CeComunica, a Professional Mobile Radio (PMR) operator in Panama, is slated to launch in December a Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) Tier III trunking network supplied by Hytera, global provider of innovative PMR solutions. This new nationwide network will provide advanced and reliable mission and business critical communications services to a large number of users from sectors such as ports, airports, ground transportations, hospitality, retailing and security companies in Panama. DMR Tier III trunk...
Hikvision, the provider of innovative video surveillance products and solutions, announces the launch of its Security Radar intrusion detection solution. The solution uses cutting-edge Hikvision technology to accurately pinpoint the location and motion trail of up to 32 potential intruders per radar, even in the harshest weather conditions. Hikvision Security Radar is ideal for monitoring large, exposed spaces with harsh weather, and where the perimeter environment is too complex for deployment...
Hikvision’s PanoVu products are essential components of solutions in retail, hospitality, transportation and education Hikvision USA Inc., global supplier of security equipment and solutions, will provide training and demos of its multi-sensor camera technology at ISC East 2018, slated to take place at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City on Nov. 14 and 15. Product showcase and training session Hikvision will exhibit from Booth 324 on the show floor on both the days. In addition to...
The term ‘marine’ comes from the Latin mare, meaning sea or ocean, and marine habitats can be divided into two categories: coastal and open ocean. Video surveillance (VS) applications can cover both types of marine environment with system for ships, maritime ports, onshore and offshore installations, etc. We should want to further analyse VS for ships and try to explain the types of ships on which it can be used, the ways in which VS can be used on ships, the typical certifications...
Dahua Technology, a solution provider in the global video surveillance industry, announces the release of DSS Pro - its Windows-based VMS (Video Management System) product. Utilising an advanced modular design, DSS Pro is a powerful central management system featuring high flexibility, advanced scalability, and superior reliability. DSS Pro is a Security VMS Software developed by Dahua using Client Server(C/S) architecture. It enables the flexible deployment of multiple modules to meet customer...
Sea ports have a long tradition of handling important cargo, including equipment for oil and gas fields. These critical sites require complex security to protect vulnerable areas such as storage locations and unloading areas, as well as monitoring the surrounding waterways for emergency situations. Often, upgrading these sites with a future-proof security system can prove challenging, as there are likely to be expansive legacy systems in place. New systems may also need to be integrated w...
All 360 Vision HD surveillance cameras now employ the Sony STARVIS 1080P HD camera module 360 Vision Technology, a CCTV design and manufacturing company, will be showing their latest surveillance camera models at next week’s Security TWENTY 17, at the East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham, on Thursday, 9th February, 2017. Predator and Centurion surveillance camera range Fielding a range of new high-performance surveillance camera technology, visitors to the 360 Vision stand will be able to explore the features and performance of the latest Predator Overview, Predator Hybrid, and Centurion camera models. Borne out of customer feedback, the new Predator Overview is a dual camera head, high-speed, ruggedised pan, tilt and zoom HD color/mono system that features a full HD 1080p wide angle Overview camera, combined with a separate ultra-low light Sony STARVIS full HD zoom target camera. Ideal for live monitored public space surveillance applications such as town centers, container ports, and transportation hubs, where an overview (of up to 90° field of view) of an incident/target area is desirable, the Predator Overview system’s 30x zoom target camera supports the overview camera, being used to provide separate close-up imaging of a desired scene.Analogue cablingAlso on show will be 360 Vision’s Predator Hybrid camera, which provides both analogue and HD functionality in one camera package. Allowing a traditional surveillance installation with standard analogue cabling to transmit 4:3 HD quality images, at any time in the future, in combination with an upgrade to HD infrastructure, Predator Hybrid will display full HD 1080p widescreen images—and all without changing or returning to the camera. “To keep up-to-date with the latest in surveillance camera technology innovations, 360 Vision are inviting all visitors to Security TWENTY 17 Midlands” Positioned between the fully featured Predator camera and entry-level Black Hawk Dome, 360 Vision will also be showing their new mid-level Centurion, a ruggedised PTZ camera system. Utilising an optimised mix of tried and tested technology from both the Predator and Black Hawk cameras, Centurion offers a level of performance perfectly suited for any mid-level surveillance application. Sony STARVIS 1080P HD camera module Of note and to be seen on display, 360 Vision HD surveillance cameras all now employ the high-performance Sony STARVIS 1080P HD camera module—the latest generation of imaging sensors specifically designed for surveillance camera applications. “To keep up-to-date with the latest in surveillance camera technology innovations, 360 Vision are inviting all visitors to Security TWENTY 17 Midlands to discuss any camera or project requirement,” says Mark Rees, Business Development Director at 360 Vision. “With 360 Vision products, installers and end-users can confidently invest in British designed and manufactured cameras that are backed by first-class support, offer excellent performance, and carry a comprehensive 3-year warranty.”
The stylish new additions extend 360-degree video technology into demanding environments Oncam, the provider of 360-degree video capture and business intelligence technology, announces the addition of the Stainless-Steel camera model to its Evolution 12 and Evolution 05 camera lines. With this innovative design, the Evolution Stainless Steel camera opens up new possibilities in the more extreme camera applications that require heavy wash-down or exceptional resistance to corrosion. New camera features The camera boasts an IP69K rating, the highest protection rating available against weather, water and dust, as well as an IK10 rating against vandalism. It can be washed with high-pressure jets of more than 1,000psi at up to 80 degrees Celsius, enabling them to withstand demanding environments, such as food processing areas, industrial and chemical plants, vehicle wash stations, ports and marine applications. In addition to this resilience, the premium material and stylish design make the camera a complement to prestige architecture. The Stainless-Steel models offer the same features found in the Evolution 05 and Evolution 12 camera series, but enclosed in a solid and attractive stainless steel housing. This enclosure is manufactured primarily from electropolished marine grade stainless steel 316, which is ideally suited for use in harsh environments, thanks to resistance to corrosion caused by salt spray. Through intelligent material choice, Oncam has designed an enclosure that allows customers to use the finest camera technology in the harshest of conditions. Visually pleasing with excellent protection “The Evolution Stainless Steel camera series brings unrivalled possibilities to environments with stringent sanitation requirements, and adds diversity to our already robust line of 5MP and 12MP cameras,” said Justin Wheatley, VP Product Management, Oncam. “The Stainless-Steel cameras provide our customers with a highly attractive camera with exceptional protection from the elements, while offering the same innovative technology for which Oncam has become known.” The Stainless-Steel models debuted during ASIS 2016 and Security Essen 2016, and has been received well in the market as a unique offering. At the recent Safety & Security Asia 2016 event in Singapore, the Evolution 12 Stainless Steel won the Gold Award in the Surveillance Camera Category of the prestigious Merlion Awards, for product innovation and excellence in security technology.
The Bosch starlight cameras produce full colour images in the dark where other cameras have switched to monochrome Bosch starlight cameras deliver the highest quality of relevant video surveillance, even in extremely low light conditions. From October, the starlight portfolio will be even further enhanced with improved light sensitivity, superb front and backlight compensation; higher frames rates as well as a wider choice of resolutions and form factors. Another compelling enrichment is that all Bosch IP 6000, 7000 and 8000 starlight cameras will feature Bosch video analytics at the edge as standard, instead of an optional feature requiring no additional investment or license fees from the customer. Adding sense and structure Bosch feels that the offering of video analytics at the edge as standard is now a necessity to cater to the ever-increasing demand for details and the proliferation of cameras. Bosch video analytics adds sense and structure to video data already at the point of capture (at the edge), enabling users to effortlessly search through large amounts of video data and to pinpoint the information that matters most to them. In this way users can take appropriate action faster, easier and more efficiently. It also enables them to reduce network strain and storage requirements by streaming only the data needed. High resolution range The complete IP starlight camera portfolio from Bosch offers a wider selection of resolutions (720p, 1080p, 5 megapixel) and form factors including fixed box, fixed dome or moving dome cameras; as well as extremely rugged moving cameras for when conditions get tough. The starlight portfolio also offers higher dynamic ranges of up to 120 dB for perfect exposure in all lighting conditions regardless of front and backlight, as well as frame rates of up to 60 frames per second to easily capture fast moving objects. Where other cameras fail to show any image at all, starlight cameras are still capable of delivering detailed monochrome images Full colour images in the dark In addition, the latest sensor technology, combined with sophisticated noise suppression, results in a light sensitivity of 0.0069 lux in colour and 0.0008 lux in monochrome for the 1080p models. This enables starlight cameras to produce full colour images in the dark beyond the point where other cameras have switched to monochrome. Where other cameras fail to show any image at all, starlight cameras are still capable of delivering detailed monochrome images. Relevant alerts and key statistics Bosch’s video analytics at the edge enables starlight cameras to interpret data and to decide what and when to stream based on configurable triggers minimizing bandwidth requirements if needed. The end results are relevant alerts and key statistics which enhance the accuracy of the video surveillance system, providing relevant data for numerous security and non-security applications and substantially reducing the margin of error that comes with time consuming and labour intensive 24/7 human surveillance. Essential Video Analytics as standard A full suite of Essential Video Analytics will be provided as standard without additional license fees on the DINION IP starlight 6000 fixed box and FLEXIDOME IP starlight 6000 fixed dome cameras at competitive price points. All IP 7000 and IP 8000 starlight cameras will come equipped with the state-of –the-art Intelligent Video Analytics from Bosch; a full suite of robust video analytics algorithms offering highest accuracy for the ultimate in video analytics. Like with Essential Video Analytics, Bosch Intelligent Video Analytics requires no additional investment or license fees from the customer. Essential Video Analytics offers 15 different video analytics algorithms that can be used for advanced intrusion detection and enforcing health and safety regulations. It also possesses business analytics capabilities, such as people counting and crowd density information for retail environments. What makes Intelligent Video Analytics stand out is its ability to differentiate between genuine security events and known false triggers Intelligent Video Analytics for demanding environments Intelligent Video Analytics is specifically designed for the most demanding environments. It has the added capacity to deliver the highest level of accuracy for mission critical applications such as perimeter protection for airports and critical infrastructures, ship tracking and traffic monitoring. Intelligent Video Analytics offers 17 different video analytics algorithms and can do everything that Essential Video Analytics does. What makes Intelligent Video Analytics stand out is its ability to differentiate between genuine security events and known false triggers such as challenging environments where snow, wind, rain, water reflections and distance could make images even more difficult to interpret. Thus minimizing costly false positives and enabling users to focus on what is relevant to them.
Quantum has continued to collaborate with partners to meet specific needs of the surveillance community Quantum Corp. has announced joint development initiatives with four industry-leading Video Management System (VMS) providers targeted at bringing enhanced multi-tier storage solutions to security and surveillance customers worldwide. Aimetis Corp., On-Net Surveillance Systems Inc. (OnSSI), Qognify and Verint Systems Inc. have joined the Quantum Advantage Program, and certified interoperability with Quantum offerings, including StorNext 5 data management and Quantum QXS hybrid storage. Significant growth for Quantum’s surveillance partner ecosystem Quantum’s surveillance partner ecosystem has tripled in size over the last six months and now includes more than 30 partners. This growth reflects a shift in how the security community views storage, increasingly treating it as a foundational element of a surveillance strategy. Quantum’s multi-faceted validation testing with VMS partners such as Aimetis, OnSSI, Qognify and Verint ensures that customers have access to thoroughly tested and integrated storage solutions suited to their unique environment. Quantum’s multi-tier storage makes the combination of storage performance and data retention more affordable, enabling customers to retain surveillance data longer and incorporate real-time analytics into their surveillance program. This economical approach to storage leaves more budget available to spend on cameras and analytics, for a more effective video surveillance environment. Continuing development with Quantum partners Quantum Advantage Program partners seeking to expand their offerings in video surveillance can fast track time to market for their joint solutions with technical and marketing support from Quantum, and also leverage cooperative engineering programs that enable them to optimise solutions for their customers. In addition to working with the new partners mentioned above, Quantum has continued to collaborate with others to meet the specific needs of the surveillance community: Axis Communications, to address the unique surveillance and security challenges found in many healthcare environments; Genetec, to create optimised security solutions for transportation environments, including airports, ports and rail systems; Milestone Systems, to provide a fully integrated video surveillance solution for critical infrastructure projects. "Through the partnership with Quantum, we can offer validated configurations, which reduce risk and document expected performance under certain scenarios” Supporting quotes by Quantum Advantage Program partners Justin Schorn, Vice President, Product Management, Aimetis Corp.“Partners and end users can reference the tested configurations from the Aimetis certification process to help build a solution with confidence. Through the partnership with Quantum, we can offer validated configurations, which reduce risk and document expected performance under certain scenarios.” Mulli Diamant, Vice President of International Business Development, OnSSI“Security systems are including more cameras — and higher resolution cameras — than ever before to better capture relevant situational information. Our partnership with Quantum lets us deliver scalable video surveillance and physical security solutions with the storage capacity and real-time access to handle the increased volume of data that these systems generate. In this way, we help security managers achieve their objectives with flexible storage solutions.” Moti Shabtai, President, Qognify“We are proud to partner with technology leaders such as Quantum to deliver optimised, timely surveillance solutions to our customers, enabling them to make informed decisions with actionable intelligence distilled from vast amounts of data.” Wayne Arvidson, Vice President, Surveillance and Security Solutions, Quantum“Quantum continues to expand its robust surveillance and security partner ecosystem by collaborating with the leading innovators in the VMS market. With these collaborations we are delivering a unique platform that supports the performance required for surveillance data analytics and enables significantly longer data retention periods while preserving project budgets.” Visit Quantum at ASIS Quantum featured a range of surveillance storage solutions at the ASIS 2016 conference, booth #2273, 12-15 September, in Orlando, Florida. Save Save
The partnership between Hanwha Techwin, ImmerVision is expected to enhance compatibility with various VMS across vertical markets Hanwha Techwin, (formerly Samsung Techwin), the video surveillance leader with pioneering optical design, manufacturing and image-processing technologies, signed a global technology partnership agreement on August 30th with ImmerVision, the inventor of the 360-degree panomorph lens and worldwide expert in immersive optical technology. ImmerVision is a company based in Montreal, Canada. With this partnership, all Wisenet 360° cameras released in the near future will be certified ImmerVision Enables, including the models already released by Hanwha Techwin. This is expected to enhance compatibility greatly with a number of VMSs with ImmerVision Enables. Panoramic surveillance with high-quality image and video In addition, the ImmerVision Enables certified Wisenet 360° cameras from Hanwha Techwin not only enables panoramic surveillance of crisp images with no degradation in resolution or distortion but also provides highly detailed and crystal clear images and videos with a flawless field of view from edge to edge without any blind spots utilizing Hanwha Techwin ’s high megapixel optical lens. Hanwha Techwin is expected to leverage these professional products using ImmerVision's innovative and immersive viewing functionality, using the existing number of solutions targeting various vertical markets in city surveillance, airports, seaports, industrial areas, etc. Integration of video surveillance products and solutions "Our cutting-edge video surveillance products and solutions using our 360° optical technology and innovative proprietary chipset, combined with ImmerVision's Enables software technology, will generate an incredible level of synergy to showcase new value to the video surveillance market." said David Kim, SVP Global Sales & Marketing from Hanwha Techwin. “We are delighted to partner with Hanwha Techwin, an expert manufacturers of high quality video surveillance products and solutions.” said Pascale Nini, President & CEO from ImmerVision. “This partnership ensures that Hanwha Techwin customers can benefit from certified ImmerVision Enables technology. In addition, we are excited by the integration of our technology inside their future leading edge 360° products.” Through this global partnership, Hanwha Techwin will create new business opportunities with various services/solutions that combine the two companies' technology and continue to collaborate actively for this purpose. Save
Thermal cameras carry surveillance abilities that traditional visual imaging alone is not able to provide Continually seeking to push technology forward in high-end surveillance markets, Hikvision announces new thermal cameras, adding to their world-renowned security products. Customers worldwide will be excited to learn of Hikvision’s complete product line-ups for vertical solutions.All objects with a temperature above absolute zero emit some degree of thermal radiation. This kind of radiation, which is not visible to the human eye, can be detected by thermal sensors. Hikvision thermal sensors remain unaffected by darkness or fickle weather conditions such as rain, fog, or snow. These cameras make a great platform on which to build more efficient 24/7 surveillance systems.Superior images Thermal products carry surveillance abilities that traditional visual imaging alone is not able to provide. Integrated with their self-developed thermal imaging module, Hikvision thermal cameras capture vivid, high-resolution HD video of moving objects at resolutions up to 640 x 512 pixels, unhindered by either darkness or inclement weather. These cameras also offer greater detail for post-event investigation. Integrated with their self-developed thermal imaging module, Hikvision thermal cameras capture vivid, high-resolution HD video Hikvision thermal cameras feature three innovative functionalities in image quality enhancement: Auto Gain Control, Digital Detail Enhancement, and 3D Digital Noise Reduction. The Auto Gain Control (AGC) adjusts the dynamic range of the image to make the picture retain helpful permeability; Digital Detail Enhancement (DDE), based on an algorithm for a region of interest, renders more detail in the on-screen image; and 3D Digital Noise Reduction (DNR) further minimises the influence of “hot pixels,” making images even sharper.Smart functionsEquipped with onboard video analytics, Hikvision thermal cameras boast a full quiver of “smart” features, including line crossing detection and intrusion detection for perimeter protection. Additionally, temperature-anomaly and fire detection effectively help prevent fires, structural hazards, and many other threats to persons and property.Thermal imaging is critical in open and expansive areas like borders, coastlines, and forests. They are quite at home in applications such as perimeter patrol, ports and harbours, critical infrastructure, processing and manufacturing plants, and various similar and demanding security environments.Choice of dual lens modelHikvision thermal cameras are available in single and dual-lens models. The dual-lens models add optical cameras alongside thermal cameras, providing thermal and standard images at the same time. This enables security personnel to better identify target objects. The optical lens helps to capture images at up to 1920 x 1080p resolution day and night. The Smart Tracking function is also available in Speed Dome model cameras.Hikvision will display its thermal camera line up at Security Essen, #2A34, in Essen, Germany, on September 27 – 30.
The report says almost 50% of the public transport organisations are willingto broaden the type of video analytics used A detailed survey of public transport operators shows a growing demand for networked/IP systems and video analytics to help cope with the requirements of large surveillance systems. The report, Video Surveillance in Public Transport, published by the international public transport association UITP and Axis Communications, is based on 74 respondents across 30 countries, most of whom are public transport operators or transport authorities. They cover a variety of modes of transport including bus, trolleybus, light rail, tram, metro, commuter rail, mainline rail and ferry. The future belongs to IP, but analogue still feels good Almost all those responding to the report – 97 percent – have video surveillance installed. Around two-thirds (67 percent) have IP cameras as part of their surveillance systems with 53 percent having a hybrid IP/analogue system. Some 74 percent of those responding have investment plans for their surveillance systems, with 85 percent saying they will consider network/IP cameras. “This clearly shows a preference for network cameras for the future,” the report says. “However, it is important to note that legacy analogue cameras will clearly still have an important presence in public transport systems for the foreseeable future.” Huge crowds attract CCTV installations Cameras are predominantly installed at stations (81 percent), on board rolling stock (76 percent) and at depots and rail yards (70 percent). Video in stations, on rolling stock and at depots is very often recorded (73 percent, 72 percent and 57 per cent respectively) with video being stored for a determined period of time. Cameras are often found in areas with high passenger volumes such as public station areas (75 percent) and on platforms (64 percent). They are also found in key areas such as ticket gates, help points and escalators (each 47 percent) and in elevators (40 per cent). Cameras can also be found, although to a lesser extent, at non-public areas of the infrastructure such as crossings (32 percent), along the infrastructure (24 percent), inside tunnels (19 percent) and at bridges (7 percent), although not all respondents have tunnels or bridges as part of their assets. Fewer still are video recordings made at these infrastructure sites. More than half of respondents (53 percent) say that video surveillance would be installed on rolling stock in the next 12 months – suggesting that onboard cameras will become more common. Real-time usage with analytics is on the rise as public transport systems seekto react to security events as and when they happen Static locations call for real-time surveillance Real-time monitoring of video is higher in static locations – for example 72 percent in stations – than is the case for real-time surveillance of rolling stock (27 percent). Looking ahead, around a quarter (26 percent) plan to increase their use of real-time video, with around the same number not using real-time monitoring at all. In terms of the lifecycle of an incident, using video footage for investigations into crime, injury, suicide, accidents and so on is rated as the most valuable use of cameras by 86 percent, while detection of incidents in real-time is around 72 percent. Legal and regulatory requirements The legal landscape for video surveillance varies considerably from country to country. In the survey, 38 percent of respondents reported that surveillance monitoring is a legal requirement. For those for whom it is not a legal requirement, surveillance may still be regulated when used in different ways. In terms of video recording, all the respondents said that recording is allowed but almost all of them (41 percent) are subject to additional regulation such as limited storage time – ranging from 48 hours to 100 days – recording certain areas only at 13 percent, police use only (11 percent) and other regulations (34 percent). For 67 percent of respondents, the quality of video used as evidence in court is regulated in some way, either by law or police guidelines. Different standards exist in different parts of the world in terms of the quality of images for court use. Regulations are also in place aimed at protecting the privacy of the public and this is seen as essential in many cultures for systems to be accepted. Reasons given by train operators for installing surveillance cameras include: Increasing security and safety for staff (81 percent) Minimising, deterring and managing various types of criminality (78 percent) Assisting investigations of crime, injury, suicide, accidents and other medical emergencies (70 percent) Increased perceived security and staff safety (69 percent) Meeting legal requirements and policies of directives (16 percent) Being prepared for possible terrorism (16 percent) Reducing fare evasions (11 percent) The greatest challenge for rail operators is the difficulty in monitoring the large numbers of cameras in public transport surveillance systems (43 percent), poor image quality (27 percent), technical issues (23 percent), and the fact that systems can be resource intensive and require special skills (20 percent). In terms of image quality, it is interesting to note that 55 percent of respondents with analogue systems said poor image quality is a problem, compared to only 17 percent with network/IP systems. But, the report says, this figure is not statistically sound because of too few responses from users of IP-only networks. Video analytics in use include intrusion detection, perimeter protection, railtrack access detection, and fire/smoke detection Key role of video analytics Awareness of the types of video analytics available ranges from loitering detection (36 percent), tailgating detection (40 percent) and aggression detection (40 percent) to facial recognition, perimeter detection and intrusion detection – all at 79 percent of respondents. In terms of actual use of video analytics, intrusion detection tops the table at 25 percent, followed by perimeter protection (20 percent), rail track access detection (16 percent), and fire/smoke detection (12 percent). Between 30 percent and 64 percent of respondents were interested in using video analytics in the future, depending on the type of analytics. The report concludes: “The number one challenge with existing surveillance systems today is the difficulty to monitor and [oversee] all cameras. Surveillance systems are made up of, on average, thousands of cameras in public transport networks. “To address the key challenge of monitoring and [monitoring] the large amount of cameras – and further adding value to the detection phase of incidents – approximately half of the public transport organisations say they will broaden the type of video analytics used.” The report goes on to say: There is a clear tendency towards network/IP cameras in terms of future investment, in particular up-and-coming analytics applications for specific issues such as graffiti behaviour detection. On the other hand, legacy analogue cameras will continue to have an important presence in public transport systems for the foreseeable future. Real-time usage with analytics is also on the rise as public transport systems seek to react to security events as and when they happen, with alerts guiding the operators rather than the impossible task of coping with hundreds of live feeds. Commenting on the report’s findings, Patrik Anderson, Director of Business Development, Transportation at Axis Communications – co-authors of the report – told SourceSecurity.com: “We can see that many public transport operators utilise video surveillance for more than just recorded evidence and investigations after incidents have occurred. Modern IP-video systems offer real-time possibilities that are increasingly being used to manage incidents live as they occur, to detect, prioritise and respond correctly. There is also a high awareness of video analytics and the…interest to use video analytics [in the future] is very broad amongst the operators and transit authorities.”
UK citizens will vote on June 23rd 2016 on whether to remain within the European Union A significant aspect of the four-month operation leading to the capture in March of Salah Abdeslam, Europe’s most wanted man, is that French and Belgian police worked alongside each other with minimal protocol complications since the countries are not only geographical neighbours but members of the European Union. Abdeslam was arrested for his alleged involvement in the Paris attacks of last November. Joint operations between UK and European security forces On June 23rd (with a touch of congruity for our sector since it’s the last day of IFSEC) UK citizens will vote on whether to remain in the European Union. Nobody should ignore the fact that the Union is an economic community and began as a common market for trade in coal and steel. And yet, suggesting that the outcome of the referendum is anything other than crucial for physical security in Europe would strike most observers as naïve. Prime Minister David Cameron has weighed in on the possible consequences: “When it comes to terrorism, when it comes to security, when it comes to our borders, we are better off, we are stronger inside a reformed EU.” Certainly the recent bomb attacks in Brussels underline concerns about terrorism throughout Europe. French President Francois Hollande also warns: “I don’t want to scare you, I just want to say the truth – there will be consequences.” Of course it would be overstating the case to suggest that a "Leave" vote will bring an end to cooperation between UK security forces and European counterparts since police forces first began sharing information (though not necessarily resources) when Interpol was formed in 1923. The European Union is not the only backdrop to these matters, and the UK is currently tackling people smugglers by sending amphibious vessels to the Aegean Sea between Turkey and Greece in a NATO (as opposed to EU) initiative. Such joint exercises would continue even after an “Out” decision on Brexit. Tightening border control security measures However, the whispers from Paris on the security ramifications of a departure by the UK are teetering between ominous hints and naked threats. Currently, Britain is allowed to have its own border control officers at major French ports such as Calais and, as a reciprocal measure, French-run passport control is the first checkpoint you reach when taking your car to France from Dover. This arrangement is in fact the result of a bilateral treaty dating from 2003 and nothing to do with the European Union, but Monsieur Hollande has already made it clear that should my compatriots vote “Leave” then this cosy entente cordiale will become toast or “pain grillé.” With even responsible liberal-leaning media outlets reporting that the Calais “Jungle” transit camps contain would-be jihadists, it seems that UK security is under immediate threat. As security professionals, we all subscribe to the “layered protection” principle. If Dover and other ports on the English side of the Channel become our first opportunity to scrutinise people then border control is clearly weakened, and the Brussels attacks emphasise the need that it be strengthened. The recent bomb attacks in Brussels and Paris have heightened concerns of terrorism. What ramifications would Brexit have on security cooperations in Europe? Other security issues of Brexit Unity usually produces strength, and UK voters may want to heed US General Philip Breedlove, senior NATO commander in Europe, who now believes that Russia and Syria are “weaponising” the possibility of terrorists posing as refugees or economic migrants in order to destabilise Europe. Surely at a time when there is a credible threat of this magnitude, UK voters should forget the clichéd contentious trade issues such as farming subsidies and alleged “wine lakes” and “butter mountains?” The prospect of Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad joining forces in this manner is more worthy of our immediate attention and should be a factor as voters debate where to put their X on the ballot slip come June. This article has begun with the macro issue of border control and national security. There is a raft of additional subjects to be considered. Major topics will be international legislation on location of CCTV cameras, regulations on retention of footage, collection of biometric data and the sharing of information between EU and non-EU states. There is also the small matter of a £1.5bn Anglo-French drone project that may create the next generation of unmanned combat aircraft. Repercussions of a "Leave" note on security powerhouses A “Leave” vote would undoubtedly produce economic uncertainty, but our sector would hardly be alone in this. One footnote, however: the UK will go to the referendum polls as a single country but a “Leave” vote may hasten a split into two. If the decision is to leave but a totalling up of votes in Scotland shows that the Scots wish to stay in Europe, then the Scottish Nationalist Party will demand another chance to devolve and then become a European Union member state. England and Wales will face the prospect of security powerhouses such as IndigoVision and Veracity being part of a separate economic territory. A vote to leave would not produce the mare’s nest you might expect in terms of certifying products and documenting working methods. CE markings certify compliance with EU legislation but make no claim as to point of manufacture. Similarly, our industry’s increasing use of International Standardisation Organisation (ISO) practice to show responsible quality control and concern with environmental impact will be unaffected by the referendum vote. The ISO has no affiliations with the European Union, pre-dates it having been formed in 1947 and is based in Switzerland, which is not an EU member and unlikely to become one anytime soon.
Various vertical markets such as retail, airports, and transportation have benefited from video analytics Video analytics systems have progressed far beyond the theoretical and are now being used effectively in a range of applications. Let’s look at some of the real-world scenarios that have taken advantage of the latest video analytics systems. Video analytics aren’t just for security. For a traffic application, Agent Vi provides business intelligence on the average speed of vehicles, vehicle sizes, etc. One Agent Vi customer, a large U.S. metropolitan area, has hundreds of cameras along the highways, used for incident monitoring and detection. The user gets automated alerts when people stop on the side of the road, when traffic becomes congested, etc. In the last year or so, Ipsotek has deployed video analytics technology into large projects with many hundreds of cameras that are using advanced video analytics. In these deployments, Ipsotek has trained and supported its integrator partners in the use of unique tools that are designed to make the deployment fast and simple, repeatable and risk-free. Monitoring pedestrian exit lanes at airports is a good example where video analytics by Ipsotek provide a higher, more reliable level of security with significant cost savings and a strong ROI. Ipsotek’s video analytics technology has been successfully deployed for exit lane monitoring to overcome the challenges of: Identifying backtrack incidents amid extreme levels of crowding without missing any breaches of security. Maintaining stringent airport security regulations and low levels of false alerts. One solution is a system of advanced behavioural analytics controlling automatic doors to prevent attempted backtracking and to capture video images of the incident. The solution also sends alerts to a control room and a public address system to engage transgressors. The system provides a low false alarm rate with reliable high detection rate, therefore enabling the availability of guards previously used to manually police the lanes to perform other duties. Other vertical markets are also using video analytics. Logistics company Marine Container Services leverages HD video surveillance cameras and intelligent analytics from ioimage by DVTEL to detect potential threats at its 130,000-square-foot warehouse and six surrounding acres. The system provides intelligent video event detection and analysis capabilities to provide 24/7 remote monitoring based on real-time detection and response. Users define detection parameters and, once a threat is detected, a central station is notified and an operator manages a real-time response, using PTZ cameras to verify the situation. The system helps to protect the nearly $5 million in goods stored at the Marine Container Services headquarters, where vehicles are continuously entering and exiting the facility. Beyond security, smart thermal cameras from SightLogix can be used to determine if there is a leak at a refinery, or if transformers are overheating at a power station, or to monitor storage tank levels Typifying a general business application, DCH Paramus Honda, a new and certified pre-owned Honda dealership in Paramus, N.J., uses cameras equipped with DVTEL’s ioimage video analytics to create a virtual fence around the dealership. When an individual crosses the perimeter, ioimage analytics alert a monitoring station, where an operator can gain more insight on the threat in real-time. The high level of information is very effective in helping police catch any criminals and to close cases quickly. The system has helped to address security challenges of the dealership, which is located near a high-risk neighbourhood and was previously targeted by thieves. Also beyond security, smart thermal cameras from SightLogix can be used to determine if there is a leak at a refinery, or if transformers are overheating at a power station, or to monitor storage tank levels. Other applications include the volume of traffic in a road or across a bridge, or to determine if a car is driving the wrong way. A deployment at a large port exemplifies the ROI from SightLogix’ long-range and accurate thermal video analytics. The port originally planned 80 megapixel cameras mounted 300 feet apart. However, several problems arose when the project went out for bid. For one, much of the perimeter was in the dark, making megapixel cameras ineffective for intrusion detection, leaving gaps in the perimeter with no coverage. The design was also over budget; 80 cameras meant installing 80 poles, along with wiring and trenching costs to bring network and power. By selecting SightLogix long-range, thermal SightSensor video analytic cameras, the port reduced the number of cameras for the deployment from 80 to 20, while extending coverage over the entire perimeter, eliminating all gaps in coverage. Instead of 80 megapixel cameras, 20 Thermal SightSensors were placed 500 meters apart, providing 24 hours of automated detection, day and night, with no gaps in coverage. As a result, the port was able to reduce their overall project costs – cameras and infrastructure – by 40 percent while gaining an accurate, reliable security system. Retail is another environment where video analytics can shine. Retailer Best Buy deployed a shopping behaviour analysis tool in stores in the United States and the United Kingdom to optimise operations and improve customers’ shopping experience. The Retail Traffic Analysis by Verint application uses standard video surveillance cameras to analyse recorded and live shoppers’ movement within the store and show dwelling time, directional analysis and people count. Within hours of one installation, store managers were actively working with the solution and modifying product placement. They could gather information about how many people stood for how long in front of items and compare those metrics with POS data to see if the sales rate was proportionate to the interest shown by the shoppers. The system also indicates where the store’s hot spots and dead areas are, enabling Best Buy to merchandise appropriately. Thanks to the Retail Traffic Analytics application, a pilot store was able to increase sales by 9 percent during a difficult sales period. The Retail Traffic Analytics application enables Best Buy to better measure and monitor their conversion rate in a store or department. Management could then compare results across the brand, share best practices and take corrective measures if conversion rates decreased. The company decided to roll out the shopper counting technology to all of its superstores in the United States and its newly-launched UK operations. [Source: PlanetRetail article on “The Next Generation of Shopping Behavior Analysis,” posted at Verint’s web site.]
Stadshavens Medemblik operates five busy ports in the Netherlands – at Pekelharinghaven, Voorhaven, Middenhaven, Westerhaven and Overlekerkanaal – and it also has two bridges under its control, as well as the thriving Westerhaven lock. The company has grown by around 30% each year since 2015 and the efficient, friendly welcome provided by the operations team is an important factor in this success. Under the leadership of Wijnand Baerken, Stadshavens Medemblik wanted to plan for further growth and it identified improved video surveillance capability as a key requirement. Van der Laan was confident in recommending IDIS IP video technology, which is flexible and robust enough for all conditions, and which would allow the old analogue infrastructure to be adapted. Multi-standard infrastructure Without the need for extended cabling or civil works and associated planning permission the installation was quick and efficient A complete observation plan was drawn up, with Van der Laan and IDIS collaborating closely, identifying the best locations for cameras based on viewing angles, lighting conditions and the control features required. Much of the existing cabling has been retained, thanks to the IDIS Center multi-standard infrastructure, and the system has been extended to new areas with both wireless and fibre links. Without the need for extended cabling or civil works and associated planning permission the installation was quick and efficient. The old analogue video system already installed at Stadshavens Medemblik was outdated, with the cameras no longer able to cope with the challenging waterside environment. In poor-visibility conditions - including rain, fog, and glare - images were unusable. The system was also inflexible, making it hard to adjust or add cameras. Enabling greater efficiency Another major challenge was to improve observation of water and road traffic at Medemblik, with a bridge located above the lock preventing a direct view from the port office. To tackle these problems, the trusted technology systems provider Van der Laan was asked to design and install a solution using the best available technology. The new solution is not just preventing crime but enabling greater efficiency and control across all the port’s operations Cameras including award-winning IDIS PTZs have been placed at all strategic locations, on the bridges, the lock, the ports and importantly at the entrance from the IJsselmeer. All integrated and controlled through intuitive IDIS Center video management software, the new solution is not just preventing crime but enabling greater efficiency and control across all the port’s operations. Competitive systems "From the harbour office operators utilising IDIS surveillance can immediately ascertain the size of boats as they enter the port, check where there is mooring place and send the skippers directly to the right location. The IDIS mobile app is proving particularly convenient as it allows us to see exactly what’s happening day and night and enable the operations team to offer immediate assistance if needed." Stadshavens Medemblik, Wijnand Baerken, Director. "The IDIS platform is perfect for combining various IP and analogue systems. Moreover, it is more secure than competitive systems. IDIS systems use proprietary protocols and the way in which data is processed makes them very difficult to hack." Van der Laan Techniek. Dennis Selbach, Account Manager. Looking to the future, plans are being developed to enlarge the port significantly, and Van der Laan and IDIS look certain to be involved.
Milestone Systems, a provider of video management software (VMS), is the chosen solution for protecting the Port of Antwerp, the second largest seaport area in Europe, covering more than 12,000 hectares, the equivalent of 20,000 football fields. Large areas like ports are very difficult to secure in a traditional way. Reporting incidents using only radio communications can lack information at an optimal level of detail and accuracy. It takes time for responders to reach incidents. Analogue video solutions have issues with very long distances, meaning video amplifiers must be used which lead to fragile and inflexible infrastructure. Milestone XProtect Corporate and XProtect Smart Client have enabled the port authorities to establish a central control centre with a consolidated view of the harbour. This enables rapid and relevant response to incidents, reducing the impact of incidents on assets and persons. Milestone steps in to ensure that this business-critical system in the port receives a high level of supportOpen platform technology The open platform technology pioneered by Milestone combined with the solution power of the Milestone Partner Community enabled the Port of Antwerp to choose the perfect infrastructure components and cameras for their challenges. Lenovo, Dell and multiple camera partners are elements of the solution. Thanks to the usability of network video, the port can utilise Milestone open platform for solutions that augment the already rich functionality of XProtect VMS. In addition to the infrastructure, the Port of Antwerp is taking advantage of Milestone Care Premium. Milestone Care is a complete suite of operational maintenance and support services grouped into four different packages, enabling Milestone customers to choose the support coverage that fits their exact need, now and in the future. With the chosen level of support, Milestone steps in to ensure that this business-critical system in the port receives a high level of support. Advanced security installation Furthermore, Milestone Professional Services has also been in play for this advanced installation, to guide and counsel the port on the best capabilities of the open platform VMS. This consultancy service ensures the port can adapt and expand this system as needed for an ever-expanding, always relevant surveillance solution. “We are extremely pleased to have been chosen by Port of Antwerp for their video safety system,” says Michaël Fontaine, Country Manager Benelux, Milestone Systems. “This is a clear testimonial to the solution power of XProtect and our open platform partner community. This has already been proven in a number of other ports worldwide, and now in the modern Port of Antwerp.”
USS Iowa: A naval treasure Affectionately known as the “Battleship of Presidents” for having played host to more U.S. presidents than any other battleship, the USS Iowa is one of the most storied vessels in the history of the Navy. Originally commissioned in 1943, the Iowa saw significant action during both World War II and the Korean War. One of the battleship’s first missions was to escort President Franklin Delano Roosevelt across the Atlantic in November of that year for a critical meeting between the allies at the Tehran Conference, which was also attended by Soviet leader Josef Stalin and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. In early 1944, the Iowa was sent to the Pacific Ocean theatre where it would play a pivotal role in some of the key battles of the war. When the Empire of Japan officially surrendered aboard the USS Missouri in September 1945, the Iowa was also in Tokyo Bay broadcasting the ceremony to the world. The Iowa and her crew would continue to serve the nation for another four decades before being decommissioned for the last time in 1990. Given the ship’s rich legacy, it was eventually relocated to a permanent berth at the Port of Los Angeles in 2012 and converted into a museum. Visitors can now stroll along the decks of this American icon from a bygone age and get a first-hand look at the 16”/50 calibre guns that earned the Iowa its nickname of the “The Big Stick” as well as other historical artefacts on board the battleship. Of course, turning a vessel that stretches over 880-feet long and contains numerous rooms and compartments into a tourist attraction comes with its own set of unique security challenges. Security challenges The job of securing the Battleship USS Iowa museum is the responsibility of Security Manager Michael Dahl, a former law enforcement officer who was asked to take over the full-time security operations for the museum following his stint as a volunteer aboard the ship. While the museum has yet to experience a major security event during its brief existence, the threat posed by trespassers after-hours or a visitor wandering off the beaten path is not lost on Dahl and the rest of the management team at the museum. However, aside from having a small number of consumer-grade, off-the-shelf security cameras placed in strategic areas, there was not any real video surveillance infrastructure to speak of on board the ship. That changed approximately one year ago when David Canfield, the museum’s vice president and CIO, who also happens to be a veteran of the high-tech industry, decided they needed to significantly upgrade the surveillance system and install a solution that would more adequately address the facility’s needs. Arteco and Arecont Vision donated the respective technology solutions for the USS Iowa project “We wanted to install cameras to monitor the exterior of the ship, particularly when we’re not open to the public, so we can monitor our gangways to see if anybody does try to access the area,” said Dahl. “Also on the inside of the ship, we wanted to make sure we didn’t have our visitors, as well as our crew members who are volunteers, getting off the designated routes and into areas where we didn’t want them. There are some sensitive areas where, if you don’t know what you’re doing, they could be hazardous.” Arteco’s VEMS solutions After speaking with CV Reps, a local manufacturer’s representation firm, Dahl and the museum’s leadership team decided to install a system with the Arteco Next video event management software (VEMS) and a network of Arecont Vision cameras. Because the battleship museum is a non-profit organisation, both Arteco and Arecont Vision donated the respective technology solutions for the project. A total of 11 high-definition IP cameras have been installed on the Iowa since the project got underway in mid-2015. At the beginning of 2016, Dahl was able to bring the Arteco software online and he has been extremely impressed with its performance. Leveraging the video analytics suite provided by Arteco Next, Dahl has been able to set up an alert within the VEMS client that notifies him when certain physical boundaries are crossed by people on board the Iowa. “With the Next software I’m able to configure alert areas after hours — so if anybody were to try to come on the ship it would alert me,” added Dahl. “We also have an alert for our cash-handling room just outside our vault that is set up so that anytime anybody goes through that door, it lets me know.” User-intuitive video software Because Dahl, who has sole responsibility for running the surveillance system, is a relative novice when it comes to operating today’s surveillance technology, it was also important that the video software the museum deployed be user-intuitive so that he could bring himself up to speed quickly. After only a few hours of training on the Logic Next platform, Dahl was able to learn the basics of the software and familiarise himself with its more advanced settings. Arteco NEXT VEMS allows users to take full control of a video surveillance system from anywhere, quickly and easily. With NEXT’s specifically designed graphical interfaces, video retrieval, direct management of alarms, video analytics or access control events are made easy from the start. This enables users to focus on taking hold of the benefits delivered by the system immediately, rather than waiting for training. In the future, Dahl plans to deploy more cameras to keep the USS Iowa and its rich history secure. “I have several locations where I still want to deploy cameras; it’s just a matter of being able to procure them and deploy them as resources allow,” said Dahl.
Hikvision and Milestone Systems are supporting a project to find an innovative solution for improving safety and security along the waterfront in Aalborg, Denmark. They teamed up with Aalborg Municipality, the North Jutland Emergency Services, Aalborg University’s Faculty of Engineering and Science, and security company Actas AS to find a solution that utilises Hikvision thermal cameras. The system works with a combination of thermal cameras (which will be set up between Limfjordsbroen and Honnørkajen during the trial period) and one controllable camera for use in active searches. Aalborg University is mapping risk areas and developing a ground-breaking program that can “recognise” accidents and raise an alarm. Notifying emergency services When someone exhibits dangerous behaviour along the waterfront, either on land or in the water, the emergency services will be notified. A camera on Limfjordsbroen will be activated at the same time to record what is happening. This can also be used as an aid if a rescue operation is required. This means that the emergency services will be notified immediately if there is an accident, and live footage from the site can be streamed to their control centre using the existing video platform. The control centre can then call out a lifeboat if required. Hans Henrik Henriksen, Councilor for the Planning and Landscape Department, says “Aalborg is very proud of its waterfront. The city has built up around the water, but this also means we need to ensure our water safety measures are the best they can be. We are working continuously to improve safety along the waterfront, and we have taken a number of initiatives towards this such as adding more lighting, more rescue stations, new ladders, and so on. Despite this, we have found that accidents are still happening, which is why I look forward to the opportunity to think outside the box during this trial and to be innovative in this area in collaboration with Aalborg University and the North Jutland Emergency Services. If things go well, it’s likely the project will also be adopted and used in other port cities in Denmark and perhaps also abroad,” concludes Hans Henrik Henriksen, in March. Now, with the test phase a success, Aalborg is almost ready to go live with the system. The municipality is also planning an expansion with more cameras, due to the high levels of confidence they have in the system’s success.
Ampelmann provides solutions that allow people to safely disembark from ships onto offshore structures. The company has equipped all of its systems with high-resolution MOBOTIX cameras for visual access control, on the recommendation of JB Systems, Ampelmann’s industrial automation partner. High-tech offshore transport Ampelmann was founded in 2008 as a spin-off of the Delft University of Technology. The company developed an innovative platform that compensates for the motion of the sea, allowing people to disembark from ships at sea onto offshore structures – even when there are heavy waves. The company strives to make disembarkation from ships at sea as easy as crossing a street on land. Safety requirements and legislation for the offshore sector are constantly becoming stricter. To keep up with these developments, Ampelmann has grown significantly over the past few years and now numbers over 300 employees. The company initially focused on providing systems to customers working in the North Sea. Ampelmann went on to broaden its horizons and has installed approximately 45 of its systems around the world to date. “We were invited to work on developing a control solution for the Ampelmann prototype shortly after the company was founded,” reports Cor Blok, Sales Engineer at JB Systems. “We were very interested in taking on this project, since we greatly prefer using our expertise and experience to help our clients develop innovations instead of simply providing them with standard systems.” Visual access control Each Ampelmann system consists of a telescopic gangway and a stabilising platform. The systems are installed on ships – offshore workers can safely and easily board offshore structures to perform the necessary installation and maintenance work. The disembarkation point lies roughly 20 metres away from the ship’s control console, which calls for an additional visual control closer to said point. "MOBOTIX cameras areparticularly easy for us tointegrate as they are high-resolution, all-in-one videosolutions with sound,memory, processors andcomprehensive video software" “The disembarkation point represents our greatest potential safety hazard. High-resolution cameras let us carefully observe it from a distance,” Blok continues. “To find the right camera for the job, we conducted tests comparing ones made by various brands. A MOBOTIX camera emerged as the clear winner. It’s a compact all-in-one solution that perfectly withstands the weather conditions on the high seas. The cameras made by other brands were all larger and heavier than this one, since they were made to withstand dust and water in industrial environments. We’ve integrated the MOBOTIX camera that we chose into all of the Ampelmann systems – it’s mounted onto a signal light pole located right in front of the disembarkation point. That way, it lets us see whether it’s safe to disembark. By the way, this signal light pole – this ‘Ampelmast’ – is where Ampelmann got its name.” Integration with industrial controls JB Systems is a MOBOTIX partner based in Vlaardingen, Netherlands, that specialises in industrial automation applications. The company belongs to the Hoogendoorn Group, a subsidiary of the privately held company Batenburg Techniek, and employs a total of 850 people. JB Systems planned and developed the electrical control for Ampelmann’s entire system, including the hydraulic drive. “We use joysticks and Siemens HMI software on an industrial computer screen to deploy and install each Ampelmann system,” explains Blok. “The live feed from the MOBOTIX camera is also displayed in a special window on this HMI screen. The operator can enlarge this image as necessary or expand it to a full-screen view. We worked with M12D cameras in the beginning. We switched over entirely to M15D models after they came onto the market, since they feature both day and night lenses. MOBOTIX cameras guarantee that employees of Ampelmann’s customers can disembark safely "As a partner of both large and small companies with critical processes, we pay a great deal of attention to the quality of all the products we use. MOBOTIX has had an excellent reputation in its field for many years. Moreover, MOBOTIX cameras are generally maintenance-free, which allows our customers to save on operating costs throughout the entire product lifetime.” Safe disembarkation guaranteed “For our company, the best thing about using MOBOTIX cameras is that they provide our operators with a good view of the end of the gangway,” says Johan Holster, Manager of Motion Control Operations at Ampelmann. “As such, the cameras help us guarantee that our customers’ employees can disembark safely. Speaking from personal experience, I can confirm that the cameras really hold their own against the rough weather conditions in the offshore area, and that the day/night switchover works very well. Generally speaking, the cameras we’ve installed worked perfectly, which is exactly what we wanted.” JB Systems also provides MOBOTIX cameras for Ampelmann’s cargo transfer systems. These systems consist of combined transfer and lifting systems. The high-resolution cameras make it easy to closely follow loads as they are lifted. “They’re particularly easy for us to integrate as they are high-resolution, all-in-one video solutions with sound, memory, processors and comprehensive video software,” says Blok. “Moreover, each MOBOTIX camera can work fully automatically as well as with other IP cameras in a network, which increases the number of potential applications. For example, we’ve installed an ATEX version with a special housing for potentially explosive industrial and offshore environments.”
Airports and ports are some of the world’s busiest environments, making safety and security a primary concern for the sector. By their very nature, these facilities need to be open, efficient and accessible, but due to the high volume of traffic that these areas generate, they are a popular target for terrorism, smuggling and theft. These kinds of incidents have the potential to cause loss of life, economic impacts, insurance losses and business interruptions. Transport issues Vanderbilt understands the issues faced in the airports and ports sector. These facilities are large areas with many access points. Due to the large volumes of traffic that pass through every day, there is a hierarchy of sensitive areas with multiple levels of access rights. It is this high volume of traffic that also makes it a “soft” target in the eyes of would-be terrorists, and so there is a need to record who is present in key locations for security and muster reporting. Again, to counteract and deter such threats, as well as thefts and smuggling, video recording demands a high resolution for continuous analytics. Vanderbilt has a host of solutions across access control, intrusion detection, and video management to help combat these issues. One such example of this can be seen at Dublin Airport, Ireland’s busiest airport, where Vanderbilt’s access control product, Entro, is in use. Vanderbilt Entro Dublin Airport provides on-site maintenance facilities for many of the hundreds of aircrafts that use it every day. When these facilities were upgraded, an important part of the project was the refurbishment of the administrative offices that accommodate the workers who coordinate, monitor and control the maintenance operations. As part of the office upgrade project, a new security system was needed to control access through the 25 doors that allow entry to and movement between the areas that make up the office suite Security in transport is a sensitive issue and one that requires agility, adaptability, and dependability; flagship traits of Vanderbilt Vanderbilt’s Entro system was selected for the job. An Entro segment controller partnered with a standard PC as the central element of the system, is complemented by 25 door control modules, one for each of the doors covered by the system. The model of segment controller selected has a maximum capacity of 32 doors and therefore provides generous capacity for future expansion of the installation. It processes all the information in the system and stores the complete database of cardholders and their entry privileges. This makes it robust in its functioning and it remains completely operational even when it is not connected to an external PC or server. Integrated solutions The Vanderbilt door controllers support two readers and are configured to control both entries and exits to the restricted areas in the aircraft maintenance administrative offices. The controllers have an integrated status display window that simplifies installation and maintenance and they include an anti-tamper switch for added security. To work with the new installation, 300 contactless access control cards were also needed. The system allows these to be readily programmed to allow users access to any or all areas within the office suite and to restrict access for individual users depending on the time of day or day of the week. Security in transport is a sensitive issue and one that requires agility, adaptability, and dependability; flagship traits of Vanderbilt. People want to travel without fear of falling victim to attack, but security cannot be so invasive that it makes travel unpleasant. Vanderbilt’s solutions respond to these expectations to facilitate free movement and allow for effective safeguarding measures such as live and mission critical monitoring, door interlock functionality, and integrated devices.
Round table discussion
Environmentalism is a universal consideration in most business sectors in 2016. Whether seeking to provide greener products, or looking for new ways to minimise waste of manufacturing processes, most companies are involved to some degree with environmental concerns. Green has not traditionally been a big driver in the security industry, but there are indications the profile of environmentalism is increasing. We asked this week's Expert Panel: How green (environmentally friendly) is the security industry? How should the industry as a whole (integrators and manufacturers) work to improve the industry’s environmental record?