Hanwha Techwin has further strengthened its keenly priced Wisenet Q series with the introduction of 4 new PTZ cameras. The new indoor and outdoor 2-megapixel PTZs are equipped with a host of innovative, practical features including the Focus Save function, which can be applied to 32 pre-defined areas and ensures that the cameras can rapidly come into focus when they are moved to a specific position. Indoor and outdoor PTZs Precise PTZ control is achievable with the assistance of ‘click...
DITEK, the provider of surge protection solutions is featuring state-of-the-art technology at ISC West 2021, July 19-21 in Las Vegas. DITEK surge protectors are the first line of defence against power surges and spikes caused by lightning or other sources. DITEK solutions protect critical electrical systems—from fire alarms to video surveillance—by safely diverting excess voltage to the ground, avoiding costly repairs and downtime. DITEK’s vast array of solutions gives system...
In daily work and life, various locks have always played the role of protecting asset safety. In different usage scenarios, the most appropriate lock must be selected to maximise benefits. In the past applications, the difficulties encountered by managers are as follows. Unlocking authority is difficult to control, unclear access records, emergency unlocking, and troublesome upgrade and installation. Through the following points, how the key-centric access management system solves such problems...
Hanwha Techwin has strengthened its ‘affordable’ Wisenet QVGA resolution thermal camera range with the introduction of 2 medium distance models designed to help provide perimeter protection of large open sites. The TNO-3050T with a fixed 35mm lens is able to detect vehicles at a distance of up to 4,472m and people at 1,750m, whilst the Wisenet TNO-3040T has a fixed 19mm lens and detects vehicles at up to 2,428m and people at 950m. Weatherproof thermal cameras The 2 new IK10/IP66 r...
Antaira Technologies, a globally renowned developer and manufacturer of industrial networking devices and communication solutions for harsh environment applications, is proud to announce the enhancement of its industrial networking infrastructure family, with the redesign of the LMP-2012G-SFP and LMX-2012G-SFP series. Antaira’s LMP-2012G-SFP and LMX-2012G-SFP series are industrial-grade equipment that is Ethernet ready, to fulfil various markets’ edge-level networking applications i...
Amulet, the specialist security arm of The Churchill Group, launches a new Temp & Vacant service. The nationwide service will provide 24/7, 365 security solutions and has been launched to support businesses that have temporary and vacant properties – an existing problem that has been exacerbated by the pandemic. When the first work from home order was given in March 2020, thousands of properties became vacant overnight. Last June commercial office space had a vacancy rate of 4.5 perce...
Mobileum Inc., a provider of analytics solutions for roaming and network services, security, risk management, testing, and monitoring, is pleased to announce that it has acquired Developing Solutions, a network testing software provider that focuses on core network testing for load and lab use cases covering 3G, 4G, 5G and IP Multimedia Subsystem (‘IMS’). The acquisition of Developing Solutions continues Mobileum's growth strategy, building a telecom-focused analytics platform with a robust testing infrastructure and a widespread set of network interfaces, allowing operators to optimise operational efficiency and improve customer experience as they transition to 5G and next-generation networks. Actionable analytics platform "The acquisition of Developing Solutions is a natural step in Mobileum's evolution, as we continue to consolidate the market and build an actionable analytics platform together with an end-to-end testing infrastructure to support telecom operators along their transformation journey.” The acquisition of Developing Solutions is a natural step in Mobileum's evolution" “With the advent of 5G, operators must adapt to market changes faster, while still maintaining the highest standard of service performance. Therefore, it is increasingly important that carriers have integrated core testing capabilities that transcend the 5G ecosystem, and the power to monitor the performance of high-density data within a backdrop of networks that are increasingly complex, automated, and dynamic," commented Bobby Srinivasan, CEO of Mobileum. Real-time actionable insights "As the launch of 5G standalone networks, new IoT use cases, and network slicing continue to accelerate, the ability for telecom operators to fully automate the testing of new services and applications will be critical to increasing their business agility and supporting new revenue streams. By joining Mobileum, we will be able to offer our customers a fully integrated, unified solution that encompasses all of their testing needs - from the lab to the live network," commented John Minnis, CEO and Founder of Developing Solutions. Mobileum has consistently grown its suite of analytics offerings in the years following its 2016 acquisition by Audax Private Equity. Building on 19 years of leadership in roaming, Mobileum relied on its knowledge of mobile telecommunications to develop its 'Active Intelligence' platform that empowers real-time actionable insights across roaming, testing, fraud, and security domains. Application testing platform Developing Solutions has been a long-term Mobileum partner in the testing domain Developing Solutions has been a long-term Mobileum partner in the testing domain. This acquisition will allow the two companies to build on their partnership and to integrate Developing Solutions' dsTest product with Mobileum's Active Testing solution, SITE. The combined solution will provide telecom operators with end-to-end testing and verification solutions for the entire network and service lifecycle, from lab to production. Mobileum's expanded offering will provide carriers with a customisable, end-to-end application testing platform that easily integrates with other automation tools and reduces operational costs by enabling modern, continuous integration and delivery with a DevOps approach. Lower operational costs The integration will allow automated testing in a Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment ("CI/CD") environment, providing extensive 5G core emulation capabilities, API testing, and 5G test automation capabilities. The combination of the two companies will facilitate the development and deployment of new tests, improving flexibility and allowing users to address any 5G test scenario, leading to faster service launches and lower operational costs. This acquisition will also strengthen Mobileum's engineering team and enhance its 5G Core Network skills and expertise, expanding its capacity to help solve some of the most complex challenges emerging at the core of the network and to serve its more than 900 customers around the globe.
With a combination of duty of care, valuable equipment and personal data, the education sector presents one of security’s biggest challenges. Choosing the right access control solution is critical. Could going wireless be an option? The ideal access control solution for a school, college or university should provide control without complexity — and make security management more streamlined and user-friendly in the process. It should save every institution both time and money. Securing wired doors Security managers can benefit from a system with cable-free locks and door readers, connected wirelessly to admin software. This setup combines power with easy installation and operation. It can offer a straightforward, cost-effective step up from mechanical locks and keys — and have a wide-ranging positive impact on school operations. Changing the locks when someone misplaces their key becomes a thing of the past Filtering access beyond the front door helps education managers protect users, equipment and confidential data. Wireless technology makes this possible because lock installation is more cost-efficient and less invasive when compared with equivalent secure wired doors. Granular access control extending through a site, wire-free, ensures only the right staff and students enter each defined area. Further, by choosing wireless over wired electronic locking, operational and maintenance costs are minimised. Changing the locks when someone misplaces their key becomes a thing of the past. Access control technology Individual access rights are updated — and security restored — with a couple of clicks. Small establishments like local schools do not have the budget or need for an in-house security expert. At the same time, their security challenges match those faced by a large institution. At Vejle Friskole in Denmark, for example, managing security based on physical keys had been eating up “A very long time, approximately 5 hours a week,” explains Henrik Kækel, the school’s Technical Service Officer. Access control technology suitable for schools wishing to upgrade from mechanical keys must be intuitive to operate — both hardware and software — if they are to administer it cost-efficiently in-house. Maintenance is another challenge: school staff are unlikely to have the expertise and contracting a specialist would be expensive. Battery powered locks Vejle Friskole’s mechanical keys have since been replaced by a wireless access control system Vejle Friskole’s mechanical keys have since been replaced by a wireless access control system. Around 80 doors and cabinets are secured with SMARTair wireless locks. Approximately 250 students and teachers carry their own fob, programmed with individual access permissions. SMARTair’s device portfolio has battery powered locks for many different types of opening, ensuring everyone at the school opens doors and cabinets with a single fob: there’s no need for separate student or staff locker keys, for example. Wireless devices secure offices and classrooms — and are robust enough to handle high traffic at the main entrance door. Traditional mechanical cylinder "It was really bad [before] because we had big problems with keys that were lost,” adds Henrik Kækel. “There was a lot of work in key administration.” Vejle Friskole staff spend around 5 minutes a week managing their access system. “It's incredibly easy to figure out... it takes 1 minute to code a student,” he says. A critical part of his university’s new system is powered by CLIQ® access control “The safety of our students is always paramount,” says Loughborough University’s Phil Sheppard. “So, it was crucial we worked with a trusted manufacturer when creating our security design manual.” A critical part of his university’s new system is powered by CLIQ® intelligent key-based access control. No extra wiring is needed to replace a traditional mechanical cylinder with a programmable CLIQ cylinder because the electronics inside these locks are powered by a battery in the programmable CLIQ key. The user brings power to the door. Providing medical services Building managers can grant access or block lost and stolen CLIQ keys from a simple, web-based interface, minimising time and money wasted in replacing mechanical locks. It is also straightforward to generate a complete audit trail for locks or users, providing detailed information about who accessed which locks, and when. Loughborough’s National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine East Midlands (NCSEM) is among the areas now secured by CLIQ. This facility has achieved BREEAM Excellent rating and is used for research and to provide medical services for sports injuries. To protect the prestigious new site of Hamburg’s HafenCity University (HCU), only a modern, flexible access system would make the grade. They turned to electronic access control from SIEMENS, fully integrated and extended with Aperio® wireless locks from ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions. Unified security system The flexibility of Aperio means HCU’s facility managers now have greater control Around 500 battery-powered Aperio electronic cylinders are connected to and controlled by the university’s SIEMENS system. Aperio locks are wireless, with built-in RFID readers, so it is cost-effective to add access control to many more doors than would be feasible or affordable with traditional security. HCU’s new building accommodates around 2,400 students plus 460 staff and includes flexible-use spaces including a media centre and library, seminar rooms, laboratories and offices. Students and staff open doors with programmable RFID smart-cards. To enhance security, their validity period can be adjusted for different use authorisations and a card’s access rights tailored to every individual. The flexibility of Aperio means HCU’s facility managers now have greater control. They can respond to organisational changes in real-time, only needing to monitor one unified security system. And they no longer have to deal with the daily workload of physical key management.
The FlexPower Global Series (FPG) from LifeSafety Power, designed to provide DC power for access control systems in international applications, is now PSE listed for Japan and compatible with the country’s 100VAC applications. LifeSafety Power’s renowned FlexPower power supply line continues to expand its reach to new markets, bringing reliability and safety to connected access control and security solutions. The FPG family is engineered with power factor correction and a universal AC input allows operation on any input voltage, from 100-240VAC at 50-60Hz. FlexPower Global Series (FPG) FPG Series is compatible with LifeSafety Power’s NetLink network communication modules FlexPower Global Series (FPG) is also compatible with LifeSafety Power’s award-winning NetLink network communication modules, allowing automated remote battery load testing, AC input voltage measurement, email alerts on fault conditions and more. With the addition of PSE certification, FPG now carries listings and approvals for the U.S., Canada, Europe, India, Mexico, Japan and others (UL, CE, PSE, BIS, RoHS). Expanding the reach of power-connected solutions “Meeting power requirements in new countries effectively expands the reach of power-connected solutions,” said John Olliver, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing for LifeSafety Power, who also handles international sales. John Olliver adds, “For the systems integrator and end user, they can rely on our power solutions for all of their global account customers and meet power requirements consistently around the world.” Available in wall- and rack-mount applications The FlexPower Global Series (FPG) from LifeSafety Power is available in wall- and rack-mount applications, has a lifetime warranty and includes a metal cover over the PCB for European compliance.
Johnson Controls, the global company for smart, healthy and sustainable building solutions and architect of the OpenBlue digital platforms, has announced a powerful recording solution to meet demanding requirements with its VideoEdge 2U High Capacity Network Video Recorder. This solution combines the powerful capabilities of victor with the intelligence of VideoEdge NVRs, fuelled by Tyco Artificial Intelligence, for video management that provides actionable insights to save time, money and lives. VideoEdge 2U-HC NVR The VideoEdge 2U-HC NVR allows users to manage dozens of cameras at full frame and resolution rates The VideoEdge 2U-HC NVR allows users to manage dozens of cameras at full frame and resolution rates. Users can also record in RAID configurations up to 100 TB and take advantage of twelve front-accessible storage drives that can be hot-swapped while recording, as well as a redundant power supply for increased reliability. VideoEdge Network Video Recorders (NVRs) seamlessly deploy cameras with an advanced open architecture and simple design, adding and re-assigning licences at any time. Additional features for the 2U-HC NVR include: 600 Mbps recording throughput to disc Support for up to 128 cameras IP camera auto discovery allows for quick system setup Re-identification Intelligent Search Network Interface Card bonding for network failover Adhering to Johnson Controls’ cyber protection standard The victor and VideoEdge solution is designed to adhere to the rigorous standards of the Johnson Controls Cyber Solutions Product Security Program, a holistic approach to cyber protection. The solution also includes a security audit page that allows administrators to quickly determine if the proper levels of protection are applied for additional cyber security resilience.
Altronix, the provider of power and data transmission products for the professional security industry, announces that their recently introduced NetWay4BT and NetWay8BT 802.3bt 4PPoE managed midspans are UL294 listed for access control systems. The UL294 listing reaffirms the high quality and performance of these solutions that end users, architects, and security consultants demand for mission critical access control applications. Data transmission solutions “Our new NetWay midspans provide the precise power for the latest 802.3bt compliant IP devices,” said Ronnie Pennington, Director of Sales for the Americas at Altronix. “Now UL294 listed, these versatile power and data transmission solutions provide the added assurance for optimum performance and reliability for access control applications. In addition, these units support high-powered surveillance devices such as IP cameras and illuminators.” Altronix NetWay8BT 8-port 802.3bt compliant managed midspan provides up to 90W per port (480W max). NetWay4BT is a 4-port version that also provides up to 90W per port (360W max). These new UL294 listed midspans pass data at 10/100/1000 Mbps, include a built-in battery charger, and embedded LINQ™ Technology to monitor, control, and report power and diagnostics from anywhere over the network. Altronix products are manufactured in the U.S.A. and backed by a lifetime warranty.
ProdataKey (PDK), the manufacturer of the cloud access control platform built for mobile, announces the release of its new Red 2 Controller, Red Readers, and Red High-Security Credentials, all components of its new high-security, line of hardware called PDK Red. The Red lineup represents a new class of OSDP-compliant, multi-technology readers, controllers, and credentialing options appropriate for both daily installs and the most demanding security applications. Red 2 and the Red Readers are powered by PDK’s pdk io mobile-first, true cloud access control solution, bringing together the industry’s most convenient access control experience with premium levels of security and performance. Accommodating multiple technologies The new Red Readers support Red 13.56 MHz High-Security smart credentials, 125 kHz Proximity cards, and mobile access options. OSDP and Weigand protocols are supported. The devices may be used indoors and outdoors, and accommodate multiple technologies within a single unit. Mullion, Keypad, and Single Gang form factors are available. Red Readers are enabled for secure channel and remote firmware upgrades and autodetect. Red 2 is a two-door controller that includes built-in Ethernet connectivity and self-discovery, simplifying IP configuration and functionality. It is equipped with OSDP functionality, an onboard power supply, and a fully supervised power circuit that monitors input, output, battery voltage, and overall controller health. Physical access control Red High-Security Credentials are available as 13.56 MHz smart cards or smart fobs Both readers and the Red2 controller are appropriate for new installations, retrofits, or expansions of existing PDK systems. Red High-Security Credentials are available as 13.56 MHz smart cards or smart fobs. Smart credentials contain a computer chip programmed with personal information about the cardholder and permissions for where they can enter. In addition to providing more secure physical access control, they can be programmed to control logical access to corporate IT networks. The Red High-Security credentials feature 8K of memory and can be read from a distance of up to 3” for printable cards and mag stripe cards, up to 1” for key fobs. Physical security product Jeff Perri, President and COO of ProdataKey, says, “Access control is the security platform used more than any other part of a building’s framework, and our new Red line is in a class of its own, in terms of a physical security product. From design through development, we’ve worked to deliver a solution offering usability and performance beyond compare.” “As demand for access control continues to expand, the security and functionality delivered by our Red Readers, Red 2 Controller, and Red High-Security Credentials combined with the anytime, anywhere, any device convenience of our Pdk io platform gives PDK integrators an edge within a very competitive marketplace.” PDK’s entire Red Line will be on display at ISC West, Booth 9067, July 19-21 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The 2020s will be a wireless decade in access control, says Russell Wagstaff from ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions EMEA. He examines the trends data, and looks beyond mobile keys to brand new security roles for the smartphone. The benefits of wire-free electronic access control are well rehearsed. They are also more relevant than ever. A wireless solution gives facility managers deeper, more flexible control over who should have access, where and when, because installing, operating and integrating them is easier and less expensive than wiring more doors. Battery powered locks Many procurement teams are now aware of these cost advantages, but perhaps not their scale. Research for an ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions (AAOS) benchmarking exercise found installation stage to be the largest contributor to cost reduction. Comparing a typical installation of battery-powered Aperio locks versus wired locks at the same scale, the research projected an 80% saving in installers’ labour costs for customers who go cable-free. Battery powered locks all consume much less energy than traditional wired locks Operating costs are also lower for wireless: Battery powered locks all consume much less energy than traditional wired locks, which normally work via magnets connected permanently to electricity. Wireless locks only ‘wake up’ when presented with a credential for which they must make an access decision. AAOS estimated a 70% saving in energy use over a comparable lock’s lifetime. Find out more about wireless access control at ASSA ABLOY's upcoming 29th June webinar Deploying wireless locks In short, every time a business chooses a wireless lock rather than a wired door, they benefit from both installation and operating cost savings. A recent report from IFSEC Global, AAOS and Omdia reveals the extent to which the advantages of wireless are cutting through. Responses to a large survey of security professionals — end-users, installers, integrators and consultants serving large corporations and small- to medium-sized organisations in education, healthcare, industrial, commercial, infrastructure, retail, banking and other sectors — suggest almost four locations in ten (38%) have now deployed wireless locks as a part or the whole of their access solution. The corresponding data point from AAOS’s 2014 Report was 23%. Electronic access control Electronic access control is less dependent than ever on cabling Without doubt, electronic access control is less dependent than ever on cabling: Even after a year when many investments have been deferred or curtailed, the data reveals fast-growing adoption of wireless locks, technologies and systems. Is mobile access control — based on digital credentials or ‘virtual keys’ stored on a smartphone — an ideal security technology for this wire-free future? In fact, the same report finds mobile access is growing fast right now. Among those surveyed, 26% of end-users already offer mobile compatibility; 39% plan to roll out mobile access within two years. Before the mid-2020s, around two-thirds of access systems will employ the smartphone in some way. The smartphone is also convenient for gathering system insights Driving rapid adoption What is driving such rapid adoption? The convenience benefits for everyday users are obvious — witness the mobile boom in banking and payments, travel or event ticketing, transport, food delivery and countless more areas of modern life. Access control is a natural fit. If you have your phone, you are already carrying your keys: What could be easier? IBM forecasts that 1.87 billion people globally will be mobile workers by 2022 Less often discussed are the ways mobile management makes life easier for facility and security managers, too. Among those polled for the new Wireless Access Control Report, almost half (47%) agreed that ‘Mobile was more flexible than physical credentials, and 36% believe that mobile credentials make it easier to upgrade employee access rights at any time.’ IBM forecasts that 1.87 billion people globally will be mobile workers by 2022. Workers in every impacted sector require solutions which can get the job done from anywhere: Access management via smartphone offers this. Site management device The smartphone is also convenient for gathering system insights. For example, one new reporting and analytics tool for CLIQ key-based access control systems uses an app to collect, visualise and evaluate access data. Security system data could contribute to business success. The app’s clear, visual layout helps managers to instantly spot relevant trends, anomalies or patterns. It’s simple to export, to share insights across the business. Reinvented for learning — not just as a ‘key’ or site management device — the phone will help businesses make smarter, data-informed decisions. The smartphone will also play a major role in security — and everything else — for an exciting new generation of smart buildings. These buildings will derive their intelligence from interoperability. Over 90% of the report’s survey respondents highlighted the importance of integration across building functions including access control, CCTV, alarm and visitor management systems. Genuinely seamless integration They offer greater peace of mind than proprietary solutions which ‘lock you in’ for the long term Yet in practice, stumbling blocks remain on the road to deeper, genuinely seamless integration. More than a quarter of those polled felt held back by a lack of solutions developed to open standards. ‘Open standards are key for the momentum behind the shift towards system integration,’ notes the Report. As well as being more flexible, open solutions are better futureproofed. Shared standards ensure investments can be made today with confidence that hardware and firmware may be built on seamlessly in the future. They offer greater peace of mind than proprietary solutions which ‘lock you in’ for the long term. Open solutions and mobile management are critical to achieving the goals which end-users in every vertical are chasing: scalability, flexibility, sustainability, cost-efficiency and convenience.
The security market in 2016 saw an uptick in the economy, the introduction of new technologies, increased compliance requirements in key verticals, and rising concerns over the need for greater security. Users interested in upgrading or deploying new systems consistently chose networked system platforms. This trend further drove the demand for adaptive transmission solutions as a means of repurposing existing analogue infrastructure to accommodate IP devices on a networked platform. As this migration accelerated, product feature sets continued to evolve with the inclusion of advanced communications that let you monitor, control and report power/diagnostics from anywhere. These new products have also helped to stimulate new business opportunities for integrators by expanding their service offerings to include remote monitoring of these devices as a new source of recurring monthly revenue (RMR). PoE and adaptive transmission solutions In last year’s 2016 forecast, we discussed the integration trend and how PoE and adaptive transmission solutions with network communications were rapidly gaining traction and market share. As the year progressed, the trend increased with customers migrating towards systems that provided more data, faster transmission rates and more versatility, and accessibility anytime from anywhere. Altronix responded with more advanced product solutions. This growing trend makes it more critical than ever for the core power and transmission infrastructure that make up the foundation of these systems to include network communications for true integration. As effective and efficient as integrated IP systems have become, the cost to upgrade or install new networked systems can be prohibitive. In 2017, security professionals will require expanded options to capitalise on existing infrastructure while accommodating IP devices with new levels of performance. These new products will greatly reduce installation and maintenance costswhen deploying orupgrading systems We will see the introduction of new products that offer greater levels of integration with bundled capabilities such as PoE, network switches, versatile adaptive transmission capabilities to accommodate different types of cabling, greater bandwidth and speed, and management capabilities. These new products will greatly reduce installation and maintenance costs when deploying or upgrading systems. Altronix 2016 business overview Altronix’s evolution as a designer and manufacturer of versatile power supplies and accessories – and the addition of innovative PoE and adaptive transmission solutions with network communications – was significant in 2016. We have continued to deliver new products incorporating advances in power and communication technologies that solve real-world installation issues with the highest levels of performance and cost-efficiency. One of the most significant technologies contributing to our extensive portfolio of power and adaptive transmission products is our innovative LINQ™ Technology, which provides remote control of power, along with monitoring and reporting of diagnostics from anywhere you have internet access. LINQ completes the network communication cycle for networked systems by providing true integration for power supply and adaptive transmission products that are the foundation of every system. Altronix will continue to design, manufacture and introduce new power and adaptive transmission solutions in 2017 that live up to our longstanding reputation for outstanding quality, performance and reliability. See the full coverage of 2016/2017 Review and Forecast articles hereSave Save
As the trend from analogue to IP continues to progress, more and more security devices are IP-enabled for seamless network integration With rising concerns over organisations’ physical security and potential network vulnerabilities, it has become more important now than ever for security professionals and other decision makers to take actions that will guard against potential problems and help prevent system failures. One specific area of heightened focus is the implementation of advanced power solutions to ensure the reliability and consistency of every surveillance, access and security system within the organisation. To make informed decisions, system integrators and end users alike should consider industry trends and technology advances that may affect their choice of power solutions. 1. Integrated IP based systems As the trend from analogue to IP continues to progress, more and more security devices are IP-enabled for seamless network integration. By transmitting vast quantities of data, these products provide higher levels of security by enabling better overall networked system performance and cost-efficiency along with trending functionality such as analytics and system diagnostics. In fact, the ability to network, control and monitor all the core power and transmission devices that make up the foundation of a user’s surveillance and security system completes the IP network communications chain enabling truly networked systems. Systems designers and installers can achieve higher levels of integration that provide comprehensive remote monitoring, diagnostics and control In addition to the proliferation of products with advanced firmware that enables greater network throughput, the system integration process is also benefiting from innovative hardware-based solutions such as smartly designed equipment enclosures that easily integrate power with access controllers and accessories from leading manufacturers. These integration enclosures simplify board layout and wire management, greatly reducing installation and labour costs, and provide the versatility and scalability installers need to easily configure multiple products. The simple yet highly pragmatic design of enclosure backplanes makes this otherwise cumbersome aspect of integration faster, easier and extremely cost-efficient – all of which are tangible benefits for both users’ and installers’ alike. 2. Functionality Today’s power solutions are a far cry from conventional power products that have been the mainstay for years. With the addition of network communications now available in foundation power and transmission products, systems designers and installers can achieve higher levels of integration that provide comprehensive remote monitoring, diagnostics and control. Early intervention, preventative maintenance and service calls can be handled with higher degrees of accuracy, which improves overall security at users’ locations. The tangible benefits of power and transmission products with network communications provide a much more comprehensive networked system solution for the professional security industry at large. Simple tasks such as rebooting devices remotely can be easily accommodated with new smart power and transmission solutions For example, consider a scenario where there is a network failure involving a single device or group of devices such as cameras and/or electronic locks. Typically, power supplies are the first point of failure to be checked, but are most often not the source of the problem. Power solutions with embedded communications however can help to easily pinpoint the cause of the problem by monitoring all the devices they are connected to. The information provided by advanced power solutions with network communications reduces system downtime, helps eliminate service calls and provides faster response times when issues are detected. In addition to improving overall reliability, these capabilities can also significantly reduce end-users’ total cost of ownership through more efficient service management. Simple tasks such as rebooting devices remotely and scheduling back-up battery replacements can be easily accommodated with new smart power and transmission solutions. 3. Remote monitoring as an additional service Per a recent industry report from industry analyst IHS Markit, the global market for security systems integration reached $60.3 billion in 2015, including video surveillance, physical access control and intruder alarm systems, as well as the costs of installation and maintenance services. Going forward, the report forecasts the service industry to be the fastest growing sector of the overall market. The ability to monitor real-time diagnostics from virtually anywhere allows integrators to offer remote monitoring as an additional service As evidenced with new power and transmission solutions with network communication capabilities, new business opportunities for dealers, installers and integrators are being created in the service sector. The ability to monitor real-time diagnostics from virtually anywhere allows dealers and integrators to offer remote monitoring as an additional service, providing them with a new source of recurring monthly revenue (RMR). The data and alerts these solutions provide make it possible to quickly identify and mitigate potential and actual system issues prior to dispatching technicians, which saves time, reduces expenses, increases efficiency and improves overall security. 4. Infrastructure flexibility Surveillance and security installations almost always vary from project to project. Design builds must consider existing infrastructure and budgets in addition to the security issues they are intended to resolve. Among the new available solutions that address these issues are Ethernet over Coax (EoC) adaptive transmission solutions, which allows the upgrade of analogue infrastructure to IP. This equates to huge savings in eliminating the need for ripping and replacing existing cabling. An additional benefit is the ability to transmit both power and data for multiple devices over a single coax cable. For instance, deploying an all-in-one multi-port EoC receiver with integral PoE+ switch requires less individual pieces of equipment while providing a cleaner installation with a smaller footprint and for less costs. PoE midspans/endspans also continue to evolve offering more flexibility for today’s more advanced IP systems. For example, new outdoor versions include Hi-PoE to provide up to 60W to IP devices, and include SFP ports to accommodate fibre optic cabling for long distance applications. New managed midspans have also hit the market recently, providing more power along with network communications, greater bandwidth and integral battery charging capabilities. These solutions are designed to meet the demands created by devices such as multi-sensor megapixel cameras and illuminators while also offering higher transmission rates. High performance at low costs Power supplies and transmission devices with network communications and management capabilities are quickly becoming the new foundation for today’s advanced integrated surveillance, access and security systems. It’s time well spent for resellers and end-users alike to familiarise themselves on these new solutions as they can increase overall performance while actually reducing both short and long term expenses.
Across the security industry, power supplies are too often an afterthought and the first item in an access control system to be value-engineered. However, when the power supply fails on a high-end access control device, the system becomes a very expensive paperweight. Fortunately, there are now power supply units available that can enhance system reliability by providing remote diagnostics and real-time reporting and analytics. There is also a mistaken perception that all power supplies are the same, says David Corbin, Director of ASSA ABLOY’S Power Management Strategic Business Unit. Access control and security applications Power supplies today are more important than ever for access control and security applications The fact is, a properly designed unit for today’s market must have a wide input range, a myriad of features, interface to network, have adequate transient protection, good surge capability and a demonstrated quality level for mission critical reliability, he says. “Power supplies today are more important than ever for access control and security applications,” says Corbin. “From heavy snowstorms in the Midwest and East Coast to the two million Californians that experienced unprecedented power outages, extreme weather conditions have created chaos for millions over the past few months. These events have resulted in students being locked out of schools, hospitals darkening and electronic keypads or card readers shutting down. With events like these on the rise, and an increased reliance on the technology we use to get in and out of the spaces we occupy, power supplies are critical for keeping systems up and running and people safe and secure.” ASSA ABLOY's LifeSafety Power’s FPO Intelligent Power Supplies and Helix Redundant Power Systems Installing right power supplies ASSA ABLOY has a range of products within the power supplies category, including LifeSafety Power’s FPO Intelligent Power Supplies and Helix Redundant Power Systems. ASSA ABLOY’s acquisition of LifeSafety Power in September expanded the company’s offering of smart integrated access control power solutions for OEMs, integrators and end-users. Other ASSA ABLOY power supply products include Securitron AQ Series Switching Power Supplies, and eco-friendly, linear, plug-in and solar power supplies, as well as Power over Ethernet (PoE). Access control is crucial to security and life safety, says Corbin. And without power, any protective system is useless. When the right power supplies are installed correctly, the system will have built-in backup power that will be triggered during an outage. Dependable power supplies, with regularly replaced and appropriately sized backup batteries, are critical to keeping occupants safe in an emergency event. Other ASSA ABLOY power supply products include Securitron AQ Series Switching Power Supplies Periodic testing of the battery When it comes to extreme weather conditions, the result of a power outage can lead to hazardous situations for employees, patients, residents and students, he says. Buildings that require power to gain access can leave people stranded outside or locked inside. “When access controls are disabled, intruders can easily enter buildings without notice, affording the opportunity for interruptions to power distribution, water supplies and other necessary public utilities,” says Corbin. Preparation for the next big power outage should include the sizing of power supplies to the system requirement with a reasonable safety factor for foreseeable system expansion and a battery set that is sized for operating the system for a period of time greater than the planned requirement, he says. Using a ‘smart’ power supply provides early warning of an impending failure; and consistent, periodic testing of the battery set keeps the system in peak operating condition. Predictive maintenance of access control Predictive analytics and data harvesting can help with predictive maintenance of access control Redundancy ensures that power remains available in the event of a failure, regardless of whether it is a blackout situation or a failure of the power supply itself, says Corbin. “In critical power installations where redundancy is vital, the system must have a properly sized and maintained backup battery,” says Corbin. “Additionally, further redundancy can be achieved via products like our Helix systems that provide for seamless switching between two different power supplies in the event of an electrical failure of one of the power supplies.” Corbin also notes there is a growing want and need for more data and analytics in the access control field. End users increasingly expect access control systems to be able to integrate with building information systems. Predictive analytics and data harvesting can help with predictive maintenance of access control and building systems. For example, intelligent power supplies can identify problems before they happen – such as performing periodic, automated battery tests and then notifying a central monitoring location and/or a facility manager of a battery that needs replacement. Lock operation can also be monitored on a real-time basis for failure or impending failure of a secured door opening, he says.
Facial recognition has seen huge breakthroughs since the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) first began testing in 2010. Accuracy has seen massive gains, especially from 2013-2018. In the 2018 test, the most accurate algorithm was 20 times more accurate than the 2013 equivalent. Essentially, 95 percent of the matches that failed in 2013 now yield correct results. Compare that to 2010-2013, when the most accurate algorithm reduced its error rate by 30 percent. This reduction in error rates since 2013 is due to wholesale replacement of the old algorithms with new ones based on deep convolutional neural networks — completely revolutionising the technology. Optimal recognition results SAFR says it delivers optimal recognition results with 99.86 percent accuracy in under 100 milliseconds One entrant in the newly energised market is RealNetworks, whose SAFR for Security is an AI-based facial recognition solution for live video that integrates video management system (VMS) solutions. With 24/7 monitoring, SAFR detects and matches millions of faces accurately in real time, enabling teams to manage a watchlist across any number of video feeds. SAFR says it delivers optimal recognition results with 99.86 percent accuracy in under 100 milliseconds, even in real-world conditions where faces are in motion, at different angles, under poor lighting, or partially obscured. SAFR builds on RealNetworks’ 23-year history in video technologies. Launched in July 2018, SAFR — secure, accurate facial recognition — is enabling new applications for security, convenience, and analytics. Create security responses “We seek to be the world’s most trusted facial recognition platform and are delighted to partner with customers in the security industry and elsewhere to shape a more secure, convenient future worldwide,” says Dan Grimm, Vice President of Computer Vision and General Manager of SAFR at RealNetworks. “Security professionals are asked to keep us safe 24/7, monitoring a burgeoning number of cameras, and we help make them more effective.” SAFR targets facial recognition for live video, identifying camera-unaware faces moving in real-world conditions. In the April 2019 NIST results, SAFR tested as the fastest and most compact solution among algorithms with less than 0.022 False Non-Match Rate — 62 percent faster than the average speed, according to the company. SAFR now provides capabilities such as live video overlays alerting security professionals to events in real time, automatic bookmarks with rich metadata for investigative work, and alerts that can be customised to create security responses. SAFR uses one-sixth the compute power of competing facial recognition solutions Facial recognition algorithms Five years ago, facial recognition algorithms would struggle to match forward-facing people from still images, let alone camera-unaware moving faces from live video with variations in rotation and tilt. SAFR says they have achieved a balance of accuracy and performance for live video. A contributor to this accuracy is consistency across a range of skin tones. The algorithm was trained on a highly diverse global set of over 10 million non-simulated real-world faces. SAFR was optimised for speed and can sample a face multiple times during the same period of time as other algorithms, subsequently increasing its accuracy. SAFR achieves the performance through edge processing. Distributed architecture enables efficient bandwidth consumption, reducing the roundtrip latency of facial recognition speed to under 100 milliseconds. The savings lower total cost of ownership (TCO): SAFR uses one-sixth the compute power of competing facial recognition solutions, equating to $500,000 or so in savings on a 250-camera deployment. Integrated experience SAFR also uses off-the-shelf hardware and is optimised to leverage inexpensive GPUs SAFR also uses off-the-shelf hardware and is optimised to leverage inexpensive GPUs. SAFR can be deployed on premises or in the cloud, and supports Windows, Linux, macOS, iOS, and Android. When SAFR is paired with a VMS, such as Milestone XProtect or Genetec Security Center, the integrated experience includes 24/7 monitoring to detect and match faces in real-time. Features include live video overlays within the VMS to identify strangers, threats, concerns, unrecognised persons, VIPs, employees, or other tagged individuals in live video. Real-time alerts can be customised for when persons of interest appear on a video camera feed. Additionally, automatic bookmarks with rich metadata make for easier investigative review of security footage. Facial recognition technology is increasingly in demand to improve safety across various industry verticals. Better customer experience Large enterprises with high-visitor flows and heightened security — such as transportation hubs, stadiums, universities, and hospitals — need to know in real time when persons of interest or those on watchlists appear on camera. Sports stadiums could apply facial recognition to deny entry to banned patrons, locate lost children, or recognise VIPs to deliver a better customer experience. Hospitals need access control to restricted areas and pharmaceutical storage closets Hospitals need access control to restricted areas and pharmaceutical storage closets. Airports and transit centres value traffic flows, demographic composition, and dwell times to help improve scheduling. SAFR for Security is available worldwide, and the company partners with VMS providers such as Milestone, Genetec, Digifort, and IPConfigure by Paliton Networks. They are actively working to support additional VMS solutions and have sales teams located in major metropolitan cities around the world. Security professionals “The job of the security professional is critical in today’s world,” says Grimm. “SAFR for Security helps mitigate the challenges of the important work security professionals do to keep us all safe.” In designing and developing SAFR, RealNetworks considered diversity and the uniqueness of each person; Grimm says their massive global training data set is a competitive advantage. SAFR is designed with privacy in mind. All facial images and signatures are AES-256 encrypted in transit or at rest. “SAFR is powerful enterprise-grade software that is continuously improving through innovation and many years of expertise,” says Grimm.
Calipsa, a provider of deep-learning-powered video analytics for false alarm reduction, announced that Edmonton, Alberta-based GPS Security Group is using its false alarm filtering platform. GPS, which offers a complete range of security services across Alberta, British Columbia and other parts of Western Canada, is the third Canadian central monitoring station to adopt the cloud-based Calipsa technology. Deep learning technology Calipsa’s software uses artificial intelligence with deep learning technology to recognise genuine alarms caused by human or vehicle movement. More than 90% of notifications resulting from nuisance factors such as animals, lighting, weather or foliage are filtered out, helping operators reduce their response times to genuine threats. We’ve engaged Calipsa as a strategic growth partner to assist with reducing false video alarms" The GPS Security Group’s Fredy Ramsoondar, Corporate Senior Security Solutions Advisor and Private Investigator, said GPS is adopting Calipsa’s AI-powered video analytics across its video surveillance sites to support the sustained growth of its monitoring division. “We’ve engaged Calipsa as a strategic growth partner to assist with reducing false video alarms, allowing our operators to focus on only genuine alarms,” he said. “We anticipate widespread benefits, including improved customer service, operational efficiency and employee morale.” Cloud-based technology Tara Biglari, Calipsa’s Regional Sales Director, Americas, said its false alarm reduction software is easily scalable, making it ideal for any growing video monitoring station. “This is an exciting time of growth for the GPS team and we’re happy to partner with them to provide the highest level of customer service,” she said. “The installation of our cloud-based technology requires no onsite hardware devices and we keep our service always current with remote upgrades.” A platform dashboard enables station managers to monitor the software’s performance, including detecting idle cameras that may need replacement or moving to a better position.
St. Anne’s Parish vestry wanted to upgrade from its failing local NVDR and CCTV security system, comprised of 14 low-resolution cameras throughout the two buildings’ interior and exterior. The staff requested five additional camera views bringing the total to 19. The vestry wanted to deploy Verkada 4K ultra-high-definition IP cameras that store video in the camera, requiring a fast and reliable IP network. However, given the building’s age, St. Anne’s could not remove and replace its existing CAT3 network infrastructure due to high costs and complexity. Communications technology conference John Purnell, an IT industry consultant and Co-Chair of the St. Anne’s IT Committee, led the digital transformation effort for St. Anne’s. With several years of experience under his belt, Purnell was confident that an NVT Phybridge PoLRE switch would be the perfect solution for the project, including the church building in the circle and two buildings just down the street. Purnell discovered NVT Phybridge at a communications technology conference and had previously used the technology in several airport projects. NVT Phybridge was happy to help and quickly supplied a PoLRE24 switch to support the upgrade to IP Purnell reached out to NVT Phybridge, detailing St. Anne’s digital transformation objectives and barriers. NVT Phybridge was happy to help and quickly supplied a PoLRE24 switch to support the upgrade to IP. The PoLRE24 switch delivers Ethernet and PoE over any new or existing single-pair UTP (CAT3) infrastructure with up to 1,200ft (365m) reach, four times the reach of standard Ethernet switches. IP surveillance system NVT Phybridge also provided EC-Link Adapters after discovering coax cabling during implementation. Completely satisfied with the solution, St. Anne’s Church deployed a robust IP surveillance system to ensure safety inside and outside of the church and the parish house. “The IP cameras can store up to 30 days of video while performing analytics, which was not possible with our old NDVR,” said Purnell. “This allowed us to dramatically reduce network load and increase security, which was not possible with an NVDR or cloud-based solution.” The reseller team from BlueCapIT was trained on deploying the switch within one hour, and the deployment was finished just a few hours later. St. Anne’s Church saved a tremendous amount of time and money by avoiding the traditional rip-and-replace process, considering the historical value and community significance of the buildings. High-definition IP cameras It’s incredible that we can support 4K ultra-high-definition IP cameras using the existing category-3 cable" “The NVT Phybridge Power over Ethernet switches allowed us to meet strict Historic Preservation requirements and quickly deploy IP cameras without re-cabling,” said the Rev. Dr. Manoj Mathew Zacharia, Rector of St. Anne’s Parish. “It’s incredible that we can support 4K ultra-high-definition IP cameras using the existing category-3 cable. NVT Phybridge helped prevent seven difficult cable runs and the disruption that comes with pulling cable. I am thrilled to have avoided the rip-and-replace of existing cabling while not compromising on performance.” St. Anne’s Church, located in Annapolis, MD, was established in 1692 and served as the Chapel Royal for Maryland. Following the American Revolution, the church building was rebuilt in 1792, which served the community until it was destroyed in a fire on Valentine’s Day evening, 1858. Preserving historic building In less than two months, architectural drawings were presented for the third St. Anne’s Church. Construction was quickly completed, and the first service was held in July 1859. Francis Scott Key and several signers of the Declaration of Independence worshipped at St. Anne’s. St. Anne’s Church is one of the most important landmarks in the Maryland State Capital, situated in the centre of the main traffic circle. As an iconic symbol of Colonial Annapolis, preserving the historic building was very important to the City. In need of more space in the 19th and 20th centuries, the St. Anne’s established a Parish House for administration, programs, and a preschool about 100 yards down Duke of Gloucester Street.
Pionen is a former civil defence centre constructed in the White Mountains Södermalm borough of Stockholm, Sweden in 1943 to safeguard essential government functions. It was transformed into a data centre by the Swedish internet service provider, Bahnhof. Sweden’s Bahnhof Data Centre was officially opened on September 11, 2008, and the company continues to use the facility till now. The building is concealed under the mountain and is secured by a 15.75 in (40 cm) thick door and can only be reached by an entrance tunnel. Due to all of these features, the data centre can withstand even a hydrogen bomb. Constructing something exceptional The Bahnhof Data Centre is also a co-location centre. In 2010, WikiLeaks used its co-location services to store its servers. The facility is architected in such a way that it looks like a vision right out of a science fiction movie. Bahnhof purposefully planned its server environment to bring to mind the cinematic look and feel of science fiction movies like Silent Running and Logan’s Run. The company has preserved the place’s cold war moniker, Pionen White Mountains The Bahnhof Data Centre exists in a previous nuclear shelter about 100 ft (30 m) under the ground. The company has preserved the place’s cold war moniker, Pionen White Mountains, and some of its accoutrements. One of the signs near the entrance reads: these doors should be locked at DEFCON1. This extraordinary facility came to life thanks to a distinct design idea, thoughtful use of technology, and a strong aspiration to construct something exceptional. Hydrogen bomb explosion Bahnhof Data Centre facts are as follows: It took 20 months to design and construct the facility. The centre has an IT usable capacity of 800 kW. There are 140 cabinets with a power density of 5.7 kW average per cabinet. There is no particular maximum. Cooling, organised cabling, and electrical wiring are fitted under a 3.3 ft (1 m) deep raised flooring. The facility is located in a site that was initially an army bunker and nuclear shelter during the cold war. The shelter was designed to withstand a hydrogen bomb explosion. It houses the Network Operations Centre (NOC) for all of ISP’s operations. They have five (5) data centres in the country, with Pionen being the largest. The facility also serves as a co-location hosting centre, so one can really put their own servers here. It features two Maybach MTU diesel engines and Baltimore Aircoil fans. A team of only 15 senior technical employees work permanently in the facility. Former nuclear bunker The data centre is situated below 30 m of solid granite foundation The Bahnhof Data Centre is a Hollywood-style Swedish data centre situated in a former nuclear bunker, deep in the bedrock right beneath the city of Stockholm. It was constructed to be able to survive a blast by a hydrogen bomb. The building has a total area of 10,764 sq ft (1,000 sq m), with 5,382 sq ft (500 sq m) of hosting area and 2,153 sq ft (200 sq. m) for back-of-house systems. The residual area is for office and personnel spaces. It can tolerate a structural loading of 403 lbs per sq ft (2 tons per sq m). The data centre is situated below 30 m of solid granite foundation. Glass-walled room When one enters the facility, the first thing they will notice are two huge engines that automatically start in the event of a power cut. These are genuine German submarine engines. The mountain walls inside are covered with green plants that makes one feel as if they provide the site with extra oxygen. Excess heat created by the servers is recycled into the local district heating network There is also a massive insulated, circular glass-walled room that floats above the ground, serving as a conference room. The round carpet inside the conference room looks like the moon. For a pleasant work atmosphere, the facility has simulated daylight, conservatories, man-made waterfalls, and a massive 2600 lt saltwater fish tank. Excess heat created by the servers is recycled into the local district heating network, making this facility one of the most environmentally-friendly data centres across the globe. Co-location hosting According to Jon Karlung, CEO at Bahnhof, the exceptional design of the data centre makes it a much-talked-about facility worldwide. If one has been inside the building, they will certainly tell other people about it. The exclusive approach also aids the business to get the word out about their building. It makes them stick out, and as the building provides co-location hosting, they have consumers who often visit the site and work there. These individuals share what they see with others, which creates positive word-of-mouth marketing for the company. Server capacity services Bahnhof has delivered internet and hosting services since its establishment in 1994 Bahnhof has delivered internet and hosting services since its establishment in 1994. In 2006, it came across an exciting prospect to expand its premises and include a subterranean bunker initially serving as an army shelter and nuclear bunker during the Cold War era. In 2007-2008, Bahnhof Data Centre was totally repurposed to become the remarkable facility. Over 4,000 cubic m (141,300 cubic ft) of solid rock was blasted away to create the 1,200 sq m that the company required. The redesigned facility became operational in September 2008, accommodating a huge part of the company’s network operations and serving as a co-location centre for a range of businesses and people looking for server capacity services. Human-friendly atmosphere The Bahnhof Data Centre is different from all other hosting facilities across the globe. It was inspired by movies like The Empire Strikes Back and James Bond. The building has an exceptional human-friendly atmosphere, housing magnificent waterfalls, conservatories, a glass-walled meeting room floating above the ground, and artificial daylight. Bahnhof Data Centre is one of the best-connected sites in the North European region Bahnhof Data Centre is one of the best-connected sites in the North European region. It provides triple redundancy internet backbone access. The network has complete redundancy with both fibre optics and additional copper lines with several different physical ways into the mountain. The data centre depends on Eaton’s UPS protection to offer rock-solid network operations and co-location services. The backup power supply is guaranteed by two Maybach MTU diesel engines that were initially designed for submarines. They can generate 1.5 megawatts of power. A submarine sound-horn is fitted near the engines and alarms in case of a system breakdown. Rack-mounted servers The cooling is controlled by Baltimore Aircoil fans generating a cooling effect of 1.5 megawatts. This is sufficient to cool hundreds of rack-mounted servers at a time. With a massive 11,950 sq ft space, the facility houses a NOC for all of the ISP’s operations. The network of Global Switch includes numerous main production servers As one of five data centres, it is the biggest and is operated by a team of 15 senior technical employees. The network of Global Switch includes numerous main production servers, backup servers, and administrative, standby, and dedicated servers. Pionen is Bahnhof’s largest data centre and can house over 6,000 server computers. Subterranean data centre What makes Bahnhof Data Centre one of the most secure buildings? As the world becomes increasingly dependent on online services, internet service providers are going above and beyond to protect their systems. This fact is more obvious at the subterranean data centre run by Bahnhof. When Karlung secured a former nuclear shelter below 100 ft of Stockholm bedrock as the location for a data centre, he believed it would be suitable to bring his love of 1970s science fiction to the design of the site. The facility is a server housing centre that can endure a hydrogen bomb explosion. In case of power failure, backup power is delivered by a few German submarine engines. Fabricated waterfalls, interior jungle plants, lowland smog, and a meeting room with an image of the moon’s surface on the flooring provide the preferred effect of a sci-fi dream pad. Access control system Its working atmosphere is made more liveable for workers with artificial daylight Constructed 30 m underneath a granite mountain, the building was initially used as a cold war shelter and was planned to provide security from a nuclear conflict between Soviet and Western forces. With servers situated deep within the mountain and only reachable through one tunnel sheltered by a 40 cm thick steel door and can run independently of the national grid because of two submarine engines that serve as backup generators. Although the data centre is acknowledged to be one of the most secure facilities across the globe because of its underground location, its working atmosphere is made more liveable for workers with artificial daylight, conservatories, and a saltwater fish tank. Identiv’s flexible physical access control system (PACS) and video intelligence solutions provide the highest security at the lowest cost possible. Regardless of the physical location, one can easily manage access control through the robust, feature-rich systems, hardware, and software. Their technology integrations deliver high-security physical security solutions in partnership with other providers.
Wind is a free and unlimited resource that provides potential energy toward the growing demand for clean, renewable power. In coastlines, islands, grasslands, mountainous areas, and plateaus that lack water, fuel, and convenient transportation, wind power poses a potential boon for addressing local challenges. Chaka Wind Farm is located on the Gobi Desert in Qinghai Province, China. At an altitude of 3,200 meters (nearly 2 miles), Qinghai has abundant wind energy reserves. Since its commissioning in December 2012, the energy-capturing capacity of the installed wind power turbines has reached 99 MW, while the annual average power generation is about 184 million kWh and the average annual utilisation hours are a mere 1,850 hours. Mechanical energy of rotation However, the plateau environment experiences squally winds all year round, and in severe cold winters the temperature often falls below minus 30° C! At those temperatures, the biting cold wind carries a severe risk of freezing for wind farm employees, and the harsh weather makes operation and maintenance extremely difficult. The difficulty lies in the fact that most of the wind farms are located in remote areas A wind turbine’s transmission system is composed of blades, hubs, main shafts, gear boxes, and couplings. Its main function is to convert the kinetic energy of wind into mechanical energy of rotation, then into electrical energy. As the key element in wind power, these wind turbines require routine maintenance. At present, maintenance relies mainly on the on-site staff climbing up the towers to check for and predict unit failures. However, the difficulty lies in the fact that most of the wind farms are located in remote areas. Personnel safety management When they rely solely on manual maintenance, the costs remain high enough to threaten the economics of the whole operation. Chaka Wind Farm hosts 62 wind towers, distributed across a wide 38,000 square meters (9.4 acres). This generous area creates a big challenge for maintenance staff who spend large amounts of time on transportation and logistics from tower to tower. Furthermore, according to the maintenance plan, workers have to climb each 80-meter-high wind tower for routine inspections each month. To solve these challenges, Hikvision provided a set of intelligent operation and maintenance systems for Chaka Wind Farm, including intelligent visual inspection equipment, personnel safety management, and real-time communication, providing a 24-hour online ‘Smart Examiner’ for the wind farm. Monitoring equipment temperatures Technicians at headquarters can remotely support personnel during on-site maintenanceFirst, for core unit components, thermal cameras are deployed in the wind turbine cabin to monitor equipment temperatures. This way, machine failures can be detected immediately, and staff can be automatically alerted when abnormal conditions (such as overheating) are found. In addition, with the wind towers located in the expansive Gobi Desert, unstable communications can leave operating personnel feeling disconnected. To resolve this, Hikvision’s one-key alarm intercom at the bottom of wind tower provides communication with the control center. Technicians at headquarters can remotely support personnel during on-site maintenance operations, assisting with diagnoses and repairs. Lastly, panoramic and thermal cameras and other equipment vastly expand the visual capabilities of the control centre. Staff can monitor the situation and various parameters around the wind turbines at all times. If an abnormality is found, they can immediately receive an alert from the system and identify specific problems. Engine room equipment “Originally, each wind turbine had to be inspected by staff members every month; climbing the towers was difficult and the risk factor was high. After the intelligent operation and maintenance system was installed, the engine room equipment on each tower can be inspected daily through the video system. Now each wind turbine only needs to be visited once every three months, and the frequency of climbing is reduced more than 60 percent,” said Sun, a technical operating engineer from Chaka Wind Farm. “More importantly, those problems that could only be discovered by personnel on the scene can now be identified by the intelligent operation and maintenance system – even proactive and early warnings of abnormal problems – which is a great help for our overall equipment operation and maintenance.”
The Highway Patrol Vehicles are customised, fully equipped, robust vehicles, outfitted with specialised surveillance, communication & monitoring equipment for emergency response on highways. These first responder vehicles are designed for patrolling and preventing crime on highways. The Highway Patrol Vehicles (HPV) provide an enhanced sense of safety and security to highway commuters by ensuring smooth traffic flow and managing any impediments due to accidents or other crimes. This case study showcases Mistral’s expertise in design, integration, and commissioning of advanced highway patrol vehicles, that feature sophisticated monitoring, control and communication systems. Modern highway surveillance The Highway Patrol Vehicles are designed for Karnataka State Police who were keen on inducting these patrol vehicles with modern highway surveillance and monitoring systems to their fleet. The Karnataka State Police under the directive of the Hon’ble Supreme Court had approached the industry for solutions to enhance road safety and reduce accidents on the highway. Mistral was awarded the contract to design and integrate a modern surveillance system Mistral was awarded the contract to design and integrate a modern surveillance system into an SUV platform for 24×7 patrolling of highways and smooth traffic management. These Highway Patrol Vehicles had to have the below-mentioned equipment to ensure that traffic discipline is maintained, and valuable lives are saved in case of any emergencies. Requirements of the customer for the Highway Patrol Vehicles included: Public address system Search/emergency light Pan-tilt zoom surveillance cameras Network video recorders and communication console Central monitoring station Alcohol breath analysers UPS power supply GPS tracking & 4G based video transmission Rescue tools – crowbar, axe, snatchstrap Special-purpose equipment Mistral designed and integrated Highway Patrol Vehicles with special-purpose equipment Mistral designed and integrated Highway Patrol Vehicles with special-purpose equipment and custom-made components such as PTZ surveillance camera, Top-Bar LED light, Pan-Tilt searchlights, etc. for patrolling and monitoring the traffic on Highways. The Highway Patrol Vehicle was based on a newly launched Toyota Innova CRYSTA which was supplied by the Karnataka State Police Department. Below listed are the details of equipment integrated into the Highway Patrol Vehicles: Custom-designed PTZ Camera – A 30X Pan-Tilt-Zoom Surveillance camera to provide a panoramic/long-range view of the traffic, even during critical conditions. It allows remote adjustment of the camera to pan, tilt and zoom into objects with high-resolution video quality. Fixed camera – A 1/2.8″ CMOS, full HD camera is fitted on the rear side of the vehicle. Advanced video analytics (at control rooms) – To enable traffic enforcement, various customer-centric analytics like ANPR, Speed Monitoring, Triple Riding, Helmet detection, etc. have been enabled at the central control room effective traffic and safety management. Monitoring and GPS tracking Real-time positioning Geo-Fencing Tracking of Highway Patrol Vehicles Live video feed monitoring from the central command centre, & designating officers through their mobile devices The VMS software provided by Mistral allows the officers to access the CAN data Command & dispatch - An IP-based command & dispatch communication system is provisioned inside the Vehicle enabling control room operators to communicate with the police personnel in Highway Patrol Vehicles and vice versa. Statistics & reports - Malfunction, alarm, business & illegal reports, device logs, operation logs. Vehicle CAN data - The VMS software provided by Mistral allows the officers in the command control room to access the CAN data like speed, remote start and stop in case of emergency, fuel level, etc of the vehicle for remote monitoring and decision making. Public addressal and traffic management PA System Expandable reflective traffic delineators / barricades Rescue & emergency response Rescue tools (snatch strap, foldable saw, crowbar) First aid, stretcher Managing traffic violations Breath analyser Speed gun, ANPR
The challenge was to provide a means for monorail attendants to see customers when speaking with them while simultaneously being able to communicate from the Shonan Enoshima station to the Ofuna station. The solution that recommended was to install the IX Series Peer‑to‑Peer IP Video Intercom to see customers clearly on a 7” touchscreen and reach other attendants with station‑to‑station communication. “We would like to create an environment where our customers feel safe,” says Mr. Nishino Transportation Dept. Subsection Chief, Shonan Monorail Co., Ltd. The situation Shonan Monorail opened in March of 1970 and sees more than 10 million passengers annually. The line features a pioneering suspended monorail, which connects Shonan Enoshima, a major tourist destination, to Ofuna in about 14 minutes. As a community-based transportation infrastructure, it improves convenience for residents in the area and expands tourism demand. The intercom used by customers to request assistance at unattended stations was audio‑only. If the situation had required the station attendant to view a customer, they had to go to a different location where they could see the surveillance camera. This was an inconvenience for both the staff and the customer. To communicate between the Shonan Enoshima station and the ticket office at the Ofuna station, attendants had to leave the ticket booth and use the telephone in the control centre, further hindering ticket booth operations The challenge Intercom used by customers to request assistance at unattended stations was audio-only The intercom used by customers to request assistance at unattended stations was audio-only. If the situation had required the station attendant to view a customer, they had to go to a different location where they could see the surveillance camera. This was an inconvenience for both the staff and the customer. To communicate between the Shonan Enoshima station and the ticket office at the Ofuna station, attendants had to leave the ticket booth and use the telephone in the control centre, further hindering ticket booth operations. The solution Integration of the IX Series offers audio and video communication, making it easy for employees to verify customers quickly, without leaving their booth. With the ability to call directly between IX Series video masters stations, staff at the Ofuna station can see and speak to fellow employees at the Shonan Enoshima station without leaving their ticket office. Installed Equipment: 3 IX-MV7-HB video master stations 11 IX-EA video door stations 11 third-party network cameras Remote monitoring It is essential to have an IP intercom in the railway industry, where remote support is required for customers using unattended stations. Shonan Monorail is a pioneering suspended monorail that operates two attended stations and six unattended stations. In recent years, it has not only improved customer convenience by introducing a prepaid transportation card but is actively working on social contributions, such as supporting Breast Cancer Awareness through events and car wrapping. In order to respond to customers using unattended stations, IP video intercoms have been used. Compared to conventional intercoms, IP intercoms are less susceptible to restrictions such as wiring distance, making IP intercoms popular in the railway industry, where unattended stations are increasing. Customer-centric solution For Shonan Monorail, which manages all unattended stations at the Ofuna station, the IP video intercom is an indispensable function for supporting customers in a remote location. Before upgrading the IX Series, the only way to check on customers using video was to check the display of a surveillance camera in a separate place. Station employees suggested upgrading to an IP intercom with video so that verifying customers and railway surroundings was more convenient. The IX Series centralised audio and video communications made it more convenient to assist customers and upgraded the current intercom system by using existing equipment. The IX Series provides an IP video intercom system that allows station employees to verify customers, by displaying the customer’s face and surroundings through the network camera. Easy to Use With the ability to use existing infrastructure and PoE switches, the IX Series helped reduce both installation times and cost An IX Series door station with a camera is installed at each unattended station, and inquiries from customers are handled by the IP video intercom at the Ofuna station. The attendant can talk while checking the video that captures the customer’s situation at hand. If the attendant is away from the ticket office, they can use the call transfer feature to connect customers to a station that has a staff member available. Since Shonan Monorail had been using IP audio intercoms for a long time, they were able to upgrade to the IX Series while using existing equipment, such as fibre optical cables and PoE switches, reducing the overall installation cost. Each IP intercom station is PoE and can be wired without a separate power supply. In addition, the connected network cameras share the IP network. With the introduction of the IX Series, one station employee said, “It’s easy to understand the customer’s situation and our work has become easier.” Aiphone’s IX Series contributes to improving convenience for both customers and station employees. Aiphone’s IX Series provides Shonan Monorail attendant’s clear, remote communication to assist customers. It also has the ability to: See anyone who calls with an inquiry Call with two-way video from the Shonan Enoshima station to the Ofuna station Expand the system to virtually any size, while saving on resources Add mobile apps for attendants who need to monitor stations while away The feedback Mr. Nishino and Mr. Yamabe help lead the transportation department at Shonan Monorail Co., Ltd. Their personal insight goes into great depth on how the IX Series Peer‑to‑Peer IP Video Intercom added both security AND convenience in day-to-day operations. Q: What are the immediate benefits of the IX Series after installation? A: Not only can customer identities be confirmed by the video, but attendants can verify commuter passes via the camera. The IX Series offers more features and capabilities, leading to improved response quality. A proven track record Mr. Nishino: There were comments from station employees that they wanted to see and respond to customers visiting unattended stations. We recognised there was a need to upgrade to a system that had audio and video capabilities. Regarding the selection of Aiphone’s IX Series, there were installation records from other railways that had unattended stations, and we felt confident that the product would solve this challenge. Another reason for this selection was that the IX Series was already being used by our group company. Mr. Yamabe: The ticket booth at the Ofuna station is always busy, as it’s handled by one attendant. In addition, inquiries from the six unattended stations need to be handled too. Customers frequently call in from unattended stations, and their requests vary. They range from emergency reports to transportation cards not working properly, making the IX Series a convenient necessity for station employees. Provides a wider range of support Aiphone’s IX Series offers audio and video using only a master station, making it easy to verify and respond to customers Mr. Yamabe: "The IP intercom used previously only offered an audio function, so when we would need to check video surveillance of customers, it would take time away from our other duties. Aiphone’s IX Series offers audio and video using only a master station, making it easy to verify and respond to customers." "If customers have forgotten to touch the IC commuter pass at the time of entry, an employee can verify the pass by having the customer show the ID on camera. This makes it simple to check all the detailed information through the camera of the IX Series door station, like which station the pass originated. The camera offers a clear image that shows the customer’s surroundings and it’s easy to use. Onetouch enlarges the bird’s-eye view of the camera and assists in the operation of the prepaid transportation card machine while monitoring the customer." Extension call feature Mr. Yamabe: "Apart from customer service, the “extension call feature” can be used to communicate with the Shonan Enoshima station. The monitoring center next to the ticket office is equipped with extension call equipment, but it’s more convenient to make the extension call with the IX Series master station when employees are busy at the ticket office and unable to leave. When customers come to the ticket office, the call can be disconnected and we can immediately assist the customer, so they won’t have to wait." Mr. Nishino: "We would like to create an environment where our customers feel safe. We would like Aiphone to continue enhancing the functions of the IX Series, like offering a two-way camera that would allow customers to talk and see the station employee at the same time they are communicating."
Round table discussion
Security systems are vital to any company. Nowadays, however, they can also provide additional benefits to any enterprise beyond protecting people, assets and facilities. Specifically, systems that were previously focused on security can now be leveraged in new ways to benefit the broader enterprise. When this happens, the security department transitions from a ‘cost centre’ to a repository of data that can benefit the whole company, and even contribute to the bottom line. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: How can ‘security’ systems benefit the larger mission of an enterprise?
The topic of video analytics has been talked and written about for decades, and yet is still one of the cutting-edge themes in the physical security industry. Some say yesterday’s analytics systems tended to overpromise and underdeliver, and there are still some skeptics. However, newer technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) are reinvigorating the sector and enabling it to finally live up to its promise. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What new technologies and trends will shape video analytics in 2021?
Security technology has been a vibrant and successful market for decades now, but sometimes the public is not aware of those successes. Awareness in some cases is limited because security technologies work ‘behind the scenes’ to keep everyone safe. In other cases, the industry may be seen in a negative light, based on misinformation about topics such as surveillance and privacy. How can we get the word out about our industry’s successes? We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: How can the security industry market and promote itself better?
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