Private sector security
ASIS International, global association of security management professionals, announced that Cyber Security Summit will co-locate with Global Security Exchange (GSX), expanding the depth of cyber education in the blockbuster GSX conference program. In the first year of its rebrand following a 63-year history as the ASIS Annual Seminar and Exhibits, GSX—the security industry’s flagship event—is expected to attract more than 20,000 operational and cyber security professionals and...
Since 2011, the patented Dallmeier Panomera multifocal sensor technology has provided comprehensive video protection for vast areas in many football stadiums, perimeters, airports and city areas all over the world. The new Panomera series, the Ultraline, has an exceptionally high resolution for these situations. Dallmeier presents the first model of the new series, the Panomera S8 Ultraline, which delivers up to 190 megapixels at 30 fps. The Panomera concept has revolutionised video technology:...
Hospitality businesses work to provide a safe and pleasant customer experience for their guests. Hotels offer a “home away from home” for millions of guests every day around the world. These are businesses of many sizes and types, providing services ranging from luxury accommodations to simple lodging for business travelers to family vacation experiences. Hospitality businesses also include restaurants, bars, movie theaters and other venues. Security needs are varied and require tech...
Leaders in the security industry, government and technology gathered on June 27-28 in Washington, D.C., as the Security Industry Association (SIA) hosted its 2018 GovSummit. Each year, SIA GovSummit offers top-quality information sharing and education on security topics affecting federal, state and local agencies. This year’s summit tackled key security and policy issues like moving security services to the cloud, the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning for surveillance and...
The 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament is bringing 32 national teams and more than 400,000 foreign football fans from all over the world to 12 venues in 11 cities in Russia. Fans are crowding into cities including Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kazan. Given continuing global concerns about terrorism, security is top-of-mind. Protection of the World Cup games in Russia is focusing on an “integrated safety, security and service approach,” according to officials. Combining the term “sec...
Attending the 37th East -West International Security Conference organised by Capricorn Conferences and Exhibitions on 4th and 5th June 2018 at the Lisbon Marriott Hotel, Portugal, were delegates representing private and public sector organisations from the Russian Federation and Ukraine. Addressing the delegates at the opening ceremony, conference Co-Chairman, Patrick Somerville QPM, welcomed the delegates to the conference for an intensive two days of presentations and discussions on a wide ra...
On May 30, 2018, the U.S. Departments of Commerce and Homeland Security released an action-oriented report on how the private sector and government can collaborate to mitigate against the threat of botnets and automated distributed attacks. The Security Industry Association (SIA) commends the extensive efforts of these two departments to develop this report, and SIA supports the primary goals described within the report, titled Report to the Present on Enhancing the Resilience of the Internet and Communications Ecosystem Against Botnets and Other Automated, Distributed Threats. The departments’ report to the president correctly place emphasis on the importance of fostering private sector innovation and market incentives as methods to combat the destructive and far-reaching nature of botnets. SIA is interested in participating in any discussions related to voluntary labelling programs for industrial Internet of Things devices Identifying and mitigating against botnet attacks SIA is also encouraged by the call to action issued from the report authors for increased education to all stakeholders about how to identify and mitigate against botnet attacks. This goal compliments education and resources previously offered by SIA, including the SIA Beginner’s Guide to Product and System Hardening; the SIA cybersecurity webcast “Dealing With Cyber Security Threats”; SIA Enterprise Security Recommendations; SIA’s Cyber Onboarding Guide for Employees; and the recent launch of the Cyber:Secured Forum conference. Additionally, as a voluntary consensus standards body, SIA is interested in participating in any discussions related to voluntary labelling programs for industrial Internet of Things devices and voluntary informational tools for connected home products. Finally, SIA is pleased to serve as a resource to federal agencies as the botnet roadmap called for through the report is developed over the next few months and actively participate in industry coalitions who share these same goals. These are important discussions that will benefit from the technical expertise and ingenuity of SIA members.
Eagle Eye Networks, Inc. announced the enhancement of the Eagle Eye Cloud Security Camera VMS to include the integration of Hikvision body worn cameras. The new Eagle Eye solution provides ease, reliability, and cybersecurity to body worn camera users seeking to synchronise and store video for extended periods in the cloud. The Eagle Eye Cloud Security Camera VMS will retrieve video and GPS data through a docking station connected to any Eagle Eye Bridge or Cloud Managed Video Recorder (CMVR) and securely transmit the video to the Eagle Eye Cloud Data Center. The body worn camera and its video appears in the Eagle Eye Customer Dashboard along with any fixed cameras attached to the system and can be reviewed, managed and analysed. Integration with mobile cameras Eagle Eye Networks’ customers have requested the integration of mobile cameras in to the Eagle Eye interface to enable the combination of fixed position cameras with mobile cameras to better serve specific applications.Eagle Eye's customers are using mobile video for optimisation in robotics, manufacturing, emergency room management and home care services Law enforcement, guarding services, health care, retail management, training, warehouse management, and other service-oriented verticals create considerable value and reduce risk through the reliable and secure management of surveillance video in the cloud. Several of Eagle Eye Networks’ high-tech customers are using mobile video for business optimisation in robotics, manufacturing, emergency room management and home care medical services. The challenge surrounding body worn and other types of mobile cameras has always been the lack of scalable, cost-effective, redundant storage. The Eagle Eye Cloud Security Camera VMS offers subscription-based storage for any period. Body worn cameras Lieutenant Kevin Francis, Head of the Bay County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Division stated, “We are excited to see Eagle Eye Networks adding body worn cameras to its system. The management of body worn video is cumbersome and unreliable from a storage perspective. The cloud makes it so much easier to store and retrieve evidentiary video.” The use cases for body worn cameras are endless. Body worn cameras began gaining momentum in law enforcement and private security, but there are other business optimisation benefits that these cameras provide.Body worn camera users in retail are witnessing a decrease in customer standoffs and reduced claims against stores Businesses using body worn cameras have been able to improve profitability, communication, and customer service by using the footage to provide scenario-based training to employees. In the retail industry, for example, body worn camera users are witnessing a decrease in customer standoffs and reduced claims against stores based upon readily available visual evidence. Cloud-powered video surveillance According to Dean Drako, CEO of Eagle Eye Networks, “Eagle Eye Networks is the industry’s go-to supplier of cloud video surveillance." "One of the many advantages of a cloud-based video management system is the ability to coalesce a wide variety of video collecting devices within a single user experience. Eagle Eye Networks will remain the leader in offering innovative solutions to combine connected, remote and mobile based camera technologies.”
STANLEY Security, global manufacturer and integrator of comprehensive security solutions for a wide range of industries, has announced a partnership with Shooter Detection Systems LLC (SDS), major gunshot detection solutions provider. As an authorised dealer, STANLEY Security is now certified to sell, install and service SDS products and services. SDS’s Guardian Indoor Active Shooter Detection System combines acoustic gunshot identification software with infrared gunfire flash detection for a fully automated gunshot detection and alerting solution. The Guardian System immediately detects gunshots and simultaneously alerts building occupants and first responders within one second and with zero false alerts. “We understand the importance of having a fully comprehensive security system, including gunshot detection, and we are committed to this technology and all the individuals, campuses and businesses it can help to keep safe,” said Brad McMullen, Vice President Marketing and Product Solutions, STANLEY Security. “Being able to activate an alert and notify emergency personnel in near real-time during a crisis is critical. Additionally, integrating this technology with video management and access control systems can provide our customers with more robust incident response plans.” STANLEY has been a leader in security for decades, and we are excited to partner with a global company so well-known and respected in the industry" Improved emergency response time The Guardian System processes all gunshot data within the sensor, removing the need for human interpretation or intervention and saving time when seconds matter most. When a shot is detected, the Guardian System instantly alerts users to the location of shots on a mapping interface and simultaneously sends this information by SMS text message, email and via other third-party alert systems. The Guardian System has been installed throughout schools, businesses, airports and other public and private buildings and has over 20 million hours of operational time with zero false alerts. With the Guardian System, critical information is immediately relayed to building occupants and emergency personnel so that proper steps can be taken to control the situation as quickly as possible. “STANLEY has been a leader in security for decades, and we are excited to partner with a global company so well-known and respected in the industry,” said Dan Michelinie, Sr. Director of Sales & Business Development, Shooter Detection Systems. “As the number of incidents continues to increase at an alarming rate, the joint presence of SDS and STANLEY will allow this advanced solution to reach more schools, businesses, hospitals and ultimately, improve emergency response time.”
Send For Help — a lone worker protection firm in the world which provides 24/7 emergency response via personal safety alarms — has been included in this year's prestigious Financial Times ‘FT1000’ list of Europe’s fastest growing companies. The list comprises of the top 1000 companies in 31 countries across Europe that have achieved the highest percentage growth in revenues between 2013 and 2016. Send For Help was ranked 625th on the list — one of just 158 other companies from the UK included — thanks to revenue growth of 254% between 2013-2016 and an annual turnover of £8m for financial year 2016/17. Total staff numbers in 2016 stood at 70 — a rise of 34% over the same period. Employers increasingly recognise the legal, financial and reputational implications, should their staff get injured or assaulted" Affordable technology The Surrey-based tech firm has a varied client roster across a large number of private and public sectors, including over 160 NHS trusts and major high-street retailers, city banks and national pub chains, estate agents, the police and more than 150 local authorities. “It has been a very busy year for Send For Help and to be featured on such a stellar list as this is testament to the hard work and dedication of the whole team,” said James Murray, CEO of Send For Help. “Demand for our services has risen for a variety of reasons. Our technology is cutting-edge, affordable and easy to use. Employers increasingly recognise the legal, financial and reputational implications, should their staff get injured or assaulted as a result of not implementing effective safeguards to prevent it,” he added. Fast emergency response Send For Help was founded in 2010 by brothers James and Will Murray. It operates three subsidiary brands — Skyguard, Guardian24 and Peoplesafe — protecting more than 150,000 people through key-fob sized personal safety devices and smartphone apps, which are linked to an alarm-receiving centre staffed at the company’s headquarters in Epsom, Surrey. The firm has direct links to police control rooms, so it can bypass the 999 system and receive a faster emergency response if clients are threatened, attacked or are in danger.
Broadstone, a new recruitment marketplace for the private security sector has entered into a strategic partnership with one of the UK’s leading security services providers, Brooknight. Broadstone will support Brooknight to identify and secure high quality, vetted and background checked security personnel. The new app-based service manages the whole recruitment process from job posting, background vetting, and candidate selection via an algorithm, to invoice administration, scheduling and rostering of permanent and temporary roles. Following a six-week national trial, Brooknight has rolled out Broadstone’s new technology to bring benefits to end clients, assuring them that they are working with a trustworthy, credible, fully pre-vetted workforce. Security expertise During the trial there were some challenging roles to fill in regions that can often have a smaller talent pool" Chris Fieldhouse, managing director at Brooknight, says: “We had encouraging results following the trial and feedback internally, and from candidates, was that the process was much more efficient and reliable, and connected quality security professionals with security roles to suit their specific experience.” He further said, “During the trial there were some challenging roles to fill in regions that can often have a smaller talent pool, but Broadstone succeeded in securing high-quality candidates that really matched the job requirements, so we took the decision to roll out the system nationally.” Direct communication The UK private security sector has experienced a rapid increase in jobs as security requirements change in the modern world. Recruitment and vetting is traditionally a slow and lengthy process, but Broadstone’s new service makes it easier and more effective for employers to hire temporary and permanent employees, and for job-seekers to access and apply for roles quickly. The service provides background checks carried out to BS7858 standard. It captures accurate data upfront to verify details, reducing lead times from 12 weeks to just 15 days. Checks are consistent and refreshed on a regular basis so that there is a full understanding of a job seeker’s work history, effectively creating a ‘job passport’ for recruits. Chris continues: “The security industry has a decreasing pool of quality personnel so Broadstone’s service allows us to tap into a fully vetted, compliant workforce to fill our roles and support our customers in the retail and corporate sectors. The service provides a direct communication interface between us, and our applicants and employees. It speeds up the recruitment process, and our customers are assured of a high caliber of security personnel within their operation.” Broadstone is really leading the way in the security recruitment sector and bringing a more effective and efficient process" Intelligent software “We are constantly reviewing and investing in technology and innovations to drive our business forward. Our partnership with Broadstone is part of our wider growth strategy as we recognise the benefits of new technology and how that fits in to the changing recruitment landscape. Using this intelligent software, we are guaranteed a high quality of candidates, connecting the right people with the right roles and opportunities, and we’re looking forward to working with Tom and the team.” He infers, “Broadstone is really leading the way in the security recruitment sector and bringing a more effective and efficient process, giving peace of mind to businesses and making life easier for job-seekers and candidates. The team acts as an extension of our own HR department and understands our business, the industry, the challenges and the opportunities to maintain a competitive edge.” Technology innovations and digital trends Tom Pickersgill, founder and director of Broadstone, says “We are delighted to be working with such a forward-thinking company, embracing new technology to build their business and deliver great results for their clients. Lifestyles are changing rapidly, which includes how people look for work, apply for jobs and how companies can identify and manage them. With security in the spotlight more than ever, it’s important for businesses to ensure they are taking steps to tackle industry challenges and Brooknight is a great example of an established organisation investing in technology to enhance their offering.” With this partnership, the two companies are changing the face of the private security sector. It will help bring new talent into the sector and drive growth in the industry overall. Broadstone is aiming to attract over 60,000 individual job seekers to the platform by 2020 Event security Tom concludes: “The private security sector is ripe for innovation so it’s important for organisations to keep up with technology and trends, forge useful partnerships, and embrace the technological innovations and digital trends to stay ahead in this competitive and increasingly important marketplace.” Broadstone is aiming to attract over 60,000 individual job seekers to the platform by 2020 to provide temporary and permanent security for venues, events, and individuals around the UK. It intends to work solely with ACS (Approved Contractor Scheme) registered companies.
Siklu Inc., a provider of mmWave wireless solutions, announces Smart City deployments based on Siklu’s broad E-band and V-band product portfolio have reached a milestone of 100 cities installed. Smart Cities, which were initially defined as municipalities connecting low data rate sensors for water, gas and more, have been evolving to demand high-capacity connectivity at gigabit-per-second speed. This high-bandwidth network infrastructure is needed to support new applications such as video security, public Wi-Fi backhaul, and private city network deployments. As municipalities move to support an increase in public safety cameras and improved connectivity between public buildings such as police, fire, schools, and libraries, the networks are being upgraded. All of these serves to help fuel economic development for residents, cost savings for the cities, and improved security for all. Siklu to deliver interference-free connectivity for 40 newly installed HD IP CCTV cameras Challenges with fibre network A key challenge with so many services to be supported is to implement a single, city-wide network that can provide enough capacity for all these services today, as well as to scale up as more connected devices and locations are added in the future. While fibre is a core portion of these citywide networks, fibre does not have nearly the ubiquitous coverage that can be achieved with mmWave wireless. Extending the fibre network can be costly and time-consuming. Using fibre where it is available but adding the capacity and latency of fibre networks with Siklu solutions to virtually any location, gives city planners the ability to have 100% coverage. Examples of Smart City projects deployed by Siklu include the Burnley Town Centre project in England, which installed 18 high capacity point-to-point mmWave EtherHaul™ 500TX and 600TX links from Siklu to deliver interference-free connectivity for 40 newly installed HD IP CCTV cameras. Siklu’s widespread projects In the City of Wichita, Siklu’s mmWave MultiHaul™ point-to-multipoint radios are used to connect 72 fixed bullet, dome, and PTZ cameras and protect its Old Town district. The multi-gigabit capacity network can run multiple applications on the same wireless network simultaneously. The city is currently looking at using Siklu mmWave wireless radios for other applications, such as local area network connectivity to city buildings and frees public WiFi. Interference in the 5GHz band was a significant concern for the City of Wichita, and mmWave addressed this potential problem. Crossing the 100 Cities threshold, Siklu is building urban resilience" Dover Castle, 11th-century English historic location popular with tourists, sought improvements in its network connectivity throughout the site. Having to support POS data, public access Wi-Fi, CCTV, and corporate LAN extensions, a number of Siklu EH-600TX links were dotted around the castle grounds, most with a camouflage vinyl wrap to ensure the radios blend in with their surroundings. Recognition “Today there is an increasing acceptance of Siklu’s mmWave technology, and people are starting to recognise the benefits our solution provides when compared with installing new fibre or a traditional Wi-Fi-based wireless infrastructure network,” said Eyal Assa, Siklu’s CEO. “Crossing the 100 Cities threshold, Siklu is building urban resilience and providing steady multi-gigabit infrastructure up to 10Gbps, which cities can rely on and have confidence in their ability to scale up in the future.” Siklu’s end-to-end solution will be showcased at Smart City Connect, Kansas City, March 26-29, innovation stands 8T-8W and at ISC West, Las Vegas, April 11-13, Axis booth #14051.
Vicon Industries, Inc., designer and manufacturer of video surveillance and access control software, hardware and components has announced that The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, the largest Cathedral and fifth largest church building in the world, recently completed installation of a Vicon Valerus video management system to secure the Cathedral and surrounding 11.3-acre complex in Manhattan. Valerus VMS As the seat of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, the Cathedral is the site of daily religious services, community programing and social outreach. It also plays host to a busy schedule of art exhibitions, concerts, receptions, public and private events and visiting dignitaries, who have included Nelson Mandela, The Most Reverend Desmond Tutu and President Bill Clinton. The new Valerus system combines over 70 Vicon high-resolution IP cameras, a Valerus application server and multiple recording servers The new Valerus system, installed by the Long Island office of ITsavvy, an IT products and technology solutions provider, combines over 70 Vicon high-resolution IP cameras, a Valerus application server and multiple recording servers. The system’s wide range of cameras include models with powerful zoom that provide detailed coverage of surrounding city streets, and others chosen for their ability to perform well in the low and challenging light inside the Cathedral. Vicon IP cameras Cameras also provide coverage of the Cathedral’s’ exterior, administrative and residential buildings that support the Bishop, clergy and Diocese, a world-class textile conservation laboratory, visitor center, information booths and surrounding grounds and gardens. The Valerus system is vital for providing safety for all visitors, staff, residents and students, as well as protecting the property and its many valuable artifacts. Cameras are particularly helpful in protecting the Cathedral from liability in slip-and-fall incidents Cameras are particularly helpful in protecting the Cathedral from liability in slip-and-fall incidents. They also document, for the police, any incidents that arise from the Cathedral’s service to the mentally ill and indigent. Live and recorded video from the Valerus system is frequently shared with NYPD and local security forces from Columbia University and other neighboring institutions. Crime prevention and incident management Keith Hinkson, Director of Security at The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, says, “The searching feature is so much easier on Valerus, and we can see up to 99 cameras on one screen. This is huge for an institution like ours. I can go from one camera to the next with no trouble whatsoever.” “Vicon is incredibly proud that a world-class institution as prestigious as The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine has entrusted its security to an end-to-end Vicon solution, including our latest Valerus software. Our participation in this project illustrates that Valerus can deliver security effectively to the most high-profile of installations,” said Bret McGowan, Vicon’s Senior V.P. of Sales and Marketing.
HID Mobile Access integration with HRMIS means management can view all staff records on one platform A government department in Malaysia sought to upgrade their access control system and integrate the new system with their internal human resource system, HRMIS. With the proliferation of smart devices in the country, the agency took advantage of the “bring your own device” (BYOD) trend by moving their access control system to an innovative mobile solution. Public service human resources This government department in Malaysia is one of Malaysia’s federal government offices. The department is responsible for the development and implementation of public service human resources in the country. Their functions include planning, development and management of all areas pertaining to human resources for the public sector, to ensure that Malaysia’s public agencies have the human capital and infrastructure to function at optimal efficiency and effectiveness. As the functions of the agency continue to expand in breadth and scope, in accordance with the demand for the public services in the country, their staff has steadily grown over the past years. And, similar to other organisations, an increase in personnel also means an increase in management challenges. Improving security with integrated access control By early 2015, this department had a total of 350 civil servants under its employ. Looking to upgrade its time and attendance system that was tied to a card-based access control system, they sought a new, innovative solution to provide a better user experience for its staff. According to the facility officer in government department of Malaysia, the old access control system had been in place since 2002, and it was a perfect time to upgrade based on current technological developments. “We’ve had a card-based access control system at our entrance for a while, one which has served us well since the requirements we had were very basic,” said the officer. “However, with new technology comes new ways for us to improve our system. It is time for us to embrace change.” Minimising security threats from lost cards Improving security was another goal this department wanted to accomplish with a new solution. With a card-based system, a misplaced access card could result in a security threat – anyone who picked up a lost card could gain access to the department. Also, due to their small form factor, the loss of cards often went unnoticed and was reported late. Thus, another requirement of the new access control system was that it had to minimise the possibility and magnitude of security threats from lost and misplaced cards. The department also wanted a solution that can be integrated into their HRMIS human resources portal The department also wanted a solution that can be integrated into their HRMIS human resources portal, so information about staff attendance and schedules could be viewed online under a unified platform. “In addition to improving the user experience, we also wanted to tie our previously siloed systems together to provide the management with better information about our staff’s time in and out of the office. This would allow us to have the complete picture of each staff member’s availability for better manpower allocation,” said this officer. HID Mobile Access control system The government department in Malaysia procured the services of Prymax Technologies Sdn Bhd, an HID Global partner that provides ICT system integration in the education, government and private sectors. After assessing HID Global’s products and solutions, they chose to deploy HID Mobile Access to enhance its access control system at their building’s entrance. The solution includes HID Mobile IDs and multiCLASS SE RP40 mobile enabled readers, as well as a VertX EVO V2000 reader interface and a network gateway controller. The deployment took less than three months. With more and more staff bringing and using their own smart devices to the office, this department embraced the BYOD trend fully through its new access control system. By deploying HID Mobile Access, the department enabled the staff to use their own mobile phones to replace cards for office access. Connected smart devices The multiCLASS SE RP40 mobile enabled card readers support Bluetooth and work with both iOS and Android devices, as well as a range of credential technologies. The readers are connected to the VertX EVO V2000 controller via a TCP/IP network wired with CAT6 cabling to processes all access control decisions in real-time. At the entrance, the staff member can conveniently tap their mobile device to the reader or use HID Global’s patented “Twist and Go” gesture technology, an option configurable by department’s IT staff. "The HID Mobile Access solution provides and exceeds the level of security we were looking for, while improving the convenience of our staff" The users’ HID Mobile IDs and access rights are provisioned over-the-air to end-user mobile devices via the intuitive HID Mobile Access Portal administration, and can be revoked remotely by the administrators in case the devices are lost or stolen. HID Mobile Access also communicates with their HRMIS portal and relays staff attendance data to the server. Their staff can now view and remark on attendance, as well as send records online through the portal. Integrated resource management solution “The majority of our staff welcomes the change, citing the convenience of using their own mobile phones to check in at work is a great improvement over carrying yet another card for this purpose. From the management perspective, using mobile devices to verify a staff member’s attendance ensures that we are getting the real attendance records, as it completely eliminates card skimming. Also, since reporting is done on a browser, the administrators can generate reports easily at any time,” said the facility officer. HID Mobile Access integration with HRMIS also means that management can view of all staff records on one platform, streamlining the evaluation and allocation of personnel for projects. This also provides management with unprecedented insights into staff productivity to identify highly productive workers. “Like any other government agency around the world, we take security very seriously. Hence, any solution we deploy has to fulfill a stringent set of requirements. The HID Mobile Access solution not only provides and exceeds the level of security we were looking for, but it also does so while improving the convenience of our staff members. We are very pleased with the results of this project,” said the officer.
The IVX, Inc. is a revolutionary technology startup founded by industry veterans from Cisco, Jupiter and Motorola. The company is dedicated to providing innovative, high performance, fully integrated solutions for the public safety sector that effectively manage collaboration among multiple agencies and improve crisis management response time. The IVX enables real-time surveillance data collection, synchronisation and collaboration across the private and public safety sectors. Public safety challenge In the wake of recent mass shootings and terror attacks on high profile cities, public safety is once again at the top of the agenda. The growing number of higher specification surveillance cameras and the huge amount of data they generate, combined with longer data retention periods and real-time response requirements, are pushing the boundaries of what traditional storage approaches can handle. With these market conditions building, The IVX set off to look for an alternative solution for video surveillance. From proprietary to open source to private and public cloud solutions, The IVX tried different approaches, but they failed to deliver the necessary performance and cost efficiency. Both NetApp and EMC solutions required expensive software licenses and would incur hardware and maintenance costs, while open source software lacked reliability, software manageability and support. Additionally, encryption and data security concerns are still inhibiting the widespread use of the public cloud for surveillance solutions. Promise solution at The IVX After testing and conducting proof of concept, The IVX concluded that Promise Technology’s purpose-built hyperconverged infrastructure – VSkyCube – was the only solution to meet all of their current needs while providing a path for the future. By using the VSky Cube software defined approach, The IVX can deploy and launch surveillance services with just a few clicks VSkyCube pre-integrates computing, storage, and networking into hyperconverged nodes, giving a pre-integrated and adaptable cluster with a unified pool of resources that can be deployed, adapted, scaled, and managed quickly and easily. It is specifically optimised for video surveillance workloads and brings the benefits of the hyper-scale datacentre to the market. By using the VSky Cube software defined approach, The IVX can deploy and launch surveillance services with just a few clicks. They also have the ability to manage, monitor, scale and adjust compute, storage and networking resources all in the same web interface with the centralised management software, VSkyView. As the number of cameras and the amount of video they capture continue to increase, the IVX can dynamically scale out to multiple PB for 24x7x365 intensive workloads without interruption, thanks to Promise’s software-defined cloud storage – VSkyStor. And, most importantly, all sensitive data is protected by RAID and RAIN. High resilience and high availability features prevent drive and server failure, making for uninterrupted video capture and access. Promise solution business benefits With 24/7 support from Promise Technology, The IVX has successfully delivered surveillance services through a virtual private cloud on top of VSkyCube. The IVX can now handle 250 TB of HD surveillance video data, and is enjoying a 20-40% reduction in budget that was previously going to things such as hardware and software licensing and operating costs.VSkyCube is the only enterprise-class surveillance infrastructure that delivers the highest levels of performance, resiliency and data protection, all without the cost, complexity and skills typically required by virtualised environments. Anson Chen, Vice Chairman and Co Founder of The IVX Inc. said: “VSkyCube is an advanced hyperconverged system with all of the enterprise storage features we need. It is a perfect fit for solution providers like us who need a reliable solution that can grow over time, and allow us to maximize budgets. Promise Technology delivered on everything they promised! The close collaboration and timely support from Promise’s global teams help us provide excellent service to our customers.”
SafeZone is fast, easy to implement, and alleviates the need to invest in additional physical security measures CriticalArc announced that its pioneering SafeZone personal protection and campus security system has been selected by Swansea University to boost 24/7 safety for its students and staff both on and off campus. Swansea University is the latest in a fast-growing list of UK higher education establishments to choose SafeZone, following its European launch in 2014. The university has more than 19,000 students, including many international students, studying on a range of courses from Engineering, Law and Criminology, Arts and Humanities, Science, Medical, Human and Health Science, and Business Management supported by just over 3,000 staff (includes academics). SafeZone campus security system SafeZone will be deployed at the two principal campuses, that is, the Singleton Park and the Bay Campuses, as well as 7 other sites frequented by students and staff in the Swansea Bay region, where it will offer enhanced protection for any staff and student when they are at risk or need urgent help. It will meet the need of the campus security teams to support an increasingly round-the-clock learning culture that offers safe 24/7 access to libraries, study hubs, and other facilities. A major benefit will be the creation of safe corridors between each campus, its halls of residence, and popular destinations such as the train and bus stations. Additional monitoring and response cover along these thoroughfares will offer extra protection for people walking alone late at night. SafeZone protection will also extend to designated areas off campus, for example, for individuals on field trips, research projects or international placements, anywhere in the world. Distributed command and control platform SafeZone will equip the University with a cost-effective, people-centred safety solution plus an effective distributed command and control platform for managing response and mass communication during small or large-scale emergencies. All staff and students will be able to download the free smartphone app that makes it easy for them to raise a location-based alert at the touch of a button, so eliminating potential language or communication barriers. "SafeZone will enhance our ability to respond appropriately to any event, whether it’s a call for first aid, fire alarm, or a major incident" Ideally suited to dispersed estates, SafeZone is fast and easy to implement, alleviating the need to invest in additional physical security measures such as help points. It will give Swansea University access to zero-cost, targeted mass notifications, privacy-compliant group management functionality and a host of features like lone worker check-in. These force-multiplier capabilities will significantly improve its ability to enable collaboration between security first responder and volunteers such as building wardens during critical incidents as well as improving the efficiency of everyday team operations. Integrated security strategy Darren Chalmers-Stevens, from CriticalArc said: “It is great to be working with Swansea University as our first Welsh University. The team at Swansea University share a similar vision for real time situational awareness to us and have a great vision for the solution to include collaborating with local authorities and private organisations alike for a smart city which is envisaged will lead to further safety and security initiatives that will benefit staff and students alike. We very much look forward to a close working relationship with Swansea University as an industry leader in this space.”Russ Huxtable, Head of Resilience & Business Continuity at Swansea University said: “We have implemented an integrated security strategy for our University in order to provide, as far as practicable, a secure and safe environment for those who use, study, or work at the university. We are always looking at innovative ways to further mitigate risk, enable rapid response readiness, and fulfil our duty of care. By complementing our existing health and safety measures, SafeZone will enhance our ability to respond appropriately to any event, whether it’s a call for first aid, fire alarm, or a major incident. Using SafeZone to ensure a consistent security approach across our campus locations and beyond will provide an extra level of protection to give all students and staff added peace of mind.” SafeZone went live at Swansea University in September 2016, initial reaction to the service is extremely positive matched by a strong continuous uptake for the scheme which is only expected to increase further when the new University term begins in September 2017.
HID Global’s improved card quality and security for licences decreased counterfeit IDs in Bhutan HID Global, a worldwide leader in secure identity solutions, announced that its industry-leading FARGO HDP5000 printing and encoding solution has been selected by the Road Safety and Transport Authority (RSTA) of Bhutan, the government agency responsible for printing and issuing driver’s licences, to meet the high-volume in driver’s licence issuance demand for the country’s growing population of road users. The new solution allows the RSTA to quickly print more secure and durable driver’s licenses, lowering the total cost of ownership while meeting the country’s need for more secure ID cards. Established in 1997, the RSTA is responsible for all vehicle registration and driver license issuance throughout Bhutan, as well as numerous other services for private and commercial motor vehicles. Efficient printing solution “We needed a more efficient printing solution that did not compromise security, durability and image quality,” said Tshering Nidup, ICT Officer at RSTA. “Since the driver licences are also used as citizen identification, it is critical for the ID card to be highly secure and resistant to cloning or counterfeiting.” Bhutan previously experienced high rates of ID cloning since its licences lacked the necessary security features to prevent tampering. Additionally, Bhutan has undergone significant economic development and modernisation that has led to an increase in new drivers, and the RSTA’s previous printing process was inefficient and created a backlog of printing requests. The RSTA was also dependent on a system that required different vendors for replacing cards, overlaminates and other printer consumables. "Ensuring citizens carryauthentic identification isone of the most fundamentalpublic security measures acountry can have" Improved tamper-proof licence quality HID Global’s FARGO HDP5000 produces Bhutan driver’s licences that are now resistant to wear, tear and tampering, offering greater security using its High Definition Printing™ (HDP) and reverse transfer capabilities. By printing a reverse image on the underside of HDP Film and fusing the film to the card surface, the HDP5000 creates an image that looks like a sharp glossy photo versus an ordinary ID badge to improve the quality and lifespan of the card image. Additionally, the new driver’s licences feature 3-D backgrounds and hidden images, which have resulted in a decline of incidents involving counterfeit IDs according to local law enforcement. “Ensuring citizens carry authentic identification is one of the most fundamental public security measures a country can have,” said Weijin Lee, Regional Director of Secure Issuance, Asia Pacific with HID Global. “HID Global’s world-class card personalisation solutions are designed to meet the need for secure, fraud-resistant IDs that help customers combat counterfeit identification cards, while also addressing the high-volume issuance requirements of RSTA and other government agencies around the world.” Streamlined resupplying process The RSTA deployed 22 printers in total, five printers/encoders in their regional offices and 17 in their district offices across the country to streamline and improve its licence issuance operations. Since the initial deployment, the RSTA has issued approximately 40,000 driver’s licences contributing to reduced wait times for new or replacement driver licences. Using HID Global’s printing solution allows the RSTA to now procure all printing consumables from one single source for a more streamlined resupplying process instead of relying on multiple vendors to produce driver’s licences. Save Save
Videalert’s mobile vehicle features a roof-mounted Pan/Tilt/Zoom camera with 2 cameras capturing ANPR Southampton City Council has taken delivery of a new Videalert mobile enforcement vehicle. This multi-purpose vehicle supports multiple traffic enforcement and community safety applications simultaneously and will be used in conjunction with Videalert’s hosted Digital Video Platform that was recently installed as part of a project to introduce CCTV enforcement of bus lanes in key areas of the city. Enhancing community safety According to John Harvey, Highway Manager at Southampton City Council, “This new vehicle is easy and cost effective to deploy as it integrates with our existing Videalert enforcement infrastructure. It will be used strategically across the city to enforce a range of parking contraventions and to enhance community safety”. The vehicle will patrol the city targeting vehicles that stop unlawfully on the keep clears outside schools in response to complaints and concerns raised by parents and teachers whose children are being put at risk by irresponsible parking. It will also be used to enforce illegal parking at bus stops which causes unnecessary delays for other road users and potentially puts people at risk. Innovative mobile enforcement solution The Videalert mobile enforcement vehicle has been procured through Balfour Beatty Living Places which has a ten-year contract to manage all highway infrastructure assets on behalf of Southampton City Council. According to Brian Hammersley, Contract Manager at Balfour Beatty Living Places, “This innovative mobile solution shows how quick and easy it is to expand Southampton’s existing enforcement activities using Videalert’s Digital Video Platform.” "This innovative mobile solution shows how quick and easy it is to expand Southampton’s existing enforcement activities using Videalert’s Digital Video Platform" This innovative mobile enforcement vehicle features a roof-mounted Pan/Tilt/Zoom camera and two roof mounted cameras that provide ANPR and colour image capture for evidence collection. Evidence packs will be downloaded from a USB for access and review by trained council operators prior to sending confirmed offences to the back office processing system for the issuance of PCNs. Three click process to review evidence packs Videalert provides a quick and easy three click process to review evidence packs and produce PCNs. The packs are automatically created including still images and video footage comprising contextual information and close-ups of appropriate signage in the vicinity of the offence. Operators just have to validate number plates before exporting complete evidence packs to the back office PCN processing system. “Videalert’s hosted Digital Video Platform shows that it can deliver significant benefits to councils by enabling them to quickly extend enforcement to other areas without having to make further investment in IT infrastructure. This enables councils to achieve the highest productivity and the lowest operating cost to derive maximum benefit from available budgets,” added Tim Daniels, Sales and Marketing Director of Videalert. “With the introduction of this new vehicle, Videalert is now the UK’s only supplier with the ability to provide the full suite of CCTV traffic and parking enforcement solutions comprising attended, unattended and mobile using the same intelligent platform.” Save