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HD-over-coaxial demo to give visitors tips for suitable solutions

HD-over-coaxial demo to give visitors tips for suitable solutions

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by Secutech | Updated: 4/28/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

Are you still hesitating over choosing CVI, TVI, AHD, ccHDtv, or SDI solution? HD-over-coaxial Demo is the event designed for international visitors to have an all-round comparison among five major types of solutions.

HD-over-coaxial Demo gathers 5 different types of HD over coax solutions at the same time with 15 recommended products from China, Korea, and Taiwan at Booth 3610. This live demo will be demonstrated with a one complete system, including camera, DVR, and monitor, with resolution up to 1080p. Advantages and features of each system will be demonstrating onsite to clarify your doubts and concerns in this technical guide tour during day 1 and day 2. The event welcomes distributors, installers, and system integrators to join the field tests and chat with some top-notch technical consultants in this area.

Oman UAEXCHANGE optimizes security with GKB HD SDI DVR and HEM platform solution

Oman UAEXCHANGE optimizes security with GKB HD SDI DVR and HEM platform solution

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by GKB | Updated: 3/23/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Background
AL MANTHRY SECURITY & SAFETY SERVICESLLC is GKB's Golden partner in Oman. In 2015, GKB has kicked off one of their significant projects: UAE Oman EXCHANGE. UAEXCHANGE is one of the leading exchange companies in Middle East. The company is a shopper's stop for exchange of all the major world currencies and Remittances around the globe. The Brand's presence is felt in more than 30 countries with over 700 direct offices in 5 continents through its associate, UAEXCHANGE. Oman UAEXCHANGE is bestowed with the Super Brand status consecutively in the Years for five years from 2009 to 2013 in Oman.

Challenges
Since Oman UAEXCHANGE is a major currencies circulating facility, instant, accurate and stable surveillance is highly demanded due to its special necessity. Recently, Oman UAEXCHANGE has shifted to adapt GKB SDI DVR and HEM platform to meet the need of viewing high resolution close-up images, installing in expanding branches, scheduled time backup recordings and central managing platform.

Solution
In this expanding branches project, Oman UAEXCHANGE has installed GKB HD 1331 and GKB HD3835 to enhance its security in offices. For central monitor room, they chose GKB RH1618 and HEM platform to manage recording hierarchically.

With GKB HD 3835 special camera lens, it enables close-up view during quick cash exchanging movement. Furthermore, the overall environment can be secured and monitored by GKB HD 1331. GKB team also provides GKB RH1618 and HEM platform which performs highly compatibility between different categories of cameras to optimize hierarchical management and customized backup setting. Center office is able to effortlessly obtain each branch's daily recording and automatically backup at a scheduled time. Such group management assists users in classifying and identifying cameras easily and authorizes the access to different sub-users by given admit account only.

Benefits
Automatic backup at scheduled time
Such function provides effortless collecting recordings punctually on a daily base from various branches in different locations.
Excellent stableness of products and after service
GKB's team and products stand out firmly comparing with other brands in various aspects of stability and instant efficient assistance.
Economical and practical solution
By adapting GKB's hardware and software solution, corporation's newly installed cameras in expanding branches can be easily managed without limitation of time and space.

 

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About GKB GKB Security Corporation is a global security solutions provider with a full range of CCTV, IP, Mobile, Video Fire Detection System and Home Automation products and support services designed to meet the needs of small and medium-sized system integrators and security installers.

Intelligent surveillance and incident reporting raising situational awareness

Intelligent surveillance and incident reporting raising situational awareness

Editor / Provider: Hayagriva Software, a&s International | Updated: 2/27/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

Over the years, video surveillance has been the essential key to creating a safer environment. However, a tool needs to be developed to help sift through all the video footage, as well as manage and save the important details. With Com-Sur, a Windows and mobile (iOS and Android) based intelligent surveillance enhancing and incident reporting software, users can enhance surveillance, create standardized intelligent incident reports, and back up relevant data forever!

Video surveillance has become the de-facto means to create safer cities, workplaces, and homes. However, installing video surveillance systems is just the beginning. One needs to do more. One should be able to gain intelligence from video, which will help in preventing losses, reducing operational risks, improving business process, and subsequently sales. Additionally, in case of crime, standardized intelligent incident reports created in PowerPoint would help solve wrongdoing faster.

In the case of an incident, the DVR needs to be accessed to locate the footage, and presented to law enforcement agencies. This is where the trouble begins, and the following questions come to mind:

1. What if the DVR itself is stolen or destroyed?
2. What if the DVR failed to record?
3. What if the footage is lost due to human error, or deliberately erased?


Generally, to retrieve footage, systems integrators (SIs) who installed the video surveillance system are called upon, which can be an expensive and time consuming affair. Now, once the footage is found, the affected party is required to connect with the appropriate law enforcement agency and explain the entire case to them. Unless it is a high profile case, there is not a high chance that the over-burdened law enforcement agencies would be able to invest long hours on the case immedately.

With respect to law enforcement agencies, there are several issues that bog them down, when it comes to viewing video footage. Some of the issues include having to watch long hours of footage from different sources, especially when there is an incident which has occurred at a place not directly covered by the video surveillance — for example, the Boston marathon bombing case. In such cases, law enforcement agencies need to rely on footage derived from video captured by local businesses and/ or public video surveillance around the scene of the incident. Law enforcement agencies also have to deal with painfully aggregating videos from different sources and sharing them with other agencies or the public, as well as writing up reports, which is often a manual and non-standard process.

Furthermore, while cameras and video management systems (VMS) are increasingly becoming smarter, the reliance on alarms is growing to detect an exception. However, it is well known that several alarms can be false as well, which leads to human intervention. Moreover, it is also impossible to rely squarely on technology only. In order to decide whether a bag left behind by a passenger at an airport is a threat or a genuine error, some amount of human intervention or review is therefore required. However, because it is cumbersome to review long hours of footage, review is generally ignored. This could result in missing an event that may never be raised by a modern VMS, for example, a dry-run, or recce.

It is unanimously accepted that, monitoring surveillance video is a tedious and demanding task. According to research carried out by Police Scientific Research, video surveillance observers tend to suffer from video blindness after 20 to 40 minutes of observation, i.e., they cannot recognize the objects in the video anymore. It is also important to note that most DVRs usually retain video up to a maximum of 30 days after which it is overwritten. If one needs to access video after that, it is not possible.

The Solution To The Problem
Intelligent surveillance enhancement and incident reporting software such as Com-Sur converts video (in real-time or from recorded footage) into rapidly reviewable screenshots, enabling the user to review hours of footage in minutes. Things that seemed in order are suddenly discovered because of this feature. Example, a dry-run, or issues like whether the staff was paying attention to its customers, or if the shelves were well-stocked. This also makes it possible to review if camera positions were altered, or whether the cameras were working at all, which is often a big problem.

Standardized Intelligent Incident Reports
Incidents do not differ by regions — an incident that occurs in the U.S. is no different than an incident in any other part of the world. Therefore, use of standardized incident reports can lead to several advantages for users. For instance, stakeholders sharing one minimum industry standard of an incident report as opposed to different kinds of incident reports will lead to ease of taking action when every incident report arrives in one standard format. Additionally, metadata gathered while creating the report delivers intelligence through patterns, e.g., what kind of incidents are taking place at what locations, at what time, on which particular days, etc. This makes it possible to take corrective and/or preventive action.

Another advantage of standardized incident reports is that crime can be solved faster. Using Com-Sur, the affected party can convert video into screenshots, describe them, and create a storyboard describing the entire incident. The software also makes it possible to embed the relevant video clip within the report in order to deliver a complete package to law enforcement. Think of the burden that would be reduced for law enforcement agencies if the affected party is proactive and submits such an incident report to them.

Most importantly, since the reports are created in formats like Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, and PDF, sharing them becomes very swift and easy. Think of an incident that takes place in one suburb quickly being shared via email with other suburbs, cities, and even countries — all at the click of a button. And with the above formats, it's easy to view the report on a smart phone or tablet.

Backs Up Video Forever!
The intelligent incident management software makes it very easy to back up video in the form of screenshots at up to five different locations in real time. These could be one's own servers, such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and MS OneDrive, etc. This makes access and retrieval very easy. Furthermore, one can tag important screenshots and choose to retain them for as long as is needed.

Furthermore, the software also makes it possible to share large numbers of photos and their related information as a contact sheet (thumbnails with their relevant description). An example of this would be sharing details of suspects at various borders and entry points. With Com-Sur, one can create incident reports using photos from a camera or mobile device. Thus, incidents not captured by video surveillance can also be covered. Additionally, the software acts as a great training material creator. Since Com-Sur captures screenshots from any video, one could look up videos on sites like YouTube to capture screenshots, add subject matter expert comments, embed the link within the slide, and create customized training material. Think of videos in one language, and subject matter expert comments being quite another. Finally, Com-Sur works with any camera, DVR, or video surveillance system.

Samsung Techwin increases flexibility of iPOLiS mobile app

Samsung Techwin increases flexibility of iPOLiS mobile app

Editor / Provider: Samsung Techwin | Updated: 2/26/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Samsung Techwin announced that iPolis Mobile for Android & Apple iOS devices has been upgraded and can now support playback directly from SD cards inserted into Samsung Techwin cameras.

The added flexibility offered by this enhancement to the iPolis Mobile app is likely to be of particular interest to users who wish to remotely retrieve recorded video of specific incidents captured by a small number of cameras installed in their home or working environment, as it negates the need for a DVR or NVR to record and store the video.

The free iPOLiS Mobile app can be downloaded from the Android Play store and iTunes. It can be set up in less than a minute, after which users are able to view streamed video from their selected camera via a wireless or 3G network. Key features include auto detection for adding new devices and ‘Event’ search to provide easy access to recorded video.

Dahua enhances security for Bank Central Asia in Indonesia

Dahua enhances security for Bank Central Asia in Indonesia

Editor / Provider: Dahua | Updated: 2/16/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Dahua Technology, a manufacturer and supplier of video surveillance products headquartered in Hangzhou, China improves security for Bank Central Asia in Indonesia.

Bank Central Asia (BCA) is an Indonesian bank founded on August 10th, 1955. BCA offers diverse financial solutions through banking transaction services for many diverse groups and ages.BCA is one of Indonesia's largest private banks, its ATM machines across Indonesia, around each sightseeing place including Jakarta, Bali and Bandung. With expending business and the increased demand for security concern, the bank decided to level up its security system of ATM machines.

BCA offers a vast network of ATMs nationwide and strategic locations, and also provides three types of ATM including Multifunctional ATM, Non-Cash Transaction ATM and Cash Deposit ATM. Like all banks worldwide, BCA detects subtle behavior that demonstrates possible frauds and robbery to secure the safety of the bank and ATMs for cash transactions. But unlike domestic bank, BAC requires one ATM DVR to monitor four ATM machines at the same time, and support four RS232 ports to transfer information.

All the possibilities can be realized in Dahua DVR0404AS-VD after some hardware modification. Dahua 4CH 960H 2HDD ATM Standalone DVR, DVR0404AS-VD comes with 4-channel video and 4-channel audio input, and facilitates full channel@960H real-time recording and all channel synchronous real-time playback. DVR0404AS-VD is able to provide smooth video streams. RS232 port can connect to keyboard to realize central control, and also can connect to PC COM to upgrade system and realize maintenance, and matrix control. It can be used to connect to the ATM and POS to send out or receive the card number protocol data. Moreover, DVR0404AS-VD supports multiple network monitoring such as Web view, CMS (DSS/PSS) and DMSS which is fully complying with the requirements of Bank Central Asia. 1,000 DahuaDVR0404AS-VD DVRs were installed around the country.

As we know, Indonesia straddle the equator, it tends to have a fairly even climate year-round. Indonesia is full of wet and dry, and there are no extremes of winter and summer. In order to withstand such complicated weather, DahuacustomizesDVR0404AS-VDto support two fans to fit this kind of environment. And other unique requirements such as support computer lock had to be met as well.

“Being used for a while, Dahua ATM DVR is quite stable,” said Andy Tan, Sales Manager of PT. Vinotica Lestari Cemerlang. “Now BCA is getting high-quality surveillance 24/7 and we are confident to provide a secured environment for customers, employees, and asset.”Tan added.

“We are proud to deliver our ATM solution for Bank Central Asia to increase its safety and security,” said Debbie Du, Sales Manager of APAC at Dahua Technology. “Dahua can always realize the diverse needs of our users. That's how we differentiate ourselves from other single product suppliers.”

LaSalle Plaza ensures tenant safety and building traffic with Avigilon

LaSalle Plaza ensures tenant safety and building traffic with Avigilon

Editor / Provider: Avigilon | Updated: 2/13/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Challenge
Replace aging surveillance system to capture better image quality, speed up response times and ensure greater overall protection for building occupants.

Solution
LaSalle Plaza installed 48 Avigilon HD 1 MP cameras throughout the building, with the majority monitoring the retail space and Skyway on the first two floors. Avigilon HD 1 MP cameras monitor the 343-space underground parking garage and four Avigilon HD 1 MP cameras were installed in the loading dock area. Two operators manage the surveillance system using Avigilon Control Center 5 Enterprise Edition (ACC) software with High Definition Stream Management (HDSM) live 24x7 and store 45 days of continuous surveillance footage on an Avigilon Network Video Recorder (NVR). Security managers can also view the system from their laptops.

Benefits to LaSalle Plaza
* Improved overall protection for building occupants
*Improved ability to attract and retain tenants
*Fewer liability claims

Built in 1991, LaSalle Plaza is a 30-story office tower in the heart of Minneapolis' bustling theater district. A 600,000 square foot building that spans an entire city block, LaSalle Plaza is home to many businesses as well as retail locations and restaurants that cater to the city's theater crowd. Connected by a seven-mile long skyway to an apartment building, the YMCA, a theater and the Target head office, LaSalle Plaza accommodates more than 16,000 people every day; making patron safety and security a challenge. Because the building's aging analog surveillance system was unable to capture clear image detail, was difficult to use and costly to maintain, LaSalle Plaza upgraded its entire system to the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system for its exceptional image clarity and advanced management features that improve investigations and response times to ultimately boost overall security.

Surveillance Challenge
Open until 3:00 a.m. for restaurant and theater-goers, and again at 6:00 a.m. to welcome the building's workforce, LaSalle Plaza is not a typical office tower. “LaSalle Plaza presents unique challenges from a security perspective because of its hours, retail locations and Skyway; which attract a range of patrons and a lot of traffic,” explained Kelly Lentz, general manager at LaSalle Plaza, part of the Zeller Realty Group. Monitoring the site with its 20-year-old surveillance system was also challenging because the image detail had deteriorated. The building upgraded to a DVR-based system ten years ago, but sourcing replacement parts was becoming difficult. After receiving bids from three vendors, LaSalle Plaza chose to work with ECSI, a local provider of security system design, installation and support, who recommended the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system. The team delivered a solid presentation that was easy to follow and clearly demonstrated the Avigilon advantage. “ECSI even beat out our previous integrator – a major testament to their expertise and Avigilon's performance,” added Lentz.

Monitoring High-Traffic Areas
LaSalle Plaza installed 48 Avigilon HD 1 MP cameras throughout the building, with the majority monitoring the retail space and Skyway on the first two floors. Avigilon HD 1 MP cameras monitor the 343-space underground parking garage and four Avigilon HD 1 MP cameras were installed in the loading dock area. Two operators manage the surveillance system using Avigilon Control Center 5 Enterprise Edition (ACC) software with High Definition Stream Management (HDSM) live 24x7 and store 45 days of continuous surveillance footage on an Avigilon Network Video Recorder (NVR). Lentz and one other manager can also view the system from their laptops. ECSI installed the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system on the building's existing network without causing any disruptions to normal business operations and delivering reliable system support when needed. “We were also looking for strong vendor support after installation,” noted Lentz. “We've been very pleased with both ECSI and Avigilon.”

Identifying the Transient Crowd
The Avigilon high-definition surveillance system is used to monitor individuals moving through the building to ensure their safety, so it must deliver irrefutable image clarity. “Video quality is the most important feature for us,” stated Lentz. Located in the downtown core, LaSalle Plaza attracts a transient crowd, particularly over the cold, winter months when individuals may be looking for a warm place to stay. To ensure patron safety, security officers constantly monitor for trespassers and issue warnings or contact local law enforcement if necessary. “With Avigilon's excellent image quality, we can easily identify intruders, watch them as they move through the building and involve the police if a problem arises,” explained Lentz. “The picture quality is so good that we know we will always be able to clearly identify an individual.”

Faster Identification
Avigilon's image clarity, combined with the system's ease-of-use has had a huge impact on the building's overall security. “Before, it was extremely time-consuming to search, find and identify usable footage,” noted Lentz. “All of our operators say finding footage is now a significantly faster process.” In addition, operators can view all cameras on fewer screens for a better overview and faster response. Previously, operators had to scroll through several screens to see all the cameras, slowing down the search and playback process. “Because our previous system was so deteriorated, our operators were amazed at the improvement in quality and manageability Avigilon delivers.”

Tenant Safety
With clearly identifiable images of known trespassers, security officers are better positioned to make faster and more accurate decisions that improve the safety of its tenants, patrons and passers-by. “We can share images between shifts and easily track individuals throughout the building to keep them moving and prevent any potential incidents,” claimed Lentz. “Our tenants appreciate that we are constantly upgrading our building – from IT to security, making sure it's the most comfortable, effective and safe workplace possible.”

Cost Savings
LaSalle Plaza has also realized some cost savings since deploying the new Avigilon system. “We were starting to incur costs to repair and replace our old DVR-based system, which we no longer have to worry about,” remarked Lentz. “The new Avigilon system is reliable and easy to manage and support, reducing maintenance requirements and costs.” The building also uses the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system to investigate “slip and fall” claims which could lead to further cost savings. “With Avigilon cameras, we can clearly investigate a situation and more confidently defend against a false liability claim,” confirmed Lentz. “The more detailed information we can provide to the insurance company, the better off we are.”

Banks cash in on integrated, scalable systems

Banks cash in on integrated, scalable systems

Editor / Provider: Israel Gogol, Freelancer, a&s International | Updated: 1/27/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

In recent years the most talked-about security threats to banks have been cybercrimes and fraud. Though it seems that traditional security systems are no longer in the spotlight; banks still make substantial investment in their physical security systems. Changes in the design and layout of banks as well as banks' desire to make the most out of their installed systems have great impact on the design and implementation of current security systems.

Banks hold the great responsibility of keeping our money safe. Even though most of this money is now in the form of electronic bits and bytes, banks are still one of the first associations when we think of security and surveillance systems.

Banks usually balance the mix of their security systems between discrete and unobtrusive systems such as emergency buttons and small hidden cameras (e.g., at the counter area or an ATM pinhole camera) and more visible measures such as guards and larger cameras. The visible security systems serve a double purpose, both deterring potential violators as well as giving customers a feeling the bank is indeed a safe place to keep their money. Surveillance systems installed in banks will usually combine several cameras with different functionality. Outside the bank infrared cameras will provide day and night monitoring. Inside the branch, dome and bullet cameras are used for lobby and counter monitoring for clear picture capturing and forensic evidence. The main purpose of these cameras is to prevent illegal intrusion by unauthorized people as well as monitoring the office environment to prevent property loss.

CHALLENGES OF THE BANKING VERTICAL
A major obstacle facing security companies and systems integrators is aligning the security needs of individual branch locations with the requirements outlined by the corporate headquarters. “Securing the bank branches themselves is different from securing a corporate headquarters or data center location, as branches are more often the targets for criminals since it's assumed that's where the money is located,” explained Matt Frowert, Director of Marketing for Financial Services at Tyco Integrated Security. Therefore, the standard level of security and defense are more in-depth at a branch than for a corporate office. Many times legacy systems, or different versions of the same platform, may be found in different regional branches of the same institution within a country, which makes centralized management difficult. In addition, there may be internal resistance to changes or upgrades that the corporate standards demand due to funding constraints, or the local staff being inexperienced and lacking training regarding proper security measures and systems. Another challenge may simply be a matter of timing and scheduling; implementing major technology upgrades across very large financial institutions with many branches and offices.

NEW BANK LAYOUTS
In recent years banks have been changing their traditional set-up to be more appealing to customers. There are more “light” branches located inside shopping malls and supermarkets. Traditional branch layout and design have also changed and now include more open floor plans and fewer staff which are tasked with broader responsibilities. “More in-branch automation and systems found in these new types of banks very likely means that they may not have the same levels of cash that traditional branches have,” added Frowert. “During a robbery attempt, the suspect may be confused when he discovers there is limited teller cash and no safe like there would be in a traditional bank set-up. These new frameworks for bank branches will affect the security of the customers themselves and the bank's security model for protection,” he explained.

As a result, emphasis is placed on new systems that offer increased ATM protection through anti-skimming technology, access control, and proper lighting measures for ATM vestibules to help ensure customers are properly protected.

BENEFITS OF INTEGRATED SYSTEMS FOR BANKS
Like any other enterprise, banks require their systems provide security, safety, efficiency, and cost saving. “Normally, powerful VMS software can integrate four systems, such as video monitors, access control, alarm systems, and the intercom system, which are used to communicate with bank clients at other locations, for example using an ATM at a different site,” said Nathan Chen, Solution and Product Manager at Dahua Technology. In turn, each system includes several components: alarm systems for example will include fire alarms, seismic sensors to detect if someone is digging into the bank, and emergency buttons. Access control systems will combine card readers, biometrics, magnetic door sensors, etc. This provides banks with an integrated solution instead of four stand-alone systems. In addition, sensors such as smoke detectors or temperature sensors are now built in the cameras and can send alarms directly to the DVR system. This way the bank can benefit from having several sensors on one platform and cut costs.

Systems integration is also critical for protection against insider threats by employees which can be very costly. “An increasingly popular step in mitigating insider threats through an integrated security system includes linking access control to identity management,” explained Frowert. By integrating these systems, financial institutions can restrict employee access to sensitive areas, track entry/exit times by employee or department, and use a log correlation engine or security information and event management (SIEM) system to log, monitor, and audit employee actions. By monitoring these types of systems, managers may notice individual employees trying to access part of the building they are not authorized for, which is activity they can then flag and subsequently continue to monitor the employee's behavior for other activity that might lead to an insider incident.

HYBRID DVRs AND NVRs
Hybrid DVRs and NVRs allow the integration of both existing analog cameras and newer IP cameras. The use of hybrid DVRs and NVRs can therefore help banks make the most out of their existing legacy systems and give them the flexibility they need in adding more cameras or testing new cameras and technologies.

“Our customers are interested in how they can protect their investments in legacy infrastructure while also taking advantage of the benefits of newer technology. There is an increasing move towards new NVRs because they can prolong the use of video surveillance systems as well as provide enhanced features to end users,” iterated Stefano Torri, European Sales Director of March Networks (an Infinova Company). These provide both analog and IP camera support and allow organizations to test and deploy IP cameras selectively, alongside existing analog cameras. “Banks are thinking about the broader benefits of the technology they use, so for example, NVR technology provides advances in video compression and storage management compared to earlier DVRs, and the use of H.264 compression, optimized to limit video signal noise, makes images clearer while reducing the use of bandwidth and storage. These things are important if a bank wants to tag video based on user-defined criteria, such as motion detection, transaction events, or alarms. Software that delivers intelligence and analytics is also a growing trend amongst banks and financial institutions,” he added.

ANALYTICS
An example of an analytics function used in banks is loitering detection, detecting for instance when a person lingers around an ATM machine. If such an event is detected, security personnel can then access the video recording in real-time and make a decision if further action is needed. Analytics can also provide information on customer behaviors (e.g., people counting, queue monitoring) which can be shared across the organization to improve not only security surveillance but also customer service and marketing. For example banks can analyze dwell and wait time at branches and change branch staffing appropriately to make sure there are enough tellers to service the waiting clients.

Apart from connecting the different systems in the branches, banks can also share information between locations. This feature has been gaining traction and makes security more comprehensive. Intelligent video applications allow an internal investigator to track fraudulent transactions and alert branches. “For example, entering a stolen card number into the system will deliver brief video clips of every associated transaction from anywhere across the entire retail banking network,” explained Torri. Not only can security managers easily export this information to branch managers, but they can also present it as integrated case evidence to the police.

KEYLESS ENTRY
Apart from using video analytics, banks are using intrusion detection and keyless entry to improve security measures and increase cost effectiveness. Replacing or re-keying traditional locks can cost a bank up to US$3 million in just one year. To mitigate the risks and costs associated with using traditional keys, banks are implementing new, wireless locks which work with inexpensive access cards to open entry doors. These new technologies also provide audit friendly reporting for the activities of any individual or of a specific entry point in the branch.

OPPORTUNITIES IN BANKING
Banks are relatively conservative players in the security market usually waiting to implement tried and tested solutions. Due to their large scale and many sites, frequent changes of security systems are not likely. Therefore solutions that help banks take advantage of their existing systems, integrate several functionalities together, and introduce newer technologies will be the choice for the banking vertical.

5 Tips for a Successful Security Installation in Banking
Matt Frowert, Director of Marketing for Financial Services at Tyco Integrated Security, provided the following five tips for banks when deploying a security surveillance system.

  1. Find an experienced integrator who specializes in bank physical security. 
  2.  Look for a partner who can support everything from single bank branches all the way up to money center banking models (banks who deal with governments, large corporations, and other banks).
  3. Network with security affinity groups of industry organizations, like the American Bankers Association, to receive recommendations on vendors from other banks in your area.
  4. Standardize on leading access, video, and intrusion systems supported by vendors that have a track record of investing in technology. 
  5. Invest in communication with and training of banking staff to enable them to effectively use the systems (e.g., arming the alarms at the branch level, managing the distribution of codes at the branch level, etc.).

Dahua enhances video surveillance for Bank of Brazil

Dahua enhances video surveillance for Bank of Brazil

Editor / Provider: Dahua | Updated: 1/13/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Dahua Technology, a world-leading manufacturer and supplier of video surveillance products headquartered in Hangzhou, China collaborated with Banco do Brasil S.A. (Bank of Brazil) for upgrading DVRs and analog cameras in its bank security system. The project is not only involves many cities in Brazil but also used more than 20,000 units of analog cameras and 1,500 units of DVRs.

Banco do BrasilS.A. (Bank of Brazil) is the largest Brazilian and Latin American bank by assets, and the third by market value which headquartered in Brasília, founded in 1808. It is the oldest active bank in Brazil, and one of the oldest financial institutions in the world.

As time goes by, bank security has been as important factor in safeguarding investment, people and assets. The products that Bank of Brazil been used before were klunky, unstable and less compatible. Lately they decided to replace DVRs and analog cameras to upgrade their whole bank security system. The first thing Dahua impress them was the compatibility of the products. The DVRs and analog cameras could accordance with its original system perfectly. Meanwhile the monitor center was set in the control centre room which Dahua offered.

Digital Video Recorder: DVR2116H from Dahua is an entry-level DVR which features H.264 dual-stream video compression and supports 1 SATA HDD up to 4TB, 2 USB interfaces are available and supports mobile P2P function. In order to meet the requirements from the bank, Dahua tested each version of the products to get the optimal one.

Analog cameras: the bank was familiar with Dahua's analog cameras based on its good reputation. After all the tests, Dahua ensured all the analog cameras are capable of optimized infrared effect, color adjustment and faster responding to color conversion.

Command & control center: command & control center is an integrated system which consists of computer and management software. It is able to receive all the signals from the sensors, video cameras, access control systems, detection and anti-burglary alarm, fire detection and signaling systems. The control center system which is provided by Dahua features information unification management and equipment setting up.

The potential loss of funds may happen anytime in the bank, therefore put the right products inside and out would help the bank to catch thieves, protect customers and other serious problems that threaten it. Dahua's bank solution is about to keep the bank away from the trends, which guarantees a prolonged useful life of all the products such as lower maintenance.

“This is a surely successful cooperation for both of Dahua and Bank of Brazil. We are looking forward further cooperation with Bank of Brazil after we upgraded its DVRs.” said William Zhou, Sales Director of Latin-America and Africa at Dahua Technology. “Dahua provided fully technical support to the bank in order to ensure the project successfully. We are hoping the bank could become one of the oldest banks in the world but within the advanced surveillance products and solutions. ”

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."

Incident management and LPR secure Resorts World Casino New York

Incident management and LPR secure Resorts World Casino New York

Editor / Provider: iView Systems | Updated: 1/6/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Resorts World Casino New York City is New York's first world-class gaming casino connected to the famous Aqueduct racetrack in South Ozone Park, Queens, and has played host to some of Thoroughbred racing's biggest heroes over the years. With over 400,000 square feet of gaming facilities and a 70,000 square feet event space for big-ticket events, Resorts World Casino employs over 1,300 people and sees an average of 20,000 guests daily, utilizing 6,500 parking spots. Resorts World New York has implemented state-of-the-art security and surveillance technologies to ensure the safety and security of their facility, guests, and personnel.

The Business Challenge
Since opening its doors in October 2011, Resorts World Casino continues to have solid growth and record revenues. Unfortunately, with success also comes a number of persistent security issues from both insiders and outsiders. The casino handles numerous security incidents every single day, including common incidents such as theft, unwanted banned patrons, personal injuries, vandalism, etc. Even a routine incident can often take an inordinate amount of manpower and, if not handled in a timely manner, can compromise business operations and services and potentially cause exposure to liability. The process of recording, tracking, and reporting was a manual process that inhibited the investigation and reporting process. Information was inconsistent and not readily retrievable, and media files were often not associated with an incident. Compiling meaningful reports was a lengthy and onerous task, making it difficult to correlate events to identify areas of risk and optimize staff allocation. Jason Arnett, Director of Surveillance of Resorts World New York initiated the project to automate their security reporting, mitigate risk, and improve efficiencies. Arnett looked to iView Systems' gaming experts for an integrated security and risk management solution to automate their incident reporting, daily log, officer dispatch, and lost and found functions, as well as to identify and track employees and visitors.

The Solution
With iView Systems' experience in the gaming industry and Resort World sister casino in Singapore already using iView Systems technology for security and surveillance reporting, Arnett looked to Tony Day, Senior Account Executive for iView Systems, to map out their security and surveillance reporting needs. “They required an incident reporting and risk management system that would allow them to document all daily activity and incidents, along with the ability to include supporting evidence such as media files or individual reports. Additionally, Resorts World required the capability to track all personnel and vehicles, as well as manage and control details such as lost and found items, visitor management, employee audits, and document disputes, and provide player analysis by surveillance,” Day said.

In addition to tracking and reporting incident and events, Resorts World has implemented a layered approach to detect, deter, and resolve issues in a proactive manner.

iView's visitor management system checks in and monitors contractors and vendors or suppliers' access to the property. With so many suppliers coming and going at all hours, the system provides detailed logs of visits and screens against watch lists, which aides with access, accountability, and compliance. “We're able to pre-register visitors and ensure contractors and suppliers are in compliance with licensing and insurance regulations and non-disclosure agreements in advance. Pre-registration can be online or we can register them as they arrive, and identification badges are quickly printed using driver's licenses,” stated Arnett.

iView's license plate recognition (LPR) system monitors vehicle activity by reading and identifying license plate numbers as they enter the property. “The LPR system has proved be a tremendous advantage to proactive security management measures by assisting security in dealing with and intercepting unwanted or known individuals who have been identified on the watch, ban, or VIP list, before entering the casino,” said Arnett. The license plate cameras automatically trigger a notification alert if a license plate match is found, and security or police services are dispatched to investigate. “The license plate recognition is extremely accurate and provides a low-key and proactive approach without additional resources and enables us to shift from reaction to prevention mode,” said Arnett. Resorts World New York works with the local police agencies to monitor suspicious vehicles, and video footage provides law enforcement necessary documentation during legal action.

The Benefits
By deploying the fully integrated Incident Reporting and Risk Management solution, Resorts World is now well equipped to document, share and manage all of their security and surveillance information between necessary departments. Resorts World transformed their cumbersome manual processing into a high performance security risk management solution reaping real dividends which include:

* Automated Data Searching & Querying saved 68hours/ month searching and compiling single or multiple search criteria with the ability to save standard daily, weekly, monthly customized report filters as required.

* Incident Reporting produced a time savings of 76hours/ month with iTrak's central data repository providing detailed incident and advanced reporting statistics.

* Automated Identification & Notifications of trespass/ banned subjects on property, saves processing time and aids police with evidence, resulted in a savings of $10,133.76/year.

* Automated Dispatch Reporting saved 182 hours/month.

* Structured Data Collection & Reporting is simple, fast, accurate, date time stamped, consistent to reduce tedious, error-prone data entry, with documented audit trail is secure, searchable, instant statistical reporting and distribution.

* Incidents & Investigations - Ability to capture complete story, video, scanned documents, external files, links to long term DVR storage, real time video capture, legal and procedural form automation (Use of Force, WSIB, Trespass).

* Segmented Views all of incidents, correlates subjects, personnel and contact information.

* Cross-functional Communication of incidents, BOLO's. as well as Shift and Personnel Briefings were vastly improved with speed and efficiency.

* Minimum Training requirements provided for fast user readiness.

“We did not expect to see such significant benefits so quickly”, states Arnett. “By automating our security and surveillance functions, we have saved considerable man-hours reporting, searching and querying, not to mention the increased integrity of our data collected. We were able to realize full return on investment in just 4.5 months”.

“The security and surveillance staff immediately felt at ease using the software, given the simplicity and accuracy of the user interface. The software's logical workflow allows us to collect and manage data and rapidly analyze and act, as well as identify trends and share reports with Executive Management.”

In addition to tracking and reporting incident and events, Resorts World has implemented a layered approach to detect, deter and resolve issues in a proactive manner.

The Visitor Management system, iPass, checks in and monitors contractors and vendors/suppliers' access to the property. With so many suppliers coming and going at all hours, the iPass system provides detail logs of visits and screens against watch lists, which aides with access, accountability and compliance. “We're able to pre-register visitors and ensure contractors and suppliers are in compliance with licensing and insurance regulation, non-disclosure agreements in advance. Pre-registration can be online or we can register them as they arrive and identification badges are quickly printed using driver's license,” states Mr. Arnett.

The License Plate Recognition system, iLPR® monitors vehicle activity by reading and identifying license plate numbers as they enter the property. “The iLPR® system has proved be a tremendous advantage to proactive security management measures by assisting security to deal with and intercept unwanted or known individuals who have been identified on the watch, ban or VIP list, before entering the casino” says Arnett. The license plate cameras automatically trigger a notification alert if a license plate match is found, and security or police services are dispatched to investigate. “The license plate recognition system is extremely accurate and provides a low-key and proactive approach without additional resources and enabled us to shift from reaction to prevention mode”, said Arnett. Resorts World NY works with the local police agencies to monitor suspicious vehicles and video footage provides law enforcement necessary documentation during legal action.

Conclusion
“By automating and digitizing our security and surveillance data on one central reporting platform, we have achieved order, structure, and control on our data, allowing us to shift from reactive to preventive measures,” said Arnett. “The ability to have a complete briefing logs, complete with a full subjects history including media files and having the ability to share with our internal departments and outside networks using iView's intelligent video network has improved our communication and helps reduce potential losses or issues associated with advantage team play, shoplifting, fraud, and other undesirables,” stated Arnett.

“Resorts World New York has identified and embraced the holistic benefits of layering security and surveillance to incorporate the key cornerstones of people, process, and technology into their security and surveillance framework. iView's incident reporting and risk management system's fully converged platform manages a multitude of transactions and tasks including incident, visitor, and identification management. Resorts World New York is a model property implementing appropriate measures to safeguard the physical property and to minimize risks and operating costs through security layering,” stated Day.

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