It’s the first quarter of a New Year and businesses are already busy reviewing budgets for ways to save money. One line item that can impact business the most – loss. Employee theft alone is a crime that costs U.S. businesses $50 billion annually*, according to Statistic Brain. So if you aren’t sure who is keeping watch over your property and assets, and how they reduce preventable loss, it might be time for a security audit. According to GuardOne, the security patrol and remo...
You don't have eyes in the back of your head. It is impossible to keep watch over every private door in a public-facing space: the storeroom in a shop or pharmacy, or the toilet for staff use only. That's when you need Code Handle. This simple, secure, easy-to-fit handle with a built-in PIN-pad locks the door for you — with no wiring, no expensive access control system, no cumbersome keys and no major changes to your current door. Code Handle works with an electronic PIN code to make sure...
Interlogix, a provider of security and life-safety solutions, introduced TruVision Navigator version 8.0. This latest release of the popular unified security software includes enhanced video streaming capabilities, integration with the Interlogix UltraSync Modular Hub systems and tighter integration with IFS networking switches. Interlogix is part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. The TruVision Navigator version 8.0 system is now a 64-bit application t...
March Networks, a global provider of advanced video surveillance and video-based business intelligence solutions, is pleased to announce its complete lineup for Global Security Exchange (GSX) 2018. Intelligent video solutions In addition to the company’s solutions for financial, retail and transportation organisations, March Networks will showcase its newly launched Software as a Service (SaaS) offering for quick service restaurant (QSR) and convenience store (c-store) franchisees, as we...
Johnson Controls is announcing two new camera models to the Illustra Pro line, with the Pro Compact Mini-Domes in 2MP and 3MP resolution, ideal for applications such as retail stores, healthcare facilities and banks where low profile and aesthetics are important. The Illustra 2MP and 3MP Pro Compact Mini-Domes are equipped with various viewing angles including corridor mode, a 9x16 field of view aspect ratio for vertically oriented scenes, which is optimal for hallways, aisles or any area where...
LILIN Americas announced the MR652 2MP outdoor IP camera. Housed in an IP66-rated casing, this cost-effective fixed lens camera is ideal for use in exposed outdoor locations that require 24/7 monitoring such as parking lots, public spaces and convenience stores. The MR652 is a high definition professional surveillance and security solution featuring a turret-style design - a first for LILIN - that achieves the same quality imagery of a dome camera, but without the IR bounce caused by the glass h...
Tomorrow’s commercial buildings are safer, smarter, more comfortable and efficient. At this year’s Light & Building 2018 show, Bosch experts will showcase networked systems and services at booth C60 in Hall 9.1. Bosch applies its many years of experience as a system integrator and the potential of the Internet of Things (IoT) to safeguard people, values and the environment as a complete supplier of building solutions. Foremost among the complete solutions available from Bosch for fast and reliable early on-site detection of fires is the video-based fire detection system, AVIOTEC IP starlight 8000. In November 2017, it became the world’s first such system to be approved by VdS Schadenverhütung, a independent German certification body. For meeting the requirements of small to mid-sized applications, like in nursery schools, schools, hotels, stores and office buildings, Bosch stresses solutions centering on the FPA 1100 fire panel. Its principal advantages are simple installation, startup and operation. In addition to helping customers plan systems to meet their needs, Bosch also supports installers for commissioning and maintaining them with the aid of various remote services based on the cloud-based EffiLink platform.Evaluation of energy and process data via a single user interface reveals ways to optimise processes Customised security management Bosch enables customised security management solutions with the Building Integration System (BIS). This doubles as a user-friendly interface for fire alarm, intrusion detection or access control systems, and as a central management platform for large, complex solutions spanning multiple sites. When it is supplemented with automatic video image transfer capabilities and tailored action plans, security staff have all relevant information at their fingertips. In order to effectively manage energy and resources in buildings and production facilities, Bosch’s building experts provide integrated solutions based on the Energy Platform, which targets manufacturing enterprises in particular. This powerful cloud-based software solution distills information from various sources into meaningful metrics. Evaluation of energy and process data via a single user interface reveals ways to optimise processes and provides the basis for evolving toward Industry 4.0. Integrated healthcare security solutions Bosch’s building experts will also present integrated solutions for the healthcare sector at the Light and Building 2018 show in Frankfurt. Smart hospitals are the wave of the future, holding enormous potential for improving processes and enabling greater efficiency. These solutions streamline building operation, reduce staff workloads and ensure greater comfort for patients. The portfolio covers the areas of security, energy efficiency, communication and building management, giving clients a full toolset from one source for optimising the entire value chain. It is backed by flexible financing and operating models.
The long-standing technology partnership between Hanwha Techwin and Facit Data Systems has resulted in selected Wisenet cameras being able to take full advantage of Facit’s powerful Calculus server-based intelligent retail video analytics software, to deliver a new generation of Retail Intelligence solutions. The Wisenet Heatmap and People Counting cameras enable retailers to identify lost sales opportunities by monitoring continuously updated live reports and view comparative hourly and weekly reports on footfall, store hotspots and dwell times, as well as how long customers have to queue. Creating competitive advantage “At a time when competition has never been fiercer within the retail sector, knowledge of customer in-store behaviour is crucial in order to ensure every sales opportunity is seized,” said Tim Biddulph, Head of Product and Solutions for Hanwha Techwin Europe.” Knowledge of customer in-store behaviour is crucial in order to ensure every sales opportunity is seized" “The reports which are generated via the Wisenet Heatmap and People Counting cameras and the Calculus server base analytics software will assist retailers, from small convenience stores to superstores, to identify in a number of different ways how to enhance the customer experience and minimise lost sales opportunities. These include comparing the number of people who enter a store with actual sales, customer buying patterns and helping manage the peaks and troughs at checkouts.” Calculus server solution The Calculus solution is designed for large retail stores and supports bi-directional people counting and heat mapping with real time and time lapse viewing functions. Up to 64 Wisenet Heatmap or People Counting cameras can be connected to Calculus using a single core i7 PC. On-going multiples of up to 64 cameras can be added by installing additional PCs, with almost limitless configuration options to enable the end-user to tailor the system to meet their precise requirements. Reports are available in real-time from anywhere on the network. Argus small store solution For smaller store applications, Facit’s Argus analytics solution is available in four variations. These provide a choice of single and two channel aspect view with bi-directional people counter and single and two channel real-time/time-lapse heat map, as well as a combined single channel with bi-directional people counter and a single channel real-time/time-lapse heat map option. Facit’s Argus analytics solution is available in four variations “Our aim in pre-loading the Facit applications onto our open platform Wisenet cameras is to save system integrators considerable time and effort in having to research the wide range of video analytics software on the market,” said Tim Biddulph. “Peace of mind comes with the knowledge that Hanwha Techwin has extensively evaluated and tested all the specialist applications which are supplied out-of-box with selected cameras.” Heat mapping The 12 megapixel Wisenet PNF-9010R/FHM 360° Heatmap camera has on-board dewarping, enabling a variety of alternative viewing modes, including single panorama, double panorama and quad views. People counting The 2 megapixel Wisenet XND-6080/FPC bi-directional people counting camera is part of the Wisenet X camera series which is supercharged by the most powerful chipset ever incorporated into a full camera range and features the world’s best Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) and the world’s best motorised varifocal low light lens. 2 megapixel Wisenet XND-6080/FPC bi-directional people counting camera is part of the Wisenet X camera series Multi tasking to maximise ROI A powerful proprietary chipset enables Wisenet X series cameras to meet the requirements of any retail environment regardless of the lighting conditions, from bursts of bright sunlight, to almost total darkness, without the need for IR LEDs or supplementary lighting. Depending on the field of view, images captured by the Wisenet Heatmap and People Counting cameras can also be used by security personnel to detect any suspicious activity as well as provide valuable business intelligence for marketing, merchandising, human resources and retail operations departments. The XND-6080/FPC even has an audio analysis function which recognises different types of sound, such as gunshots, explosions, screams, and broken glass. Integration The Wisenet Heatmap and People Counting cameras are fully supported by Hanwha Techwin’s comprehensive range of video recording solutions. They have also been integrated with Smart Security Manager (SSM) and Facit analytics software to enable people counting and customer behaviour data to be monitored in real-time, and for the generation of customised reports covering defined time periods.
Checkpoint Systems, a supplier of source to shopper solutions for the global retail industry, has announced a radical shake-up of its range of electronic article surveillance (EAS) antennas, with the introduction of a revolutionary new electronics platform. Unveiled at NRF’s Big Show, NEO will deliver enhanced detection and connectivity to retailers, enabling them to improve store operations. The powerful new electronics represent a seismic shift in the way radio frequency-based (RF) EAS solutions perform in store and enable the sensors to become a key part of the connected store environment. Available immediately, NEO will debut in a range of new, more aesthetically pleasing antenna designs, aiding retailers that are looking to create a more enticing shop entrance. NEO pushes the capabilities of RF-based EAS solutionsNEO will debut in a range of new, more aesthetically pleasing antenna designs to create more enticing shop entrances NEO pushes the capabilities of RF-based EAS solutions, boosting the standard detection range by up to 35% so that retailers can increase the distance between each antenna to 2.7m. The unique electronics deliver superior detection and mean the sensors are capable of protecting the smallest of labels – including those used on cosmetics products against theft, in either the current aisle width setup or wider. A first for the retail industry, NEO-enabled antennas will feature wireless Bluetooth connectivity. This means that stores will no longer have to connect antennas via underfloor cabling – a costly and time-consuming process. Its remote connectivity ensures that the EAS investment is maximised, with Checkpoint providing a live system health check and online service support, while alarm-related data can be synchronised to the cloud to provide real-time actionable insights. New NP10 and NP20 sensors With smaller, more efficient electronics, the antenna’s footprint has been minimised. The new NP10 and NP20 sensors – the next generation of the highly successful P10 and P20 devices are the first to include NEO electronics. Developed for grocery and big box retailers, they will feature a less intrusive, lightweight, more contemporary look with a brushed metal frame. Importantly the antennas have been designed with RFID in mind, with retailers able to seamlessly upgrade their sensors without any impact on the antenna frame. The challenges faced by retailers 50 years ago are inherently different than those faced today" Simon Edgar, Senior Director of Product Management for EAS/RFID Systems and Software at Checkpoint Systems, commented: “We designed the blueprint for the very first EAS antenna and it’s exciting to be the one ushering in a new era for the technology. The challenges faced by retailers 50 years ago are inherently different than those faced today. Retailers are now led by data and NEO is pivotal to loss prevention sensors becoming part of the connected store. The revolutionary electronics that we’ve developed allow for the seamless transfer of data to the cloud which ultimately helps stores to make informed business decisions, based on analytics.” The NP10 and NP20 sensors are available immediately, and Checkpoint will unveil further designs for other vertical markets throughout 2018.
As the largest conference and trade show dedicated to showcase the complete IoT industry chain in Asia, the 9th Shenzhen International Internet of Things Exhibition will open its doors from Aug 16-18 2017, at Shenzhen Convention and Conference Center. Biggest IoT event Launched in 2009, IoTE has always been a platform for product launches and exclusive debut appearances by domestic and international IoT enterprises. As the leading trade show in this industry, IoTE provides attendees with vital business growth and relationship-building opportunities through education, networking and exposure to thousands of new products and services. For nine consecutive years, IoTE has become the biggest and the most comprehensive IoT event with annual 21% growth rate. Last year, the number of exhibitors went from 80 to over 453, the visitors shot up from 6000 to 87,426. Testimonials from IoTE 2016 Lulu Chen, Marketing Director of Invengo “The expo provides a highly-effective platform for Invengo to showcase our leading RFID apparel and retail solution, and communicate with clients face to face. This year, we debut Invengo global RFID apparel and retail personalised solution and its products and services, including supply chain and store management, label printing and data management, it attracts much more domestic and international professional visitors than we expected. High-quality visitors, reasonable layout, excellent expo service, we think highly of IoTE, and will continue our cooperation in future, see you in IoTE 2017.” Ruihua Cai, General Manager of Silion “Since 2009, Silion has been attending IoTE. This year, the expo is expanded its exhibits range, not just about RFID, it introduces a lot new emerging IoT technologies, attracts much more international IoT companies to attend, the number of visitors is increasing significantly, especially international visitors from East-South Asia, South Asia, Middle East, Europe, and America. As exhibitor of 8 years, we can feel the improvement the organiser made annually. We are full of hope that our business will getting even better with IoTE.” IoTE 2017 The 2017 edition of Shenzhen International Internet of Things Exhibition (IoTE 2017) will once again gather the world's leading Industrial Internet companies and experts. Thousands of attendees are expected to participate from across the IoT industry, covering perceptual layer, network layer and intelligent application layer of IoT. It will exhibit the technologies of RFID, sensor network, short-range communication, financial mobile payment, middle-ware, big data processing, Cloud, real-time locating etc. It also shows the IoT solutions and applications in various industries, such as transportation, manufacturing, smart grid, smart home, logistics, anti-counterfeiting, attendance, military, asset management, apparel, library, smart city, environment monitoring. Highlights A Complete Showcase of the Whole IoT Industry IoTE is a complete showcase of IoT industry chain, including IoT perceptual layer (RFID, Smart Card, Smart Sensor, Bar Code, Cameras), transport network layer (Bluetooth, 3G/4G, Zigbee, GPS, GPRS, WIFI, WSN) and Intelligent applications layer (Cloud, Mobile Payment, RTLS, Smart Home etc.) Application Integration Oriented One of the most important things on which IoTE puts a lot efforts in is the invitation of end user and system integrator One of the most important things on which IoTE puts a lot efforts in is the invitation of end user and system integrator. It provides an effective platform for the interaction between IoT product provider with system integrator, system integrator and end user, promotes the cooperation among the upstream and downstream of the whole industry chain. International, Professional Buyers With many years of marketing efforts and gigantic capacity of IoT manufacturing of China, in 2016, there were more than 2000 international buyers from 39 countries and ares visiting IoTE 2016. High-End Conference Leading Industry Trends There are more than 10 top conferences and forums during exhibition, topics covers IoT, RFID, mobile payment, NB - IOT, smart home, smart hardware, wireless communication, printing electronic, IoT standard, IoT application. IoTE invites officials, research organisation, manufacturer, end user gather together to discuss the latest trends in IoT industry. Promotion from 200+ Major Medias IoTE works with major medias from various industries, such as logistic, automation, finance, retail, library, apparel, medical care, military, automobile, aerospace, agriculture etc. to give IoT continuous reporting coverage both online and offline.
The app is free to all users, and stores can send alerts that will be sent to every user on the network The terrorist attack on the Houses of Parliament last Wednesday has left many in shock. The mood since has been one of sympathy for the families, and praise for the police, with the Prime Minister describing PC Keith Palmer as “every inch a hero.” The current threat level remains one step below critical, and police presence is heightened throughout the UK. Spotlight app But when news of the attack spread across London, Chanel stores in Mayfair and Knightsbridge were already aware of the threat, thanks to an app called Spotlight, being trialled by Scottish security company Vigilo Solutions. Designed as a free alert network to help boutique stores with theft prevention and to alert users to the dangers of a terrorist attack, or other large scale disaster, Spotlight is the brainchild of former Royal Marine and Special Branch Detective Constable, Eddie Gilmour, MD of Vigilo Solutions. Mr Gilmour said: “I got the idea after the Bataclan attack in Paris. I couldn’t shake the thought of the fact that people were still ordering food and drink, having a normal evening, when people were being murdered just feet away.” Sending alert during emergencies “I designed Spotlight to allow stores and service businesses to co-ordinate their response—both to theft and shoplifting” “I designed Spotlight to allow stores and service businesses to co-ordinate their response—both to theft and shoplifting—and to tragedies like Paris and London. With an attack like Wednesday, it all happens so quickly, and waiting for a news report just isn’t an option.” The app is free to all users, and stores can send alerts that will be sent to every user on the network, including members of the public, that an attack is taking place, allowing the public to get to safety. Mr Gilmour, who was one of the most qualified surveillance trainers in the country, said: “If the app saves even one life, it’ll be absolutely worth it. This was never a financial decision for me. I wanted to make something that would make a difference, and we’re going to roll it out to as many people as possible, in order to get as comprehensive coverage as we can.” Assisting intelligence led policing Basing the idea on his decades of experience in the field, Mr Gilmour knows how well security staff know their areas, and has firm faith that they can be the ‘eyes and ears’ of the street, via the Spotlight app. Once the app is live, and coverage increases, Vigilo plans to liaise with both the Metropolitan Police Service, and Police Scotland, and to provide access to the network in times of emergencies.In addition, the theft alert network allows back end collation of detailed statistics of under-reported attempted thefts, which the company plans to make available to the police, allowing forces to map patterns and assist with intelligence led policing. Mr Gilmour said: “I had a fairly searching re-examination of my life after I suffered a heart attack last year, and I wanted to create something that would keep people safe, and hopefully make sure an attack like Wednesday can be averted. Or at least minimise the tragedy that results.”
The eLearning course examines the key techniques in identifying and managing loss, essential security management knowledge and skills needed for the retail sector Perpetuity Academy continues to expand its eLearning prospectus with the addition of a Managing Retail Security course designed to benefit anyone who is involved in preventing loss within the retail sector. The IQ level 4 Managing Retail Security course, delivered through Perpetuity’s eLearning platform allows learners to study at their own pace and in their own time. The course examines the key techniques involved in identifying and managing loss, as well as the essential security management knowledge and skills needed to work within the retail sector. “We have addressed the latest ideas, techniques and systems for the protection of people, premises and stock through key areas within the retail industry” Retail security management “We have addressed the latest ideas, techniques and systems for the protection of people, premises and stock through key areas within the retail industry,” said Ken Livingstone MSc, Director of Perpetuity Training Ltd. “In addition to loss prevention and security management personnel, this course will be of value to anyone involved in retail management who is concerned about protecting their company’s profits.” The course takes approximately 30 hours to complete, includes guidance on retail risk assessments and security surveys, as well as identifying vulnerable products and how to protect them. It also covers current regulation and legislation issues affecting retail security.
The height strip camera blends into the storeenvironment, conducting covert surveillanceundetected by potential criminals Video security systems could see a spike in Taiwan’s store security market, as more manufacturers start to release covert “height strip” cameras. These cameras offer an inconspicuous surveillance solution for Taiwan’s huge number of convenience stores, who are easy targets for criminals. One of the first things that potential criminals check for at their target stores or banks is where the security cameras are mounted, so they can avoid their faces being captured as evidence. Since the majority of surveillance cameras are ceiling-mounted, baseball caps or hoods are often used to avoid being caught on camera in a recognisable way. Capturing reliable facial images for identification is crucial to the security of stores and banks or any other business that can fall prey to criminals. Covert camera benefits for store security Specialty covert cameras such as height strip cameras provide a simple, yet discreet and cost-effective way to augment store security in small systems. As its exterior is disguised as a height strip, the camera blends in with the environment and its existence is unnoticed. In addition, such cameras are often placed by the exit, where fleeing criminals are most concerned about avoiding security cameras. Capturing reliable facial imagesfor identification is crucial to thesecurity of stores and banks orany other business that can fallprey to criminals VIVOTEK enters the height strip camera market This summer, Taiwanese security manufacturer VIVOTEK joined other big names, such as Axis, Honeywell and Verint in adding a height strip camera to its product offering. While it is not the first in the market to launch such a product, it has the advantage of being offered geographically within a large potential vertical market – Taiwan has the largest density of convenience stores in the world. Convenience stores: a vertical market, but vulnerable to crime According to 2014 statistics cited by China Times, a local news source, Taiwan has 10,000 convenience stores, or one for every 2,000 residents. These stores live up to their claims of convenience – catering their product offerings to their niche community, in addition to providing a wide array of services. These include mailing domestic and international packages, ATM banking, laundry service, and the collection of bills, traffic violation, tax and credit card payments. For instance, one convenience store located in Taipei 101, a must-visit for tourists, stocks up on pineapple cakes that are popular amongst tourists who take them back as souvenirs. Another located next to a duty-free store takes payments in Chinese Yuan, while those in scenic areas offer seating for customers to enjoy the breathtaking view while sipping store-bought coffee and nibbling on store-bought snacks. Since convenience stores are “alwaysopen”, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,even during the worst weather, theycan become easy targets for criminals.Moreover, convenience store productsare small and can be easily smuggledout of the shops without detection Statistics from 2005 ACNielsen Shopper Trends have shown that on average, out of a national population of 23 million, 80 percent of the Taiwanese urban household shoppers visit a convenience store at least once a week and 14 times a month. Since convenience stores are “always open”, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even during the worst weather, they can become easy targets for criminals. Moreover, convenience store products are small and can be easily smuggled out of the shops without detection. This makes height strip cameras ideal for optimising the video surveillance system within stores. Furthermore, all convenience stores currently have a height strip installed by the exit, so customers and would-be criminals may be so accustomed to its existence that they won’t suspect its true function. Height strip camera market potential Despite the large number of convenience stores in Taiwan, the market is not as fragmented as one might assume. Four major companies operate the convenience stores, with the exception of an isolated few. For instance, China Times reported that the convenience store industry leader owns approximately 5,000 stores, followed by 2,900 for the second largest, and 1,296 and 800 stores by the third and fourth largest, respectively. In other words, these are large projects not to be taken lightly!
High-sensitivity aspirating smoke detectors (ASDs) excel at providing very early warning of fires. Because of their high sensitivity chamber, their ability to cover large areas, and their ability to detect smoke in high-airflow environments, ASDs are ideal solutions for many common smoke detection applications. New ASD technology is enabling fire system designers to solve a much broader range of fire detection challenges, enabling them to take aspiration anywhere. In this article, Stephen Lederer, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Aspiration Business Unit at System Sensor, explains that the latest innovations in aspirating smoke detection technologies increase their effectiveness in traditional high-sensitivity applications, while also enabling them to meet a much wider range of fire detection challenges. Smoke Detection in Data Centres One of the most common applications for ASDs has been data facilities. Server rooms are home to expensive equipment and valuable business processes and data. In these facilities, every second of downtime accrued, transaction missed and byte of data destroyed due to smoke or fire can mean significant financial losses. In fact, according to a recent study by Emerson Network Power, downtime in a data centre has an average cost of about $500,000 per event. The potential for smoke and fire is heightened in data facilities as the electrical equipment they contain creates a high-heat-density environment. At the same time, air conditioning devices used to control the temperature create a high air flow and air filters used by the AC units can remove smoke particulate, making detecting smoke in data centres extremely challenging. ASDs overcome the challenges of protecting data centres by actively sampling air through a network of pipes. These pipes can be run above the ceiling, under the floor, in-between, in, and above server racks and cabinets, and in the return air duct of an air handling unit – anywhere smoke might travel. These detectors are capable of providing Very Early Warning Smoke Detection. This level of sensitivity, combined with multiple levels of alerts, enable facilities to implement a strategic response plan to address incipient fire conditions before costly damage and downtime can occur. Recent developments have enabled ASDs to potentially eliminate costs related false alarms A newer innovation that can enhance data centre smoke detection is increased nuisance immunity. Traditionally, nuisance alarms have been accepted as the cost of using a high-sensitivity aspirating detector. However, more advanced detection and filtering technology has greatly enhanced the nuisance immunity of some ASDs, enabling the detector to potentially eliminate costs-related false alarms. Smoke Detection in Warehouse Spaces A fire in a warehouse can potentially cost millions in lost inventory and downtime. Fires can also escalate quickly due to the amount of stored goods and the presence of combustible materials. But because of their size, these spaces present unique challenges to traditional detection devices. Large, open areas with high ceilings can cause smoke to dilute and not reach ceiling-mounted spot detectors in detectable quantities, and differences in temperature can cause stratification that prevents smoke from even reaching the ceiling. Aspirating smoke detectors can overcome many of the challenges typically present in warehouses. An ASD’s pipe system may be run vertically up racks and across the ceiling, taking samples along its pipe network to overcome the challenges of stratification. To further protect stored goods, pipes may also be run intra-rack to ensure complete coverage of a warehouse facility. If the warehouse is very large, a single ASD unit can cover several thousands of square metres of space, reducing the number of devices required. One common warehouse application challenge that has been difficult for ASDs to overcome is that the constant movement of inventory, forklifts, and air currents can release an unusual amount of dust and dirt into the air. This makes nuisance rejection a must in many warehouse environments. Again, recent developments in the filtering and detection of particulate have made it possible for some ASDs to provide the high-sensitivity required to detect very small levels of smoke while rejecting nuisance particulate from the detection equation. This mitigates the effects of dilution and enables a response before costly inventory damage can occur. Recent developments in the filtering and detection of particulate have made it possible for some ASDs to provide the high-sensitivity required to detect very small levels of smoke while rejecting nuisance particulate from the detection equation Another recent advance beneficial to these spaces is integral communications capabilities in the ASD that enable it to actively notify facility managers at the first instance of trouble. For example, there are devices that can communicate directly to the many major fire alarm panels without the need for any extra hardware. There are also devices that use an onboard Ethernet port to send e-mails to up to six individuals when set alarm thresholds are reached. The integral Ethernet capabilities also allow the device to be monitored anywhere in the facility via the Local Area Network (LAN), or anywhere in the world using a Web browser and a VPN-capable device. Smoke Detection in Cold Storage Spaces Costly loss of product and productivity are just two ways a fire can do a great deal of damage to cold storage facilities. However, due to low temperatures, normal UL listings for many traditional passive detection devices preclude their use in refrigerated storage applications. Furthermore, because cold storage environments have extremely dry atmospheres, high airflows, and the presence of highly combustible materials, fires can often spread very quickly. An ASD can be mounted outside the extreme environment in an easily accessible location. It then draws air through a pipe network that is run into the cold storage space, so the device is not exposed to the cold temperatures that prevent the use of many traditional devices. Temperatures within a cold storage facility can vary between –40°C and 18°C. There are systems, for example, listed to sample air as cold as -20°C. But if the air sample is colder than the listed ratings, it can be warmed before entering the device. Cold storage typically exists in a warehouse-style setting, so these facilities present many of the same challenges as warehouse applications. It is essential to protect freezers/chiller rooms, coolers, shipping bay areas, ceilings and ceiling voids. In addition to these areas, it is recommended to sample air from the return air path in the protected area. Samples may also be drawn from within the racks.
Jumbo Ten Brink Food introduced the face server into their store environment in March 2017 after discovering that almost 80% of shoplifting took place via large shopping bags. Since then, Jumbo has installed 80 Panasonic cameras in-store, helping them to win the award. Previously recognised by the National Institute of Standards Technology (NIST) as the most accurate on the market, Panasonic’s face server uses deep learning technology which maximises the performance of the core engine to achieve accurate and reliable recognition. The technology identifies faces that are ordinarily difficult to recognise with conventional techniques, such as those taken from an angle of up to 45 degrees to the left or right or 30 degrees up or down. It also maintains a 90% accuracy rate when detecting faces that are partially hidden by sunglasses or face masks. With this improved accuracy, security protection is enhanced and the system allows matches even when images are 10 years old Enhanced security protection If people are caught stealing, their image remains on the database. The face server provides a real-time processing capacity of up to 20 cameras per server and can execute high-speed searches of up to 30,000 registered reference faces. With this improved accuracy, security protection is enhanced and the system allows matches even when images are 10 years old. “The moment that a known shoplifter attempts to re-enter the store, an internal alarm is triggered, and we can take the best suitable action,” explains Edwin ten Brink, founder of Jumbo Ten Brink Food stores. “Thanks to the Panasonic face matching server, Jumbo has been proclaimed the safest store in the Netherlands." Karen Sangha, Panasonic’s Security Solutions Regional Marketing Manager says, “We are pleased to see that our customers are winning awards as a result of implementing our technology. We firmly believe that our face server is industry-leading and Jumbo Ten Brink Food’s success is testament to that.”
An integrated security system that includes new IP cameras and two-way audio technology has seen the rate of injuries as a result of attacks on Post Office staff decline by 36% in just three years. This follows the deployment of a sophisticated monitoring and intelligent threat detection platform from Morphean, a Video Surveillance-as-a-Service (VSaaS) innovator, which has not only helped to keep staff safe but has also protected ATMs from attack, helping to keep Post Office doors open. Post Office is responsible for the safety and well-being of 14,500 workers in 11,600 branches. The very nature of their combined service offering and the fact they are often located in rural areas, means branches are prime targets for thieves. Threat intelligence Opportunistic attacks on staff and equipment, and the use of expanding gas to break open ATM machines is not uncommon Opportunistic attacks on staff and equipment, and the use of expanding gas to break open ATM machines is not uncommon. In rural communities, attacks on equipment can leave branches out of operation for long periods. In the last year alone, there were 13,437 violent attacks on convenience store workers, 27% of which involved a weapon and 39% led to injury, according to The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) annual Crime Report. The Post Office security team wanted to build on its existing threat intelligence and response system, Grapevine, with a network of IP cameras and two-way audio into branches. Axis Communications cameras, microphones and speakers, connected to the Morphean Platform and hosted in the cloud, were installed in pilot branches by Kings Secure Technologies. Security automation Now that trial implementations have been completed successfully, the security team plans to expand coverage rapidly. In addition to the cameras, the networked speakers enable control centre staff to speak directly to customers and suspected criminals, alerting them to the fact they are under surveillance. The solution is also optimised to use low bandwidth dataFurther integrations are under way to bring security automation to other branches, such as providing the ability for remote agents to lock on-site safes in the event of an attack. Because of the challenges around connectivity in the areas where the most vulnerable branches are situated, the solution is also optimised to use low bandwidth data and is capable of streaming video over a 3G mobile network. Built-in intelligence The built-in intelligence of the Morphean Platform means staff are able to monitor footage for suspicious behaviour, such as individuals loitering near an ATM, and issue an alert to security teams who can then decide on the appropriate course of action. If it’s someone trying to find their wallet, no action is taken; if a crime is in progress, police will be notified along with video footage. In addition, staff are able to trigger an alert manually using an under-the-counter activation button, which can be investigated immediately by control centre staff at the alarm receiving centre (ARC). “The safety of our staff is our number one priority,” says Physical Security Manager for Post Office, Mark Dinsdale. Make significant differences Footage goes straight to the Morphean cloud, and the platform compresses video and is fully encrypted end-to-end" “We’ll never completely eliminate crime in our branches, but we are also not powerless against it and we are able to make significant differences to the safety of our people, as demonstrated by the new technology we are deploying.” “Post Officers, particularly those in remote areas without access to a nearby police station, value the easy access to help and now report feeling much safer at work,” he concludes. Paul Ottley, Account Director at Kings Secure Technologies, says there are more subtle benefits to the Morphean Platform. “Footage goes straight to the Morphean cloud, and the platform compresses video and is fully encrypted end-to-end. This means that even if criminals attempt to destroy cameras or on-site storage appliances, recordings of any incidents are secured in a manner that is admissible as evidence. This eliminates the challenge of sending out an engineer to collect footage. It’s a simple solution that is flexible and fully compliant with regulations such as the GDPR.”
Security is always one of the top concerns for any stores, especially for multinational hypermarkets, and IP surveillance is becoming the norm in the retail sector. The multinational hypermarket in South America has adopted 70 Surveon NVR7816, which was designed as a recording server with an archiving function that offers cost advantages and easy maintenance. Besides, NVR7816 ensures high video image quality with high throughput capability, providing a safe environment for people and goods in their 66 stores. Price and performance are always the key elements to help SI win projects. Surveon NVR7800 Series was designed as a recording server with an archiving function that offers cost advantages compared to traditional system structures composed of recording server plus a separate storage device, making it the top choice for the multinational hypermarket. Better image quality The NVR7800 Series is 100% compatible with major 3rd party VMS, including Milestone and Genetec VMSEach hypermarket installs 80 to 100 cameras with improved image quality. The multinational hypermarket needed a reliable system which supports recording with hundred channels and is able to transmit high resolution images smoothly. The NVR7800 Series delivers a high level of recording throughput of nearly 2000 Mbps, supporting recording with more channels, allowing system to receive better video image quality by higher bitrates, and ensuring smooth transmission even with high frame rate. The multinational hypermarket bought 6,000 channels Genetec VMS license before deciding the supplier of server and storage, making the system most composed by brands. The multinational hypermarket needed a solution which is fully compatible with Genetec VMS. The NVR7800 Series is 100% compatible with major 3rd party VMS, including Milestone and Genetec VMS. Hybrid server-storage design The hybrid server-storage design of NVR7800 Series gives us a big hand with its high throughput and easy maintenance" With Genetec VMS, NVR7800 Series can serve up to 300CH 1.3MP cameras with continuous recording or 190CH 1.3MP cameras with motion detection recording. Based on Milestone test findings, NVR7800 Series supports up to 150 cameras, more than twice Milestone’s benchmark level in a non-stop recording scenario. The system is even capable of supporting more than four times the number of cameras estimated by benchmark under the testing scenario where motion detection is enabled, giving medium to large projects the best price-performance solution. "The hybrid server-storage design of NVR7800 Series gives us a big hand with its high throughput and easy maintenance. And it also gives us a better performance with affordable budget in every perspective. We are very satisfied with the result and look forward to working with Surveon in the future." said the administration manager of the multinational hypermarket.
Traditionally, many stores have used an assortment of tags and labels on a diverse range of merchandise, most of which were designed for an entirely different set of products. As a result, many apparel retailers have recognised that in some instances merchandise and textiles are being damaged. Checkpoint Systems, renowned supplier of source-to-shopper solutions, has therefore developed an innovative new anti-theft solution to meet their specific requirements – Mini NeedleLok. Mini NeedleLok anti-theft solution Designed to protect all types of garments, including very thin fabric, the one-piece solution deters thieves while preventing damage that would usually occur on application of pinned security tags. Whilst other products on the market feature a hinged mechanism which can snag and rip textiles, Mini NeedleLok uses a needle in place of a separate pin, which separates the fibres rather than breaking through them. This allows store assistants to gently spread fabric threads on application to avoid leaving a visible hole after removal. In order to reduce time spent on in-store tagging labour, the Mini NeedleLok mechanical design allows quick and easy application, whilst the solution’s wide opening also allows freedom of placement anywhere on the garment. Minimum product damage risk The Mini NeedleLok speeds up the self-checkout process The Mini NeedleLok also speeds up the self-checkout process. It can be removed quickly and efficiently at the point-of-sale, thanks to its single-piece design and wide opening, enabling store associates to assist with other enquiries, improving the in-store customer experience. It also eliminates the risk of damage to the merchandise, or injury to the customer, as the needle is never exposed. Not only that, with 70% of purchase decisions made at the shelf, Mini NeedleLok has been designed with display in mind. Its sleek look and smart black colour ensures it doesn’t impede on the garment’s aesthetics in order to help turn a browser to a buyer. For those retailers wishing to take their visual merchandising a step further, the solution can also be customised, from adding a logo to a bespoke colourway that matches the company’s branding. Anti-theft retail solution Irene Fernandez, Product Management Europe at Checkpoint Systems, commented: “We’re more customer focused than we have ever been in our history, which is demonstrated through the diverse range of solutions that we now offer retailers across a variety of markets. With the Mini NeedleLok, we took our existing technologies and created a product that fits our apparel customers’ requirements - an effective anti-theft solution that protects merchandise, with the added benefit of being customisable. This is ideal for fashion brands where aesthetic is crucial to their identity.”
With a century-long tradition for trade and commerce, the Hala Koszyki market hall was opened in 1908 on Koszykowa Street in Warsaw, Poland. Known as the ‘People’s Bazaar’, the Art Noveau-style building endured numerous social and political changes throughout its storied history. Between 2009 and 2016, Hala Koszyki was remodeled entirely according to a design by Polish star architects JEMS Architekci. Since its grand reopening in autumn 2016, Hala Koszyki has emerged as a major attraction for food connoisseurs in the Polish capital. The remodeled building retains some of the architectural layout of the historic original while offering international flavors in a variety of restaurants, bars, and food shops, plus several office spaces in a premium ambiance. Retail solutions Bosch received the contract as a one-stop supplier with a strong track record in large-scale retail solutions Providing integrated security for Hala Koszyki called for a vendor that could solve three key challenges: First, the security system needed to blend in with the market’s stylish interior without attracting attention. Second, shop and restaurant personnel as well as office workers required specific access privileges to otherwise restricted areas. And third, building operators wanted a customisable system to meet the specific demands of Hala Koszyki’s shops, cafes, offices, parking spaces and other areas. Bosch received the contract as a one-stop supplier with a strong track record in large-scale retail solutions, also including the high-profile New Union Square shopping center and office tower in Downtown Warsaw. The experts equipped Hala Koszyki with video security, intrusion alarm, and access control systems. Intelligent video analytics The market hall’s video security system features moving and fixed IP-based cameras from Bosch throughout the premises. Integrated on the Bosch Video Management System (BVMS), the cameras are monitored by security staff in an on-site control room. For added security, cameras in critical areas feature Intelligent Video Analytics to recognise threats, unauthorised access, and suspicious behaviors automatically. In order to keep areas such as storage rooms and office facilities ‘off limits’ to unauthorised visitors, Bosch installed access control readers Aside from greatly reducing the manpower needed to monitor video screens, the system also offers forensic search functionality for evidence in a user-friendly interface. In order to keep areas such as storage rooms and office facilities ‘off limits’ to unauthorised visitors, Bosch installed access control readers. Answering a key requirement, the access control system also logs the entry and exit times of employees, while keeping track of the current number of employees in the building. Complete security solution Safeguarding the Hala Koszyki against intruders, the integrated security solution features Professional Series intrusion detectors equipped with PIR (passive infrared) sensors. Combining these detectors with the intrusion panel Modular Alarm Platform MAP 5000 ensures continued operation in events such as short circuits or interruption of the power supply in a scalable system that can grow with customer requirements. The complete security solution for Hala Koszyki is managed by the Building Integration System (BIS). Overall, the integrated Bosch solution achieves the feat of accommodating Hala Koszyki’s various security and access requirements ‘under one roof’ while blending into the architecture, so end consumers are free to enjoy their shopping and dining experience undisturbed.
A combination of SMARTair devices — wireless, battery-powered escutcheons, cylinders and wall readers ensure security at the new Almelo building, thereby also ensuring that the demands of a busy mixed-use environment are met. Authorised employees can use offices and warehouse spaces they need; shoppers only access the retail areas of this new Witzand superstore. "This building is our showroom and must come with a modern access control system: SMARTair is the right system for us,” explains Kevin Hoitink at Witzand Almelo. SMARTair wireless access control With SMARTair wireless access control, Witzand facility managers tailor the precise security levels they need for different areas of the building. It’s easy to manage and amend access rights for every site user, to ensure authorised employees come and go freely, while everyone else is kept out. The Almelo installation runs via an Update on Card system, which is ideal for premises with medium to high daily user traffic. With Update on Card management, administrators can set time-limited access rights and order audit trails when needed. Strategically located wall updaters provide a link between the software and the SMARTair-protected doors. It’s easy even for non-specialists to manage a SMARTair installation with the bundled, full-featured TS1000 admin software. Witzand’s new flagship building was awarded a score of 56.6% by the Dutch BREEAM sustainability certification program. Its employees, customers and valuable stock are kept safe by SMARTair.
Round table discussion
The obvious reason to buy security systems is to promote greater security. But in some cases, there are more specific and/or immediate motivators that lead to a security purchase. Everybody wants more security in the abstract, but how willing are we to pay for it? Security is sometimes seen as a “grudge purchase,” competing for tight corporate dollars with other investments that may seem more appealing or urgent. But other times an event occurs that moves security to the top of the list of priorities. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What motivators compel customers to buy more security systems?