Edesix has entered at number 64 in the 18th annual Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100 league table, which ranks Britain's 100 private tech (TMT) companies with the fastest-growing sales over the last three years. It is compiled by Fast Track and published in The Sunday Times each September, with an awards dinner in November, and alumni dinners during the year. Impressive safety & security solutions Edesix has enjoyed a very successful last 18 months, where it has won some impressive new co...
Arecont Vision Costar, global provider of IP-based megapixel camera technology and video surveillance solutions, announces the immediate availability of all ConteraIP single-sensor cameras. The four new bullet and dome models are part of the Arecont Vision Total Video Solution, composed of megapixel cameras, video management system, cloud-enabled web services, and video recorders. The Total Video Solution and its components will be on display this week at both GSX 2018 Las Vegas, in Conference R...
Cost of a server is one of the major concerns while considering a Multilocation Video Surveillance solution. Moreover, there is complexity of operating the server from a central location while monitoring different locations. Matrix Video Surveillance solution has a special feature called Cascading, which eliminates the need of a server for centralised management and monitoring. Cascading is a feature of adding multiple devices on a single network in a User Interface (UI) so that all devices can...
Tavcom Training, operator of the Register for Certified Technical Security Professionals (CTSP), is pleased to announce that Frank Smith and Nick Grewcock from the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB) are among the first auditors to be admitted. The CTSP Register was extended to include auditors and consultants fulfilling technical roles in the electronic security and fire systems sectors in June 2018. Frank Smith commented: “I’m delighted to have been recognised as...
MOBOTIX has announced the launch of MOBOTIX MOVE, a video surveillance camera family that supplements its current portfolio allowing end customers to benefit from additional features to meet a wider range of indoor and outdoor use cases. Customers can now obtain MOBOTIX MOVE products as they provide standards-based technology as well as products with unique MOBOTIX features from a single trusted source backed by industry leading quality and reliability. Supporting ONVIF S and G profiles The ne...
Edesix, provider of the provision of Body Worn Cameras (BWC), has opened an office in the USA. Edesix's new US base is in New Jersey and will house both US and UK staff. The UK-based wearable camera expert is primarily focused on supporting its new Video Management Systems (VMS) integration and associated partners in the US. Edesix recently launched ONStream which enables seamless Body Worn Camera integration with existing Video Management Systems (VMS) traditionally used for viewing foota...
It's no secret that one of the next market segments to see exceptional growth in the United States is somewhat non-traditional: cannabis. The global cannabis market is projected to reach $60 billion by 2024, according to Ameri Research, fueled by the increasing legalisation and decriminalisation across much of the United States. It is estimated that 22 million pounds of marijuana are grown each year in the United States, with 80 percent coming from California, Tennessee, Kentucky, Hawaii and Washington, according to Mother Jones. Unlike other products, this commodity is valuable from the moment the seeds go in the ground to the exchanging of money for end-user products - and at every point in between. Within large greenhouses, 360-degree cameras that show a wide field of view are essential for cannabis protection From seedlings to selling, securing every point within the supply chain is vital to the assets being distributed, and companies are now realising how lucrative this endeavour can be. Critical to the success of the industry is keeping the merchandise secure and the workers safe. In this article, we explore each part of the supply chain within the cannabis market and address ways of implementing robust security measures. Plants, fields and greenhouses This is one industry where money actually grows on trees! When cannabis crops are planted either in greenhouses or in fields, security becomes critical, since the plants themselves are worth a significant amount of money. A single truckload can be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, so securing the load is crucial to the process Producers don't want plants stolen – especially high-end varieties that garner a bigger profit when harvested and sold – and the size of the plants make theft a greater possibility. Video surveillance becomes vital at this point and can be used in a variety of ways. Within large greenhouses, single cameras that can cover a wide expanse of space, such as cameras that offer 360-degree views, are essential and can provide more coverage with less investment overall than traditional narrow field-of-view cameras. Advanced technology, such as unmanned aerial vehicles (or drones), are also being used in open fields in an effort to protect these plants. Comprehensive video surveillance becomes the main tool for thwarting cannabis theft and addressing incidents as they arise Transportation and protection Once the plants are mature enough to be harvested, they must be transported to a production facility where they are either dried or cured based on the needs of the grower, as well as processed and transformed into edible products to be sold at retail locations. There are already a range of companies that specialise in keeping these crop yields safe while they are transported: think Brinks armoured transportation used for cash, but for cannabis. A single truckload can be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars – if not more – so securing the load is crucial to the process. Losing one of these loads can lead to large-scale losses for a producer. Surveillance equipment that can withstand sanitation standards and power-washing is paramount for effective protection After being transported, cannabis must be processed. In these environments, where strict handling processes are in place, surveillance equipment that can withstand sanitation standards and power-washing is paramount. This requires camera enclosures that are rated for resistance to high-pressure water jets, dust and vandalism/tampering. Since edible processing requires stringent regulations be followed, it becomes more critical for security managers to identify solutions that carry the NSF Mark, making them compliant with standards set forth for commercial food equipment in North America, or the HCV EU, the equivalent in Europe. Many of these locations handle and store large amounts of cash since customers have to pay with cash Retail protection As the final products come out of processing and go into storefronts to be sold by retailers in States that have recreational or medical facilities, there's another level of security that must be in place to protect these transactions. But careful considerations must be made. Traditional security tags cannot generally be used because of the small size of many of the end products, making it more difficult to track with tracking devices.Traditional security tags cannot generally be used because of the small size of many of the end products In this instance, comprehensive video surveillance becomes the main tool for thwarting theft and addressing incidents as they arise. In these locations, a loss prevention or security officer has to be an integral part of the team. Another consideration is the careful screening of the potential employees. Since the federal government doesn't recognise cannabis producers and retailers, banks that are federally insured through the FDIC don't accept money from these establishments, meaning that many of these locations handle and store large amounts of cash since customers have to pay with cash. There must be security measures in place for these kinds of transactions, including the ability for video surveillance to be played back instantaneously in the event of an incident at a cash register. The cannabis market comes with a variety of challenges at each and every step of the operation, from growing to transport to production and sales. Video surveillance and business intelligence solutions are ideal for these applications, and as the market grows, more and more security companies will look to cater to the market.
IFSEC International 2018 kicked off last week at London’s ExCel Centre. Visitors were lucky enough to experience a rare three days of British sunshine as they came together to discuss the latest trends and technologies in the physical security industry. Many exhibitors commented on how the show seemed smaller than previous years, with stands more spread out, and fewer ‘double-decker’ offerings than earlier shows. Although exhibitors represented all aspects of physical security, including access control and intrusion detection, the show was largely dominated by video surveillance. Video manufacturers Avigilon and Dahua were key sponsors, while the largest stand by far was occupied by Hikvision. Rather than hosting large product portfolios, exhibitors chose to demonstrate how integrated solutions could provide a more holistic solution If stands seemed more modest than in previous years, this may be a reflection of the industry shifting away from its long-standing product focus. Displaying large product portfolios takes more exhibit space. In an increasingly commoditised market, security integrators are combatting price erosion by emphasising holistic solutions rather than products and features. While some manufacturers have responded by collaborating with partners to offer a broader portfolio of solutions, others have invested in building end-to-end systems. Both these trends were reflected at the show; rather than hosting large product portfolios with a wide range of features, exhibitors chose to demonstrate how integrated solutions could provide a more holistic solution to end users’ challenges. Integrated systems approach One manufacturer opting for a solutions focus was security, access control and door entry systems provider STANLEY Product and Technology. The stand was represented by a range of STANLEY brands including PACOM and PAC GDX, as well as technology from recent acquisition 3xLOGIC. The PACOM team was on hand to demonstrate integrations of PACOM’s Graphical Management System (GMS) with workflow management software from RightCrowd, and biometric authentication products from EyeLock. PACOM Systems’ Commercial Director Gary Rowden explained that the stand was designed specifically to showcase all of STANLEY’s brands and partners in one place, encouraging customers to buy into the STANLEY solutions approach, rather than focusing on specific products. The show was largely dominated by video surveillance, with video manufacturer Avigilon a key sponsor Connecting with partners Another company emphasising partner solutions was Milestone Systems. Milestone’s Vice President for EMEA, Malou Mousten Dyhr Toft, who joined the company in March, explained how IFSEC International continues to be a key show. It was an opportunity to meet with Milestone’s expansive community of existing partners, as well as connecting with new partners and end users. Milestone hopes to enable community customers to process more video data with fewer servers, increasing scalabilityIn February this year, the company launched the Milestone System Builder initiative, allowing partners to optimise their hardware to pre-load Milestone’s XProtect VMS software. Several system builder partners were present at the Milestone stand. By collaborating with NVIDIA, Milestone hopes to enable community customers to process more video data with fewer servers, increasing scalability and reducing the total cost of ownership of its partner solutions. The stand showcased Milestone’s latest XProtect 2018 R2 VMS that leverages NVIDIA’s high-powered graphics processing units (GPUs), which can handle up to 2,000 video streams on one single server. Commitment to open systems MOBOTIX took this year’s IFSEC International as an opportunity to spread the word about its increased commitment to open systems. Since the company’s majority acquisition by Konica Minolta in 2016, and the subsequent addition of CEO Thomas Lausten last year, the company has undergone a significant change in approach, all-the-while guarding its core decentralised IP video product offering and made-in-Germany DNA. Lausten was previously a key figure at Milestone Systems and has brought to MOBOTIX a new approach focused on collaboration. Partners present at the MOBOTIX stand included Milestone, Kentix and Wavestore. The company also demonstrated its commitment to open systems by unveiling MOBOTIX MOVE, the manufacturer’s first line of ONVIF G compliant cameras. Visitors were lucky enough to experience a rare three days of British sunshine at IFSEC International this year Security system provider Vanderbilt had many new developments on show, including integrations both within Vanderbilt systems and with partner systems. The company’s SPC intrusion detection system now integrates with Milestone software, allowing SPC users to trigger events and control alarm systems from within the Milestone platform. A further highlight was Vanderbilt’s ACTEnterprise access control system, which now integrates with ASSA ABLOY’s Aperio wireless locking solution. Vanderbilt hopes that the integration will provide customers with faster, more cost-effective access control installations.Vanderbilt hopes that the integration will provide customers with faster, more cost-effective access control installations Reducing costs, increasing ease-of-use Many exhibitors were keen to demonstrate how integrated solutions could reduce costs for integrators by unifying systems on one easy-to-use platform. Arecont Vision unveiled its new Contera cloud-based video management solution at ISC West in April, making IFSEC the technology’s first outing in the European market. Contera is Arecont’s first video management offering and will allow customers to benefit from end-to-end solutions from the US-based company. Since the Contera system is designed to be web-based from the start, integrators will not be faced with the additional cost of adapting a legacy VMS system to the cloud. IDIS was another manufacturer highlighting their enhanced user experience and reduced cost offered by end-to-end systems. Visitors experienced demonstrations of the IDIS Center video management software, which is designed to offer smart user experience controls, and a user-friendly interface. Also on display were the company’s latest ranges of analogue and IP cameras. The IDIS system allows users to ‘mix-and-match’ HD analogue and IP video depending on the requirements of the project, with all surveillance operated from the same IDIS software interface. The mix-and-match approach avoids the additional cost of unnecessarily ripping and replacing legacy analogue systems. IFSEC 2018 presented a snapshot of how manufacturers from across video, access control and intrusion detection are continuing to innovate and collaborate to stay competitive in an increasingly challenging market, without losing sight of the most pressing needs of end users and integrators.
MOBOTIX (Stand C310) is showcasing its latest product line and technology partnerships that reflect an emerging culture of openness within the company. MOBOTIX welcomes 6 partners onto its booth to demonstrate a range of exciting new integrated solutions. MOBOTIX MOVE camera line MOBOTIX is demonstrating the first public appearance of its new MOBOTIX MOVE line of cameras, the first ONVIF G compliant series. It is able to deliver three H.264 streams at the same time. The MOBOTIX MOVE series consists of four models and is also the first MOBOTIX camera series offered with the latest market standard features such as motorised varifocal lenses, integrated IR illumination and Wide Dynamic Range functionality. MOBOTIX MOVE products are specified and tested by MOBOTIX in Germany and manufactured under supervision" “We listened and the MOBOTIX MOVE series is our response to requests from integrators and installers who asked for standard products when it comes to tenders where the specification requires features like PTZ, varifocal lenses and WDR.” explains Thomas Lausten, Chief Executive Officer of MOBOTIX. “MOBOTIX MOVE products are specified and tested by MOBOTIX in Germany and manufactured under supervision. Our customers can be sure that we won’t lose our product DNA and all MOBOTIX MOVE branded devices are delivered and supported according to the same high-quality standards our customers expect.” MOBOTIX Mx6 camera line MOBOTIX is also showcasing the second generation of its flagship Mx6 camera line with new integrated MxBus functionality. This two-wire cable system developed by MOBOTIX is encrypted against cyberattacks and expands camera functions by including practical additional MOBOTIX modules such as the MX-GPS-Box, a reliable time server for a complete video system. MOBOTIX is welcoming several partners to its IFSEC booth this year, with products, services and executives from Genetec, Ipsotek, Kentix, SEDI, SeSys and Wavestore. The technology demonstrations from these partners showcases how MOBOTIX innovations in areas such as video encoding, decentralised operation and analytics delivers true end-to-end integrated solutions that solve real world challenges in not only security but other areas such as transportation, healthcare and manufacturing. The IFSEC presence highlights several additional themes including cyber security, Internet of Things and advances in artificial intelligence IFSEC 2018 “The inclusion of more partners at IFSEC is an example of our ongoing strategy of making MOBOTIX more open and responsive to the needs of our entire ecosystem for the benefit of our customers,” explains Lausten, “MOBOTIX is an innovative company with engineering excellence at its heart and as a global supplier, our inclusive strategy is helping us to enter new markets by providing our partners with more flexibility to address a wider range of projects with our systems.” The IFSEC presence also highlights several additional themes including cyber security, Internet of Things and advances in artificial intelligence that MOBOTIX technologies play a critical role in delivering as successful projects. “A number of solutions use our decentralised concept with various sensor technologies and other devices across the network to reliably detect situations and independently initiate actions in responses,” says Lausten, “Our goal is to take our industry beyond human vision and blend sensors, communication and analysis that helps users increase process efficiency and develop innovative business models.”
Arecont Vision, an IP-based megapixel camera technology and video surveillance solutions provider, is slated to demonstrate the company’s new Total Video Solution at IFSEC International 2018. Arecont Vision executives will join members of the European sales team in stand D400, June 19 – 21, 2018 at the ExCeL, Royal Victoria Dock, London, UK. A presentation of Arecont Vision’s remote setup technology will also be on the conference agenda. IFSEC 2018 will be the first public unveiling in Europe of the Contera VMS Video Management System, ConteraWS Web Services and Contera CMR Cloud Managed Recorders Arecont security solutions at IFSEC 2018 IFSEC 2018 will be the first public unveiling in Europe of the Contera VMS Video Management System, ConteraWS Web Services, Contera CMR Cloud Managed Recorders, and ConteraIP megapixel cameras that were announced earlier this year. The new Contera hardware, software, and services families join with the company’s industry-leading Arecont Vision MegaIP series of single and multi-sensor megapixel cameras, customer-proven across Europe and around the world. “Our European customers are very important to Arecont Vision, and we’ve developed our new Contera offerings in part to address what they have told us,” said Raul Calderon, Chief Operating Officer and General Manager of Arecont Vision. “We now offer another single- and multi-sensor megapixel camera lineup to complement our Mega camera portfolio, plus advanced VMS, cloud management, and video recorder platforms. Our customers are now able to choose a traditional stand-alone VMS system or to leverage the power of local recording with uploaded video and management over the cloud all from Arecont Vision, or to continue to purchase our products integrated with those of our Technology Partners.” ConteraVMS Video Management System, ConteraWS Web Services, ConteraCMR Cloud Managed Recorders, ConteraIP Indoor Dome and Micro Bullet megapixel cameras are now available ConteraVMS Video Management System ConteraVMS Video Management System, ConteraWS Web Services, ConteraCMR Cloud Managed Recorders, ConteraIP Indoor Dome and Micro Bullet megapixel cameras are now available. Contera Bullet, Contera Outdoor Dome, and Contera Panoramic megapixel camera models are coming soon. Brad Donaldson, Vice President, Product Development, will deliver a technology demonstration of hands-free remote setup of new Arecont Vision cameras that dramatically simplifies installation for customers. Contera Web Services will be used, configuring and setting the views from single-sensor MegaDome G3 RS and multi-sensor adjustable-view SurroundVideo Omni G3 cameras. ConteraWS can be used to manage Arecont Vision cameras and the ConteraVMS. Video can then be uploaded and accessed from anywhere, anytime, over the cloud. The demonstration will be held in the “Show Me How Speakers Corner”, stand B350, down the main corridor from Arecont Vision, D400, on Wednesday, June 20 at 11.45 hours (11:45 AM). Arecont Vision products are deployed by customers around the world, and are integration-tested with leading VMS, video analytics, networking, storage, and other related products through the Technology Partner Program’s MegaLab facility and via ONVIF support.
Hanwha Techwin America, a global supplier of IP and analogue video surveillance solutions, announced a new line of NVR (Network Video Recorder) servers designed specifically for the Wisenet Wave VMS (Video Management System). The company also announced a turnkey WAVE client workstation pre-installed with Wisenet WAVE for hassle-free deployment. “All NVR servers are pre-configured with Wisenet WAVE VMS and preloaded with four professional licenses to ensure quick and easy deployment with minimum setup time,” said Ethan Kim, Product Manager, Hanwha Techwin America. “Since the software is already pre-loaded on the server, installers do not need to pre-configure the server on their bench or install any software. It makes their job more efficient and cost-effective.” The Wisenet WAVE servers are available in two tower form factors and two rack form factors with varying specifications to meet various customers’ needs Supports Wisenet and ONVIF conformant IP cameras The servers are optimised, tested and backed by Hanwha tech support so that integrators can start an install with minimum prep time. The Wisenet WAVE servers are available in two tower form factors and two rack form factors with varying specifications to meet various customers’ needs. All servers support Wisenet and ONVIF conformant IP cameras. WRT Series – Dual purpose Wisenet Wave Network Video Recorder The WRT-5301 is a dual purpose Wisenet WAVE server and client built into a compact mini-tower form factor. This ready-to-deploy solution can manage up to 470 Mbps of recording throughput on up to 32TB of storage for a single site or as an addition to an existing Wisenet WAVE system. The WRT-3301 is a dual purpose Wisenet WAVE server and client built into a compact mini-tower form factor. This ready-to-deploy solution can manage up to 170 Mbps of recording throughput on up to 32TB of storage for a single site or as an addition to an existing Wisenet WAVE system. The WRR-5501 is a Wisenet WAVE optimised 2U rack-mounted NVR capable of managing up to 96TB of storage and recording up to 470MbpsWRR Series – 2U rack-mounted server solutions The WRR-5501 is a Wisenet WAVE optimised 2U rack-mounted Network Video Recorder capable of managing up to 96TB of storage and recording up to 470Mbps. The combination of a redundant power supply and various RAID configurations make the WRR-5501 the ideal solution for reliable storage of large amounts of video data. The WRR-5301 is a Wisenet WAVE optimised 2U rack-mounted Network Video Recorder capable of managing up to 64TB of storage and recording up to 470Mbps. The WRR-5301 includes a redundant power supply for reliable operation. WWT Series – Wisenet WAVE optimised client workstation The WWT-5301 client workstation is an easily deployable solution that can be used on-site, or remotely to access a Wisenet WAVE video recorder. It comes pre-configured with Wisenet WAVE VMS.
Arecont Vision, the industry pioneer in IP-based megapixel camera technology and video surveillance solutions, will demonstrate the company’s new Total Video Solution here at IFSEC International 2018. Arecont Vision executives will join members of the European sales team in stand D400, June 19 – 21, 2018 at the ExCeL, Royal Victoria Dock, London, UK. A presentation of Arecont Vision’s remote setup technology will also be on the conference agenda. IFSEC 2018 will be the first public unveiling in Europe of the Contera VMS Video Management System, ConteraWS Web Services, Contera CMR Cloud Managed Recorders, and ConteraIP megapixel cameras that were announced earlier this year. The new Contera hardware, software, and services families join with the company’s industry-leading Arecont Vision MegaIP series of single and multi-sensor megapixel cameras, customer-proven across Europe and around the world. We now offer another single- and multi-sensor megapixel camera lineup to complement our Mega camera portfolio" Contera VMS offerings “Our European customers are very important to Arecont Vision, and we’ve developed our new Contera offerings in part to address what they have told us,” said Raul Calderon, Chief Operating Officer and General Manager of Arecont Vision. “We now offer another single- and multi-sensor megapixel camera lineup to complement our Mega camera portfolio, plus advanced VMS, cloud management, and video recorder platforms." “Our customers are now able to choose a traditional stand-alone VMS system or to leverage the power of local recording with uploaded video and management over the cloud all from Arecont Vision, or to continue to purchase our products integrated with those of our Technology Partners.” ConteraVMS Video Management System, ConteraWS Web Services, ConteraCMR Cloud Managed Recorders, ConteraIP Indoor Dome and Micro Bullet megapixel cameras are available today. Contera Bullet, Contera Outdoor Dome, and Contera Panoramic megapixel camera models are coming soon. ConteraWS can be used to manage Arecont Vision cameras and the ConteraVMS Demonstration on remote setup of cameras Brad Donaldson, Vice President, Product Development, will deliver a technology demonstration of hands-free remote setup of new Arecont Vision cameras that dramatically simplifies installation for customers. Contera Web Services will be used, configuring and setting the views from single-sensor MegaDome G3 RS and multi-sensor adjustable-view SurroundVideo Omni G3 cameras. ConteraWS can be used to manage Arecont Vision cameras and the ConteraVMS. Video can then be uploaded and accessed from anywhere, anytime, over the cloud. The demonstration will be held in the ‘Show Me How Speakers Corner’, stand B350, down the main corridor from Arecont Vision, D400, on Wednesday, June 20 at 11.45 hours (11:45 AM). Arecont Vision products are deployed by customers around the world, and are integration-tested with leading VMS, video analytics, networking, storage, and other related products through the Technology Partner Program’s MegaLab facility and via ONVIF support.
VMS software and IP products from Hikvision, a supplier of innovative video surveillance products and solutions, are now being used by the Government of Gujarat Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), to protect and administer education facilities and services across Western India. A government organisation that provides qualitative and higher level technical training for students from a diverse mix of financial and social backgrounds, the Directorate of Technical Education’s (DTE) goal is to deliver global standards of excellence in technical education for all its students. Looking to provide a more secure environment and enhance education management, both inside its college campuses and within classrooms, DTE enlisted the help of Prama Hikvision India to evaluate their needs and recommend a practical solution. Enhancing education processes Working closely with the client, Hikvision undertook site surveys at 43 campuses across Gujarat and in respect of DTE’s management and system performance needs, proposed a cost-effective solution that would provide the required level of indoor and outdoor surveillance coverage. The considerations for the surveillance solution would also take-in DTE’s objective of enlisting the new system to play a role in enhancing the day-to-day education processes, where it could also be used to remotely monitor examinations, as well as being a time-saving facilities management tool for use across the large Western India state.The Hikvision control software fully supports smart search, playback, and smart detection Centralised surveillance monitoring Providing centralised remote surveillance and alarm monitoring, Hikvision proposed an IP-based solution that would use DTE’s existing secure virtual private network (VPN), which connects all education sites across Gujarat to a central point at the Directorate of Technical Education, in the capital city of Gandhinagar, Gujarat. At two control rooms, Hikvision iVMS-5200 Professional VMS software was installed to control and monitor the new surveillance system 24/7. Ideal for controlling any mix of surveillance system products, the iVMS-5200 Professional software fully supports all Hikvision products, including DVRs, NVRs, cameras and speed domes, as well as any mix of third party manufacturer products that conform to ONVIF standard. Allowing DTE’s security and management application needs to be addressed, regardless of its size and complexity, the Hikvision control software fully supports the installed Hikvision products’ smart features, including smart search, playback, and smart detection. Low-light surveillance capability To provide affordable high-quality surveillance imaging across the 43 college campuses covered, Hikvision specified a mix of DS-2CD2620F-IS HD 2 Megapixel vari-focal IR network bullet, and DS-2CD2720F-IS HD 2 Megapixel outdoor network IR dome cameras. Both camera models provide 1920×1080 resolution, and true day and night (ICR) low-light capabilities, along with back-light compensation (BLC). Approximately 1,300 Hikvision cameras installed now provide comprehensive surveillance within the campuses lobbies, classrooms, laboratories, staff rooms, examination halls, auditoriums, storerooms, exit and entry doors, and open campus area access gates and car parks.The Hikvision iVMS-5200 Professional VMS software enables 43 campus locations to be monitored easily and reliably Integrated campus security "The Hikvision IP-based surveillance solution successfully illustrates just what can be achieved with large-scale integration,” explains Pinkal Shah, Asst. Manager - Technical Support, at Prama Hikvision India. “The Hikvision iVMS-5200 Professional VMS software enables 43 campus locations to be monitored easily and reliably, encompassing central video management, integration and failover mechanism." "Supporting all remote sites’ local storage and camera SD storage, the system uses Hikvision’s Center Video Record (CVR) mode using NAS to receive data streams directly from network cameras. With CVR mode, there is no need for an intermediate storage server, which not only increases storage efficiency and system stability, but also greatly reduces system hardware cost for the end-user.” Remote surveillance DTE system operators can remotely check the status of facilities or presence/absence of support staff "The Hikvision video surveillance system utilises a WAN/VPN to connect each of the separate locations in this massive multi-site project,” explains Mr. Dayashankar of Progility Technologies Pvt. Ltd., systems integration company responsible for the installation of the project. “The excellent Hikvision iVMS-5200 Professional VMS software enabled us to integrate the many existing third-party manufacturers cameras into the new system, as well as providing out of office hours remote alarm configuration and monitoring. We found the quality of the Hikvision networked camera images to be exceptional under every operating condition.” Viewed from the central monitoring stations, DTE system operators can now remotely check the status of facilities or presence/absence of support staff across Western India. In addition, on examination of the high definition play back, since the installation went live, incidents of petty theft have been recorded, and stolen belongings of students and facilities recovered.
An integrated surveillance and security management solution, developed and deployed by Synectics, is helping to improve staff and inmate safety at a major European Category A prison. The vast site, which houses over 750 inmates, comprises multiple buildings, including cell blocks, visiting zones, gym and exercise areas, and special focus zones, all of which are monitored by over 2000 cameras. A command and control solution was required that would allow operators to monitor and manage all cameras from a single location – the ECR (Emergency Control Room). The solution had to be capable of integrating with a wide range of third-party access control, security, and emergency systems operating across the prison estate that are designed to flag up staff and inmate safety risks – a key priority for the prison authority.Synergy 3 is designed to integrate with a wide range of ONVIF-conformant systems and devices Multi-site monitoring The end-to-end Synergy 3-driven solution developed by Synectics gives security personnel located in each block 24/7 access to video footage and ensures that overarching control is only allowed by operators based in the central ECR. Here, footage from any camera located in any block is monitored, controlled, and reviewed in real time, with integrated GIS mapping displaying camera points, additional location-based data and live ‘field of view’ plotting on an exact site layout. Operators can simply point and click to immediately view live feed and control PTZ cameras directly from the map. Synergy 3 is designed to integrate with a wide range of ONVIF-conformant systems and devices. Hence, video footage can be paired with data inputs from other third-party systems to provide the prison with a comprehensive alarm monitoring and alert solution. Threat detection with body-worn alerts By connecting data from the access control system and information from body-worn emergency alerts, Synergy 3 can immediately flag up the location of a staff member and display footage from the nearest camera, allowing operators to undertake a visual assessment of any potential threat. The map-centric display, teamed with alert-triggered on-screen guidance workflows, ensures that the right support is dispatched to the correct location as quickly as possible.Synergy 3 removes the need to allocate specific blocks/areas to supporting inmates in need of help GIS mapping The GIS mapping capabilities of Synergy 3 also facilitates the prison’s ‘safer cells’ initiative that changes the level of support and monitoring assigned to an individual cell based on the inmate’s risk level. For example, if an inmate is suffering from mental health issues, they may require more frequent staff contact, observation, or in severe cases be assigned to suicide watch. Using Synergy 3, operators in the ECR can monitor any designated ‘safer cells’ and therefore activate/de-activate associated systems including in-cell surveillance, pill-hatch status, and audio logging of conversations with prison staff and from audio call points implemented in partnership with the Samaritans. In addition to supporting those inmates most in need of help, using Synergy 3 to activate safer cell features removes the need to allocate specific blocks/areas of the prison to this purpose, thus reducing situations where vulnerable prisoners might feel even more isolated. Emergency response through interoperability Synergy 3’s interoperability with other systems enables operators based in the ECR to engage precise emergency protocols should a threat be detected. For example, individual doors or whole zones can be locked down for incident containment. Conversely, should the need arise to evacuate a particular area quickly, access control can be overridden to create the fastest route to safety. Synergy 3's workflow feature also enables lights and power to be controlled in response to evolving scenarios, such as disabling lifts in the event a fire or if a hazard has been detected on a specific floor.With built-in redundancy functionality, coverage at the prison is guaranteed 24/7 360-degree surveillance While enhanced safety was an essential priority for the project, the Category A status of the facility requires the highest levels of security functionality from the surveillance solution supplied. By integrating and interrogating data from a wide range of systems, the Synergy 3 solution from Synectics delivers a 360-degree view of all site movement, activity, and alarms for complete situational awareness. For example, integration with the perimeter fence solution and video analytics generates alerts based on movement, touch, and approaching shapes for immediate review and action. And with built-in redundancy functionality, including server failover and hot-swap recording to eliminate any single points of failure, coverage at the prison is guaranteed 24/7. Together with Synergy 3’s operational and safety management capabilities, these features all help ensure that inmates, personnel, and facilities across the prison estate are supported and protected. Brett Longley, Technical Sales Manager at Synectics, said: “Prison facilities are no longer just about traditional security. This project demonstrates that a fully integrated surveillance solution delivers a wide range of safety measures benefiting inmates and staff and helps improve overall operational efficacy.”
Fifth Third Bancorp, one of the top 15 banks in the U.S., is well on its way toward completing a major upgrade of its March Networks video surveillance system. A customer since 2004, Fifth Third has deployed 12,000 March Networks cameras and approximately 1,400 March Networks 8000 Series Hybrid NVRs over a period of 36 months. Identification and apprehension of suspects “By the end of 2016, we’ll have a total of 1,600 new 8000 Series recorders,” said Mike Neugebauer, Fifth Third’s Vice-President and Director of Corporate Security, who oversees security for 1,300 full-service retail branches, as well as data centres, corporate offices and cash handling facilities across 12 states. The combination of March Networks MegaPX WDR MiniDome Z IP cameras, Analog WDR Indoor Domes and the 8000 Series Hybrid NVRs with advanced video compression allows Fifth Third to provide law enforcement authorities with high-quality video for the identification and apprehension of suspects. Video verification improves urgency “Bank robberies and break-ins appear to be trending higher nationally,” said Neugebauer. “Much of it is a consequence of the heroin epidemic. Typically, they’ll go through a window in the middle of the night to see what there is to steal.Security staff in our 24-hour monitoring centre can verify an alarm and tell responding law enforcement officers what we see" “We constantly get compliments from law enforcement about the quality of our video. Even if the bad guys show up with hoodies or masks, we can zoom in on clothing patterns and brand logos, partial facial features, tattoos or other distinguishing marks.” “Security staff in our 24-hour monitoring centre can verify an alarm and tell responding law enforcement officers what we see,” said Neugebauer. “Video verification is huge. It changes law enforcement’s urgency to respond.” Crystal-clear images In minutes, Fifth Third security staff can email crystal clear images of a suspect to police, dramatically improving the chances of apprehension. The March Networks MegaPX WDR MiniDome Z IP camera’s wide dynamic range and progressive scan in high resolution delivers excellent image quality even in bright backlit situations, while its H.264 compression technology reduces bandwidth and storage costs. The MiniDome Z also features Power-over-Ethernet and is ONVIF-compliant, allowing it to be used with a variety of third-party video surveillance systems. Linking video with teller and ATM transaction data allows fraud investigators to quickly establish the identity of an individual associated with a transaction The Analog WDR Indoor Dome also features wide dynamic range, progressive scan in high resolution and low light sensitivity, making it ideal for capturing quality images in a variety of lighting conditions. Mix of analogue and IP The 8000 Series Hybrid recorder is a perfect fit for Fifth Third, accommodating a mix of analogue and IP cameras and offering up to 16 TB of onboard storage across four hard drive slots. “Typically, we’ll have two IP MiniDomes and 14 analogue cameras per branch, but we’re starting to use more exterior-mounted IP cameras in our elevated risk branches, so storage is important to us,” said Neugebauer. “The other thing we like about the 8000 Series is how it gives us sharper images from our analogue cameras.” The availability of the 8000 Series Hybrid NVR in 4, 8, 16 and 32-channel configurations is also a plus because it allows Fifth Third to acquire a fit-for-purpose unit for every application. Compatibility issues The decision to standardise on March Networks cameras frees Fifth Third from having to worry about any compatibility issues. “When we weren’t buying March Networks cameras, it made management of the cameras a lot harder for us,” said Neugebauer. “That was especially the case for IP megapixel cameras and managing the software patches that have to go on them. The fact that our March Networks cameras work in concert with our NVRs means we don’t have to do any software loads like we had to do when we were buying another camera brand. We were managing many pieces of software instead of just one platform.” Transitioning to Command Enterprise and Searchlight Next on the agenda for Fifth Third is a transition to March Networks Command Enterprise video management software and the acquisition of March Networks’ Searchlight for Banking software. Fifth Third security staff can email crystal clear images of a suspect to police, dramatically improving the chances of apprehension Command Enterprise features a user-friendly, browser-based interface that provides support for up to 10,000 recorders and 128,000 video channels, while Searchlight for Banking is a suite of tools to speed fraud investigations and capture business intelligence such as tracking customer behaviour. Linking video with teller and ATM transaction data, for example, allows fraud investigators to quickly establish the identity of an individual associated with a transaction. Searchlight advantages “On the retail side, we also hope to take advantage of Searchlight to help us make better business decisions,” said Neugebauer. Using Searchlight’s queue length monitoring analytics, Fifth Third will be able to gather and compare metrics on branch traffic and speed of service. It can also be used to track self-serve kiosk usage and gather data on how long customers linger in front of marketing displays. Concurrent with the introduction of Searchlight, Fifth Third is also planning to acquire March Networks’ new MegaPX Indoor Analytics Dome camera with built-in intelligence. “We’ve just done some testing and we’re very pleased with it,” said Neugebauer. While security remains the primary application for video surveillance at Fifth Third, other “lines of business” are taking advantage of it. Weather damage and alarms “In the past, security directors were always hesitant to share their video surveillance system, but we share our system with our facilities and retail groups”, said Neugebauer. “They use it to see if the sidewalk has been shovelled or if the parking lot has been plowed in our northern branches. In Florida, where we’ve had some severe storms, they use it to see if the windows have been blown out or if we have water damage. “Our facilities group has really embraced it. We’ll put cameras in mechanical rooms, for example, so they can see the indicator light configurations on the control panels. It often saves them from making a trip to the site. If a technician gets an alarm from an HVAC system or a generator, for example, he can diagnose the problem remotely and take the necessary steps to resolve it.When we weren’t buying March Networks cameras, it made management of the cameras a lot harder for us" “Retail uses the system to look at compliance with opening and closing procedures. Or, they may have a teller who’s great at selling and go in to look at best practices for training purposes.Sharing their March Networks video surveillance system with other departments “makes funding easier for us,” said Neugebauer. Longer lifecycle However, underlying Fifth Third’s choice of a video surveillance supplier is March Networks’ track record for product durability. Fifth Third began retiring the 4000 C Series recorders it acquired in 2004 two years ago and will only complete the transition to new 8000 Series units in 2016. “Some of my peers in the industry are buying new recorders every three years,” said Neugebauer. “Everything has a lifecycle and we feel the lifecycle for March Networks products is significantly longer than most of the other systems out there.”
Hikvision, the global supplier of innovative video surveillance products and solutions, has supplied VMS software and IP products for the Government of Gujarat Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), to protect and administer education facilities across Western India. Remote surveillance and alarm monitoring Providing remote surveillance and alarm monitoring, Hikvision proposed an IP solution using DTE’s secure VPN, which connects all the education sites. Fully supporting Hikvision products, including DVRs, NVRs, cameras and speed domes, as well as third party manufacturers’ products conforming to ONVIF standard, Hikvision iVMS-5200 Professional VMS software was installed to control the new surveillance system 24/7. Providing affordable high-quality surveillance imaging across the 43 campuses, Hikvision specified a mix of DS-2CD2620F-IS HD 2 Megapixel vari-focal IR network bullet, and DS-2CD2720F-IS HD 2 Megapixel outdoor network IR dome cameras. Both camera models provide 1920×1080 resolution, and true Day & Night (ICR) low-light capabilities, along with Back-Light Compensation (BLC). Approximately 1,300 new Hikvision cameras now provide surveillance within the campuses lobbies, classrooms, laboratories, staff rooms, examination halls, auditoriums, storerooms, exit and entry doors, and access gates and car parks. The Hikvision IP based surveillance solution illustrates what can be achieved with large-scale integration" IP based surveillance solution "The Hikvision IP based surveillance solution illustrates what can be achieved with large-scale integration,” explains Pinkal Shah, Asst. Manager - Technical Support, at Prama Hikvision India. “The Hikvision iVMS-5200 VMS software enables 43 campuses to be monitored easily and reliably, encompassing central video management, integration and failover mechanism. Supporting all remote sites’ local storage and camera SD storage, the system uses Hikvision’s Center Video Record (CVR) mode using NAS to receive data streams directly from network cameras. With CVR there is no need for an intermediate storage server, which increases storage efficiency and system stability, whilst greatly reducing hardware costs.” "The Hikvision surveillance system utilises a WAN/VPN to connect the locations in this massive multi-site project,” explains Mr. Dayashankar of systems integration company, Progility Technologies Pvt. Ltd. “The excellent Hikvision iVMS-5200 Professional VMS software enabled us to integrate existing third-party cameras, as well as providing remote alarm configuration and monitoring. The quality of the Hikvision camera images is exceptional under every operating condition.”
ONVIF, the global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products, announces that Highways England has adopted an ONVIF – centric open standards approach to video technology for the continued expansion and management of its national highway CCTV and traffic system. The use of an open, standards-based CCTV system allows the national transport organisation to support existing CCTV cameras while providing a pathway for adding new, ONVIF Profile S conformant cameras from a variety of different vendors to the system. Highways England sought a standards-based approach for its CCTV and traffic system, which oversees motorways and major roads in England, in order to maximise the value of its bespoke CCTV cameras and to help keep tax payer-funded expenditures as low as possible. In addition to enabling continued control of existing CCTV assets and an incremental migration from legacy analogue to IP, a standards-based approach offers Highways England the ability to use new innovative CCTV technology as it appears in the general market. As part of the ONVIF-centric, open standards approach, Highways England will specify that any new cameras added to the CCTV system must be conformant to ONVIF Profile S, whilst recording shall conform to ONVIF Profile G. Open standards for physical security “Government entities and municipal councils are increasingly choosing to base their physical security infrastructure on open standards, like those established by ONVIF, in order to maintain a CCTV system that is vendor-neutral, flexible and future-proof,” said Jason Moss, Technical Director of Intelligent Transport for Mouchel, the consulting group assisting Highways England with its CCTV system. “This approach allows Highways England with help from its system integrator Costain to migrate to an open standards-based system incrementally as bespoke cameras reach their end of life and are replaced with ONVIF Profile S-conformant models from different vendors with use-appropriate feature sets.” Highways England and two other major stakeholders are also joining forces with ONVIF to establish standard interfaces that can be used to allow users of their legacy and future CCTV systems to safely and securely access each other’s images. This will provide a truly open standards-based approach and provide flexibility in vendor selection to Highways England operations for the future. Working closely with end user “This collaboration with Highways England is a valuable one because we are given the opportunity to work closely with an end user who is solving a very real problem shared by many organisations – the need to modernise their CCTV infrastructure without replacing their entire system," said Per Björkdahl, Chair of the ONVIF Steering Committee. “An added benefit of the collaboration is that Costain has become an ONVIF member and will bring a valuable perspective to the work of ONVIF in the future.” Founded in 2008, ONVIF is a leading and well-recognised industry forum driving interoperability for IP-based physical security products. The organisation has a global member base of established camera, video management system and access control companies and more than 7,000 Profile conformant products. With Profile S for streaming video; Profile G for recording and storage; Profile C for physical access control; Profile Q for improved out-of-the-box functionality and the Release Candidate Profile A for access control configuration, ONVIF continues to work with its members to expand the number of IP interoperability solutions ONVIF conformant products can provide.
Background Delivering the future of guarding through technology and expertise The emergence of high-tech virtual guarding as a powerful and cost-effective alternative to traditional manned patrol approaches is a direct realisation of the promise seen in the industry’s most innovative and high-performing technology. Currently, emergent leaders in the virtual guarding space are those who successfully leverage guarding and security expertise and match it with the right technology to move beyond mere “remote monitoring” to true, comprehensive virtual guarding. The Arizona-based Surveillance Acquisition Response Center (SARC) has quickly staked out a place of leadership in the virtual guarding space—with its exclusive use of highly-trained security professionals with extensive law enforcement, military, and security technology background as operators—to deliver a pro-active guarding solution that leverages critical expertise and carefully cultivated relationships with clients and local law enforcement. This provides a second-to- none virtual guarding experience with an unsurpassed track record. When SARC needed a technology standard to power their virtual guard operations, they turned to IDIS for technology that is as powerful, reliable, and innovative as SARC itself. Challenges Next-generation security requires next-generation technology In the constantly evolving and progressing security market, it’s essential to deliver solutions that deliver a wide range of customisable options for solutions of any size, scope, or circumstance, while also keeping both the installation and user experience streamlined and simple for installers and operators. When selecting a technology standard for their virtual guarding operations, SARC needed simple IP configuration, while maintaining third party IPC support, to accommodate installers who had grown accustomed to analogue installation methodologies. Maximising flexibility to cater to each of their client’s needs was also a priority and any solution had to have surveillance components that were scalable, ONVIF® compliant, and were compatible with a wide range of third party products in order to build off of existing analogue installations while still reaping the benefits of HD quality. Finding highest quality solutions with low maintenance requirements and no licensing fees—and resulting lower total cost of ownership for end users—was another requirement for SARC. Solution - IDIS DirectIP IDIS technology as a flexible and powerful force multiplier SARC leverage guarding and security expertise and match it with the right technology to provide comprehensive virtual guarding IDIS technology proved a perfect match for SARC. DirectIP™ is an optimised HD surveillance platform based on an IP framework consisting of a complete range of IP cameras, network video recorders (NVRs), network equipment, and client software, all offered as a complete package or available as individual, optimised components. The simple plug-and-play functionality and automatic network detection of DirectIP made the entire surveillance system quick and easy to set up for SARC’s installer partners, and centralised functionality allowed every IP camera to be installed without the need for individual configuration. The IDIS “future proof” guarantee further met SARC’s needs by guaranteeing backwards compatibility with future IDIS surveillance components, eliminating security vulnerabilities that come with hiccups in future system upgrades. The powerful video management software (VMS) options offered by IDIS also allowed SARC to provide its clients with a flexible and cost effective surveillance virtual guarding solution. IDIS Center is a completely licence-free VMS, with no upgrade charges or annual fees, and, for more specific or complicated requirements, IDIS Solution Suite provided a powerful modular functionality, affordably customisable to any user need. Near identical user interfaces between IDIS Center, IDIS Solution Suite, and IDIS Mobile simplified the user experience and reduced training requirements for SARC’s operators, allowing more time for a laser focus on client needs and not wrangling technology. Results and benefits Industry-leading surveillance technology that delivers for operators and clients alike Partnering with IDIS allows SARC to effectively meet the needs of their clients, decreasing costs while increasing reliability, functionality, and their own operators’ positive user experience. IDIS technology offers a level of simplicity and ease of use that has reduced installation times, decreased training requirements for clients and SARC operators alike, and helped make SARC’s security solutions for clients more affordable over the long term. The uncomplicated, intuitive nature of IDIS technology better allows SARC operators to focus wholly on delivering world-class virtual guarding to their clients. “IDIS understands that each end user is unique and they design the user interface of their applications in a way that just makes sense to use. The applications team at IDIS understands the concept of how important true UX [user experience] is and they apply it to their entire product lineup. IDIS Center and IDIS Solution Suite are so intuitive that we haven‘t had a single client contact us after their initial training for technical support.” said San Kim, Director of Operations, SARC Monitoring.