms, no matter what zoom level has been chosen. Cameras can be configured in groups and the icon library for maps has been revamped and extended so that a user can now instantly identify what type of camera is used. A new “field of view” function for cameras can be configured to exactly show which area the camera is covering. The opacity of the beam that indicates the field of view can be adjusted and any alarm associated with a camera can be easily identified by the icon turning red. Thus, the whole use of maps, as well as the interaction with them, e.g. for drawing attention to an event or locating an alarm, are more intuitive than ever before, resulting in shorter response times on critical incidents. Smooth video feedsIn recent years there has been a trend towards more live operation of video surveillance, especially in installations that secure public spaces In recent years there has been a trend towards more live operation of video surveillance, especially in installations that secure public spaces, e.g. in cities, airports or train stations. With R12, the demand for smoother video feeds for exactly these kinds of applications has been covered by making smooth streaming the default preference for video feeds. Various improvements for decoding and displaying of video have been incorporated: not only can more cameras be visualised simultaneously, but this also covers the increasing demand for smooth playback of high-resolution streams (4k and higher) as well as streams with a high frame rate. When reaction time is essential, e.g. when working with PTZ cameras, the user can always switch to low latency mode in order to minimise the time lag. SeeTec Analytics Server 3D The SeeTec Analytics Server 3D now offers a newly implemented 2D mode in order to address facade detection applications Many other seemingly small improvements will bring a new level of comfort for easier operation, especially for large installations. For example, the redesigned Alarm Search Panel already shows more information at a glance and, when expanded, presents the details in a much more straightforward way. The SeeTec Analytics Server 3D now offers a newly implemented 2D mode in order to address facade detection applications. The SeeTec License Plate Recognition can detect even more license plate types. New analytics tools for people counting or for left behind objects are available with deeply integrated analytics software from our technology partner Forlan. The SeeTec License Plate Recognition can detect even more license plate types SeeTec BVI SeeTec BVI also sees major advances: aside from numerous tweaks under the hood, the software tool to link video data with other business processes also has made huge strides in usability, an example being the redesigned search mode that offers new functionalities and sorting options. Processes that require a large number of images to be exported can now be supported as well. By using SeeTec BVI R12, for example in logistics applications, more than 320 thousand pictures per day can be handed over to 3rd party systems. Use cases here are the documentation of the transfer of liability in the tracking of shipments where a complete image documentation is needed. Customers with a valid Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) can already download and install the update to SeeTec Cayuga R12 and SeeTec BVI R12 (available June 11). The installation can be done either manually or via the built in Auto Updater, which for the very first time can also be used for always keeping SeeTec BVI up to date.
At IPI 2018 on booth 1701 Genetec Inc. (‘Genetec’), a technology provider of unified security, public safety, operations, parking enforcement and business intelligence solutions, will demonstrate a new way for parking organisations to better protect their officers. An industry first, Genetec Security Center AutoVu Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR) solution now enables parking enforcement organisations to view video evidence taken by a body-worn camera and automatically correlate it with the license plate data associated with an infraction or altercation. “Parking enforcement officers are frequently threatened and harassed during their day-to-day duties,” explains Robert Amante, AutoVu Product Manager. “These altercations can lead to officer injuries, staff demoralisation, and increased turnover. By equipping their officers with body-worn cameras¬—rather than more threatening tools such as batons or pepper spray—parking organisations can help protect their staff without escalating confrontations. Should an altercation occur, organisations now have access to both video and ALPR evidence for ensuing investigations.” AutoVu associates ALPR-equipped vehicles with specific body-worn cameras, and ties video clips to ALPR metadata such as plate reads, GPS coordinates and timestamps Ease in searching of vehicles With the simple press of a button on a body-worn camera, an officer can trigger a video recording. AutoVu associates ALPR-equipped vehicles with specific body-worn cameras, and ties video clips to ALPR metadata such as plate reads, GPS coordinates and timestamps. When video evidence from body-worn cameras needs to be retrieved, users can easily search based on plate number, time range or by using maps. Through this integration, parking enforcement organisations can deploy body-worn cameras as an addition to their existing Genetec ALPR system. Previously, customers had to deploy a standalone solution to equip their officers with body-worn cameras, a process that was time-consuming and costly. Support for body-worn cameras in parking enforcement will be available from Genetec AutoVu channel partners by August 2018. New pay-by-plate parking partners Building on the industry’s biggest ecosystem of parking partners, Genetec has added support for two new companies to further enhance access to its parking systems: netPark, a cloud-based point of sale and revenue management software service used to manage valet or self-park operations; and YourParkingSpace a web-based service that matches drivers to available privately and commercially owned car parking spaces. AutoVu Flexreader automatically reads license plates captured by suitable IP video camera supported by the Genetec Security Center unified platform Automatic license plate reader At IPI, Genetec will also showcase AutoVu Flexreader, a new server-based offering that automatically reads license plates captured by suitable IP video camera supported by the Genetec Security Center unified platform. With AutoVu Flexreader parking authorities can increase the amount of vehicle data they are able to capture throughout their facilities. AutoVu Free-Flow supports traffic data Visitors to the Genetec booth will also be able to see the latest version of the AutoVu Free-Flow off-street parking management solution. Designed to help increase parking enforcement efficiency by providing a real-time occupancy of vehicles parked illegally in monitored parking lots, Free-Flow data can now be combined with traffic information. This allows parking authorities to display travel times and occupancy side by side on a variety of digital messaging signs to help guide parkers more quickly to open spaces. Parking managers can now see their parking data more clearly using visual reports, helping them to identify patterns quickly and detect irregularities.
Through new technology, applications and analytics, video surveillance systems are helping to make hospitals a safer place Healthcare organisations face many challenges. Federal mandates associated with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), changing reimbursement models, an ageing population and competition are among the most concerning issues. Unfortunately, so are safety and security. However, video surveillance is helping. Through new technology, applications and analytics, video surveillance systems – and the data storage required to support them – are helping to make hospitals a safer place and providing a positive impact on the quality of care. Security and surveillance trends Security professionals in healthcare settings face many threats. Gang incidents, trespassing, patient outbursts and terrorism are all concerns they must protect against, not to mention drug related crimes and the risk of infant and child abduction. Incidents of violence are real possibilities, which places workplace violence and disorderly conduct at the top of the list of safety concerns. “Violence is a real challenge for us,” said Mickey Watson, Director of Public Safety for the Sarasota County Hospital District in Sarasota, Florida. “We worry about active shooters and people pulling out knives and stabbing people. We have to worry about people driving cars into the crowd in front of our hospital. We see a rising level of violence among the patients in the emergency rooms. Even on the medical floors, we are seeing violent interactions with families, visitors, and other people on our campus.” According to Mickey, “Violence in the hospital and workplace violence have to be priorities for us, and we are always looking for ways to reduce the amount of violence.” Surveillance systems outside hospitals Observation and awareness are important. Security professionals rely on their surveillance system to help them monitor nearby streets, pavements, parking facilities, hallways, entrances, ambulance bays, and waiting areas for suspicious or threatening activity. This is helping to prevent incidents as well as identify vehicles in “dump-and-run” cases. “Violence in the hospital and the workplace have to be priorities – we are always looking for ways to reduce the amount of violence” “Dump-and-run cases—where a car pulls up to the hospital, dumps a patient out at the entrance, and pulls away—happen frequently,” said Mickey. “It’s usually someone who has been shot or stabbed. The first question our law enforcement partners want to know is if we have any video of the car. So we added a license plate recognition camera to take care of that.” Better monitoring helps protect hospital settings. However, healthcare campuses are sprawling and becoming more decentralised. More and more services are being delivered outside the hospital itself, but those environments must still be protected. This is another area where video surveillance is helping. “It used to be that everything happened at the hospital,” said Mickey. “Now we are seeing patient care move more out into the community and across the system. So we use camera technology at the locations where we can’t keep staff all the time. We use virtual patrols and video patrols. We use that to monitor trespassing and those kinds of situations.” Constant observation camera programme The population is ageing, resulting in a growing need for medical services. Thanks to longer life expectancy and the size of the Baby Boomer generation, the number of people aged 65 years or older is expected to reach 72 million within the next 25 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition, the CDC expects that nearly 20% of the U.S. population will be made up of older people by 2030, putting a lot of pressure on healthcare facilities. Older patients require more care and are at a higher risk of injury when on-site at a hospital or outpatient facility. Using a camera system eliminates the need to increase staff while ensuring patients are never out of the sight of a caregiver According to Paul Baratta, Healthcare Business Development Manager at Axis Communications, “People are coming into the [healthcare] system at an older age. Falling and other medical emergencies are starting to become more prevalent. As a technology partner, we are trying to help healthcare organisations with fall prevention and not just fall detection.” This is one area where video surveillance is helping improve the quality of care. Sarasota Memorial Hospital, the anchor facility in Mickey Watson’s district in Sarasota, Florida, uses a constant observation system to serve high-risk patients. According to Mickey, “We struggle with patients who are a fall risk. So we have implemented a constant observation camera programme where we actually have clinical professionals in a second control centre observing high-risk patients. We have 200 rooms that have the ability to provide constant observation.” Clinical uses for video platforms Using a camera system eliminates the need to increase staff while ensuring patients are never out of the sight of a caregiver. According to Mickey, constant observation cameras are such a benefit that they plan to include them in all future building specifications. “New rooms will be equipped with constant observation cameras,” said Mickey. “And we are expanding our control center and expect it to double in size this year.” “We implemented a constant observation camera programme where clinical professionals can observe high-risk patients” Healthcare organisations are seeing more and more clinical uses for video platforms. One is the constant observation system mentioned above. Another is the growing trend toward telemedicine, where patients are able to receive care remotely. A third use is the role of video in training clinical staff. According to Mickey, “In my estimation, within the next 3-4 years the number of clinical-based camera platforms will actually exceed the number of security-based cameras that we have across the organisation” and according to Paul, “We [at Axis] really feel [the healthcare industry] is going to see more and more cameras and video and storage needed for clinical applications and training. The traditional security camera systems are going to morph into a larger system of patient quality and care and away from just security.” Storage platform for healthcare organisations Storage capacity in healthcare is growing at 30.1% compound annual growth rate (CAGR), according to a report from IHS. At Quantum, we see customers contending with growth driven by the adoption rate of high-definition (HD) cameras, the expanded use of camera systems to improve security, the growth in clinical-based camera applications and longer retention times due to litigation protection and analytics. Meeting the video requirements of today’s healthcare organisations requires a multi-tiered storage platform capable of growing incrementally and integrating into a heterogeneous infrastructure while remaining cost-effective enough to deliver the total capacity needed within the constraints of already tight budgets.
The field of artificial intelligence known as machine learning or cognitive computing has in recent years become highly popular The field of artificial intelligence known as machine learning or cognitive computing has in recent years become highly popular. The meteoric rise of “deep learning” technology over the past several years has been truly dramatic in many industries. Industry giants from Google, Microsoft, Facebook, IBM and many others have been pouring massive amounts of investments in this field of artificial intelligence. The machine learning field has exploded on the scene with the breakthrough in the new “deep learning” technology. Developments in deep learning have ramifications for the physical security industry, too. In video analytics, for example, deep learning has shown promise to improve some difficult problems, although more work is needed. This article will cover the evolving field of deep learning and its potential impact on the security and video surveillance markets. Evolution of deep learning The field of deep learning evolved from “artificial neural nets” from the 1980s. In the early years of this branch of artificial intelligence, the neural nets are modelled after a human’s brain, which consists of over 100 billion neurons. The field of neural networks never really took off in the ‘80s and ‘90s due to many reasons. The key limitations of the earlier systems are the difficultly to train the network; and the hardware CPU technologies were too slow to properly train a neural net that can solve meaningful real-world applications. Over the past several years, real world applications of deep learning now encompass many industries including handwriting recognitionand language translation The 1980s and 1990s were the dark days of neural network research. Since 2000, the research community of neural nets has really started to garner industry labs’ attention from the breakthroughs in deep learning work in academia at the University of Toronto, NYU, Stanford and others. Over the past several years, real world applications of deep learning now encompass many industries including handwriting recognition, language translation, automatic game (chess/Go) playing, object classification, face recognition, medical image analysis, autonomous driving cars and many other fields. One example of the excitement with deep learning technology is the recent breakthrough from Google’s AlphaGo, a computer program that for the first time beat a professional human Go player in October, 2015. The sophistication of the Deep learning based program has astonished many in the field of artificial intelligence due the complexity of the ancient Asia GO game, which is considerably more complicated than chess. Video surveillance applications for deep learning Although deep learning has been applied to many industries with breakthrough results compared to legacy systems, not all applications are suitable for deep learning. In the field of video surveillance, several applications stand out that can benefit from deep learning. Face recognition. Deep learning technology has significantly improved the accuracy rate of face recognition. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has conducted Face Recognition Vendor Test (FRVT) test over the past decade. The improvements over the last 20 years of face recognition error rates have decreased by three orders of magnitude, according to an NIST Interagency Report. Most of today’s top-performing commercial face recognition products are based on deep learning. The accuracy has reached 99.9% for controlled environments like airport immigration face recognition applications, according to research by Facebook and Tel Aviv University. Person and object detection. Person detection and object detection is another area where deep learning has shown tremendous progress. For example, over the past five years, the IMAGENET database has organised the “large scale visual recognition challenge,” in which image software algorithms are challenged to detect, classify and localise a database of over 150,000 photographs collected from Flickr and other search engines. The dataset is labelled into 1,000 object categories. Many deep learning systems are trained with over 1.2 million images from the IMAGENET dataset running on GPU based hardware accelerators. The improvements in accuracy range from 72% to over 90% from 2010 thru 2014. In 2015, all IMAGENET contestants used deep learning techniques. In the field of video surveillance, several applications stand out that can benefit from deep learning Deep learning-based video surveillance solutions A key advantage of deep learning-based algorithms over legacy computer vision algorithms is that deep learning system can be continuously trained and improved with better and more datasets. Many applications have shown that deep learning systems can “learn” to achieve 99.9% accuracy for certain tasks, in contrast to rigid computer algorithms where it is very difficult to improve a system past 95% accuracy. Deep learning has the true potential of significantly reducing false-positive detection events that plague many security video analytics systems The second advantage with deep learning system is the “abnormal” event detection. Deep learning systems have shown remarkable ability to detect undefined or unexpected events. This feature has the true potential of significantly reducing false-positive detection events that plague many security video analytics systems. In fact, the inability to reduce false-positive detection rate is the key problem in video surveillance industry; and has to-date prevented the wide scale acceptance of many vendor’s intelligent video analytics solutions. Open issues with deep learning technology for video Deep learning in its infancy has shown a lot of promise in improving some hard, and difficult video analytics problems. Much more work needs to be done to fine-tune the generic deep learning system to learn and detect domain specific events that are unique to security-oriented environments. The second challenge is that the engineering talent for deep learning is in extreme short supply. Most graduates today come from the top universities and upon graduation are immediately snapped up by Internet giants like Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, etc. The competition for trained machine learning engineers is intense. The third challenge is that not all video analytics algorithms are best applied with deep learning. There are many legacy computer vision algorithms that have been developed over decades that are very well suited and deployed in commercially successful products. For example, license plate recognition performs very well with computer-vision based algorithms. Industry needs to do more research in hybrid systems the combine the best of computer vision algorithms and deep learning. What’s next? Similar to cloud computing and big data technologies, deep learning technology is now emerging as the third wave of rapid advances that have taken over the information industry by storm. Over the next decade, very few areas in the technology sector will not be touched by the advances of cloud, big data and machine learning. For the video surveillance industry, this is welcome news. The industry has been lacking in innovations that can significantly advance the state-of-the art.
Camera apps provide flexibility that is unheard-of with traditional server-based processing and analytics solutions The ability to customise IP video surveillance cameras with third-party apps has been a game-changer in system design and implementation. Traditional analytics require streaming all video to a server or external processor for deep interpretation to detect a license plate, face, or other criteria in each video frame. Apps perform image processing within the camera for direct output, turning this model upside down. Added flexibility and savings By allowing end users to customise specific cameras with the specific functionality they need based on location, application and more, camera apps provide flexibility that is unheard-of with traditional server-based processing and analytics solutions. On a system-wide scale, the potential savings can be tremendous. Embedded software functionality within cameras using an app delivers the freedom to deploy the combination of functionality and performance users need to meet their specific requirements, a level of flexibility and customisation that is unheard of with server-based solutions. Among the many additional benefits apps offer over traditional processing solutions are: Increased ROI The ability to embed software functionality into individualcameras using an app eliminatesthe need for centralised softwareand servers to greatly reduceoverall costs The ability to embed software functionality into individual cameras using an app eliminates the need for centralised software and servers to greatly reduce overall costs. With apps installed directly on the camera, customers can continue to use their existing camera hardware, which not only saves on up-front purchase prices for new hardware but also increases that camera’s ROI. The ability to run multiple apps concurrently translates into even greater camera functionality and further maximises ROI. Additionally, many app developers are agile enough to be able – and willing – to customise features and functions rapidly and cost-effectively. Edge processing By integrating directly with the camera, third-party apps take advantage of the best image performance without affecting camera operations. With full edge processing, the app can communicate directly to the digital signal processing DSP or raw video data prior to encoding. A 100 percent embedded app enables more effective and accurate analytics, with performance levels that are not dictated by server load or specifications. Distributed processing In a hybrid model, analytic functions and operations are distributed between the app installed on the camera and the server. This provides end users with higher performance from distributed analytics while reducing the cost of installing several servers to handle image processing, as well as the cost of server performance. For example, without an app to shoulder some of the processing load, a server might be capable of handling 20 cameras. With an edge app, that same server could handle up to 200. Apps offer the ability to better manage and conserve bandwidth by eliminating the requirement for large amounts of dedicated bandwidth Conserving bandwidth Because image processing and analytics are applied at the edge, apps offer the ability to better manage and conserve bandwidth by eliminating the requirement for large amounts of dedicated bandwidth. Apps remove the bandwidth-intensive need to stream the entire full-resolution video to a server for processing, as well as the need to send duplicate data streams to both the analytics server and the VMS. These solutions also provide additional bandwidth savings resulting from the ability to view low-resolution live video, while analytics are applied to the high-resolution profile simultaneously. As camera counts increase, bandwidth savings scale up as well. Considerations to take into account In order to take advantages of these benefits, there are a number of considerations for integrators and end users when evaluating and choosing third-party camera-based apps, many of which are available for demo to ensure performance and many of the key factors listed below. 1. Compatibility The first consideration is to verify an app’s compatibility with an end user’s desired, or existing cameras. Some apps are designed for specific camera models or form factors. It’s also important to ensure that the right camera is being used for the application (form factor, lens, resolution, IR, etc.) 2. Cybersecurity Network breaches are all too common today, as hackers continually ramp up their efforts to access sensitive data via any networked device possible. Therefore, it is critical to use only approved apps from trusted partners to ensure that malicious code will not be installed on security cameras. Just as important is to carefully consider the permissions an app will need and where and to what the data it generates will flow. In addition, camera apps can eliminate continuous video streams from being sent to an analytics server, thereby reducing an attack vector or source of disclosed data. 3. Additional requirements A good camera app should be flexible and be capable of growing along with an end user’s needs, making this an important factor in the evaluation and selection process. Some apps may still require a back-end server or cloud connection to function properly or grow beyond a standalone camera, so the potential costs associated with these must be factored into the decision-making process. Network breaches are all too common today, as hackers continually ramp up their efforts to access sensitive data via any networked device possible Security and beyond Another tangible benefit that camera apps offer is in their ability to deliver valuable data to previously unrelated systems to help end users fulfil their primary security and surveillance needs and much more. For example, a school may want to capture the license plates of cars entering the pickup/drop-off lane so that in case of an incident, a hotlist plate can be entered for notification. A license plate recognition solution would allow the school to easily search video based on plate number rather than manually sifting through hours of video. However, because this application requires only a single camera, an on-board license plate recognition app makes more financial and operational sense, as a server-based solution would be more expensive and less efficient. Without question, camera-based apps represent a convenient, cost-effective way for end users to make sure their surveillance system meets the needs of their specific applications. Compared to traditional server-based processing models, the combination of flexibility and efficiency allows users to deploy apps to increase functionality when and where it is most needed while delivering potentially tremendous cost savings and increased ROI across the entire enterprise. Save
Several of the hot trends in the physical security industry – robots, drones, video analytics – have one thing in common: The need for greater intelligence. More complex physical security systems that incorporate artificial intelligence, deep learning, speech recognition and other sophisticated functions depend on a higher-than-ever level of computing power inside embedded devices at the edge. Graphics processing unit Graphics processing unit (GPU) manufacturer NVIDIA is empowering that next level of computing power with the announcement on March 7th of the new Jetson TX2 – a GPU that is, in effect, an embedded supercomputer, including an advanced 256-core GPU, a 64-bit central processing unit (CPU), a video codec, 8 GB of memory and 32 GB of storage. It is the equivalent of having what was once the computing power of a mainframe computer, providing “inference at the edge” inside devices such as cameras or robots. It can power smarter devices with higher accuracy and faster response times – just in time for the next wave of physical security devices. Avoiding central computation Artificial intelligence (AI) is a very computational-intensive process, and doing that processing at the edge avoids the need to do it centrally, whether in the cloud or in an on-premises computer. In the case of video cameras in particular, there isn’t enough bandwidth to transfer video data across a network infrastructure to be processed. Half the populated world has Internet speeds of less than 8 mbps, which can’t possibly handle the level of data required for new intelligence applications. The new NVIDIA Jetson TX2 can power smarter devices with higher accuracy and faster response times To get the benefit of intelligence requires that computing power be where the massive amount of data is – at the edge. Latency is another advantage of intelligence residing at the edge. Applications increasingly require little to no latency (less than 200 milliseconds), and transferring data to be processed elsewhere takes time. Enhancing privacy of data Edge computing also makes it possible to ensure data is more private, rather than having it reside in a private or public cloud or on premises. NVIDIA’s new Jetson TX2 embedded AI supercomputer offers twice the performance of the previous TX1 (used in the maximum efficiency mode), or twice the energy efficiency (if used in the energy-saving mode, drawing less than 7.5 watts of power). NVIDIA previously doubled performance of the TX1 system using software upgrades. In short, the computing ability and efficiency of embedded systems at the edge are paving the way for physical security devices with intelligence far beyond what the industry now has to work with. “These devices will enable intelligent video analytics that keep our cities smarter and safer,” said Deepu Talla, Vice President and General Manager of the Tegra business at NVIDIA. “These devices will enable intelligent video analytics that keep our cities smarter and safer” AI City project Hikvision is already working with NVIDIA to incorporate artificial intelligence into its AI City project, combining concepts of “smart city” and “safe city.” A Hikvision camera installed in a police car can be used to track objects; identify cars, bikes, and people; encode metadata; watch for parking spaces and license plate numbers; and other functions. Analysis happens on 4K video at 30 frames per second using H.265 encoding as the police car drives down the street. Talla says NVIDIA is working with other manufacturers of cameras and other edge devices to incorporate the greater intelligence into upcoming products. NVIDIA is making the capabilities available to large companies and to start-ups with the availability of the JetPack software development kit (SDK) and application program interface (API). More announcements of new products are forthcoming; we can expect a new wave of innovation in the physical security market based on greater intelligence and computing power at the edge.
Creating and accessing intelligence is increasingly part of the mission of corporate security departments, and of Safe Cities applications. Such capabilities were previously the domain of military and government applications, but the same approaches used to provide intelligence from military bases can also be applied to Safe Cities and corporate security projects. Edge360 is a six-year-old company with roots in the military and Department of Defence surveillance. Now, Edge360 is looking to apply that expertise to the Safe Cities and physical security markets. Unifying existing systems Their approach is to unify existing systems into a functioning whole, and to fill in the missing elements in the process. “We take a look at what corporate entities have already leveraged, and then we figure out how to bring them together into a whole system,” says John Rezzonico, CEO of Edge360. “What we have seen is that cities focus on buying a camera, a licence plate recognition (LPR) system, or access control, but they don’t consider what they are doing with it. We come out of the intelligence space, and we look at the ‘big picture’ system.” In focusing on that “big picture,” Edge360 has done a lot of integration work over the years. However, they have also developed some products to help fill those gaps – the missing elements – in systems. As the name indicates, the company focuses on edge devices and how they can be combined to provide “360 degrees” of intelligence. Slingshot “normalises” the datato a standard and easy-to-access format, and indexes the data tobe easily searched by the enduser PSIM for data One of the products Edge360 has developed is called Slingshot, which Rezzonico describes as a “PSIM for data.” PSIM historically has referred to a physical security information management system. Rezzonico’s nickname for Slingshot’s capabilities refers to collecting data from various (existing) databases and then making it easily accessible to an end user. It’s a “data fusion” appliance that leverages data from multiple sources in a variety of formats. It then “normalises” the data to a standard and easy-to-access format, and indexes the data to be easily searched by the end user. The appliance allows end users to search for data with “Google-like” speed and then to view a “normalised” summary of data results (i.e., in a consistent format) that, again, is reminiscent of the results in a Google search. Slingshot emphasises “speed of discovery;” in other words, the appliance creates and accesses a summary of available data, and searches the summary rather than all the databases. That’s a faster process. Once the data is discovered, retrieval focuses on a single record rather than having to scan the entirety of the databases. Each physical location installs one Slingshot appliance to compile and process local databases. Each appliance can accommodate up to 30 million records and 50 users with a user interface. Appliances can communicate with other appliances in other locations, and data is accessible (although protected) in the cloud. The new data element works with and expands the capability of a customer’s existing PSIM system, which ties together physical security systems. "We’re trying to show thatyou can leverage what youhave invested in, and onlyuse appropriate equipment" “There are a million different types of database query systems. Some are very sensitive to what you put into them; they’re time-consuming,” says Rezzonico. “You put the query in and then you have to wait for it to come back. Since we do it with an index, we take the load from the system and provide the result. We allow them to discover information quickly, because it’s indexed. The time to discovery is the most important element.” Video management system interface Slingshot is just one component Edge360 is bringing to the physical security market. Another is called Rhino, which is a “VMS light” designed to tie directly into a PSIM system. The PSIM serves as the system interface and makes a video management system (VMS) interface (“front-end”) unnecessary. Another product from Edge360 is a hybrid wireless/RF surveillance box that can be easily deployed to capture video wherever needed (and redeployed as threats change). The boxes will be shown at ASIS in Orlando, and are applicable to special events such as the Boston Marathon or even a protest march. “We’re trying to show that you can leverage what you have invested in, and only use appropriate equipment,” says Rezzonico. “There are some ‘light’ products that can augment your systems. We focus on the operational needs of customers, not selling the catalogue. We are an integration house, and we simply want to deliver cost-effective solutions based on our experiences in the government and military sectors – but at a lower cost.”
IFSEC International 2016 by all measures was a successful show. Two of the three days clearly met (or exceeded) exhibitors’ expectations. The third day was slower, but is it any wonder? Heavy rains and resulting commuter train complications would have discouraged all but the most determined. And there was another distraction, too: It was the day of the Brexit vote, when the United Kingdom made history. Results of that momentous vote underlined the sense of uncertainty I felt on the first day of IFSEC, and also ensured the gamut of ramifications – political and economic – that will impact the security marketplace for years to come. So the last day of IFSEC was definitely historic! And just days after the close of IFSEC comes word of another terrorist bombing, this one at the airport in Istanbul, Turkey, again reiterating to the security industry the importance of what we do. Clearly, multiple factors suggest continued instability in the European region, and internationally, pointing to the use of more technologies like those displayed at IFSEC 2016. Canon's complementary camera lines Axis is expanding its product line beyond cameras into other devices operating on the Internet of Things I had an interesting discussion on the last day of IFSEC with Julian Rutland, Canon’s European Network Visual Solutions Marketing Director. Industry observers (including me) have wondered about the thinking behind a large corporate parent (i.e., Canon) operating two camera lines – Axis and Canon – seemingly in direct competition. For its part, Axis has repeatedly emphasised its independence from Canon, and is also expanding its product line beyond cameras into other devices operating on the Internet of Things. Canon is taking a very different path, says Rutland (who was careful not to comment on “strategy.”) Canon is seeking to complement what Axis is doing, rather than competing head-on. Specifically, Rutland says Canon is looking to leverage their "general business" presence and their "global accounts team" (i.e., the ones that sell Canon copiers, scanners and other office equipment). Canon will sell their general business customers on video "solutions" – in many cases leveraging that other familiar Canon sister company, Milestone Systems. This approach (outside the traditional security channel, where Axis is strong), allows Canon cameras a route to success that doesn’t require them to compete head-to-head with Axis. And by leveraging Milestone's open "community," they are maximising the corporate synergies there, too. New Canon products at the show included cameras that have an “IR band pass filter” that takes out the glare from halogen headlights for vehicle license plate recognition (ANPR) applications; the stand highlighted an integration with Intelico. Other solutions announced in the Canon stand included integration with Digital Barriers for real-time streaming on cellular networks. The system, for safe cities applications, adjusts image quality and frame rates automatically according to available bandwidth. There was also an integration with Ipsotek (video analytics, accredited by the UK Home Office) for high-end critical infrastructure applications. Successful year for Vanderbilt I also caught up with Vanderbilt CEO Joe Grillo on the last day. It’s been exactly a year since Vanderbilt’s acquisition of Siemens Security Products business, and it’s been a busy transition. They have been at almost every trade show in Europe during the last year to build the Vanderbilt brand. Vanderbilt has also consolidated its access control platforms into the Aliro 2 solution, which uses firmware by sister company Mercury. At IFSEC, Vanderbilt also demonstrated the SPC intrusion line, including the SPC Connect cloud-based system. Also, the Eventys CCTV range provides plug-and-play installation and intuitive interface for small- to medium-sized installations that require up to 20 cameras. Significant security trends from Nedap “In the last months, you have started to see awareness that, in the physical security world, there is a cyber-threat that affects everything" Daryn Flynn, Nedap’s UK security management manager, confirmed trends I had heard several times at the show. One was the growing awareness of wireless locks (whether online or offline). Wireless locks expand the ability to protect a variety of doors in an organisation – no one size fits all. A mixed topology of online and offline locks provides plenty of options, says Flynn. Another familiar topic I heard at Nedap is cybersecurity, and there is a new acknowledgement in the market of its importance. “In the last months, you have started to see awareness that, in the physical security world, there is a cyber-threat that affects everything,” says Flynn. “It’s becoming much more mainstream.” Flynn says Nedap’s goal with its AEOS security management platform was to create a product that does not have an end of life. The flexibility of the system is an advantage for users, who can adapt to changes – different people, different risks, different buildings – because everything is based on reprogrammable software. “In security that represents value,” he says. “When people invest in a technology, they want a long life.” At Heathrow Airport traveling home from IFSEC, the passenger screening lines moved fast, and my carry-on bag was scanned, thoroughly searched, swabbed for explosives residue, and scanned again — as it should be.
One of Fortaleza's largest hotels, the Gran Marquise Hotel, which hosts thousands of people each year and holds hundreds of events, has reinvented itself and converted analog technology to IP surveillance. Upon project completion, it is expected that the Gran Marquise will have 250 VIVOTEK network cameras installed, integrated and linked with all other hotel devices under Genetec’s cloud-based video-surveillance-as-a-service (VSaaS) solution, Stratocast. About Gran Marquise The Gran Marquise is a five-star hotel of 18 thousand square meters located on the seafront of Fortaleza (Ceará). With a 23 year history, the hotel has a large infrastructure of 230 apartments ranging in size from 29 to 131 square meters, two presidential suites and 21 floors in total, of which 14 are dedicated to guest rooms 7 are retained for events, recreation and administration. The Gran Marquise realised that its security system needed to be renewed It is one of the most in-demand destinations among national and international authorities, artists and athletes, such as Bill Clinton, former president of the United States, Vladimir Putin, current president of Russia, singer Paul McCartney, rapper Snoop Dogg, as well as the fighters of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. In addition, the Gran Marquise was the first hotel in Brazil to achieve the ISO 22000, certificate that ensures adherence to extremely high standards of food quality and safety. Unified security and operations The Gran Marquise realised that its security system needed to be renewed. The hotel had 500 analog cameras and 22 digital video recorders installed – an extensive system, but one which only provided low-quality images and demanded heavy workload when it was necessary to locate and retrieve footage of a recorded event. "We looked at the hotel and realised that we had good internet, excellent rooms, perfect service, but if a customer asked for footage from security cameras, the only thing we could offer were noisy images," said Jussieudo Gomes, Security and Information Technology Division chief of the Hotel Grand Marquise Fortaleza. To solve this dilemma and improve the management and security of the hotel, a plan was formulated to develop a pilot project with VIVOTEK – a global provider of network cameras, PoE switches, and network video recorders, and Genetec, a global provider of IP surveillance software, access control and license plate recognition solutions. Installing VIVOTEK network cameras Divided into four stages, the goal of the project was to enable the total unification of management, security, marketing and commercial operations Divided into four stages, the goal of the project was to enable the total unification of management, security, marketing and commercial operations. In the first phase, 250 analogue cameras were replaced by a mere 48 VIVOTEK network cameras. Also installed was the Genetec Stratocast software, a cloud-based video recorder tool that eliminates the need for any local server, making it possible to monitor and share images with fully encrypted data. Two models of network cameras were installed throughout the hotel: one is the IB8369A, a 2-megapixel camera capable of capturing high quality video, with IR illuminators effective up to 30 meters for superior image quality throughout the day and night. The camera also features Smart Stream II technology, which optimises image quality for the most important regions in any scene; in doing so it can reduce network bandwidth consumption and storage requirements by up to 50%. The other camera installed was the small-scale, but big-featured FD8166, an ultra-mini fixed dome network camera with a tiny diameter of only 90mm. Genetec Security Center solution "Because of the ‘L’ shaped layout of the hotel, we previously had five analog cameras installed on each floor: two in the corridor, because the distance from one side to the other was too long to be monitored by a single analog camera; one in front of the elevator; another covering the 'L' and one more covering the maid’s service area. "Now, each floor has only three cameras: one camera that serves the 'L' and the elevator; another that serves the corridor and one more observing the service area. At the reception area, the same thing happens, we put a different camera on the ceiling, and with just that solution we managed to cover the lobby, the bar, a part of the reception and the stairs of the restaurant, "explained Gomes. The Genetec Security Center solution was implemented for the internal parts of the hotel In the second phase, the Genetec Security Center solution was implemented for the internal parts of the hotel. With this platform, Gran Marquise can unify operations by combining all IP surveillance systems into one interface. Now all access control and video surveillance are connected to, and accessible through, the cloud. Unified access control and fire security The third and fourth stages are still in progress. The goal is to install 250 network cameras in total and unify the security system with access controls and the fire alarm system. In addition, the KiwiVision analytical software was also installed, a system which counts people automatically through cameras and 3D sensors and detects objects added or removed from a scene. This way it is possible to automatically detect if a dangerous object has left behind or if something has been stolen from a particular area. "The new security system has come to improve the image quality of surveillance, the layout of the hotel and the promptness of response to the customer. In the past, if we needed an image we had to expend great effort in searching whole files and spend hours watching videos to be able to select and retrieve the relevant event - not to mention the impact power failures, and malfunctions issues in power supplies, recorders and hard disk drives. ", said Gomes. Video security integration The new IP surveillance infrastructure has already proven effective during a wedding held at the hotel The new IP surveillance infrastructure has already proven effective during a wedding held at the hotel. The bride had been in the spa area enjoying the luxurious Day of the Bride service. However, when she went to dress up for the ceremony, she did not find the jewelry she had prepared for the wedding. Security staffs were triggered to investigate the occurrence. “Through descriptions of the bag that carried the jewelry and the time when the bride last saw it, we were able to locate the footage though the synergy of VIVOTEK’s camera and the Genetec system, and then proceed to point of precise relevance in the video. We noticed that the bride carried the purse into the car, but on exiting the car she was no longer carrying it. When we showed her the pictures, she went to the car and the purse was there. If it wasn’t for the new IP surveillance solution, we would not have been able to ascertain what had happened, the bride would remember and find the jewelry only after the ceremony, and her day would have been ruined. This entire investigation process, finding the images and resolve the case, took only 15 minutes, but saved a very important day" said the security chief. Genetec public-private partnership The Hotel Gran Marquise’s new security system is part of Genetec's private-public sharing initiative The Hotel Gran Marquise’s new security system is part of Genetec's private-public sharing initiative, which enables the sharing of certain cloud-recorded images with police forces. The Military Police, the Ceará State Government and the ABIH (Brazilian Hotels Industry Association in Ceará) are partners in this project along with the hotel. The purpose of this private-public partnership is that, with the monitoring carried out by private companies, the public sector can achieve a more effective action, speedily curbing the action of criminals in monitored places. The private-public partnership is founded on the belief that such sharing of private company surveillance with the public sector will enable a more expedient and effective curbing of criminal activity in such monitored areas. In this way, it is possible to expand monitored areas and reduce crime without direct public sector investment. Recorded images are transmitted in real time to the police, and a two-way relationship benefits both sectors. "The goal of projects with public-private partnerships is prevention. It is possible to increase public safety with little investment from the private sector," explained Country Manager of Genetec Brazil, Denis André Côté. With such initiatives, we are beginning to see the benefits of advances in total surveillance systems expand beyond those companies who take the initiative to invest in them and begin to serve the broader public.
With increased security a priority for school districts across the country, administrators are taking a close look at their technology to ensure it can deliver in an emergency. Concerns over active shooters and other violent scenarios have districts paying attention and putting heightened security measures in place. Christopher Lordi, Director of Administrative Services at Delaware Valley School District in rural, northeast Pennsylvania, knew it was time to upgrade his district’s surveillance technology, so he turned to the integration expertise of Guyette Communications to get the job done. Analogue DVR system The outdoor PTZ cameras that panned back and forth were causing them to miss a lot of activity The DVR system that covered Delaware Valley’s seven schools and nine buildings was state-of-the-art when it was installed a decade ago, but it was no longer meeting the district’s needs. Administrators complained that is was difficult to view and manage video from all of the cameras as a unified system. The analogue video made it hard to identify faces and see other important details. And the outdoor PTZ cameras that panned back and forth were causing them to miss a lot of activity. “We had a lot of blind spots,” says Chris. Guyette Communications, of Plymouth, PA, has worked with the district for over a decade supporting its technology needs, so Chris looked to them for guidance. Scott Surochak and Rick Scalzo, both of Guyette, recommended a new-to-market VMS, Vicon’s Valerus, that they felt would provide all the features and performance the district sought in a very cost-effective manner. They also recommended that the district abandon their analogue cameras and standardise district-wide on higher performance, megapixel IP models. Valerus VMS The significant expense of replacing not just the VMS system, but hundreds of cameras district-wide, required buy-in from the school board. Rick and Scott, along with Vicon’s regional sales manager, Doug Stadler, provided an in-depth demonstration of the capabilities of Vicon’s new Valerus VMS, along with its line of IQeye Alliance cameras, to the school board. The new system would allow them to clearly identify the faces of visitors, read license plates within the school parking lots, eliminate current blind spots throughout the campuses, and easily search video to quickly find evidence of crime or vandalism. Convinced of the long-term value of the investment, the school board gave a green light to proceed. Vicon Fixed and Cruiser cameras Approximately 400 cameras were installed throughout the district’s nine buildings, almost all of which are Vicon 3MP IQeye Alliance fixed domes Installation began in March 2017 and continued throughout the summer. Approximately 400 cameras were installed throughout the district’s nine buildings, almost all of which are Vicon 3MP IQeye Alliance fixed domes. These provide coverage of all entrances to buildings, busy hallways, and spaces like lunchrooms, auditoriums, playgrounds, parking lots and athletic fields. In addition, Vicon Cruiser domes with 30X optical zoom were installed in each parking lot to capture license plates. To support so many high-resolution cameras transmitting at full frame rates, Guyette installed a dedicated security network capable of handling the bandwidth. All cameras are hard wired with new CAT-6 cabling, which feeds back to CISCO switches and a fiber backbone that runs through each building. Installing security network To minimise bandwidth transmission between buildings, Guyette recommended that each school locally record video from its respective cameras. The five lower schools have each been equipped with a single Valerus server that both runs VMS application software and performs as an NVR. The middle school and high school, which share a building, have an application server plus four NVRs to support the higher number of cameras. Because the Valerus VMS software makes exclusive use of a thin-client, there was no need to install software on any workstations. Complete user and administrative functionality is available through a standard web browser interface. Rick says that “Installation went very smoothly. The system works well and it’s easy to navigate and program. I’m used to systems where we have to do everything manually, but with Valerus, it does a lot of things for you. For example, you can copy programming to multiple cameras. Setting up one camera and then copying it to 50 others is a huge time saver.” “The system is also really easy to update,” he says. “Two new Valerus versions were released during the months we were doing the installation, and we just had to download it once each time to an application server, and then it was automatically pushed out to all the other servers on the network.” Efficient crime detection Two new Valerus versions were released during the months we were doing the installation, and we just had to download it once each time to an application server" There isn’t a lot of criminal activity in the Delaware Valley School District, thanks to outreach programs that create a collaborative relationship between the school police force, administrators, students and parents. However, sometimes issues do occur, and Valerus has already helped the district solve a theft. Chris describes an incident that occurred while the system was still being installed in the spring of 2017. “There was a theft from one of the administrative offices. The employee thought the office had been locked, but our surveillance video was able to show that it was not and displayed the comings and goings of everyone who entered the office during the time in question. The video quality was so clear that the thief’s face could be identified. The footage was turned over to the local police who were able to apprehend the thief and recover the stolen property. With our old VMS system, the video wouldn’t have provided enough detail for us to identify the culprit.” High-end video surveillance Chris says he’d love to say that Valerus’ “museum search” made it possible to find the incriminating video in minutes. However, because the system was just getting installed, not all features were operational yet and his police force had to manually look through hours of video. “The officers are really looking forward to being able to use the search function in the future, now that we’re all up and running. They love how you can draw a box over an area of the video where you know something has happened, and Valerus will do all the work for you,” he says. In speaking about response to crimes and emergencies, Rick adds that because Valerus uses a thin client, the school district has the luxury of easily providing outside law enforcement with access to their system. If they ever needed help from local or state police, like in an active shooter situation, administrators can provide them with a link to the district’s network so that they can better coordinate a response. This would have been impossible with their old system. Ensuring Valerus system’s functionality The VMS thin-client interface allows the officers to view video from anywhere, including on their phones or tablets Unusual for a district of its size, Delaware Valley has its own, full-time, six-person police force. Among other responsibilities, this force is tasked with monitoring the new Valerus system. Each officer has been equipped with his or her own workstation from which they can monitor the cameras physically located at their assigned schools. Administrators at each building also have access to view local cameras. In addition, a centrally located, district-wide monitoring station has been set up to make it easy for officers and school officials to keep an eye on the district as a whole. Rick Scalzo explains that while the VMS thin-client interface allows the officers to view video from anywhere, including on their phones or tablets, his team recommended the purchase of high-performance, manufacturer-certified PC workstations for each officer’s monitoring station. This was to ensure that these computers would have the necessary processing power to display large numbers of high-resolution camera feeds simultaneously. These workstations are hard wired to the network to provide the fastest and most reliable connectivity to the application server. Chris Lordi says that the district has also provided all officers with iPhone 6s, which they use regularly to monitor what’s happening at their buildings. License plate recognition and PTZ cameras One of the capabilities that the district required of the new system is the ability to read license plates of vehicles entering or exiting school grounds. Officers are able to take control of the PTZ cameras in each parking lot and zoom in on the plates of any vehicles of interest. This can even be done via the iPhone interface. Chris explains that it has not been necessary to integrate Valerus with any special license plate recognition (LPR) software because his team of police officers has immediate access to databases where they can look up plates as needed. However, this integration is currently available for Valerus customers and can help automate the process for those who need it. Intruder detection They want top-notch safety, and Valerus delivers that" Chris says that “Our school board takes safety and security very seriously, so for them, this significant investment was justified as soon as we showed them what it can do. They want top-notch safety, and Valerus delivers that. Buy-in from teachers, and the union, who have expressed reservations over the placement of many new cameras that didn’t previously exist, has required additional communication and education. Both Chris and Rick have made it very clear that the upgraded system is not for the purpose of intimidating or keeping closer watch on employees as they perform their daily jobs. Our main concern is thwarting security threats and keeping everybody safe. The additional cameras and new software might help us break up a fight or address bullying issues, but it’s also important for much more serious situations, like dealing with an active shooter or act of terrorism. Now we can use cameras to follow an intruder throughout our buildings, and that can help us keep everyone safe while we apprehend him.” Chris says that “When we put it like that, everyone gets on board.” Counter Terror Chris is extremely appreciative of the support Guyette Communications has provided throughout this project, including individually training each school principal as their building was completed. “I can’t stress how well Guyette has delivered for us. They’re flexible, reliable and compassionate, and they’ve been a true partner at every step of the way. I’d recommend Guyette to anybody.” With school back in session, and the district’s police force busy implementing its many safety programs, Chris looks forward to another school year without any major security incidents. However, with a new Valerus system and high-resolution cameras in place, he knows he now has not only the right people but the right technology to handle any crisis.
To provide a practical solution to the monitoring of transportation infrastructure, where maximum situational awareness is paramount, Bosch Building Technologies has combined the innovation behind its video security cameras with the video management expertise of Intelligent Security Systems (ISS). ISS is a global developer of video management and video intelligence solutions. The video management platform, SecurOS, focuses on securing large mission-critical applications, such as industrial and manufacturing sites, transportation systems, banks, sports arenas, retail locations, and campuses and office complexes. ISS’ differentiating video intelligence and image analytics solutions, whether it is Face Capture & Recognition (SecurOS FACE), License Plate Recognition (SecurOS AUTO License Plate Recognition), or Container Character Recognition (SecurOS CARGO), provide effective monitoring solutions to the transportation sector. The capabilities stretch to large-scale entry and exit points such as ports, borders and airport car parks Surveillance challenges Transportation security provides surveillance challenges in varying degrees of situation and scale, so effective license plate recognition is crucial. From tunnels and bridges, where a situation can change in seconds, to regulating traffic flow into a city and capturing a profile of each vehicle, Bosch and ISS can provide answers to the questions that matter. Has a particular vehicle been permitted access to a specific area? Has that vehicle been stolen? What’s the insurance or toll subscription status? Has that vehicle been authorised to operate as a taxi? The capabilities even stretch to large-scale entry and exit points such as ports, borders and airport car parks. Vehicle monitoring Monitoring which vehicles are entering an area, and checking their legitimacy to be there, has never been more critical. Having the capability to capture license plates of every vehicle moving in the designated area gives users complete awareness of traffic flows and usage patterns, allowing them to configure and manage their monitoring preferences efficiently and permit secure data exchanges with other operational management systems and services for efficient infrastructure alignment. If driving conditions were perfect all-year round, the job of an operations manager, for example, would be quite straightforward. But the reality is quite the opposite. That is why the ISS certified Bosch cameras responsible for capturing this data are incredibly robust and built to produce usable images 24/7 in the harshest conditions, including after dark by employing a supplementary infrared light. The selected cameras have a special License Plate Recognition (LPR) mode which is developed in collaboration with ISS to deliver accurate information even when faced with the challenges of glaring headlights and fast-moving vehicles. Interpreting video data directly at source helps to improve levels of security substantially and can also offer clear business advantages SecurOS AUTO license plate recognition High standards are applied to the quality of the images captured. By incorporating the SecurOS AUTO License Plate Recognition (LPR/ANPR) solution, Bosch and ISS can provide several unique benefits for users, including the ability to accurately capture license plate information at 210 km/h (130 mph) in all kinds of weather conditions, including light fog, rain, and snow. Furthermore, utilising advanced algorithms results in a level of accuracy that can distinguish letters from numbers (so an “8” is not mistaken for a “B,” for example) which is a crucial advantage, particularly in emergency situations. The partnership with ISS supports Bosch’s belief that the logical next-step for security is to enable customers to repurpose the vast amounts of video data that they now can capture. Interpreting video data directly at source helps to improve levels of security substantially and can also offer clear business advantages.
Senegal’s Blaise Diagne International Airport has chosen to minimise its parking lot headaches and secure its massive freight zone with intelligent Smart Surveillance solution from the globally renowned supplier of innovative video surveillance products and solutions, Hikvision. Officially opened by Senegalese president Macky Sall in December 2017, Blaise Diagne International Airportl Airport (AIBD) covers 4,500 hectares of land located near the town of Diass, 47km from the capital of Dakar. Built at a cost of $575 million, the new airport is one of the largest travel hubs in West Africa, with a main runway designed to accommodate long-haul aircraft such as the A380 and B787. Approximately 3 million passengers are expected to travel through AIBD annually, increasing to 10 million by 2035. Hikvision intelligent surveillance system The airport’s car parking and freight zone are being secured and managed with the help of a Hikvision intelligent surveillance system Served by leading airlines including Air Algerie, Air Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopian Airlines, Air France, Kenya Airways, Tunisair, Iberia and South African Airways, catering for passengers with state-of-the-art infrastructure, the airport’s car parking and freight zone are being secured and managed with the help of a Hikvision intelligent surveillance system. With a two level 42,000m² main passenger terminal and 12,800m² cargo terminal building designed to handle 50,000 tons of cargo and 80,000 aircraft movements annually, the new airport offers a long-term solution to intra-African economic activity, providing excellent levels of aviation connectivity. Parking and site management To address the security, efficient management and profitability objectives of the airport’s 17 car park entrances and exits, operator Senecar enlisted the help of Hikvision Authorised Distributor, CST Securite. As a Hikvision Authorised Distributor, CST Securite capitalised on the support of the Hikvision Technical team, and all parties worked to confirm the final specification to meet the needs of the airport’s car parking and freight zone security surveillance, and site management requirements. Smart parking management system CST Securite installed 17 x DS-TCG225 2MP HD resolution ANPR cameras Drawing on specialist products from Hikvision’s Smart Parking Management Solution, for the airport’s car park areas, CST Securite installed 17 x DS-TCG225 2MP HD resolution ANPR cameras, featuring built-in whitelist, LPR identification support, barrier/gate control and audio output. The Hikvision Smart Parking Management System employed at AIBD uses the latest barrier technology combined with Hikvision industry-standard ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition), to ensure seamless, managed vehicular entrance and exit from parking lots. Fast vehicle identification and integrated barrier control software means queues are kept to a minimum - which means greater vehicle flow can be handled to increase the productivity and efficiency of the car parks. Hikvision Darkfighter cameras The industry-leading Hikvision Darkfighter and True WDR imaging technologies employed in the airport’s ANPR system were specified to deliver crisp and clear recognition, alongside a recording of every vehicle using the car parks day and night. A development beyond traditional technology, the airport’s car park barrier activation is not driven by traditional sensor coils in the floor (that detect a vehicle waiting to enter or exit), but by highly accurate ‘radar’ sensors. This technology enables far simpler installation and maintenance, as no ground works are required to dig across roadways or pedestrian pavements to install the traditional sensing coils and their cables. Additionally, the Hikvision radar solution is not affected by local environmental influences such as light, dust or rain, that can inhibit the performance of traditional sensing coil-based solutions. Radar is also a much more reliable technology, as pedestrians as well as vehicles, can be detected far more accurately - ensuring a much safer operation within the airport’s busy vehicular and pedestrian traffic environment. Hikvision’s radar solution The Hikvision Smart Parking Management System provides a range of configurable alarms that help the ANPR system operators to manage daily activity Helping Senecar to maximise their operation, the system provides invaluable statistical and analytical parking lot information, supplying status history, parking usage rate and parking vehicle flow, to name but a few. Underlining the advanced performance capability of the Hikvision Smart Parking Management System, a range of configurable alarms helps the ANPR system operators to manage daily activity, such as unauthorised parking, over-time parking and illegal access, which all helps to support highly-effective vehicle and security management. High-level freight security Designed to handle 50,000 tons of cargo and 80,000 aircraft movements annually, AIBD’s 12,800m² cargo terminal building located to the south-west of the runway accommodates the airport’s freight handling, and incorporates a number of storage areas, freezers, office facilities and electromechanical service areas. To integrate with the airport’s mix of security measures and site management, CST Securite liaised with the airport security team to identify the most advantageous locations to install the freight zone cameras. Designed to capture a comprehensive view of all key internal and external areas, a mix of Hikvision DS-2CD2T42WD 4MP / DS-2CD2T22WD 2MP full HD EXIR Bullet Network Cameras with built-in IR to 50m, and DS-2CD2142FWD 4MP / DS-2CD2122FWD 2MP full HD Vandal-resistant Network Dome Cameras with built-in IR to 30m and edge storage - all with IP67 protection were installed. Hikvision IP cameras and NVRs Hikvision NVR-7332NI-E4/16P Embedded Plug & Play NVR’s and a DS-7716NI-I4 NVR were installed to provide up to 6MP resolution recording Supporting the Hikvision cameras’ high-performance imaging, their on-board VCA alarm activation parameters was set-up for individual camera scenes, to provide automated alarm activations and situation awareness of any predetermined set of events within each cameras’ view. To provide the airport’s security and management teams with effective real-time and playback monitoring, at the control room, Hikvision NVR-7332NI-E4/16P Embedded Plug & Play NVR’s and a DS-7716NI-I4 NVR were installed to provide up to 6MP resolution recording. Simple and intuitive systems control is provided by Hikvision’s iVMS-5200E Control Software, enabling all aspects of the surveillance system to be managed effectively. Commenting on the AIBD installation, Kevin Zhu, General Manager of CST Securite said: “Having used their products many times before on other high-profile projects, we had no doubt that the choice of Hikvision surveillance products would provide the customer with an efficient, and reliable intelligent surveillance solution. We can confirm the good reputation of Hikvision products’ quality is backed by an equally good experience of their after-sales service.”
A security system provided by Hikvision USA Inc., global provider of artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics and other emerging technologies, and supplier of video surveillance products and solutions, was installed by Hikvision integrator OGSP (Off Grid Surveillance Platforms) to secure a building during the remodeling process for Ajax Hyundai in Ontario, Canada. Hikvision video security solution Ajax Hyundai in Ontario, part of the Drive Auto Group in Canada, had plans to renovate a building down the street from its original location and rebrand the dealership. In the process of reconstruction, walls were opened, and wires were cut, and the building lost electricity. While under construction, the building housed new, unsold vehicles and expensive construction equipment. The renovation process left the interior contents of the dealership vulnerable to theft during the construction process. As a result, Ajax Hyundai needed a surveillance solution that could function independently from the electric grid. Off-grid Video surveillance system We have a long working relationship with OGSP, so when we required surveillance during construction, we knew exactly who to call" “We have a long working relationship with OGSP, so when we required surveillance during construction, we knew exactly who to call,” said Sean Harris, general manager for Ajax Hyundai. “I have four Hikvision dome cameras installed at my home [that are] paired with Hikvision DVRs, so I’m familiar with the video quality of Hikvision surveillance systems. It’s the unique installation from OGSP that left many of our employees astounded by the engineering feat,” he added. This type of installation is OGSP’s expertise – surveillance systems that operate off the electrical grid using the sun to power video surveillance and live monitoring equipment. “There is a big issue in Canada with people trying to steal cable at construction sites and hydro installations, and people will harm themselves because there are live wires. To counter this problem, preventing injuries and even death, and reducing construction site theft, I devised a more diverse system providing greater power with reliable, real-time monitoring, via third parties and superior area coverage,” said Jeff Mcilveen, owner of OGSP. Mobile surveillance system with panoramic coverage The building was open for business during the interior renovation, so Ajax Hyundai needed a surveillance system to function as a theft deterrent as well as monitor employee safety and protect equipment and vehicles. “It was important for us to have a panoramic view of the entire building and surrounding areas,” said Harris. “The off-grid surveillance platform placed the Hikvision PTZ security cameras more than 24 feet in the air, so it can capture details from many blocks away.” Harris adds that the platform looks very “official,” and therefore serves as an effective theft deterrent. Hikvision PTZ cameras and iVMS-4200 app Hikvision’s high resolution and PTZ features provided the dealership with live viewing and recorded video in case of an incident“The surveillance system had to generate enough solar power to operate around the clock, using stored battery power for overnight use, with a generator as a backup power source,” said Mcilveen. Hikvision’s high resolution and PTZ features provided the dealership with live viewing and recorded video in case of an incident. The assistant service manager checks the cameras every morning when he gets in and uses Hikvision’s iVMS-4200 app to check in remotely. Staff can review recorded footage and using motion-activated lights, can determine if an event warrants further investigation. Solar-powered video surveillance system Off Grid Surveillance Platforms recommended and installed four Hikvision DS-2DE4A220IW-AE 2MP Network PTZ Dome Camera with 20 times optical zoom, IR Range 150 meters (~490 feet), IP66 rating and IK10 vandal protection. The PTZ cameras were installed at the top of a 24-foot base, with one camera facing each of the four corners. “I installed the Hikvision PTZ cameras to ensure they were located in the center of a circle, to provide 360-degree coverage and full visibility,” said Mcilveen. “The compact size of Hikvision cameras helps, and I installed the cameras to be stationary and stable even with wind resistance, offering as much coverage as possible while being able to capture details such as license plates,” he added. Hikvision cameras offer performance with compact size and weight, to balance the design. Hikvision Plug & Play NVR Hikvision camera resolution is phenomenal, and it is easy to check in on our cameras using Hikvision’s iVMS-4200 app" OGSP also installed a Hikvision Embedded Plug & Play NVR (model no. DS-7604NI-E1) inside of the trailers with a capacity of 3 TB to store up to one month of video recordings. “Hikvision camera resolution is phenomenal, and it is easy to check in on our cameras using Hikvision’s iVMS-4200 app,” said Harris. “Our staff was pretty impressed with the unique OGSP configuration and kept saying ‘wow, you’ve got to see this thing.” Mcilveen added that weather posed a big challenge, with the Ontario area receiving lots of snowfall and temperatures routinely dropping as low as -20 degrees Celsius (-4 degrees Fahrenheit). Off-grid surveillance platform with 360-degree viewing “I had to determine how much power the system would need, estimating downtime for winter weather, and snow on solar panels. I visited the site every few days to remove snow from the panels,” said Mcilveen. “The Hikvision PTZ cameras are weatherproof and functioned perfectly in temperatures down to -30 degrees Celsius.” Hikvision PTZ cameras offer the best details to get results, because they can be adjusted and zoom in with astonishing detail, he added. The OGSP installation provided 360-degree, panoramic surveillance that doubled as a theft deterrent, while giving the dealership the flexibility to zoom in for further detail, scan recorded video for footage, and check in remotely from Hikvision’s iVMS app via a smartphone or tablet. The system can also be live monitored by central stations 24/7 if required, trespassers can be requested to leave via active bullhorns, and police dispatch can be immediate.
To help comply with industry regulations, boost security, and improve operational efficiencies, Associated British Ports (ABP) needed an advanced, flexible HD surveillance system that could leverage the existing network infrastructure and easily integrate with the port’s current analogue-based system. ABP relies on Avigilon Control Center software with HDSM to seamlessly manage the HD surveillance system 24x7. At the Port of Grimsby, ABP installed two 11MP Avigilon HD cameras to monitor vehicle entry and exit and to provide driver identification and license plate details, and one 3MP Avigilon HD camera for complete coverage of the junction leading to the control room. Six 5MP Avigilon HD cameras are used at the Port of Immingham to monitor and control the lockgates, which open and close to allow ships to pass through. ABP relies on Avigilon Control Center software with HDSM to seamlessly manage the HD surveillance system 24/7 Integrated camera system All six 5MP Avigilon HD cameras are connected through the fibre network back to the marine control room where the system is monitored live. At the Immingham Bulk Park, four Avigilon analogue video encoders are used to integrate a new analogue PTZ camera and existing analogue cameras into the Avigilon HD Surveillance System for greater performance and manageability. Four 1MP Avigilon HD cameras provide site overview and monitor the entrance and exit to the weighbridges, where cargo is weighed. Four Avigilon NVRs record and store 30 days of continuous footage. The Avigilon HD Surveillance System has helped ABP improve operational efficiencies at the Ports of Grimsby and Immingham. By leveraging its existing network infrastructure, ABP was able to reduce installation time and costs. ABP has also been able to centralise several processes, including weighbridge and lockgate operations, which can now be managed remotely in conjunction with the surveillance system. All six 5MP Avigilon HD cameras are connected through the fibre network back to the marine control room where the system is monitored live HD surveillance system to boost security With 21 ports and over 1,500 employees, ABP is the United Kingdom’s largest port operator and leading cruise port operator, moving one quarter of the country’s seaborne trade ranging from coal and containers to iron ore and the import/ export of vehicles. In compliance with industry regulations such as the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code, ABP has implemented the necessary security measures to reduce risk by deploying a comprehensive security system across all its sites. As part of this effort, ABP deployed the Avigilon HD Surveillance System at two locations to boost security and at the same time, improve operational efficiencies to ensure the successful management of international trade through its ports. Surveillance is a critical component of ABP’s overall security initiative, but it also plays a key role in helping to build a ‘safety first’ culture that protects the health and safety of employees and enhances overall productivity. “With the Avigilon HD Surveillance System in place, we can monitor the entire port operations – from loading ships to crane operations – from a centralised location to ensure port security, employee safety, and productivity,” explained Michael Howarth, Humber IT Infrastructure Manager at ABP. “As a result, we can strengthen security, improve operational flow, and reduce costs for better overall operational performance.” Surveillance is a critical component of ABP’s overall security initiative, but it also plays a key role in helping to build a ‘safety first’ culture Network-based IP cameras With the assistance of Global Vision CCTV Ltd., a local provider of surveillance system design, installation, and service, ABP installed the Avigilon HD Surveillance at two of its sites – the Ports of Grimsby and Immingham. “We were not getting the image quality or reliability we needed from our previous system,” said Howarth, who also noted that the previous software was cumbersome to use. When ABP began to roll out its new, more advanced internal network infrastructure, the team determined that network-based IP cameras would more effectively meet their needs. “The Avigilon HD Surveillance System is versatile and flexible enough to support hardware from many vendors – including analogue cameras – and can leverage our existing cabling for a more cost-effective and powerful surveillance solution.” According to Howarth, the very nature of a port’s geography can cause significant challenges when it comes to deploying any technology infrastructure, including surveillance. “When we transitioned over to a fibre network, we matured from having local installations running over coaxial cable to needing a more advanced network-based surveillance solution that can accommodate various types of cameras, including wireless,” said Howarth. ABP deployed the Avigilon Control Center network video management software (NVMS), the only solution designed specifically for high definition surveillance, and installed Avigilon HD megapixel cameras, Avigilon analog video encoders, and Avigilon network video recorders (NVRs) all connected wirelessly and accessible across both ports – a distance of seven miles. ABP installed the Avigilon HD Surveillance at two of its sites – the Ports of Grimsby and Immingham 11MP Avigilon HD cameras At the Port of Grimsby, ABP installed two 11MP Avigilon HD cameras to monitor vehicle entry and exit and to provide driver identification and license plate detail, and one 3MP Avigilon HD camera for complete coverage of the junction leading to the control room. Security personnel use Avigilon Control Center software with High Definition Stream Management (HDSM) to seamlessly manage the system 24/7 and store 30 days of continuous footage on two Avigilon NVRs. Six 5MP Avigilon HD cameras are used at the Port of Immingham to monitor and control the lockgates, which open and close to allow ships to pass through, and to ensure that there are no obstructions to prevent the lockgates from opening when required. All six 5MP Avigilon HD cameras are connected through the fibre network back to the marine control room where the system is monitored live and footage is stored on one Avigilon NVR. Six 5MP Avigilon HD cameras are used at the Port of Immingham to monitor and control the lockgates Avigilon analogue video encoders At the Bulk Park Terminal, four Avigilon analogue video encoders are used to integrate a new analogue PTZ camera and existing analogue cameras into the Avigilon HD Surveillance System for greater performance and manageability. Four 1MP Avigilon HD cameras provide site overview and monitor the entrance and exit to the weighbridges, where cargo is weighed. An additional Avigilon NVR has also been deployed to store footage from this installation. ABP security personnel have been impressed with Avigilon’s image quality and speed of playback, leveraging the advanced features of Avigilon Control Center software to instantly identify details necessary for positive identification, leading to faster response times and more successful investigations. “With our previous surveillance system, we would struggle to identify the details necessary to make a positive ID,” explained Howarth. Image clarity of license plates “In fact, we could not capture license plates or facial details even with very good lighting conditions.” Since deploying the Avigilon HD Surveillance System, Howarth has noticed a huge improvement in his ability to pinpoint a specific event with exceptional image clarity for quick identification and resolution. “Even in the middle of the night, we can zoom in on a specific event and leverage Avigilon Control Center’s digital enhancement features to pull out the detail we need.” Four Avigilon analogue video encoders are used to integrate a new analogue PTZ camera and existing analogue cameras into the Avigilon HD Surveillance System When local law enforcement has been called in to help investigate an incident, ABP can now provide more tangible evidence, faster. “Before, we would spend a lot of time trying to locate a specific event and end up with poor quality footage that was not up to standard,” noted Howarth, who has been very impressed with the speed in which he can now drill down to a specific event for immediate inspection. Before, we would spend a lot of time trying to locate a specific event and end up with poor quality footage" Manipulate image in real-time “Going through footage on our previous surveillance system was cumbersome, leaving big gaps in time between selecting a timeline and displaying the image. Avigilon Control Center’s advanced functionality allows us to manipulate an image in real-time and enables us to track when footage was actually recorded to more quickly and accurately identify the images in question.” said Howarth. With its simple management tools and advanced functionality, Avigilon Control Center has also proven to be very user-friendly. “We have eight full time staff using the system live and four ad hoc uses who can view the system from their laptops,” explained Howarth. “To date, we have been able to easily get them up on the system with no significant challenges.” Installing the system at the Ports of Grimsby and Immingham was also straightforward. “The professional team at Global Vision CCTV installed the system in no time and with help from Avigilon, worked with us to ensure that the solution delivered the highest quality images possible and maximum recorded length.” The professional team at Global Vision CCTV installed the system in no time and with help from Avigilon" Cost-effective solutions The Avigilon HD Surveillance System has not only surpassed ABP’s security requirements; it has also shown to be very cost-effective. “We were able to leverage our existing network infrastructure and cables to reduce installation time and costs,” said Howarth. “But more importantly, the Avigilon HD Surveillance System has enabled us to centralise several of our processes, including the operation of our weighbridges and lockgates, which can now be managed remotely through the surveillance system in one location.” As a result, ABP can contain its operational staff costs at each location. With the Avigilon HD Surveillance System in place, ABP has also invested in a scalable, future-proof surveillance solution that can expand to meet growing needs. Enhanced security and operational productivity Having already achieved a significant improvement in security and operational productivity, ABP has been very pleased with its decision to deploy the Avigilon HD Surveillance System at the Ports of Grimsby and Immingham. “Avigilon provides high quality HD surveillance across a varied infrastructure and is flexible enough to integrate with existing CCTV systems as well as analog-based systems,” concluded Howarth. “Utilising the most advanced technology instead of relying on modified old technology, Avigilon is a fluent system that delivers powerful network video management software combined with superior image quality for dramatic performance gains.”