Seagate Technology plc, a provider of data storage solutions, and IBM announces they are working together to reduce product counterfeiting using blockchain and security technologies. The project, which is designed to help manufacturers, integrators, and business partners fight counterfeit hard drives, uses the IBM Blockchain Platform to authenticate the provenance of disk drive products, bringing a new level of multi-layered security protection to the data management industry. According to the...
Genetec Inc., a technology provider of unified security, public safety, operations, and business intelligence solutions, announced its plans for Smart City Expo World Congress 2018, taking place at Gran Via Venue, Barcelona from 13-15 November 2018. Genetec will be present at Smart City Expo at six locations around the show floor including technology partner booths with Axis Communications, Bouygues Energies & Services, Microsoft, Schréder and IoT.ATL; as well as in the USA Pavilion...
Following the latest budget, which highlighted increased funding for terrorism prevention despite recent cut backs in other areas of police funding, the Small Business Network (SBN) of professional security companies has highlighted an opportunity for the private security industry to support public services. “Whilst the budget saw extra money for the prevention of terrorism, the selling off of other police assets and the reduction in officers on the street has made life difficult when it...
Hikvision, the global supplier of innovative video surveillance products and solutions, exhibited the latest AI products and technologies at 2018 Security China. More than 1,000 organisations participated in the exhibition which attracted a diverse audience of global distributors, integrators, IT professionals, technology enthusiasts and consumers to join the conversations about solutions around AI, intelligent security, cloud and other mega trends. At the show, Hikvision announced the release...
People and vehicle access control specialist Nortech is now offering elegant stainless steel bollards to house the Nedap ANPR cameras. The SSP-ANPR and SSDP-ANPR stainless steel posts by Nortech are each designed to house either a Nedap ANPR Access or a Nedap ANPR Access-HD camera in an attractive roadside post/bollard. The SSDP-ANPR is a dual height post that includes integral traffic signals. Extensive experience The ANPR camera is mounted at the ideal height (585mm to lens) for reading sta...
In 1901 New York state made a pioneering regulation move and became the first US state to require automobile owners to register their vehicles. This marked the beginning of regulation on modern traffic, which - following decades of development - resulted in a multi-layer concept of regulation relating to vehicles and driver’s licenses, traffic signs and insurance mechanisms that we are all familiar with nowadays. While certain parallels can be drawn between the early days of cars and our...
Soliton Systems has been named as the winner of the Airbus Critical Apps Challenge Belgium at the recent Astrid event in Brussels. With their new Zao Android App, Soliton has developed an encrypted live streaming video app that can operate on the new Airbus Tactilon Dabat device. Airbus is a pioneer in aeronautics, space and related services with their Defence and Space group as innovators in providing secure communication devices for government agencies that include emergency services. The Tactilon Dabat device is the latest innovation for emergency services in that it combines a traditional TETRA radio used by emergency services, with a ruggedised smartphone that can use 4G for a variety of related data-enabled applications. Emergency service workers Jacques Brancart, who is the Managing Director for the Proximus-Airbus consortium, explains further “As we developed the Tactilon Dabat device, we were keen to work with partners who specialise in apps that can be utilised by emergency service workers to make their jobs more efficient and safer.” A law enforcement officer need not require many different gadgets if they can be all integrated into one tool" “As we see in the corporate world that the Smartphone has become the standard for everyday business apps, we also have the same vision for the communication device used by emergency workers - it should not be restricted to only voice communications. As an example, a law enforcement officer need not require many different gadgets if they can be all integrated into one tool.” Live video streaming Brancart continued “We decided upon the Critical App Challenge in Belgium to open up the floor to all our partners to showcase an app that would benefit emergency services. We had a very large response to the competition with a shortlist of 5 that were selected to exhibit at the recent Astrid event in Brussels. The final winner was selected by the end user attendees at the show voting on their favourite app. We were delighted to announce Soliton as the winner with their encrypted live streaming app.” The 7th edition of the ASTRID User Days, held in Brussels on 3 and 4 October 2018, was a seminar and exhibition for public safety and security agencies with over 1500 people attending. ASTRID manages the voice and data communication network for all emergency and security services in Belgium. The Zao Android App was developed by Soliton Systems to enable high quality and reliable encrypted live video streaming from both the integrated cameras on Tactilon Dabat device, even when there is low signal strength or congestion caused by many users. Live evidence gathering These VMS systems are typically deployed in command and control centres and use a standard called ONVIF that we are compliant with" Shinya Hyakutake, Senior VP of Mobil Broadcasting from Soliton Systems said “The app is very simple to use but it has a lot of rich features under the cover. We are both encrypting and compressing the video using the latest video compression of H.265 with the ability to quickly live stream to existing video management systems.” “These VMS systems are typically deployed in command and control centres and use a standard called ONVIF that we are compliant with. We have an innovative road map going forward and ultimately we see the ability for this app to both enhance and replace body worn cameras that are currently in use.” Video streaming for emergency services can provide a rich source of information for many different applications from live evidence gathering, facial recognition, GPS location, covert operations, special operations, public safety, resource planning, emergency first aid and mobile surveillance. The other four shortlisted finalists for the critical app challenge was United Biometrics, Steerpath, NSION-Core and BIG.
Britain is one of the most surveilled nation in the world even though it is home to just one percent of the world’s population. To support its developing infrastructure, CCTV bearing supplier SMB Bearings, helped the market leader of network cameras, with a common CCTV camera issue — bearing outgassing. The world's first network camera was manufactured back in 1996. It revolutionised the industry, transforming video surveillance from analogue to digital. However, an effective camera network relies fundamentally on the visibility and precision of the individual cameras, and the expert engineering that goes into designing them. Network CCTV camera system If a network of cameras cannot capture clear images, the entire installation loses its value. That said, ensuring visibility is not entirely reliant on the quality of the lens and the positioning of the camera itself. Choosing the correct internal components, such as bearings, plays a huge part in this. Choosing the right bearings for CCTV applications addresses a two-part problem Choosing the right bearings for CCTV applications addresses a two-part problem. Firstly, is the need for smooth, predictable and accurate camera movements, in perfect calibration with the instructions from the operator or sensor software. This is dependent on using bearings with the right frictional coefficient, based on grease level, bearing material and lubrication type. Lubrication outgassing in CCTV bearings The second problem that needs to be addressed is lubrication outgassing. Heat is generated within the bearings during operation causing the lubrication inside the bearing to warm up. A small amount of this lubrication can escape from the bearing in a gaseous state over time, meaning oils and greases that were once confined to the bearing, enter the external environment. This isn't an issue for many applications, but in CCTV, cleanroom or vacuum applications, it can have disastrous consequences. Outgassing, in the application of CCTV cameras, has detrimental effects on image quality. The escaped gas causes condensation on the camera lens meaning effective video footage isn't recorded — often, the image is completely obscured. CCTV footage clarity and recording efficiency Imagine a CCTV manufacturer found that, when in use, its cameras failed to capture the clear, high-quality footage. Not only would this require an investigation into the cause of the problem but could result in costly reengineering of the product itself. In this instance, the manufacturer may have discovered that the lubricant in the bearings dispelled oil vapour when in operation, resulting in substandard and unclear footage. But, how can a manufacturer resolve this issue? Rather than trying to fix the symptom, manufacturers must address the root cause — the bearings and their lubrication. Thin section ball bearings aid in accurate camera movements To avoid outgassing, the manufacturer should choose thin section ball bearings, pre-lubricated with low outgassing bearing grease To avoid outgassing, the manufacturer should choose thin section ball bearings, pre-lubricated with low outgassing bearing grease, in accordance with the size specifications. The thin section bearings facilitate precise and accurate camera movements. When equipped with low outgassing per-fluorinated grease, the combination prevents the fogging caused by outgassing. For engineers that already use precision bearings, it may be that just the lubrication that needs addressing. In cases like this, buying entirely new bearings isn’t necessary. Relubrication services are available, to clean out existing lubrication, and refill the bearings with lubrication that is fit for purpose. SMB Bearings has in-house relubrication facilities, and even carry out the service for small batches. Britain, a nation under 24/7 constant surveillance Britain is a nation under surveillance, with one CCTV camera per eleven residents. CCTV cameras are often designed to be used 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and producing unclear images simply is not an option if the priority is to keep the nation safe.
For over a century, IEEE's mission has been to advance technology for the benefit of humanity. As the world’s largest technical professional organisation, IEEE’s global community includes over 420,000 members in engineering, computing and technology, collaborating on communications, consumer electronics, robotics, sustainable energy, aerospace, life sciences, and many other critical initiatives. Dave George felicitated with IEEE Life Membership Dave George has been an active IEEE member for over 40 years As the Chief Technologist behind Pryme Radio’s communications innovations, Dave George has been an active IEEE member for over 40 years. Recently, Mr. George was honoured with IEEE Life Membership, a top echelon designation reserved only for those individuals demonstrating long-standing leadership, dedication, and who have made a significant impact on the development of technology. “I’m grateful for IEEE’s recognition, but it’s my job to find ways to better the lives and professions of Pryme’s customers through communications,” said George. “The fact that technologies have become ever more exotic and exciting is a bonus.” Never comfortable tooting his own horn, George’s demure demeanor belies the important role he’s played in moving the communication industry forward. In fact, George credits IEEE as being his primary source for leading edge electronic science data, which often help lead him to develop ground-breaking new products at Pryme. Pryme's future product line in sync with IoT George is a regional member of the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc), Robotics & Automation Society (RAS), Intelligent Transportation Systems Society (ITS), and the Vehicular Technology Society (VTS.) His involvement has given rise to future product developments at Pryme that support emerging networks such as IoT, mesh, 5G, soon to be 6G, as well as intelligent vehicle to vehicle communications. George may shy away from the spotlight, but he is fearless when it comes to entering unexplored technological territories. The reward Dave George reveres most is creating products that make a difference. George’s philosophy mirrors the IEEE’s mission and is also reflected in Pryme’s guiding principle — Invent communications technologies that benefit public safety, security, government, education, transit, utilities, construction, manufacturing, retail, hospitality, field services, facilities, healthcare, professionals and humanity as a whole.
The 14th China International Exhibition on Public Safety and Security 2018 (Security China 2018) kicked off at the China International Exhibition Center in Beijing. Dahua Technology presented its theme, ‘Dahua Heart of City (HOC)’, thoroughly displaying various vertical industry solutions supported by its new smart city framework such as Smart Policing, Smart Traffic, Smart Fire Control, Smart Manufacturing, and Smart Retail. All these solutions are based on the integration of its newest innovations in artificial intelligence, deep learning, cloud computing, IoT, and other cutting-edge technologies With vigorous smart city construction all over the world, Dahua Technology has released its ‘Dahua Heart of City (HOC)’, which is a smart city development engine supported by ‘Full Sensing, Full Intelligence, Full Computing, and Full Ecosystem’. The HOC achieves the construction of a ‘1 Platform, 2 Centers, N-Applications’ new smart city framework for city, industry, and consumer level markets to meet the needs of city management, industry applications, and consumers. HOC Smart Policing and Traffic Solutions The Dahua HOC Smart Traffic Solution is centred round the core of ‘Improve traffic efficiency, and safeguards road safety’The Dahua HOC Smart Policing Solution satisfies the work flow and needs of public security departments, tapping the potential of big data resources to build a new AI-driven ‘Smart Policing’ model, driving front-line teams to operate accurately, efficiently, and intelligently. By employing this solution, Dahua Technology assisted the Hangzhou Jianggan Police in building a national model project for smart policing. The Dahua HOC Smart Traffic Solution is centred round the core of ‘Improve traffic efficiency, and safeguards road safety’. The solution employs a traffic big data platform, AI series cameras, traffic operation centre, and three-dimensional AR command scheme to consistently create value for customers. Public Safety and Fire Control Solutions The Dahua HOC Public Safety Solution fully demonstrates its core strategy of ‘Full Coverage, Full Sensing, Full Connectivity, and Full Intelligence’. During the exhibition, Dahua Technology showcased its Safe Community Solution, which relies on residential community management platforms to provide a ‘smart network’ that offers precise management of personnel, vehicles, housing units, and events, serving communities, property management, and house owners. Dahua Technology’s Smart Fire Control solutions have brought far-reaching benefits to the intelligentisation of the industry The Dahua HOC Smart Fire Control Solution realises the top-level planning and detailed designing of smart fire control layouts for house units, streets, districts, counties, and entire cities. It is worth mentioning that the fire control products the company displayed at the exhibition are all developed in-house with high quality, appealing design and complete certifications, suitable for diverse application scenarios. Dahua Technology’s Smart Fire Control solutions have brought far-reaching benefits to the intelligentisation of the industry. AI Series Perimeter Protection Cameras In the most popular area - artificial intelligence - of the stand, Dahua Technology displayed its intelligent algorithms which enhance the company’s competitiveness in the field of AI. In addition, it integrates the advantages of its products, solutions, platforms, and algorithms to build its smart AI system. The area of face recognition, which provides optimal match according to various customers, scenarios, and project scales, exhibited its AI Series Perimeter Protection Cameras which fully employ AI and possess powerful face snapshot and real-time analysis capabilities. The video structuring areas featured AI cameras which have the ability of analysing human faces, vehicles, non-motor vehicles, and feature attributes simultaneously, effectively improving the capability of objects capturing and metadata collection. The Smart Perimeter Solution, empowered by smart technologies, engages in the effective screening of things that cause false alarms such as animals and swaying trees, realising precise alarm alerts. X80 Face Recognition Server The Dahua AI Series Intelligent NVR realises the transition from traditional to smart video applicationsThe Dahua AI Series Intelligent NVR realises the transition from traditional to smart video applications. It also includes the universal DSS7016 platform which integrates intelligence, platforms, and storage to significantly improve the flexibility and convenience of deployment. This year, Dahua Technology also launched its X80 Face Recognition Server, which is an ultra-large-scale analysis platform that supports a 1.6 billion face image database and 20 billion comparisons per second. This product achieves on-demand computing power allocation, rapid & central deployment, and effective use of energy consumption and installation space, suitable for large-scale policing, traffic management, and public safety projects. In addition to displaying its full AI series products, Dahua Technology also presented thermal series, 64MP multi-sensor Panoramic Network Camera + PTZ Camera series, multi-sensor panoramic camera series, full-colour series cameras, HDCVI 5.0 products, and other smart video monitoring solutions. In addition, the company also debuted next-generation cutting-edge smart video IoT products and technologies including drone, fire control, smoke exhaust, warehousing, and smart patrol robots. The application of these products across various industries received broad attention from exhibition guests. K8 AI Face Recognition Smart Lock On display were Imou’s intelligent products, including K8 AI Face Recognition Smart Lock, Active Deterrence CameraAs Dahua Technology’s consumer IoT brand, Imou took the stage with its newly unveiled brand image. On display were Imou’s intelligent products, including K8 AI Face Recognition Smart Lock, Active Deterrence Camera, Pan & Tilt Smart Camera, 720° Panoramic Camera, and other smart solutions, conveying the concept of ‘Enjoy Smart Life’, and enabling global users to enjoy safer, freer, and happier lifestyles with the support of smart technologies. During the exhibition, the Dahua Heart of City (HOC) Sub Forums began with great enthusiasm. During the forum, Dahua Technology presented its advanced products and case studies to share its ‘4-Full’- supported solutions including Dahua HOC Smart Policing, Dahua HOC Smart Traffic, Dahua HOC Smart Park, and Dahua HOC Smart Retail, receiving rave reviews from the audience. Accelerating IT transformation of policing Smart Policing Sub Forum: The Dahua Smart Policing Solution employs ‘online object capturing, online data computing, and online command’ as its top-level planning and ‘scene, standard, and case oriented’ as its detailed designing principal to actively match with the policing work flow, solve its pain points and control overall investment, accelerating the IT transformation of policing. Smart Traffic Sub Forum: The Dahua HOC Smart Traffic Solution makes use of a ‘full sensing, precise computing, and action plan’ as its top-level planning and design principal, as well as ‘scene, standard, and case oriented’ as the guideline to its detailed designing in order to create a new model, new system, and new status-quo for smart city traffic. Face recognition and smart conferencing The Dahua HOC Smart Industrial Park Solution integrates face recognition access and smart conferencing products and solutions Smart Industrial Park Sub Forum: The Dahua HOC Smart Industrial Park Solution integrates face recognition access and smart conferencing products and solutions to effectively solve the problems of monitoring people, vehicles, objects, and environments within office building, commercial complexes, manufacturing facilities, and residential areas, building a safe, convenient, comfortable, efficient, and green industrial park environment for all. Smart Retail Sub Forum: Dahua Public Cloud series solutions use offline sensing to gather data insights from personnel, goods, and scenes to connect ‘data islands’ for each offline scene, integrating these islands onto a cloud-based ‘data brain’, which provides powerful data-based support for the R&D, manufacturing, sales & marketing of each product as well as for overall store management. As a video-centric smart IoT solution and service provider, Dahua Technology will continue to focus on technological innovation, in-depth industry insights, and technology trends to bring end-to-end solutions and true values for our global customers.
Global MSC Security reveales that the Surveillance Camera Commissioner (SCC) for England and Wales, Tony Porter MSyl, will present ‘Delivering the National Surveillance Camera Strategy’, at the 20th annual Global MSC Security Conference and Exhibition 2018, which is taking place at the Bristol Hotel in Bristol city centre on Tuesday 13th November 2018. The National Surveillance Camera Strategy for England and Wales was launched in March 2017 to develop a holistic approach to raising standards and compliance, with legal obligations in line with the 12 guiding principles of the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice. National surveillance camera strategy Mr Porter will use his keynote address to highlight the successes and challenges since implementing the strategy. He will also discuss what the future may hold for surveillance cameras including automatic facial recognition, CCTV, body worn video, automatic number plate recognition, vehicle borne cameras and unmanned aerial vehicles. In addition, the Global MSC Security Conference and Exhibition 2018 will also see the launch the SCC’s updated self-assessment tool, data protection impact assessment (DPIA) and passport to compliance. Tony Porter was appointed Surveillance Camera Commissioner by the Home Secretary in March 2014, with a remit to encourage compliance with the surveillance camera code of practice and review how the code is working. He also provides advice to ministers on whether or not the code needs amending, as well as advising and informing the public and system operators about the effective, appropriate, proportionate and transparent use of surveillance camera systems. The Global MSC Security Conference & Exhibition 2018 is free-to-attend for all delegates, who will receive double CPD points from the Security Institute for attending the conference programme.
Police Crime Prevention Initiatives (PCPI) has become the accreditation body for Business Crime Reduction Partnerships (BCRPs), which seek to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in towns and cities around the country. Working closely with Police and Local Authorities, BCRPs bring businesses together to make their communities safer and to combat the adverse impact on profitability caused by crime and the fear of crime. BCRPs share intelligence to deter and prevent crimes like shoplifting and theft through violence and disorder to create safer shopping and business environments for both the day and night-time economies. PCPI, which is often referred to by its most successful crime prevention initiative, Secured by Design, will be accrediting BCRPs on a set of standards owned by the National Business Crime Centre (NBCC). Recognising good practice and professionalism The standards include good management practices and procedures such as membership agreements, data securityThe standards have been created over the last 18 months by a group of industry professionals led by Martin Blackwell, former Chief Executive Officer, of the Association of Town and City Management, and including representatives from the NBCC, leading staff from the BCRP sector and business. The aim of the BCRP accreditation process is to recognise good practice and professionalism to ensure they are functioning in an ethical manner and within the law, specifically checks to ensure compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation. The standards include good management practices and procedures such as membership agreements, data security and compliance with current legislation. It includes having robust information for members and partner organisations that is up to date as well as making it easily accessible 24/7. For some BCRPs, the standards will include the use of CCTV and radio links with members. Data sharing to reduce criminal activity It is expected that accreditation will enhance the level of partnership working nationally and encourage continued, significant, national business investment in BCRPs. In addition, the intention is that it will provide reassurance to Police Forces that data shared with BCRP partner organisations will be utilised in a responsible manner to reduce criminal activity. Jon Cole, PCPI Chief Operating Officer, said: “We want BCRPs and their businesses, including their management and employees, to feel confident and empowered to take action to work with Police Forces and Local Authorities to make their local communities safer and stronger.” The standards provide a solid starting point and we intend to review them regularly to ensure that they remain fit for purpose" Georgina Barnard, NBCC Operational Lead, said: “The standards provide a solid starting point and we intend to review them regularly to ensure that they remain fit for purpose.” “We want to promote better and more consistent working between Police Forces and their local BCRPs. By demonstrating that accredited partnerships meet the national standard, we will give Police Forces the confidence to ‘dare to share’ information and act on the information they receive from BCRPs to promote collaborative working.” Making local communities safer BCRPs are subscription-based, business-led, non-profit making action groups, often associated with Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), working with Police Forces and Local Authorities to gather intelligence and share information to tackle crime and disorder affecting businesses from multi-chain retailers and small independent shops through to pubs and restaurants and nightclubs. There are believed to be approximately 400 BCRPs operating in the UK. They seek to make their local communities safer places to live, work and visit. BCRPs are encouraged to contact one of the two Assessing Organisations working with the NBCC that have been authorised to carry out assessments leading to accreditation. They are the National Association of Business Crime Partnerships and Revive & Thrive.
Unlike private sectors, the government-run offices or buildings are the places where people constantly visit for specific purposes, making these official institutions easily become a target for tempted malicious attack by people who might possess strong and negative emotions toward the governments. Despite the fact that these buildings are often guarded with more security staff with arms, it is even more than necessary to set up a solid surveillance system to proactively safeguard the public and its assets. Surveon provides government solutions with product lines including weatherproof cameras with excellent image quality, patent RAID NVRs with spare drive protection, and feature-rich VMS with post VA search. These powerful solutions enable the governments to protect people from most of the threats. Weatherproof cameras with smart WDR Surveon cameras secure the outer spaces of government building with IK10 vandal proof and IP66-rated weatherproof housingTo build a reliable security system for governments, SIs might encounter some challenges such as harsh outdoor conditions and data protection of recorded video. Under these circumstances, Surveon cameras secure the outer spaces of government building like parking lot with IK10 vandal proof and IP66-rated weatherproof housing, giving partners the most reliable outdoor-use option. Moreover, all of Surveon cameras provide excellent image quality with smart WDR, allowing the security guards to recognise crucial details such as license plates even under lighting contrast and prevent any suspicious vehicle from entering. Patent RAID NVR with data protection To avoid the loss of confidential data from surveillance system, the data protection of recorded video is particularly important in terms of planning for government security. Featuring patent RAID function with spare drive data protection, Surveon NVRs provide reliable performance with zero video loss. Featuring patent RAID function with spare drive data protection, Surveon NVRs provide reliable performance with zero video lossBesides, its client-server architecture can offer high I/O, large capacities, and overall system stability. To quickly identify useful information and relative footage from hundreds of hours of video recording, Surveon designs Post VA Search, an efficient management tool, reducing the time and efforts of management staff, making the surveillance system more efficient. Enhancing security system Surveon government solutions have been successfully safeguarded the customs building in Bolivia, the post offices in Cairo, and the border checkpoint in Turkey. “Surveon provides the best C/P value solutions for the customs and improves its whole security system with high-reliability products. We are satisfied with the result and I’m sure we will keep choosing Surveon’s solutions in the future projects,” said VisionLine, Surveon’s major partner in Bolivia. Surveon is dedicated to offering a variety of end-to-end video surveillance solutions catering to different vertical applications, giving partners reliable options for their projects.
The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge relies on customised security solutions from Bosch to ensure safe operations. The world’s largest sea-crossing bridge was opened by Chinese officials late October 2018. Spanning 55 kilometres in length, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge directly connects Hong Kong to Macao and then to the Chinese city of Zhuhai for the first time. At a total cost of USD 20 billion, it is a major boost for China’s Greater Bay Area, an emerging industrial and technological hotbed that is home to 68 million people and a showcase project for Bosch Building Technologies. Equipping critical infrastructures The large-scale project was built over the course of eight years using 400,000 tons of steel and includes underwater tunnels and two artificial islands that serve as customs ports. Ensuring the security of these two islands, where drivers need to present special permits to use the new bridge and pass customs checkpoints, was a priority from the start. Bosch Building Technologies won the contract to provide the artificial islands with video surveillance, intrusion alarms With a proven track record of equipping critical infrastructures such as airports, hotels, commercial buildings and underground metros, Bosch Building Technologies won the contract to provide the artificial islands with video surveillance, intrusion alarms, as well as public address and voice evacuation systems. On the island between Zhuhai and Macao, the Bosch partner Shanghai SAGA Electronic Technology Co., Ltd. installed more than 5,700 Bosch loudspeakers and over 260 amplifiers which are all managed via the PRAESIDEO Digital Public Address and Emergency Sound system. Custom-ordering solutions Fulfilling a key customer request, the installation incorporates 15 different models of ceiling, wall mount, and line array speakers to blend in with the facility’s modern interior. Furthermore, Bosch was able to match Macao’s local standards by custom-ordering solutions with British power cord, programmed with graphic interfaces in traditional Chinese lettering. On the island outside of Hong Kong, which is home to a customs clearance port, Bosch partner Pro-United Co., Ltd. installed 2,200 public address speakers of various models, including outdoor speakers for the travel inspection building. Experts also adjusted 200 vari-directional array loudspeakers to balance sound variations from different building materials. Live voice announcements “The Bosch technical team and partners used professional software to simulate the sound pressure level of a specific area and comprehensively simulate the entire project to ensure that the selected products can meet the requirements of different areas in the actual application,” said Lin Lizhi, Bosch Building Technologies. Bosch also covered the island with more than 2,000 HD cameras including the FLEXIDOME, DINION, and AUTODOME series. The PRAESIDEO systems on both islands enable security staff to broadcast live voice announcements via security call points Monitored from a security control center on the Hong Kong-side of the island, these cameras support 24/7 surveillance of the customs clearance port, travel inspection building, Immigration Department and Hong Kong Customs Office. The PRAESIDEO systems on both islands enable security staff to broadcast live voice announcements via security call points, while multiple sets of intrusion alarm systems protect personnel and property. Broad customisation options “We added the supporting intelligent call station PRAESIDEO, which is usually used for airport projects, in order to ensure that the staff can directly perform voice broadcasts throughout the call station during operation, thus making the security management more convenient,” said Wang Yiping, Deputy General Manager of Shanghai SAGA Electronic Technology Co., Ltd. The high-profile infrastructure project highlights the flexibility and broad customisation options offered by Bosch Building Technologies as a one-stop solutions provider. Now that it is fully operational, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge is already considered a key asset in the Greater Bay Area, also known as ‘China’s Silicon Valley’. The bridge reduces the travel time between Zhuhai and Hong Kong from four hours to a mere 30 minutes. It also creates a new gateway for travellers between vital transportation hubs such as Shenzhen and Hong Kong airports with the integrated Bosch security solutions ensuring a safe passage.
Maxxess, the innovative security management and communications solutions, partnered with the Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD) to deploy a powerful new security and operations solution that leverages the power of smart mobile devices to maintain comprehensive communications and emergency management operations. Maxxess Ambit, which provides private, two-way, managed messaging and intel on a more personal and intuitive level, received its first wide-scale test during the SAUSD’s annual earthquake preparedness drill called the Great Southern California ShakeOut. SAUSD used Maxxess Ambit as their primary communications solution during the Great Southern California ShakeOut drill “The 2018 Great Shakeout drill was more realistic than in years past,” said Camille Boden, Executive Director or Risk Management for the Santa Ana Unified School District. She further added, “With Maxxess Ambit, our Emergency Operation Center (EOC) was able to receive simulated eyewitness accounts and requests for assistance from multiple staff members at schools across the District. The information with GPS locations provided by Maxxess Ambit came into the EOC rapidly, providing first responders with the specific details they would need if we really had experienced a disaster. The drill tempo was accelerated and provided real-world insight as to what the District could possibly experience in the event of a massive earthquake.” Maxxess Ambit’s “see it, say it” SAUSD used Maxxess Ambit as their primary communications solution during the Great Southern California ShakeOut drill. Maxxess Ambit’s “see it, say it” application kept SAUSD’s EOC fully informed of missing people, dangerous situations, property damage and more during the emergency simulation. This allowed the EOC’s staff to instantly generate various reports and assign the appropriate personnel to respond. One report that came in during the drill was from a school needing to be evacuated, which was immediately assigned to SAUSD’s logistics personnel. Logistics then called the school transportation service and directed them to the correct pick-up spots. The EOC at SAUSD not only took action on reports that came in but was able to anticipate issues resulting from the information collected with Maxxess Ambit. All EOC’s actions were captured for reporting and future audits within Maxxess Ambit. Mass notification During an earthquake scenario, Maxxess Ambit can broadcast a mass notification that will be sent to all users of an organisation During an earthquake scenario, Maxxess Ambit can broadcast a mass notification that will be sent to all users of the organisation, by site, by department or even by selected user groups. This allows emergency personnel to quickly monitor staff status, communicate with staff members using an organised interface, and help first responders act efficiently. As end users respond to the mass alert broadcast, a geo-tag is placed on a map to correspond with each mobile user’s location. Unlike systems that handle only one aspect of communications like a mass texting tool, Maxxess Ambit also addresses longstanding security challenges by transforming the way organisations operate on a daily basis. In a school environment, for example, a staff member can activate a duress report via Maxxess Ambit in the event a meeting is becoming emotional or tense. Real-time chat session The report would appear on the mobile devices of the school’s security team, enabling a real-time chat session while continuously tracking the staff member’s location. This unique combination of features empowers total awareness by making administrators, teachers, staff and students an integral part of the security solution. Maxxess Ambit is a cloud-based solution that does not require a capital investment in any hardware or servers and is deployed like a mobile app with all information logged into the system for compliance and audit purposes.
IDF Aluminium has installed transom closers and latch locks from Alpro Architectural Hardware at a building that provides premium co-working and flexible office space in central London near Victoria Station. Thomas House in Eccleston Square is a seven-storey structure with a facade in Regency style and a distinctive timber-clad reception that leads to two wings. It has collaborative drop-in work areas, meeting rooms and facilities to suit present-day practices. The building has been refurbished for The Office Group who pioneered shared workspaces in Britain and now offers these services across multiple London locations as well as Bristol and Leeds. Hydraulic door controls The Alpro transom closers are a means of hydraulically controlling the opening and closing of aluminium doors The Alpro transom closers are a means of hydraulically controlling the opening and closing of aluminium doors. They allow precise adjustment of the latching and closing force generated by the valve according to the weight and height of individual doors as well as type of usage. Aesthetics are a major consideration for The Office Group who briefed Soda Studio, an architectural practice known for its clean simple interiors, to create a design in keeping with the neighbouring Georgian squares. In addition to the working facilities, Thomas House has a library, music room, roof terrace and gymnasium. It is named after the early nineteenth-century architect Thomas Cubitt who created much of the surrounding area and also designed the eastern front of Buckingham Palace. Preserving interior geometry Fabricator IDF devised a solution featuring tailored SBD aluminium profiles from Jack Aluminium Systems, bespoke glazing, internal screens and the Alpro door management. The Alpro products include Europrofile cylinder deadlatches which can be combined with electric strikes to provide the added option of remote access control. All of The Office Group premises are design-led, and we have now supplied equipment to five of their sites including Henry Wood House" Peter Keen, sales director at Alpro, said: “Installing transom closers on internal doors is unusual but the concealed nature of these closers, within the transom header bar, means they are unobtrusive and meet the architect’s goal of preserving interior geometry.” He continued: “All of The Office Group premises are design-led, and we have now supplied equipment to five of their sites including Henry Wood House, a former BBC building in the West End. Our transom closers are durable and have been tested independently at 250,000 double-action cycles.” Commercial door market IDF specialises in the design, manufacture and installation of aluminium doors. The door projects are often in commercial and public sector environments where usage may be high but maintenance costs must be minimised. IDF has 30 years’ experience in the shop front and commercial door market. The company ensures a quality service by designing and fabricating all of its doors and shop fronts in-house with no use of sub-contractors. The client portfolio covers transport, local government, healthcare and education from schools through to universities.
Teleste Corporation reveals that its S-AWARE platform has been selected by Helsinki City Transport to drive improved situational awareness and safer travelling across the Helsinki metro system. The deployment of the platform will be started in 2019 and the project will be carried out in several phases and be completed at the end of the year 2020. The total value of the deployment will be more than two million euros. “We are delighted to expand our long-term cooperation with Helsinki City Transport on developing smart and safe public transport in the Helsinki metropolitan area. The rapidly growing urbanisation challenges public transport operators throughout the world to find solutions that can provide enhanced operational control and tools to increase safety in public places. Adding situational awareness through intelligent public transport systems is one of the key methods the operators can use to reach the target,” stated Esa Harju, Head of Teleste’s Video Security and Information Business unit. Prioritizing passenger safety Every year, over 80 million passengers and commuters enjoy travelling in the system, which forms the northernmost metro in the world During recent years, the Helsinki Metro has undergone several upgrades and major extensions. Today, it includes more than 20 stations in Helsinki and its neighbouring cities and serves the capital region of Finland with hundreds of thousands of daily rides. Every year, over 80 million passengers and commuters enjoy travelling in the system, which forms the northernmost metro in the world. Keeping the safety and security of the passengers and the entire metro system in mind, Helsinki City Transport is adopting Teleste’s S-AWARE platform to develop their response capabilities and to ensure a high service level, e.g., during possible security failures, alerts and states of emergency, as well as in other complex or critical situations. Safe and attractive travelling experience “Helsinki Metro is being developed to bring seamless mobility to the growing metropolitan area. At Helsinki City Transport, our mission is to continue building an increasingly effective and highly functional metro system that provides a safe and attractive travelling experience for our customers in their everyday life,“ told Ville Lehmuskoski, CEO, Helsinki City Transport. Teleste S-AWARE platform has been designed to help enhance efficiency, safety and security in public transportation, airports, critical infrastructure The Teleste S-AWARE platform has been designed to help enhance efficiency, safety and security in public transportation, airports, critical infrastructure and in the governmental sector. The platform works by collecting real-time information from various subsystems, data sources and sensory inputs, and it displays a unified and real-time view of the whole operational infrastructure. This provides for the improved understanding of what is happening in the surroundings and creates grounds for sharp and efficient decision-making. Smart incident management In addition, the platform can be used to pre-define automated operating procedures for efficient and smart incident management, hence ensuring that corrective action is immediately taken when unexpected incidents occur. The advanced reporting, debriefing and training tools ensure that the system can be used to project future events and be prepared for exceptional situations. Teleste’s deployment to Helsinki City Transport will also enable efficient use of the system for multiple other operators, including the police, fire and rescue forces, Helsinki Regional Transport Authority, and the cities of Helsinki and Espoo. Delivering the right information to the right people at the right time, the system is harnessed with high information and data security that guarantees protection from any unauthorised access.
New security and surveillance upgrades have been announced at Manchester Arena, with the first phase expected to be complete by mid-autumn. The system upgrade includes the installation of next generation camera technology combined with cutting-edge access control and is set to be rolled out ahead of a number of high-profile events that are being staged at the arena this autumn. Following the installation of the latest state-of-the-art security cameras, developments include super high definition 4K resolution images and enhanced video analytics with appearance search, plus self-learning analytics with presence/absence detection and the ability to detect unusual motion events. Similar effective solutions Reflex systems was chosen by SMG Europe having looked at similar effective solutions designed and installed by them at the award-winning Leeds The new facilities will also see an improvement in data management and delivery, and form part of an expanding security network which enables remote monitoring off-site at venues across the UK. The large-scale upgrade will be implemented by South Yorkshire-based firm Reflex Systems, a security system installer whose previous projects include providing deployable security systems for the G8 Summit, as well as work at off-park venues at the Olympics, Wimbledon, and Wembley Stadium. Reflex Systems will be leading on the Manchester Arena upgrades. The specialist firm was chosen by SMG Europe having looked at similar effective solutions designed and installed by them at the award-winning Leeds first direct Arena and other large capacity public venues. Intelligent video stream Lee Sinnott, senior facilities manager at SMG Europe, said: “The scope of the project was to deliver a powerful scalable end-to-end surveillance solution over an IP network, employing the latest HD/4K cameras, video analytics at the edge and through an intelligent video stream data management system.” Results allow us to actively monitor & effectively manage large crowds in differing light conditions both in real time and forensically “The challenge to find the right surveillance system with state-of-the-art technology that operates in a harsh light environment was realised through a detailed study and product testing with temporary camera deployments during Arena events. The results allow us to actively monitor & effectively manage large crowds in differing light conditions both in real time and forensically, post event. Providing video evidence of the highest quality was an important deliverable on the project.” Public venue applications “The planned installation of an expanded access control solution with system integration into the CCTV was a key part of the project. The electronic access control system will now provide us with the capability to respond to national threat levels and dynamically deploy a range of security measures through a powerful user interface.” John Pye, managing director of Reflex Systems, said: “Some of the technology involved in the upgrades at Manchester Arena is very new in terms of its features, and is a convergence of security with IT and advanced management software.” “We have significant experience in the area of public venue applications, and through our expertise and technology partners we deliver solutions which allow venue owners, whatever scale, to provide safer and more secure environments for everyone.”