KnowBe4, provider of the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, announced the results of an independent survey, which found that an overwhelming majority of corporations – 96% – say security awareness training improved their corporate security culture. Further, an 86% majority of respondents say the training lowers the overall risk posed by cyber security scams. These are the findings of the KnowBe4 2018 Security Awareness Training Deploym...
GlobalPlatform, the standard for secure digital services and devices, has released version 2.3.1 of its Card/Secure Element (SE) Specification. The release supports the latest extensions of GlobalPlatform technology following widespread deployments in consumer and machine-to-machine (M2M) devices. 100% of the 1 billion SEs embedded in smartphones in the last three years are GlobalPlatform-certified and more than 5.5 billion GlobalPlatform-certified SEs were produced in 2017. Amendment I –...
Last week, the Schedule 84 Suppliers Research Panel participated in reviewing the 2018 contracting year with the GSA Schedule 84 leadership team. Our panel group consists of experienced contractors and consultants meeting for a monthly conference call. Schedule 84 is the GSA Schedules Contract for Total Solutions for Law Enforcement, Security, Facilities Management, Fire and Rescue. Our opinions are part of a research programme to provide valuable feedback to the GSA Schedule 84 programme and...
PerpetuityARC Training, part of Linx International Group, is proud to announce that its Advanced Investigation Techniques course has attained IQ Level 5 accreditation. The five-day classroom course provides security and HR professionals, general managers and people working in compliance and audit roles with the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct effective, legally compliant investigations. Advanced Investigation Techniques is ideal for professionals working in the private sector who have...
SentryNet, a wholesale central station monitoring service founded in 1987, is pleased to announce they will be expanding their monitoring footprint by adding a monitoring centre in Lacey, Washingtnton. Currently, SentryNet has two UL/FM/NISPOM listed hot redundant monitoring centres in Memphis, Tennessee and Pensacola, Florida, and provides monitoring for more than 650 independent alarm dealers, primarily based in the Southeast. Over the years, SentryNet has continued to expand their dealer foo...
STANLEY Security, one of the UK’s security companies, has been accredited with ISO 9001:2015 - the latest Quality Management System Standard. ISO 9001:2015 is awarded for fulfilling criteria for a quality management system by an organisation, by ensuring a structured approach with an increased importance given to risk management. The accreditation is based on a number of quality management principles such as strong customer focus, motivation and implication of top management, process appr...
SmartTask, the provider of employee scheduling and mobile workforce management software, has launched the first cloud-based, electronic alternative to traditional, paper-based Daily Occurrence Book (DOB). Working closely with a number of security service providers, SmartTask has introduced the Daily Occurrence Log (DOL) module, which can be quickly and efficiently operated from a PC, smartphone or tablet. “With most manned providers still using a paper-based solution, we have been increasing, been asked to extend the functionality of the software to include an electronic Daily Occurrence Book,” explains Paul Ridden, CEO of SmartTask. DOL makes it straightforward to generate reports for customers, while incidents can be escalated to a control room “We are using the latest cloud-based technology to bring the DOB into the 21st century, while also removing the cost of providing, distributing and archiving paper-based logs.” Entering data via keypad or voice-to-text Creating an entry to the new DOL module is easy using either the keypad or for those less comfortable with keying in data, voice-to-text allows one to speak into the SmartTask-enabled device and have it electronically transcribed. Entries can then be consolidated across multiple sites and collated into a range of types – from high priority incidents to notable events and low priority information – as well as divided into user-defined sub-categories. DOL makes it straightforward to generate reports for customers, while incidents can be escalated to a control room or management team with an automated alert. Not only that, pictures can be attached to entries directly from the camera of a smartphone or tablet, so image-based supporting evidence can be added to create a complete record of what has happened. Powerful tool for communication SmartTask is an advanced and simple-to-use employee scheduling and mobile workforce management solution “Our DOL module provides a cost-effective replacement to the traditional paper DOB logbook, with the many advantages provided by being part of a cloud-based workforce management solution. In fact, when used in conjunction with the complete workforce management suite, it delivers a powerful tool for communicating between your control room or the office and your teams in the field,” concludes Ridden. SmartTask is an advanced and simple-to-use employee scheduling and mobile workforce management solution that enables security companies to better plan and manage their workers, so they are at the right place, at the right time. The cloud-based software solution combines intelligent rostering, patrol monitoring and integrated proof of attendance across both static and mobile teams, making it the ideal tool to improve operational control, enhance customer satisfaction, and support duty of care to staff.
LEGIC’s trusted service Connect enables everyone to securely use mobile services on smart devices – at the touch of a button. Mobile services like mobile access, sharing economy, cashless payment or identification serve new individual or corporate concepts in daily life. Those concepts address the increasing need for efficiency and individuality as well as customer loyalty – all by integrating users via a simple app download. Security against cybercrime LEGIC Connect is a unique trusted service for the secure creation and instant deployment of virtual credentials to smart devices. It is a security enabler for any mobile service and fulfills their current and future need for security against hacker attacks or cybercrime. Mobile services based on smart devices as user interface are quickly and successfully integrated anywhere to maximise convenience By integrating LEGIC Connect into existing system infrastructures, a smartphone or smartwatch can become anything – a door opener, train ticket, time & attendance tracker, car key and much more. Reliable data analysis Mobile services based on smart devices as user interface are quickly and successfully integrated anywhere to maximise convenience and improve customer loyalty. All of them share three important, but difficult challenges: Protection of “things” (and credentials) might be the most important issue when it comes to mobile service providers and is crucial when connecting users via smart devices to sensitive assets. Fully automated business models rely on 24/7 real-time processing of credentials. They require dynamic changes in business logic and need seamless integration of an unlimited number of users. Improved service quality and transparency due to verified and reliable data analysis which contribute to the user's business knowledge. This is the key to today’s and future service success. End-to-end data security Service processes are facilitated and open in respect of technology and user interface Integrity, meaning that data must not be modified in the whole processing, is very important. Any change must be authorised, transparent and understandable. With its sophisticated end-to-end security, LEGIC Connect is the perfect choice for all services where security matters. Personalisation, such as the choice between iOS and Android or the possibility of integrating a second factor of authentication such as PIN and/or fingerprint, is of high importance for providers and users. Service processes are facilitated and open in respect of technology and user interface. A 24x7 availability completes a convenient mobile service. LEGIC Connect offers all these features to simplify mobile business models. Convenient security integration LEGIC Connect is a SaaS solution, which can be used as a security enabler for any mobile service model: LEGIC’s offering combines standardised basic components, which can be simply integrated into any mobile business model. By directly interfacing with the user's mobile business model, LEGIC’s solution serves as the easiest connection of users, things and the respective service business logics. LEGIC’s concept offers highest individual security standards — and so protects you against the increasing threat of hacker attacks. With LEGIC Connect, customer specific data packages are transferred securely. Hence, interaction is not limited to a predefined set of commands. LEGIC’s technology platform allows customers to combine RFID or NFC-HCE and BLE technology on the same eco-system or upgrade their business model with one or the other. Mobile access solutions Corporate access – Mobile ID is an addition to existing smartcard infrastructures and makes the dynamic assignment and withdrawal of access rights much easier and cost-efficient. Temporary access can be given to visitors, customers or contractors within seconds. With LEGIC Connect, these scenarios can easily be realised. Thanks to the innovative and multi-technology platform, every user can be connected with his smart device to any “thing” Hospitality – In the hotel industry, customer experience is most important. Mobile room keys are fundamental for several major benefits: Guests don’t need to check-in at the reception and wait for their key cards. Booking their favourite room in advance and receiving the keys directly on their smartphones or changing a room without waiting again in line at the reception are just a few to mention. Mobility – Mobility business models like vehicle sharing, e-charging or fleet management serve new concepts for individual or corporate mobility. All of these services integrate any user via a simple app download. LEGIC Connect allows the secure creation and instant deployment of virtual car keys, fleet access rights, e-charging credentials or the like on smart devices. Individual application – Corporate access, hospitality, mobility, residential access, etc. are just a few possible use cases. Thanks to the innovative and multi-technology platform, every user can be connected with his smart device to any “thing”. iOS or Android integration LEGIC Connect ensures operational security with a range of features and benefits: All-inclusive security enabling service Securely and easily connects any user to any “things” Specialised on mobile business models Integration of LEGIC mobile SDK in iOS or Android apps Simple integration within existing service Supports BLE and NFC, no matter if smart devices management system via API and/or “things” are online or offline Highly scalable for any size of project Immune against man-in-the-middle and replay attacks Contactless credentials can be personalised “over-the-air” Secure business operations LEGIC Connect integrates into customer back-end via API and supports any kind of credentials or data packages LEGIC Connect integrates into customer back-end via API and supports any kind of credentials or data packages. LEGIC mobile SDK enables easy integration of users with smart devices into LEGIC secured business models. It fully supports customer specific apps and white labelling solutions. LEGIC reader ICs come with an EAL 5+ certified secure element and allow you to combine RFID, NFC and BLE technologies. LEGIC Orbit provides customer specific key management for convenient and secure management and distribution of application keys and configurations.
GlobalPlatform, the standard for secure digital services and devices, publishes a configuration that simplifies the implementation of Secure Element (SE) specifications for the protection of internet of things (IoT) devices. “At the moment some of the IoT sector are not taking security seriously enough,” explains Gil Bernabeu, Technical Director, GlobalPlatform. “Recent attacks demonstrate that any device can be attacked or infected with malware. Devices can then be used for DDoS attacks or to mine end user data, or even exploited to share their source code and other intellectual property. All of this can have significant reputational and financial impact on brands. This is why security needs to be foundational, considered at the start of the design phase.” Secure digital services The GlobalPlatform Compact IoT Configuration v1.0 answers IoT-specific market requirements by giving service providers and device manufacturers the means to interact seamlessly when deploying secure digital services across constrained IoT devices. The use of standardised secure components makes the mass marketing of secure digital services possible, while bringing time and cost efficiencies to stakeholders within the ecosystem and enabling new business models. SEs can form the keystone for constrained IoT devices - balancing the flexibility of GlobalPlatform specifications, that cover a range of connectivity options including LoRaWAN and HTTPS, with the restrictions of low-end IoT devices using m-class processors. The configuration supports root of trust (RoT) device identity, the protection of critical assets, state-of-the-art AES cryptography for device management This entry-level configuration enables manufacturers to identify the best solution for devices with limited operating environments by providing the subset of specifications that they need to develop and deploy IoT devices and services. The configuration supports root of trust (RoT) device identity, the protection of critical assets, state-of-the-art AES cryptography for device management and authentication, allowing automatic enrolment to online cloud services. Publish new interfaces 100% of SEs embedded in mobile devices are GlobalPlatform compliant. This shows that the SE configuration is perfectly fit-for-purpose for the mobile world, and GlobalPlatform expects the Compact IoT Configuration to achieve similar market penetration. “The next step for GlobalPlatform is to publish new interfaces that connect the SE to the rest of the platform and support the latest industry protocols” Gil continues. “This, along with a new standard for connecting embedded SEs to the device bus, will further enhance the integration of SEs into IoT devices and bring greater protection for services and IP.”
Digital identity verification provider, Blockpass, confirmed that they have signed a deal to invest in and partner with video verification solutions provider Fully-Verified. The move underlines Blockpass' commitment to becoming the premier Know-Your-Customer (KYC) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) verification solutions provider. The deal also allows Blockpass exclusive access to the solutions provided by Fully-Verified. Banking-grade identity verifications Blockpass offers shared regulatory compliance services for humans, companies, objects and devices. As an identity system that supports verification of humans (KYC), objects (KYO) and connected devices (KYD), Blockpass will enable the development of new applications that rely on a trusted connection between multiple entities. Fully-Verified provides banking-grade identity verifications on live video, backed by human verification specialists Fully-Verified provides banking-grade identity verifications on live video, backed by human verification specialists, automated document scanning, and face recognition. The company was created as answer to its founders collectively losing over $150,000 to various types of fraud in their eCommerce businesses. Digital identity creation "Integrating the Fully-Verified video verification solution into the Blockpass application means that as a business, we are taking the quality of our product offering to the next level. Video verification is the future of digital identity creation, and it is with great pride we bring the Fully-Verified team and product into our ecosystem," said Adam Vaziri, CEO of Blockpass. "We are extremely happy to be part of the Blockpass ecosystem. Connecting our identity verifications with a blockchain based solution for storing identity details, allows for an extra level of comfort and security for the end users," said Lucas Kwiatkowski, CEO of Fully-Verified.
Dahua Technology, a solution provider in the global video surveillance industry, celebrated the opening of its European Supply Centre in Zalaegerszeg, Hungary with an official opening ceremony on September 18th. The official opening ceremony was kicked off by Dr. Petra Ponevács-Pana, Deputy State Secretary for Foreign Economic Relations at Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hungary, with the participation of prominent government representatives, including Mr. Zhou Xinjian, Counsellor, Economic and Commercial Affairs, Chinese Embassy in Hungary, and Mr. Zoltán Balaicz, Mayor of Zalaegerszeg. Dahua Technology representatives Colin Wang, Managing Director of CEE & Nordic at Dahua Technology and Jason Zheng, Director of Overseas Supply Centre Operations Management at Dahua Technology were also present with official distributors of Dahua Technology Hungary. Increase in production of recorders and cameras Dahua Technology European Supply Centre will supply European markets with better customer service and faster delivery through local assembling and centralised logistics services. The plant is operated by a Dahua partner, who will be responsible for warehousing, production and logistics. The production of recorders will go up from the initial 300 pcs to 500 pcs per day, and the cameras with an average 700-900 pcs per day In the first phase, the project will start with 3000 sqm and increase with 30-50% within the next two years based on Dahua Technology’s business growth expectations for the future. According to the plan, the production of recorders will go up from the initial 300 pcs to 500 pcs per day, and the cameras with an average 700-900 pcs per day. Regarding Dahua Technology’s distribution activity, by 2020 it plans to set up a distribution service capable of managing 150000-250000 shipments of devices per month. Playing a key role in business expansion This project will go live in various phases: it will commence with warehousing and manufacturing. Later customisation services, pan-European logistics and procurement services will be introduced. “The Dahua Technology European Supply Centre has a key role in Dahua Technology’s European growth plans. The company sees huge opportunities for further growths in these markets and establishing a local assembly line and logistics centre is a key step to serve these markets in a very competitive way,” said Jason Zheng. Globalisation is a key strategy of Dahua Technology, and it will be solidified by the growing localisation milestones. With a mission of ‘Enabling a safer society and smarter living’, Dahua will continue to focus on ‘Innovation, Quality and Service’ to serve partners and customers around the world.
PerpetuityARC Training, part of Linx International Group, has launched a distance learning option for its popular Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management BTEC Level 4 qualification. The new online course is perfect for security, operations and facilities managers and all other executives with responsibility for protecting an organisation against potentially disastrous events such as fire, flooding and terrorist attacks. The course content provides a broad spectrum of knowledge, and includes: The Importance of Risk Management The Risk Culture Risk Communications The Business Impact Analysis Business Continuity Planning The Elements of Crisis Management Formation of the Crisis Management Team CMT Operations Levels of Command & Control Contingency Planning Liaison with the Emergency Services Online course for working professionals In today’s risk climate it is crucial that professional managers understand risk, crisis and disaster management" Course tutor Charlie Swanson comments: “In today’s risk climate it is crucial that professional managers understand risk, crisis and disaster management. PerpetuityARC Training now offers two approaches to this, either our bespoke virtual learning platform or a classroom-based learning environment. The online option provides the flexibility to participate at your own pace, whilst the classroom offers a more collaborative approach to learning through engagement with colleagues and peers.” Sarah Hayward-Turton, Head of Sales at Linx International Group, adds: “By launching the online version of this popular course we are providing more pathways to attain professional qualifications that help people do their current jobs better and improve career prospects.” The Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management online course takes approximately 30 hours to complete.
Above the Line Security have improved the safety of their at-risk employees by switching from a manual call-in system to the user-friendly StaySafe lone worker solution. Employees at Above the Line Security are responsible for guarding individuals and high-value equipment on busy film sites. Ensuring employee safety StaySafe allows workers on site to send an alert in an emergency while providing the employee with an accurate location via a real-time map Prone to theft and coming into contact with potentially volatile paparazzi and members of the public, the company required a more reliable way of monitoring the safety of their guards. StaySafe allows workers on site to send an alert in an emergency while providing the employee with an accurate location via a real-time map. Monitors are alerted if an employee triggers an alert or fails to check-in on the app during their shift. StaySafe StaySafe also provides the ability for an alert to be raised even during difficult situations. If engaged in a confrontation, a panic can be sent discreetly, or a duress PIN entered if the app is discovered by the aggressor. Missed check-in alerts will also alert a monitor in cases where the lone worker may be unable to send a panic themselves. “Having used an app for the first time to protect our lone workers, we were incredibly impressed by the ease and agility of set up and usability. Our employees have adapted quickly to using the app whenever they work and as they do not always come to the office, it allows them to set up for the day quickly and independently.” Lone workers’ safety Security Personnel are often targets for verbal and physical abuse due to the nature of the work they carry out" Adele O’ Toole at Above the Line, continues; “Previously, we had to rely on night supervisors based in external locations to take check-in and emergency calls manually. This proved expensive and disconnected, particularly if our lone workers were situated in areas of low signal where making contact to ensure their safety was infrequent and unreliable. With StaySafe, we are able to instantly locate our workers on a map once they have checked-in, even in areas of low signal, saving us a lot of time and human resources.” Don Cameron, CEO at StaySafe adds; “Security Personnel are often targets for verbal and physical abuse due to the nature of the work they carry out. They often protect valuable assets which leads to the potential risk of theft and aggression. StaySafe provides peace of mind for the lone workers and the business by providing an effective and reliable solution for a range of volatile situations. Organisations can see exactly where their staff are in the case of an emergency and can send assistance directly to them – all with the added bonus of being user-friendly and cost-effective, only requiring a mobile phone.”
Cathexis Technologies is exceptionally proud to have played an important security role in Pope Francis' visit to Ireland last weekend. Cathexis worked alongside its Dublin-based, Gold Channel Partner, Mongey Communications, and the Irish Garda, to facilitate the critical role of surveillance management. With an official itinerary that was jam-packed with meetings, visits and official engagements, all within a two-day schedule, His Holiness, had a whirlwind visit through Dublin, which included the World Meeting of Families and Festival of Families at Croke Park on Saturday 25 August. Fully-integrated CCTV IP cameras Cathexis worked with Mongey Communications to provide a fully-integrated 24/7 surveillance management solution Cathexis, a global video management software developer, worked in partnership with Mongey Communications, a renowned supplier of security equipment such as CCTV IP cameras, to provide a fully-integrated 24/7 surveillance management solution that would effectively manage the entire visit. The CathexisVision IP video management software suite provided an around the clock CCTV surveillance solution, which supported three linked control rooms to ensure an immediate response to any situation of potential security threats. Video management software solutions Cathexis is a headquartered in Durban, South Africa, with operations spread throughout the UK, Europe, and the Middle East. “We are exceptionally proud to have played a role in the Pope’s World Meeting of Families visit,” says Mark Ross, managing director of Cathexis Europe. “Cathexis is committed to providing the most efficient and effective, tailored video management software solutions, to provide maximum return on surveillance investment,” he added. CathexisVision gained global industry recognition when it took top honours for the Benchmark Innovation Awards 2018 Cameras & surveillance management The Cathexis Europe Technical team worked alongside Mongey throughout the design, build up and operations over the weekend to ensure that CathexisVision was providing optimal performance, and to provide additional cameras and surveillance management to the police service of the Republic of Ireland (Gardai). Earlier this month, CathexisVision gained global industry recognition when it took top honours for the Benchmark Innovation Awards 2018, when it was announced the overall winner in the Video Surveillance Software category. “We are delighted that we had the opportunity to play a part in the Pope’s historic visit to Ireland at the weekend, and are exceptionally honoured for the ongoing international recognition,” concluded Ross.
ASSA ABLOY Security Doors, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, the global provider of door opening solutions, has secured a series of high-profile contracts with Transport for London and Crossrail Limited. These contracts have included supplying and installing security doors for major London Underground redevelopments including London Bridge, Bond Street and King’s Cross, as well as station upgrades such as Victoria. ASSA ABLOY Security Doors has then gone on to secure multiple contracts within the Crossrail construction programme. The new Transport for London-run Elizabeth line, built by Crossrail Limited, will open from December 2018 serving 10 newly-built accessible stations. Comprehensive doorset solutions Full doorset solutions have been delivered and installed to the new Elizabeth line stations at Canary Wharf, Paddington, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, Woolwich and Custom House. They have also been installed at other sites along the route including Pudding Mill, Eleanor Street and Mile End, as well as at the Elizabeth line depot at Old Oak Common. Each project presented its own demands and challenges in relation to product performance requirements. Doorsets had to be fully compliant to achieve the latest standards and meet the specialist needs of each environment: Factors to consider included fire, acoustics, air tightness, high-security and pressure resistance. Decorative finishes such as vitreous enamel, stainless-steel and bronze cladding helped complement the aesthetics of the surroundings on doors that required a finishing touch, and many of the doorsets required installation in challenging conditions, being underground, with tight access and restricted working hours. Our experience working with London Underground provided us with the ideal foundation for supporting our working partners on the Crossrail project" Powershield & Prima door ranges Brian Sofley, Managing Director at ASSA ABLOY Security Doors, said: “Our experience working with London Underground provided us with the ideal foundation for supporting our working partners on the Crossrail project for new Elizabeth line stations.” “Each contract brought its own individual challenges, but from the very beginning we worked closely with the architects and contractors involved to understand their requirements. This meant we could provide specialist and tailored solutions that met their exact needs. Solutions were carefully chosen from both our Powershield and Prima steel door ranges including cross corridor doors for high traffic fire escape routes, and pivoted fire rated platform doors to conceal station equipment rooms.” “We take great pride in our wide portfolio of well-respected transport contracts. It says a great deal that customers choose to work with us time and time again, and we put this down to our full-service offering, financial stability, and expert advice at every stage of the project, from specification to installation and inspection.”
The Spearfish West Africa base is located in Nigeria and will serve both new and existing clients across the fast-growing regional security market. Spearfish West Africa opened in Abuja, Nigeria earlier this year as a wholly-owned subsidiary of UK parent Spearfish Security. The new facility will provide localised consultancy and support to clients, managing risks and threats to personnel and facilities. The company specialises in supporting those facing security challenges in countries such as: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Saint Helena, Senegal, Sierra Leone, São Tomé and Príncipe and Togo. Spearfish's corporate client base includes companies in the finance, hospitality and manufacturing sectors Delivering security and risk managers Dan Hooton, managing director of Spearfish Security, said: "We are excited to open this office having worked extensively in the region for the past six years, delivering full time Security & Risk Managers to organisations operating in Nigeria. Having a permanent presence in West Africa reinforces our commitment to clients in this part of the world. It also ensures we can meet the needs of smaller organisations who may require support on an ‘as need’ basis, as well as larger clients looking to benefit from shared services.” Spearfish works closely with organisations in the Corporate and International Development sectors. Its corporate client base includes companies in the finance, hospitality and manufacturing sectors, while its experience in the development sector covers health, energy, agriculture, climate change and women’s empowerment. With Nigeria in the midst of an economic downturn, tied to the fall in crude oil prices, the country's security situation has deteriorated in recent years" Designing security strategies Spearfish's vast security and commercial experience enables it to deliver practical strategy and execution to organisations on a retained or per-project basis. Clients often engage the company to provide hands-on guidance for accommodation or trip management for employees; or to craft security strategies for offices or transportation programs. “With Nigeria in the midst of an economic downturn, tied to the fall in crude oil prices, the country's security situation has deteriorated in recent years,” continued Hooton. “As the Nigerian military and its international partners continue to disrupt Boko Haram in the country's northeast, other jihadist groups, such as al-Qaeda and Islamic State, are active across the Sahel, particularly in Mali, taking advantage of poor governance. This threat has also spread to nearby Niger and Burkina Faso, spurring the G5 counterterrorism partnership into action in 2018.” Growth in foreign aid across West Africa The risk of kidnap remains high throughout West Africa, largely from militant groups, but also from criminals seeking ransom, as in Nigeria's Delta region. At the same time, West Africa has also seen a rapid influx of foreign aid with growing numbers of charities, companies, NGOs and government agencies deploying in the region. Spearfish West Africa will be well-placed to serve this changing marketplace and offer clients peace-of-mind, enabling them to focus fully on their own operations.
Milestone Systems, a provider of video management software (VMS), is the chosen solution for protecting the Port of Antwerp, the second largest seaport area in Europe, covering more than 12,000 hectares, the equivalent of 20,000 football fields. Large areas like ports are very difficult to secure in a traditional way. Reporting incidents using only radio communications can lack information at an optimal level of detail and accuracy. It takes time for responders to reach incidents. Analogue video solutions have issues with very long distances, meaning video amplifiers must be used which lead to fragile and inflexible infrastructure. Milestone XProtect Corporate and XProtect Smart Client have enabled the port authorities to establish a central control centre with a consolidated view of the harbour. This enables rapid and relevant response to incidents, reducing the impact of incidents on assets and persons. Milestone steps in to ensure that this business-critical system in the port receives a high level of supportOpen platform technology The open platform technology pioneered by Milestone combined with the solution power of the Milestone Partner Community enabled the Port of Antwerp to choose the perfect infrastructure components and cameras for their challenges. Lenovo, Dell and multiple camera partners are elements of the solution. Thanks to the usability of network video, the port can utilise Milestone open platform for solutions that augment the already rich functionality of XProtect VMS. In addition to the infrastructure, the Port of Antwerp is taking advantage of Milestone Care Premium. Milestone Care is a complete suite of operational maintenance and support services grouped into four different packages, enabling Milestone customers to choose the support coverage that fits their exact need, now and in the future. With the chosen level of support, Milestone steps in to ensure that this business-critical system in the port receives a high level of support. Advanced security installation Furthermore, Milestone Professional Services has also been in play for this advanced installation, to guide and counsel the port on the best capabilities of the open platform VMS. This consultancy service ensures the port can adapt and expand this system as needed for an ever-expanding, always relevant surveillance solution. “We are extremely pleased to have been chosen by Port of Antwerp for their video safety system,” says Michaël Fontaine, Country Manager Benelux, Milestone Systems. “This is a clear testimonial to the solution power of XProtect and our open platform partner community. This has already been proven in a number of other ports worldwide, and now in the modern Port of Antwerp.”
The 9th BRICS Summit was successfully held in Xiamen, China from September 3rd-5th, 2017, where leaders of the five member-countries were in attendance. Building on its success in providing a comprehensive security solution for the G20 Hangzhou Summit in 2016, the 9th BRICS Summit was yet another accomplishment for Dahua. The 2017 BRICS Xiamen Summit demanded high-level protection for national leaders from Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. As Xiamen’s city centre is located on an island, the security system required comprehensive surveillance of all roads leading into the area, also known as the “Four Bridges and One Tunnel” network.Dahua provided 1723 bullet cameras, 379 PTZ cameras, 226 vehicle checkpoint cameras, 116 Face Recognition cameras, 10 mobile 4G PTZ cameras Protection through Dahua technology In addition to roads leading into the city, routes to and from the airport, hotels, and the Xiamen International Conference & Exhibition Center needed to be protected as well. A solution of this proportion would also require an advanced, automated, and centralised system to ensure efficient, coordinated responses. With its cutting-edge IP camera, video cloud, network storage, and transmission technologies, Dahua was up to the task of securing Xiamen and the BRICS venues. In total, Dahua provided 1723 bullet cameras, 379 PTZ cameras, 226 vehicle checkpoint cameras, 116 Face Recognition cameras, 10 mobile 4G PTZ cameras, and many other advanced Dahua products and services used in various areas of the city. The BRICS security command centre, administered by the Public Security Department of the Xiamen, was fitted with a Dahua visual emergency dispatch and command system. The centre’s large display wall was stitched together with Dahua edgeless HD LED panels, enabling a complete picture of all units under command center control during the meeting, greatly simplifying control and responses. The security system surrounding the Xiamen International Conference & Exhibition Center as well as the visual emergency dispatch and command system in the security command center both adopted a full range of Dahua video surveillance and display solutions. Dahua employed advanced technologies such as intelligent analysis and big data, to increase the efficiency of emergency command and management capabilities Live video security on the road A customised Dahua Mobile Solution with GPS positioning and in-vehicle wireless image transmission system was installed on 228 patrol cars and 72 special cars from the Xiamen Public Security Bureau, which was used to clear the way for Summit leaders. This provided the command centre with a continuous live overview of all areas while providing support for the handling of various emergencies. Dahua contributed to the security of other key areas including the Xiamen Airport, train station, ferry piers, and police checkpoints In order to secure “Four Bridges and One Tunnel” access points, Dahua employed advanced technologies such as intelligent analysis, big data, and video analytics to significantly increase the efficiency of emergency command and information technology management capabilities, providing uninterrupted HD video surveillance and smart road event monitoring on bridges and tunnels. In addition, Dahua also contributed to the security of other key areas including the Xiamen Airport, train station, ferry piers, and police checkpoints. In surrounding Haicang and Jimei districts, Dahua constructed video surveillance on routes and sites which held key activities in the city, achieving full coverage of places such as guarded routes, main roads, key sites, as well as surrounding areas and regions of elevated risk. Dahua securing public safety Dahua also played a role in safeguarding conference-related affairs such as catering, accommodation, and travel. The hotels in which leaders stayed in and surrounding areas were upgraded to HD systems in a short amount of time, making sure the leaders were secure while they rested during the Summit. The mobile law enforcement surveillance system assisted the Xiamen Market Supervision Commission in guaranteeing the provision of safe food during the Summit. The three day BRICS Summit concluded without a hitch. National leaders and their delegations were able to smoothly move about the city and attend the conference while Dahua products prevented threats through a vast network of smart video technologies. In addition, the large-scale project significantly upgraded Xiamen’s city surveillance system and provided a long-term foundation for not only public security-related operations, but also broader public projects such as the Xiamen Wireless Image Transmission System.