Wireless video security system
The recently introduced Aiphone WL-11 wireless video doorbell has been equipped with an impressive list of user-friendly features which, together with the communication brand’s enviable reputation for reliability, should enable it to achieve a significant share of the fast-growing home security market. The Aiphone WL-11, which requires no wiring and runs off six AA-size batteries, is designed to be installed by homeowners with no technical expertise. As a replacement for an existing doorb...
Open Options, based in Addison, Texas, provides a truly open access control architecture that will strengthen the ACRE portfolio and increase the breadth of solutions offered by the global provider of security systems. The acquisition of Open Options is also an opportunity for ACRE to focus on growth opportunities in North America and “balance the scales a bit,” says Joe Grillo, CEO of ACRE, which significantly grew its reach in Europe, the Middle East and Africa with the acquisitio...
Matrix is gearing up for participation in the 12th edition of The International Fire & Security Exhibition and Conference (IFSEC) India Expo. The company will be launching their latest time-attendance and access control device COSEC ARGO, along with exhibiting the new people mobility management and video surveillance solutions. COSEC ARGO access control device At the event, Matrix will be unveiling COSEC ARGO, the company’s latest high performance, design and engineering wonder, equi...
With a strong emphasis on the development of technical innovation and design, 360 Vision Technology, the UK CCTV manufacturing company, has forged close working partnerships with an array of technology leaders - to enable deep systems integration into a wide range of solutions suitable for a host of surveillance applications. A long list of UK and international technology companies enjoy a close working relationship with 360 Vision Technology, some of whom for over 20 years. But always, the dri...
A dependable Internet connection is virtually every industry’s sustenance and without it, business dies. Yet many don’t realise how frequently the worst occurs, or how dramatically it could impact their livelihood. According to industry research, network downtime can cost small and midsize businesses (SMBs) anywhere from $5,600 per minute, to between $8,600 and $74,000 an hour. Whether it’s business continuity for users in retail/point-of-sale (POS), construction, banking, insu...
Building on the award-winning Enforcer control panel’s status as ‘the installer’s choice’, Pyronix is taking its Total Wi-Fi Security Solution on the road across the UK in November and December to meet and greet the security installer and system integrator communities. Visiting selected distributor outlets nationally, ‘Enforcer on tour’ will give security installation experts the opportunity to get up close to the Enforcer control panel and see exactly why it...
Figures from the 2018 edition of ‘The Wireless Access Control Report’ show continued strong growth for wireless vs. wired solutions. Why do you think security and facility managers are “cutting the wires” more and more? Advantages of wireless access control The energy-efficiency of wireless doors delivers significant cost savings" Russell Wagstaff, Director for Commercial Access Solutions, ASSA ABLOY EMEA says, “Among the many advantages of wireless discussed in the report, I would highlight two. Firstly, removing the need to cable every door makes it much easier and more economical to bring many more doors into your access system. So, wireless technology can upgrade your building’s security in an instant. Secondly, the energy-efficiency of wireless doors delivers significant cost savings. The standard batteries’ locks usually have long lives, and only fully ‘power up’ when there’s a credential to read. Wired doors are generally connected to the mains 24/7.” The new report forecasts growth in wireless locks for “non-door” applications (lockers, servers, and so on) to outgrow those for doors. Why is wireless technology especially suited to these “non-doors”? Russell said, “Partly it’s about convenience. The more applications that can be secured and unlocked with a single credential, the better for site users. Facility managers benefit from the wider scope of their access system, which gives them more control. In addition, because these ‘non-door’ devices are wireless, access control can easily extend outdoors. Padlocks for gates, machinery locks, storage lockers. With the right lock, these can all be secured within the same access control system as your front door.” Wireless and real-time access control for SMBs What specific problem did SMARTair solve at ULab? Enrique Burgos, Director at uLab: “In addition to regular daily traffic [of around 100 staff], weekly traffic can almost multiply by ten if an event is held. We needed an access control system as flexible and convenient as SMARTair.” One of Spain’s newest co-working spaces, uLab’s vision incorporated the latest in security, accessibility and design to create a 21st-century business centre. Wire-free SMARTair delivered real-time access control to accommodate both regular daily traffic and busy one-off events. Wireless access control in large and complex businesses With CLIQ key-based access control, audit trails for every lock, key and padlock are available on demand, so monitoring contractor visits is easy How does the flexible access management, offered by CLIQ, impact day-to-day security? Christophe Nublat, Head of Study & Works Division, Eau de Valence, France: “All the energy is in the key. There is no power supply to the lock, and therefore very little maintenance. Also, electronic and mechanical cylinders are managed by the same key.” The municipal water authority of Valence supplies safe drinking water to 65,000 local residents. It also manages 4 boreholes, a storage unit and 300km of water pipes. With CLIQ key-based access control, audit trails for every lock, key and padlock are available on demand, so monitoring contractor visits is easy. Weekly mandatory key revalidation provides another layer of security. Five of their keys are equipped with CLIQ Remote technology, so supervisors can also update access rights on the move, via Bluetooth. Aperio wireless locks-Axis door controller integration The new report picks out ‘integration’ as a growing trend — with an overwhelming majority of survey respondents saying integrated systems are ‘important’ or ‘very important’ at a site. How does integration with ASSA ABLOY Aperio wireless locks benefit AXIS Entry Manager customers? Stephanie Hensler, Business Development Director at Axis Communications: “Axis completed integration of the Aperio RS485 hub with our AXIS A1001 Door Controller. AXIS Entry Manager is our web-based access control system, built into the A1001 Door Controller. Because most users value real-time access, we chose to integrate with an Aperio online hub. Users appreciate how intuitive it is to manage this integrated solution.” Wireless access control is cost effective Aperio battery-powered escutcheons and cylinders with card readers are now fully integrated with Pacom’s Unison system Can switching to Aperio wireless access control deliver concrete budget benefits? Magnus Svensson, Infrastructure Manager at Lund University: “Aperio has proven to be very cost effective. We have been able to reduce the time we spend on user management and system administration radically.” After 20 years, Lund University’s Faculty of Law was looking to upgrade its access control system. Aperio battery-powered escutcheons and cylinders with card readers are now fully integrated with Pacom’s Unison system. Aperio locks work with the existing MIFARE smartcards, so there was no need for 42,000 students and 7,500 staff to return their smart-cards for reprogramming, or even to visit update readers to reactivate their permissions. Every door or card is still managed centrally from a single admin interface.
The ‘Enjoy Smart Life’ imou Brand Launch Conference was held in Beijing, where industry experts, imou primary partners, and user representatives gathered together to witness the launch of imou and the new brand image it delivers. The conference also demonstrated new AI products and ‘1+N+X’ concept. As a Dahua Technology’s brand for consumer IoT products, imou is based on the ‘Dahua Heart of City (HOC)’ framework, focussing on a brand new strategy for the global market to provide high-quality products & services for consumers. President of Dahua Technology, Mr. Li Ke, gave his opening remarks to the conference, proposing that imou will be based on the ‘Dahua Heart of City (HOC)’ new smart city framework, which is supported by full-sensing, full intelligence, full-computing, and full-ecosystem capabilities. It focusses on satisfying a diverse range of user scenarios for the global consumer market, providing values and services to end users together with its partners in the value chain. Utilising smart technologies for home security The name imou’s core meaning is that it utilises smart technologies to protect everyone in your home At the conference, Ms. Lai Zhen, a senior consulting analyst from iResearch Consulting Shanghai, shared the China IoT and Home Security Industry Report, which particularly points out that “Under the leadership of technologies such as face recognition, intelligent video analytics, and front-end computing capabilities, home security is positioned to be the most promising area to experience a market breakout. Currently, China’s home security market has just taken its first steps, and the ‘key’ for success is to identify the real user needs at different scenarios.” Mr. Xie Yun, Vice President of Hangzhou Huacheng Network Technology Co., Ltd., presented the brand meaning of imou. As a response to the strategic engagement with the global consumer market, as well as the development towards intelligent and connected Home, the brand formerly known as Lechange is upgraded with its new English name, imou. The name imou’s core meaning is that it utilises smart technologies to protect everyone in your home and save the memorable moments of your life, bringing an all-round real-time companion to convey happiness to your beloved ones. The conference also launched a new brand slogan, ‘Enjoy Smart Life’, which is set to allow everyone to enjoy safety, freedom, and happiness in their daily life. imou K8 AI Face Recognition Smart Lock The conference saw the launch of many heavyweight high-tech products, among which there was the imou K8 AI Face Recognition Smart LockThe conference also featured the release of the imou Cloud ‘1+N+X’ concept, which uses 1 imou Cloud platform, N-types of application scenarios, and enables third parties to develop more X-type applications using intelligent analytics based on IoT big data to better satisfy users, make life more convenient, and make business smarter. The conference also saw the launch of many new heavyweight high-tech products, among which there was the highly anticipated imou K8 AI Face Recognition Smart Lock, which uses security industry-level AI face recognition technology to achieve intelligent face-based unlocking, allowing users to bid farewell to keys, free their hands, and enjoy more relaxed lives. In addition, the release of the imou Wire-Free Security System also received strong attention. With just a 5-hour charge, its camera can last 6 months, ‘freeing’ the camera and allowing it to realise ‘full wire-free’ operation, thus providing users with increased convenience. At the conference, imou held a brand launch ceremony, in which Dahua President, Mr. Li Ke, Dahua Vice President, Mr. Ying Yong, Director of Industry Research at iResearch Consulting Shanghai, Mr. Xu Fanlei, and top-performing partner representative Mr. Zhang Jingquan were in attendance to kick off the event. imou partners and fans witnessed this shining moment together. Provides open cloud capabilities The system provides open cloud capabilities to allow third-party application developers to explore more scenario-based applicationsThe successful convening of the ‘Enjoy Smart Life’ imou brand launch conference represents imou as Dahua Technology’s consumer brand, which caters to the global consumer smart IoT market with imou Cloud, intelligent hardware, and intelligent technologies at its core. In addition to providing user scenario-focused smart IoT services to homes, shops, and SMBs, the system also provides open cloud capabilities to allow third-party application developers to explore more scenario-based applications, aiming for a strong partnership in creating smart IoT ecosystem. During the final media interview segment, questions were asked about the imou brand strategy, domestic and overseas business development, industry applications, and other areas. The imou management team, Hangzhou Huacheng Network Technology Co., Ltd.’s Deputy General Manager, Mr. Xie Yun, Marketing Director, Mr. Wang Yanbo, Overseas Business Director, Mr. Chen Le, took the stage to answer questions. In the future, imou is committed to using the latest smart technologies to bring more surprises to our lives.
Hikvision, global provider of innovative security products and solutions, has introduced a new range of intrusion alarm solutions to the security market. Combining Hikvision’s vision and world-class capabilities with over 30 years of Pyronix’ intrusion expertise, the new range of alarm solutions supplies professional installers with innovative and reliable security systems for every requirement. Hikvision intrusion alarm solutions With sleek, stylish and discreet designs, the extensive range provides advanced alarm solutions which support all market segments, including residential, commercial and industrial applications. Compatible with the entire Hikvision video portfolio, the range integrates via iVMS and the Hik-Connect smart device application, with Cloud connectivity as standard. This new and innovative combination offers highly reliable and proven alarm and video capabilities, alongside full remote control and monitoring with IVaaS (Intruder Verification as a Service) for video verification of events. Intrusion-video surveillance tech synergy A synergy of intrusion and surveillance technologies enables end users to arm, disarm, view, record and interact with their security via one platform A synergy of intrusion and surveillance technologies enables end users to arm, disarm, view, record and interact with their security like never before via one platform; helping security professionals target new market applications to grow and maximise their business potential. “We are extremely pleased to deliver the next generation of fully integrated, one-platform alarm solutions that fuse world-leading innovation and proven intrusion technologies,” said Jiang Feng Zhi, Head of Hikvision’s alarm division. He continues: “A big advantage of the new Hikvision alarm range, is that it provides intrusion and video technologies that have been developed and designed to work in perfect harmony, to deliver market leading advantages and performance to our partners globally.” iVMS and Hikvision-Connect smart devices “By delivering one-platform systems via our iVMS and Hik-Connect software and apps, we are maximising the value and effectiveness of security systems to both installers and end users, through feature-rich and innovative products.” Comprising both wireless and wired systems, each support multiple communication paths to enhance flexibility and security. These can then be fitted with the extensive portfolio of wireless and wired Hikvision peripherals, to deliver security and life safety solutions across multiple markets.
Analysis from IHS Markit shows revenues generated by the mission critical LTE ecosystem are set to increase across all major sectors to 2021. Leading the way is the utilities market, with 120% growth, followed by public safety, where revenues are set to double. Transport is predicted to see growth of 80%, just beating the 75% increase expected from the industrial sector. Catalysed by TCCA, mission critical communications features and services have been a key priority of 3GPP in recent years The successful evolution of the LTE critical communications market is dependent on the incorporation of critical users’ specific requirements; features such as Push-to-Talk and Group Call which are not currently available on commercial networks. Global critical communications industry Catalysed by TCCA, mission critical communications features and services have been a key priority of 3GPP in recent years and have been specified and incorporated into 3GPP Releases since R13. Work is progressing on the development of products and services, with an increasing number of manufacturers and commercial mobile operators entering the critical communications market. The second ETSI Mission Critical Push to Talk (MCPTT) Plugtests event was held earlier this year, where as well as voice, Mission Critical Data and Mission Critical Video interworking capabilities were tested for the first time. This work is expected to evolve as 3GPP takes more requirements from different sectors of the global critical communications industry on board. Broadband-capable network solutions “The growing appetite for broadband-enabled data applications, and the increasing possibility of spectrum allocation in many parts of the world, means that the market for private/hybrid broadband networks for LMR/PMR users will continue to expand across multiple sectors,” said Jesus Gonzalez, IHS Markit Senior Analyst, Critical Communications Technology. The growing appetite for broadband-enabled data applications, and the increasing possibility of spectrum allocation in many parts of the world"“As a result, the critical communications industry will move towards a mix of broadband-capable network solutions such as private LTE or the various operating models possible with commercial and private LTE. It is unlikely that users will adopt broadband solutions to the exclusion of existing LMR/PMR, but adoption will be along the lines of a complementary service that allows users to communicate across LMR/PMR and cellular networks, depending on specific operational requirements.” Revenue projections by sector Mission Critical LTE Ecosystem – Revenues Utilities From $75m in 2018 to $165m in 2021 – increase of 120 per cent Mission Critical LTE Ecosystem – Revenues Public Safety From $3bn in 2018 to $5.9bn in 2021 – increase of almost 100 percent Mission Critical LTE Ecosystem – Revenues Transport From $472m in 2018 to $849m in 2021 – increase of 80 per cent Mission Critical LTE Ecosystem – Revenues Industrial From $362m in 2018 to $633m in 2021 – increase of 75 per cent The figures include revenues from infrastructure, LTE Devices, Managed Services and System Integration IHS Markit definitions of LTE networks re revenue projections: Hybrid: Revenues attributed to data/PTT over LTE over a combination (hybrid) of private networks based on commercial cellular technology and public commercial cellular networks that have dedicated access enhancements for users. Private: Data over private networks (100% privately owned infrastructure) based on LTE cellular technology.
Congratulations to Dahua Technology, for it has been honored once again this year, as the recipient of iF Design Award, this time for its newly launched TS20A0 Video Conferencing System. The iF DESIGN AWARD is among the most prestigious and largest design competitions in the world. Since 1953, designers, manufacturers and users have looked to iF as a sign of good design. An iF DESIGN AWARD is a seal of excellence, a testimony of quality, and a challenge to the competition. For users, it is a symbol of trust. In 2018, 63 international jurors judged 6,402 entries from 54 countries. After an exhausting yet exhilarating three-day examination and judging period, our jury has chosen the winning entries. DH-VCS-TS20A0 Video Conferencing System Dahua Technology’s DH-VCS-TS20A0 Video Conferencing System, is a revolutionary all-in-one video conference endpoint designed for huddle and small-size meeting places. With rich functionalities in space-efficient design, outstanding compatibility with multiple platforms, and seamless experience via strong network adaptability, it provides an economical way for long-distance visual communication. As an integrated system, DH-VCS-TS20A0 adopts compact design, built-in full-HD camera, Wi-Fi access and strong compatibility, bringing users life-like face-to-face experience at any meeting scenarios. With this strong recognition of its years’ emphasis on design and a mission of ‘Enabling a Safer Society and Smarter Living’, Dahua Technology will continue to focus on ‘Innovation, Quality, and Service’, to serve partners and customers around the world.
Dahua Technology, global security solutions provider, has officially launched its DH-VCS-TS20A0 Video Conferencing System, which is a revolutionary all-in-one video conference endpoint designed for huddle and small-size meeting places. With the increasing need for global collaboration, video conference becomes an economical way for long-distance visual communication. DH-VCS-TS20A0, as an integrated system, adopts compact design, built-in full-HD camera, Wi-Fi access and strong compatibility, bringing users life-like face-to-face experience at any meeting scenarios. DH-VCS-TS20A0 video conferencing system The TS20A0 is a compact system combining a full-HD PTZ camera, codec, microphone and speaker together in one device. Benefiting from a 1/2.7” 2.1MP CMOS sensor, 1080P full-HD video is always available, and a fast, accurate, and stable auto vari-focal lens with 10x optical zoom and a max. 63° wide-angle also help capture wider images. Meanwhile, it enables real-time information sharing, allowing users to transmit and receive video or documents simultaneously. Without the need for purchase of external expensive MCUs (Multipoint Control Units), the TS20A0 offers smooth connection with various third-party cloud platforms, such as Starleaf, ZOOM, and Bluejeans, which makes meetings access via the cloud easy. Additionally, the TS20A0 supports meeting recording onto USB drives, enabling convenient real-time meeting archive for further reviews. H.265 encoding technology Being equipped with the new generation of H.265 encoding technology, the TS20A0 adapts to different networking requirements Being equipped with the new generation of H.265 encoding technology, the TS20A0 adapts to different networking requirements and provides high quality images even over low bandwidth connections. Moreover, conforming to ITU-TH.323 and IETF SIP communication standards, it supports industry standard A/V encoding technologies and achieves seamless interconnection with products that meet international standards, thus guaranteeing successful global communication. Undoubtedly, for users who need to promote the efficiency of communication and reduce extra operational costs, saving more time which can be spent with family instead of business trips, DH-VCS-TS20A0 Video Conferencing System is an ideal option. With a mission of “Enabling a Safer Society and Smarter Living”, Dahua Technology will continue to focus on “Innovation, Quality, and Service”, to serve partners and customers around the world.
Wireless surveillance systems are attractive to customersas they are cost-effective and easy to install Various studies, market statistics and forecasts project growth for the surveillance market from 2016 to 2020. Besides needs ranging from traditional analogue cameras to IP network cameras, more and more consumers also have a high interest in intelligent surveillance systems. Along with safety, these systems provide additional details for users in applications such as people counting and object tracking. As terrorist attacks become more serious, people and governments are eager to find solutions to prevent incidents and protect safety and property. Therefore, with the increased demand for security products, surveillance companies are pushing themselves to launch more innovative and higher quality products for customers to satisfy a variety of needs. Wired vs. wireless surveillance system Surveillance applications can be separated into two types – wired surveillance systems and wireless systems. An original wired surveillance system requires much more equipment to complete an entire system, such as switches and cables. However, wireless surveillance systems are attractive to customers as they are easy to install and also save the cost of wiring. Hence, more and more consumers tend to search for wireless surveillance solutions for their flexibility and cost effectiveness. What are WiFi, 3G and 4G? Before introducing wireless surveillance systems, it’s important to have a clear understanding of the differences among WiFi, 3G and 4G. WiFi is a local area wireless computer networking technology that allows electronic devices to network without cords or cables. WiFi is based on the IEEE802.11 network standard, and different protocols will provide different features. WiFi mainly uses the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz ISM radio bands. Meanwhile, the data transfer is protected and encrypted by WPA and WPA2 security standards, and the EAP authentication standard. WiFi could be the most popular wireless communication protocol, which can be used for indoor and outdoor applications. Differences between WiFi, 3G and LTE (4G) 3G is short for third generation, which means the third generation of mobile telecommunications technology. 3G telecommunication networks support services that provide an information transfer rate up to 700 kbps (3.5G uplink 5.7Mbps). Unlike WiFi service, which users access through networking hotspots, users of 3G must be subscribed to a service provider to get network connectivity. Most devices connect to the 3G network through their SIM card or a 3G data card. In contrast to 3G, WiFi has a distance limitation; the device must stay close to the access point to ensure network connectivity. However, 3G transmission is broader; as long as there is a signal, the device can connect to the network easily. 4G (LTE) is the fourth generation of mobile telecommunications technology. LTE stands for Long Term Evolution. It’s a term used for a particular type of 4G that delivers the fastest mobile Internet experience. 4G is ideally suited for services that demand more capacity, such as video streaming, mapping and social networking. Compared with 3G, users are able to have up-to-date information faster than ever, regardless of upload or download data. 4G means that a network offers peak data rates of at least 100 Mbps for high-mobility communication like users in cars or trains, etc., and at least 1 Gbps for low mobility communication such as pedestrians and stationary users. Wireless surveillance system advantages Wireless surveillance combines wireless transmission with network video surveillance to create a powerful solution that overcomes the challenges that prevent many people from installing surveillance and monitoring systems. These challenges can include distance, lack of network infrastructure, environmental conditions, and costs. Wireless systems can overcome these obstacles and work exceptionally well for monitoring separate building units or rural areas where there is a long distance between two sites. There are also numerous add-ons for wireless systems. Wireless surveillance systems perfectly protect the structural integrity and maintaina building’s beauty without sacrificing safety Cost-effective: Wire-free Wireless surveillance systems are an undeniably cost-effective solution for the users, not only saving the material cost but also the time of installation and maintenance. Implementing a wired surveillance system can be a massive issue for installers and also extremely time consuming due to various challenges of placement. Therefore, a wireless IP surveillance system can offer a more affordable solution for the user, and this financial benefit can continue for a couple of years after the installation through maintenance cost savings. Building protection and aesthetic Wireless installations keep the building’s aesthetic appearance intact as users do not have to worry about wires and the means to conceal them. Instead, users can enjoy a safe environment with an aesthetic and clean placement. Wireless surveillance systems perfectly protect the structural integrity and maintain a building’s beauty without sacrificing safety. For users who have these particular kinds of surveillance needs, wireless solutions can perfectly match their expectations. Flexible and scalable: Less infrastructure limitation For an environment that lacks a complete infrastructure, it would be difficult to build a wired surveillance system. Digging and burying a fibre network may not be desirable for all locations, such as historical monuments, farms, parking lots or wilderness. However, a wireless solution can conquer this challenge by using a wireless infrastructure for connectivity. Cameras do not need to be permanently located next to a wired network; instead, they can be set up anywhere as long as the signal can be reached. Moreover, wireless solutions are available for even the largest scale deployments, and are also available in ruggedised enclosures for deployment in all weather conditions. Meanwhile, the entire wireless surveillance system setup can be moved to a new location easily and quickly. Conclusion Consumers have more and more excellent options when it comes to wireless surveillance security systems. Wireless systems now offer complete functionality, flexibility, and ease of use compared to wired system. The innovative technology promises users a better and safer living environment, and surveillance companies will continue developing more valuable products and solutions.
Any wireless device can be a soft target for hackers Security network hacking is one of the hottest topics today. The ability to access security systems or devices anywhere, leaves them vulnerable and prone to hacking. Any wireless device can be a soft target for hackers. Let’s start with the concept that nothing on a network is really secure. Let’s admit this to ourselves and take the next steps to make our security networks more secure. Internet of Things security We all want our networks to be the network of everything. We want to be able to access our security systems everywhere. We want to view cameras, receive alarms, get notifications on our cell phones or from access points that are not our own. We want to cut the cable with wireless transmission. All of these are just an invitation to make our systems less secure. We demand more security and blame camera manufacturers, video management systems (VMS) or network video recorders (NVR); at the same time, we want to pay less. We want the convenience of accessing everything over the Web and mostly using the Internet. Closed network security systems No one is safe. In June, antivirus software provider Kaspersky Lab was hacked. Most of our security devices protect themselves with user names and passwords, and in most cases these are ineffective. The real protection is to limit access to a system as much as possible. In a typical network system, we have cameras connected to a network switch fed to a recording device usually in the form of a video server or NVR. The first question is: How much exposure do I really need? Video security used to be referred to as CCTV – closed circuit television. Sometimes, it still is. The key word is “closed.” Why not think about network video security systems as CNSS or “closed network security systems?” Every access point on a network has a potential for hacking. Once a security system is hacked, anything is possible. Studies have shown that hackers can exchange real video feeds from cameras for fake ones. It’s a variation on what used to be cutting the video cord or masking the lens in the analogue days. So what can you do to prevent your system from being hacked? Every access point on a network has a potential for hacking. Once a security system is hacked, anything is possible Create a separate network Let’s start with the obvious, make it a CNSS. This can be as political as it is technical, given that governance of security systems is shifting from the security department to IP directors who want to centralise their control. Next are the common sense approaches. If you can access IP devices by pinging them from any point outside your system, it is an open door for hackers. Disable common access Port 80 which is most commonly used for Internet traffic should especially be disabled. Most network switches have the ability to be accessed with the help of a function called Telenet using ports 21 and 23 – disable these as well. Create your own unique subnet and IP address An IP address is basically a 32-bit number that can range from 0 to 429496794, and has the potential to create about 4.3 billion unique addresses. Keep in mind, we are dealing with our own CNSS, so concerns about conflicts outside the network don’t exist. For example, if you are using an address of 192.168.1.xxx, with a subnet of 255.255.255.0, any IP address starting with 192.168.1 will be able to access devices on your network. Do you really need a Layer 3 switch? Keep in mind that “layering” as it pertains to network switches is primarily a marketing term and not a standard. The major difference in what we can consider a Layer 2-plus and Layer 3 is routing. A router routes IP packets among IP networks, which in our case makes it a major point of exposure. Think about routing in terms of Google. You ask a question, send it out and it crosses hundreds, perhaps thousands of access points on different networks until it is finally received at its destination, is responded to and is transmitted back to your computer over hundreds or thousands of additional access points. All of these cross different subnets over Wide Area Networks. Do you really need to have your system exposed to this for the privilege of paying more for Layer 3 capability as opposed to Layer 2? Most network switches have the ability to be accessed with the help of a function called Telenet using ports 21 and 23 – disable these as well User names and passwords They give us a sense of security, but in reality names and passwords are probably the least secure method. We now know that Android phones can be easily hacked without requiring the user to view a message or open an attachment. In doing so, all your information is exposed, including the phone application that allows you to view your security system. While a fix exists, due to the open source nature of Android it will be significantly more difficult to secure in comparison to single sources such as iOS. Network switching - most critical point The network switch is a gathering point for your security system. Once you have created your own network, removed access from outside networks by disabling common port access and avoided the use of routers or Layer 3 switches, you can take additional steps to internally secure your system. One of the most common and effective methods is the use of internal system MAC (Media Access Control) addressing. It is unique to each product that is IP-enabled. Your computer, cell phone and every component of your IP-based security system has a unique MAC address. Select a managed switch whose programming allows you to secure your system using MAC addressing. Your cameras can be connected to specific switch ports using MAC addressing, thus preventing them from unauthorised changes. Most importantly, the MAC address of the client computer can be tied to the switch to prevent outside or even internal access. This feature is known as MAC locking and is directly related to MAC lockouts, which disables unauthorised MAC addresses from gaining access. In the end, the decision as to how you construct your system network is up to you. Regardless of how attractive, the use of cell phones or the thought that Layer 3 must be better than Layer 2 switching are just invitations to hack your system. Every access point is another open door. Maybe it’s time to reconsider the meaning of “Closed Circuit.”
Monitronics’ ProShop offers sales and marketing materials to its dealer network as a valuable resource Monitronics Security, headquartered in Dallas, continues to stress the importance of professional monitoring services to its dealers and their customers as a critical component of recurring monthly revenue (RMR). “Traditional dealers need to emphasise the advantages of live, around-the-clock monitoring for anyone considering a non-traditional provider or do-it-yourself (DIY) with a self-monitored or unmonitored solution,” says Bruce Mungiguerra, senior vice president of Operations. “It’s not just about quicker response times, but also about getting guidance during an emergency. If dealers emphasise the role of a well-trained agent and an award-winning monitoring station, the value proposition becomes evident,” he says. Mungiguerra says customers are increasingly interested in home automation technology, although there still is a strong component of home security involved in the mix. “Video is emerging as a popular option, since it does dual duty as a security tool (monitoring the home) and a non-security tool. For example, many users report utilising live video just to watch their pets – not necessarily to check on them, but simply to watch them.” Positioning for success For dealers, a strong value proposition also involves the ability to listen to customers, get guidance from a dealer program and an awareness of what the most popular offerings are. “With home automation gaining in popularity, they also should be examining ways of hiring and retaining quality technical staff, particularly those who are familiar with wireless security and technology,” says Mungiguerra. "Video is emerging as a popular option, since it does dual duty as a security tool (monitoring the home) and a non-security tool" says Bruce Mungiguerra, senior VP Operations, Monitronics Security Monitronics Security provides a number of programs and tools that allow security companies to add services and corresponding streams of revenue. For example, the Monitronics Dealer Program provides valuable resources for smaller companies who want to add RMR. They work with packages that are set as entry points to each service level and allow flexibility to upsell additional products and services. They can take advantage of customisable marketing and sales collateral available through a “ProShop” that can be individually branded specifically for their needs and their sales strategy. The company also offers a variety of training programs that show dealers innovative ways to approach development of RMR and suggest new avenues and techniques to pursue. Expanding dealer network As far as competing with giants such as Time-Warner, AT&T and Comcast, Monitronics Security believes local dealers need to capitalise on their advantages over larger competitors. “They are typically well-known in their areas and are familiar with local needs and demographics. They have experienced, well-trained personnel who not only can consistently perform and support quality installs, but also are fully aware of local ordinances and licensing requirements. Since many of the larger companies have reputations for inferior customer support, local companies can emphasise customer service, relationships and word-of-mouth referrals. Finally, they can add many of the resources that are available to larger players – such as marketing and branding – by becoming part of a dealer network which can offer assistance in those areas.” Mungiguerra says that in addition to the company’s award-winning monitoring, Monitronics Security would like to be known for the freedom it gives the companies who are part of its dealer network. “They are given a large amount of independence to pursue building their brand, while making use of resources provided through our dealer network, such as training, support, funding, marketing collateral and access to equipment from quality manufacturers. Our relationship leaves them free to pursue strategies that benefit their businesses.”
Security is more-than-ever linked to consumer electronics, especially in the residential/smart home market. CES 2018 in Las Vegas is therefore brimming with news that will have a direct impact on the security market, today and especially looking into the future. Products for the future of security CES is a giant trade show for consumer electronics with 2.75 million net square feet of exhibitor space and featuring more than 3,900 exhibitors, including 900 startups - in contrast, ISC West has some 1,000 exhibitors. During the week-long show welcoming 170,000-plus attendees from 150 countries, more than 20,000 new products are being launched. The products incorporate ingredient technologies such as artificial intelligence and 5G that will also be familiar elements as the future of the security industry unfolds. Familiar players at security shows also have a presence at CES, and many consumer technologies on display offer a glimpse of what’s ahead for security The areas of consumer electronics and security are closely intertwined. For example, Apple recently expanded near-field communication (NFC) support to include the NDEF (NFC Data Exchange Format), which will likely accelerate the adoption of smartphones for access control credentialing. In another recent development, Amazon acquired Blink, a home security camera startup that offers wireless home security systems. The acquisition aligns with Amazon’s effort to offer more home devices. Key security technologies at CES 2018 Familiar players at security shows also have a presence at CES. For example, Bosch is highlighting its “Simply. Connected” portfolio of smart city technology to transform security as well as urban mobility, air quality and energy efficiency. Many consumer technologies on display offer a glimpse of what’s ahead for security. Are Panasonic’s 4K OLEDs with HDR10+ format or Sony’s A8F OLED televisions a preview of the future of security control room monitors? At CES, Johnson Controls is announcing support for Apple HomeKit now offered in their DSC iotega wireless security and automation solution. Consumers can manage both their security system and also other home automation abilities using Apple’s Home app, or Siri on their iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch. Interlogix is announcing new features and components of its UltraSync SmartHome system, including hands-free voice control, high-definition cameras, an LTE cellular module and soon-to-be-released doorbell camera. The areas of consumer electronics and security are closely intertwined Developments in crime awareness ADT has a high profile at CES, including the launch of its ADT Go mobile app, equipped with 24/7 emergency response from ADT’s live monitoring agents and backed by Life360’s location technology, providing emergency response, family connectivity, safety assistance and crime awareness. ADT is also unveiling a video doorbell and expanding its monitoring to cybersecurity. IC Realtime is introducing Ella, a cloud-based deep-learning search engine that augments surveillance systems with natural language search capabilities across recorded video footage. Ella enables any surveillance or security cameras to recognise objects, colours, people, vehicles and animals. Ella was designed using the technology backbone of Camio, a startup founded by ex-Googlers who designed a simpler way to apply searching to streaming video feeds. It’s a “Google for video:” Users can type in queries such as “white truck” to find every relevant video clip. Smarter homes and smarter computers Do-it-yourself smart home security company Abode Systems announces iota, an all-in-one system giving customers more freedom and flexibility to build out and monitor their smart home. The new form factor has a built-in full-HD resolution camera enabling customers to see and hear what’s going on in their home 24/7 while a built-in gateway supports hundreds of devices to make homes more convenient, safer and more secure. There is also support for Apple HomeKit. Highly programmable and high-performance platforms will no doubt play a role in the future of video surveillance systems in our market The Z-Wave Alliance will host 30-plus leading smart home brands in the Z-Wave pavilion at CES. A full walk-through home will demonstrate different brands working together to create one cohesive smart home experience. Sigma Designs unveils its 700-Series Z-Wave platform, including numerous performance and technology enhancements in energy-efficiency and RF performance. Personal protection in attendance Self-defence product company SABRE will debut a combination pepper spray with dual sound-effect personal alarm that “alternates between the traditional wailing sound and a primal scream, while a strobe blinks 19 times per second to disorient assailants.” SABRE’s Modern Fake Security Camera includes “sleek, realistic design to deter would-be thieves.” Chip maker Ambarella is introducing the CV1 4K Stereovision Processor with CFflow Computer Vision Architecture. The chip combines environmental perception with advances in deep neural network processing for a variety of applications, including video security cameras and fully autonomous drones. At CES, applications will focus on automotive uses, including advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), self-driving, electronic mirror and surround view systems. The highly programmable and high-performance platform will no doubt play a role in the future of video surveillance systems in our market. A full walk-through home will demonstrate different brands working together to create one cohesive smart home experience Extending home security and efficiency The Ring whole-house security ecosystem creates a “Ring of Security” around homes and neighbourhoods. Products include “Stick Up” indoor/outdoor security cameras, integrated LED lighting, a “Ring Alarm” integrated bundle for $199 including a base station, keypad, contact sensor, and Z-Wave extender. “Ring Protect Plans” include 24/7 professional monitoring. The “Streety” phone app, from Vivint Smart Home, extends home security into the neighbourhood. Streety makes it easy for neighbours to monitor neighbourhood activity through a network of shared residential cameras. They can keep an eye on kids, cars and property through live video feeds and use recorded video clips to investigate incidents. A new device making its debut at CES is the Walker “commercialised biped robot,” from UBTECH Robotics, which provides a complete home butler service and is designed to ease the day-to-day operations of a busy home or office. The varied of functions includes video surveillance monitoring, security patrol monitoring, motion detection and “instant alarm,” as well as dancing and playing games with children. The company says Walker will “bridge the gap between technologies that were once only available in scientific research institutions and everyday people.”
Cybersecurity has been getting much more attention lately in the physical security market. One company ready to address cybersecurity of IP video products is DVTEL. The Israeli company’s roots in IT and networking make it a logical choice to take a lead in cyber-defence of IP video systems. DVTEL’s core research and development (R&D) in Israel includes cyber-defence expertise. DVTEL’s cyber-defence plan In fact, DVTEL is moving fast to implement its cyber-defence plan – which it calls the IP-mmune Cyber-Defense Suite – throughout its product line. Cyber-defence is a requirement as basic (and as necessary) as a computer password, says Yoav Stern, DVTEL’s President and CEO. “We decided to take the initiative,” he says. (Stern prefers the term cyber-defence; he says there’s no such thing as “cyber-secure” – it’s an ongoing process.) "Cyber-defence is a new requirement in today’s market, not a selling point or feature but a critical element of the environment where systems today operate", says Yoav Stern, DVTEL’s President and CEO IP-mmune is composed of several existing technologies from the IT world, which have been adapted specifically to the video environment, addressing needs such as the requirement to maintain fast data speeds to achieve real-time video. Technologies include port scanning and password-protected gate blockers throughout the system, and a "sand box” in the client software protects the main system from viruses. Additional cyber-defence enhancements will include video encryption and stringent measures related to cloud and wireless components. Slow implementation of cybersecurity Cyber-defence has been a priority in the IT arena for decades, says Stern, and now is the time for physical security to catch up. “For 27 years, cyber-defence has been the environment where you operate in the IT world,” says Stern. In contrast, analogue video, and even IP systems that were self-contained and only involved recording and real-time video transmission, were mostly immune to concerns about cybersecurity, so it was ignored. Also contributing to slower implementation of cybersecurity in video systems has been the industry’s single-minded mission to expand functionality and increase performance. “The whole industry, including the channel, are ex-analogue people,” adds Stern. In fact, the overarching emphasis in the market has been on developing systems, processes and applications for IP video. Addressing the cyber-defence aspect requires a completely different skillset, and improving cyber-defence has even historically been seen as detrimental to system performance. “Performance and real-time video depend on free passage through firewalls,” says Stern. Risks with cybersecurity However, as video systems have merged into enterprise networks, the cybersecurity dangers have heightened. Today, says Stern, “IP video is a black hole that could suck bad elements into the IT systems.” Lack of cybersecurity has also historically been an obstacle to inclusion of video on enterprise networks. Much-discussed concerns about video being a “bandwidth hog” have mostly overshadowed the other, equally daunting obstacle, which is that systems have not been safe and secure from cyber-attacks. So what makes this the right time to take on cyber-defence? Not only are networks converging, but video is also being used in new ways that demand that it be accessible throughout the enterprise, says Stern. To meet the huge demand on the horizon for wireless and mobile systems, the market must get its act together related to cyber-defence, he adds. Cyber-defence is a new requirement in today’s market, not a selling point or feature but a critical element of the environment where systems today operate, says Stern. “IT will take over, and if security wants to keep control of their business, they need to be able to tell the IT people that nothing can leak from the IP video environment, that it is protected.” DVTEL plans to implement IP-mmune in existing systems In addition to being installed on all systems moving forward, DVTEL says the IP-mmune suite could be implemented on existing systems, based on response in the market. IP-mmune will be maintained through the cloud, as part of DVTEL’s cloud services that measure and manage the health of video systems, including system audits. DVTEL cloud services will remotely identify problems, send alerts and provide analysis. DVTEL United VMS 7.0 for ISC West 2015 At ISC West, DVTEL is releasing United VMS 7.0, which can tie together any existing or new Latitude, Horizon and/or Meridian VMS systems into a unified whole with a new user interface. Also introduced will be a new Command and Control (CC) web and mobile client. Sleek, modern design approximate the user experience of a mobile app, including use of drag and pinch and browsing with a finger, basically mimicking the intuitive experience of using a smart phone. The company will also emphasise its cutting-edge technology at the network edge, including Quasar Quad HD cameras, and 4K Certified Solutions. “We are moving to one scalable system that is cloud-based and can scale to any size,” Stern says.
On September 2, torrential rain caused mountain flood and massive landslide swept Mengdong Town of Yunnan province in southwestern China. Local transportation, electricity and communications network were disrupted.At 9:00PM, in order to reinforce local rescue forces, Yunnan Provincial Fire Brigade dispatched 24 vehicles and 130 firefighters, who later experienced serious challenges in communications in areas where intermittent voice call and short messages in cellular service was available only on heights. Hytera swung into action immediately after being notified about the firefighting department’s emergency communications requirements. Hytera iMesh broadband network solution A Hytera technical team brought the latest emergency communications equipment with them and joined the firefighters onsite. The team quickly set up an ad hoc wireless network with Hytera iMesh broadband networking solution. This broadband network has been facilitating real-time audio and video communications and coordination between the onsite forces and the Provincial Fire Brigade command center. Multiple casualties have been reported and more people are missing. The relief effort is ongoing.
Five leading manufacturers specialising in secure technologies have teamed to provide safety and security at the 72nd Annual Little League Baseball World Series (LLBWS) for the players, coaches and fans. For the first time BriefCam and Ruckus Networks, an ARRIS Company are joining Axis Communications, Lenel and Milestone Systems to provide video surveillance systems, access control and network connectivity for the 10-day tournament. The five technology providers have come together to develop a comprehensive security strategy for the 16 Little League Baseball teams and worldwide fans participating in the World Series from August 16-26, 2018, in South Williamsport, Pa. The Little League International officials strive to promote a fun, exciting experience for players and fans, while ensuring the highest level of security during the games. BriefCam’s groundbreaking video content analytics platform detects, tracks, extracts and identifies people, objects, their attributes and behaviour from raw video feedsProviding safety and security to visitors “Each year, hundreds of thousands of people come out to Williamsport to enjoy their time at the Little League Baseball World Series,” said Jim Ferguson, Little League Assistant Director of Risk Management and Safety. “Along with the safety of all of 16 participating teams, our top priority during the Little League Baseball World Series is to provide a safe and secure facility for visitors from all over the world to enjoy. Thanks to these providers, we can continue to offer all of our fans, players, and volunteers a fun and safe location to create lifelong memories and exciting experiences during their visit.” BriefCam, one of the newest contributors, is providing the company’s latest video content analytics platform to this year’s Little League Baseball World Series state-of-the-art security solution. BriefCam’s groundbreaking video content analytics platform detects, tracks, extracts and identifies people, objects, their attributes and behaviour from raw video feeds. By presenting objects that have appeared at different times within the video simultaneously, BriefCam enables security operators to review hours of video in minutes. Comprehensive video surveillance and analytics solution For the LLBWS, this means if children and parents are accidentally separated during the event, the security team will be well equipped to potentially locate and reunite related parties more quickly. Additionally, BriefCam’s solution can be used to optimise operations such as attendee and vehicle traffic flows to ensure a safe and positive guest experience. The company’s video content analytics platform aligns with Axis IP-based digital video surveillance cameras and Milestone’s XProtect video management software for a comprehensive video surveillance, management and analytics solution. The T300s—the Ruckus flagship outdoor APs—ensure top-notch performance for high-definition video over Wi-Fi, enabling every video stream to be captured “As this global event draws families from far and wide, it is important to further enable comprehensive safety, security and operational efficiencies,” said Stephanie Weagle, CMO, BriefCam. “Our technology will be on-hand to support the Little League in their endeavour to extract actionable intelligence from their video surveillance in the event that parents or family members need assistance in finding each other or streamlining operations to ensure that all involved have a great experience.” Top-notch performance for HD video over Wi-Fi Ruckus Networks, the second newest technology contributor, is providing a wireless mesh backhaul to deliver connectivity to both the scoreboards and surveillance cameras. Ruckus is deploying its T300 access points (APs), along with its SmartZone 100 management controller, to ensure seamless connectivity for the outdoor environment. The T300s—the Ruckus flagship outdoor APs—ensure top-notch performance for high-definition video over Wi-Fi, enabling every video stream to be captured. For the LLBWS, this capability allows all the video cameras in the stadium to be constantly streaming, ensuring maximum safety and security at all times. “In a digitally connected world, safety and security are critical elements that need to be part of every network,” said Bart Giordano, Vice President, Worldwide Business Development and Cloud, Ruckus Networks, an ARRIS company. “We are teaming with other companies to bring the most innovative security capabilities to the games so that every family can feel safer onsite. Our robust wireless technologies ensure every video stream is captured from all cameras, at all times, helping make this annual event fun and secure.” The 4K resolution provides four times as much detail as the standard HDTV 1080p resolution, improving the video quality significantly 4K resolution for improved video quality Axis Communications, the market leader in network video, has been a technology provider with Little League for nine years and is providing AXIS Q6128-E PTZ Network Camera, a compact, outdoor-ready PTZ dome, offering 4K resolution at 30 frames per second, 12x optical zoom and autofocus. The 4K resolution provides four times as much detail as the standard HDTV 1080p resolution, improving the video quality significantly. Both of these cameras will be integrated into the scoreboard in Lamade Stadium. "Each year we look forward to evolving the security system by leveraging the newest technology in the industry," said Robert Muehlbauer, Senior Manager, Business Development Partner Ecosystem, Axis Communications, Inc. "The total solution provides a comprehensive system to help keep players and fans safe so they can enjoy America’s favourite pastime, baseball. We are proud to collaborate with all of the companies involved and to continue our work with Little League Baseball.” OnGuard access control platform and XProtect VMS For the 20th consecutive year, Lenel, a provider of advanced security systems, will provide its OnGuard access control platform. Players, coaches, officials, staff and vendors are all enrolled in the system and receive a photo identification badge providing access to predetermined areas. The system is integrated with the Axis surveillance cameras so when someone presents a badge at one of the access card readers, live video and the cardholder’s photo are displayed on a nearby monitor, allowing a guard to authenticate the identification. Technology provider Milestone is providing XProtect Corporate video management software, which is installed along with a Milestone Husky M500A NVR as one of the recording servers Technology provider Milestone is providing XProtect Corporate video management software, which is installed along with a Milestone Husky M500A NVR as one of the recording servers. The XProtect Smart Client interface includes advancements in system performance by leveraging the processing power of NVIDIA GPU cards for measurable hardware acceleration, enabling more concurrent High Definition or Ultra HD video streams on high-resolution monitors. Easy access to video The LLBWS is also using the XProtect Smart Wall for viewing and sending pertinent video to monitors around the facilities, including a mobile command centre. BriefCam is embedded in the XProtect Smart Client with a dedicated screen tab for easy access to search hours of video in just minutes. “It’s truly inspiring to see the open platform community of partners coming together for this great international family event, ensuring safety through ongoing technology innovations,” said Jeremy Scott, Strategic Alliances Manager, Americas, Milestone Systems. “Every year brings new winners - on the field, in the stands and behind the scenes.”
Covering hundreds of acres, Dunsfold Park near Guildford began life as a military airfield in 1942, before making its mark in aviation history for multiple innovations as part of BAe Systems until 1960. Later, the estate was acquired by the award-winning Rutland Group, who continue to manage the site, now in partnership with owners, Trinity College Cambridge. Today, in addition to its private airfield and motor test track, the estate has a thriving business park where over 100 companies employ 700 people. As a popular film location, it is home to the BBC’s Top Gear team and the backdrop to TV and Hollywood blockbusters from Casino Royale to Come Fly With Me. The continued rejuvenation of Dunsfold Park includes investment in sustainable new infrastructure, with plans to further develop the estate amenities and community. And every year, thousands of people celebrate the site’s illustrious history at its air and motoring show, Wings & Wheels. IDIS HD IP video solution To support the continued development of the high-profile, multi-use estate, the management team wanted to replace the legacy security system with an HD IP infrastructure to increase capacity, image quality and flexibility to scale. Although the estate is secured by a physical perimeter fence, 24/7 surveillance is a pre-requisite to ensure robust protection for the growing number of people working on site, the businesses and many high-value assets. With so many diverse uses – from landing jumbo jets and testing high-performance cars to housing high-tech businesses and hosting public events – upholding health, safety and security in all eventualities is vitally important. The customised design was built with state-of-the-art IDIS equipment to deliver seamless plug-and-play ease of useThe solution had to be easy to use and operate, extremely resilient and offer good value. A key objective was to improve 24/7 visibility of hard-to-reach locations in all weather conditions, like remote entrance gates, with the flexibility for operators to easily zone in on specific areas as required. Integrated fibre optic-wireless IP HD surveillance Following a successful pilot trial, the contract was awarded to expert security integrators ISD-Tech to deliver a comprehensive HD surveillance solution running on an integrated fibre optic and wireless IP network. The customised design was built with state-of-the-art IDIS equipment to deliver seamless plug-and-play ease of use, high-quality real-time images with no visible latency and industry-leading resilience, all from a single provider. Comprising hardware, software and peripherals from the IDIS DirectIP suite, the solution includes a mix of seamlessly integrated ruggedised infra-red PTZ from Redvision as well as static cameras, HD network video recorders (NVRs) and cost-free IDIS Centre video management software. The versatile IDIS equipment ensured that challenges in the site environment could be easily overcome to provide complete 24/7 coverage, including long-range night-time visibility of previously hard-to-reach areas. The innovative solution is optimised to meet Dunsfold Park’s current surveillance requirements while providing the foundations to scale across the wider Dunsfold Park portfolio and add new technologies, such as ANPR, as its needs evolve.
Siklu Inc., a supplier of mmWave solutions, has announced that its radios have been selected by Israel Police as their main wireless fibre solution. These systems were selected for nationwide deployments as well as temporary events for the purpose of backhauling HD video surveillance systems and advanced sensors. The Israel Police, similar to police forces all over the world, face a considerable challenge when it comes to deploying a camera array at a city’s main centres within a short timeframe. Adding to the difficulties in securing these parades, is the legacy communication infrastructure in the old rock-based, mountainous terrain city of Jerusalem. When a wireless communication option is considered, the challenge of a dense urban environment packed with thousands of interfering Wi-Fi networks, needs to be addressed. Putting on a Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem, the holiest city in the world presented an additional challenge – how fast the city’s technology partners, MER Group, SMBIT and Siklu would be able to design, supply and install the very small mmWave radios at the strategic locations marked by the security experts. The surveillance cameras serve as a deterrent, as potentially disruptive groups are aware that they are being filmed High-quality video streams Operating in the abundant 70GHz band, with 5GHz of continues spectrum, Siklu’s radios were not constrained by the costly and time-consuming frequency survey associated with legacy wireless solutions. At each location, the Police placed 2 HD cameras and simply deployed the Siklu radios back to back, eliminating the need for traditional multiple powering and switching devices. Simplified deployment was enabled by the Siklu EtherHaul radios with their integrated switch and dual PoE out. At each pole and rooftop along the parade route, a single EH-710TX radio was able to power the complete pack of cameras and radios. With these features and capabilities, the whole network was deployed in only 1 day. On the day of the parade, the event gathered four times the number of people (~20K) attending in recent years, and the Police commanders were more than satisfied with the quality of video streams arriving in real-time to the control rooms. The live, high quality video streams enabled real-time response from the Police to any possible provocations. The cameras also serve as a deterrent, as potentially disruptive groups are aware that they are being filmed. Siklu’s mmWave technology, carefully tailored for our security networks, was definitely the right call to make" Wireless fibre links Yoav Ludmer, SMBIT’s CEO stated that “for all city events, we should provide adequate safety measures for the huge crowds expected. The Israel Police tested and deployed Siklu’s mmWave radios a few months prior to the Gay Pride Parade in another sensitive part of Jerusalem, and the solution proved to be rock solid.” For the first time in Israel, Siklu’s mmWave wireless fibre links were deployed in hours to support Police surveillance cameras and sensors. “After experiencing the high-quality video cameras enabled by Siklu’s technology and integrated by the MER Group and SMBIT, we challenged them to deliver a complex solution in very little time for a very sensitive temporary event and the result was impressive” said Israel’s Police Chief Technology Consultant, Avi Gohar. “Siklu’s mmWave technology, carefully tailored for our security networks, was definitely the right call to make. It proved to be a real game changer for us, and indeed for the city.”
Siklu Inc., a global supplier of mmWave solutions, has announced that its wireless radios have been deployed in the City of Lincoln, United Kingdom. These systems provide 14 high capacity wireless data links in support of a modern IP networked CCTV system, primarily to provide surveillance for the city and public spaces. The new wireless network is part of the Vision 2020 project announced last year. Vision 2020 is a three-year plan to build a smart city improving the city’s infrastructure, roadways and parks, and includes investing in a new transportation hub. Previously, the cities CCTV system was transmitted back on traditional analogue fibre circuits, these were both costly and bandwidth limiting. To install the wireless network, the City of Lincoln Council worked closely with security systems integrator Videcom Security Ltd, a company specialising in large multisite Town and City Centre public safety CCTV systems. Videcom chose Siklu as their wireless partner following previous successes in Watford, London Borough Richmond, Ipswich and Cambridge City where Siklu hardware had already been successfully deployed, demonstrating the best cost and performance solution. Ultralow latency combined with high reliability and accurate forecasted uptime and resilience, added weight to the tendered design and installation mmWave EtherHaul E-band radios The project involved installing Siklu’s mmWave EtherHaul E-band radios to deliver 1 Gbps full duplex capacity for the main backhaul resilient ring over the 80 GHz frequency. Utilising Siklu’s Layer 2 switch functionality to deliver resiliency and diversity routing, the network provides ‘mission critical’ up-time with automatic fail-over. In addition, Videcom installed Siklu’s 60 GHz V-band frequency radios to connect 300 cameras at the street level including city wide Urban Traffic Cameras. Ultralow latency combined with high reliability and accurate forecasted uptime and resilience, added weight to the tendered design and installation. Significant cost savings on transmission and reduction in maintenance have also helped to reduce the total lifetime cost of the CCTV system. Videcom city-wide CCTV surveillance “At Videcom, we have always been impressed with the level of support and in particular, Siklu’s commitment to training of our engineers and the ongoing direct support offered,” said Bill Mead, Managing Director of Videcom Security. “We are pleased to work closely with Siklu and are looking forward to the next project.” The recent project with the City of Lincoln Council is part of our commitment to providing the most reliable, interference free mmWave technology"The extended CCTV camera coverage, including the creation of a Safe Zone, utilising Siklu radios connecting high specification Dahua cameras is already providing significant results, both proactively and reactively. Spare transmission bandwidth is allowing the planning of smart services to the City as well as Wi-Fi connectivity and car park data sharing. “We’re pleased to have had such a successful working relationship with Videcom Security on numerous projects throughout the United Kingdom,” said Eyal Assa, Siklu’s CEO. “The recent project with the City of Lincoln Council is part of our commitment to providing the most reliable, interference free mmWave technology available to the market for Smart City and surveillance system networks.”
The 9th BRICS Summit was successfully held in Xiamen, China from September 3rd-5th, 2017, where leaders of the five member-countries were in attendance. Building on its success in providing a comprehensive security solution for the G20 Hangzhou Summit in 2016, the 9th BRICS Summit was yet another accomplishment for Dahua. The 2017 BRICS Xiamen Summit demanded high-level protection for national leaders from Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. As Xiamen’s city centre is located on an island, the security system required comprehensive surveillance of all roads leading into the area, also known as the “Four Bridges and One Tunnel” network.Dahua provided 1723 bullet cameras, 379 PTZ cameras, 226 vehicle checkpoint cameras, 116 Face Recognition cameras, 10 mobile 4G PTZ cameras Protection through Dahua technology In addition to roads leading into the city, routes to and from the airport, hotels, and the Xiamen International Conference & Exhibition Center needed to be protected as well. A solution of this proportion would also require an advanced, automated, and centralised system to ensure efficient, coordinated responses. With its cutting-edge IP camera, video cloud, network storage, and transmission technologies, Dahua was up to the task of securing Xiamen and the BRICS venues. In total, Dahua provided 1723 bullet cameras, 379 PTZ cameras, 226 vehicle checkpoint cameras, 116 Face Recognition cameras, 10 mobile 4G PTZ cameras, and many other advanced Dahua products and services used in various areas of the city. The BRICS security command centre, administered by the Public Security Department of the Xiamen, was fitted with a Dahua visual emergency dispatch and command system. The centre’s large display wall was stitched together with Dahua edgeless HD LED panels, enabling a complete picture of all units under command center control during the meeting, greatly simplifying control and responses. The security system surrounding the Xiamen International Conference & Exhibition Center as well as the visual emergency dispatch and command system in the security command center both adopted a full range of Dahua video surveillance and display solutions. Dahua employed advanced technologies such as intelligent analysis and big data, to increase the efficiency of emergency command and management capabilities Live video security on the road A customised Dahua Mobile Solution with GPS positioning and in-vehicle wireless image transmission system was installed on 228 patrol cars and 72 special cars from the Xiamen Public Security Bureau, which was used to clear the way for Summit leaders. This provided the command centre with a continuous live overview of all areas while providing support for the handling of various emergencies. Dahua contributed to the security of other key areas including the Xiamen Airport, train station, ferry piers, and police checkpoints In order to secure “Four Bridges and One Tunnel” access points, Dahua employed advanced technologies such as intelligent analysis, big data, and video analytics to significantly increase the efficiency of emergency command and information technology management capabilities, providing uninterrupted HD video surveillance and smart road event monitoring on bridges and tunnels. In addition, Dahua also contributed to the security of other key areas including the Xiamen Airport, train station, ferry piers, and police checkpoints. In surrounding Haicang and Jimei districts, Dahua constructed video surveillance on routes and sites which held key activities in the city, achieving full coverage of places such as guarded routes, main roads, key sites, as well as surrounding areas and regions of elevated risk. Dahua securing public safety Dahua also played a role in safeguarding conference-related affairs such as catering, accommodation, and travel. The hotels in which leaders stayed in and surrounding areas were upgraded to HD systems in a short amount of time, making sure the leaders were secure while they rested during the Summit. The mobile law enforcement surveillance system assisted the Xiamen Market Supervision Commission in guaranteeing the provision of safe food during the Summit. The three day BRICS Summit concluded without a hitch. National leaders and their delegations were able to smoothly move about the city and attend the conference while Dahua products prevented threats through a vast network of smart video technologies. In addition, the large-scale project significantly upgraded Xiamen’s city surveillance system and provided a long-term foundation for not only public security-related operations, but also broader public projects such as the Xiamen Wireless Image Transmission System.