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Axis and CRR survey reveal Europe retail market to adopt IP video in 3 years

Axis and CRR survey reveal Europe retail market to adopt IP video in 3 years

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 1/29/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

According to the latest annual Centre for Retail Research (CRR) survey into the use of CCTV in retail – commissioned by Axis Communications, the global market leader in network video – over 60% of UK retailers are planning to adopt network IP in the next three years and nearly a third have adopted it already, up from a quarter in 2012.

Of the 278 UK retailers that responded, encompassing some 20,350 stores, the data showed that 92.8% currently use CCTV. Of these, 32.1% have already upgraded to network IP technology – representing a 2.5% rise in take up from the previous year's figures. This trend is even more pronounced across the wider northern European region, with 58.5% (weighted average) of analogue users now planning to switch to network IP – representing a significant increase of 17% on 2012 figures.

The survey, now in its fourth year, polled 2,200 retailers, and received 673 respondents from across northern Europe. The results of the survey are being presented today at the Retail Fraud Show in Leicester by Atul Rajput, regional director, northern Europe at Axis Communications and Professor Joshua Bamfield, director at the CRR.

Reacting to the results, Atul commented: “The migration from analogue CCTV to network IP continues to be of huge importance to the retail industry with the majority of UK retailers (60.3%) now planning to convert in the next three years, with over three quarters (77.1%) of those owning a retail estate of between 26 and 500 stores. This is therefore likely to be the biggest single factor impacting on retail security as digital surveillance and network video become the standard. Certainly for the UK, I believe that the migration to network IP has become the norm and it is no longer a question of ‘if' but ‘when' the technology will be adopted.

“The survey suggests that customer theft is still the biggest security challenge facing retailers at the moment, as nearly a quarter (24.2%) said that their main reason for using CCTV is to prevent or investigate theft and a huge 80% of respondents cited prevention of internal or external theft and better safety as the main driver for the use of CCTV.

“The UK as a whole has embraced the benefits that CCTV can bring and the country's retailers are no exception. 22% of those surveyed stated that the main benefit of CCTV was to reduce theft with an estimated average fall in loss of 15% - the highest prediction in northern Europe and up on the previous year. Couple this with the fact that 14% of respondents cite ‘quality of image' as an important driver for the use of network video – a 40% increase on the previous year – and it's clear to see that the high definition images that network video can offer, are critically important for retailers in driving down theft and improving safety.”

The survey also asked respondents about their attitudes toward potential future application systems and networks for digital surveillance, including non-security issues. Over a quarter (27%) cited ‘integration with business intelligence applications' as the main reason for adopting network IP – the highest in the UK and across northern Europe.

“High street stores are still the origin of most retail transactions but carry the highest overheads, so the need to reduce cost and complexity of in-store surveillance systems and, at the same time, ‘sweat the assets' further, is vital. This is where network IP really has the advantage as it can be used to improve both service and sales, not just security, to deliver a real return on investment.

“The use of cloud-based video systems has shown an increase in interest from UK retailers and so too has the interest around non-security applications. Nearly half (49.9%) of respondents were interested in queue management and people counting (49.2%) as new tools to improve both operational sales and marketing performance.

“As well as the rise of non-security applications, big data, cloud and mobile technologies are all trends that are impacting on the retail sector. As network video is an open platform solution and can seamlessly allow integration with these technologies, it can help to maximize the return on in-store video investment by extending its use beyond pure surveillance into a business optimization tool.”

Professor Joshua Bamfield, director at CRR added: “The survey clearly highlights the continued move towards IP-based camera systems across the retail sector, a growing trend that is driven by the need for HD-quality images and the increased adoption and use of business-focussed analytics - two areas where IP systems demonstrate a clear advantage over older technologies. It further suggests that retailers continue to appreciate the added benefits that an IP-based system can deliver which is evident in the high convergence rate each year.”

The ‘CCTV in Retail' survey was commissioned by global market leader in network video, Axis Communications and was run in conjunction with the Centre for Retail Research in Nottingham. Now in its fourth year, it surveyed 2,200 retailers both large and small from a wide variety of sectors and attracted 673 responses from retailers in the UK, Ireland, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.

The research was carried out by the CRR between July and August 2014 and follows similar Axis-commissioned surveys in 2013, 2012 and 2010.

Mongolian bank fully covers 530 branches with QNAP security surveillance solution

Mongolian bank fully covers 530 branches with QNAP security surveillance solution

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by QNAP | Updated: 1/27/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

With over 530 branches throughout the country, Khan Bank is one of the largest commercial banks in Mongolia and provides banking services to an estimated 70% of Mongolian households. The Khan Bank was established in 1991 as the Agricultural Cooperative Bank in connection with the dissolution of the State Bank of Mongolia's monopoly. The Bank assumed most of the assets and businesses of the State Bank in rural Mongolia.

Each of Khan Bank's 530 branches handles large amount of transactions and customer enquiries every day. Khan Bank requires a reliable surveillance solution to safeguard their customers and staff in their branches and ATM areas. However, the existing CCTV system was insufficient for meeting their heavy surveillance recording requirements, and Khan Bank planned to improve the safety of their ATM centers by deploying network cameras to deter robberies and other criminal incidents. In the meantime, for bigger branches, Khan Bank planned to upgrade their storage appliances to networked storage devices.

Khan Bank decided to replace their analog CCTV systems with a digital surveillance solution and install 156 units of the QNAP VioStor VS-2104 Pro+ NVR, 98 units of the VS-2108L NVRs, and 20 units of the TS-469 Pro Turbo NAS in their branches and ATM areas. Khan Bank upgraded their surveillance infrastructure to an all-IP solution featuring network cameras.

“With QNAP VioStor NVR solutions, we can easily fulfill customer requirements through the compatibility between NVRs and selected network cameras” said the local system integrator. “The main purpose of this IP surveillance system is to access high-quality video feeds from megapixel network cameras deployed in banks and ATM areas.”

The three-stages of IP surveillance deployment starts from Khan Bank's central office to all branch banks in the capital city and then to the branches in rural areas. Based on branch scale, Khan Bank implements one VioStor NVR with four to eight network cameras to build up an IP surveillance system. With the Turbo NAS storage expansion solution, the VioStor NVR storage can be extended to meet the mandated data archiving period.

The VS-2104 Pro+ and the VS-2108L NVRs run stably, reliably and with enhanced compatibility & performance with Khan Bank's chosen cameras. After easily deploying and configuring the standalone VioStor NVRs, Khan Bank saved a great deal on system maintenance and technical consultation fees and whenever they have questions or need technical support, QNAP Security's responsive and knowledgeable customer service team is always available to assist them. Additional savings were incurred with the VioStor NVR's smart recording mode that records standard-resolution videos during normal events and high-resolution videos only when notable events occur or alarms are triggered - effectively reducing costs as additional hard drives are unnecessary. In addition to the above benefits, Khan Bank has made plans for the next stage of their surveillance system, where they will install the VioStor CMS turnkey solution and will be able to manage NVRs, cameras and events easily and efficiently.

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Japanese convenience store enhances security with QNAP VioStor NVRs

Japanese convenience store enhances security with QNAP VioStor NVRs

Editor / Provider: QNAP | Updated: 1/27/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

A famous chain of convenience stores in Japan installed QNAP VioStor VS-2108 Pro+ NVR surveillance systems to create a safer shopping experience for customers and a safer working environment for employees.

Convenience stores are the backbone of daily life in Japan, where much of the workforce commutes to work by train, often for more than 1 hour each way. The branch manager of the convenience store chain well understands his customer's needs and that creating a pleasant and safe shopping experience is critical to keeping the customers loyal to his store chain.

After several robberies and a string of theft incidences at some of the stores, a branch manager for the store chain set out to begin discussions with security consultants to work out a solution that prevents unexpected guests and would aid in loss prevention throughout the chain of stores and allow for both local and remote centralized monitoring. The primary challenge is this chain store group currently runs around 1,000 convenience stores and with such large enterprise it was difficult to design a security system that could be deployed chain-wide and allow local recording and storage of the surveillance as well as remote monitoring of video from many stores by a remote office. The secondary challenge for deployment of a security system is that it needed to be PC-less and fit into the limited space in the stores.

The previous CCTV systems installed in the stores delivered poor image quality and there was no provision for remote monitoring. Most of the CCTV systems recorded on tape, which was not always reliable. After a great deal of research, the branch manager of the store chain selected QNAP VioStor VS-2108 Pro+ NVRs for deployment at around 600 stores. The VS-2108 Pro+ is a compact NVR that can record video surveillance up to 8 IP cameras installed in the stores on two 6TB internal hard disk drives with enough space for up to 30 days of recorded surveillance video. The NVR is a networked video surveillance system, allowing the video feeds from the cameras to be transmitted securely over the Internet to a remote monitoring location. Additionally, a monitor can be connected to the VS-2108 Pro+ via HDMI for full HD local display and live monitoring in the store managers office.

The essential places to monitor in a convenience store are typically the cash register area, store entrances, stockroom, and merchandise areas. These areas are protected by 2-3 IP cameras, delivering HD quality video for important details over the Internet but not taking up much storage space on the VS-2108 Pro+ NVR's internal hard disks. In addition to video, the usage of audio interaction allows the cashiers to receive instructions, enabling them to react timely. Other cameras fixed on the store shelves and store entrance give the store manager an indication of where customers might need assistance from staff.

Surveillance videos can also be viewed on mobile devices; which enables store managers to analyze the staff's working efficiency and have a better picture of where resources should be allocated. The remote security staff based at the chain's headquarters office can easily access any of the recorded video surveillance from any of the VS-2108 Pro+ systems at any time to support investigations and share with authorities. The NVR offers advanced features that allow the security team to get an SMS or email alert automatically if movement is detected in certain areas before or after specific times.

A major retail chain improves video surveillance coverage with LILIN

A major retail chain improves video surveillance coverage with LILIN

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by LILIN | Updated: 1/26/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

Stationery retailer giant in Asia
A major retailer required better surveillance video in many of its locations throughout Taiwan Island. The company is headquartered outside of Kyoto, Japan and is one of the biggest stationery chains in Asia Pacific region founded in late 1980. The retailer is expanding business abroad quickly and so far the retailer has more than 18 chain store locations in Taiwan alone.

Upgraded with LILIN CCTV speed dome cameras to prevent shoplifting
Theft has always been a well-known problem for high-street retailers. Because of the need to look out for the safety of both customers and personnel, the large area of the stationery stores, and the surveillance system in place across their 18 stores Taiwan nationwide did not meet their current security demands, the retailer has decided to upgrade their outdated CCTV system to provide employees and customers with the highest level of security. In addition, the company wanted to control its processes such as checkout flow more effectively by the deployment of surveillance cameras. With the use of CCTV technology, the company is able to prevent shoplifting and theft, and therefore to safeguard its stock and profit margins.

Choose speed domes from LILIN to monitor
LILIN's SI system integrator partner in Taiwan, EverPark, recommended LILIN speed dome surveillance solution suitable for this highly specialized retail application. The retailer giant adopted LILIN video solution ensuring real-time surveillance of the widespread stores throughout Taiwan.

Solutions integrated with stores' POS system
There are 18 stores to be monitored and each store is installed with 5 LILIN SP312 speed dome cameras for in-store security solutions. LILIN surveillance systems are able to integrate smoothly with the existing analogue infrastructure, and also LILIN video solution at each store has been integrated with the POS system to trace sales transactions.

LILIN provides powerful video surveillance solutions which perfect for store chains.


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HD-over-coaxial: what you need for a carefree upgrade experience

HD-over-coaxial: what you need for a carefree upgrade experience

Editor / Provider: Michelle Chu | Updated: 1/23/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

'Better image quality, easy-to-installation, long distance transmission are three major concerns when it comes to deploying CCTV upgrade solution,' said Anna Hsiung, Marketing Manager at GKB.

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Since IP system emerged a few years ago, analog players have been trying to supply solutions with higher image quality and more efficient installation. Despite the market share of IP solutions are increasing steadily, analog systems still domain with around 70 to 80 percent.

Being able to deliver superb image quality at longer distance, HD-over-coaxial solutions, be it AHD, ccHDtv, HDCVI, and HDTVI, promise the end users a carefree surveillance systems upgrade without hassle on ripping out existing cables.

HD-over-coaxial systems also guarantee no frame losing, as bandwidth is not an issue at all for image transmission. “ccHDtv, transmitting through DVB-t, is able to provide image resolution of 1080P perpetually, and the end users will not suffer from poor image quality as the cables aging over time,” said Bryan Wang, Business Development Manager of a-tec.

As many retrofit projects face with restrain budget, better quality with lower budget is another major advantage of HD-over-coaxial solutions. “GKB AHD 5480 dome camera is ideal to adopt for retrofit project in chain store, residential area, bank, and education sectors,” said Anna Hsiung, Marketing Manager at GKB.

Meanwhile, a great demand on HD-over-coaxial solutions is seen in the verticals with critical environment and larger area to be covered with such as factories and critical infrastructures. Although Asian market shows more interests in HD-over-coaxial solutions in the past, European countries with higher CCTV deployment density, such as the UK, is full of business potential as well, according to Wang.





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Axis and Milestone help reduce crime in Clackmannanshire, central Scotland

Axis and Milestone help reduce crime in Clackmannanshire, central Scotland

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 1/16/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Scotland's Clacksfirst Limited, which manages the Clacksfirst Business Improvement District (BID), was looking for a cost effective security system to help provide a safe and secure business environment for more than 200 firms based in the 10 business parks and industrial estates which are part of Scotland's first county-wide BID, based in Clackmannanshire. Clacksfirst received responses to the tender from six firms including IP video integration company and Axis partner Boston Networks.

All tender respondents offered a traditional ANPR system but Boston Networks' went further and proposed a system that could not only collect number plates but also identify the type of vehicle, even picking out vehicle signage 24 hours a day. AXIS P1354 Network Cameras deployed in the business parks also enabled identification of people inside vehicles and pedestrians entering and leaving the parks on foot.

The Axis cameras were configured in day/night mode. By using Raytec Vario Infrared lighting units it was possible to capture high quality images of all vehicle number plates at night. This configuration enabled image glare from vehicle lights to be eliminated. Edge-based video motion detection analytics was used inside the AXIS P1354's to ensure only scenes with vehicle or pedestrian movement were captured and recorded. Milestone XProtect Professional video management software was used to record, manage and securely distribute video recordings rapidly in case of incidents.

Clacksfirst has seen a 50% reduction in crime across all business parks in the BID since it began managing them. In addition, the new system delivered Return on Investment (ROI) in under 12-months from going live. Business owners and their employees in these parks reported feeling more secure, while metal and machinery theft was virtually eliminated.

Improvements to boost economic development
Clacksfirst Limited, originally established in 2008, is a private organisation funded by a combination of commercial developers, park leaseholders and central government. Its role is to stimulate inward investment and to provide a strong collective central voice for businesses in the BID area. Clacksfirst BID sources external funding to enable it to promote Clackmannanshire as a business destination. Clacksfirst won its second fiveyear contract to run this BID in April 2013 following a commitment to tighten security in the business parks after a rise in theft and anti-social behaviour there during the economic downturn. Clacksfirst represents over 200 companies in 10 business parks centered in the Alloa area of Clackmannanshire County.

Kevin Deighan, Project and Community Safety Manager at Clacksfirst said: “We consulted with a panel of experts including representatives from the Forth Valley Division of Police Scotland, Scottish Business Resilience Centre and Clackmannanshire Council; before putting together a Request for Tender document which specified an Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system to provide accurate recording of number plates of vehicles entering and leaving all BID business parks around the clock.”

Clackmannanshire Council Leader, Gary Womersley, said: “Clacksfirst BID has enabled businesses to collectively invest in improvements which have benefited them and will encourage new businesses to locate here. The BID is driving positive change and boosting economic development in Clackmannanshire. Ultimately this will benefit local people by unlocking economic improvements which help create more jobs in the county.”

Kevin Deighan of Clacksfirst said: “Clacksfirst has always sought to improve the environmental appearance and enhance security in the BID. Through implementation of this IP CCTV system we move so much closer to delivering on our five year business plan for businesses in the parks and industrial estates which backed us.

It also helps us send a clear and positive message to businesses outside Clackmannanshire which might be persuaded to relocate into the county as a result of our improved security record here.”

Quick ROI due to efficient system
The AXIS P1354 Fixed Network Cameras deployed in Clacksfirst BID are fixed day and night cameras with superb image quality, delivering excellent H.264 performance in a robust design. Superior video quality is provided with progressive scan in multiple individual H.264 streams, as well as Motion JPEG streams.

Paul Goodbrand, Operations Director at Boston Networks, explained: “We selected the excellent AXIS P1354 Network Camera with built-in Lightfinder technology together with a Theia SL940 lens, optimised for use with IR for day/night cameras and delivering16x digital and 4.5x optical zoom capability.”

The focus assistant, remote back focus and pixel counter features simplifies installation. This camera was configured with a specialist lens from Axis technology partner Theia Technologies and worked alongside a second partner Raytec, whose IR lighting ensures delivery of crisp images at night.

Kevin Deighan of Clacksfirst added: “ROI was achieved in such a short timeframe primarily because the new surveillance system proved to be a highly effective deterrent to potential criminals. It stopped metal and machinery theft as well as anti-social behaviour in its tracks.”

The new system also helped resolve one potentially costly incident in The Whins Business Park which sits within the BID. A lorry driver, turning in a car park there in the middle of the night, simply backed up too far and hit a wall which then collapsed. The following morning the company, which leases a nearby business premises and this car park, was able to use the new system's video recordings to identify the owner of lorry which had knocked down his wall. The company responsible has agreed to pay for rebuilding of the wall after the high quality video recordings of the whole incident were sent to the lorry driver's employer.

Sido Muncul installs VIVOTEK system to revolutionize plant security and ensure the high quality of health products

Sido Muncul installs VIVOTEK system to revolutionize plant security and ensure the high quality of health products

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 1/14/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Sido Muncul: Safeguarding Indonesian Health Since 1940
Sido Muncul is one of Indonesia's leading producers of Jamu (an herbal health drink) as well as a wide range of other health products. From the humble beginnings of a small household business in 1940, Sido Muncul has grown steadily to become a key provider of herbal health products while constantly striving to provide only the highest quality nutritional supplements and guaranteeing the purity of their ingredients.

This is no simple task as Sido Muncul's factory occupies a huge 34 hectare plot of land in Klepu, Semarang, in Central Java, and includes 7 separate laboratories focused on Instrumentation, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Formulation, Pharmacognosy, Stability, and Chemistry. These laboratories are all equipped with the latest tools and devices and operate to the highest standards. Further, Sido Muncul's state-of-the-art production process adheres to extremely high standards and exceeds the Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) guidelines. Sido Muncul also pays great attention to product safety and therefore keeps strict records of the production process in order to maintain process uniformity and ensure products of a consistently high quality.

The Challenge: Sido Muncul's Old CCTV Surveillance System Had Reached Its Limits
Within this context of extremely high demands on the safety and security of the production process, Sido Muncul decided that its old system of analog CCTV security monitoring was no longer offering high enough quality coverage and lacked an IR capability. Further, its old PC recording and viewing system was unreliable – often crashing or randomly going offline. A new video management system was also needed. In short, this high-tech operation had outgrown its previous surveillance system and required a high-tech security system to match its exacting standards.

The Solution: VIVOTEK – A Natural Fit with Sido Muncul
A total of 200 VIVOTEK cameras were installed across Sido Muncul's largest plant. The high quality coverage, IR capability, and smooth operation of VIVOTEK cameras in all conditions ensured that the production process could be monitored, losses prevented, and human resources managed effectively. Further, some cameras were used to monitor any waste from the production process. VIVOTEK also supplied a brand new video management system, bringing Sido Muncul's total surveillance system into a new era of functionality and stability.

High Quality IP Cameras Secure the Integrity of the Production Process
For the warehouse and factory, 150 VIVOTEK IP8332 Day and Night Network Bullet cameras were chosen for their high image quality and versatility. Equipped with a 1-megapixel sensor enabling viewing resolution of 1280x800 at a smooth 30 fps, the IP8332 is an all-in-one camera capable of capturing high quality and high resolution video. Further, it can adapt to any lighting conditions as it features a removable IR-cut filter as well as IR illuminators effective up to 15M for superior image quality around the clock. Making this VIVOTEK camera an even more enticing choice, the extensive features of the IP8332 are provided in an economical package, meaning Sido Muncul was able to install a large number of cameras and ensure total coverage of their production process.

For office spaces, IR capability was desired by the Sido Muncul, and FD8134 Fixed Dome Network Cameras provided this, as well as the highest possible image quality in all lighting environments while maintaining a sleek and stylish appearance. For a camera with a 1-megapixel sensor enabling viewing resolution of 1280x800 at 30 fps, users need to look no further for an all-in-one camera capable of capturing high quality, high resolution video.

For outdoor areas, IP8362 2MP Full HD Network Bullet Cameras and IP7361 Day and Night Network Bullet Cameras provided coverage of the huge 34 hectare grounds. The WDR feature of the IP8362 ensures startlingly clear images in all light conditions, and its IR illuminators and IR-cut filter mean that this image quality is provided throughout the day and night. Both cameras feature rugged housing designed to protect the integrity of the surveillance system from both the environment and any attempts to tamper with the cameras.

The Latest Surveillance Solution, the Simplest Installation.
Finally, this quantum leap in security and production-process surveillance at Sido Muncul's largest plant was able to be achieved easily and quickly thanks to VIVOTEK's commitment to providing cameras and systems that are not only easy to install, but also simple to maintain. In fact, in moving from the old CCTV system and its reliance on extensive cabling networks, Sido Muncul's new VIVOTEK surveillance system is actually easier to maintain, while providing astonishing advances in coverage and image management. As a result of this upgrade, Sido Muncul now boasts a surveillance system

Surveillance integration - why people matter

Surveillance integration - why people matter

Editor / Provider: Synectics | Updated: 1/13/2015 | Article type: Security 50

As investment in Middle East industrial, financial and critical infrastructure continues to rise, increasing protection of assets crucial to ongoing economic and social development is naturally becoming a higher a priority.

At Intersec 2015 in Dubai, global surveillance business Synectics will explain and demonstrate how achieving this is as much about people as it is about technology.

Paul Webb, Managing Director of Synectics, said: “The Middle East market is familiar with the concept of security systems integration – unifying multiple systems (CCTV, perimeter security, access control, emergency alarms etc.) into a single environment to streamline and enhance protection and operations. Advances in IP-based surveillance networks and HD camera technology have supported growth in this concept.

“But while integrated security represents a vital step forward in asset protection, collating information from disparate data streams in this way is only part of the equation. To fully maximize the opportunities this presents, it is necessary to understand the interplay between technology and personnel and then take action from that vantage point.

“How individuals and teams use and respond to data will ultimately dictate the security and operational outcomes for any site, whether that's an airport, gas plant or a city traffic network.”

In 2014, Synectics rolled-out its open and fully scalable Synergy 3 command and control software platform that integrates alarms and events, security and process control subsystems, surveillance, and other essential site systems. Crucially, the solution can be programmed to detect and understand potential threats by mining the data captured, and present that information to best guide appropriate action.

“It's about data ergonomics”, said David Aindow, Product and Technology Director at Synectics, “presenting the right data, in the right way, at the right time for the right people to act on it.

“This concept was integral to our development of Synergy 3, demonstrated by features such as the customisable Graphical User Interface (GUI), interactive mapping engine (with Geospatial Information System (GIS) technology), and dynamic workflow functionality to guide operators through required response procedures and protocols in specific situations.

“It's also the driving factor behind the latest enhancements we'll be highlighting at Intersec, specifically around task management – enhancements that help operators identify and enlist the skills required to resolve specific issues.

“For example, a single subsystem alert (perhaps form a perimeter fence) can now trigger immediate visual/audio feed correlating with the incident location, and an associated workflow programme to guide operators in responding. Operators can also cross-reference information received with a database of skillsets to identify appropriate first responders and issue coded alerts to the relevant personnel via SMS. On task completion, whatever that task may be, the responding personnel can then use mobile devices such as telephones and tablets to automatically update the control room operator accordingly.

“It's a solution that closes the loop on incident identification and response, and that's how ultimate protection and efficiency is achieved.”

Synectics will be demonstrating Synergy 3's mapping, workflow and integration capabilities at booth S1-D12, alongside its COEX™ C2000 TriMode and new C3000 HD IP camera stations.

The surveillance solutions specialist will also be demonstrating its Synergy Tablet which offers mobile situational awareness, taking the concept of personnel integration a step further by delivering system capabilities to operatives in the field.

Paul Webb concluded: “Intersec has always been a show about innovation and this year is no different. What's most exciting for us as a business though, is being able to meet customers face-to-face and demonstrate how innovation can marry with real world needs and practicalities in order to deliver tangible security and operational benefits.”

For further updates from Synectics regarding Intersec 2015, follow @synecticsglobal on Twitter

Promises, project and politics: Asia's three P's stabilizing the region

Promises, project and politics: Asia's three P's stabilizing the region

Editor / Provider: Steve Chin, a&s Asia | Updated: 1/12/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

As we wind down 2014, a&s is taking a peek at how the Asian security industry has been impacted by several events over the past year, both good and bad. It's been an especially up-and-down year, as everything from political climates to infrastructure development has had an impact on the market. Another point of emphasis is a steady influx of projects, and how Asia is finally taking note of security.

Traditionally, the security industry in Asia has always been a little bit behind the Americas and Europe in terms of technological advancements and adoption. One reason for this is that Asia is a bit of a unique region — there is a broad spectrum of different countries with many different levels of advancement, development, and demands. With Asia shaken up by a number of incidents and events that have happened across the year, the region has experienced both improvements as well as setbacks. In all, stability has been gradually settled; however, when put under a deeper scope, there are still more questions than answers to be found in terms of future expansion and demand.

Looking Back
From the elections and changes in government in India and Thailand, to social upheavals in Vietnam and Hong Kong, the political climate has had profound impacts on the economic scale both in terms of security and as a whole. Natural disasters and other accidents have also played a role, as everything from typhoons battering the Philippines to the two Malaysian Airlines tragedies also having economic consequences. In all, 2014 has been an eventful year, and changes are on the horizon.

On the overall scope o f things however, As a is still one of the most important markets for the security industry. With many advancements in technological infrastructure as well as global and domestic investments, many countries have started focusing on more advanced security solutions as well as upgrades from past conventional ones. It's also an interesting note on how some Asia markets have reacted to slower-than-expected IP development, as HD-overcoaxial is still prominent in a large portion of the region, especially in the Southeast Asian countries.

Injecting Life Into New Projects
Despite the recent political impacts on countries in Asia, optimism remains high as belief that economic stimuli set forth by the various new governments will benefit the markets heavily. For the security industry, this opens new doors on projects by both taking advantage of the improving economy as well as a thriving and evolving industry. For example, in the Philippines, the Aquino administration passed a mandate recently called No CCTV, No Permit, mandating that all high-risk businesses including restaurants, retail stores, office buildings, and warehouses wishing to renew their business permits must have installed a reliable video surveillance system.

New Prime Minister, New Start for India
Other examples of an influx of projects include the new prime minister of India, Narendra Modi, setting forth a series of economic boosts. According to Kapil Matta, Director of Marketing and Sales for MitKat Advisory, Modi has put together a series of reforms specifically aimed at creating projects to improve on the Indian infrastructure the country's safety and reputation. As Matta noted, recent budget announcements that will allocate large amounts of money to defense spending, smart cities, and private capital will go a long way towards benefiting and advancing security and indeed, the entire economy. With a fresh approach courtesy of Modi, the security industry in India is estimated to approach US$6.5 billion by the beginning of 2015.

Coup Brings Stability in Thailand
On the Thailand side of things, another key factor for their local security industry lies also in government projects . Because of the military coup d'état in May that resulted in the installment of General Prayuth Chan-ocha as the acting prime minister, the political climate remains unpredictable. However, in the months that have followed, the situation has stabilized and General Chan-ocha has introduced a series of steps that will re-pursue what the prior government promised in introducing new projects to kick-start the economy on the fast track again, especially key verticals like transportation, city surveillance , a n d administration buildings. Security projects are mostly concentrated in Bangkok for city surveillance and traffic monitoring. Outside of Bangkok, the government has also allocated budget, administered from the Subdistrict Administrative Organization ( S A O ) , t o protect the rural areas of Thailand.

Finally, since the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) is scheduled to be formed by 2015, it will make Thailand open up in a broader direction for its adjacent countries, like Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, and Malaysia. With more tourists and foreign workers coming to Thailand , the government will also strengthen up security around the city.

HD-over-Coax Brings Options
Because IP solutions have not taken as big of a hold of Asia as previously thought, HD-over-coaxial solutions Form a large part of the Asian surveillance market. In some markets, like Japan, it's especially worth noting that HD analog systems still reign supreme. As an example, Yasuo Tobinaga, President and CEO of Tenpo Planning explained that from 2012 to 2014, the company's H D -over- coaxial market increased from 10% to 30%. “Various camera systems, including HD-overcoaxial, will see a rise in 2015.”

Another important factor to point out is the transition to HD-over-coaxial solutions and to IP from older analog systems. Recently, a number of Asian manufacturers, especially from Taiwan, China,and Korea, have been strongly promoting their latest HD-over-coaxial products, with very high price-effectiveness and long transmission distances. Some of the existing IP video surveillance providers have started to feel the decrease in their growth rates, because of the latest HD-over-coaxial products on the market. In the future, the entire Asian continent might start facing competition between IP and HD-over-coaxial, especially in the SMB sectors. It might result in the SMB sectors slowing down the migration to IP-based solutions.

China Grows its Market Shares
Tied directly into the surveillance markets, and hot on the heels of the video surveillance industry in Southeast Asia is the giant that is China. In the analog video surveillance world, China is arguably the number one in the world. With many large, established companies in China, they leave large footprints in the Asian industry. As an industry expert explained, Chinese companies are very competitive, very strong. They have also impacted the industry in more ways than one, forcing many distributors and providers across Asia to slash prices and play catch up. Because of the price factor as well as the notion of China's ever-improving quality, China will continue to play a very important and big role. From an industry point-of-view, cost consciousness is obviously the prime focus. China has a lot to serve and provide.

Expectations for 2015
Some keys to hone in on for 2015 include continuous IP infrastructure development, project availability, total solutions distributors, and the HD-over-coax market. Next year should mark a pivotal point for the region, especially as Asia continues to catch up to North America and Europe.

The region is becoming hotter by the day, especially as global manufacturers and distributors continue to establish their footprint in the developing Asian countries. There's definitely a lot of room for more potential and growth, and 2015 should in the end be a solid year for security in Asia.

Box Movers to Total Solutions
Reacting to global trends seen in the security industry, valueadded distributors are beginning a shift to total solutions. With a big part of the market still dominated by traditional box-moving distribution, this new trend is being marketed towards more direct interaction and end-to-end support with end-users. According to Maulik Shah, CEO of Facility Security Division at Autocop India, one of the factors that the company is honing in on now is offering technical end-to-end solutions, paid commissioning, and training services. “We are reaching out to key specifiers via roadshows and events and are closely working on key projects that help our partners win the case in their favor. We ensure that our partners are well trained and become more responsive in the areas where they are weak.” Shah continued, “We also reach out to end customers jointly with our partners and offer proof of concept, design assistance, and technical support.”

Besides working more closely hand-in-hand directly with end users and providing technical support,the opportunity is also there in developing more adaptable solutions that more cater to the specific needs of different users. According to Leonard Tye, Business Development Director of Bricomp International, Malaysia and Singapore, the company has recently grown its team to include solutions specialists and architects that can help customers design and tackle the most stringent of requirements. “We've spent many hours in Educating our partners and systems integrators in the latest IP solutions and technologies,” said Tye. According to him, this takes time, as the process is about educating end users about their options and available technologies. “However, we find this segment to have very real potential for growth, as systems start to age and products become obsolete and can no longer be supported or repaired.”

Infrastructure Developments
Another key point in Asia is the continual development and upgrades of existing infrastructure. Always an important matter, especially as security continues to move towards IP, there are both notable ups as well as downs. In Australia for example, promised country-wide, reliable broadband access by way of the Nationwide Broadband Network (NBN) has been hit by many delays and budgets concerns. However, the belief is still there that the NBN will be up and running by 2017.

Not all is dreary though. In the Philippines, for example, GDP growth ranks first in all of Asia, and the Aquino administration has passed several mandates that directly benefit the security industry. Public-private partnerships (PPP) enacted to create projects across many sectors have also had the industry eyeing the country with a close eye. Business process outsourcing trends have also had investors from many different countries aligning with local developers in fast-tracking the infrastructure advancement, and new mandates like No CCTV, No Permit have also further allowed the industry to grow and develop.

Many countries as well are also focusing on expanding infrastructure. Because of the obvious point that security as a whole is expanding to IP, the focus from not just government, but also foreign investments has been on expanding broadband access. In regions like Indonesia, Thailand, and India, heavy emphasis and much of the budget has been allocated towards expanding 3G and even 4G accessibility.

Still a region where HD-over-coaxial plays a huge role, IP may finally be on the horizon. Hartono Tan, Product and Business Development Manager for Hotware Indonesia explained, “Our government has a great concern about network infrastructure. Many city surveillance projects are being built up in the incoming years. The development of network infrastructure is a promising step, and as a country with the fourth largest population in the world, Indonesia needs to catch up in security.”

Hikvision and EMCS in partnership to introduce CCTV Sentry Smart monitoring system

Hikvision and EMCS in partnership to introduce CCTV Sentry Smart monitoring system

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 1/9/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision is expanding the opportunities for comprehensive CCTV system checks through a unique partnership with EMCS, one of the UK's largest independent monitoring stations. EMCS will use their CCTV Sentry software to proactively monitor every customers' CCTV system, not just those that traditionally opt for a monitored solution, and send an email if any problem is detected and Hikvision has ensured that its entire range of DVR, NVR, Hybrid, and HD-SDI products is 100% compatible.

EMCS has worked closely with Hikvision to roll out this comprehensive system checking service to the 80% of customers that have not, until now, had their CCTV systems monitored. Every Hikvision DVR is now compatible with CCTV Sentry and provides information on camera and hard disk failures, recording issues and time accuracy problems. As well as email alerts, CCTV Sentry customers can view a live status webpage on a smartphone, anywhere, anytime.

"As a result of our partnership with EMCS, CCTV Sentry will now be available to every multi-site organisation where a fully-functional CCTV system is a necessity, such as retail, banking, hotels, education, logistics, transportation and critical infrastructure," says Keen Yao, International Marketing Director of Hikvision. "It provides all EMCS customers with a valuable and highly proactive maintenance service tool to help ensure that their CCTV systems are fully operational 24/7."

According to Mark Hewerdine, CCTV Manager at EMCS, "Our customers can be rightly confident in the knowledge that all Hikvision's products are 100% compatible with CCTV Sentry, competitively priced, easy to use and, most importantly, stable and reliable."

Keen Yao adds, "Integrating CCTV Sentry into EMCS' standard alarm panel is a breakthrough for sites with unmonitored CCTV installations, allowing them to be alerted when a fault happens rather than finding out after an incident has occurred. It also means the team at EMCS can offer an immediate visual check for an intruder if an alarm is triggered.

"We bring a totally transparent approach to working with all our technical partners and are proud to stand behind EMCS in their roll-out of CCTV Sentry."

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