Oil & Gas Security
CP Communications, a pioneer in innovative solutions and services for live event productions, has acquired the assets of SportsCam, the groundbreaking innovator and creator of a wide range of wireless and robotic camera products for live sports production. The acquisition expands CP Communications’ range of wired, wireless and cellular content acquisition and streaming systems for its Red House Streaming brand, while also opening the door for new business opportunities in security and pub...
Safetrust, a pioneer in virtual credential solutions, and AlertEnterprise Inc., the foremost physical-logical security convergence software company, have entered into a strategic partnership to deliver next-generation digital access credentialing and controls, providing frictionless, safe and secure workspace access experience for employees, contingent workers and visitors. Benefits of collaboration The collaboration reinforces the new way businesses are defining smart and healthy workplaces,...
Synectics has unveiled details of its new COEX™ 4K camera range. The launch makes Synectics the first technology specialist to guarantee +70°C certification and 4K capabilities for fixed, PTZ, and TriMode models. The COEX range offers the most comprehensive suite of camera stations on the market for hazardous-area (and safe-area) applications. The global provider has a well-established reputation for specialist camera technology innovation based on customer-focused design, pioneering...
Motorola Solutions, announced the newest addition to its video security and analytics portfolio, the Avigilon H5A Explosion-Protected camera line. The H5A Explosion-Protected cameras bring the functionality of Avigilon’s industry video analytics to the explosion-protected camera form factor suitable for hazardous environments such as oil and gas, mining and industrial sites. This includes enhanced object detection and tracking, along with support for Avigilon Appearance Search™ tec...
FLIR Systems, Inc. announced FLIR United Video Management System (United VMS) 9.0, a major update to its flagship video management system software that gives security professionals an improved user experience, safer network security, and full control of security system components. The FLIR United VMS family of solutions includes the FLIR Latitude VMS Software as well as Horizon and FLIR Meridian Network Video Recorders (NVR), which are compatible with the new 64-bit release. Network video manag...
An innovative streamlined perimeter security system, capable of stopping a 7,200 kg vehicle travelling at 50 mph, is now available to protect Critical National Infrastructure sites from vehicle ramming attacks and forced entry attempts. The StronGuard Beam is the latest development in impact-tested perimeter security from ATG Access, the world’s designer and manufacturer of road blockers, bollards and vehicle barriers. Impact and forced entry tested The new s...
Videotec is proud to announce that it has attained ‘Lloyd’s Register Type Approval’ for its cameras and accessories for use in extreme environments. The issuance of this certificate by Lloyd's Register certifies that Videotec products are compliant with the stringent quality and reliability requirements demanded by the maritime sector's international standards. Providing visual support To be more specific, the type of certification that has been achieved is 'Test Specification Number 1' for use in marine and offshore categories, such as ENV1, ENV2, ENV3 and ENV5. Typical applications include the surveillance of public places such as passenger ships, open-air decks, closed spaces and technical areas that may be subject to heat generated by other equipment, including areas where there is a risk of explosion. These cameras can also be used to help docking procedures, providing visual support and eradicating any potential blind spots at either side of the ship. Demanding surveillance tasks This is largely due to their exceptional performance levels when it comes to monitoring critical processes Videotec is recognised worldwide in the oil & gas and marine sectors and has become well known for its wide range of certified explosion-proof cameras. This is largely due to their exceptional performance levels when it comes to monitoring critical processes in offshore/onshore areas where there is a risk of explosion. The newly obtained Lloyd's Register certificate is yet another confirmation that Videotec is the best company in the world in terms of its range of cameras for the most critical and demanding surveillance tasks in every type of extreme environment. Certified Products are: MAXIMUS MMX MAXIMUS MPX DELUX MAXIMUS MPX MAXIMUS MPXT MAXIMUS MVX DELUX MAXIMUS MVX MAXIMUS MVXT WASEX NXPTZ DELUX NXPTZ NXPTZT WASPT0V23L11M00 NXM36 VIPNX Videotec has been a player in the professional video surveillance market since 1986, designing and building cameras and accessories for monitoring both civil and industrial external environments. Videotec is active across five continents, distributing to over 100 countries from the production site in Italy, through a network of three branches, two overseas offices and numerous selected partners.
Videotec announces that the MAXIMUS MVXT explosion-proof IP-based thermal cameras have been enhanced with new radiometric functions to provide an efficient and preventative surveillance system in hazardous areas. The MVXT thermal cameras offer temperature detection based on the 4 central pixels of the image. With the advanced versions, the temperature of a specific object can be measured at any point in the image by means of defining a specific area. As well as this, the radiometric functions offer the option to set a temperature limit, beyond which an alarm will be raised. Centralised management of video feeds These functions are necessary in the monitoring of industrial processes or critical equipment, where the ability to identify something quickly and accurately, thus preventing problems or failures and keeping intervention times to a minimum, is essential. MVXT allows exploiting fully the features and the advantages offered by the thermal camera The MVXT thermal cameras can export all the data necessary for a centralised management of video feeds, data and alarms, and make it available to VMS via the ONVIF Profile S and Profile Q communication protocols. Also, configuring and controlling thermal image parameters is possible via the ONVIF Thermal Service Standard. MVXT allows exploiting fully the features and the advantages offered by the thermal camera. This includes the ability to raise an alarm and initiate immediate actions in order to prevent accidents or unwanted intrusions into monitored areas. Effective video surveillance Moreover, the extended certification temperature range of -60°°C to 65°C, along with a sophisticated cold start system, allows it to operate in harsh environments as standard. The IP66/IP68 ratings guarantee the complete protection against harsh weather and the IP69 rating allows the device to be cleaned with high-pressure water jets. The MVXT has obtained Lloyd’s Register Marine Type Approval certification for the maritime and naval sector. The MVXT thermal camera with radiometric functions is perfect for effective video surveillance and process control in harsh settings where the presence of gases or flammable dust can create a potentially explosive environment, a reality often found in the oil and gas industries or marine and industrial sectors.
Videotec has knowledge in creating indestructible products for external use. As a result, the new SERIES2 range offers advanced technology and performance for security systems that operate in explosive atmospheres in the Oil & Gas, Maritime and Industrial industries. Thermal camera range The wide range of PTZs in the MPX SERIES2 includes the MPX SERIES2 with DELUX day/night camera Super low-light FullHD 1080p or with SONY FCB-EV7520 camera with image stabilisation and dynamic privacy masking. The new MPXR SERIES2 is a thermal camera PTZ with radiometric features and a choice of lens type. To achieve its aim of continually improving products for challenging environments, Videotec has enhanced its ex-proof PTZ range with new performance: a double-cable entry in its integrated junction box, an SFP port for direct fibre optic connection, weatherproof IP66/67/68/69, a certification temperature of 80°C, and electro-polished and micro shot-peened external finishing for increased corrosion resistance. Integration with third-party products As with all Videotec products, the quality, robustness and reliability of these products are guaranteed by hundreds of validation tests and an unrivalled portfolio of international certificates. MPX SERIES2 offers an integrated and certified all-in-one professional solution. Only industrial/automotive range components are used for electronics and networking to perform in the most critical conditions. Mechanics, electronics, positioning and networking, software and firmware are proudly developed end to end internally by Videotec R&D, as is the case with all their network products. All products come with the company guarantee of being a reliable, cyber-safe and future-proof platform that can be integrated with third-party products easily. Backward compatibility In the SERIES2, Videotec has expanded the list of compatible software, but has not changed the tested and proven software functions and protocols already found in the MAXIMUS MPX series. As a result, Videotec can guarantee complete compatibility and interchangeability between the previous and new generations of PTZ, while protecting the investments made by its customers when it comes to validation and integration of MAXIMUS MPX. Among the improvements in this new generation is an SFP module slot at the base of the PTZ unit to allow easy fibre optic connection. MAXIMUS SERIES2’s side junction box allows a double-cable entry for easier installation with multipolar cables or conduits. As well as this, to simplify the wiring inside the devices as much as possible, MAXIMUS MBX or MBA communication boxes can connect the PTZs to their washing systems. This range is very versatile when it comes to installation thanks to numerous available accessories such as front glass washing kits, pre-wired cabling, cable glands, and wall, parapet, corner, and pole mounts. The compact design means the unit fits in the tightest spaces, while its reduced weight makes it easier to install. Certified explosion-proof Every type of MAXIMUS MPX SERIES2 PTZ is explosion-proof certified with a working temperature of up to +80°C. They have international certifications for use in Zone 1 and 2, Group IIC for gas, Zone 21 and 22, Group IIIC for dust. The Lloyd's Register Marine Type Approval System Test Specification Number 1 certification means they can be used for Marine applications. The operational robustness and reliability provided by the AISI 316l stainless steel, micro-shot and electropolished, means the MPX SERIES2 camera can be used effectively to monitor critical conditions and highly corrosive environments. This product is weatherproof to IP66/IP67/IP68/IP69, NEMA Type 4X and Type 6P certifications that guarantee complete protection against water and dust. The care taken at every stage of design of the MAXIMUS SERIES2 means costs have been reduced, making these ex-proof PTZs on the market in terms of competitiveness and performance.
Honeywell has announced a new temperature monitoring solution that incorporates advanced, infrared imaging technology and artificial intelligence algorithms to conduct non-invasive, preliminary screening of personnel entering a facility. Honeywell's ThermoRebellion system uses thermal cameras and AI to detect elevated body temperature and can validate if an individual is wearing proper PPE. ThermoRebellion temperature monitoring solution The Honeywell ThermoRebellion temperature monitoring solution can be rapidly deployed at the entryway of a factory, airport, distribution center, stadium or other commercial buildings to quickly and efficiently identify whether personnel exhibit an elevated facial temperature. As individuals pass in front of a high-resolution, thermal imaging camera, their skin temperature is automatically detected within two seconds and displayed on an accompanying monitor. Advanced infrared imaging technology Honeywell ThermoRebellion system can also identify if individuals are wearing the required PPE This can alert a person with an elevated temperature to seek additional screening. In addition, operators gain reliable, real-time information about personnel entering their facilities enabling them to take measures to keep their premises safe and secure. The Honeywell ThermoRebellion system can also identify if individuals are wearing the required personal protective equipment needed for entering the building. Enhancing worker safety "Protecting worker safety is the top priority for any building operator and now, more than ever, managers are looking for innovative solutions to enhance their health screening processes," said Renaud Mazarguil, President of Honeywell's Gas Analysis and Safety business. He adds, "We've developed this breakthrough technology to automate and streamline the monitoring of an individual's temperature and reduce the need for invasive monitoring. Honeywell is committed to developing new solutions to help workers, families and communities stay safe." AI-powered software solution Honeywell is piloting its new temperature monitoring solution at two of its U.S. production facilities, including the company's new N95 face mask manufacturing centre in Phoenix. The Honeywell ThermoRebellion solution incorporates software powered by AI allowing for each individual pixel captured by the camera to be rapidly assessed for elevated temperature. The solution is easy to install and commission and it is also simple to operate with minimal training using an intuitive graphical user interface. Integration with Forge platform and Healthy Building Solutions The system also automatically logs data to simplify and standardise record-keeping for compliance, reducing the need for potentially error-prone manual tracking processes. The system integrates seamlessly with the Honeywell Forge platform and Honeywell's Healthy Building Solutions that provide a holistic view of a building's health based on key factors such as air quality, social distancing, occupant flow, sanitation, wellness density and governance adherence. Intelligent visual monitoring technology The new temperature screening solution incorporates intelligent, visual monitoring technology The new temperature screening solution incorporates intelligent, visual monitoring technology from Rebellion Photonics, which Honeywell acquired in December 2019. Rebellion offers the oil and gas and petrochemical industries' real-time monitoring platform that visually identifies and quantifies gas releases to quickly detect and analyse leaks keeping workers safe. Fixed and portable gas detection solutions The business features a sophisticated AI software platform to provide operators with automated notifications for gas leaks, security issues, and fires. Honeywell's Gas Analysis and Safety (HGAS) business delivers fixed and portable gas detection solutions for industrial, commercial and governmental applications where workers can be exposed to toxic or flammable gases. The business also provides protective gear for first responders and advanced electrical safety solutions for workers in high-risk environments.
Rapid aging population, high healthcare costs, and physician shortages are creating an increasing demand for care at home, especially for seniors with long-term health conditions. The GX features a LCD display that shows clock time, temperature, GSM signal strength and sensor faults to keep users fully informed at all times. GX smart care medical alarm is an all-in-one wellness, and personal safety medical alarm solution, bridging medical health monitoring and emergency alarm to keep seniors safe in their own homes. Bluetooth medical devices GX is compatible with Bluetooth medical devices, like blood glucose/blood pressure monitors, pulse oximeters…etc, to track medical data and remote monitoring directly from caregivers/physicians; and also has telecare alarm features, including voice recognition, emergency monitoring, Inactivity monitoring, voice control, and home automation capabilities to assist seniors to have a more secure, healthy living. Allowing seniors to receive emergency attention even in situations where they are unable to seek help manually ZigBee, Z-Wave, and/or Bluetooth automation devices incorporated into GX creates a smarter and safer home, by auto turning on hallway lights at night to decrease chance of a fall; or auto turn on the heater if there’s a sudden temperature drop. GX has built-in voice recognition and can activate an emergency all to CMS by preset vocal commands or keywords. Allowing seniors to receive emergency attention even in situations where they are unable to seek help manually. Control home electronic devices GX can be paired with BRPD-1 Bluetooth pendant, a small wearable panic button that partners with a smartphone application for GPS location reporting and trigger help alarm with one button press, whether the user is at home or out for a walk. GX is compatible with Google Home voice control to seek help during emergencies, and control home electronic devices. GX is also compatible with Amazon Alexa voice control to control home electronic devices. GX is compatible with Pivotell® Advance Automatic Pill Dispenser, keeping secure of all pills, remind users to take their medication, keep track of their medicine intake, and allow caregiver/physician to monitor pill taking results/record and keep an eye on user’s needs. GX’s built-in VOIP function allows users to initiate two-way voice calls to contact CMS and family members during alarms and emergency. Supporting wireless sensor devices GX can support wireless sensor devices, allowing users to add in smoke detectors With the optional add-on of DECT, GX can pair with voice extenders, talking pendants, call points…etc placed around the home to create a safety net and peace of mind. GX can integrate Camera PIR Motion Sensors to deliver real-time visual monitoring and verification. When an emergency occurs, alerts are immediately sent to family members, and Monitoring Centre to verify the event and sending immediate assistance as needed. GX can support wireless sensor devices, allowing users to add in smoke detectors, water leakage sensors, and gas sensors to monitor emergencies; and motion sensors, door contacts, sensor pad transmitters for inactivity monitoring, to build a healthier, safer independent living. GX also has LED nightlight featuring both multicolour adjustment and light level button control for pleasant ambiance. Smart Care medical alarm solution Features of GX-Cubic2 - smart care medical alarm solution Communication Path Options: IP (Ethernet), LTE Built-in Module: RF, DECT Protocol Module Options: Zigbee, Z-Wave, Bluetooth Able to support multiple communication protocols with Monitoring Centres for Alarm Reporting LCD Display: Clock, Temperature, GSM Signal Strength, and Sensor Faults Compatible with Bluetooth (BLE) medical devices Voice Recognition capabilities Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) capabilities Certified RF range, reliability and performance Supports Pivotell® ‘Advance’ Pill Dispenser integration ZigBee or Z-Wave compatible home automation features Compatible with Amazon Alexa & Google Home voice control 24/7 Environment Safety Monitoring Voice Prompt feature Multi-party emergency intercom system capability Supports multiple programming methods Remote firmware update capabilities
Moxa, an internationally-renowned provider of industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions, has extended its connectivity portfolio with the new EDS-2000 series of unmanaged Ethernet switches featuring up to 16 Ethernet ports and two Gigabit combo ports to meet increasing needs for additional nodes and bandwidth. Slim enough to fit into crowded control cabinets and machines, these plug-and-play switches allow for easier deployment and upgrading of existing devices without configuration hassles. Moxa EDS-2000 switches are inexpensive solutions for implementing industrial control and data acquisition over a LAN and require virtually no IT skills. Serving as a network's backbone, the switches connect a wide variety of data devices, such as metres, sensors and cameras, so that organisations can gain greater visibility into core processes. Critical industrial protocol data Moxa is making its EDS-2000 Series available in five unique designs within two families Long distance fiber uplinks of over 100 meters are made possible by the two Gigabit combo ports available on several EDS-2000 models. The Moxa EDS-2000 Series is designed to push IIoT innovation beyond the performance limitations of current switch technology. For example, network operators can simply flip the DIP switches on the top panel to enable Quality of Service (QoS) and Broadcast Storm Protection (BSP) and help achieve more efficient data streams by reducing delays and failures. QoS guarantees high priority for critical industrial protocol data, while a relay alarm keeps field workers alerted of power disruptions or port disconnections. Moxa is making its EDS-2000 Series available in five unique designs within two families: the EDS-2000-EL and the EDS-2000-ML. Mission-critical automation The EDS-2000-EL Series is an entry-level model ideal for general automation, while the EDS-200-ML is a mainstream switch for mission-critical automation that complies with industry standards in hazardous locations, including process automation, oil and gas, transportation and marine applications. Both feature high EMC resistance and an IP40-rated housing to withstand harsh environments, extreme temperatures (-40 to +75° C), vibrations, and shocks. By raising innovation to the next level, Moxa can now provide its customers with a more agile means to keep pace with growing bandwidth requirements in industrial networks.
COVID-19 has already had a huge impact on the global economy. According to Statista, GDP growth globally will drop from around 3% to 2.4% - equivalent to a drop of around $35 trillion worldwide. In sectors like oil and gas, the impact is particularly acute: IHS Markit predicted that the reduction in oil consumption due to COVID-19 has led to a first-half surplus of 1.8 billion barrels of crude oil. The macroeconomic trends around these worldwide sectors point to harsher economic conditions and recession. For companies in the oil and gas sector running complex operations around the world, this will lead directly to tougher trading environments and a lot of necessary belt-tightening when it comes to costs around operations. Indirectly, the potential recession could cause more civil unrest and security threats for them as well. To cope with these potential challenges, companies will have to look at how they can maintain security for their operations and prevent risks as much as possible. Taking a contextual approach to physical security With these two goals in mind, looking at threat intelligence data should be considered. Threat intelligence refers to a set of data that can be used to judge current and future trends around risks, from everyday crime or political changes through to larger events like civil unrest, terrorism or the current pandemic. Based on data around these issues, companies can make better decisions on how they invest and manage their security posture in advance. Behind this overall approach, however, there are a significant number of moving parts that have to be considered. This includes where the data comes from, how it is used, and who is using the data. Companies can make better decisions on how they invest and manage their security posture The first consideration for threat intelligence is where data comes from. Typically, companies with large oilfields or refinery operations will have large investments in physical security to protect these environments, and part of this spend will include intelligence on local market, political and security conditions. Using this forecast data, your security leadership team can ensure that they have the right resources available in advance of any particular problem. This data can come from multiple sources, from social media data and crowdsourced information through to government, police and private company feeds. This mass of information can then be used to inform your planning and decision making around security, and how best to respond. However, one issue for oil and gas companies with distributed operations is how much data they have to manage over time. With so many potential sources of information all feeding back in real time, it’s hard to make sense of what comes in. Similarly, companies with international teams may have different sets and sources of data available to different parts of their organisations - while each team has its own view of what is going on, they may be missing out on contextual data from other sources held by neighbouring teams or by the central security department. Without a complete picture, it is easy to miss out on important information. Making threat intelligence smarter To solve this problem - and to reduce the costs around managing threat intelligence data - centralising your approach can make it easier to provide that context to all your teams and stakeholders. Rather than letting each team set up and run their own threat intelligence approach, centralising the data and letting each team use this can reduce costs. More importantly, it can improve the quality of your threat intelligence approach overall. By applying a combination of algorithms and security analysts to evaluate threat intelligence centrally, you can improve the quality of the data that you have coming into the organisation in the first place. This approach provides higher quality data for decision making. However, a centralised approach is not enough on its own. Local knowledge and analysis is always useful. Consequently, alongside any centralisation approach you have to have better filtering and search capabilities, otherwise you risk teams not being able to get the information that is particularly relevant and timely to them. This approach of bringing together centralised management of data feeds with more powerful tools for local teams to find what they want and get that access in real time represents the best of both worlds. Planning ahead Scenarios vary from a best case return to pre-crisis revenues of $50 to $60 per barrel by 2021 or 2022 According to consultancy firm McKinsey, the oil and gas sector faces an enormous challenge over the next few years. Scenarios vary from a best case return to pre-crisis revenues of $50 to $60 per barrel by 2021 or 2022, through to a worst case scenario where demand never returns and the industry has to undertake managed decline around some assets and look for new market opportunities in others. Whatever scenario plays out in the real world, security for existing assets will be a continued requirement. Planning ahead using threat intelligence data will be essential whatever happens. To help reduce costs and improve data quality, centralising this approach will help. Without this mix of global oversight and local detail, companies will find their operations hampered and wrong decisions are made. It’s only by applying threat intelligence data in the right context that security teams will be able to keep up with the challenges of the future.
The oil and gas market is driven by a number of technology trends, political issues, waves of supply and demand, and regulations. At times, it seems like the market is in a constant state of ebb and flow, with business affected by traditional drivers, such as government mandates and operational efficiencies, and other non-traditional markers, like challenging weather conditions (consider the 2017 hurricane season as an example). Additionally, the global economy continues to grow, propelling increased energy demand. But like nearly every other market today, the oil and gas market is on the brink of a sea change. According to Deloitte’s 2018 outlook on oil and gas, “the digital revolution is here.” The sheer volume of information and data generated by digital devices, such as those associated with the Internet of Things, will allow producers to leverage rich data and combine it to deliver smart, efficient solutions. The rise of digital technologies is unleashing new ideas across the oil and gas industry and even though we are in the beginning stage of being able to harness the power of these types of technologies, innovative ideas are emerging — all designed to support the core business, reduce internal investments, deliver products faster, boost efficiencies, and enhance safety. Maximised operations and increased ROI This ongoing growth propels energy producers to embark on extensive exploration and production activities to meet increased demand This is welcome news because there are a number of challenges facing the oil and gas industry, from improving reserve replacement and ensuring workplace safety to reducing operating costs and limiting downtime. All of these objectives must be achieved while maximising operations and increasing overall return on investment. Never has it been more crucial for critical infrastructure organisations to demonstrate a focus on safety, security, and collaboration. Here's why: Growth and demand According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, world energy consumption will grow by 56 percent between 2010 and 2040. This ongoing growth propels energy producers to embark on extensive exploration and production activities to meet increased demand. As energy-centric organisations look to emerging markets or remote regions to source production, safety becomes even more mission-critical to their success. Compliance Continuous demand is only one challenge; compliance with industry and government regulations is another significant hurdle that must be maintained or there is risk of production shutdowns. For example, the Department of Homeland Security’s Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) impose comprehensive federal regulations for high-risk chemical facilities, requiring organisations to conduct vulnerability assessments. This is just one of many regulatory procedures sites must follow to conform to environmental protections, safety precautions, and safe handling of hazardous materials. As energy-centric organisations look to emerging markets or remote regions to source production, safety becomes even more mission-critical to their success Threat protection, mitigation, and collaboration In addition to meeting the requirements of regulatory procedures, mitigating risk in this industry propels leaders to develop stringent strategies to ensure robust protection of people, property, and assets, effective and efficient response to incidents when they occur, and procedures and protocols to ensure business continuity in emergency situations. Energy providers require comprehensive safety planning and technology systems that can augment the capabilities of on-site and remote personnel. In recent years, video solutions have become the standard for monitoring facilities, assets, and employees, and now these organisations require enterprise-class solutions that can help gather intelligent data that allows for enhanced security and safety efforts but also focus on processes that enhance operational efficiencies. Cyber-attacks are becoming increasingly more complex and sophisticated in the oil and gas market IT security is also a concern. Cyber-attacks are becoming increasingly more complex and sophisticated in the oil and gas market. An IT breach can cause operational havoc, risk to the public, and damage to an organisation’s brand. Adopting a continuous improvement approach to a security strategy safeguards and helps protect valuable company information and reduces the likelihood of an incident. Also, collaboration between IT and physical security leaders and the correlation of both departments' data makes it much easier to identify a potential breach before havoc ensues. The digital age With the rise of the digital revolution and the demand for data to improve insight, oil and gas producers and businesses need to find new ways to capture data, correlate it as needed, and then leverage it to make the most informed decisions. Software platforms are being used in a wide variety of applications to provide a single pane-of-glass view that allows operators to gain critical insight into operations. By collecting intelligence from digital sensors, such as video surveillance cameras, open-source Web intelligence, building systems, crowdsourcing, weather sensors, mobile devices, and more, operators can detect potential risks and manage and respond to situations more efficiently. Furthermore, information can be shared easily with multiple agencies, employees, citizens, and first responders — especially valuable in the event of a safety incident where rapid response is paramount. By creating a single enterprise-wide view across disparate systems and technologies, organisations experience improved response times, lowered operational costs, and increased employee safety. Cyber, traditional security, digital devices, and situational awareness technologies combine to deliver an integrated, automated, and adaptive architecture to efficiently mitigate advanced threats in real time or forensically Traditional command centers Intelligent solutions, such as those derived from the idea of artificial intelligence, help organisations make sense of vast amounts of data. These integrated applications, such as advanced video analytics and facial recognition, can automatically pinpoint potential breaches and significant events, and send alerts to the appropriate personnel, departments, and agencies. These solutions can be powerful in unifying disparate command center technologies within the oil and gas industry, fusing critical data input from emergency calls and responder activity to enhance situational awareness. With traditional command centers relying mostly on call and radio updates, visibility can be limited, but new digital platforms enable operators to oversee a situation and engage with and direct the response force. Overall, these types of automated functions deliver a simplified and modernised operating environment. The future is the Intelligent SOC Oil and gas facilities can implement a proactive approach to safety and better mitigate threats and protect assets All of these digital solutions are designed to take center stage within the Intelligent Security Operations Center (ISOC). To combat advanced, multi-stage threats, oil and gas facilities are transforming the traditional SOC into the next-generation unified ISOC with an integrated platform for detection, investigation, communication, and response. Cyber, traditional security, digital devices, and situational awareness technologies combine to deliver an integrated, automated, and adaptive architecture to efficiently mitigate advanced threats in real time or forensically. Energy providers operate in challenging, fast-moving environments in which opportunities, requirements, and regulations can vary widely, change quickly, and evolve significantly over time. As the idea of the digital age continues to transform this market, new technologies will be more widely used to improve business operations from exploration and extraction to transportation and distribution. With the right technology, strategic partnerships, and enhanced situational awareness, oil and gas facilities can implement a proactive approach to safety and better mitigate threats and protect assets, while continuing to focus on achieving business goals that will sustain supply and demand for years to come.
The rise to prominence of smart cities should not go unnoticed. To the untrained eye, you might not realise just how connected your city is and how it’s helping your everyday life. From crossing the road to monitoring water levels, technology is allowing cities to think quicker and act smarter. Data-driven decisions A recent whitepaper by ABI Research has revealed that the total global cost-saving potential offered by smart cities stands at more than $5 trillion. This shows how technological improvements to the places we live offer a significant opportunity to not only improve our personal lives and wellbeing, but to also ensure our cities are able to continue contributing to the wider economy. One of the major areas of technology that is going to shift how we interact with our cities is the Internet of Things (IoT). One benefit will be the ability to use video surveillance to analyse data on large crowds at sporting events The IoT already accounts for swathes of technology and devices operating in the background. However, we’re increasingly seeing these come to the forefront of everyday life, as data becomes increasingly critical. In an IDC study sponsored by Seagate, Data Age 2025 estimates that by 2025, nearly 20% of data will be critical to our daily lives and nearly 10% of that will be hypercritical. Data is no longer just going to provide simple insights and recommendations, it is going to be making decisions that impact the fabric and quality of everyday life. Analysis and application The decisions that this critical data is attached to must be made quickly. A living, breathing city must constantly be monitoring, assessing and utilising data in order to ensure it keeps people safe and mobile. A prime example of this is in the Dutch city of Almere, where the local police force and parking management teams are using surveillance technology to improve congestion and manage traffic flow. This is hugely important when 20% of city traffic is caused by drivers circling around trying to find a parking space, according to Stuart Higgins, Strategic Lead - Cisco Impact. While older cities such as London may not be as equipped with new technology like modern cities, such as Dubai, an appreciation of the different ways individual cities can adopt technology is vital. For those that have the right infrastructure, one key benefit will be the ability to use video surveillance to analyse data on road congestion, or even large crowds at sporting events or national ceremonies. Using this data to spot patterns of behaviour will enable city planners to develop long term solutions to ensure city life runs smoothly. Instant access to connected devices By 2025, an average connected person anywhere in the world will interact with connected devices nearly 4,800 times per day — that’s one interaction approximately every 18 seconds. As access to data becomes the central component to a functioning smart city, the way data is stored has become more important than ever It isn’t just new-paradigm services such as Uber that are causing this. Increasingly, the ability to instantly access data relevant to many aspects of our lives will drive our interactions with these devices, and industries around the world are undergoing a digital transformation motivated by these evolving requirements. The benefits of data access is best shown through Project Green Light in the US city of Detroit, where the police department has partnered with gas stations across the city and the community to improve the quality of life within the neighborhood. The result is a strengthened relationship between public services and private businesses operating in the area. As access to data becomes the central component to a functioning smart city, the way data is stored has become more important than ever. When it comes to surveillance in our cities, the need for not only the technology but the hardware to analyse this data is of imperative importance. Real time data storage availability The growth of real-time data will cause a shift in the type of storage needed in the future – with fast, uncompromised access to data being non-negotiable. Data Age 2025 predicts that by 2025 the global datasphere will grow to 163 zettabytes. The security of our data and how it is stored will be the foundation to any future smart city strategy That’s ten times the 16.1ZB of data generated in 2016. This increase in data will propel the need for data to be available in real-time to heighten the focus on low-latency responsiveness from enterprise edge storage, as well as from the endpoints themselves. The rise in edge computing exemplifies how this demand is already present. The stakes are rising and with them, the critical importance of our data’s veracity and timeliness. It is important to identify city-wide data partnerships, architecture, and standards for effective and safe data sharing when developing a data strategy. Securing stored data It’s important to note that the security of our data and how it is stored will be the foundation to any future smart city strategy, ensuring that safety, regulatory, speed and access requirements are all met. Securing the data that underpins life as we know it is circular, not linear. Every company that creates, uses or touches data has to have a role in keeping it secure and should be the backbone of any smart city. What’s evident however is that digital transformation is shaping the surveillance industry and in turn how our cities operate. As a result, data is the fuel that will ensure the impact is a positive one. People, government and businesses all contribute to the cities of today, so no one can afford to ignore the shift we are seeing. The cities that utilise surveillance data when considering any changes to their infrastructure will ultimately become the cities of tomorrow, not only future-proofing, but prospering in the data-driven age.
The mission of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) is to ensure the reliability of the North American bulk power system (BPS). While electric utility companies are responsible for administering the day-to-day operations of the electric grid, regulators such as NERC and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) are charged with the overall responsibility of ensuring reliability and security. NERC develops and enforces Reliability Standards, annually assesses seasonal and long-term reliability, monitors the bulk power system through system awareness, operates the Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center (E-ISAC) and educates, trains and certifies industry personnel. Normal everyday operations of the system are the responsibility of utility owners and operators. Protecting critical infrastructure An attack by a disgruntled former employee, ideologically motivated activist, or a criminal could inflict significant damage Currently, a significant reliability threat to the U.S. grid is associated with squirrels and balloons, and not religiously inspired terrorists. However – and more applicable to grid operators – we have recently seen noteworthy interest in disabling or destroying critical infrastructure. Coordinated attacks can target the grid, and an attack by a disgruntled former employee, ideologically motivated activist, or a criminal stumbling across a “soft target,” could inflict significant damage. With an interconnected grid of over 450,000 miles of high voltage transmission lines (100 kV and higher) and over 55,000 substations (100 kV and larger), the targets of opportunity are endless. Data capture form to appear here! According to the Department of Energy, the number-one cause of most power outages in the U.S. is bad weather, which costs the economy between $18 billion and $33 billion every year in lost output and wages, spoiled inventory, delayed production and damage to grid infrastructure. The number-one cause of most power outages in the U.S. is bad weather, which costs the economy between $18 billion and $33 billion every year Large power transformers A large power transformer (LPT) is an enormous, custom-built piece of equipment tailored to customers’ specifications. They usually are not interchangeable with each other, and they are not produced for spare-part inventories; so if one blows, a lot of companies and homes could be without power for more than six months. They are not cheap, either. According to EEP (Electrical Engineering Portal), $10 million is a fairly average cost, but that doesn’t include transporting the gargantuan piece of equipment or installing it, which usually adds an additional 35 percent to the bill. Protecting power grids is essential to deliver electricity that serves millions of consumers. Transmission substations are a component of the power infrastructure that presents unique security challenges. These important facilities often sit out in the open, in remote locations, and were historically protected by little more than cameras or chain-link fences. According to EEP, $10 million is a fairly average cost for a large power transformer NERC/CIP guidelines The North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s Critical Infrastructure Protection (NERC/CIP) guidelines address security needs of electrical substations. Every facility has a baseline requirement for perimeter security protection around the site, although medium- and high-impact sites will have more stringent requirements. The geography surrounding sites – Is it an urban area or rural? Does the surrounding elevation provide additional lines of sight? – also impacts the types of systems they require. Electricity coming from coal, nuclear or hydroelectric plants goes to local utilities The U.S. power grid is divided into three sections: The Eastern Interconnection for states east of the Rocky Mountains, The Western Interconnection for states from the Pacific Ocean to the Rocky Mountains, and the smallest—the Texas Interconnected system—covering most of Texas. Electricity coming from coal, nuclear or hydroelectric plants goes to local utilities and they distribute power to homes and businesses, to millions of personal devices, lights, refrigeration, computers, and to other “loads,” that tap it. Inherited challenges According to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the nation’s electric infrastructure is “nothing but a patchwork system” that has evolved wildly since the first substation was erected by Thomas Edison in 1882, on New York City’s Pearl Street. Contributing to the challenges of securing the grid are the crazily disparate ages and capacities of the grid’s equipment. There are many possible targets, too. Approximately 300 control centres around the country monitor voltage and watch the data from SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) systems, which are placed at transformers, generators and other critical areas. Ideally, this allows engineers to monitor the data for signs of trouble and then communicate with each other to deal with whatever is happening to the grid, but SCADA has cybersecurity issues.
Intelligent solutions, such as those derived from artificial intelligence, help critical infrastructure organisations make sense of vast amounts of data. These integrated applications, such as advanced video analytics and facial recognition, can automatically pinpoint potential breaches and significant events, and send alerts to the appropriate personnel, departments, and agencies. These solutions can be powerful in unifying disparate command centre technologies, fusing critical data input from emergency calls and responder activity to enhance situational awareness. Electrical substations are particularly vulnerable (and in need of extra security) due to their role in power distribution and the nature of their equipment. The challenge power utilities worldwide are facing is finding an affordable solution, which can help detect, deter and facilitate an informed response to a substation security event. Data capture form to appear here! U.S. regulations In the United States, this need is furthered by the physical security mandate CIP-014 issued by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), calling for identification of security issues, vulnerability assessments and deployment of appropriate processes and systems to address. CIP-014 identification of security issues, vulnerability assessments and deployment of appropriate processes and systems to address CIP-104 specifically calls for implemented security plans that include measures to deter, detect, delay, assess, communicate, coordinate and respond to potential physical threats and vulnerabilities. Manufacturers of video and other systems are designing products to serve the critical infrastructure market. For example, Dahua Technology offers explosion-proof cameras with a combination of rugged reliability and superior optics that is a fit for surveillance of explosive and corrosive environments, including chemical plants, refineries, and other facilities in the oil and gas industry. This explosion-proof series of cameras are housed in enclosures that are certified to the ATEX and IECEx standards for equipment in explosive atmospheres. Each explosion-proof camera features Dahua’s Starlight technology for ultra low-light sensitivity and high-definition sensors that deliver clear images in real-time. They are IP68-rated to prevent water and dust ingress. Each explosion-proof camera features Dahua’s Starlight technology for ultra low-light sensitivity and high-definition sensors that deliver clear images in real-time Video footage in extreme temperatures Another manufacturer, Videotec, offers a range of cameras and housings that provide video footage regardless of aggressive external factors, such as ice cold, scorching heat, desert sand, the force of sea or wind, total darkness, pollution, corrosion and even explosive agents. SightSensor thermal systems enable a utility to detect and respond to substation security incidents across multiple sitesSightLogix smart thermal camera systems have been deployed to protect substations for electric utilities and other critical infrastructure facilities. SightSensor thermal systems enable a utility to detect and respond to substation security incidents across multiple sites, ranging from copper theft to vandalism while also meeting regulatory compliance. At each substation facility, Thermal SightSensors are positioned along the perimeter, and are paired with a high-resolution pan-tilt-zoom camera for alarm assessment. When a Thermal SightSensor detects an intruder, the target’s location information is sent over the network to a SightTracker PTZ controller, which automatically zooms and steers PTZ cameras to follow the intruder. The target’s location is also displayed on a topology site map to provide real-time situational awareness. Alarms are sent to the utility’s 24-hour security operations centre, which will contact law enforcement in real time when unauthorised intrusions are detected. Integrated intrusion detection and lighting systems The Senstar LM100 hybrid perimeter intrusion detection and intelligent lighting system is simplifying security at one U.S. electrical utility company. For years, the utility company had integrated its perimeter intrusion detection and lighting systems. The company has now installed the Senstar LM100 which provides detection and lighting in one product and saves them over $80,000 per site. The savings are a result of the reduction of electrical requirements, conduit, grounding, and associated labor, as well as the removal of certain equipment from project scope that are required for the two-system integration. The Senstar LM100’s perimeter LED-based lighting acts as an initial deterrent. If an intruder persists and an attempt to cut, climb or otherwise break through the fence is detected, the closest luminaire begins to strobe, and an alert is sent via a security management system. The intruder knows immediately they have been detected and that their exact location is known by security and others in the vicinity.
Critical infrastructure facilities are vulnerable to many security challenges, from terrorism to natural disasters. Challenges also include vandalism, theft, employee identification and verification, access control, regulations, and the increasing infiltration of connectivity and the Internet of Things. In addition, many critical infrastructure facilities are housed in harsh and hazardous environments, which adds to the challenges to keep employees and facilities secure. The security risks facing a utility, telecom provider or other critical infrastructure facilities can have far-reaching consequences, including major disruption of core services. It’s essential to minimise the risk of any incidents that could disturb operations and lead to a loss of income or fines. Providing security to critical infrastructure often requires incorporating legacy systems, integrating siloed solutions and automating error-prone manual operations. Data capture form to appear here! Locks remain essential CLIQ locking system from ASSA ABLOY can simplify security and workflow for critical infrastructure entitiesAs a tool to address the complex security scenarios facing critical infrastructure, locks are indispensable. In critical infrastructure environments, locks are often required to be resistant to extreme temperatures, dust and toxic substances, fire and explosions. Locks must also perform in environments that are even more challenging, including rain and manipulation. Critical infrastructure facilities can benefit from a high-security locking system that combines electronic and mechanical security; in effect, providing an intelligent combination of both. CLIQ locking system from ASSA ABLOY can simplify security and workflow for critical infrastructure entities. With terrorism posing a serious threat, perimeter fencing, doors and their locks are the first line of defense against potential intruders at installations such as chemical and power plants, gas terminals, oil refineries, utilities, transport, hospitals, research facilities and other major areas which need controlled access. With terrorism posing a serious threat, perimeter fencing, doors and their locks are the first line of defense against potential intruders CyberLock smart keys CyberLock electromechanical lock cylinders and smart keys record access details of who opened, or attempted to open, every lock, providing critical information when investigating a security breach. In addition, CyberLock enables users to instantly add or delete electronic keys. This eliminates exposure due to lost or stolen keys, and also allows users to assign customised access privileges based on time, date, and authority level. CyberLock cylinders are designed to operate in a variety of applications where high security is required, such as entry gates, chemical feed areas, watersheds, and other water sources. The system’s electronic keys cannot be duplicated or copied, and can be deactivated if lost or stolen, thus reducing the risk of unauthorised entry. Key management solutions Traka has been a source of key management solutions, providing asset protection and process controlThe flexibility and protection of key management is another area of improvement that critical infrastructure companies are benefitting from. With multiple facilities sited at different locations, staff can quickly be granted authorisation to access keys with the press of a button, allowing supervisors to adjust their security based on the needs of the business. Because of the customisation ability, the use of key management systems is continuing to grow throughout the utility sectors as assets increase and varying levels of access management can be set through the system. Traka has been a source of key management solutions, providing asset protection and process control for the industry with smart cabinets and lockers integrated alongside efficient software.
STANLEY Security, one of the UK’s security providers, is pleased to announce it will be providing its round the clock safety monitoring and emergency response management services to Blackline Safety customers across the UK and Europe. Blackline Safety is a supplier of wirelessly connected gas detection and lone worker monitoring products. Blackline’s technology monitors for atmospheric hazards and the wellbeing of personnel working alone, whether in populated areas, indoors within complex facilities or remotely. Safety monitoring services A key part of its service is live 24/7 monitoring and wireless gas detection, helping teams working in hazardous environments by responding to emergencies in real-time and managing efficient evacuations. STANLEY Security will take over the role of safety monitoring services for Blackline in the UK Under this new partnership, STANLEY Security will take over the role of safety monitoring services for Blackline in the UK, Netherlands and Belgium this month, with a further seven countries in Europe throughout 2020. STANLEY Security will additionally provide backup support for Blackline’s Calgary-based Safety Operations Center, increasing protection for the Blackline’s North American customers. Smooth transition of monitoring and response services The choice of partners was, in a large part, due to both companies being BS 8484:2016 accredited and has made the transition of 24/7 monitoring services near seamless. BS 8484:2016 is the Code of Practice for the Provision of Lone Worker Services, which advises on best practice when seeking a solution to reduce and/or eliminate the risk to staff operating away from the ability of colleagues to provide direct assistance. Blackline Safety Europe is the only manufacturer of gas detectors to achieve this standard. To further ensure the smooth transition of monitoring and response services, STANLEY Security has established a continuous training programme for employees across Europe. The training not only ensures operatives have in-depth knowledge of Blackline’s emergency response protocols, products and features, but are kept up to date at all times.
Abdullah A. M. Al-Khodari Sons Company is a multifaceted contracting company in Saudi Arabia. This company conducts business in diverse sectors such as civil engineering, roads and bridges, railways, buildings and infrastructure, water and waste water treatment, oil-gas and pipelines. It has 25 construction sites across Middle East. Managing time-attendance, shifts, overtime and leaves of 20,000 employees at different locations was a challenging process for them. They wanted a centralised time-attendance solution that would enable them to manage attendance data from a central location and speed up the payroll process. Project Highlights Time-attendance solution for 25 construction sites Access control solution for 25 sites Centralised attendance management for 20,000 employees Managing time-attendance data Al-Khodari is engaged in wide spread construction activities with 60 construction sites in the Middle East Al-Khodari is engaged in wide spread construction activities with 60 construction sites in the Middle East. Managing time-attendance, shifts, leaves and overtime of 20,000 employees at different locations is very time consuming and a tedious task. Previously, the customer was using Hand geometry solution, which was very time consuming. Workers also found it difficult to place their palms in the proper position. Managing time-attendance data of all employees on a central level was also becoming difficult for the company. Furthermore, the head office was using a different time-attendance solution in comparison to other sites. The head office processed the salary of employees after receiving an attendance summary from each of their branches. The process of salary calculation with respect to working hours and overtime of each employee took around 10 days. Moreover, there were chances that the attendance data was inaccurate, leading loss of efficiency and employee dissatisfaction. To overcome such challenges, the company required a centralised time-attendance and access control solution which could be managed and controlled from the head office. Faster and accurate salary calculation After discussing all of their problems and requirements Matrix offered web based COSEC CENTRA time-attendance and access control solution for their multi located branches across the Middle East. It automated all time-attendance processes right from recording entries to processing salaries. COSEC CENTRA access control solution allows controlling access on three simultaneous dimensions – user, zone and time. COSEC CENTRA server is installed at the head office to where attendance data of all locations are collected Optical fingerprint based time-attendance and access control terminal COSEC DOOR FOP was installed to mark the attendance and get access using fingerprint credentials. As per assigned access rules and time-attendance policies, access is allowed or denied, and event data would be pushed from all devices to the COSEC CENTRA server in real-time. COSEC CENTRA server is installed at the head office to where attendance data of all locations are collected centrally. Various types of time-attendance reports and charts can be generated for faster and accurate salary calculation. Error free time-attendance Time required for salary calculation reduced by 30% Productivity increased by 20% Control of all sites through a live monitoring window Error free time-attendance and overtime data Database management of all employees Centralised report generation Products installed COSEC DOOR FOP - optical fingerprint and RF card based door controller COSEC ENROLL FINGER - fingerprint enrolment station COSEC LE PLATFORM - web based application software platform COSEC LE TAM - time-attendance and leave management module COSEC LE ACM - access control module COSEC LE USER10000 - 10000 user license for LE platform
Many oil and gas companies manage miles of gas lines within their operations and have an extensive portfolio of real estate to manage. This breadth of assets can be challenging to effectively operate and secure. Historically, oil and gas companies have dispatched a technician to check their gas lines on a daily basis, which is exceptionally expensive. Companies need a way to minimise the necessity of personnel to check on false alarms or extended motion triggers. Saros DH-390 camera to detect intruders The FLIR Saros DH-390 camera provides wide-area coverage, using onboard analytics to detect intrudersOil and gas operators typically manage large numbers of remote sites, under the constant threat of trespassers. There are several solutions that can help reduce risk of theft and vandalism at these sites. The FLIR Saros DH-390 camera provides wide-area coverage, using onboard analytics to detect intruders. It combines thermal and optical image sensors to give remote security operators detailed views of the site, and the event that caused an alarm, covering areas up to a quarter acre per camera. The FLIR Elara Series includes the FC-ID thermal cameras, which also utilise onboard video analytics to detect perimeter breaches over longer ranges, up to nearly half a mile. Multiple Saros and Elara cameras can be combined with VMS solutions from FLIR or third parties to create comprehensive security solutions that enable oil and gas operators to efficiently secure their sites and receive real-time notifications of perimeter breaches. Real-time notifications of site activity FLIR security solutions allow oil and gas operators to receive real-time notifications of unauthorised site activity. Operators can then respond immediately, preventing losses associated with equipment downtime and damage. These systems can also provide live views of the site at any time, allowing basic visual inspections to be carried out without having to dispatch technicians to each site, which increases operational efficiency of the organisation.
Things get hot when pots and pans are polished in the production process at Kuhn Rikon, the number one Swiss brand for crockery and kitchen aids. Dust explosions can easily occur if the temperature rises above a certain threshold, which in the worst-case scenario can lead to significant fire damage and production outages. Initiated by ITES GmbH, MOBOTIX and Hekatron Brandschutz teamed up in a joint project to deliver 360° protection against this risk for Kuhn Rikon. MOBOTIX thermal imaging cameras are connected to the fire alarm & extinguisher control centre Integral IP by Hekatron Brandschutz. The cameras monitor the production process for critical temperatures and intervene autonomously in the production process. Not only does the system trigger an alarm in the case of possible overheating, it automatically stops the production machine and starts the extinguishing process where necessary. Requirement of reliable fire protection system In June 2015, overheated polishing plates caused a dust explosion at the Kuhn Rikon main facility in Rikon in the Töss Valley of Switzerland, precipitating a devastating fire that destroyed the production system and parts of the factory building. Together with the associated production outage, the total damages amounted to CHF 5.2 million (€4.6 million). The production outage alone cost the company CHF 1.4 million (€1.2 million). "Luckily no-one was hurt, but the incident made us drastically aware that we urgently require reliable protection of our production processes that exceed the scope of normal fire protection," explains Paul Brunschwiler, production technician at Kuhn Rikon AG. The M16 thermal cameras by MOBOTIX offer outstanding image resolution and enable precise monitoring of all danger zones M16 thermal cameras for precise monitoring Project manager Mathias Stauffacher provided the convincing proposal of connecting the thermal cameras M16 Thermal by MOBOTIX with a fire alarm & extinguishing control centre by the firm Hekatron Brandschutz. The M16 thermal cameras by MOBOTIX offer outstanding image resolution and enable precise monitoring of all danger zones within the Kuhn Rikon production workflow. In addition, the software package for the IP cameras allows tailored programming to suit the needs of the Swiss company. "We programmed all three escalation levels exactly: A warning for critical temperatures, production stop when the threshold is exceeded, followed by immediate initiation of the extinguishing process after the production shutdown to prevent any spread of the fire," adds Stauffacher. Production process boosted by 5% Precise temperature measurement also allowed us to optimise our production process" "The compatibility with MOBOTIX and Hekatron Brandschutz, as well as the user-friendly and low-maintenance system, convinced us 100 percent. Continuous, precise temperature measurement also allowed us to optimise our production process to ensure that we always operate at the ideal temperature and largely prevent any production errors. Overall, we managed to optimise our production process by around 5 percent and in doing so, make the general working atmosphere more pleasant for our employees," reports Paul Brunschwiler. "ITES GmbH is an expert for innovative fire protection and safety technology: Our competency and experience enable us to develop and implement tailored, state-of-the-art solutions for our customers. Our holistic approach offers our customers crucial added functionality," says Alexander Iglhaut, ITES Director of Safety Technology. Smart hard and software solution "MOBOTIX and Hekatron Brandschutz have very similar DNA. Both our companies develop their technology and also manufacture their products in Germany. The clear focus on premium quality hardware, software and services is confirmed in the successful results of projects like this one," emphasizes Christian Heller, Sales Director DACH at MOBOTIX AG. "The Kuhn Rikon project highlights the importance of a smart hard and software solution for fire protection and production optimisation. Our intelligent safety systems make major contributions in other sectors as well, among them waste management or the petroleum and gas industries," says Heller. The MOBOTIX thermal image camera is connected to the fire alarm and extinguishing control centre Integral IP, as well as the smart fire management system Fire protection for technical systems "The incident at Kuhn Rikon plainly shows that fire protection for technical systems is extremely important as a 'life-insurance policy' for the company. Here, protecting the employees and the company's output go hand in hand," stresses Daniel Triebswetter, specialist for extinguishing system control at Hekatron Brandschutz. "The solution for Kuhn Rikon catches the eye with its simple connection of the MOBOTIX thermal image camera to the fire alarm & extinguishing control centre Integral IP, as well as the smart fire management system – from production stoppage to triggering the extinguishing system."
An integrated security system that includes new IP cameras and two-way audio technology has seen the rate of injuries as a result of attacks on Post Office staff decline by 36% in just three years. This follows the deployment of a sophisticated monitoring and intelligent threat detection platform from Morphean, a Video Surveillance-as-a-Service (VSaaS) innovator, which has not only helped to keep staff safe but has also protected ATMs from attack, helping to keep Post Office doors open. Post Office is responsible for the safety and well-being of 14,500 workers in 11,600 branches. The very nature of their combined service offering and the fact they are often located in rural areas, means branches are prime targets for thieves. Threat intelligence Opportunistic attacks on staff and equipment, and the use of expanding gas to break open ATM machines is not uncommon Opportunistic attacks on staff and equipment, and the use of expanding gas to break open ATM machines is not uncommon. In rural communities, attacks on equipment can leave branches out of operation for long periods. In the last year alone, there were 13,437 violent attacks on convenience store workers, 27% of which involved a weapon and 39% led to injury, according to The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) annual Crime Report. The Post Office security team wanted to build on its existing threat intelligence and response system, Grapevine, with a network of IP cameras and two-way audio into branches. Axis Communications cameras, microphones and speakers, connected to the Morphean Platform and hosted in the cloud, were installed in pilot branches by Kings Secure Technologies. Security automation Now that trial implementations have been completed successfully, the security team plans to expand coverage rapidly. In addition to the cameras, the networked speakers enable control centre staff to speak directly to customers and suspected criminals, alerting them to the fact they are under surveillance. The solution is also optimised to use low bandwidth dataFurther integrations are under way to bring security automation to other branches, such as providing the ability for remote agents to lock on-site safes in the event of an attack. Because of the challenges around connectivity in the areas where the most vulnerable branches are situated, the solution is also optimised to use low bandwidth data and is capable of streaming video over a 3G mobile network. Built-in intelligence The built-in intelligence of the Morphean Platform means staff are able to monitor footage for suspicious behaviour, such as individuals loitering near an ATM, and issue an alert to security teams who can then decide on the appropriate course of action. If it’s someone trying to find their wallet, no action is taken; if a crime is in progress, police will be notified along with video footage. In addition, staff are able to trigger an alert manually using an under-the-counter activation button, which can be investigated immediately by control centre staff at the alarm receiving centre (ARC). “The safety of our staff is our number one priority,” says Physical Security Manager for Post Office, Mark Dinsdale. Make significant differences Footage goes straight to the Morphean cloud, and the platform compresses video and is fully encrypted end-to-end" “We’ll never completely eliminate crime in our branches, but we are also not powerless against it and we are able to make significant differences to the safety of our people, as demonstrated by the new technology we are deploying.” “Post Officers, particularly those in remote areas without access to a nearby police station, value the easy access to help and now report feeling much safer at work,” he concludes. Paul Ottley, Account Director at Kings Secure Technologies, says there are more subtle benefits to the Morphean Platform. “Footage goes straight to the Morphean cloud, and the platform compresses video and is fully encrypted end-to-end. This means that even if criminals attempt to destroy cameras or on-site storage appliances, recordings of any incidents are secured in a manner that is admissible as evidence. This eliminates the challenge of sending out an engineer to collect footage. It’s a simple solution that is flexible and fully compliant with regulations such as the GDPR.”
Milestone Systems, an open platform company for IP video management software (VMS), has announced a collaboration with NMS Security, SpotterRF, Canon, Dell, Utah's Hogle Zoo, and Polar Bears International to implement a unique video surveillance solution that helps the city of Churchill, Manitoba, to keep citizens, sightseers and polar bears at a safe distance from each other. Every year, nearly 10,000 tourists pour into this small town of 1,000 to view the polar bears that migrate along the shores of Hudson Bay. The impact of modern climate change is forcing many polar bears to wander into populated areas in search of food. With more than 300 polar bear response calls made in 2016, city managers and conservationists alike were looking for a way to use technology to safely manage the situation. "At Polar Bears International, part of our mission is to be involved with helping to prevent conflicts between polar bears and humans," said BJ Kirschhoffer, Director of Field Operations, Polar Bears International.The system does a great job of tracking polar bear movement and giving workers enough of a warning to pack up and get out Intrusion detection radar Milestone’s partner firm, NMS Security from Anchorage, Alaska, already had experience with protecting oil pipeline employees from with polar bears. They worked with SpotterRF to deploy and fine-tune the use of an innovative intrusion detection radar system as a solution at Churchill. “The system does a great job of tracking polar bear movement and giving workers enough of a warning to pack up and get out," said Ed Knoch, Director of Security Technology Solutions, NMS Security. "We’ve been doing this in Alaska for a few years now, and we've gotten really good at it." Polar bear warning alarm A Canon VB-R10VE vandal-resistant, outdoor PTZ dome camera and two SpotterRF radar units were installed. A Dell server runs the Milestone VMS platform with the Spotter XProtect plug-in interface installed. The radar units provide warnings at about 200 meters out from the shoreline, giving people enough time to get into the community centre and away from a bear. When a bear is detected, the system is triggered to automatically send out email alerts and sound a bear warning alarm throughout the community. Through the Milestone Mobile client application, the system can send notifications directly to the bear alert system and to wildlife officers, so they can see the radar screen and camera views on their smartphones. "We're very happy with all the elements of the project. The radar units, the camera, the Milestone video management software, everything is working well," said Kirschhoffer. "NMS Security did a fantastic job of getting us set up. All the pieces are pretty complex, and it's important to have a partner like that when doing these projects."As conservationists, we need to look at different strategies to help people and wildlife coexist Camera-radar surveillance With the camera/radar system up and running and yielding positive results, there is no doubt among the team that there is great potential for Churchill and for replicating this system into more polar bear impacted communities, as well as in environments around the world where humans and wildlife come in conflict. "There are many habitats around the world where humans and wildlife are sharing the same space and competing for water and food. As conservationists, we need to look at different strategies to help people and wildlife coexist," said Liz Larsen, Director of Conservation, Utah's Hogle Zoo who also help sponsor PBI initiatives.
Round table discussion
Protecting the oil and gas market is key to a thriving economy. The list of security challenges for oil and gas requires the best technology solutions our industry has to offer, from physical barriers to video systems to cybersecurity. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: what are the security challenges of the oil and gas market?
They call it “critical” for a reason. The so-called “critical infrastructure” is composed of the basic services that citizens have come to depend on, and which are necessary to support society and ensure national stability. The term includes high-visibility segments such as airports, refineries, transportation, wastewater, nuclear reactors, electric utilities, pipelines, and more. Because these functions are so critical, the stakes of providing security are higher than for any other market. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What are the security challenges of critical infrastructure facilities?
A clear image is the desired end-result of video systems – or is it? In a growing number of applications, it’s not the image itself, but rather what information can be gained from the image, that is most important. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable to comment on some of the ways information from video is valuable to end users. Specifically, we asked: In what applications does information derived from video images provide more value than the images themselves?