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To Efficiency and Beyond! Security in Manufacturing

To Efficiency and Beyond! Security in Manufacturing

Editor / Provider: BY EIFEH STROM, a&s International | Updated: 7/18/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Production efficiency is more than just improving organization and effectiveness in a production facility. It is about saving manufacturers time wasted due to errors and money lost due to mistakes. For these reasons, automotive manufacturers are taking advantage of the beyond security applications of video surveillance cameras in their production facilities.

The automotive industry is considered one the world's most mportant economic sectors. When the global economy went nto recession in 2008, the overall globalmanufacturing output, including motor vehicle production, hit a major speed bump. With less money in the hands of consumers the demand for all types of goods decreased, which caused global manufacturing production to decline. However, now, as the global economy rebounds, globalmanufacturing is slowly starting to see in green again instead of red.

Global manufacturing output grew by 2.4 percent in the third quarter of 2013, according to a recent report published by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). In the first six months of 2013, statistics provided by the InternationalOrganization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA) showed that global motor vehicle production went up 1.6 percent from 2012. Although both of these numbers are considered low, growth, no matter the amount, is a hopeful sign that both global manufacturing and the global economy have begun to heal. By region the UNIDO report pointed out a slight improvement in overall manufacturing output in industrialized regions such asNorth America, East Asia, and Europe. In the U.S., most of this improvement is attributed to increased production in the electronic goods, motor vehicles, and furniture markets. The report noted that US production of motor vehicles rose at a rate of 5.8 percent in the third quarter of 2013. Specific factors that have contributed to growth in motor vehicle production include low interest rates and the declining unemployment rate. On the other hand, overall manufacturing growth in Europe has been more fragile. Growth in the eurozone has been marginal; however, growth outside of the eurozone has been slightly better. Motor vehicle production in Germany rose 2.2 percent in the third quarter of 2013, opposed to production rate drops in both France and Italy. A sharp decline in production in Russia was also observed where motor vehicle production plunged by 27 percent compared to the same period in 2012. In Asia, Japan saw meager motor vehicle production growth of 1.7 percent, whereas Malaysia saw nearly 10 percent growth from the previous quarter.

Visual Inspection at SEAT Factory
With over 12,000 employees and annual production surpassing 375,000 in 2012, the idea of visual inspection was implemented by Axis Communications at the SEAT factory in Martorell, Barcelona, Spain.
In 2011 the SEAT factory became the production house of the Audi Q3, the first luxury car assembled in Spain. The use of barcodes in automotive factories to keep track of parts during the production process is standard. At the SEAT factory, they wanted to take extra measures to avoid delays and facilitate workflow. As a result, over 100 Axis cameras were implemented to complement the existing barcode scanning system for a visual verification system. By taking images of the barcodes that were identified as possibly containing errors, which were then sent to an emergency data-entry computer, the system provides visual verification that serves as a backup to the scanned barcodes. With images of the barcodes, in the event of a barcode scanning error, vehicles do not have to be physically moved by operators in order to be re-scanned.
Additionally, the cameras were also used to monitor the transport of car bodies throughout the facility.

With unimpressive growth numbers, manufacturers are now more than ever looking for ways to not only improve efficiency, but also reduce unnecessary costs.

PRODUCTION EFFICIENCY SAVES TIME AND MONEY
The automotive industry has many stringent requirements when it comes to production processes. Safety must come first when it comes to parts and assembly. Therefore, it is crucial that even the slightest defects be caught before becoming part of a finished product. Meticulous inspection of a production line, however, can be costly and time consuming, therefore efficiency is key. Time wasted is money wasted and with the economy as it has been, no one has either to waste.
Using video surveillance cameras that are typically used for security applications on the production line to improve efficiency is not a new concept. Nevertheless, as manufacturers become more aware of their benefits and their ability to be equally effective when it comes to improving production efficiency, more and more manufacturers are looking toward this solution.

Benefits of Video Surveillance Cameras
Traditionally industrial cameras have been used in manufacturing settings for quality assurance and process control applications. Similarly, video surveillance cameras have typically been used for their video surveillance abilities — monitoring people, ensuring that there are no personnel in restricted zones, recording daily happenings, etc. “Video surveillance ensures safety rules are being followed, tools and equipment are handled properly, and that production personnel comply with defined processes at all times,” said Andrea Sorri, Business Development Director at Axis Communications. However, it has become increasingly more common for manufacturers to combine the use of industrial cameras with network surveillance cameras in manufacturing facilities — classical industrial cameras are used for inspection tasks and network surveillance cameras for process monitoring, according to Ingo Lewerendt, Strategic Business Development Manager at Basler. It is these beyond security applications of video surveillance cameras that have gotten the attention of automotive manufacturers. Wendi Burke, Director of Marketing at IQinVision, pointed out that because “cameras don't take a break, don't have bad days, don't get distracted or fall asleep, they're always on, always performing” video surveillance cameras, particularly high-resolution HD cameras, are extremely beneficial to manufacturers in helping catch costly manufacturing defects and other problems before the problems are repeated. In a similar way to how video surveillance is used in the automotive industry to enhance production efficiency, IQinVision high megapixel cameras have been used in the steel industry. Faults in manufacturing are costly mistakes for steel makers. Therefore, the Ellwood Group, a US-based steel manufacturer, deployed 250 IQinVision megapixel cameras throughout their 10 manufacturing facilities to not only help with video surveillance, but also with identifying problems during production. “As soon as one piece of defective steel is identified,” said Burke, “quality control staff are able to quickly review all video footage of that production process to find the fault.” From there, once the fault is found, it is corrected, allowing production to resume, saving both time and money.

Convenient Integration With Network Cameras
Since a standard IP infrastructure is used in most manufacturing facilities, network surveillance cameras that are built on an open platform can be easily integrated into a facility's existing system. This is one of the biggest advantages of using a network surveillance camera, as pointed out by Sorri. “Network cameras can be easily integrated into industrial manufacturing environments such as production lines to automatically perform visual inspections, to monitor production line efficiency, and to enable remote assistance for maintenance.”

Additionally, “Network cameras can deliver high resolution images at high frames allowing for precise analysis of quickly passing objects on a sliding band in an industrial production line.” Because network surveillance cameras can support intelligent video processing and video analytics on the edge, they can also be utilized to perform visual inspections for a specific step in a production line, alert the manufacturer to labels missing, caps not positions correctly or missing solder, according to Sorri. One of the biggest advantages of network surveillance cameras in manufacturing, as pointed out by Sorri, is that they “can be easily integrated into industrial manufacturing environments such as production lines to automatically perform visual inspections, to monitor production line efficiency, and to enable remote assistance for maintenance.”

After cameras are in place, that is where video management software (VMS) comes in to help manage, access, and control the images and recording; however, its usefulness in the automotive industry has helped to not only do the aforementioned tasks, but also streamline and improve the production process. When Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK was looking to improve production efficiency at their facility, they sought a solution that could not only be integrated with their current set up, but also be installed over 300 network cameras from various manufacturers to monitor the production lines and their facility. Nissan UK has always used machine vision tools, including highly specialized industrial cameras used to inspect individual processes, decide whether the correct part is in its exact location, take precise measurements, and act as “eyes” for the robots. However, these cameras do not give an overall view of a process, as they are designed to focus on one specific movement or task. In order to get a fuller picture, Nissan UK decided to deploy network cameras and Milestone's VMS. The open nature of Milestone's VMS gave Nissan UK the freedom to view footage from cameras from different manufacturers and capture process faults with live-video monitoring and instant recording and playback. This helped Nissan UK prevent production issues and eliminate causes of temporary stoppage on their production lines. Additionally, the convenience of being able to access images all of the camera images via a PC, as well as the ability to compare two videos side-by-side to examine how different employees work on a process, made management of the facility easier. The overall benefits of the VMS helped to not only improve both the quality and efficiency of Nissan UK's facility, but also gave them a system that could grow with the facility.

TO EFFICIENCY AND BEYOND
Efficieny in any industry is important, but in a competitive, high production industry like the automotive industry, efficiency is paramount to a facility's success. While “lean” practices help manufacturers in all industries reduce waste and boost effectiveness, the additional beyond security benefits of traditional security products, such as network surveillance cameras and VMS, have proven that the security industry is not just about catching intruders and controlling access. Offering additional benefits like production efficiency and workflow management show that applications for security products are endless.

VIVOTEK and Milestone unveil Video Server Promotion Program

VIVOTEK and Milestone unveil Video Server Promotion Program

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 7/17/2014 | Article type: Security 50

VIVOTEK announced the launch of its Video Server Promotion Program for echoing Milestone's New Licensing Concept, which is only one hardware device license needed for each analog to IP encoder, regardless of the number of analog cameras connected to the encoder. Effective from today till the end of 2014, special prices will be offered to the purchase of VIVOTEK 4-CH video server VS8401 or 8-CH video server VS8801 with adopting Milestone XProtect video management software (VMS).

With the technology advancement, IP-based surveillance system has been proven to make significant contribution to business operation. The implementation of IP surveillance is on the rise. Steve Ma, Executive VP, VIVOTEK, indicated, "Companies with analog legacy might hesitate to invest in new IP surveillance systems because of the expenses. With adopting VIVOTEK's video servers, data received from analog camera can be encoded by VIVOTEK's advanced codec system and broadcast via an IP network for monitoring, recording and analyzing."

VIVOTEK's VS8401 and VS8801, performing 4-CH and 8-CH D1 resolution with high frame rate in H.264, are able to convert analog video into digital video with the highest quality. Moreover, designed with intelligent video functions as motion detection and tamper detection, the VS8401 and VS8801 are capable of upgrading an analog camera into an intelligent IP camera. Companies with analog legacy will be able to enjoy the same benefits that generated by IP-base surveillance systems.

Ma further added, "To fully support our software partner Milestone's New Licensing Concept and help users to lower down the cost effectively while improving the business efficiency, we especially designed the Video Server Promotion Program for our global clients. This Program, at an affordable cost, is truly cost-effective and value-added."

Milestone video innovations make searching video 1,000 times faster

Milestone video innovations make searching video 1,000 times faster

Editor / Provider: Milestone system | Updated: 7/17/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Milestone Systems is developing new capabilities in video surveillance for more than security, through a partnership with the Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation. Research that is ongoing in a 3-year project to develop technological innovations is already paying off: the latest release of Milestone XProtect 2014 launched a new metadata framework that vastly improves the speed of searching and analysis with the video software.

In collaboration with the Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation, Milestone Systems is making video surveillance more than just images on a screen. Milestone's software manages video for security uses, but can also support and optimize activities in production, logistics, marketing, sales, healthcare, intelligent buildings, environmental control, and other analytical applications. Thanks to the XProtect open platform architecture, other companies are integrating software applications with Milestone's video management software to adapt it for particular operational needs in different business sectors.

Research Project funded by Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation
Cutting-edge video surveillance solutions are also being developed as part of a big research project with the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Aalborg University, Securitas and Nabto, which started in 2012 and runs for three years. Milestone is leading the project and the Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation has contributed with DKK 15 million to the project. The aim of the project is to interpret the recorded video material so the content can be described automatically. An example could be video surveillance in a retail store that automatically documents customer traffic. Shop owners can then plan for when lines are too long or analyze statistics on the most visited areas in the store.

"We are very proud to see this project bearing fruit already. We are still in phase one and expect to present to the market several new solutions for searching in metadata - the framework has already been released in XProtect 2014. During the next phases, we will do research among other things on how the software can learn to distinguish between normal and abnormal activity in video images. This means video surveillance can proactively give an alert before an incident occurs, and further enable use as a business tool in many more operational scenarios," says Hans Jorgen Skovgaard, VP of R&D at Milestone Systems.

"For example, if there is an accident or an assault at a bus station, the police or security personnel can search for the exact area where the incident happened by linking GPS coordinates with the video recordings from the buses, and within a few seconds they will have the relevant recording of the offender or other people involved," he continues.

Speedier Searches = Faster Response
The new software capabilities have also made searching much faster in general, and for specific objects in the recorded video material. This could be, for example, a wanted blue car that was parked at a distance of 200 meters from the City Hall in a certain time period. Normally, it would take a long time to find the car because you have to search through all the video material from the area. But with the new solution coming out of this project, searching is done only in metadata, which is data about the recording, such as GPS position, orientation, number of cars, number of people, movement, temperature, etc., rather than in the entire video footage. This makes the search for events in the video up to 1,000 times faster.

The metadata technology can also be used with mobile phones as moving security cameras where GPS coordinates and compass information can be stored with the video. Operators thereby will know precisely where the video was recorded. Used in this way, mobile phones can increase security and safety, and threatening behavior can easily be proven. The technology can also be used as evidence of pollution emissions, for resolving insurance claims, or many other applications yet to be explored.

Skovgaard sums it up: "The possibilities are endless with the constant developments of our video software technology. We can see that there will be a flood of new solutions from our many partners, building further on the open platform video surveillance from Milestone."

Synectics demonstrates progressive growth with new Operations Centre

Synectics demonstrates progressive growth with new Operations Centre

Editor / Provider: Synectics | Updated: 7/10/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Synectics has invested in a new 54,000 sq ft operational centre of excellence to provide industry-leading support for its global customer base.

The development represents a key milestone in the company's worldwide growth strategy – further enhancing Synectics' ability to meet increasing demand for its high value integrated surveillance solutions throughout the UK and Europe, Asia, the Americas and the Middle East.

Commenting on the investment, Paul Webb, Managing Director, Synectic Systems, said: “With increasing demand for Synectics' solutions around the globe, it is important that we strengthen our foundations to ensure that, as the business grows, we continue to deliver exceptional service and support.

“Our new Operations Centre is an impressive facility that represents a significant investment in our people, premises, systems and processes.”

The purpose-built facility in North Lincolnshire, UK, includes a state-of-the-art manufacturing space and dedicated Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT) area, designed to develop operation-ready systems for a wide range of large-scale projects.

This expanded FAT space has been created to further enhance the customer experience, demonstrating Synectics' ongoing commitment to delivering the highest quality systems and support.

Synectics has also invested in new facilities at its Sheffield headquarters – creating an Innovation Centre, an interactive space where customers can see Synectics' latest solutions in action, including its recently-launched Synergy 3 evolved command and control platform.

Paul continued: “The Operations Centre is complemented by the new Innovation Centre in Sheffield, which gives customers an inspiring environment in which they can experience the benefits of our market-leading solutions first-hand.

“Investment of this level is crucial for achieving our ambition of leading the international market for high value, integrated security solutions.”

Milestone supports over 3,600 devices with latest XProtect device pack

Milestone supports over 3,600 devices with latest XProtect device pack

Editor / Provider: Milestone system | Updated: 7/10/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), has just released the newest Device Pack 7.4 for the XProtect portfolio of VMS products. This update adds another 20 percent new or updated device drivers to XProtect, since the device pack 7.2 release in February when Milestone celebrated record support of 3,000 devices from more than 100 camera manufacturers.

The XProtect Device Packs include optimized drivers that enable all the relevant capabilities of a camera or other hardware device to be managed fully by the XProtect software. Milestone works closely with the device manufacturers in the Camera Partner Program (CaPP) to achieve the optimal interaction between their devices and the XProtect VMS. This ensures the highest quality for a video surveillance solution - very important for total system operability, efficiency and stability.

Milestone is actively promoting driver standards like ONVIF and PSIA, and are currently working to support the edge storage possibilities in ONVIF Profile G. Edge storage enables cameras to store recorded video and audio on storage inside the camera. This new capability is expected to be supported in XProtect Device Pack 7.5 scheduled for release in late August 2014.

"Our ability to add support for more than 600 new devices in just four months is a testimonial of the power of open platform technology," says Christian Bohn, Milestone Systems VP Corporate Marketing & Alliances. "Our fast expansion of device support highlights our total dedication to give our partners not only the best VMS, but also the broadest and most comprehensive device support in the market - now and in the future. Milestone will continue to drive open platform technology going forward. We remain dedicated to our partner ecosystem as an independent industry force multipier."

The list of major manufacturers with new or updated drivers in Device Pack 7.4 is: 
* IQInvision
* Panasonic
* Arecont
* Stretch
* ACTi
* Pelco
The device support in XProtect reaches beyond digital video devices because the software also has comprehensive support for encoders enabling analog cameras to be connected to the VMS: Milestone is in this way spearheading the transition from analog to digital video in the market for video-enabled business systems.

Based on open platform technology, Milestone XProtect VMS is compatible today with more than 200 encoders from more than 50 different manufacturers complementing the 3,647 digital cameras from more than 100 camera manufacturers, giving users a wide variety of solutions to choose from.

Milestone CEO: Canon acquires Milestone Systems to expand the open platform

Milestone CEO: Canon acquires Milestone Systems to expand the open platform

Editor / Provider: Lars Thinggaard, President & CEO, Milestone Systems | Updated: 7/9/2014 | Article type: Security 50

On June 12th we finalized an agreement for Milestone Systems to be acquired by Canon Europe, in which it was defined that we will be an independent, standalone company within the Canon Group. This deal closed and became a legal reality on July 7th.

This is a major next step for both companies, and it makes me very proud that Canon - a respected global technology leader - has chosen to acquire Milestone. I am extremely excited about this move and believe that being part of a larger group will be advantageous for our partners and customers. Milestone will continue as an independent company within the Canon Group, operating as we do today. There will be no change in our business model, and the Milestone management will continue under the new structure. We are taking this step to accelerate the growth of our entire VMS ecosystem of partners and customers. Our open platform strategy is firmly supported by Canon for the success that it brings all of us.

Canon's business motivation for this acquisition is growth. With Milestone they will establish a significant footprint in the Network Video Surveillance (NVS) market, and together we will be a much stronger partner to work with. Canon sees the need for advanced software capabilities and a strong partner network to accelerate the expansion of NVS business.

As a key element in our success, maintaining our partners' relationships for the long run is a priority for both Canon and Milestone. Canon is committed to Milestone continuing to provide open platform solutions to the market, and appropriate measures will be taken to safeguard the integrity of all our partner relationships.

Canon has a successful history of managing acquisitions this way; for example, they have proven this with their acquisitions of Onyx and I.R.I.S. We see this as a good way to grow our business together. As a standalone company within the Canon Group, we will continue the development of new products.

Canon understands that the open platform is the key to Milestone's success - and to our partners and customers who are realizing its advantages - so they support our open culture and business model. Customers and partners will continue to enjoy the freedom of choice in hardware and other systems to integrate with Milestone VMS.

Canon's network camera business has relationships with other VMS providers, just as we do with other camera manufacturers. These will continue in parallel. We have a long-standing relationship with Canon as one of our camera partners, and Milestone's support of the other 100+ camera manufacturers we work with will stay in force, as well. Canon confirms that they will respect the confidentiality of our partner relationships as a cornerstone in our continued success.

As part of the Canon Group, Milestone will accelerate the growth of the VMS business through maximizing expansions into new market sectors and geographies, and by harnessing both companies' heritage in R&D and innovation. Did you know that Canon is Number 3 in the world for patent registrations? In the last year alone: more than 3,800! The global resources of the Canon Group can only open up broader opportunities to explore, and Milestone is always looking at new options to improve video surveillance and its many applications, convergence with business systems and processes, and new technologies that can be applied.

Finally, I would like to thank all of our partners for our collaborations over the years and the commitment to Milestone that has made this new stage in our journey possible. We have built this company together by combining our excellent products with your outstanding support towards customers; we have created an exceptional symbiosis in the industry. Canon choosing Milestone is an endorsement of our partner ecosystem achieving such success together.

Canon is a highly respected, multi-national corporation with a well-known brand name that stems from a tradition for quality and excellence. Check out The Canon Story here to learn more about the organization. They have exciting strategies for progress in the future, which we look forward to sharing with you. Our open platform vision continues!

Optex RedHawk won Benchmark Innovation award

Optex RedHawk won Benchmark Innovation award

Editor / Provider: Optex | Updated: 6/30/2014 | Article type: Security 50

In this year's Benchmark Innovation Awards at IFSEC , RedHawk won regognition in  the intruder alarm category as an innovative software application that maps and tracks multiple targets to the exact GPS coordinate.

Developed by The HawkEye Effect, RedHawk works in conjunction with Milestone XProtect VMS platform, OPTEX's laser sensor, REDSCAN and PTZ cameras. RedHawk's innovation is to remove the function of tracking from the camera and use the combination of laser detection and GPS mapping instead. The solution enables security staff to know the exact location of intruders throughout the site or in buildings across multiple stores and helps them to take the most appropriate action.

Hikvision  IP surveillance solutions secure 2014  FIFA in Brazil

Hikvision IP surveillance solutions secure 2014 FIFA in Brazil

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 6/25/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision, the global provider of video surveillance products and technologies, has been selected to provide comprehensive security solutions to safeguard 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil -- the biggest event on the planet. The security projects include Brazil's BRT MOVE bus stations and Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, a host city for the World Cup. Hundreds of Hikvision megapixel network cameras and speed domes have been successfully applied to ensure a safer environment for local citizens and visiting tourists.

When it comes time for the Belo Horizonte Traffic Agency to choose a primary security camera, they rely upon Hikvision to make sure both their quality and safety needs are successfully addressed. As such, over 300pcs of Hikvision DS-2CD864F-E 1.3MP WDR network cameras were selected to be installed at the Brazil BRT MOVE bus stations to protect citizens, visitors and their property effectively.

This camera, designed with excellent low light capability, allows enhanced imaging performance in low light scenarios with minimum illumination of 0.6Lux @ F1.2 in color mode and 0.08Lux @ F1.2 in B/W mode. In addition, 3D digital noise reduction and true day / night ensure excellent image quality regardless of time of day as well as a resolution of 1280x960.

Benefitting from the superior megapixel images delivered by this camera, security personnel will be able to easily identify suspicious individuals and objects at bus stations and their surroundings. The high quality video images could also be provided for forensic purposes if needed.

The other remarkable project for the World Cup is the Hikvision security solution for Mineirao stadium surroundings.

Mineirao stadium, one of the most iconic venues in Brazilian football, underwent two and a half years of renovation to transform the stadium into a modern, safe, and sustainable arena, with room for over 62,000 spectators. It will be the venue for a total of 6 matches for the World Cup.

Hikvision, along with the Military Police of Minas Gerais (PMMG), designed an IP surveillance solution for the streets around the stadium. 74pcs of Hikvision DS-2DF1-57A 1MP high speed domes in total were installed for World Cup security purposes and city surveillance. These Hikvision network speed domes are primarily tasked to protect fans and visitors against riots.

The Hikvision DS-2DF1-57A offers a 1280x960 resolution at 25 to 30 frames per second, with an 360° endless pan range at a speed of 540°/s, and a -5°-90° tilt range at a speed of 400°/s . This allows the speed domes to immediately zoom onto moving objects and deliver crystal-clear images, regardless of outdoor light. This is an extremely important feature, since the police need to quickly and accurately recognize and respond to riots or other crime, establishing a secure environment for the World Cup.

According to Alvaro de Souza, CCTV manager at VMI Sistemas de Seguranca, Brazil's official Hikvision Distributor, “Hikvision cameras with megapixel resolution come to meet a real need in the city of Belo Horizonte and for the Military Police of Minas Gerais for identification of suspects, supporting decision making for strategic military actions and protecting citizens during and after the World Cup 2014. Design, image quality, durability, maintenance and local support were key points for this wonderful solution to be chosen. I consider it a major milestone in the history of the Belo Horizonte and this project complements a great legacy of thousands of Hikvision cameras already installed in Brazil."

Port Fourchon deploys Milestone IP solution to manage operations

Port Fourchon deploys Milestone IP solution to manage operations

Editor / Provider: Milestone system | Updated: 6/25/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Port Fourchon in Louisiana plays a strategic role in supplying the United States with nearly 18% of its oil supply, servicing over 90% of the Gulf of Mexico's deep-water exploration and production. Securing this essential coast area requires a hands-on team of security professionals to watch for unauthorized activities and safety matters. When evaluating options for a surveillance system to feed its new maritime domain awareness platform, the port chose Milestone XProtect Enterprise video management software (VMS).

As the first land point of contact for the Gulf's activities including more than 600 rigs and platforms within a 40-mile radius, Port Fourchon has unique safety standards to handle potentially devastating issues that may damage vessels, equipment, products and people. Obsolete surveillance equipment previously used to monitor the area was not sufficient; a new video system was required to provide clearer imaging, improved storage capabilities, wider coverage and flexible video management.

Milestone XProtect Enterprise software was therefore deployed by Convergint Technologies to manage cameras from Bosch and Pelco. With Milestone's ability to display video in real time and its open platform architecture for integration with analytics from BRS Labs, the port benefits from comprehensive and responsive surveillance. Alerts from the video analytics are fed through XProtect.

“The video surveillance system has been taken to an entirely new level, integrating multiple systems for complete coverage. Milestone's open platform allows us to feed video analytics and disparate cameras through it, and the entire port is benefiting immensely,” states April Danos, Director of IT, Port Fourchon.

Several strategic elements work in unison to create complete behavioral analytics. The biggest advantage is the ability to have the dispatchers pull up all camera views needed to address an alert or an incident. It is easy to add more cameras to the surveillance network (which the port did in conjunction with the installation of a new radar system), since the Milestone open platform supports the largest choice of manufacturer models.

Key points in the port's request for proposals included a system with minimal maintenance requirements, video display in real time, user-friendly operation and the ability to easily integrate a variety of components.

“We all agreed that our new video management system should be easy to integrate and allow us to dovetail with our legacy equipment while having an opportunity to shop around for upgraded hardware without any proprietary restrictions,” says Danos. “The ability to scale up over the years to increase the port's protection was very important.”

Developed in response to requirements by the Department of Defense, the platform aligned with Port Fourchon's vision for a centralized system into which all elements would be integrated, providing directors and police with full coverage of the analytics, radar, access control and security systems. This provides wide area situational awareness and response capabilities to Port Fourchon's Harbor Police dispatchers, Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office, the parish Emergency Operations Center,LOOP, and the Port Administrative, Operations and IT departments.

“Many companies claim to provide an integrated system, but what they deliver is more likely a large number of windows scattered on a screen, without any data integration,” noted Danos. “Milestone's integration of video management and very detailed analytics gives our operators one single data feed through which the port's entire surveillance system can be readily accessed. We don't miss a beat, which is priority number one.”

All of the port's surveillance systems work in unison with the behavior analytics system. Milestone is the only interface that can process this large amount of information, according to Bruce Whitaker of BRS Labs: “Alerts come right through the port's Milestone XProtect setup. We can provide a brief clip of any target, time-and-date stamp it and inject it into the alarm. The users are looking at real-time video with the alerts built right in. No event goes unseen.”

“We are very pleased with the way Milestone's open platform enables us to explore multiple opportunities without worry of technology being rejected or reworking our entire system,” continues Danos. “Milestone has been very impressive as we adapt our system to improve operations every day.”

How big data and IoT revolutionize the security industry (Part 1)

How big data and IoT revolutionize the security industry (Part 1)

Editor / Provider: Jill Lai, a&s International | Updated: 6/24/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Big data is a buzz word. Many industries have tried to reply by analyzing big data to make good predictions on everything ranging from weather forecasts to decision making in different forms and subjects. However, why has the security industry also become so fascinated by “big data?” The reason could be traced back to the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing investigation. The United States successfully crowdsourced information from social media, like Twitter and Facebook, and multiple video surveillance cameras to quickly identify and locate the criminals. This lesson opened the eyes of the whole world to learn the power of using mass data provided by the public, and more importantly, the different resources from security systems.

However, many experts also pointed out current security systems do not provide much information before an event even though they are connected to an IP network. Therefore, the industry has been trying to figure out how to make security equipment get involved in pre-event management and also play an active role in preventing crimes or disasters, instead of merely acting as a tool for post-event investigation. Of course, first of all, networkability is definitely a must in security devices, then, each device must be connected, like multiple sensors, to provide data. Then, there is intelligent video (or VCA), which is getting more important since it helps to make security information meaningful. By using intelligent video, security systems can produce loss prevention data or heat maps for retailers. Whenever the video security systems are connected with “external” WiFi-enabled tracking devices, the shop can better prevent perspective shoplifters and plan their marketing campaigns. Secondarily, it needs a proactive situational awareness tool, something like physical security information management software (PSIM), to seamlessly integrate different security and non-security equipment and further provide an immediate response to events.

In addition, through cloud computing, all the data is processed in the cloud; therefore, people are starting to wonder who is able to access this data and how to protect the integrity of the data. In the physical security world, we may also care about who is in my space and where these visitors are going and what they are doing. Therefore, identity management may play a vital role in the trend of big data.

To sum up, when the world starts to look into “big data” and how IoT can benefit everyone, the trend forces the security industry to gradually switch their attention to data and content beyond product specifications to better fit the needs of a connected world. Major technologies providers have started to add more value to security information/ content with their unique approaches.

Ultra-high 4K Resolution and Wide-angle Cameras Provide More Details
Although the improvement to 4K resolution seems very natural in consumer electronics and security technologies, 4K-resolution, ultra-high HD security cameras still captured the limelight at major security shows this year. Whenever 4K starts to become the mainstream in the industry, security cameras can be expected to provide more detailed and clearer video images of the environment, events, and subjects than the past. More importantly, 4K resolution cameras can largely reduce the total cost of ownership of a project by doing more with less, compared to low resolution cameras. Companies such as Axis Communications, Arecont Vision, Bosch Security Systems, Hikvison Digital Technology, IQinVision, and Sony Electronics all pre-announced 4K cameras last month. Performing at 30 frames per second makes 4K cameras stand out. “Arecont Vision 4K camera produces high-quality image at 30 frames per second and delivers about 8.3 megapixels. Arecont Vision‘s10- megapixel camera delivers 7 frames per second. When it was released in 2010, it was the first dual mode 10-megapixel and 1080p camera in the industry,” said Scott Schafer, Executive VP of Sales, Marketing, and Service at Arecont Vision. It can be predicted that all these companies should have their 4K cameras ready for the market later this year. However, some experts still warn that 4K camera users need to pay extra attention to selecting compatible 4K NVRs and monitors. Without using a 4K monitor, the video quality might be compromised.

Pelco is focusing on a different approach to provide more details to situational awareness video with their latest 360-degree camera, which is a joint venture combining OnCamGrandeye's technology and Pelco's video managment applications. Coupled with Pelco's customer support and service, this adds an important tool to the market, said Craig Dahlman, Director-Analog Video Products of Video Line of Business at Pelco by Schneider Electric. Similar products can also be seen at other major network video surveillance vendors, like Panasonic System Communications. Panasonic‘s 360-degree cameras enable several different viewing options. For example, diverse image distribution modes, including four independent video streams for maximum flexibility.

Intelligent Vi deo Helps Deliver Meaningful Messages
It is not enough to have a high-resolution video only for generating data. In order to acquire meaningful information, rather than just raw data, and even provide timely diagnosis/response to an event, intelligent video is the best candidate, when talking about big data. What it influences in the security field now is how to use the accumulated data from intelligent video for different purposes. “The focuses of video surveillance innovations have evolved from video functionality, to video integration, and now to video enabling. By enabling processes with video, the open platform fosters many innovations to optimize business operations in different verticals,” according to Karl Erik Traberg, Head of Corporate Communications and Business Development at Milestone Systems.

For example, “A retail store uses multiple cameras enabling real-time analytics such as traffic counting, queue management, heat maps and demographics. The system accumulates all the information by date and time, and if associated with the POS information, can deliver key information, such as average sale and conversion metrics. Ultimately, and depending on the information, retailers can leverage these insights to adjust their marketing strategies and even staffing for different time periods,” said Masa Karahashi, Senior VP, Engineering at 3VR.

Hank Monaco, VP of Marketing at Tyco Integrated Security also further explained in a big picture, “For many retailers, we are also seeing a big move now toward leveraging multiple technologies working together to help drive higher store performance. For instance, retailers are finding that leveraging video services to gain visibility into POS activity helps to drive improved customer experiences and manage more accurately what is on the shelf which also can lead to higher sales. We see technologies working together, such as EAS used byond loss protection, and tied into POS register, RFID for inventory tracking, and also analytic video to understand customers‘ behaviors, such as dwell time — how much time a customer stands in front of the stock display without making a purchase or how fast a customer picks up a product(s) from a shelf and then makes a purchase. Essentially, retailers are seeing that technology that does more can also help them make decisions in the store on a more predictive basis and allows them to see farther ahead. This drives the store performance which helps them gain competitive advantage and improved bottom line results.”

We can imagine that, if the information is also shared with or connected to other non-security, external systems, it could be something really valuable even to city surveillance or other researches. However, how to reduce false alarms in intelligent video is always the focus for security. The latest motion sensor detection sensors by Mobotix are able to filter the objects according to directions of movement. Therefore, it only records video or triggers an alarm if an important event actually occurs. Interference caused, for instance, by trees moving in the wind, shadows, passing clouds, or snowfall is consistently ignored.

Thermal Comes to Intelligent Video for 24/7 Detection
In some particular scenarios, intelligent video might meet certain limitations and challenges. “The main drawback of standard CCTV systems arises from their reliance on reflected light — inability to operate at night, adverse effects due to shadows and lighting changes,” according to the research paper titled “Thermo-Visual Feature Fusion for Object Tracking Using Multiple Spatiogram Trackers,” by Ciaran O Conaire et al. For a critical environment, the combination of thermal cameras and intelligent video is a good match for 24/7 detection. After the partnership of FLIR Systems and VideoIQ in 2010, FLIR also recently partnered with PureTech Systems for wide area surveillance solution.

Another piece of good news for the industry is that the falling price in thermal technology will allow more security cameras to enjoy the benefits of thermal. FLIR announced the release of three new lines of its thermal security cameras starting at economical prices, which further demonstrates how the combination of thermal cameras and intrusion video analytics can actually be an affordable and also effective solution, said Andy Teich, President and CEO of FLIR Systems. At the same time, DVTel also announced its thermal cameras at an affordable price, also featuring intelligent video analytics.

FLIR also launched its cloud-based platform for users to remotely access their security cameras. In the future, thermal with intelligent video cameras will also start to provide more meaningful data to make our environment safer.

 

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