Video motion detection
At GSX 2018 in booth #2341, Hanwha Techwin America, a global supplier of IP and analogue video surveillance solutions, will unveil the new Wisenet TNV-7010RC corner mount camera. Focussed on the unique needs of correctional facilities and detention centres, the IP-based camera features a corner mount design that provides broad room coverage. IR (infrared) is emitted at a higher wavelength than traditional ‘red glowing’ IR emitters, making it invisible to the human eye so as not to di...
Agent Video Intelligence (Agent Vi), the global provider of video analytics solutions, announced the launch of innoVi Enterprise, an innovative Deep Learning-powered video analytics software designed to meet the high-end security and safety needs of multiple vertical sectors. innoVi Enterprise includes a comprehensive suite of real-time detection rules as well as an autonomous real-time Anomaly Detection capability. Agent Vi’s breakthrough Anomaly Detection capability, which does not requ...
Cobalt Robotics, a manufacturer of intelligent security robots used to autonomously patrol indoor facilities, will unveil its new leak and spill detection sensing capabilities as part of the Global Security Exchange, one of the largest tradeshows and conferences to showcase the latest security technologies. At last year’s event, previously called the ASIS Annual Seminar and Exhibits, Cobalt Robotics was the recipient of the 2017 Judges Choice Award, the highest honor available as part of...
Milestone Systems, the open platform company in networked video management software (VMS), announces XProtect 2018 R3 to be released on October 2. With this third release in 2018, Milestone is continuing to respond to the demands from the partner community. We live in an ever-changing world, and the frequent release cycle ensures that the needs of Milestone stakeholders are rapidly met. Many modern-day surveillance cameras are shipped with advanced analytical functions like motion detection, te...
VIVOTEK, an IP surveillance provider, announces that it will bring enhanced value to its vertical surveillance solutions at the security fair, Security ESSEN 2018, scheduled to take place September 25 to 28 in Essen, Germany. Located at booth 5F40, VIVOTEK will highlight its latest surveillance products, including deep learning technology, ultra-HD, 180-degree panoramic and 360-degree as well as cybersecurity solutions. VIVOTEK will highlight 4 key developments at Security ESSEN 2018, including...
Optex are preparing for a busy Security Essen show, where the sensor technologies company will demonstrate how the different detection technologies can improve security systems. Optex are showcasing new firmware for 2D Lidar scanners, with models now ranging from less than 20m to a 100m pre-warning zone, along with a new PIR to add to our outdoor intrusion range. For residential applications, they will be exhibiting the newly launched Shield PIR series that feature a volumetric 12m 90-degree m...
As part of the company's continuing growth and worldwide expansion, Magos Systems, a state-of-the-art radar technology and perimeter protection solutions provider, announces that it is expanding into the North American market with veteran security executive, Yaron Zussman as general manager. Founded in 2007 in Israel, Magos first specialised in advanced radar solutions for the military and defense markets. In 2015, Magos’ technology was declassified, allowing the company to focus on developing best-in-class systems for the commercial security market. Today, Magos radars are used in over 30 countries in critical infrastructure, data centers, electric utility sub stations, and oil refineries as well as in other commercial verticals like vineyards and car lots. Now, Magos is positioned to see increased adoption of its solutions in the U.S. Magos has also welcomed both Moshe Levi and Javier Arias as program managers to the North American operation Security management systems Magos has also welcomed both Moshe Levi and Javier Arias as program managers to the North American operation. Moshe Levi brings over 18 years of experience in the IT and security industries to the team. Levi holds a degree in computer science from the Academic College of Tel-Aviv. Prior to joining Magos, Levi worked with companies such as FST Biometrics and spent two years with ML-TEC Consulting as a technology and business development consultant and product manager. Levi also worked with OnSSI as a product manager and held the position of director of partner alliance with BriefCam. Javier Arias has spent over 20 years in the security industry and holds a degree in computer engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also previously worked with FST Biometrics. Arias gained experience as a project manager for G4S Technology, as a security consultant with Critigen, and worked with CH2M Hill and Security Management Systems for almost a decade. Enabling excellent performance “We are excited to expand our customer base and technology partners in North America, and we look forward to the new opportunities this strategic move will lead to,” said Yaron Zussman, general manager of Magos America. The Magos product offering includes a variety of ground-based radar solutions with varying coverage range for a broad base of applications, along with an automated radar management software. Magos radar technology allows for 24/7 all-condition detection of a protected site in a cost-effective manner. The technology boasts an ultra-high range accuracy, enabling excellent performance and false alarm reduction even in the most cluttered environments. Cost-efficient solution SR-1000 is Magos’ radar for larger-size applications with a detection range of 1000 meters for vehicles and over 800 meters for humansThe SR-1000 is Magos’ radar for larger-size applications with a detection range of 1000 meters for vehicles and over 800 meters for humans, allowing for the earliest possible detection and over 200 acres of coverage. The SR-500 features a detection range of up to 700 meters for vehicles and 400 meters for humans. The SR-250 is Magos’ newest solution in its perimeter protection lineup. Utilizing the same Multiple Input and Multiple Output (MIMO) and digital beam forming technologies found in the SR-1000 and SR-500, it can cover an area of more than 15 acres, detecting targets at up to 250 meters. With azimuth coverage of 120-degrees and elevation coverage of 30-degrees, the radar provides superior coverage in all weather and lighting conditions, providing a cost-efficient solution that delivers military grade performance. The SR-250 consumes less than three watts of power and boasts a small size, making it another ideal, easy-to-install solution for both static and mobile deployments. Yielding wider coverage Magos also offers customers its Magos Area Surveillance System (MASS), a fully automated software for handling, monitoring and logging security events based upon inputs from an unlimited number of sensors, including radars and video surveillance cameras. MASS is able to seamlessly integrate with existing video management software (VMS) to create a more wholistic approach to perimeter protection. Once a target enters a pre-defined area of interest, MASS triggers an event in the customer's VMS and cues all the relevant pan-tilt-zoom cameras to continuously follow all detected threats, capable of following over 100 targets simultaneously. This enables Magos to deliver a fully integrated perimeter protection solution that covers the same area with fewer sensors while yielding wider coverage in all weather conditions.
Rhombus Systems, an enterprise video security startup, is redefining video security for businesses around the world with their AI-powered security camera – the Rhombus R1. This next-generation security camera has the ability to learn and alert users to an unidentified person, making threat detection faster than ever before. Rhombus’s video security system continuously analyses video to help organisations better secure their physical spaces. Today the company announced a $3 million seed round led by Lemnos Labs, with participation from Promus Ventures and Portfolia, to help accelerate its growth and transform video security. With Rhombus, users have the power to trust or flag certain faces giving it the ability to pre-emptively detect potential threatsRhombus Systems is a major advancement to outdated CCTV systems that encounter a wide range of problems, such as bulky hardware, difficult installations, complicated servers, outdated network video recorders (NVRs) and the risk of becoming compromised. The R1 solves these issues and can even examine its environment, people, objects and motion to improve its overall performance. Pre-emptive detection of potential threats “Traditional business video security is outdated,” said Garrett Larsson, Rhombus Systems Co-founder and CEO. “By combining AI and computer vision, we are able to offer a video security system unlike any other. Modern businesses and organisations want better technology, and our system symbolises the first step, and our commitment, in providing next-generation solutions to better understand and protect our spaces.” With Rhombus, users have the power to trust or flag certain faces giving it the ability to pre-emptively detect potential threats. For example, if the cameras identify an individual or object that is prohibited from a school campus or business, the system can provide their location and alert the appropriate personnel with real-time notifications, all without having to monitor a video feed. The system can also count and record the number of unique people, measure foot traffic, and pull quantitative data to help businesses understand how their space is being utilised. Cloud-managed secure access system Rhombus is entirely cloud managed, allowing users to securely access their system from any computer or mobile device“We previously managed a system that couldn’t scale with our growth,” said Arik Levy, CEO of Luxer One which makes package delivery smart lockers. “They seem to have really taken their time in solving the problems that exist with traditional systems. The productivity and features we’ve gained was like a breath of fresh air.” The Rhombus R1 cameras are plug-and-play – meaning they can be setup, taken down, and moved in a matter of minutes providing unique flexibility and scalability. Rhombus is entirely cloud managed, allowing users to securely access their system from any computer or mobile device. End-to-end encryption and automatic firmware updates come standard to ensure the system itself is secure. Seamless IT integrations, such as single sign-on (SSO), Office 365, and Slack are included to make managing the system and user-experience effortless. Rhombus’s $3 million seed round will allow them to execute its vision in replacing outdated video security systems to better protect organisations, as well as accelerate its growth into different sectors, and recruit more talent for sales and marketing.
Vicon Industries, Inc., designer and manufacturer of video surveillance and access control software, hardware and components, announced the launch of Valerus 18.2, the latest version of its popular thin-client VMS solution built upon true open standards. New to this release are features that include: automated NVR failover, enhanced configuration options that include an enhanced rules engine that can respond to external events, tighter controls for system access authorisations and network-wide log collection and reporting. It also offers support for Valerus SmartAnalytics, a soon-to-be-released, tightly integrated video analytics solution that offers real-time event detection, video search and business intelligence applications. Valerus’ new NVR failover option allows administrators to create ‘failover clusters’ within the network, in which one or more NVRs are identified as dedicated failover units to support primary NVRs. Failover NVRs automatically take over for primary NVRs within their cluster, maintaining all camera and system settings until the original NVR is restored to operation. Playback of recorded video remains seamless, eliminating the need for operators to know exactly when failover occurred. Valerus automatically retrieves video from the NVR on which it resides. Valerus SmartAnalytics for event detection Valerus SmartAnalytics can analyse video from multiple sources in parallel and allows for complex detection scenarios that link detection rules from different cameras The addition of Valerus SmartAnalytics as an option for users of Valerus 18.2 brings powerful, integrated analytics capabilities to the VMS platform. The Valerus SmartAnalytics engine applies detection rules based on sophisticated AI algorithms to provide live action alerts, post-event search and business intelligence trend analysis. Valerus SmartAnalytics can analyse video from multiple sources in parallel and allows for complex detection scenarios that link detection rules from different cameras. Unlimited combinations of analytics detection rules can be applied to each camera. Events and search tools appear within the Valerus interface, providing a simplified experience for system operators. Both NVR failover and Valerus SmartAnalytics support are offered through a new ‘enterprise’ level Valerus licensing tier. The Valerus SmartAnalytics modules will be available to customers running Valerus Enterprise, version 18.2, beginning in early fall, 2018. Customers currently running Valerus Pro or Core level software can easily upgrade to Enterprise without the need for camera relicensing or hardware replacement. Improving security staff’s situational awareness In keeping with the Valerus commitment to delivering ‘advanced simplicity’, Valerus 18.2 offers a simplified but more powerful system configuration user interface. Administrators can now use the Valerus rules engine to create multi-step automated actions in response to events generated by external systems. Administrators must now actively provide each user with access to Valerus resources by assigning him or her to one or more ‘roles’ – Admin, Operator, Supervisor and/or Investigator For example, an integrated LPR system’s identification of a black listed vehicle can prompt Valerus to immediately call up relevant cameras and send a text alert to specified operators, improving security staff’s situational awareness and ability to respond quickly. The configuration interface now simplifies load balancing, making it easier to move cameras between NVRs, and provides additional navigation buttons for jumping between the device and resource screens. Enhanced security through authorisation system Valerus 18.2 offers enhanced security through an updated authorisation system. Administrators must now actively provide each user with access to Valerus resources by assigning him or her to one or more ‘roles’ – Admin, Operator, Supervisor and/or Investigator. Assigned roles determine which resources are available to each user upon logging in. For support and maintenance teams, a single request can now provide system-wide software logs from all devices, making it easier to troubleshoot. “Vicon’s Valerus VMS platform has proven to be hugely popular in enterprise applications, from citywide and statewide surveillance systems, to healthcare and education campuses, to the largest Cathedral in the world. We anticipate that the features we are introducing with Valeurs 18.2 will do much to further that trend,” said Bret McGowan, Senior V.P. of Sales and Marketing.
At GSX 2018 in booth #2341, Hanwha Techwin America, a global supplier of IP and analogue video surveillance solutions, will unveil the Wisenet Q series line of affordable cameras and NVRs. Scheduled to become available in September 2018, the Wisenet Q series is an affordable professional product line that offers simple and essential features that are ideal for small to medium-sized applications. Improved Bandwidth efficiency up to 75% The Wisenet Q series offers a range of 24 indoor and outdoor dome cameras to meet the needs of a variety of customers looking for sharp and clear image quality at an affordable price, including retail, banking, offices, transportation and more. Available in 2MP and 4MP resolutions, the Q series cameras are packed with innovative features including: Multiple lens options (2.8mm to 6.0mm lens) as well as motorized and manual vari-focal lenses Hallway view for monitoring vertical shaped areas Improved bandwidth efficiency with WiseStream and H.265 (using WiseStream technology and high-efficiency video coding (H.265), the bandwidth efficiency can be improved by up to 75% compared to current H.264 technology) Defocus detection - helps recognise when an image is out of focus True 120dB WDR (wide dynamic range). Built-in IR on all Q series cameras PoE (Power over Ethernet) powered The QRN NVRs support Hanwha’s WiseStream compression technology to improve bandwidth and storage efficiency for high-resolution images Support for UHD 4K images The new QRN NVRs provide high-performance recording solutions yet cost-effective options for smaller installations such as offices and retailers. Customers can save on both installation costs and time by using the Wisenet Q series together with the new Q series PoE NVRs (Network Video Recorders). The PoE ports negate the need for the provision of separate power cables and plug points for each camera or the need for an external PoE switch. The new NVRs are able to support the display of ultra-high definition 4K display images via their HDMI output ports. This means users also have the alternative option to display 4 x 1080P images in quad mode. Just like the cameras in the Q series, the QRN NVRs support Hanwha’s WiseStream compression technology to improve bandwidth and storage efficiency for high-resolution images. The QRN-410S 4 channel models each have the capability of 40Mbps network camera recording. The 8 channel QRN-810S models can record up to 80Mbps, while the 16 channel QRN-1610S models can record up to 128Mbps. Featuring Automatic Recovery Backup By using the metadata from the cameras, the new QRN NVRs can improve the searching methods of the archived videos. Users can search the metadata via Smart Search, Virtual Lines, and Enter/Exit boxes. These features can be used in combination to reduce the amount of time needed to search for any specific motion-related events. The QRN NVRs provide support for the latest version of the Wisenet Mobile App by using a QR code for each of the connected cameras Should there be a temporary network fault preventing the streaming of captured images to any of the NVRs, an Automatic Recovery Backup (ARB) feature automatically and seamlessly feeds the missing images from the respective cameras’ SD card when the network connection is re-established. This ensures there are no missing gaps in the recording of what could be important evidence of an incident. Compatible with Wisent WAVE VMS The QRN NVRs provide support for the latest version of the Wisenet Mobile App by using a QR code for each of the connected cameras. NVRs can easily be added to the Wisenet Mobile App list by simply scanning the QR code with a smartphone. Notifications are automatically ‘pushed’ to authorised users via the Wisenet Mobile App when an alarm is triggered by sensors, motion detection and/or a variety of analytics including enter/exit direction, virtual line and camera defocus. The QRN NVRs are fully compatible with Wisenet WAVE VMS (Video Management Software), an extremely easy-to-use and scalable software solution that maximises the efficiency of Wisenet network cameras and provides the option to seamlessly monitor, expand, and scale its systems.
At GSX 2018 in booth #2341, Hanwha Techwin America, a global supplier of IP and analog video surveillance solutions, will unveil two new cameras in its P series line. The Wisenet PNM-9000VQ (4-head) multi-directional camera and the PNM-9320VQP (4-head) multi-directional plus 32x optical zoom PTZ camera support configurable fixed-focus lens/CMOS sensor modules that allow the installer to choose the resolution and the focal length for each head. Full suite of video analytics Ideally suited for city surveillance, stadiums, and airports, the new cameras allow for individual on-screen displays and a full suite of video analytics including loitering, directional detection, fog detection, tampering, motion detection, and objects entering or exiting an area. Hallway view aspect ratios are also supported for the monitoring of vertical shaped areas. The PNM-9320VQP and PNM-9000VQ feature a configurable four head multi-sensor array that can accept a choice of 2MP modules with optional 2.8, 3.6, 6 or 12mm lenses or 5MP modules with optional 3.7, 4.6 and 7mm lenses in any combination to suit the unique requirements of any job. Additionally, the PNM-9320VPQ has a 2MP HD (4.44-142.6mm) PTZ sensor capable of 32x optical zoom to provide additional clarity in any direction. Multi-streaming performance “Never before has so much power and flexibility been available in a multi-directional camera,” said Paul Kong, Technical Director, Hanwha Techwin. “With high frame-rates (60/30fps) per sensor, true 150dB WDR (Wide Dynamic Range), H.265 WiseStream II compression technology and a powerful suite of analytics built in, the cameras are unique in their capabilities. Our latest cameras are re-defining the multi-sensor market once again.” Utilising a single IP address over one cat5 cable requires only one VMS license further reducing the cost to install, service, and support. Powerful multi-streaming performance adds further flexibility to route streams to multiple destinations at different resolutions.
As shown on the Multiple Object Tracking (MOT) Benchmark’s official website, Dahua Technology TRK Method set a world record and took the 1st place in multiple pedestrian tracking challenges on August 2nd, 2018 - with a multi-object tracking accuracy (MOTA) of 54.1±13.0%. Multiple Object Tracking Technology Multiple Object Tracking (MOT) is an algorithm testing platform jointly established by Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, the University of Adelaide and Technische Universitat Darmstadt. The benchmark is for performance evaluation of multiple pedestrian tracking algorithms in video surveillance scenes. As one of the most professional evaluation platform within the tracking field, MOT has attracted the continuous participation of numerous top-ranking AI companies and academic institutions. Multiple object tracking technology handles trajectory association of all target objects in a video sequence Object tracking technology is a core technology of video structured analysis. The principle is to use the initial target positioning information to complete the association of the same target in the time series, and complete the behavior discrimination and analysis according to the associated information. Multiple object tracking technology handles trajectory association of all target objects in a video sequence. Target detection & face recognition To prepare for this competition, Dahua Technology has upgraded the deep learning multiple object tracking algorithm frame based upon the advantages of target detection, face recognition, search by image and other algorithms. Using current methods such as feature reuse, together with multi-model fusion technology, the tracking performance has been greatly improved. Better solving problems such as obscuration, deformation, light changes, random motion, and excessive movement, Dahua Technology’s object tracking technology has been widely applied to newly launched intelligent products, especially cameras, NVRs and servers that are based upon video data structured algorithms. Innovation is a company’s foundation of development, and also its source of power. This world record in MOT challenge marks Dahua Technology’s world leading position in object tracking field. 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.
Sonitrol, the provider of verified electronic security, announces the successful implementation of a Sonitrol TotalGuard system for 4EverReady Home Care, located in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio. TotalGuard, innovated by 3xLOGIC, has alarm verification capabilities that detected an incident outside the premises, which led to a successful resolution of a potential false alarm situation. 4EverReady Home Care is a privately-owned home care agency based in Dayton, Ohio. The organisation is committed to providing clients with the highest quality care possible, while allowing them to maintain both freedom and independence in the comfort of their homes. Incident triggered alarm 4EverReady has two locations, in Cincinnati and Dayton. Late on a recent evening, surveillance video from inside the Cincinnati location showed a person standing outside the office when suddenly a car drove by the intersection. The person in the video made a hasty retreat from the building and crossed the street. What had happened? “We recognised the man in the video, he’s often in the neighbourhood and because our offices are all glass looking out to the street, we can observe him and others walking up and down the nearby sidewalks,” recounted Lisa Roberts-Rosser, Executive Consultant for 4EverReady. “Because this incident triggered an alarm from our system, Sonitrol of SW Ohio brought the video to my attention, I was the first person called. I knew the man in the video, and I’d never seen him move that fast.”Sonitrol operator was able to quickly determine that the offices were not in danger of a break-in, therefore, this was not an active alarm Area under protection The Sonitrol operator was able to play the video with the related audio to figure out that the passing car had actually fired (turned out later) a paintball gun at the man in front of 4EverReady’s offices, causing him to flee. More importantly, the Sonitrol operator was able to quickly determine that the offices were not in danger of a break-in. This incident occurred outside the area under protection; therefore, this was not an active alarm so no further action was necessary. “We installed the Sonitrol TotalGuard system back in April and our system’s two cameras give us all the visibility we need. Our office is essentially one big room and the cameras give views in the office and through the windows into the immediate neighbourhood,” Roberts-Rosser explained. Motion detection technologies In addition to video surveillance with video and audio alarm verification, the TotalGuard system includes glass break detection and motion detection technologies. 4EverReady has also installed a Sonitrol Cloud Access, which provides key fob entry through the office main entrance. Roberts-Rosser and any other staff with privileges can remotely arm and disarm the TotalGuard system with a smartphone through the available Sonitrol mobile app. “TotalGuard provides us complete alarm verification capability, and the mobile app definitely works well for us,” she explained. “If there is a time that someone has forgotten to arm the system upon exiting at the end of the day, I can arm the system from home or wherever I am.” Legitimate alarm situation 4EverReady has a consultant that uses the office space for meetings after hours, to prevent any interruption of the normal daily work flow. Roberts-Rosser can program the TotalGuard system from anywhere, at anytime, to grant the consultant access when it is needed. The sensitivity of our system is impressive, when it was first installed it was alarming because of loud music outside, cars backfiring, and other loud noises In addition to TotalGuard picking up an incident outside the area of protection, Roberts-Rosser said there has been a process to calibrate the system to be as effective as possible. “The sensitivity of our system is impressive, when it was first installed it was alarming because of loud music outside, cars backfiring, and other loud noises. Once a neighbourhood child pulled on the door while horseplaying around and that definitely caused an alarm. Working with Sonitrol, we’re able to verify all of these incidents to make sure we are only contacting the police when it’s a legitimate alarm situation.” Highly-effective system As is becoming abundantly clear in recent years, police forces are not unlimited resources. Sonitrol TotalGuard has proven to be a highly-effective system in cutting costly, even dangerous, false alarms. “TotalGuard is a technology package no other company is offering security customers, it is a genuine game changer, and this incident proves the technology goes above and beyond in protecting customer’s property, even if the action is well outside the area under surveillance,” said Alison Shiver, Marketing Manager, Sonitrol of SW Ohio.
Retail banks and financial services companies have a long history of dealing with the risk and potential threat of criminal activity. Arecont Vision understands the unique needs of the retail banking and financial services market and provides customer-proven megapixel camera technology to specifically meet those needs for our customers around the world. Bank crime statistics In a typical year in the United States, according to the FBI cash losses total around $7.5 million, only about 22% of which is recovered by law enforcement agencies. Other nations have similar results. Acts of violence are committed in about four percent of the robberies, with employees suffering the most injuries; other countries are not immune and the rate varies around the world. Small banks and branch offices of banks are typically targeted nearly 47 times more often than main offices are in large institutions worldwide. The continuing deployment of IP megapixel camera technology is leading to more identifications and apprehensions of criminal suspects thanks to improved image quality delivering outstanding live video and forensic recording. Panoramic megapixel cameras provide undistorted, high-quality video with 180-360° coverage, non-stop indoors and out. Bank & finance applications Deter internal and external theft Overall security with enough detail for customer and staff ID and vehicle/license plate ID Megapixel provides the ability for facial detail Improve staff productivity Resolve staff and customer disputes Protect staff, customers, equipment and assets Ability to cover more with less (instead of manpower to control PTZs, panoramic cameras can cover it all of the time) Increased detail equals better forensics and reduced time from police and security professionals in post event investigations Monitor daily business Forensic documentation to build cases Provide security, situational awareness, life safety Prevent fraudulent claims Quantifiable return on investment What Arecont Vision's customers say Omar Valdemar, CPP, VP – Manager, Security Solutions, City National Bank, comments: “When City National Bank began integrating high quality megapixel security system solutions, Arecont Vision was among many cameras that were tested. Arecont Vision’s high resolution and WDR technology made their cameras instrumental tools in City National’s security design.”Alex De Barros of AV Enforce (integrator for ABSA Bank, South Africa) says: “Arecont Vision outperforms all the current competitors. The price compared to analogue cameras is better considering the fact that you gain so much. We were able to capture images for the bank that were never achieved before.”
3xLOGIC, Inc., a provider of integrated, intelligent security solutions, and a three-time Deloitte Technology Fast 500 winner, announced that Frederick Douglass High School (FDHS) has deployed a highly-successful video surveillance installation that helps ensure two points of alarm verification to sharply reduce false alarms. In the summer of 2017, Sonitrol of Lexington and Bates Security completed one of the companies’ most innovative installations. The project includes verified audio detection, verified video, and an advanced access control system. FDHS, located in Lexington, KY, comprises 350,000+ sq. ft. with over 90 staff and hundreds of students. The video surveillance system utilises 192 3xLOGIC HD and IP camera models with analytics software for verification and network health monitoring WDR HD and IP cameras for clear pictures The video surveillance system utilises 192 3xLOGIC HD and IP camera models with analytics software for verification and network health monitoring. Sixty cameras are deployed outside the building and 130+ are located inside throughout the facility. The system features wide dynamic range cameras that automatically adjust to environmental lighting and allow the end user to see clearly out of a sun-lit window or in pitch-black darkness. The cameras record to six 3xLOGIC V7300 servers. “Every door has a strike and motion detection, every lower level room has an audio sensor,” explained Sean Moberly, Sonitrol of Lexington Project Manager, who designed the system. “Every entry has a sensor and panic buttons, and we have Sonitrol access control for 12-15 doors. We concealed the door readers with built-in pockets, so the reader is not exposed but still effectively reads cards. We have video verification at every entry door.” Easily accessible security system Moberly continued, “School staff and Law Enforcement are extremely pleased with 3xLOGIC and the technology the company offers. They love the image clarity and the range of coverage it provides with the zoom feature. They appreciate the ability for easy access with cell phones and laptop computers and told us how user friendly the system is. Upon receiving an audio detection alarm at the central station, the Sonitrol operator also receives video footage for every camera connected to that alarm point “This technology allows the user to conduct faster, more efficient searches, and it enables staff to narrow searches to one area, such as a specific door, and find out quickly what you need to know. The school is so pleased they are considering migrating from their current VMS software to 3xLOGIC VIGIL. In fact, we’re talking to multiple schools who are interested in moving to VIGIL for their existing VMS.” Double verification with audio and video detection The installation features verified audio detection operating in conjunction with the verified video system. Upon receiving an audio detection alarm at the central station, the Sonitrol operator also receives video footage for every camera connected to that alarm point. This ensures double verification before alerting police dispatch and provides responding officers with up-to-the-minute intelligence on what they’ll face upon arriving at the high school. Law enforcement and the administration stated that they use it all the time to recover property from thefts or for situations where an item was lost or mislaid. FDHS administration reported that they once used the camera system to help figure out what staff propped a door open over one weekend so they could address the issue directly with that person. The ability for Sonitrol to monitor the system in real time helps ensure there will be fewer incidents of cameras and recorders being down for any length of time VIGIL Central Management monitoring software Another unique and valuable service Sonitrol of Lexington provides the high school is 3xLOGIC’s VIGIL Central Management (VCM) or health-check monitoring software. Before the client is even aware, Sonitrol of Lexington can detect and repair camera failures, as well as server and hard drive issues without even going on site. The ability for Sonitrol to monitor the system in real time helps ensure there will be fewer incidents of cameras and recorders being down for any length of time. In the long term, VCM keeps the facility much safer and reduces repair costs. The system eliminates troublesome, costly false alarms with its two points of verification. The entire system can be conveniently managed by any device with internet access or via the 3xLOGIC mobile app, View Lite II. Bates Security and Sonitrol of Lexington recently received a SAMMY Installation of the Year award for this powerful, highly-effective security system.
Property is one of the biggest targets for crime in the UK, especially open land. There are thousands of acres worth of property across the UK which aren’t effectively secured, as a result of which they have become hot-beds for crime, anti-social behaviour, and not least fly-tipping. Security therefore must be a top priority for property owners, too many of whom tend to favour traditional methods such as fencing or hiring security guards. But, these methods come with a premium budget, with manned security running at a cost typically of some £300 per day. Nor is it possible to guarantee that every inch of a property is monitored. An increasingly adopted solution is Ad Hoc Property Management’s Smart Tower Security System and Smart Alarm System. Ad Hoc’s Smart Camera Security Tower sits six metres tall with a 36x optical zoom magnifying distances of up to 150 yards Ad Hoc Smart Camera Security Haringey Council contacted Ad Hoc Property Management after one of its industrial sites, Rosebery Industrial Estate in London, was repeatedly being targeted by fly-tippers over the course of many years. Every time the property was dumped with waste, it was costing the council hundreds of pounds to have their waste contractor called out to clean-up. By November 2017, they had expensed literally hundreds of thousands of pounds. By the end of the month the first Ad Hoc Smart Camera Security Tower was deployed, since then costs and incidents have plummeted. In fact, there have been no major incidents and local residents and tenants alike are delighted, welcoming the improved local environment. Ad Hoc’s Smart Camera Security Tower sits six metres tall with a 36x optical zoom magnifying distances of up to 150 yards, and a 12x digital zoom to enhance optical performance. Using state-of-the-art SMART technology (the same technology used in monitoring US Defence Centre, The Pentagon), the tower boasts a 360 degree camera which can be programmed to move zones at set intervals for 24/7 monitoring. Utilising wireless technology, the camera is able to filter large objects from those that are small, ensuring the alarm is only triggered when there is a clear threat. Ad Hoc’s Smart Cameras have been deployed successfully by numerous property owners around the UK" Ad Hoc's property security solutions “Open land is one of the biggest targets for waste dumping, but it doesn’t have to be. Ad Hoc’s Smart Cameras have been deployed successfully by numerous property owners around the UK, preventing anti-social behaviour and, more importantly, reducing opportunity for property-related crime,” said Darren Tubb, General Manager, Ad Hoc Security UK Limited. Land owners aren’t the only ones who can benefit from Ad Hoc’s security solutions; property owners of retail spaces, industrial buildings and homes who traditionally look at hiring in security guards, can benefit too, deterring fly-tipping and other anti-social crimes. As it stands, if a property is fly-tipped and no one is caught, it is the responsibility of the property owner to remove the waste legally at their own expense, which means hiring in a company licensed to remove these materials. However, as more property owners become aware of the technology available to them through Ad Hoc, not just in protecting the property but in helping police to identify the culprits, we could see property damage and fly-tipping become a thing of the past.
Headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria, manufacturing company Mouka Limited has built a position on the country’s household and industrial markets since its founding in 1959. With 800 employees and production facilities in Lagos, Benin and Kaduna, Mouka is now Nigeria’s foremost supplier of branded mattresses and foam-based products for sleep solutions. Products such as foam blocks, beddings and duvets, and polyurethane blocks are widely available throughout retail and wholesale channels in Nigeria. Due to the highly flammable nature of foam and polyurethane materials, fire safety at manufacturing facilities is a prime concern. However, when Mouka Limited was looking for a solution that detects fire and smoke in less than 30 seconds – before fire can spread and potentially harm employees – the market had nothing to offer. The reason: Common point-type detectors, detecting smoke particles in the air, rely on smoke particles to rise, which can take several minutes – especially when detectors are mounted on high warehouse ceilings. Provides additional information Fortunately, Bosch offers an innovative product sensitive enough: AVIOTEC, a VdS-certified solution for visual fire monitoring detecting smoke and flames at the source, which is much faster than common point-type detectors. Software inside each device analyzes the video images for visual patterns associated with fires like specific motion and shape characteristics or color changes. When connected to IP-based video management solutions the video images provide additional information e.g. for alarm verification or localization of the fire. AVIOTEC was much closer to the insurance’s requirements than any other solution on the market. Working closely with the teams at the three Mouka Limited factories in Lagos, Benin and Kaduna, Bosch provided 34 AVIOTEC devices for video-based fire detection, alarm sounders, strobes and a third-party sprinkler system, all connected to a Bosch addressable Fire Panel 1200 Series. Ability to detect flame and smoke at a very early stage, Bosch video-based fire detection system is a real assetShorten alarm response times With its ability to detect flame and smoke at a very early stage, the Bosch video-based fire detection system is a real asset at all three facilities. First, it significantly raises the safety of hundreds of employees at Mouka Limited factories. Second, it shortens alarm response times and thereby minimizes the risk of potential damage to equipment and product inventories. And third, analysis of video images of a fire allows for root cause analysis after an incident. In addition, the fact that the system offers fire detection at industry-leading speeds has been appreciated by the insurance provider responsible for setting the insurance premium for Mouka Limited’s facilities. Meanwhile, word about the new state of the art in early fire detection at industrial manufacturing sites is spreading throughout Nigeria – and beyond.
Total Ghana, a leading oil and gas company with over 200 service stations in Ghana, is one such business that needs around-the-clock security not only for its premises based in Accra but also for its many service stations. Total is dedicated to delivering quality petroleum products and serving its customers in innovative ways. This means Total’s consumer operations involve a concentration of vehicle and pedestrian activity with people fueling vehicles and moving between the retail outlets. This leads to complex security and safety challenges and keeping track of it all is not possible without an effective security system. Facilities and workers’ security With the continuing growth of its business, Total needed a solution that would strengthen security of its premises and new service stations being opened across the country. The safety of Total’s workers is paramount and, in addition to securing its premises and stations, the company wanted to automate the monitoring of its operations to ensure compliance with safety procedures. Total turned to Steehold, a security solutions provider in Ghana renowned for protecting companies across industries including financial services, mining, petrochemicals, and telecommunications. Steehold was tasked with not only installing a new security system but also ongoing security monitoring and management across Total’s operations in Ghana. Steehold’s video security system From the moment we engaged with Steehold, we knew they understood the security challenges facing our business" “From the moment we engaged with Steehold, we knew they understood the security challenges facing our business. For example, petrol stations operate day and night so video cameras need to provide excellent imagery in variable lighting conditions and we need to monitor areas both inside and outside. If cameras lack certain features, then the images they record may be insufficient for analysis, or for use as evidence, should it be required. Steehold knew how to combat these issues while also providing an effective monitoring tool for operational efficiency and worker safety,” explained Total executive. Steehold needed a video surveillance system that would cover Total’s premises and service stations from all directions and it knew exactly which solution would meet Total’s needs. IP video surveillance solution “We choose Hikvision as we knew its video cameras were grounded in innovation and quality, providing the best video footage in the widest range of conditions to help Total’s business,” said Samuel Tawiah, executive director, Steehold. Following extensive consultation with Total staff, the final design of the surveillance solution at the facility and new services stations consisted of 120 Hikvision IP cameras to enable high quality 24/7 surveillance across the Total’s premises and its new service stations in Ghana. Hikvision Easy IP 3.0 cameras and NVRs Hikvision Easy IP 3.0 cameras feature a wealth of innovative technologies to combat low-light, bright-light, and extreme weather conditions The Hikvision Easy IP 3.0 cameras feature a wealth of innovative technologies to combat low-light, bright-light, and extreme weather conditions, while still providing superlative image quality. The cameras also include capabilities such as object tracking, line crossing, intrusion detection, and motion detection, with the ability to trigger alerts and make security staff immediately aware of any suspicious behaviour. At the heart of the solution lies Hikvision’s NVRs, which store up to 12 terabytes of recorded footage from all cameras. IP cameras, PoE and video encoders While Total wanted to upgrade to an IP system, it had already invested heavily in CCTV cameras and wanted to retain the cameras that were functioning well. Steehold installed Hikvision’s video encoders which convert the existing cameras’ analog signals into digital. These encoders are connected to the NVR, and the system treats them like the other IP cameras. Steehold installed the IP cameras itself as the cameras are PoE (Power over Ethernet) which means that power and data is supplied over a single Ethernet cable, making installation much easier because they don't have to be located next to a plug socket. Hikvision remote video surveillance system Total is already reaping the benefits from the newly installed Hikvision video surveillance system Total is already reaping the benefits from the newly installed Hikvision video surveillance system. It provides the ability for Steehold to monitor Total’s entire facility and new services stations in real-time remotely from its control center located in Accra. “The deployment of Hikvision’s innovative technology into our surveillance solution for Total has proven essential for our security operators to detect intrusion, theft, and damage across Total’s operations. With crystal clear images day and night as well as advanced features that alert security operators of any suspicious behaviour, we are confident we can help Total respond quickly to any breaches,” said Mr. Tawiah. Watchful IP eyes for operational safety Hikvision’s video surveillance system also helps Steehold operators to remotely monitor processes across Total’s premises, enabling supervisors to enhance processes to improve workflow and ensure the safety of workers. “At Total, the safety of employees is of utmost importance. Data from Steehold generated by Hikvision’s video surveillance system plays an integral role in helping us keep our employees safe and our operations compliant with safety policies. It provides a definitive way to ensure safety policies are being followed and that there are no hazards presenting a harmful threat to our employees,” said Total executive. Intrusion detection Hikvision’s security cameras deliver a live and recorded view of the facility which is accessible 24/7 and has helped ensure safety protocols are followed By deploying Steehold’s security solution based on Hikvision’s video surveillance system, Total’s heightened security has kept its facilities and service stations protected against trespassers, theft, and vandalism, and in particular has minimised losses caused by theft in its service stations. In addition, Hikvision’s security cameras deliver a live and recorded view of the facility which is accessible 24/7 and has helped ensure safety protocols are followed. For example, it has significantly increased employee compliance with PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) rules at Total’s sites resulting in a direct and immediate improvement in safety. Easy, seamless integration Easy installation and integration with Total’s existing CCTV-enabled Steehold to deliver a cost effective, efficient, high-end video surveillance solution. Steehold is now planning to use Hikvision’s cutting-edge video monitoring systems as part of its security and emergency response solutions for its other customers, helping them minimise security threats and maximise operational safety and efficiency.