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Prominent American University Secures New Facility with L-1 4G Fingerprint Readers

Prominent American University Secures New Facility with L-1 4G Fingerprint Readers

Editor / Provider: L-1 Identity Solutions | Updated: 6/23/2011 | Article type: Education

While the use of biometrics in higher education is still relatively a new concept in North America, it has seen success in the few facilities it has been implemented in. The latest educational institution to implement a biometric access control solution is considered to be one of the top research universities in the world. By day, over 40,000 students roam the campus grounds and by night over 10,000 university housing residents go back to their residence halls and plazas.

With such a large student population, security becomes a big issue. “Their brand new facility needed to incorporate a number of features, that would reflect not only the progressive nature of the institution but also address the critical security issues of an on-campus police station”, said Shiraz Kapadia, COO, Bioscrypt (The Enterprise Access Division of L-1 Identity Solutions). Access to new rooms such as a holding cell and the transportation and protection of evidence transferred from the main station into the secure property room, required restricted access to certain personnel.

Critical tasks such as the ones mentioned above, called for a physical access control solution which would be robust enough to handle the different layers of security clearance within the building, but still simple enough to handle the management of the system. Enter Bioscrypt (The Enterprise Access Division of L-1 Identity Solutions) and their market-tested and customer proven 4G solutions.

Secutech 2011 Holds the Key to Future Security

Secutech 2011 Holds the Key to Future Security

Editor / Provider: Submitted by Messe Frankfurt New Era | Updated: 6/15/2011 | Article type: Hot Topics

Secutech 2011 reached new heights for its 14th annual exhibition. This Asia's most international exhibition and conference for total security solutions took place from April 20 to 22. Over three days, tens of thousands of security professionals came for the latest in products, solutions and conference topics.

Asia's security demand has boomed in recent years, due to growing security awareness and strong economies. The 14th edition of Secutech, the international exhibition and conference for electronic security, showcased the latest products. Offerings included the largest IP equipment pavilion in Asia, access control/biometrics, HD surveillance, intrusion alarms and home automation. Numerous global brands displayed a wide variety of products, enabling buyers to find the right solutions for their needs under one roof.

A strong turnout of 23,782 international and local visitors packed the floors, making their way to exhibits as well as attending educational seminars. Attendance increased by 5 percent from 2010, with visitors flying in from more than 95 countries to Taipei. The show was a one-stop shop for distributors, resellers, importers and integrators to connect with solution providers.

Business-matching sessions connected buyers from specific countries with reputable suppliers. Buyer groups included decisionmakers from Japan, Singapore, Turkey, Italy, Thailand, Vietnam and India.
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Total Security Lineup
Secutech 2011 hosted 550 suppliers spread out over 35,873 square meters. Exhibitors showcased a total security lineup, hailing from more than 20 countries. From key components to finished products and vertical-specific solutions, Secutech was the best sourcing platform for professional security buyers. Global manufacturers and component suppliers turned out for Secutech, making it a truly representative exhibition.

Video surveillance was represented by more than 150 manufacturers, including Brickcom, CNB Technology, DynaColor, GVD, Hikvision Digital Technology, iCatch, Infinova, ITX, Koukaam, Nuuo, Pinetron, Qnap, Sony, Vivotek, and many more. Products displayed featured software, recording storage, megapixel cameras, video analytics and VMS.

Two new product zones made their debut this year: Software and Storage.In conjunction with the show's themes of HD/Megapixel, Software and Storage, the software zone featured globally renowned providers such as Milestone Systems, ObjectVideo and Pelco (a Schneider Electric company). The Video Storage and Recording zone covered 200 square meters in the IP surveillance pavilion, rounding out the range of video solutions in the HD era.

The access control and biometrics pavilion of 116 booths covered everything from card readers, IP access control solutions, e-home systems, face recognition, fingerprint scanners, palm vein technology to intercoms and electronic magnetic locks. Security auditing solutions such as RFID products and technologies were also displayed. Leading brands on-site included Assa Abloy, ChiYu, Entrypass, HID Global, Kaba, MicroEngine and Rosslare.

The third CompoSec — the only international expo for components in security technologies and applications — was held concurrently with Secutech. CompoSec completes the security supply chain, covering a spectrum of key components ranging from chipsets and modules to subsystems and embedded software.

Exhibitors include Intel, Intersil/Techwell, Hitachi, LG, OmniVision, Grain Media, Stretch, Texas Instruments, Xilinx, Gennum, Clairpixel, Pixelplus, Kiwi Semiconductors and Macro Image. A new zone for CompoSec 2011 was the Memory Storage zone, gathering hard-disk drive (HDD) and flash disk providers under one roof. Renowned brands such as Western Digital, Transcend, Innodisk, Apacer and Hitachi displayed storage solutions expressly for surveillance purposes.
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Show Attractions
Intelligent Buildings and Smart Homes
Intelligent buildings and smart homes are increasing, as building automation becomes a reality. Secutech 2011 enabled greater dialogue at the Home Automation pavilion, which welcomed representatives of intelligent building associations and organization from China and Korea.

Camera Excellence Award
The Camera Excellence Award was a world-first camera shootout at the showground, allowing objective judges and discriminating buyers to determine the best megapixel and HD cameras from live performance.

A total of 25 cameras were tested on-site, including 19 megapixel cameras and six HDcctv models. HDcctv camera entrants included CNB, Hi Sharp, EverFocus Electronics, Micro Digital, Mintron and Shany. Megapixel cameras on display featured Axis Communications, Arecont Vision, Brickcom, Brainchild, Dahua Technology, D-Link, EverFocus, Etrovision Technology, Hikvision, Huanghe, Panasonic System Networks, Shany, Sony Corporation, TeleEye and Vivotek.

Hundreds of visitors stopped to observe how the cameras delivered and cast their votes for the top performers. After a two-day voting period and professional judge panel discussion, the winners were announced. HDcctv camera awards were presented to Micro Digital, Mintron and Shany. For megapixel cameras, six models from Axis Communications, Brainchild, Brickcom, Panasonic Systems, Sony Corporation and Vivotek were recognized.

Country Pavilions
Country pavilions allowed security professionals to identify mutual growth opportunities and develop a competitive edge. This year's pavilions included the U.S., Korea and China.
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Quality Education
Secutech 2011 not only featured comprehensive sourcing options, but also showcased top-notch security education. A total of 20 seminars, comprising 115 interactive sessions, makes Secutech the premier security destination in Asia. Conferences held concurrently at the show were the Global Digital Surveillance Forum (GDSF) and CompoSec.

Three Keys: HD /Megapixel, Software and Storage
GDSF is a conference dedicated to digital video solutions. In its 10th year, the conference was divided into three tracks: HD/Megapixel Surveillance, Software and Integration, and Storage Management.

1. HD/Megapixel Surveillance Forum
The keynote of the HD/Megapixel Surveillance Forum was delivered by Hiroshi Sekiguchi, IP Security Product MD, Panasonic Systems. He delved into the IP video surveillance market trends, discussing how to truly integrate megapixel technology.

Followed by Panasonic were Axis Communications, Hikvision, Vivotek and EverFocus. Fan Look, VP of Axis North Asia, explored market development in network video in storage, new sensors and adaptability. Both Hikvision and EverFocus showcased real-life applications of traffic monitoring with network surveillance.

Vivotek presented the latest breakthroughs in storage and recording. This was followed by D-Link's presentation on video analytics and VMS solutions. The last two sessions were delivered by Plustek and Osram, detailing how to best make use of video surveillance.

2. Software and Integration Forum
The Software and Integration forum kicked off with a presentation by Firetide. Firetide discussed video mesh technology and how to deploy it for critical applications. It was followed by a keynote speech from Pelco (a Schneider Electric company). “Integrated security meansbetter protection for people, assets — and the bottom line,” said Pramoud Rao, Security Ambassador for Asia
Pacific, Schneider Electric.

ObjectVideo discussed the value of analytics, along with addressing issues with interoperability and flexibility. Open platform VMS providers Genetec and Milestone Systems discussed third-party integration, a critical issue as more convergence takes place.

3. Storage Management Forum
The Storage Management forum's opening speech was delivered by Seagate. Danny Lim, Marketing Manager for Asia Pacific, Seagate, explored how the adoption of HD and megapixel cameras changes storage requirements. As a newcomer to GDSF, Promise also addressed storage management.

Three sessions focused on IP product launches from Brickcom, ArcSight and NVT. Taking place over three days, GDSF was made up of 18 sessions, covering the full spectrum of IP video.
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Product Design for HD Surveillance
CompoSec 2011 covered four themes geared toward engineers and R&D professionals: HD Surveillance, Improved Transmission and Interfaces, Next-Gen Identification and Management, and Green Security. This year's opening speeches were delivered by Intel and Huper Laboratories, discussing HD performance.

Texas Instruments delivered the keynote speed at CompoSec. Sunny Lee, Director of Business Development for Texas Instruments, explained how embedded technology supports more green video products.

Sony's presentation introduced new technologies for generating higher resolution, lowering S/N ratio and improving color reproduction.

Aptina, Aspeed and Pixelplus explored breakthroughs in CMOS image sensors. Aptina's image sensors boost

Secutech 2012
Dates: April 18 to 20, 2012
(15th edition)
Venue: Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Taiwan
Website:
www.secutech.com
resolution, enabling cameras to perform more accurate video analysis. Aspeed presented how best to perform server management, desktop virtualization and surveillance processing.

HD was the emphasis for Hisilicon and Grain Media. Grain Media not only focuses on network cameras, but plans to expand to hybrid DVRs and NVRs.

Solution design was an emphasis for product development. Stretch spoke on the importance of integration, video analytics and image processing.

Xilinx highlighted effective processor performance, even with lower power consumption. From the HDcctv perspective, Gennum explained how transmission can be extended for HD images.

Storage plays a crucial role in video surveillance, providing effective and reusable evidence. HDD and solid-state disks (SSD) work to provide effective recording. “A good SSD is worth every penny,” said Alex Kuo, President of Memoright. Both speed and performance determine the quality and scalability of storage. Innodisk stressed how different applications require individual SSD solutions. Western Digital, which announced its intent to purchase HDD competitor Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, further elaborated on the challenges of HD storage.

The last session of CompoSec was closed by NXP. RFID usage, ranging from automotive, identification, wireless infrastructure, lighting, industrial, mobile, consumer and computing applications, was discussed. The presentation looked at how the technology could be used in the future.

Secutech 2011 proved to be Asia's top annual security show. Combining technologies, conferences and networking opportunities, the exhibition is consistently the most professional platform for security in the region.

Take a Pulse on International Market Dynamics

Take a Pulse on International Market Dynamics

Editor / Provider: The Editorial Team | Updated: 6/3/2011 | Article type: Hot Topics

Almost halfway into 2011, a&s surveys and gathers regional market updates for your reference, with specific focus on the analog-to-IP transition and HD development in the real world.

Global markets have enjoyed a rather fruitful year from 2010 to 2011, and growth opportunities and potential for 2012 look very promising. Although some regions see slower growth than others, the effects of the 2008/2009 recession have worn off for many.

In North America, growth has been steadily returning, although no sharp increase in revenue or sales volume is witnessed. "Government spending in the U.S. is still tight due to the weak economy, although the market continues to grow at a steady pace," said Peter Simmons, Marketing Director for Seon Design. "In particular, biometrics sees a growth in demand for US schools."

On the Western European front, the Italian security market continues to expand after the recession, although a

Robert Hufton, Applications Engineering of Video Networks, Teleste
concern over civilian privacy is creating mixed feelings toward implementing security systems. "Privacy is highly regarded by the Italian general public," said Roberto Terranova, Sales Director of Securitaly. "For this reason, we're not seeing as much activity in the market as anticipated."

In the U.K., residual effects of the recession linger. "Many projects are on hold, and IP uptake is slow," said Robert Hufton, Applications Engineering of Video Networks, Teleste. "Some verticals such as railways are going to do well, especially in France, the U.K. and Algeria."

In Oceania, the current instability and power struggle in the Australian government, along with the reconstruction in the south, mean that the US$36-billion, fiber-to-the-home initiative might get scrapped, said Wayne Palmer, MD of Australian Security Supplies. Despite these, solution providers are optimistic about and eager to expand the market even further. "The market is bound with opportunities, giving us a steady two- to four-time growth each year," said Michael Mackowiak of Aucom Surveillance Systems. The country's tight regulations on installers for certificate and license renewals contribute to a highly competitive environment that upholds the "survival of the fittest" principle.
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Emerging Markets
The Middle East is now busy with new projects of all scales after recovering from the recession in 2010. “This
Natan Cuglovici, Technical Director of Vault
year, there are projects for airports and seaports, as well as industrial projects in oil and gas,” said Grahame Edwards, Technical Director in Dubai, Schneider Electric.

The market is equally promising in Turkey. "Turkey is a large country with much potential," said Rustu Arseven, GM of Tesan IletiSim. "This year, we are predicting at least 50-percent growth in our security business."

In Iran, industry players tread cautiously amidst improved market conditions in 2011. "The situation in 2011 is much, much better than 2010 due to less social and political issues," said Mohammad Zarei, Sales Director of Hedayat Security Systems. "However, the situation for 2012 remains murky in our opinion."

Opportunities also abound in Central Asia. "Kazakhstan is a very young country, meaning that there are abundant project opportunities, including major government and large-scale infrastructure projects," said Nikita Panfilov,
CCTV Product Manager, Intant.

Eastern Europeans also agree that the local markets have been recovering from the recession, and 2011 and 2012 will see visible expansions and growing numbers of projects. "In Poland, we follow the general trends in the world, but our market was not affected much," said Monika Mirczewska-Stanosz, Import Manager of Suma. "The growth since recovery has not been as huge as everyone expected, but it didn't drop. Growth in 2011 will be even more than last year."

"The Bulgarian security market has been hit quite hard," observed Georgi Kolev, Sales Manager of Avicam. "The market prefers entry-level products; although 2011 has seen a big growth in sales volume, the margin is actually smaller as cost-effective products were sourced and sold at a higher volume than before."

"In 2011, the growth in Bulgaria is not significant," added Rumen Palmov, Sales Manager of Sectron. "Project-based businesses are still down; large-scale projects were cancelled or postponed, and construction also came to a halt."

On the other hand, the market in Bulgaria is benefiting from its rising crime rate, and people want to employ security systems as they are more affordable nowadays, Kolev said. "The market situation will get better as we go into 2012, and achieve further heights," Palmov said.

In South Africa, the market witnessed a slowdown after the World Cup, said Simpson Jong, MD of KYLink Electronics. "Recently, banks have been strict on approving mortgage applications, which causes further delays
Arnon Kulawongvanich, GM of Sales and Marketing, Chubb (a UTC Fire & Security company)
to ongoing or new projects." The market is dominated by large companies from Europe and the U.S., but Samsung and Sony enjoy sizable market shares as well.

Across the world in Latin America, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago are ready to deliver more products and handle more projects in 2011 and 2012. "The Brazilian market is growing fast and is expected to grow even faster due to upcoming world events," said Natan Cuglovici, Technical Director of Vault.

"Currently, all vertical projects in Argentina are surging, and name brands are used in project-based segments by system integrators (SIs)," observed Roberto Alvarez, President of Selnet.

"There is great demand for security and video surveillance products, as Venezuela suffers from high crime rates," said Antonio Formica, CEO of Segintdig de Venezuela. Fueled by the high demand, interest in new security technologies is much higher than expected.

"The Trinidad and Tobago security market is booming, along with the rest of the Caribbean region," said Jason Fraser, MD of BVRT. The growth has encouraged regional distributors and SIs to visit Asia in person, instead of going through Latin American distributors, in order to source suitable products for the residential market.
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Asia
The Asian markets have been expanding quickly in recent years as well, due to growing awareness. "We're growing at a healthy rate every year in India," said Zaheer Ali, Director of Oriole Electronics. "The security market is
Monika Mirczewska-Stanosz, Import Manager of Suma
growing at 20 to 30 percent on average. What is lagging behind is a more systematic approach, as many lack real capability and experience."

"The growth in India is huge, but nobody knows how to properly coordinate equipment or systems in an operational aspect," added Sam Yang, Director of Special Operation Services, Security & Personnel Services. "Technology is just a tool; we need to know what the tool does and how to properly manage it."

Equally promising markets can be found in the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. "There are a lot of opportunities in the Philippines, as the install base is still quite small," said Antonio Uy, Marketing Manager of DigitalCCTV. "As a result of prices coming down, the general public has become interested, from residential units to small retail shops."

Price is still the top concern in the Philippines, added Marc Yu, Manager of VM Security Technologies. "However, prevalent petty crimes and government projects are key drivers behind this growing market."

In Indonesia, the market is estimated to have a 15- to 20-percent growth rate in 2011 and 2012. This growth is partially fueled by a growing concern over possible terrorist activities, explained Andrianto Setiadi, President of Wisma Sirca. "Our company has seen a roughly 20-percent increase in sales activity in 2011," said Dadang Maulana, Director of GSB Security. "The projects we have worked on lie in the banking, government and corporate sectors."

The Malaysian security market will grow as well, but maybe moderately, said Mohamed Mohideen, International Sales and Marketing, Cmos Dotcom. In recent years, the market has started to focus more on quality products for longer life cycles, leading to smarter investment in TCO and less future maintenance.

Both the Thai and Vietnamese markets are seeing rapid growth. "The surveillance market in Thailand has expanded by 30 to 50 percent since last year," observed Arnon Kulawongvanich, GM of Sales and Marketing, Chubb (a UTC Fire & Security company). "Hot verticals include airports, private companies and residential
Nikita Panfilov, CCTV Product Manager, Intant
homes. The surge is a result of growing needs and requirements, as well as the government's driving various projects."

"In Vietnam, the enterprise sector is doing well, such as service, manufacturing and transportation industries," said Leo Wu, Vice Director of Trung Loi Trading. "However, the tightening of government budgets has led to heavy delays in government tenders."

For the more matured markets in Hong Kong and Singapore, only limited growth is seen. "Hong Kong was affected by the recession, and our sales activity did not return to the level it had in 2008 until this year," said David Leong, VP of International Sales at STL Security.

The Singaporean market is highly competitive, as the total market size remains small, said Ang Sze Meng, PM of Golden Sprint Security System Enterprise. "This means that revenue growth and market growth are both limited as well."
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Analog to IP
Frost & Sullivan recently modified its prediction that IP sales will top analog ones from 2013 to 2016, and several veterans offered similar estimates in respective regions. In general, analog product sales still dominate with at least 70-percent market share in all major markets. Despite this high percentage, the volume of IP products shipped is rising rapidly in all major markets, with the exception of Oceania.

More precisely, 90 percent of distribution products in the U.S. are still analog, and 80 percent of integration
Mohamed Mohideen, International Sales & Marketing, Cmos Dotcom
projects opt for IP, said Suhaib Allababidi, VP of 2M CCTV. The market share for analog products in Australia and New Zealand remains high at 90 percent, where slow IP adoption is forecast to continue for a few more years. "Analog is still dominant, though IP will eventually become the norm because the market needs to leverage technology from other industries to achieve economy of scale," said Bud Broomhead, President of Intransa.

In Italy, most products used are still analog and not much IP, and it will likely take a couple more years before IP becomes more popular, said Alessandro Berio, MD of Eurogroup. With a market share estimated at 20 percent or less, IP products are currently used for large infrastructure projects only. "IP uptake is slow because installers are traditionally from an electrician background with little IT knowledge," said Alessandro Oliva, IT Engineer, Feniva.

For the emerging markets in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Latin America and Africa, analog products also account for 70 to 90 percent of market share. "In many cases, if the project is managed by the CIO, IP products would be used; conversely, if it is managed by the security manager, analog products would be used," Alvarez explained.

Many contribute restricted IP expansion to frail and expensive national Internet infrastructure. "Granted, traditional
Alessandro Oliva, IT Engineer, Feniva
installers still need a lot more education to drive IP growth, but IT-savvy distributors have got that covered," said Emre Yildirim, GM of Bilgi Technology. With new state-sponsored and large-scale projects in motion, IP products shall have no problem achieving greater traction in the few years.

In the Asian markets, sales of analog products have reportedly fallen by 60 to 90 percent, while the volume of IP products carried has increased dramatically for some. "Our revenue portion on IP has increased from 20 percent last year to 35 percent this year," said Sunny Mathew, Executive Manager of Autocop. For others, the growth in IP is hampered by a price-sensitive mindset. "Analog products such as DVRs are easy to find in Thailand, even in supermarkets, as they are cheap and easy to install in comparison," said Sakchai Somsuk, MD of TSolutions.

To encourage IP adoption, some local distributors and SIs hold seminars and invite end users to attend exhibitions to better educate the market on IP-based technologies, especially for those end users wanting higher quality and resolution products. For some, designing a pure-IP security system where different segments are interconnected by a network creates less integration problems, said Serguei Zagriatski, System Manager of Transportation Business, ST Electronics. "We use IP products for all new projects now."
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What HD?
HDcctv or HD-SDI technology was brought onto the table by various exhibitors at Secutech 2011, offering more
Sunny Mathew, Executive Manager of Autocop
hybrid or tribrid possibilities. Several interviewed have already begun talks with vendors to promote products based on this new technology in the respective regions. Others, however, maintain a conservative stance as to the development, promotion and acceptance of said technology.

Advantages
For some, HD-SDI products offer the convenience of utilizing existing analog infrastructure and avoiding the switch to a completely IP-based system. In addition, the HD-SDI concept is easier to grasp for traditional installers, who are used to analog systems. "Networking is sometimes too much for traditional players; therefore, HDcctv holds great potential compared to IP," said Andy Chao, President of Panorama Security.

Some are considering expanding their product lineups. "HDcctv is quite interesting and shall help us offer another choice to customers who are thinking of upgrading existing systems," Uy said.

Work in Progress
As HDcctv is relatively new to the security world and needs further time to mature, concerns were voiced. "I have noticed the various HDcctv offerings at the Secutech show ground, but the pricing and maturity/reliability would mean that next year or even 2013 would be a safer bet," Arseven said.

"The price of HDcctv is a sensitive issue. If it is set between analog and IP, there may be some chance for it to grow in the market; otherwise, it would be very hard for it to become widely adopted," Cuglovici said. Current price
Bud Broomhead, President of Intransa
tags of HDcctv products could be six times higher than analog products; therefore, many are still observing how the market will react. Some suggested that encoders minimize the appeal and chance for HDcctv products.

In terms of technology maturity, those who have sampled are concerned about their storage, transmission and DVR functionality. "HD-SDI DVRs need to expand on their capability, as they offer only four channels now; plus so far, only a few makers can offer them," Allababidi said. Also, real-life transmission distance is still limited to about 100 meters, which hampers the upgrading of current systems, Palmov said.

"HDcctv products are not as scalable as IP products, and interoperability issues remain to be addressed, as industry standards for HDcctv are still in drafts," Jong said. Additionally, HDcctv offerings are unsatisfying at the moment, as some of them still project CIF-like results, Yildirim said.

Current mixed views do not seal the fate for HDcctv products in any way — it is, after all, still a fresh idea to many in the industry. Some optimistic professionals believe that as the HDcctv technology matures and products offer better functionality and choice, these devices could have a chance to be adopted by certain high-end, analog-based, niche markets.

Scaling New ‘Highs' in Security? Not So Fast…

Scaling New ‘Highs' in Security? Not So Fast…

Editor / Provider: By the Editorial Team | Updated: 6/3/2011 | Article type: Hot Topics

HD video is emerging as an alternative to analog and standard IP solutions. However, several technical issues remain for transmission, processing and storage, with relatively few HD solutions ready for mass production. A&S finds out about the bottlenecks and issues for the SD migration to HD, along with access control and intrusion integration.

HD video surveillance is the latest offering in a largely unchanged video product lineup from this year's trade

Sunny Lee, Business Development Director, Catalog Processors/EEE Products, Texas Instruments
shows worldwide. While manufacturers previously tried to cram as many megapixels as they could into their cameras, HD is now touted as the standard for real-time viewing at manageable bandwidth rates. As a consumer standard, most users see and grasp the difference between standard definition (SD) and HDTV-quality broadcasts.

But seeing the bigger picture is not without challenges. Not only are more pixels and TVLs being captured, they also require more bandwidth, processing and storage. These limit the number of channels that can be supported at higher resolutions. Uncompressed high-resolution video cannot be processed digitally either — an issue for open-platform VMS designed for IP inputs. HD cameras are hot — literally — due to the added computing power burning up components, which could reduce product life span.

These challenges have not stopped manufacturers from launching high-resolution products. From cameras, transmission peripherals to displays, dozens of Asian manufacturers have
Fan Look, VP of North Asia, Axis Communications
product demos ready. While mass production shipping dates are up in the air, HD product development divides into two camps: compliance with the HDcctv Alliance and HD-SDI solutions. "Our HD-SDI cameras and DVRs are already HDcctv-certified and sampling worldwide, with highlighted interest from the U.S., U.K. and France; DVRs include the four-channel, real-time model and the hybrid model (two-channel HD and 14-channel analog)," said Randy Hong, Sales Manager at Micro Digital. "The overheating problem has been overcome with a special coolant."

EverFocus Electronics has a complete HDcctv camera lineup, compared to a single camera and DVR offering last year. Other vendors expect to commercialize HDcctv products by the end of 2011, such as Korean vendors Apro and Nextchip. Deeplet Technology, a maker of H.264 DVRs, is considering HDcctv, said Yvonne Lo, Manager.

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To overcome storage issues, HD cameras should be connected to digital receivers so the signal is compatible with traditional DVRs, said Wayne Lee, Sales Representative, Yoko Technology.

However, uncompressed video takes up a great deal of storage. DynaColor's storage lineup includes an HD-SDI
Ebony Huang, President and CEO, Brickcom
hybrid DVR, which also accepts analog inputs. The hybrid DVR supports 720p and 1,080p real-time recording, managing up to four 720p camera inputs.

Rifatron plans to launch an HD-SDI DVR in the third quarter of 2011, but current component solutions can only manage four-channel inputs. It expects HD-SDI to replace existing analog products, rather than Intersil/Techwell's security link over coax (SLOC).

SLOC transmits both analog and IP signals through coaxial cabling. Sony's latest "hybrid" camera models feature the SLOC technology, which requires added development cost on the receiving end.

Not everyone is convinced that HDcctv is the waveof the future. Seenergy believes HDcctv is just a transitory solution to IP and will not develop related products. Others like Hunt Electronic, GeoVision and Hikvision Digital Technology are still sitting on the fence.

The market for HDcctv exists, but it is a niche market. "HDcctv will impact the growth of IP, but it's a minimal effect," said Snow Hong, President of iCanTek. As components for megapixel cameras are relatively mature and readily available, this makes HDcctv less desirable, as the technology is still developing.

Supporting Cast
Components are a key differentiator, as development breakthroughs affect product performance. "Several challenges face video surveillance product engineers, including improving video quality and supporting standards, while keeping cost and power consumption down," said Robert Beachler, VP of Marketing, Operations and Systems Design, Stretch.

Along with HD cameras and DVRs, displays must also support for HD. IC Nexus was among a select few display manufacturers, such as Acula and Exland, with a twist — an HD touch panel based on ARM.

Even DVR reference designs feature touch screen support, while managing up to three 1,080p video streams at

David Burks, Global Product Marketing Director, Seagate
60 fps, said Sunny Lee, Business Development Director, Catalog Processors/EEE Products, Texas Instruments. Its camera reference design supports dual-streaming of IP HD and analog D1 video, eliminating the need for a video server. Although HDcctv has its advantages, he feels the transceivers are too expensive.

Image Sensors
CCD and CMOS sensors continue to enhance pixel counts, with CMOS working to overcome low-light shortcomings. Mintron designs both CCD and CMOS sensors used in its camera modules, which include an HD model, said David Chang, Sales Department.

CMOS in particular has seen strong uptake for multimegapixel applications. "In the transition from SD to HD, a key development is the global rolling shutter which removes the need for an iris, making CMOS solutions even more cost-effective," said S.K. Lee, President and CEO of Pixelplus.

Network cameras are advancing in compression and analytics as well. "As demand for higher-resolution video escalates, better compression formats such as H.265 and MPEG-7 will be developed to optimize video usability and postevent searches," said Cliff Cheng, Senior Business Development and Marketing Manager, Aptina Imaging. "In analytics, we see lighting, shadow and occlusion challenges gradually being resolved and sensor-level processing and video tagging becoming readily available, given the maturity of the 28-nanometer (silicon) process."

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More to Transmit
Growing demand for IP-enabled products can also be seen in peripherals. Enclosure providers such as Videotec and Unitechno have made PoE available in their IP68-rated products, powering up network cameras, IR LEDs, fans and heaters in challenging environments. PoE-enabled wireless access points and nodes are available from EtherWAN, but their practicality in real life — where wired LANs are already in place — remains unknown.

But bandwidth requirements are dropping, with efficient compression schemes reducing the size of images and
Ed Strong, Director of Marketing at Western Digital
new technology providing more bandwidth, said Fan Look, VP of North Asia, Axis Communications. "In the beginning, we had M-JPEG and 10-Mbps pipes; now, we have H.264 and 1-Gbps pipes."

Transmission Distance
For HD streaming over coaxial or HD-SDI cables, transmission distance is another limitation, requiring a repeater at least every 100 to 150 meters. While this is not an issue for indoor applications, HD uptake is limited by distance.

The distance bottleneck could be overcome by converting coaxial signals to fiber, said Johnny Dou, Overseas Sales Representative, TVT Digital Technology. HDcctv quad splitters and accessories are able to reach 120 meters for 1,080p resolution, while 720p images can be transmitted 200 meters, said Su Tai, Sales and Marketing for GoMax Electronics. To be a member of the HDcctv Alliance, the minimum is 150 meters.

For full-HD hybrid storage, SLOC also increases transmission distance up to 500 meters, said Iris Yoon, GM of Business Development, Pinetron.

Wireless
Network cameras run natively on IP, so wireless transmission is possible over Wi-Fi, WiMAX and 3-G, said Ebony Huang, President and CEO, Brickcom.

However, the non-IP nature of HD-SDI requires converting the signal, as well as increased bandwidth. "For high throughput, 2 Mbps used to be enough, but now HD and megapixel pushes bandwidth requirements up to 5 or 6 Mbps," said Jeremy Koh, Regional Sales Manager for APAC, Firetide.

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Other challenges for HD video surveillance include implementing real-time, complex functions, said Yvonne Lin, Industrial Marketing Manager, Xilinx. While its FPGA supports HD-SDI cameras, the silicon combines video analytics, WDR and image processing. This type of load requires sufficient computing power, which will take time to support more than four cameras.

Increased resolution offers more detail. Vivotek released a 3-megapixel fisheye camera that can be digitally controlled through a touch-screen tablet interface, but takes a toll on real-time computing power.

HD and megapixel surveillance requires a great deal of recording space. Storage makers are keenly aware of
Bach Chen, Director of Platform Technology, Huper Laboratories
high-resolution demand, as hard-disk drive (HDD) leaders Seagate and Western Digital have squared off with dedicated video surveillance drives. With Seagate announcing a partnership with Samsung and Western Digital intending to acquire Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, the five leading HDD providers are now three, with Toshiba Corporation as the third player. Western Digital is No. 1 by unit shipments, while Seagate is No. 1 by revenue, due to its larger share of the enterprise segment.

A dramatic reduction in the cost of storage has enabled the adoption of HD. "In 1995, 1 GB of storage cost US$900," said David Burks, Global Product Marketing Director, Seagate. "Today, 1 GB costs about $0.08."

Having a competitive advantage, such as being the first to market with a 2-TB drive, gave Western Digital an edge for nearly two years. "We see huge potential in surveillance," said Ed Strong, Director of Marketing at Western Digital. "HDcctv is another key standard we will watch to see if it takes hold in the market. It means next-generation capacity points are more critical."

Merit Lilin will launch a 16-channel NVR offering 1,080p recording and display, which can add up to four 2-TB HDDs.

Solid-state drives are seeing more uptake on the edge. "In the real world, video storage and file systems for reading and writing are never sequential," said Alex Kuo, President of Memoright. Flash is suited for volatile, mobile conditions and has higher throughput, but costs more than HDDs.

Selecting the right type of storage requires understanding security needs. "Three factors affect performance: drive types, connecting interfaces and configurations," said Eddie Huang, Deputy Manager of Product Planning, Sales and Marketing, Promise Technology.

Other storage considerations are scalability, remote replication and tiered storage over the data life cycle, said Albert Weng, Director of Global Business Development, D-Link.

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Mobile Storage
Mobile DVRs or NVRs must be rugged, with constant vibration ruling out most HDDs. "PC-based systems are too delicate for this setting, and embedded systems have less of a chance to break down," said Jeff Hsu, Regional Sales, Plustek.

Some onboard storage solutions combine flash memorywith PoE for power, as well as backup battery power, said Gary Chiang, GM of Panacom. However, HD surveillance will require added storage and power.

Channel Density
As recording increases, the number of inputs affects the video surveillance system. "There is an estimated 4
Tony Yang, International Marketing Director, Hikvision Digital Technology
million hours of recording per week in the U.S. alone," said Todd Matsler, Director of Segment Marketing, Embedded and Communications Group, Intel. "In the transition to HD in the next couple of years, several system design challenges will arise, the chief of which being channel density."

Current multichannel 1,080p processing beyond four channels can be tricky. "At the moment, the Intel Sandy Bridge platform allows for eight-channel, real-time hardware encoding and decoding at 1,080p, but with optimization, there is potential to go up to 40 channels," said Bach Chen, Director of Platform Technology, Huper Laboratories. "Pricing issues should be resolved within a year as the platform and HD-SDI serializers and deserializers become more readily available."

Other HD-SDI manufacturers have deployed Intel's Sandy Bridge platform for better encoding and decoding. "Our capture card supports five interfaces: RGB, SDI, HDMI, DVI and components," said Wendy Lin, Sales Director of Yuan High-Tech. While its software compression card can handle four channels of 1,080p resolution at 30 fps, more inputs will incur image lag.

Analytics
Video analytics benefit from higher-resolution detail, delivering better identification in traffic applications such as ALPR or retail behavior analysis. "In system management, we expect to see more automatic and remote detection, diagnostics and healing, which provides ROI for all parties involved," Matsler said.

AVTech's network camera includes onboard analytics and complete Mac support for remote monitoring on an iPhone or iPad.

Metadata from analytics can speed up searches through recorded images. "In traffic monitoring, HD surveillance
Hiroshi Sekiguchi, IP Security Product MD, Panasonic Systems
is required to read the plate number, driver's face and vehicle type or color," said Tony Yang, International Marketing Director for Hikvision Digital Technology.

Increased resolution and more powerful chips will yield more accurate intelligence, such as real-time facial detection and recognition, said Hiroshi Sekiguchi, IP Security Product MD, Panasonic System Networks.

Enhanced identification is ideal, but video content analysis (VCA) is notorious for false alarms. Adding another dimension with 3-D analytics can address problem areas such as depth, color, reflections and shadows, Chen said. Performed with two sensors, 3-D analytics leverage HD and faster processing, aiding accuracy.

Where VCA is placed in a video surveillance system depends on where it can provide the most value to users. "Easy integration with PSIM and VMS is the key ingredient, as it allows the solution provider to focus on solving the problems at hand, rather than making the components work with each other," said Edward Troha, MD of Global Marketing, ObjectVideo.

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Management Software
Higher resolution yields more data and requires more powerful VMS. Remote monitoring functions are being developed, enabling users to monitor their assets through smart phones or computers, said Jeremy Mauppin, European Sales for Acumen International.

Megapixel or HD cameras are typically deployed for wide-area surveillance applications, which can be large and complex. "A city surveillance system should be built on a testable and open platform, and is scalable," said Charles Cousins, MD of APAC, Genetec. Managing many cameras to work together as one is the ideal of effective VMS.

Tribrid
As IP emerged as the next step from analog, HD-SDI is now providing a third option. If combining IP and analog resulted in hybrid solutions, adding HD to the mix yields a new "tribrid" category. While no such products are commercially available to date, a number of makers are considering triple-play solutions.

PC-based models will likely come to market first, although stand-alone models are expected to roll out next year.

Charles Cousins, MD of Asia Pacific, Genetec
"The ‘power struggle' between analog, IP and HD-SDI/HDcctv will not be as clear-cut as that between VCRs and DVRs," Chen said. "The need for seamless transitions and effective surveillance means that there is definitely demand for tribrid products with onboard analytics."

For now, existing solutions combine two of the three options. "Instead of busily carving out IP and HD-SDI market shares, we should first think about vertical-specific requirements and the enhancements we could do over existing infrastructure or various boxes," said Fengguo Yang, Director of Security and Surveillance Solutions, Digital Media Management, Hisilicon Technologies. "We are launching hybrid-camera reference designs: HD-SDI and IP, or HD-SDI and traditional analog."

Increased dialogue between component suppliers and end users could mean HD discussions evolve beyond mere pixel counts to power consumption and capital/ operational expenditure considerations, added Yang.

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Access Control
Higher-resolution video surveillance does not work in isolation; it is bolstered by integration with access control
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and intrusion systems. "We see greater integration with video surveillance, so our IP controller sells great with VMS developers like Genetec," said Kenneth Cheung, Director of Sales, Identity Assurance Management (IAM) East Asia and Secure Issuance North Asia, HID Global (an Assa Abloy company).

As the company moves beyond card reader hardware into IAM, the acquisition of ActivIdentity completes HID's
identity portfolio. It is also repositioning in the market with cloud development. "We work with management software companies to put video surveillance, alarms and access control together," Cheung said. "Successful integrations are rare."

Biometrics
Biometric recognition has benefited from advances in image sensors and capacitative technology. Fingerprint provider Virdi performs liveness detection by deploying touch screen sensors from smart phones. Its fingerprint reader will not read fake fingers and also uses IR for detection.

Finger vein recognition goes more than skin deep, with deployments in finance, military and government applications, said Mandy Liu, Business Development Manager, Sonne Infotech.

Intrusion Detection
Integration was a trend in intrusion detection, along with ease of use. Wireless DIY intrusion controllers are
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designed for five-minute installation; users simply insert a SIM card, plug in the unit and are done, said Ken Li, GM of Chuango Electronic. Arming the system only requires a press of a remote control button, right before people leave their homes.

IR illumination is becoming more efficient, powerful and reliable, said Michael Gu, Senior Marketing Manager, APAC Head of IR/HPL, Osram. This enables better detection for night vision, ALPR and traffic-monitoring applications.

Physical security has benefited from IT breakthroughs, and higher-resolution video attests to that. However, it still has a long way to go before each link of the chain comes together for a complete solution for various project sizes. As integration promises better resource management, video surveillance, access control and intrusion converge for more comprehensive security solutions.

Health Care Institutions Unify Safe Access to Information and Places

Health Care Institutions Unify Safe Access to Information and Places

Editor / Provider: a&s International | Updated: 6/1/2011 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Unseen dangers such as identity theft and infant abduction are often shadowed by the busy and buzzing atmosphere found in health care facilities. As security concerns in health care facilities increase, more and more institutions are combining their physical access control and logical access control systems for better management of their patients, staff, visitors and assets. In converging different access control systems, smart cards and biometric credentials are becoming the necessary tools to clearly track foot traffic and enforce authorized access to information and places, as they offer high-level data security and identification accuracy. Health care complexes often span across several buildings and campuses, adding onto the security management complication which can now be facilitated by effective physical access control and logical access control systems.

Securing public spaces is a tricky business. Health care facilities are no exception, where patients, visitors and staff openly interact on a daily basis. Three areas need to be reviewed to provide a solid safety assessment, said Kenneth Mara, President of World Wide Security. "First, the safety of patients and staff should be considered by limiting the amount of people who can or should have access to certain areas. Second, access to medical records and medicines need to be controlled. Third, health care facilities should be designed in a way to keep

Kenneth Mara, President of World Wide Security
patients from wandering the premises," he said. "The last consideration is especially important for psychiatric centers and patients with Alzheimer's or other dementia illnesses."

In health care settings, a card system combining physical and logical security has become the main access control method, for everyday administration and operation. "In health care, there are staff members that may shift roles depending on the time of day, or the location access is requested," said Derek Botti, IT Architect for Tivoli Industry Solutions — Health Care, Electronics, Manufacturing and Smart City Industry Lead, IBM. "Many do not have different physical access controls for the different roles, but do have different logical access controls for the different roles."

"The challenge often arises when the staff member in this capacity chooses the access control for one role when actually performing a secondary or tertiary role,” Botti added. “Add in a constant state of flux as it relates to volunteer staff, temporary staff and educational staff; and the security and IT departments typically face issues that are not seen in other industries or facilities."

Physical-Logical Integration
Building a reliable and fluid physical-logical access control system that contributes to operational, financial and clinical effectiveness is a necessity for many health care facilities. "As health care institutions expand their technology infrastructure and deploy multiple systems, they inherently produce an environment with separate access control systems, with multiple credentials issued and managed through duplicate processes with limited interoperability," explained Dave Cullen, Director of Business Development for Health Care, Lumidigm. "The result is an expensive process of credential management and an institution that is exposed and at risk for security breaches, resulting in expensive penalties and fines. More importantly, frustrations with system access will ultimately have a negative impact on the user and, in turn, on the quality of patient care."

The process of accessing areas and information is expected to become simplified by integrating the physical and logical access control systems into one. “IT and security departments are hoping to leverage n-factor authentication solutions to clinical systems and workstations that are able to use the same badges used for physical access to the buildings and nursing units themselves," Botti said. "In that regard, the IT and security departments are facing a desired integration of birthright provisioning, such that access to physical spaces and logical systems are granted through the same process."

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Industry regulations and demands are pushing for convergence of physical and IT access control as well. "The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) legislation requirements are pushing health care organizations to facilitate increased security levels for patient and other critical information," said Lisa Pryse, President of the Health Care Division, Old Dominion Security. "Though bandwidth is scrutinized to provide for multiple secure uses, more security systems are centralized into one area as well as coordinated with the IT department."

Challenges
When the physical and logical access control systems are installed by different integrators, the foremost problem faced is compatibility between the two systems, as the installers might not be trained on both systems, said Eric Assouline, Export Sales Manager, CDVI Group.

Another problem is that the systems would run separately and likely would not read each other's credentials, nor would a smart card carry a biometric template that helps lower network traffic and provide greater privacy for the employee, Cullen said. "Interoperability of the systems delivers a flow of critical information from disparate systems to the right person at the right time. Communication systems enable visibility of information up- and downstream, avoiding costly bottlenecks."

Most often the problem is the lack of open standards in health care IT solutions, Botti said. "If the vendor of choice uses a closed system with proprietary or little API support, the integration between logical and physical access systems becomes a cumbersome and often expensive customized effort. There would also be issues with correlating data between the disparate systems, because there is no real free exchange of data between these solutions. The integration done is for a very narrow band of use cases and tends to miss backend analysis and correlation, which results in additional lengthy and expensive integration efforts."

Teamwork
Ensuring smooth integration between physical access control, logical access control and other security systems is not the sole responsibility of the systems integrator. Security managers and CIOs acting on behalf of the institutions should also thoroughly understand both the existing systems and potential new systems to get a clear idea of how convergence works.

Typically during integration, solution providers have tried to investigate what existing security solutions are in place and where to leverage existing infrastructure components, such as badges or identity stores, Botti said. "If

Dave Cullen, Director of Business Development for Health Care, Lumidigm
possible, instill an interface as part of the implementation of a logical system that provides a single source provisioning solution between the physical access and logical access identity stores."

A converged physical and logical access control system often falls under the CIO's jurisdiction, with the security manager reporting to the CIO. In health care facilities, however, it is often divided between two distinct management chains, pitting physical security against logical security, Botti said. To avoid this standoff, both the CIO and security manager should understand both physical and logical systems to optimize performance, Assouline said.

"CIOs develop the long-term strategic direction of the hospital, and IT is at the core of reducing health care costs and establishing efficient processes," Cullen said. "Protecting these investments is also the responsibility of the CIO and included in this plan should be a strategy for streamlined physical and logical access controls. Streamlining backend identity and access management systems is only the first step to an efficient security infrastructure. It helps when the CIO understands both worlds, but it is equally important that the security manager likewise understands both types of systems."

"More CIOs now partner with security managers in order to manage a complete physical and logical access control system," said Brian Stemp, PM of Access Control in EMEA, ADT Security. "The responsibilities of each position could be influenced by the budget provided for each department, yet the two sides need to establish close ties in order to deliver efficient and solid work."

Drivers
The drivers for the convergence of physical and logical access control systems in health care institutions are reduced cost, increased security and reliability in the installed system. New platforms used for physical access control open up possibilities to integrate with logical access control faster and easier, while costs have decreased due to a wider selection of solutions, Assouline said.

Converged systems are driven by the desire to reduce operating costs and redundant components when examining the solutions from an enterprise-level view, Botti said. "In some cases, it is to reduce the overall complexity of the entire ecosystem — reducing the number of badges such that physical and logical access can be controlled with the same token."

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"In other cases, it is driven by a desire to reduce the operating costs — reducing the total solution footprint by integrating solutions and eliminating redundant components that are performing the same task in an isolated fashion," Botti added. "In some other cases, it is a function of providing better regulatory compliance auditing — having a single source of the truth, which simplifies attestation, birth righting and sun setting of identity."

"Health care facilities are recognizing that they have a responsibility to protect patients, staff and property," Cullen said. "A good integrated security schema can have great impact on the cost of insurance for a hospital. Protecting the physical well-being of staff and patients has always been important, but as more patient information becomes electronic and interoperable, it is critical that this information is only available to those with appropriate permissions. Patient information falling into the wrong hands carries expensive penalties and fines, and can negatively impact the marketability of that facility."

Utilizing Smart Cards
Smart cards are useful for many functions: access control, payroll and attendance systems, among other tasks. Contactless cards in particular help limit and control infections in health care settings. Sensitive areas like the intensive care unit or pharmacy require dual-factor authentication, combining biometric verification with the assigned smart card.

Biometrics
Biometric deployments in health care facilities have traditionally been problematic, as conventional systems fail to operate reliably in harsh environments and situations, Cullen said. "Frequent hand washing, heavy use of
Eric Assouline, Export Sales Manager, CDVI Group
chemicals and cleaners, the wearing of latex gloves and a wide range of demographic issues make biometric enrollment and authentication quite difficult and challenging."

Newer biometric techniques enable fingerprint scanning even when hands are gloved. "Multispectral fingerprint scanning, which has the unique ability to scan beneath the surface layer of skin, handles the environmental factors that can affect fingerprints," Cullen said.

As well, with a decrease in pricing and an increase in ease of use and maintenance, biometrics is becoming more and more adopted in access control systems at health care institutions, said Mike Grimes, President of Integrated Biometrics. "Some of the most dramatic changes are the increased security that comes with no longer having a PIN code, which can be shared, and cards, which can be lost, shared or stolen."

"Contactless smart cards minimize overhead when dealing with biometric template management and distribution," said Dan DeBlasio, Director of Business Development, Identity and Access Management, HID Global (an Assa Abloy company). "Rather than storing biometrics on a server and distributing them over a wired network, a contactless smart card-based system allows biometric templates to be carried by the card holder, offering a stronger level of authentication and security commonly referred to as ‘match on card.'"

Visitors
The convergence of physical and logical access control systems is largely restricted to staff and patients. However, effective monitoring of visitor access, especially during after-hours, ensures overall secure access in health care facilities. A common way to guard restricted areas is to program access points, permitting only authorized personnel with identification cards to gain entry or exit. “Some health care institutions may also want to integrate intercoms into access-controlled doors so that visitors can communicate with staff during after-hours,” said Philip Verner, Sales and Marketing Manager, CEM Systems (a Tyco International company).

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Adding video to two-way audio can instruct unwanted visitors they have entered an area they should not be in, Mara said. "Video and audio communications allow for interaction with a perpetrator in a possible crime in action and elevate it to a more serious response level for first responders. This can be important during after-hours, when guard services need a complement, or in place of guard services in remote areas as well."

Industry experts agree that relying on temporary access cards plus an existing access control system might be cost-prohibitive and insufficient in managing after-hours visitor access. On-site security personnel would still be needed, although manpower can be reduced and redistributed to high-risk areas. "The enforcement of visitor badging requires the direct involvement of the security personnel," said Mark Thummel, Account Manager of Security & Fire in Building Efficiency, Johnson Controls. "They may not be needed at the location where the badging process takes place, but their presence is critical at key entry points, such as the main elevators or main lobby entrances to other facility areas."

Visitor crime and theft occur in health care facilities due to the openness of the premises, although petty theft is more prevalent compared to serious crimes. The most costly crimes are committed by employees, such as stealing equipment, supplies and pharmaceutical substances, Cullen said.

"Theft is a serious issue within these facilities, because many of the assets are portable, expensive and difficult to track," Botti said. “Implementing real-time location services integrated with physical building controls has become a rising trend, as more health care facilities, especially around the emergency department, try to curb the loss of this equipment. Unfortunately, these initiatives are typically done outside the scope of either physical access control or logical access control and are instead often managed by supply chain management initiatives, which create yet another tower for these solutions."

Advancing with Technology
Technology brings both efficiency and risk to the table. For instance, tablet computers are useful tools for instant data retrieval and can be carried by medical personnel on rounds. However, data security and patient privacy are open to new threats.

Usability versus manageability is always a tough challenge for the enterprise, Botti commented. "In health care, the choice has been managed both ways in our experience. There were cases where no devices were allowed on the facility networks that were not directly managed by the IT department, including smart phones. In other
Philip Verner, Sales and Marketing Manager, CEM Systems (a Tyco International company)
cases, the policy allows any device to attach to the network, with the employee community required to sign documentation stating they accept all responsibility for the management of the device and understand any breach or exposure created by the device becomes the responsibility of the individual."

"New technologies like this will surely add onto the threat level and data leakage risk," Stemp said. "To counter these issues, the security and IT departments must work together to formulate extra encryption for harder access to important information by unauthorized persons."

To fill in the gap between the two extremes, physical security is able to assist in securely locating the assets at all times. "Assets could be tagged so that an alarm would sound when the assets leave the premises," Assouline said. "Flexibility of asset management integrated with access control, combined with a good knowledge of the system integrator with a well-educated end user, will enable better processes in securing the assets and personal resources of the hospital."

Biometrics can help too. Access to data networks that have sensitive information can be tightly controlled, as can physical access to the computer rooms or the rooms that hold paper files by implementing biometric scans, Cullen said.

Dual-factor authentication can be added to access portable computer devices which contain patient or business information, Pryse said. "The data housed on the equipment should also be encrypted to prevent unauthorized access in the event of a lost or stolen tablet computer or PDA. The end users should weigh the cost of securing the access and providing adequate firewall protection against the speed or efficiency of patient data entry or retrieval in a live environment."

Morpho Biometric System Facilitates Canadian Police ID Checks

Morpho Biometric System Facilitates Canadian Police ID Checks

Editor / Provider: Morpho | Updated: 5/30/2011 | Article type: Government & Public Services

Morpho announced the first deployment of its biometric identification system, in Canada to both the Calgary Police Service and the Edmonton Police Service. This automated fingerprint identification system (AFIS) is a solution for investigation, identification and verification in law enforcement applications.


The Calgary and Edmonton Police Services realized that a new biometric solution was required to meet the demand for rapid paperless responses, real-time identification, and biometric data exchanges. After thorough evaluation, including accuracy testing and cost of ownership comparisons, Morpho's solution was selected.


Achieved shortly after the merger of Morpho and Printrak', Morpho solution is at the edge of AFIS technology incorporating the best of their two technologies. Morpho system enables real-time identification of suspects and criminals. With its fused algorithms, workflows and features, this crime-solving tool fully integrates fingerprints and palm prints. Its workspace, architecture and large database meet the specific needs of criminal justice agencies. The results are unrivalled accuracy and enhanced productivity as more crimes are solved.


"During the rigorous benchmark, we were impressed with the solution and are very happy to be partnering with them," said Superintendent Ken Marchant, Calgary Police Service. "Morpho has equipped us with the advanced biometrics technology available."

HID Global Access Control Manages Indian Dental-Education Organization

HID Global Access Control Manages Indian Dental-Education Organization

Editor / Provider: HID Global | Updated: 5/10/2011 | Article type: Education

HID Global, a provider of secure identity solutions, announced that the company's network access control and biometric reader solutions have been selected by the Dental Council of India (DCI) to streamline their time and attendance management system. The centralized identification system with biometrics also increased overall security by eliminating the potential unauthorized use of access cards.

The DCI deployed IP-based access controllers in more than 290 dental colleges across the country, and the new solution enables the DCI to both monitor their database in real time and centrally record faculty attendance, resulting in a 50-percent savings in operational costs and fewer human errors. HID and OEM partner Rasilant Technologies provided a standardized central identification system that authenticates cardholders' identities using biometric technology that eliminated inaccurate accounting of attendance and also reduced errors in salary calculation. The web-based system also enables up-to-the-minute record transmittal to a central server, avoiding the falsification of records.

The DCI had faced a number of challenges in access control, staff attendance and salary management using its manual attendance and payroll system. Some of the more common issues included unauthorized entries and “buddy punching” where a colleague would record the attendance for absent faculty members.

“The system ensures that faculty in each college are authenticated in real time, allowing college authorities to streamline their courses and schedule for the students. With the help of biometric technology, we were able to achieve complete security, therefore the possibility of any misuse was eradicated,” said Anil Kohli, President of the Dental Council of India.

The goal of the project was to forward the council's vision of ensuring education in dental colleges around the country is fairly distributed. The solution provided a critical attendance function for faculty members visiting other colleges and supports government guidelines by ensuring they only taught at their designated colleges.

Developing the Security Business through Acquisition and Alliance---Part I

Developing the Security Business through Acquisition and Alliance---Part I

Editor / Provider: Submitted by Memoori Business Intelligence | Updated: 3/15/2011 | Article type: Hot Topics

Security in 2010 saw a rebound in M&A activity. Allan McHale, Director of Memoori, delves into key trends and considers what they portend for 2011.

This is Part 1 of a two-part synopsis of Memoori's study “Survey of the Security Business 2010,” an annual review about the world's business for physical security equipment. Its objective is to bring together valuable statistics about the business size, shape and structure across three main segments: Access control, video surveillance and intruder alarms. The review will analyze business opportunities that have taken place in mergers and acquisitions, alliances and investment across the world in 2010. It also reviews technological and commercial trends shaping the future and impact on where investment is most likely to be targeted in 2011 and beyond.

We estimate that the world market for electronic physical security equipment in 2010 was US$18.67 billion, growing 4 to 5 percent on 2009 but still marginally below its peak in 2008. Of this, video surveillance took the largest share at 47.5 percent increasing its share by 4.5 percent, at the expense of intruder alarms at 29.5 percent; with access control at 23 percent.

So despite overall growth, intruder alarms sales have declined and access control has lifted marginally, while video surveillance has performed well despite poor economic trading conditions that have prevailed over the last three years. This is a robust market which has outperformed many of the electronic equipment businesses supplying the industrial and commercial markets. For this reason, acquisition and investment has surged ahead in 2010 and is forecast to continue for the next two years.

Figure 1 shows the geographic distribution of sales 2010 and has changed significantly in the last three years. China has doubled its market share in the last five years to 11 percent, while other emerging markets in Asia, Central and Eastern Europe and South America have similarly increased their share of the market. This trend will continue with China probably becoming the biggest single market by the end of this decade.

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M&A in 2010 and Forecast to 2015
Figures 2 and 3 show security deals completed from 2000 to 2010 and Memoori's forecast to 2015. The value of 2010 deals was $7.98 billion, growing almost 75 percent from 2009. This is the highest value ever recorded and is 28 percent higher than the previous record set in 2005 and 2007. This is startling, not least because it is in stark contrast to what has happened in similar businesses. So what has caused such a surge in consolidation, at a time when the global market for physical security equipment has experienced little growth?

In 2009 we identified 77 acquisitions compared with 80 in 2010. So the almost doubling in value is not the result of more transactions. The reason is that this year, consolidation has been much more focused at the top end of the business, between established large companies. The buying price for just three deals amounted to $4.3 billion, some 54 percent of the total business transacted. Another seven companies paid more than $250 million to complete deals.

The drivers to achieve growth are to deliver products and services that increase productivity and provide ROI. IT convergence and integrated solutions are the way forward. For companies to deliver such systems, many have decided it is necessary to acquire expertise.

One example is the need to join physical security with identity management and biometrics. Some of the largest acquisitions in 2010 were in this area. HID Global, 3M and Hewlett-Packard have all bought big in the last four months of 2010.

We identified 17 significant deals for alarm installation and monitoring companies, netting a value of $4.18 billion. This segment has attracted 52 percent of the total spend on acquisitions. So why has alarm monitoring, long the fragmented and low-growth sector of the security industry — but cash cow provider — undergone such a surge in acquisition activity? On first observation, cash flow in the difficult trading conditions of the last two years appears to be the main driver. However just removing the surface layer reveals that integration of different security services delivered through SaaS enables more comprehensive and cost-effective service to both residential and commercial customers. The need to scale up quickly is driving consolidation.

There have been major landmarks during the last 12 months. In January 2010, Tyco International purchased Broadview Security for $2 billion. This was followed in April with GTCR's purchase of Protection One for $828 million. In September, Safran bought L1-Identity Solutions for $1.1 billion and in December, Monitronics was acquired by Ascent Media Corporation for $1.2 billion.

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Outside Interest
Excluding alarm companies, the surge in acquisition activity has been driven by companies from outside mainstream physical security. Safran, L-3 Communications, Flir Systems and 3M pulled off major deals in 2010, but mainstream suppliers like Schneider Electric, UTC Fire & Security, Honeywell Security and Bosch Security Systems have been conspicuous by their absence.

This year will be a hard act to follow, because continuing this rate of consolidation will require the merging or acquisition of large leading suppliers and their numbers are shrinking. However, this high rate of consolidation will continue, because the major suppliers absented themselves from the dealing tables in 2010 and have made claims to be active in the near future. UTC Fire & Security has made it known it intends to grow through acquisition and it is now over a year since its purchase of GE's Fire & Security division. This month,Tyco announced it set aside $500 million to acquire companies in India, Brazil, the Middle East and China to push inorganic growth in these markets.

Given these facts, the continued interest for IT and communications-related companies see benefit in buying into the security business. In its current fragmented state, we forecast 20-percent growth in the value of deals over the next five years as shown in Figure 3. This illustration shows that cash deals have accounted for as much as 95 percent of transactions in 2008-2009, but this will fall as the security business is once again attracting private equity finance. Without this, the forecast growth in consolidation will be hard to achieve.

Alliance
Since 2008, the number of alliance arrangements has doubled from 45 to 91 in 2010. The most rapid growth was in 2009, when the number increased by 75 percent.

Both prior to, and in 2008 the vast majority of these arrangements related to partners coming together and making their products automatically communicate. This could be similar products such as cameras or different horizontal layers in a system such as video management and analytical software. The majority of these related to the video surveillance, particularly vendors creating software platforms such as Milestone Systems. As there is not yet a common communications standard, such alliance is vital if best-of-breed products are to flourish. The other alternative to alliance is to manufacture a complete portfolio of products that have been designed to work together. This is what the major suppliers have been doing for many years, using their own proprietary communications protocol. This method is no longer acceptable to most end users.

End users are demanding full plug-and-play seamless integration with other control infrastructures, including convergence with the business enterprise. So alliance needs to go one step further to extend the digital link and enable end-to-end communication, bringing all information together. We believe this was the reason for rapid growth in alliance activity in 2009 and its continuation in 2010.

In June 2010, 3VR certified Arecont Vision's full line of megapixel cameras as part of its SmartCam program. Arecont Vision said 3VR completed participatory testing in its MegLAB program and was certified in camera integration, feature integration and load testing. In addition to proving a degree of product differentiation, more comprehensive certification programs will be important, as network cameras and edge devices take on more features that require IT-like configuration at the time of installation or later, when users wish to make add-ons or changes. Megapixel cameras, in particular, come with features and settings that can perform differently when used with different VMS systems.

Alliance is also extending across business boarders to deliver value add solutions. A good example was the announcement in June 2010 of a partnership between Computer Network Limited (CNL) and ESRI (UK). CNL supplies physical security information management software. ESRI is a software manufacturer providing the backbone for world mapping and spatial analysis. The combination of these technologies will allow ESRI customers to bring their entire security estate into one system and CNL customers to leverage greater efficiencies and improve their operations.

Both alliance and M&A will become one of the main conduits for delivering this delayering process. However some companies will elect to develop their own products. An example is Axis Communications, because it has chosen to develop its own layers, such as VMS.

Alliances for the purposes of sharing development costs or working together to explore new markets, while less frequent, is increasing. Some opportunities have been taken up by suppliers of video surveillance to join with access control and alarm manufacturers to combine Fig 3 - Forecast of Deals to 2015 22 FEB 2011 www.asmag.com 4272 information and data through a common software program and this again has extended the application for their products. This has been partly driven by the need to counter the consolidation process that is taking place across the horizontal layers of security systems.

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Three years ago, manufacturers focused on one aspect of the business. In the case of video surveillance, the business was made up of layers including IP video software platforms, video hardware and video management systems. Most of the leaders in these fields sold to other hardware suppliers that offered systems, and distributors or system integrators. As the demand for total solutions grew, alliances rapidly developed between manufacturers in the different layers so that best-of-breed products could communicate and work together. This has developed with time into much stronger partnerships sharing development and promotional costs. These partnerships progressed further by companies joining together through merger or acquisition, to produce vertical-integrated companies that can deliver a full surveillance system.

We have identified alliance arrangements between manufacturers and system integrators, working together to provide a solution for a particular vertical market and sharing the development and promotion costs.

IT network design and install companies are crossing the boundary between IT and physical security to offer a complete solution. In many cases, they doing this through collaboration and alliance with physical security suppliers. A noticeable trend has been the identity validation suppliers move to integrate with access control. Their preference appears to be to go the whole way and acquire an access control manufacturer.

Alliance will almost certainly play a more important role in the future. It would be surprising if the more successful partnerships do not ultimately lead to merger or acquisition. 2010 has shown that merger, acquisition and alliance have become a vital part of security companies' business strategy.

Switzerland Luxury Store Deploys Fujitsu Biometric Authentication

Switzerland Luxury Store Deploys Fujitsu Biometric Authentication

Editor / Provider: Fujitsu | Updated: 3/8/2011 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Fujitsu announced that Compagnie Financiere Richemont has deployed the palm vein authentication system for security access within its headquarters located in Geneva, Switzerland. Richemont is known as one of the three largest luxury goods holding companies in the world, and carries such world-renowned brands as Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Piaget, Montblanc International, Alfred Dunhill and Vachron Constantin.

Richemont has updated its security access system which incorporates palm vein authentication to implement a high-precision single person walk-in authentication system for the prevention of both property loss and the entrance of non-employees into the office building.

"Palm vein technology is by far the most convenient and powerful biometric system we have tested amongst many biometric technologies. We were looking for a noninvasive system with a high level of security," said Olivier Huguet, CSO at Compagnie Financiere Richemont in Switzerland.

As Richemont handles a large selection of luxury goods for its customers on a daily basis, it was essential to introduce a security access system that was most secure in overseeing a large employee base who handles this merchandise. Due to such factors as humidity, problems arose in the previous security system when it came to authenticating the respective employees who entered the facilities. In order to enhance the level of security, Richemont opted for a single person walk-in security access system capable of monitoring over several thousand employees.

Fujitsu will continue to support Richemont through its collaboration with Sensometrix, in delivering the contactless security access system.

Changing Market Dynamics Propel Korean Industry Evolution Ⅱ

Changing Market Dynamics Propel Korean Industry Evolution Ⅱ

Editor / Provider: Hayden Hsu | Updated: 2/19/2011 | Article type: Hot Topics

More Than A Vision
Established in 2007, ImageNEXT now has more than 30 engineers working on vision-related solutions, namely the advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) and video analytics. “The ADAS provides multichannel image processing so that the driver would get a simulated bird's eye view from the top of the vehicle, to simplify parking maneuvers and to help avoid pedestrians, oncoming objects, lane departures and collisions,” said Youngduck Seo, Director and CTO. “Hyundai is now testing it out for us, before mass adoption and production.”

Korean innovation does not stop at producing video surveillance equipment only. A relatively young management software developer (established in 2007), Innodep has positioned itself as “Korea's Milestone.” “While Korean manufacturers have had pretty high worldwide market shares in video surveillance products, we've been lacking software solutions to manage them or back them up,” said James Joo, VP. “The push from customers and government users has been quite significant and drove us to fund this company to address such severely underserved market needs.”

In access control, “the first quarter of 2010 was bad for us as a biometrics solution provider, but the situation improved rapidly after the second quarter, resulting in 30-percent overall growth,” said Brad Choi, Team Manager of Access Control System, Global Business Sector, Suprema. “We have a sophisticated functionality and pricing matrix for different markets of different maturation levels.”

Intrusion and Automation
There are less than 10 solution providers in intrusion detection in Korea, and Korea Mechatek (KMT) is No. 1 in market share. “Industry development has been pretty similar to that of Japan. As alarm-monitoring companies are required by law to pay 100 percent of whatever was stolen should an alarm go off, detection technology evolves (or is forced to evolve) quite rapidly every year to minimize false positives and negatives,” said Kwan-Sik Choi, CEO. “We even review our R&D investment every quarter. In 2010, our revenue growth was about 10 to 12 percent.”

For intrusion detection and home automation, the markets in Korea, China and Southeast Asia (especially Singapore and Vietnam) recovered really nicely in 2010, with 100- to 115-percent growth for Seoul Commtech (a Samsung company). “Overall growth was about 20 percent, as the markets in Europe, the Middle East and the U.S. didn't quite make the 2008 mark yet,” said Gabsoo Kim, Home Network and Security Export Manager. “We have also been restructuring our channel and looking for new partners in the Middle East, Turkey, Russia, Poland and Germany.”

Standardization in home automation systems has been slow. “We started with our communication protocol in 2002, but again differences exist among different countries. Therefore, we spend about 20 percent of our annual revenue on R&D for the models to be exported,” continued Kim of Seoul Commtech. “After the recession, a noticeable change is that customers — real-estate developers in our case — are becoming more interested in brand names, simple features (popular ones being entrance and lighting controls, window blinds and HVAC) and unbeatable prices.”

Another interesting solution provider interviewed was in lighting. “Compared to 2009, we did pretty well as an LED lighting solution provider across all regions and experienced 70-percent growth in 2010,” said Elizabeth Kang, Overseas Sales Manager of Paragon Tech. “With fierce competition from Bosch, Raytec and Microlight, we still managed to secure some high-profile, long-range (100 to 600 meters) military and border installations in the U.K., U.S., Middle East and Asia. We're also considering exclusive distributors in Eastern Europe. LED lighting in general is greener and consumes less power; we also offer five-year warranties on our illuminators and 10-year on our chipsets, which attest to our quality and performance ratings.”

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Soft Powers
Human Resources
To be able to compete in today's cutthroat environments requires much more than production prowess; R&D capabilities and experience are equally pivotal. “Hitron has been around for 30 years and understands perfectly that IP is not just about product sales; software development and training are equally, if not more, important,” Jung said. “Even with standards like the ONVIF, vendors still have their own interpretations and different development road maps. That's why public ‘plugfests' are needed, as a reality check to ensure that everyone understands and follows the specifications correctly, and Hitron is an active contributing member of the ONVIF.”

ITX started in 1998 and currently has more than 40 percent of its personnel dedicated to R&D. “After going public in 2009, we now own our own manufacturing facilities and can focus on fine-tuning smaller details like automatic bandwidth control and perfecting the balance among product functionality, reliability, quality and price,” Lee said.

For Innodep, “our R&D team is composed of senior engineers from the manufacturing community, with an average of eight to 10 years of product development experience under their belt, so it's really easy for us to communicate and get the ball rolling,” Joo said. “We were late coming into the ‘game,' but it allowed us to think deeper and clearer.”

During the recession, HDPRO managed to advance its material and component forecast system and started to adopt a multisupplier approach. “Our purchasing and material department has also been making a concerted effort to lower our BOM cost by leveraging our ever-expanding sales volume,” Kim said. “With increasingly fierce price competition, it is vital to make technology differentiation clear, through proper marketing promotion and company image maintenance.”

Price competition in the market is really tough. “We're trying to squeeze our production cost by improving

production and purchasing methods (with mass quantities and cash payments) and securing ICs in advance based on an early yearly production plan,” Han said.

With more than 60 percent of its personnel devoted to R&D, iCanTek is more than prepared in the competition against newcomers that offer products with merely acceptable specifications at very low prices. “The extensive experience and knowledge of IP ensure our system functionality, stability and quality,” Lee said. “Customization and support services also set us apart from the competition.”

In 2011, Sevo will be expanding its R&D team to continue to work on its remote client software and ONVIF-compliant network cameras, to be bundled with the HD hybrid DVR. “With unique product offerings and a competitive BOM cost advantage, the company is well-positioned to take on the Tier-1 titans,” Kim said.

Simplicity
Simplicity has also been highly demanded, given systems are getting larger and more complex. “As one of the top analog camera OEMs, C-Pro Electronics enjoyed 12 percent of growth in 2010, with huge orders and projects rushing in in the second half,” said Rhea Jang, Assistant Manager in Overseas Sales. “Needs for IP and ease of installation/use are on the rise; for example, we have a series that can accommodate multiple modules and allows for one-screwdriver installation and housing design.”

Needs Analysis
Product needs from new buildings are always changing; recent requirements included features such as ecofriendly, remote health care, 10-inch panels and Android interfaces, said Kim of Seoul Commtech. “Integrated functions — such as video door phones or intercoms on TV screens, door controls on remote controllers or cordless phones, and gas and utilities meters on intercoms — are in ever-increasing demand, especially for markets that are more receptive to newer technologies. We are also developing a multimedia kiosk with intercom and street lamp functions.”

This year, ITX will have a fuller range of megapixel cameras and recorders, hybrid DVRs and NVRs, to cater to IP and integration needs from newer buildings and installations. “In analog, we will have 650 TVLs and HDcctv ready,” Lee said.

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Training
Three types of analytics are offered by ImageNEXT: server, camera and board. “We've expanded our algorithms from standard engines (from university and government research institutes) to make scenariobased detection more stable and intelligent for real-life applications and customizations,” Seo said. “Training or tuning software parameters has also been made easier, to minimize the gap between customer expectations and real-world performance.”

TOM has been focusing on providing verticalized solutions and customizations for higher-end niche markets, to get slightly higher margins. “For example, we've developed our own HD codec to filter out noise and enhance overall performance in color rendition and contrast. We also added a remote support feature for an alarm-monitoring customer who would have the same GUI as its customers for easier troubleshooting and simultaneous live and search playback,” Park said. “As 70 percent of the technical support inquires we receive are due to misuse of hardware or software, having remote support and training capabilities really cuts down on our cost and sets us apart from the competition.”

The number of IP PTZ camera providers is rather limited — making training and support resource-intensive — so Cynix is considering HDcctv (probably after the second quarter), to build up a fuller spectrum of IP PTZ, megapixel/HD PTZ and HD-SDI PTZ offerings. “We are also recruiting software engineers,” Bay said.

Uncharted Territory
With IP and HD-SDI solutions ready, CamTron can provide its customers with more choices. “Furthermore, CamTron has been continually developing specialpurpose cameras like microscopic cameras, and our video analytics is almost complete for production,” Chun said.

In 2011, HDPRO will continue to strengthen both its analog and IP lines, with HD-SDI and megapixel offerings in March and April. “We see Asian and Latin American markets, such as Vietnam and Brazil, are with very high potential, and our strategy is to put our hooks in the markets, like fishing, for the mid to long term; when the markets start to move, we will be all ready with great partners and products,” Kim said.

TOM's HD DVRs were already ready for shipping in the last quarter of 2010, and the new NVRs were sent out for sampling last month. “We are confident and are projecting at least 10 percent of growth this year, targeting niche verticals such as museums and banking,” Park said.

Hitron anticipates that 15 percent of its revenue in 2011 will come from the IP line where it will have at least 50 new products, as network capability has become the de facto standard in new buildings and projects. “We will also have a full lineup of 700 TVLs and offer a free, fully functional NVR software license for 64 channels,” Jung said.

 

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Lee of iCanTek is expecting to see an even faster transition to HD, in both camera and recording technologies, in 2011. “About 50 to 100 models are on our 2011 product road map, including smart-phone apps, waterproof and purpose-built cameras, indoor and outdoor solutions, ONVIF-compliant NVRs and management software, and PoE modules. We've also built in data security measures and privacy safeguards in our IP lines. Overall sales growth is expected to be more than 40 percent.”

Micro Digital will launch a series of HD-SDI products, widen the range of IP products, and initiate more brand marketing in the U.S. and U.K. where its is currently selling only small quantities on an OEM basis, Han said.

For Paragon, Kang is expecting a 50-percent growth rate this year. “We're developing new product lines, including white-light LEDs for golf courses and stadiums. Based on our own market research, we're also working with a camera manufacturer to develop integrated systems.”

Eom of Nadatel believes differentiation ultimately lies in software, GUIs, network utilities and technical support, and these qualities have helped the company secure a strong foothold in the industrial, health care and education markets.

For BT & Com, 2011 will be its foundation year, with overseas sampling in the U.S., Europe and Japan and product development in network cameras. “We are also targeting smaller niche applications such as SMBs and retail,” Huh said.

In product development, more high-resolution offerings and mobile applications will be made available by C-Pro, aiming for overall growth of 40 percent. “We will also try out new promotional strategies and marketing materials, to keep in constant communications with our worldwide customers,” Jang said.

RTS is launching new products on all fronts: video encoders, network cameras, NVRs, panoramic lenses, management software, access control integration and commercialized industrial-automation offerings, Bang said.

In software, Innodep will be integrating new features, such as ALPR, VCA, geographic information and biometrics, into its software soon and will be developing functions that support wireless applications, Joo said.

Even in access control and biometrics, the trend toward IP is clearly palpable, especially with more and more Web-based solution requirements from emerging markets, so Suprema will expand on its current PoE model to better develop Brazil, Russia, India and Australia. “Other product development efforts will be on RFID and management software, as well as modules for integration with other brands or systems,” Choi said.

In intrusion detection, awareness is already high in Korea and Japan. “Homeowners easily pay US$100 to $200 per month to have their properties monitored,” said Choi of KMT. “In Korea, home automation is even required by law for buildings constructed after the 1990s.” Jade Choi, Assistant Sales Manager, added that the company will be developing even more sophisticated features, like “robotic-cleaner immunity” and integrated solutions combining PIR with surveillance, microwave and wireless transmission.

Changing market dynamics have indeed propeled the Korean industry to adapt and transform faster.

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