Oil & Gas Security
Pelco is pleased to announce four new combination IR/white light illuminator models to the award-winning Esprit Enhanced PTZ camera product line. These new models provide IR-only and white light/deterrent modes of operation to give you the ability to overtly capture clear full colour images when using white light direct illumination or covertly with clear black and white images when in IR-only mode. The new models are ideal for performance-oriented 24 by 7 operations as well as extreme tempera...
Oncam, the provider of 360-degree video capture and business intelligence technology, announces the release of its new ExD Explosive Environment camera range, the only 360-degree single-sensor camera with an explosion protected housing. The range is designed to safeguard environments in markets such as oil and gas production and refineries, power and utilities, wastewater treatment, grain handling and storage, and other hazardous materials facilities. To provide the best possible protection for...
Ava Group, a provider of risk management services and technologies, announces new enhancements to its FFT Aura Ai-2 advanced fibre optic detection controller, which offers superior intrusion detection location accuracy together with extended range performance. The system is perfect for monitoring pipelines, perimeters and communications networks. Mark Horton, Global Sales and Marketing Director at Ava Group comments, “The Aura Ai-2 is our next generation controller and was released to ind...
Hikvision, the supplier of innovative security products and solutions, announces its first ever Technology Partner Day to be held in Istanbul, Turkey, on November 28. The event will showcase integrated security solutions developed by Hikvision in collaboration with its certified technology partners, as well as provide a forum for prospective partners to explore development opportunities for new solutions by taking advantage of Hikvision’s vast resources. The Hikvision Technology Partner D...
LENSEC is celebrating its 20th year in the physical security industry. The company was founded November 6, 1998 as Progressive Systems, a custom solutions provider of networked video surveillance. This year marks a milestone of perseverance in an ever-changing industry. As a provider in browser-based video management, Progressive Systems was able to lead the physical security industry in the transition from analogue-based cameras to devices communicating over an IP network architecture. In the...
Senstar, a global provider of perimeter intrusion detection and video management solutions, is pleased to announce the FiberPatrol FP7000 fibre optic pipeline integrity monitoring system. The system enhances integrity management programs for both gas and liquid-carrying pipelines by providing early detection of leaks and third-party interference (TPI) and offers distinct performance advantages over other systems on the market. FiberPatrol FP7000 can also be used for fence-mounted intrusion detec...
PerpetuityARC Training, part of Linx International Group, is proud to announce that associate trainer Paul Barker has been made a life member of ASIS International and life CPP. The accolade acknowledges Paul’s significant contribution to the international success of its Certified Protection Professional (CPP) qualification. In 1993 Paul became the third security professional in the UK to be awarded the CPP qualification, and two years later he was instrumental in expanding the course in the UK by enabling the exam to be taken outside the US for the first time. As an ASIS training officer, Paul delivered two courses a year, and in just three years CPP numbers in the UK rose to 94, resulting in Paul being presented with the inaugural Mervyn David Award by the UK Chapter of ASIS International. Comprehensive learning material Paul’s contribution to the training continues to be exemplary and we are proud to have him as an important part of the PerpetuityARC Training team" Today, ASIS International is the world’s largest association of security management professionals, and PerpetuityARC Training is proud to be a long-standing ASIS education partner. The company recently revealed that 98% of security professionals choosing its courses to train for their ASIS Physical Security Professional (PSP) and CPP qualifications in 2018 passed their exam at the first attempt. Paul Barker explains the reasons for PerpetuityARC Training’s success: “The courses are very well developed and are expertly delivered in a manner that enables learners to retain the volumes of data and apply it to the exam. The material is extremely comprehensive and ties in perfectly with the recommended reading for the exam.” Ciaran Barry, Director of Group Operations at Linx International Group, states: “Paul’s contribution to the training continues to be exemplary and we are proud to have him as an important part of the PerpetuityARC Training team. He continues a long tradition of teaching security professionals to the highest standards, helping them attain meaningful qualifications that advance their careers.” SME in security management for oil and gas sector In addition to the ASIS training programmes, Paul also delivers the IQ Level 4 course ‘Managing Security Risks in the Oil and Gas Sector’ In addition to the ASIS training programmes, Paul also delivers the IQ Level 4 course ‘Managing Security Risks in the Oil and Gas Sector’. This programme is designed for professionals in the extraction, energy, exploration and production industries. Paul’s background in strategic security management at one of the world’s largest oil companies stands him in good stead as Linx International Group’s subject matter expert in this field. PerpetuityARC Training will be at booth 1484 at the Global Security Exchange (GSX) to showcase its pathways to the sought-after PSP and CPP qualifications that include intensive five and ten-day boot camps, online training programmes, and blended courses that combine distance learning with classroom sessions. Formerly known as the ASIS Annual Seminar and Exhibits, GSX takes place at the Las Vegas Convention Center from 23 - 27 September.
Accredited ArmaWeave installer, Crime and Fire Defence Systems carried out the installation at a high security site, where the fence climbed a 50m-long 25° slope using full width panels. Zaun owner and co-founder Alastair Henman said: “The raking powers are such a big benefit over 358 and could help protect so many high security sites.” Manufacturer Zaun developed the raking installation method to make best use of the properties of the high security fabric, which is the most intruder resistant fence on the high security market. Innovative facility security The ArmaWeave fencing – which is unique to Zaun, as is the ability to rake it – is produced on the world’s largest mesh weaving machine at the company’s West Midlands manufacturing base. Henman added: "We had to invest in the weaving machine ahead of the sales in the belief we could produce an innovative product installers, specifiers and high security facility managers would want." Zaun's raking method limits the need for stepping panels on slopes and reduces installation costs significantly It limits the need for stepping panels on slopes and reduces installation costs significantly compared with standard welded mesh systems, while still conforming to the highest rated standards for fencing products defending against forcible attack. Optimum integrated fencing solution ArmaWeave’s unique properties add substantial resistance to cutting attacks with hand, powered and non-contact tools. The tight mesh pattern provides no climbing aids, again limiting the potential for intrusion. ArmaWeave is tested to the very highest standards and can be combined with other intruder systems, electronics and access control to create the optimum integrated fencing solution. Tens of thousands of metres have been installed at water, gas, electricity and nuclear sites around the UK by Crime & Fire and the three other accredited ArmaWeave installers: specialist fencing installers, Allen Fencing Limited and JB Corrie and premier prison fencing installer, Binns Fencing, a Zaun subsidiary.
Inheriting the attributes of its parent product LTEX17, LTSX03 comprises different variants like the flexibility for adding a heater, blower, wiper, and built-in IR 30/60/100 m to fit a variety of installation environment. As for the pan and tilt function, LTSX03 standard product delivers 360-degree endless rotation and ±90-degree tilt which enables unlimited zero spot monitoring from limited installation sites. Critical infrastructure monitoring LTSX03 is fully compatible with camera systems that support Pelco P/D protocol and RS485 standard. Therefore, the control of pan, tilt and wiper could be fully integrated with most of the IP camera systems. By accessing any existing IP based network, a security executive could troubleshoot abnormal, respond to and investigate incidents remotely, safely and efficiently. Constructed by stainless steel 304/316L with CNEX certified Exd II CT6 explosion-proof marking, LTSX03 is therefore ideal partner for remote monitoring in typical hazardous environment including oil, gas industry, onshore, offshore critical infrastructure. In dusty environment like construction site, grain handling factory, LTSX03 could be equipped with wiper, washer to give you a hand. Contact LonTrend sales team for further information.
The technology at the heart of the Wisenet Biometrics and Retail solutions, which have been jointly engineered by Hanwha Techwin and analytic specialists A.I Tech, has won the Business Intelligence category in the Benchmark Innovation Awards 2018. The awards are designed to recognise and reward innovative thinking and the delivery of benefits through advanced security solutions. They are run by Benchmark Magazine, the monthly publication which is widely regarded as the “Which” magazine for the electronic security industry. AI-Tech video analytics A Benchmark test team and an independent panel from the security industry judged products and solutions from across 10 technology areas, with A.I Tech’s A.I. Tech video analytics winning the Business Intelligence category against stiff competition from the other short-listed finalists. Wisenet Biometrics and Retail solutions, which are supplied ready to work out-of-box, are designed to enable small retail chains, as well as small outlets such as convenience stores, CTNs and petrol stations, to gain a greater understanding of the type and numbers of people who visit their stores. Wisenet open platform cameras “We are very pleased that A.I. Tech’s innovative video analytics technology has been recognised in the form of this high profile, prestigious award,” said Bob (H.Y.) Hwang Ph.D., Managing Director of Hanwha Techwin Europe. “This further justifies our strategy of working in close partnership with specialist application developers, such as A.I. Tech, in order to deliver on our promise to continually develop new, innovative solutions which make good use of our high performance Wisenet open platform cameras.”
Since women and girls are subject to the threat of sexual harassment and violence worldwide, this May, One Mega Event 2018 will host a special session titled, Metropolitan strategies to achieve Safe Cities for women and girls: The NUA and SDG as a real opportunity at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. On 23 May, the networking event will share the first results of a research initiative carried out by Metropolis Network, and Women in Cities International (WICI) to map existing policies, programmes, and strategies being carried out by metropolitan governments and members of the association, around women’s safety in urban public spaces, a priority in both the New Urban Agenda (NUA) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 5 and 11. While SDG 11 calls for making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, and is intrinsically linked to SDG 5 on gender equality, the NUA sets global standards in sustainable urban development. One of the key objectives Smart Cities Mission is to promote cities that provide 'smart' solutions for safety and security women, children and the elderly Smart solutions for safety and security Though the Government of India is committed to both these agendas, when we take a closer look at how India is putting women at the centre of the nation’s efforts to reduce inequality and injustice of every kind against women, there is a lot more happening. One of the key objectives of the government’s flagship Smart Cities Mission is to promote cities that provide 'smart' solutions for safety and security of citizens, particularly women, children and the elderly. The mission opens new windows of opportunity for the Government to spur its goal of restructuring the nation in a gender sensitive manner. Affordable and comfortable transport facilities Recognising that partnerships and collaborations between citizens, local governments, the private sector and civil society organisations are essential, the critical session will see government representatives, urban experts, women’s organisations and community leaders discuss innovative and evidence based approaches, tools and best practices. “Though practical urban planning practices such as improved lighting and design of streets and public spaces, and reliable, affordable and comfortable public transport facilities are a major achievement for ensuring safety and security of women and girls in our society, urban spaces will become truly safe when all citizens change their mindset and actively contribute towards elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls,” said Mr LC Goyal, CMD, India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO). One Mega Event 2018 provides a platform that enables deeper communication and a more practical approach to resolving societal problems" Enhancing sustainability and quality of life Hosted by the ITPO and Exhibitions India Group, One Mega Event 2018 combines five leading expos – 2nd Buildings India 2018 expo, 3rd Solar India 2018 expo, 3rd Transport India 2018 expo, 4th Smart Cities India 2018 expo and 5th Water India 2018 expo. Together, they will analyse how technology and data are being used to enhance sustainability and quality of life of the citizens, and share insights and priorities that support investment, innovation and growth in order to establish India as a global hub for smart city skills, knowledge and technology. “One Mega Event 2018 provides a platform that enables deeper communication and a more practical approach to resolving societal problems and seizing business opportunities for a number of players working towards making smart cities a reality,” added Mr Prem Behl, Chairman, Exhibitions India Group. The expo has already attracted the attention of government leaders, city administrators, influential individuals/organisations, urban planners and architects, industry experts, urban innovators, and entrepreneurs, technology firms and utility companies, energy and transportation companies, various intellectual disciplines, etc.
HID Global, a worldwide provider of trusted identity solutions, is driving the connected workplace with new HID Location Services for workplace optimisation capabilities that help ensure the safety of building occupants, facilitate compliance and increase operational efficiencies. The company has added robust features to its HID Location Services portal to help organisations better understand who is in a building at any given time. The latest converged credential incorporates access control and a location services Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacon in a single smart card for a more intuitive user experience. Accurate real-time capabilities HID Location Services for workplace optimisation now powers more reports and dashboards “Highly regulated organisations need to have appropriate access policies in place for managing who enters and exits the building, as well as what areas and information resources they can access--for what reasons, and when,” said Ian Lowe, Director of Product Marketing, Enterprise Physical Access Control. “Traditional time-and-attendance solutions cannot accomplish this as efficiently as HID Location Services. Its precise real-time and proximity location capabilities are the reason why customers with stringent requirements are early adopters of our innovative IoT technology.” HID Location Services for workplace optimisation now powers more reports and dashboards that provide deeper and broader building visibility, including immediate insight into the total number of people in a building or on a particular floor. It enables customers, especially organisations that need to comply with health and safety regulations, the ability to achieve extremely accurate timing of entry and exit of employees and visitors. Enhanced visitor awareness The solution also enhances visitor awareness by making it possible to know where visitors are in a building with a simple click, while also providing historical information about where visitors and others have been in the building in the event of an emergency, security breach or theft. Millions of HID Location Services credentials and gateway IoT devices have been deployed for workplace optimisation To date, millions of HID Location Services credentials and gateway IoT devices have been deployed for workplace optimisation by some of the world’s pre-eminent financial institutions and healthcare organisations. In addition, oil & gas companies and multinational construction and development firms are using the solution to improve safety and the overall efficiency of their workplaces. Tech giants are also piloting HID Location Services based on its ease of use, low cost for deployment and accuracy. ISC West 2018 participation See it in action during ISC West at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas: Ian Lowe will present “How Advanced IoT Technology Can Create the Connected Workplace of the Future” on Wednesday, April 11, from 9:45-10:45 a.m. in Sands 304 Level 1. Visit HID booth #11063 from April 11-12 for live demonstrations of HID Location Services for workplace optimisation at ISC West.
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.
With the ever-growing availability of video data thanks to the low cost of high-resolution video cameras and storage, artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning analytics now have become a necessity for the physical security industry, including access control and intrusion detection. Minimising human error and false positives are the key motivations for applying AI technologies in the security industry. What is artificial intelligence? Artificial intelligence is the ability of machines to learn from experience using a multi-layer neural network, which mimics the human brain, in order to recognise items and patterns and make decisions without human interference. The human brain is estimated to have 86 billion neurons; in comparison, the newest Nvidia GPU Volta has 21 billion transistors (the equivalence of a neuron), which offers the performance of hundreds of CPUs for deep learning.AI can learn continuously 24 hours per day every day, constantly acquiring, retaining and improving its knowledge In addition, unlike humans, AI can learn continuously 24 hours per day every day, constantly acquiring, retaining and improving its knowledge. With such enormous processing power, machines using Nvidia GPU and similar chips can now distinguish faces, animals, vehicles, languages, parts of speech, etc. Depending on the required complexity, level of details, acceptable error margin, and learning data quality, AI can learn new objects within as fast as a few seconds using Spiking Neural Network (SNN) to a few weeks using Convolution Neural Network (CNN). While both SNN and CNN offer advantages and drawbacks, they outperform tradition security systems without AI in terms of efficiency and accuracy. According to the research reports of MarketsandMarkets, the market size of perimeter intrusion detection systems is projected to increase from 4.12 billion USD in 2016 to 5.82 billion USD in 2021 at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 7.1%. Meanwhile, the predicted market of AI in security (both cyber security and physical security) will grow from 3.92 billion USD in 2017 to 34.81 billion USD by 2025, i.e., with an impressive CAGR of 31.38%. Legacy perimeter intrusion detection systems Legacy perimeter intrusion detection systems (PIDSs) are typically set up with the following considerations: Geographical conditions: landscape, flora, fauna, climate (sunrise, sunset, weather conditions, etc.), whether there are undulations in the terrain that would block the field of view of cameras Presence or lack of other layers of physical protection or barriers Integration with other systems in the security network: camera, storage, other defensive lines (door, lock, alarm, etc.) Types of alarm triggers and responses System complexity: intrusion detection with various types of sensors, e.g., microwave sensors, radar sensors, vibration sensors, acoustic sensors, etc. Length of deployment Local regulations: privacy protection, whether the cameras/sensors must be visible/hidden/buried, etc., electromagnetic interferences that may affect other systems such as oil rigs or power plants Human involvement: on-site personnel arrangement, human monitoring, human action in response to alarms AI object detection can easily distinguish different types of people and objects Pain points and benefits of AI The conditions listed above correspond to certain requirements of an intrusion detection systems: minimal false alarm, easy setup and maintenance, easy integration, and stable performance.AI by nature is designed to learn, adapt itself and evolve to work in multiple conditions: it should be integrated with existing video recording systems Minimal false alarms: False alarms lead to increased cost and inefficiency but are the main problem of PIDSs without AI technology, where animals, trees, shadows, and weather conditions may trigger the sensors. AI object detection can easily distinguish different types of people and objects, e.g., in a region set up to detect people, a car driving by, a cat walking by, or a person’s shadow will not trigger the alarm. Therefore, the amount of false alarms can be reduced by 70% to orders of magnitude. Easy setup and maintenance: Legacy PIDSs without AI must account for terrain, line of sight of cameras, sensor locations; any changes to the system would require manual effort to recalculate such factors and may disturb other components in the system. In contrast, AI PIDSs enable the system administrator to access the entire system or individual cameras from the control room, configure the region and object of interest in the field of view of cameras within minutes, and adjust with ease as often as necessary. Computing knowledge and even specific security training are not required to set up a secured PIDS with AI because AI PIDS is designed to relieve humans from knowing the inner working of machines. Easy integration with complementary technologies: Legacy PIDS without AI relies on physical technology, which are often proprietary and require complete overhaul of systems to function smoothly. On the other hand, AI by nature is designed to learn, adapt itself and evolve to work in multiple conditions, so AI PIDS is easily integrated with existing video recording (camera) and storage (NVR) systems. AI also eliminates the need for physical wireless or fiber-based sensors; instead, it functions based on the videos captured by cameras. Furthermore, AI enables easy and instantaneous combinations of multiple layers of defense, e.g., automatic triggering of door lock, camera movement focusing and access control as soon as a specified object is detected in the region of interest, all set up with a click of a button. Stable performance and durability: Legacy PIDSs without AI requires complicated setup with multiple components in order to increase detection accuracy. More components mean a higher probability of malfunction in the system, including exposure to damages (e.g., sensors can be destroyed) and delay in detection, while human monitoring is inconsistent due to human fatigue (studies have shown that a person can concentrate in mundane tasks for only up to 20 minutes, and the attention span decreases even more rapidly when humans are faced with multiple items at once, e.g., multiple camera monitoring screens). AI significantly reduces, if not completely eliminates the need for human involvement in the intrusion detection system once it is set up. In addition, AI reduces the risk of system malfunction by simplifying the hardware sensors needed. Minimising human error and false positives are the key motivations for applying AI technologies in the security industry Additional benefits of AI in intrusion detection Artificial Intelligence is undeniably reshaping every business and weaving into every aspect of daily lifeMaximal detection capability: The most advanced AI intrusion detection system today provides an all-in-one solution to distinguish any combination of alarm-triggering criteria beyond perimeter protection. Using AI, the system administrator can configure as many zones with different settings and object of interests as necessary, which include detections for specific colors or attributes (e.g., person not wearing the required uniform or carrying food/drink), numbers and dwell time (e.g., group of more than 5 people loitering), or movements (e.g., cars moving faster than the speed limit). In addition, AI can accurately pinpoint the location of event occurrence by displaying the camera that records the event in near real time, i.e., with few-second delays. Lower security operation cost: By minimising the number of false positives and human involvement while maximising ease of use and stability, AI intrusion detection systems significantly decrease the total cost of ownership. Companies can reduce the large security personnel overhead and cost of complicated and expensive legacy PIDSs systems. McKinsey Global report in June 2017 shows that proactive AI adopters can realize up to 15% increase in profit margin across various industries. Artificial Intelligence is undeniably reshaping every business and weaving into every aspect of daily life. In security, legacy systems are giving way to AI-based systems, and the first enterprises to adopt AI-based systems will soon, if not immediately, benefit from such investment. By Paul Sun, CEO of IronYun, and Mai Truong, Marketing Manager of IronYun
The demand for security consultancy services has increased as recent terror events have highlighted the need for effective and proportionate mitigation measures. Security training has seen an increase in demand, especially for technical courses in the areas of access control and CCTV. Security management training has also risen, except in the oil and gas sector where demand dropped significantly; this is attributed to the suppressed oil price. However, recently there are signs indicating this trend has bottomed out and oil companies are beginning to invest once again in security management training. Security ramifications of Brexit Important trends developing in the last year include higher demands for training in cyber-security, and the facilities management market’s pushing to upskill in security disciplines in response to the heighten risk of terrorism. The Brexit situation is having an impact as companies seek to safeguard their international supply chains. For example, there is an increased demand for security advice on Authorised Economic Operator applications. Those businesses which ignore EU requirements, which include producing risk assessments, are at risk of legal restrictions in trading operations. The changing tactics of terrorists – for example, using vehicles as a weapon and marauding attacks – have demonstrated the need for flexible mitigation strategies. Educating against cybercrime Terrorism and cyber-related crime, often involving extortion, are amongst the leading issues looking ahead to 2018, with the C-suite continuing to place reputational risk as a top-three agenda item. The impact of lax security can be extreme, as evidenced recently via international media of many leading brands targeted by cyber criminals and terrorists. In the next year, we at The Linx International Group will continue to invest in increasing our eLearning programmes portfolio, and are gearing to provide more consultants to meet higher demands overseas, particularly across EMEA and the Far East. What has emerged in 2017 is an increasing mandate from overseas for British-based security consultancy and training services, which are widely regarded as “best in class.” In 2017, there is an increasing mandate from overseas for British-based security consultancy and training services Winners and losers The winners in the new year will be those companies that invest in quality training to produce increased skills sets in their people, appreciating such investment will increase outputs and ultimately customer confidence. The losers will be those security businesses, particularly in the guarding sector who resist investing in their people and rely on winning business based purely on price alone. We have seen a clear trend in corporates wanting multi-disciplined third-party contractors able to supply personnel with recognised industry qualifications, not just providing manpower at the cheapest possible price. Continuing success into the new year The Linx International Group has had a successful 2017, increasing staff numbers to address double-digit increase in sales. Key achievements for the group have included: The design and creation of two new technical training centres in Dubai and Singapore, the creation of a new professional register for Certified Technical Security Professionals and the launch of a new Master’s Degree in International Security and Risk Managements (developed in conjunction with the University of South Wales). Building on these successes will be a challenge in 2018, as will keeping pace with the ever-rapid changes in technology. One thing is certain, the demand for security across most areas of life will increase – our biggest challenge will be to meet that demand.
More crowded aisles and productive conversations continued to set the tone on the second day of ISC West in Las Vegas. No big technology breakthroughs have surfaced, but there is plenty of interest, and some degree of curiosity, about whether (and when) the recent hype about artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning will translate into usable products. Vertical market solutions “Yesterday we saw a tremendous amount of traffic in the booth, and today is more of the same,” said Miguel Lazatin, Director, Product and Channel Marketing, Hanwha Techwin America. The layout of the Hanwha Techwin booth is different this year, although the “footprint” is the same size. “We lessened the number of kiosks within the booth, which allows for better flow, and the ability to accommodate more customers and do the demonstrations more effectively and focus more on product solutions,” Lazatin adds. “We are introducing products in new categories for Hanwha Techwin,” Lazatin says. “We have new thermal cameras, new stainless steel cameras, new multi-sensor cameras, as well as new mobile products. We are expanding our product set to address new applications and new markets.” The new products are tailored and specific solutions for those new markets, which include food processing plants, oil refineries and areas where Hanwha Techwin has not played in the past. Although there is a lot of talk about deep learning and artificial intelligence at this year’s show, there don’t appear to be a lot of actual products being introduced in those categories. Companies of all shapes and sizes are embracing the new buzzwords, leaving some attendees unsure how these new ideas — or marketing concepts? — fit into the “real world.” Hanwha Techwin America lessened the number of kiosks within the booth, which allows for better flow Meeting customer needs with AI A key to leveraging the value of new technologies such as AI and deep learning is to get beyond the buzzwords and position the new capabilities in the context of actual end user benefits such as operation efficiency and automation, says Stuart Rawling, Director of Global Business Development, Pelco by Schneider Electric. “The customer doesn’t care about buzzwords, he just wants to know what are the benefits? What solutions are we offering?” At the show, Pelco announced a new alliance with IBM that will leverage Big Blue’s advanced knowledge of deep learning and analytics, and combine it with Pelco’s VideoExpert video management system (VMS). “We have a version of that integration at the show, but the real news is that we are merging our development plans to solve specific use case problems,” says Rawling. Video analytics in the cloud Cloud applications are also gaining traction, including the Avigilon Blue cloud platform. “It allows integrators to manage everything from one easy, central site,” says Willem Ryan, Avigilon’s Vice President, Global Marketing and Communications. “They can respond quicker and with knowledge of what the system is doing.” Video analytics are built in as an inherent part of our solution. Any IP cameras — Avigilon or ONVIF-conformant — become equipped with analytics when they are connected to the Blue platform. A new announcement at the show is Avigilon’s ACC System Health Monitoring, a new service added to the Blue platform. Health monitoring enables integrators to be more proactive in their service and keep systems running smoothly. “Cloud allows you to scale how you can manage systems and service systems rather than having to go on site to upgrade systems,” says Ryan. “People think it’s a buzzword, but really it’s a means to an end to make systems more secure, more efficient, more responsive. We’re putting a lot of investment in it.” A new announcement at the show is Avigilon’s ACC System Health Monitoring, a new service added to the Blue platform Building RMR for customers The cloud also enables integrators to build more recurring monthly revenue (RMR). A cloud approach that encompasses products and ongoing service ensures that an integrator continues to “touch” customers. “For us, they can package this around service in a new way,” says Ryan. “The customer doesn’t have to worry about a large capital expense in the beginning. And as new capabilities come along, they can be added. So it becomes a way to sell a package around their company, service and products; but less about the products and more about a platform that allows them to sell their [integration] company in a new way. What we’re hearing is, it’s a change in mindset, and you need buy-in from the top of the organisation. And the sales people have to get used to selling in a different way. It’s going to take time, and our industry needs to evolve. Customers love the flexibility. And integrators need stickier customers and better profit margins.” Avigilon also continues to upgrade its Appearance Search product to enable faster review of stored video. Now a search for video related to an investigation can begin with a physical description of a person (rather than using a reference image as a starting point in the search). There’s one more day for attendees to roam the aisles of ISC West in search of new and useful technologies. Foot traffic historically drops off on the final day, but that just leaves more quality time for interaction among those staying until the bitter end. Count me among that group, and I will have much more to report after the show ends.
The Middle East security market provides a healthy opportunity for manufacturers who can capitalise on the region’s key verticals. Intersec’s 20th edition show focused more on solutions than on products, including solutions for the growing retail sector and an infrastructure market requiring ruggedised equipment to stand up to harsh environments. Intersec hosted security, safety and fire protection exhibitors from over fifty countries at Dubai’s spacious International Convention and Exhibition Centre on 21st - 23rd January. For the security market, the show was an opportunity to demonstrate how the industry’s latest technologies can benefit end-users in the UAE and globally. While the show hosted many impressively-sized stands from key security players, these tended to reflect the ongoing shift from a product-centric market to a focus on customer problems and solutions. Rather than filling the floorspace with an abundance of products, many brands chose to showcase how their flagship solutions could function in real-world applications. Retail surveillance delivers ROI Numerous companies opted to highlight their retail solutions – a key vertical for Dubai, which is known for its elaborate city shopping hubs. The Axis Communications stand allowed visitors to experience its network video offerings for the retail sector, including integrations with Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) and Point of Sale (POS) technologies. Solutions on show reflected how security systems are increasingly expected to provide a tangible return on investment: With options for queue management and people counting, Axis video technology can be used to provide business intelligence and improve the customer experience, as well as enhancing safety. IP video manufacturer Vivotek also showcased its latest retail offering, including fisheye cameras with built-in crowd detection and heatmap technology, which can help retail managers analyse customer traffic patterns and highly frequented areas. The panoramic nature of Vivotek’s IP cameras makes them ideal for collecting comprehensive data from retail stores. MOBOTIX CEO Thomas Lausten demonstrates how the company’s dual modular camera delivers high-quality images in extreme weather conditions IP video in extreme conditions The MOBOTIX stand was also less product-driven than at past shows. Instead, the focus was on how the manufacturer combines intelligent IoT technology and robust materials to address real end-user needs. CEO Thomas Lausten, who joined the company in June 2017, was on-hand to demonstrate how the company’s dual modular camera continues to deliver high-quality images in extreme weather conditions including ice, rain and sand. Rugged solutions were a big theme across the show floor. This is unsurprising given Intersec’s location in Dubai – the Middle East provides ample opportunity for the security market to capitalise on large outdoor projects, including the oil and gas industry. Video surveillance manufacturer Videotec showcased its latest HD PTZ cameras built to withstand harsh outdoor environments. The stand hosted an immersive ‘Experience Centre’, where the company’s flagship PTZ cameras moved in sync to a rolling video, demonstrating their use in vertical markets including oil and gas, marine surveillance, and critical infrastructure. Video surveillance manufacturer Videotec showcased its latest HD PTZ cameras built to withstand harsh outdoor environments MENA security market requirements Storage provider Promise Technology showcased its latest portfolio of surveillance solutions, including a cloud-based infrastructure optimised for growing IP video requirements. The manufacturer also introduced its new Vess A700 network video recorder series. This latest NVR offering specifically targets medium- to large-scale applications such as banking and industry. Such a solution is ideal for the growing Dubai market, where strict legislation requires a video retention time of 180 days. Intersec is set to return to Dubai from 20th - 22nd January 2019. Organisers expect over 1,300 exhibitors from across to globe to come together for a bigger, wider ranging and more innovative show.
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.
Senstar is pleased to announce its FiberPatrol ranging fibre optic intrusion detection system is successfully securing the perimeter of the US headquarters campus of a major international oil and gas company. FiberPatrol has been successfully up and running along the site’s 40,000 ft (7.57 mi) perimeter, consisting of three fence types and 40 gates, for several months. “Going into the project the customer was no stranger to perimeter security with various sites around the world using fence-mounted intrusion detection systems. However, the performance of the previously-installed systems was not always up to the customer’s expectations, particularly in regard to the nuisance alarm rate (NAR),” said Nancy Marshall, Executive Director of Business Development for Senstar. “With FiberPatrol, we were able to address the issue of NAR, as well as meet a number of other strict requirements. The system is working extremely well and the customer is very happy with the results.” Detect and locate intrusion attempts FiberPatrol’s advanced fibre optic technology detects and locates intrusion attempts along fences, offering the lowest NAR and highest Probability of detection (Pd) on the market. It also offers accurate location of intrusions even when there are multiple simultaneous intrusions or in the presence of non-localised environmental noise that would overwhelm the location capability of other long-range fibre optic sensors, and built-in cut immunity, meaning when set up in cut immunity configuration, it continues to provide detection on the full perimeter after a cable cut. FiberPatrol also passed the project’s mandatory penetration testing. The implementation of this project was a team effort, with Senstar working with integrator Kratos Public Safety and Security Solutions Inc. (PSS) and installer W-Industries Inc.
BASF is one of the world’s leading chemical companies. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. The company has been a committed partner to Greater China since 1885 and currently is one of the largest foreign investors in the Chinese chemical industry with major investments in Nanjing, Shanghai and Chongqing. Need for protection According to BASF’s Greater China Report published in 2012, local production enables more intensive collaboration with customers based in Greater China, and improves resource efficiency. BASF posted sales of over $6.8 billion in 2012 and employed 7,305 people. Protecting BASF’s chemical facilities demands high levels of security because of the nature of the operations and their potential for being the target of threats and/or criminal activities. To help safeguard people, property and assets, BASF’s security management has implemented a layered security approach that starts with perimeter protection. Fences and intrusion detection systems only provide limited protection, and false alerts create additional security issues. To provide more comprehensive and actionable coverage, BASF China needed real-time, visual monitoring of the perimeter on a 24/7 basis, without adding any additional lighting.To help safeguard people, property and assets, BASF’s security management has implemented a layered security approach Megapixel solution Working in collaboration with Tyco Fire and Security China, the BASF security team selected Arecont Vision’s 3-megapixel (MP) AV3135 colour cameras to meet their video security needs. The dual sensor AV3135 also has a 1.3MP true monochrome sensor that provides low-light performance. As the ambient light diminishes, the AV3135 switches to the monochrome sensor to deliver clear, high resolution surveillance images for identification and recording purposes. The Arecont Vision AV3135 megapixel cameras also provide an increased coverage area for better situational awareness compared to analogue or IP VGA cameras; and improved functionality including the ability to digitally zoom into live scenes and recorded video while maintaining high resolution. And because of the cameras’ superior day/night capability, no expenses were incurred to install additional lighting. No local power sources needed Another cost saving benefit of the Arecont Vision AV3135 megapixel cameras is that they are Powered over Ethernet (PoE) which eliminates the need to install local power sources. The AV3135 megapixel cameras are part of Arecont Vision’s H.264 MegaVideo® line of cameras that offer bandwidth and storage efficiency of 10x greater on average over traditional megapixel counterparts. The proven results laid to rest management’s concerns about storage space. BASF’s corporate security team was highly impressed with the quality and coverage of the Arecont Vision megapixel cameras when images were compared to analogue cameras. “Arecont Vision megapixel cameras provide the extremely clear images that are needed for security monitoring of the facility perimeter," said Raylene Xie, Global Account Manager, Tyco Fire and Security China. "Even BASF corporate was excited about the difference in quality between the megapixel and analogue images." The increased image quality of megapixel video played the largest role in providing superior perimeter security for the BASF facility. Expanded coverage areas and day/night capability of the Arecont Vision AV3135 cameras also contributed to a successful and effective new system.
SALTO Systems has been chosen to provide its smart access control solution for the new global headquarters of Life Sciences giant Abcam at their Cambridge biomedical campus. The construction company Kier has appointed SALTO Inspired Business Partner GBE Fire & Security to carry out the installation and commissioning of the system, as well as providing Fire, Gas Suppression, Disabled Alarms, CCTV and Data Network systems for the state-of-the-art £46 million office and laboratory scheme. Abcam Cambridge biomedical campus The new site consisting of a three-storey laboratory building and a four-storey office building, connected by an atrium link, will combine Abcam’s current facilities in Cambridge and will house the group’s UK innovation and manufacturing capabilities, laboratories, logistics, sales, marketing and corporate functions. It will also be the company’s European distribution hub. GBE will be working with partners SALTO, Gent, Baldwin Boxall and Pelco to implement the project, with GBE’s work commencing in October 2017 with a scheduled completion in August 2018. Steve Rossiter, Key Accounts Manager SALTO Systems Ltd, says “SALTO access control is in use at a number of bio-medical facilities around the world and we are very pleased that GBE has selected us for this prestigious new campus in Cambridge. Security measures in such places need to be robust and effective and SALTO will provide them with total control over who can access what, when and where at all times.” GBE’s Business Development Manager Paul Walsh said of the appointment “This is another prestigious contract win for GBE and we are very proud to be part of this leading, biotech construction project.”
Harland and Wolff uses AC2000 Security Hub for alarm and CCTV event management CEM Systems, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, announced they have successfully won the contract to secure Harland and Wolff Heavy Industries sites in Belfast, Northern Ireland. G4S were selected as integrator to install the AC2000 security solution throughout the Harland and Wolff sites. Harland and Wolff is a heavy engineering company to the maritime, offshore oil and gas, and renewable energy sectors. Located in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Harland and Wolff is one of Europe’s largest heavy engineering facilities. Purposely developed to create some of the world’s largest ocean going vessels, the world class facilities can handle the largest of structures in a safe, productive, and cost effective environment. AC2000 security management system Environmental Health and Safety management is a vital element of Harland and Wolff’s business, and ensuring the safety of their personnel is paramount. To protect their employees and secure valuable equipment across their vast site, Harland and Wolff installed AC2000 security management system and a comprehensive range of CEM’s innovative access control readers. “Our site presents a range of unique security and safety challenges; we therefore required a solution that would provide more than access control. We needed a complete security management system that would also help us improve efficiency and ensure the safety of all our employees. CEM’s AC2000 was the ideal solution, and combined with their range of sophisticated access control readers we have a system that meets our security and business requirements” said Chris Neill, Security Operations Manager, Harland and Wolff Heavy Industries. Security Hub application "CEM’s AC2000 was the ideal solution, and combined with their range of sophisticated access control readers we have a system that meets our security and business requirements" CEM Systems AC2000 is a powerful access control solution that comes with a comprehensive range of software applications that enhance site operations. Harland and Wolff uses AC2000 Security Hub for alarm and CCTV event management. Security Hub is the new centralised command and control application for AC2000. It seamlessly blends IP security surveillance systems and alarm processing into a single, simple, and intuitive user interface. Security Hub is a flexible and highly configurable central command and control application that manages all events and alarms within the AC2000 access control system and its integrated sub-systems; including video, fire, intruder, and building management systems. Harland and Wolff also make use of range of other key AC2000 applications including Time and Attendance, Mustering and Zone Monitor, to ensure that all their additional security and business needs are met. S610 and S3040 access control readers A broad array of CEM access control readers, to suit specific door locations and security and access requirements, are also in place across Harland and Wolff’s immense and diverse site. Using S610 readers installed at turnstiles and S3040 portable readers at dry dock areas, in combination with AC2000 Mustering and Zone Monitor applications, Harland and Wolff successfully reduced their mustering time from an evacuation drill from 45 minutes to 9 minutes on rigs with up to 1,200 people. "Going beyond security,CEM Systems is able tohelp Harland and Wolffbecome more operationally efficient" S610 readers are deployed throughout the main Harland and Wolff building, providing card and PIN access to key areas. emerald intelligent access terminals are installed at the Harland and Wolff reception building. emerald’s LCD touch screen enables Harland and Wolff to improve corporate branding on entry points to the building where they are regularly working with high value clients. The built in audio intercom also allows visitor communication with the reception desk and remote door opening. TS300F fingerprint readers High security areas including the server room and equipment warehouse are secured with emerald TS300F fingerprint readers, requiring biometric verification for the entry of select authorised staff. In the equipment warehouse, emerald’s Checklist feature allows Harland and Wolff to prompt staff on exit to sign the register if they are removing any tools or equipment. This provides Harland and Wolff with details of who accessed their warehouse, and helps prevent the loss of valuable equipment and tools. “Harland and Wolff is an iconic company in Northern Ireland with a rich history, and we are delighted to secure their vast site with AC2000 security management system and a range of CEM Systems access control readers, including emerald. Going beyond security, CEM Systems is able to help Harland and Wolff become more operationally efficient, saving them both time and money and assisting them in ensuring the safety of all their staff and equipment,” said Philip Verner, Regional Sales Director, EMEA, CEM Systems. Save Save
LUKOIL Neftochim Burgas, based in Bulgaria, is the largest oil refinery in Southeastern Europe, processing 9.5 million ton of crude oil per year. The Lukoil oil production sites are vital to the Bulgarian economy, but also present a significant risk. To make sure its critical infrastructure is protected against unwanted intruders, the company called upon FLIR Systems for a fail-proof perimeter security solution centred around thermal imaging cameras. “Lukoil Neftochim Burgas is a strategic site for Bulgaria. That’s why the security requirements are so demanding. We do everything we can to achieve these requirements,” says Petar Bakalov, Executive Director at Lukom-A, Lukoil Neftochim Burgas’s dedicated security agency. Cost-effective perimeter protection Until recently, Lukoil Neftochim Burgas had used two independent systems for perimeter security: two fences with sensor cable systems about five metres separated from each other. While they delivered quality results, the installation was quite expensive: digging, cabling, and visual cameras and lighting for visual verification of the detected target. According to Lyubomir Dimov, Project Manager at Lukom-A, the company therefore investigated alternative solutions: “We decided to try thermal cameras, because they provide us with the opportunity to control the entire territory with a relatively small number of cameras. When a movement is detected, we receive an alarm in our control room. The difference is that, with the sensor cable system you need cables, lighting along the perimeter, a video camera at each 60 m – all this is more difficult to implement and more expensive. With thermal cameras, we always see directly what happens, regardless of lighting, daytime or night time. Better vision, night and day Lukoil Neftochim Burgas discovered the power of thermal imaging by testing a small set-up. The company learned that thermal cameras not only outperform visual cameras at night, they’re also highly effective during the day. Lyubomir Dimov: “Three years ago, we decided to install cameras to guard a torch, an installation with a high level of explosion risk. We were able to perform tests with a thermal imaging camera from FLIR and discovered that even during the day, with a normal colour camera, intruders can get lost in the greenery, when they wear the same colour of clothes. In contrast, thermal cameras can still follow them when they hide behind the bushes. This really convinced us that thermal imaging technology was the way forward.” Telelink & 2 Plus Bulgaria recommendedFLIR thermal imaging cameraswith advanced video analytics Powerful thermal imaging and video analytics For its petrochemical plant in Burgas, Lukoil Neftochim Burgas called on main FLIR distributor for Bulgaria, Telelink EAD, a leading system integration company in South-East Europe, and its partner system integration company 2 Plus Bulgaria AD. Together, they proposed FLIR’s FC and F series cameras in combination with advanced video analytics software for achieving a higher level of perimeter protection. Ivan Ilchev, systems technician at Telelink, comments: “The sensor cable system that Lukoil Neftochim Burgas is using has its merits, but it requires extensive maintenance and the system’s false alarm rate is relatively high. Also, a visual CCTV camera system has its drawbacks. If you consider that the Lukoil Neftochim Burgas site has a very big perimeter for surveillance – more than 22 kilometres, then you actually would need more than 400 standard CCTV cameras. However, we knew that with one thermal imaging camera, you can easily replace six or seven visual CCTV cameras. That’s why we advised Lukoil to use thermal cameras from FLIR Systems in combination with advanced video analytics. This is a so called thermal fence, which is indeed a very cost-effective solution. What is so amazing about thermal imaging cameras is that you can use them in almost any condition, at night, during fog, rain, hard environments, like here, with no clean surface and with bushes and trees.” Thermal cameras: An investment that pays off The benefits are very clear for Lukoil Neftochim. The investment for thermal cameras is much less than for lighting and visual cameras around the entire perimeter. Petar Bakalov comments: “Thermal cameras have proven to be the best solution for us, because of the specifics of the secured area. The Lukoil refinery is located in an area where there is no lighting and most of our problems occur at night. That’s why thermal cameras are extremely convenient for us.” “The most important benefit is the reliability of the FLIR cameras – you can see the object day and night. Shortly after we had installed the thermal cameras, we were already able to capture two groups of intruders who were trying to enter the Lukoil Neftochim Burgas territory with the intent of stealing scrap metal. For me, FLIR is one of the best camera providers in the world and I will recommend it to our management so we can continue our cooperation with FLIR in the future.”