Global surveillance business Synectics announces that its Synergy 3 command and control software now integrates with NEC’s NeoFace Watch facial recognition system to support person of interest (POI) tracking.
Synergy 3 is an open architecture command and control platform that monitors, manages, and records surveillance video, alarms, and events from multiple subsystems, and non-security transactional data. Synergy 3 is the system of choice for many of the world’s most challenging surveillance projects.
Supporting threat detection
This latest integration means that Synergy 3 users can now upload photographs of persons of interest to NEC’s NeoFace Watch solution
This latest integration means that Synergy 3 users can now upload photographs of persons of interest to NEC’s NeoFace Watch solution which then matches faces in real time from video surveillance. As soon as a known individual is detected, an alert is triggered in Synergy 3 to notify operators that a ‘watch list’ individual is present.
In addition to supporting threat detection in high security or high public footfall environments, such as town centers and transport networks, the integration can also be applied to retail and leisure applications – for instance casinos, where VIPs/returning guests may need to be monitored from a customer service perspective.
Incident management capabilities
Commenting on the integration, Synectics’ Product Manager, Andrew Fowler-Hill said: “We serve customers in diverse sectors but they all have one thing in common – surveillance is critical to their operations. In many cases, facial recognition has become an integral element of their requirement, which is why we are delighted to include NEC’s NeoFace Watch in our extensive list of third-party integrations.”
Once an alert is triggered through the NeoFace Watch integration, Synergy 3’s incident management capabilities ensure notifications of identified individuals can be dealt with quickly and appropriately. For example, workflow functionality can be used to issue on-screen guidance in line with Standard Operating Procedures, which may include prompts to notify police, dispatch in-house security teams, shut down areas of a site, or, in leisure settings, perhaps enable additional hospitality support.
Face recognition scenarios
If there is an issue with the image upload or with communications between Synergy 3 and the NeoFace Watch server, operators will be notified immediately
Live capability is a vital aspect of this integration, therefore it was important that alerts to notify operators of potential issues was part of the development process. If there is an issue with the image upload or with communications between Synergy 3 and the NeoFace Watch server, operators will be notified immediately, all of which ensures users can have full confidence that their solution is always operational and detecting threats or incidents as required.
Chris de Silva, NEC’s head of global face recognition, explains: “Our NeoFace technology is independently evaluated on a continual basis as the fastest and most accurate in the market. Our flagship NeoFace Watch platform and application, now deployed in 55 countries, is designed to handle the most complex real-time face recognition scenarios."
"We are very pleased that NeoFace Watch has been integrated with the Synergy 3 command and control platform from Synectics and look forward to working closely with them on mutual projects moving forward.”
Dahua Technology, a video surveillance solutions provider, announces two new additions to its eco-friendly patented enhanced Power over Ethernet (ePoE) product family. The DH-IPC-HFW4239TN-ASE 2MP Fixed Bullet and the DH-IPC-HDBW4239RN-ASE 2MP Fixed Dome are the latest offerings in the industry’s most flexible line of devices, enabling extended long-range transmissions and allowing for the interchangeability of devices regardless of infrastructure.
Dahua Night Color Technology cameras use a high-performance sensor and ISP and an achromatic, large aperture lens (F1.0) to produce crisp, clear colour images in low-light environments. This light-sensitive technology allows the camera to remain in Color Mode and to capture more available light to reproduce colour images with superior detail and contrast in applications with at least 1 lux of ambient or artificial light.
Truly covert surveillance
DH-IPC-HFW4239TN-ASE 2MP Fixed Bullet and the DH-IPC-HDBW4239RN-ASE 2MP Fixed Dome do not require external IR or white-light illumination
Night Color Technology cameras are recommended for applications where saturated, full-colour images are produced in very low ambient light applications. The achromatic lens coupled with a large aperture is far superior to a traditional lens used in surveillance cameras for multi-colour ‘white-light’ imaging.
The DH-IPC-HFW4239TN-ASE 2MP Fixed Bullet and the DH-IPC-HDBW4239RN-ASE 2MP Fixed Dome do not require external IR or white-light illumination, for truly covert surveillance. Night Color Technology is also an economical option, consuming 1/3 to 1/2 of the wattage required by cameras with IR illumination. Dahua’s Night Color Technology Network dome or bullet cameras incorporate back-illuminated pixel technology and a 1/2.8-inch STARVIS CMOS sensor to deliver crisp, clear colour images suitable for identification-level monitoring.
“Our two new Night Color Technology ePoE cameras are high-performing solutions made for low-light deployments,” said Jennifer Hackenburg, Sr. Product Manager at Dahua North America. “With many very low light scenarios requiring the ability to identify the colour of clothing or a vehicle, this new camera not only provides full colour in very low-light, it requires no LEDs or IR cut filter, making the entire solution more cost-effective and power-saving.”
In addition to the superior low-light performance, the Night Color Technology cameras feature Dahua’s innovative enhanced Power over Ethernet technology, a plug-and-play solution that transmits power and data over long distances via Ethernet or coaxial cables. ePoE technology uses advanced modulation to transmit video, data, and power up to 800 m (2624 ft) at 10 Mbps via a single CAT5E cable or up to 1,000 m (3281 ft) via a standard RG59 coaxial cable.
Decreasing cost of ownership
Smart H.265+ and Smart H.264+ dual codec save on both storage and bandwidth decreasing cost of ownership and creating a more cost-effective solution
For video security and surveillance installers, ePoE technology saves time and money by reducing overall cabling requirements, allowing for existing coaxial cable to be used, and minimising the number of peripheral devices needed. For new installations, ePoE offers the ability to design long-distance applications without the need for additional repeaters.
The Dahua Night Color Technology cameras offer the same advanced features as other Dahua IP cameras. The cameras feature on-board Intelligent Video System (IVS) analytics. The Smart H.265+ and Smart H.264+ dual codec save on both storage and bandwidth decreasing cost of ownership and creating a more cost-effective solution. The dual codec offers versatility for customers who require backwards compatibility.
The DH-IPC-HFW4239TN-ASE 2MP Fixed Bullet and the DH-IPC-HDBW4239RN-ASE 2MP Fixed Dome include True Wide Dynamic Range and 3D Dynamic Noise Reduction for clearer images even in environments with strong lighting, glares, or shadows. With ONVIF conformance, both devices provide interoperability between network products. The on-board SD card slot stores data directly on the camera as a failsafe if the network were to go down, while the compact design’s small footprint gives integrators and end-users flexibility in installation.
Paxton, the global brand of electronic access control and video intercom systems has announced that its cloud-based access control solution, Paxton BLU now integrates with Ivideon, a cloud-based video surveillance company.
The integration between Paxton BLU and Ivideon allows dealers to provide their customers with a powerful and flexible security solution. The two combined offer centralised management, video verification of access events, and increased system functionality. Users can log into a single platform to view and manage video events through a smartphone, tablet, or PC with internet connection, enabling them to respond quickly to incidents that may occur.
Paxton BLU is a cloud-based system that doesn’t require a server or IT supportQuick and easy to install
Sites without a local server or network can be hindered by minimal security options; however, Paxton BLU is a cloud-based system that doesn’t require a server or IT support. It’s quick and easy to install, and dealers can expand their RMR customer base (Recurring Monthly Revenue). Paxton BLU’s CCTV integration feature is simple to set-up and manage, allowing users to assign cameras to doors for multiple sites, view past and current events, and share videos or snapshots via email or text directly from the Paxton BLU portal.
Chris Wilson, Paxton’s VP of Operations commented, “We are excited to announce the integration of CCTV within the Paxton BLU platform and are pleased to work with Ivideon as our first partner in this venture. Following customer feedback, we hope they will enjoy having access to video surveillance features from one platform as we continue to make Paxton BLU the dealer’s choice for cloud-based access control.”
The total UK electronic security market, comprising of products - electronic access controls, intruder alarms and closed-circuit television (CCTV) - and associated services, was estimated at approximately £2.35 bn in 2017. This was an increase of around 5% during the year and followed two years of strong growth in 2015 and 2016. Growth was driven by technological advancements boosting replacement demand and improving new build and RMI expenditure across key market sectors.
Expansion of CCTV product distribution CCTV accounts for the majority of the market in value terms, with a 52% share
CCTV accounts for the majority of the market in value terms, with a 52% share. This sector has seen the greatest levels of innovation and new product development, and the recent shift in focus by major Chinese manufacturers from cost to technological development has eased the level of price competition over the last year or two. Technology has also become more affordable, leading to a continued shift away from analogue to digital products.
In the access control sector, product development and wider availability of products have been a key driver of growth as has the performance of the UK construction sector, particularly in commercial offices and housebuilding. In addition, access control products have not been subject to price deflation experienced in other sectors, thereby enabling relatively consistent value growth.
Intruder alarm market
The intruder alarm market experiences long replacement cycles and a high level of competition in relation to other security options, particularly in the non-residential sector. However, in the residential sector, growth has remained positive in line with increased housebuilding and product development focused on ease of installation.
Value growth is likely to come from increasing adoption of new technologies in both the new and replacement sectors
Integration has continued as a key theme, both between products within the electronic security sector, and also beyond with wider business enterprise systems within Smart Buildings and home products within Smart Homes. The development of smart home products and integration with other security products and home management systems should offer significant opportunities for value growth going forward.
Smart Home technology integration
“Increasing competition remains a key feature of the market, with many established competitors struggling to maintain market share, due to intense competition from Chinese companies at all levels of the market” said Hayley Thornley, Head of Research at AMA Research. “This in turn has led to significant merger and acquisition activity in the market since 2015, with companies aiming to achieve scale and provide end-to-end solutions.”
The prospects for the electronic security sector overall are reasonably good. Value growth is likely to come from increasing adoption of new technologies in both the new and replacement sectors. While construction output growth is expected to ease over the next 2-3 years, output remains relatively high by historical standards and this should continue to provide opportunities for manufacturers and installers of electronic security equipment.
Electronic security installations
Housebuilding has grown considerably between 2015 and 2017, with output increasing by 33%
Government capital spending levels are also set to increase, particularly in infrastructure and also in local government and health. These are all potential opportunities for electronic security, particularly with the recognition that some of the public sector installed base has become outdated and fallen behind in technology terms due to spending cuts and austerity.
Housebuilding has also grown considerably between 2015 and 2017, with output increasing by 33%, and there remains considerable scope to expand the level of electronic security installations in homes. Intruder alarm installations are estimated at around a third of homes, and the improved range and availability of CCTV products/ and smart locks etc., should support their wider installation in the residential market.
Analytics and cloud-based solutions
While industry sources report that price pressures have eased somewhat in the last couple of years, the focus on service packages and securing longer term revenue is expected to continue. Specifiers will also continue to focus on the whole life cost of the electronic security system, including replacements, add-ons and management costs, which will influence their choice of products and operating systems. These factors should drive the wider uptake of IP, wireless technology, analytics and cloud-based services.
Videowall technology supplied by Ultimate Visual Solutions (UVS) is at the heart of a new security control room at iNTU Trafford Centre.
High-end videowall technology
The new facility helps ensure 30 million annual visitors have a safe and enjoyable time at what is the single best-known and most iconic retail and leisure destination in the UK.
Burnley-based UVS, formerly eyevis UK, provides video wall displays and audio-visual solutions to a range of clients across the UK.
UVS Full HD Videowall As part of the new state-of-the-art facility, UVS installed a 7.2m wide by 2.7m high videowall
As part of the new state-of-the-art facility, UVS installed a 7.2m wide by 2.7m high videowall, made up of 24 eyevis 55-inch XSN extremely narrow bezel LCD screens with Full HD resolution.
The displays offer 1920 × 1080 pixels, direct-LED backlight technology, a mechanical bezel width of only 3.5 mm between two displays and a brightness of 500 cd/m2. The installation also includes a control room meeting space featuring a videowall made up of four eyevis 46-inch XSN screens with 3.5mm bezel.
Netpix 4900 videowall controller
Both videowalls connect to a Netpix 4900 videowall controller configured for multiple analogue video feeds, IP video feeds, graphic PC data and web browsers.
iNTU security staff, who monitor the centre and liaise with visitors, will be able to send live videos from their tablets directly back to the video wall to share incident video with security staff.
Video monitoring and visitor management
iNTU Trafford Centre is a retail and leisure destination and it is important that the control room has the latest videowall technology"
UVS managing director Steve Murphy said: “iNTU Trafford Centre is a retail and leisure destination enjoyed by millions of people each year and it is important that the control room has the latest videowall technology.” He adds, “We are delighted to have been involved in such a prestigious and important project.”
Lee Barlow, Security Manager, iNTU Trafford Centre said “The security and safety of our customers, retailers and staff is our number one priority so having a control room that allows us to keep them safe is really important. The new videowall and meeting room screens allows us to do just that and we are really happy with them.”
New control room with videowall
The new control room was designed and refurbished by Intech Solutions, which specialise in technical and control room furniture including full control room fit-outs in the UK and worldwide.
UVS also worked to deliver the videowall with its security integrator partner, Nottinghamshire-based Quadrant Security Group.
We all assume, in fact expect, a bank to be secure. The major challenge: the customers should not notice the actually highly complex security equipment. As they definitely should not have the feeling of being watched. Apart from Regiobank Solothurn being our house bank, the collaboration between the bank and Siaxma has already extended over ten years.
With the new building in Zuchwil, there was the opportunity for the first time to plan and install a totally digital system
All the branches have the video surveillance equipment which is controlled at a computer workstation at the Solothurn headquarters, where the data is analysed too. The access control was added gradually and is initially being used in Biberist and Zuchwil.
With the new building in Zuchwil, there was the opportunity for the first time to plan and install a totally digital system. This includes access control, door management, video surveillance, a burglar alarm system and alarm management – all from one source. This was one of the requirements the Regiobank specified.
Authorisation using one badge
Digital access control has one major advantage for all users: they can enter all the buildings and rooms they have authorisation for with just one badge. These badges are issued and managed at the Solothurn headquarters.
Mechanical keys have largely disappeared from everyday business at the Zuchwil and Biberist branches. The administrator can change or extend the access rights in comfort at their PC workstation.
Saves cost for additional licenses
Using their personal badge, customers can now use the lift to the basement, on their own or accompanied, and open their boxHow do customers get to their deposit boxes now? Keys are also a thing of the past here. Customers report to the desk where the bank employee then authorises them with access to the vault for one whole day. Using their personal badge, they can now use the lift to the basement, on their own or accompanied, and open their box.
So that the Regionbank does not have to release and pay for hundreds of additional licences, we manage the vault in the system like a client. This means: one license with as many users as you like.
Advantages for the end user:
Centralised administration with customised issuing of rights by user, building, day and time frame
One system for all locations
Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council has taken delivery of a new CCTV enforcement vehicle from Videalert, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of intelligent traffic enforcement and management solutions. The new Mobile Enforcement Vehicle (MEV) has an unattended operating capability and will be used to enforce school locations where illegal parking on the yellow ‘keep clears’ has been identified as putting children’s lives in danger.
School and students’ safety
Councillor Bob Norton, Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth & Highways, said: “We know that measures to tackle parking are often controversial and seen by some as a ‘cash grab’ but that is simply not the case. This is all about safety! Three accidents involving school children in one year is three too many and we won’t allow this continuing risk to the safety of children in our schools. Our message is clear: Don’t want to get fined? Then don’t put people at risk when you park.”
Videalert ANPR cameras Videalert has supplied a white Renault Kadjar equipped with two roof-mounted ANPR cameras and two colour cameras to capture contextual video evidence
Videalert has supplied a white Renault Kadjar equipped with two roof-mounted ANPR cameras and two colour cameras to capture contextual video evidence. Used in conjunction with the latest video analytics, the system delivers the highest productivity at the lowest operating cost even in the highest density traffic environments. The on-board systems are controlled by the operator manning the vehicle using a dashboard-mounted touchscreen.
All contravention evidence data is transferred to Videalert’s Digital Video Platform in the parking office at the end of each shift. The Videalert system automates the construction of video evidence packs which are reviewed by trained council operatives prior to sending confirmed offences to the back-office processing system for the issuance of PCNs.
Mobile Enforcement Vehicle (MEV)
Redcar and Cleveland’s new mobile enforcement vehicle is also equipped with a complete suite of Videalert software applications enabling it to be used for a wide range of traffic and parking management applications in the future as required.
“In recent benchmarking trials, our MEVs equipped with four cameras have proved to deliver industry-leading capture rates whilst consistently outperforming vehicles from other suppliers. This new generation of multi-purpose MEVs will give councils greater flexibility in the enforcement of a wide range of moving traffic and parking contraventions,” added Tim Daniels, Sales and Marketing Director at Videalert.
Global provider of digital and analog cable television, broadband internet, and fixed telephony in Serbia, SBB brings nearly a decade of experience in serving the largest customer base in Serbia and Montenegro.
SBB is a part of the United Group, which operates in six countries of the former Yugoslavia, with sibling companies Telemach, Total TV, NetTV Plus, and more. Their services bring the most popular news, sports, films, children’s programs, and a variety of other content to their growing audiences.
As the world continue to advance in the technological development and use of the Internet, companies like SBB play a crucial role in connecting people with each other and with the rest of the world – in the sharing and enrichment of vast varieties of information.
Comprehensive surveillance solution As SBB’s business and customer base grow, so does its need to expand and upgrade the video surveillance systems at its numerous retail locations
As SBB’s business and customer base grow, so does its need to expand and upgrade the video surveillance systems at its numerous retail locations. Nowadays, security in and around the locations is a given, while more important uses of video surveillance technology is monitoring and analysing customers coming into the store. With useful analytics on customer numbers, lengths of stay, peak times, and frequency of customer visits, the company will be able to improve human resources management, maximise the efficiency of services in the stores, and minimise security risks, all the while saving on costs.
To do this, the company needs to upgrade its video surveillance setup from traditional CCTV systems to automated, smart solutions that not only facilitates state-of-the-art security but also accuracy in people counting, ease of setup, convenient storage, smooth and fast content transfer, and high video quality. It must also be easy to manage for the company’s information and security divisions to do their best at their jobs in this day and age.
Netiks-VIVOTEK collaboration to equip SBB
Netiks is a global distributor of network and communication equipment in Serbia and Montenegro and has been SBB’s partner of choice to bring its surveillance systems to the next level.
The main focus of the current stage of upgrades is installing more than 50 of the latest FD8166A ultra-mini fixed dome network cameras cross the company’s retail locations which get 450,000 visitors every month and setting up the VAST 2 software to make everything work in perfect unison.
FD8166A network cameras
VIVOTEK’s people counting solution is a smart-edge video analytic function that delivers real-time, bi-directional counting data
On the hardware side, the FD8166A has compact, low profile, yet stylish design that fit right into modern, sleek spaces of the retail locations, both on the perimeters and inside the stores. After the easy transition process from traditional equipment, aided by the built-in IEEE 802.3af compliant PoE technology the camera’s 2-megapixel CMOS sensor started capturing 1920x1080 resolution video at 30 FPS. With WDR enhancement and 3D Noise Reduction that come with the cameras, the information and security staffs can tap into crisp and clear images even in extremely bright and dark environments. The defogging capability further defends against adverse weather conditions.
VIVOTEK’s people counting solution is a smart-edge video analytic function that delivers real-time, bi-directional counting data across a large field of view. With this function, counting and monitoring data are directly computed rather than relying on a dedicated computer. SBB applied the 2D people-counting solution to count and monitor its visitors. To date, the solution has achieved 98% accuracy. The system stores the data for 90 days and issues push notifications to relevant operators. To ensure uninterrupted access to information on security and flow, the camera supports H.264 compression, which significantly reduces data size, conserving network bandwidth and enabling real-time monitoring of all camera systems across the company’s retail scene.
VAST 2 IP VMS
Powering this advanced setup at SBB is also the VAST 2 software, which was also introduced to upgrade SBB’s surveillance system. VAST 2 is VIVOTEK’s top-shelf IP video management software (VMS). Behind the stylish, intuitive UI are a suite of functionalities that make the work of the staff easy and effective. VCA report and Smart Search in particular have driven the company's analytical efficiency to unprecedented heights.
As central management software, VAST 2 is designed to oversee all surveillance products, which means that the system will be able to scale to more of the company’s retail locations as well as grow with the company's prosperous future expansion.
The physical security industry is embracing the cloud in a big way. Cloud-based systems – which involve accessing a shared pool of information technology resources via the Internet – are much higher-profile in the video and access control markets, and large and small companies are getting on the cloud bandwagon. We asked this week's Expert Panel Roundtable: What factors are contributing to growth in cloud systems in the security market?
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In tidying up after a year of Expert Panel Roundtable questions and answers, we came across some previously unpublished responses from our panel. These interesting responses address some of the hottest topics in the industry, from robots and deep learning to the “race to the bottom.” Taken together, the varied comments offer their own range of insights into the evolving physical security market. This week, we highlight some of these assorted Expert Panellist comments submitted over the last several months.