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IP based video surveillance enjoys high market penetration in Middle East

IP based video surveillance enjoys high market penetration in Middle East

Editor / Provider: Jill Lai, a&s International | Updated: 4/15/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

The video surveillance market is greatly influenced by government rules. HD and megapixel has become standard for video surveillance cameras and 180-day video storage is required for almost all market sectors. The Ministry of the Interior (MOI) also updates the rules every year. The government regulations usually include where the security cameras must be placed, several details about its specifications, and also, how to make sure they are able to produce good quality video. "In the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, it is important to make sure that your IP-based video surveillance system meets all legislation and governmental standards, which should be the key elements of business here," said Peter Biltsted, Director of MEA at Milestone Systems. According to an industry expert, some IP-based video systems might have the problem of losing images, which would cause the end users and systems integrators to get fined afterwards. Therefore, high reliability of IP-based video surveillance systems is required for this region.

HIGH ADOPTION OF IP-BASED VIDEO SURVEILLANCE
Due to regulations from the government, the trend of full IP-based video surveillance starts from the U.A.E. such as Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, and then spreads the rest of the Gulf countries. The IP-based video surveillance trend also leads to high adoption of some innovations in this region, such as multi-megapixel, low-lux, and intelligent video analytics.

In the Middle East, people usually want the best technologies. For surveillance, the standard would be around 2 to 3 megapixels with WDR, because of the strong sunlight. ANPR and facial recognition are also usually required for infrastructure projects.

In large facilities, such as stadiums, hotels, campuses, and city surveillance projects, end users look for a more cost-effective way to have better coverage over a large area. “Multi-megapixel cameras are proving their worth here. Using multi-megapixel (1,080p for example) cameras, end users receive a minimum resolution more than seven times better than standard definition (VGA) or analog cameras. Megapixel cameras provide detailed information for capturing license plates and faces, said Scott Schafer, Executive VP Sales, Marketing and Service at Arecont Vision. “We have examples of customers that use 75 cameras to cover an area that would have required about 2,000 analog or standard definition VGA cameras delivering 40 pixel-per-foot resolution, which is enough to identify faces in a crowd. In campus settings, we have used eight multi-megapixel panoramic cameras to replace 24 standard definition cameras and the new system delivered superior resolution at a lower price.”

Intelligent Video Adoption
The local requirement of up to 180-day storage for HD megapixel video in some cases drives the need for more intelligent management of data, especially in large-scale projects such as infrastructure. "To provide an efficient forensic search after events take place, and also meet the challenges of managing so many cameras and data in a large environment, there is a need for intelligent video. And since people here are quite open to new technologies, they are starting to use intelligent video analytics (IVA) for marketing and management purposes," said Hakan 畤yi?it, Regional Director of Middle East at Bosch Security Systems.

Intelligent video is commonly used for high-end retailers and some large retailers deploying 160 to 200 cameras for people counting and heat maps. "In some five-star hotels, it has become common to have people-counting features to see who gets inside of the hotel building, 360 fish-eye camera at main areas like lobby/restaurant, heat mapping to analyze customers flow, and missing-object analysis for the retail stores inside. Some hotels provide the live-streaming video online for marketing.

Samsung also provides such solutions for retail/commercial markets controlled by Samsung security management platform," said Ali Boussi, Regional Sales Manager at BASS/Samsung Techwin. Due to the demand for intelligent video in this region, “Kedacom launched its latest NVRs, with the latest video analytic technology to do smart searching and quick location of the event as soon as the alarm is triggered. Besides, Kadacom also has a complete solution of centralized chain-store management and HD video surveillance solutions for courts,” said Zhiqiang Liu, Marketing Director, Kedacom Technology.

IP for SMB
The small-to-medium business (SMB) sector is also adopting IP technologies, starting from the U.A.E. “I would say in the MEA market, especially in GCC countries, there is very high percentage of SMB market using IP. Even small retail shops — usually requiring six to eight cameras — still need to meet government requirements for megapixel resolution. The analog system can't reach that standard.

All the shops need to be approved by the government. If they are not satisfied with the evidence, they will ask you to shut down the shops or replace the system entirely. That's why convergence comes there. I would say, in the next two to three years, GCC countries will not allow video that does not supply a certain level of video quality,” said Biltsted.

“Even for small customers here, they want integration. They usually want access control to be integrated too. If they have 25 cameras in place, they also want a perimeter solution to be integrated with their systems," said Biltsted.

"What I also found in this region is people have more awareness about security and they use surveillance for more than just for security. They will use the surveillance video to check if the store is clean. So, customers would choose cameras with a corridor view. We also bundle it with our software," he continued.

COMPETITIVE IP-BASED VIDEO SURVEILLANCE MARKET
 IP-based video surveillance technologies have penetrated to different market sectors here. Intelligent video is commonly used in a five-star hotel and even the small shops want an integrated system for video surveillance and access control. The Middle East has become a competitive market for IP-based video surveillance technologies. To satisfy end users' desires for new technologies, more and more integrated solutions will be introduced to the market for different applications.

Milestone names new managers for market business in S. Africa and Saudi Arabia

Milestone names new managers for market business in S. Africa and Saudi Arabia

Editor / Provider: Milestone System | Updated: 4/10/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), has hired Michael Metcalfe as Channel Business Manager for Southern Africa and Ahmad Saleh Al-Haider as Channel Business Manager for Saudi Arabia.

"In response to the sharply rising demand for open technology video solutions in the area, we are ramping up the Milestone organization in Southern Africa. I am delighted that we have Michael joining Milestone Systems as Channels Business Manager for Southern Africa. His long experience with distributors is perfectly suited to address the possibilities our distribution partners have growing their business. Michael will be at IFSEC SA and several other local events," says Peter Biltsted, Sales Director, Middle East & Africa, Milestone Systems.

Michael Metcalfe has more than 10 years experience in distribution and Channel Development. He has been employed by the largest South African Distributor, Tarsus Technologies and most recently held a position as Sales and Business Development Manager from another large distributor, Duxbury Networking, before joining Milestone.

"I am thrilled to be at Milestone Systems as this position enables me to listen and react to the business needs in the Milestone partner community. I am looking forward to strengthening the existing relationships with our partners and widen the reach of the Milestone brand in Southern Africa by making use of my previous experiences in the channel business model," says Michael Metcalfe.

Milestone focus on relationships with Saudia Arabia partners and customers
Last month Milestone also extended its reach in the Arabian Peninsula with a new hire dedicated to the Saudi Arabian market.

Peter Biltsted, Sales Director, Middle East & Africa, for Milestone Systems, says: "I have the pleasure and honor of welcoming Ahmad Saleh Al-Haider as new Channel Business Manager for Saudi Arabia. He will accentuate Milestone as a local company that is honored by the attention we are getting from our highly esteemed customers in the country. Ahmed has gained valuable experience in supporting and strengthening sales in Saudi Arabia in his previous positions at other international companies."

Ahmad Saleh Al-Haider has a background in Engineering and Sales from the IT Industry, having held a position as manager at SBM (Saudi Business Machines) for more than eight years and lately had his own consulting company for IT and infrastructure projects in Saudi Arabia.

"I am excited to be part of an organization that is truly innovative and consistently striving to bring the advantages of open platform video technology to partners and customers. As a Saudi national, I am dedicated to developing the partner channel further and interacting with users on their terms," says Ahmad Saleh Al-Haider.

 Michael Metcalfe                       Ahmad Saleh Al-Haider

 

Middle East shines in 2014 (1): Saudi Arabia

Middle East shines in 2014 (1): Saudi Arabia

Editor / Provider: Jill Lai, a&s International | Updated: 4/9/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries — Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the U.A.E. — still remain the region's top countries with the largest security markets. In 2012, the Middle East fell dramatically, “due to three unforeseen circumstances — the regional civil unrest, the fall in the price of oil and its production, and the fall in the US dollar,” according to IHS. The actual growth rate of video surveillance equipment in the Middle East fell to 5.3 percent. Although social turmoil and fluctuations in oil prices still made 2013 uncertain, the Middle East security market is predicted to bounce back to around 10 percent in 2013 and grow 12 percent in 2014. “The economy was a bit soft in 2012 and many customers delaying purchasing.

Implementation of many projects began in 2013, resulting in an excellent year for us,” said Watheq Abu Gharbiah, Regional Manager of Middle East at FLIR Systems. Most of all the suppliers expect the recovering momentum to continue through 2014 and 2015. Firstly, the U.S. began easing some of its economic restrictions against Iran this January, including its sanctions on cars and petrochemicals products. Secondly, recovery of the Iranian market would also raise the region's average growth rate. The latest cheerful announcement is of Dubai winning the bid to host the 2020 World Expo. The BBC reported that authorities in Dubai forecasted the 6-month event to bring in around US$23 billion and cost the country around a total $8.4 billion, of which around $6.5 billion is expected to be government spending on infrastructure projects. Finally, the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar is also serving as a major driver to boost the overall economy in the region.

CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROTECTION
To support the active economic activities in this region, protection of critical infrastructure ranging from airports, seaports, oil and gas, public utilities, highways, railways, metros, and etc., is important. Critical infrastructure protection remains as the most crucial market sector in the Middle East.

The oil and gas sector requires refinery protection and is the largest market sector here. The scale of projects in this sector is also much larger than other market sectors. Aside from the GCC countries, Iraq, Pakistan, and the Northern African countries, also have great potential. Robert Kirkaldie, Director of Marketing/Sales for Security Systems Division at Southwest Microwave, which designs and manufactures integrated, electronic perimeter security systems, especially for the oil and gas sector, in this region said, “In a country like Saudi Arabia, we mostly deal with perimeter projects of 3,000 to 5,000 meters. The biggest complex in oil and gas, which comprises of a storage tank, pipe lines, transportation, and all other facilities, can have a perimeter of up to around 20 kilometers. Thus, the size of a refinery is much bigger than a prison or power plant.”

Another fast developing market sector is airports. Cities in the Middle East compete to build the biggest and most modern airports to attract tourists. Abu Dhabi is planning its new $3 billion international airport terminal, while Doha, Qatar is near completion with its new airport. “Dubai has the largest airport here. The old one, which traffics 150 million passengers annually has 3,500 CCTV cameras. The latest one has around 5,000 cameras. Elsewhere in the region, the latest airport in Doha will begin operations this year; Saudi Arabia has 15 new airports; and Kuwait International Airport also has plans to expand,” said Gharbiah.

The Middle East is a project-oriented market. “Because it is so diverse, each country does have their particular preference toward products and partners. I think this unique characteristic brings a good opportunity for CP Plus to build up our own distribution business here. This year, we are going to set up five or six branch offices in some countries in the Middle East,” said Aditya Khemka, Director of CP Plus.

SAUDI ARABIA IS BOOMING FAST
Amongst the GCC countries, Saudi Arabia is gradually catching up with the U.A.E. in terms of security market demand and growth potential. Saudi Arabia has the highest number of large government projects, making it very important in this region. Peter Biltsted, Director of MEA at Milestone Systems said, “Milestone will be more directly engaged in Saudi Arabia this year. This means we will put our feet on the ground in the country, whereas Milestone channel partners used to be in charge previously. We have a very good foothold in Saudi Arabia now, since we have done several large projects. Moving forward, we would like to leverage our past experience to strengthen our business foundation here.”

In the past two years, Saudi Arabia heavily restricted the number of foreign workers to secure the employment of local workers. In 2014, the restrictions are expected to be lifted in order to continually push the market to grow. “Saudi Arabia just started their new financial year and the government has announced plans to build six new cities. It also made a US$200 million investment in aviation toward the building of new innovative airports. We can also expect several new cities in Saudi in the near future,” continued Tarek Ismail, Sales Director of Middle East at Tyco Security Products.

Large-Scale Government Projects Everywhere
In terms of an average project size, it is not really possible to compare projects in other GCC countries with those in Saudi Arabia. In Saudi, one city is just like a country in others. John Davies, MD at TDSi also echoed, "In Saudi Arabia, the projects are much bigger. Last year, we supplied systems to several large government projects across the Kingdom. Saudi Arabia is a very large country and represents more than 25 percent of the GCC GDP.

When you do a project for an institute in Saudi Arabia, it includes offices that are located all over the country. In contrast, institutes in the U.A.E. usually have only one or two offices." Ismail continued, “Our company has been here for more than 20 years. In Saudi Arabia, for example, we have the largest bank in the whole region as one of our customers. It is a national bank with 400 branches and 2,000 ATMs in the country. The number of buildings for VIP service, VIP accounts, and money transfer, is over 200. More than 1,300 recorders and 8,000 cameras from mixed brands were used in that project. From a banking point of view, a project this size covers the entire banking sector in the GCC countries. In Qatar, for example, the largest capital bank has a maximum of only 50 to 60 branches.”

Religious Buildings, Universities, and Banks
Saudi Arabia, being home to the largest and most holy Muslim mosques, has many religious projects. “It has many religious buildings, such as mosques and related infrastructures, where you can see thousands and thousands of cameras installed. Bosch Security Systems has done many projects in holy places in this country too,” said Hakan ?zyi?it, Regional Director of Middle East at Bosch Security Systems. “Bosch is also involved in many prestigious projects in the Saudi Arabian education sector. The country has the largest population in the region and almost half of the Saudi Arabian population is aged below 30. Hence, its government is focused on education and plans to build more universities and facilities to ensure its a much more competitive Saudi workforce in the future.”

 

Also, due to the country's conservative nature and religious background, the government has strict laws toward gender segregation in many public places, such as restaurants and shopping malls. Therefore, a public place usually tends to have more cameras installed for security and monitoring, compared to other countries. For example, in Saudi Arabia, it is pretty normal to have around 1,000 cameras for a five-star hotel, while only around 100 to 200 cameras are installed in a five-star hotel in the U.A.E., according to an industry expert in this region.

Considerations for Doing Business
Even though there are plenty of opportunities here, business is conducted very differently in the U.A.E. “The Saudi Arabian government sometimes has strong concerns about the origin of the products for certain projects to avoid products that are made in China,” said Noriyuki Hayashi, Senior Sales/Marketing Manager of System Solutions Department, MEA at Panasonic Marketing. Meanwhile, due to the sheer volume of government projects here, decision making usually takes a little while. Aditya Sahaya, Director of Business Development for Prologix Distribution also pointed out, "Traditionally, the U.A.E. is a very mature market, when it comes to CCTV and surveillance, and the end customers and consultants have very specific requirements which need to be adhered to. Saudi Arabia seems to be going down the same path. Despite a longer sales cycle, the country has been growing as the single largest market in the region."

* Let's take a further look into other areas in Middle East shines in 2014 (2): U.A.E., Oman, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Lebanon, Jordan

 

UK Co-operative Food embraces IP video surveillance with Axis

UK Co-operative Food embraces IP video surveillance with Axis

Editor / Provider: Axis Communications | Updated: 4/1/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Mission
The welfare of customers and colleagues is taken extremely seriously at The Co-operative Food. In order to enhance the safety and security of its stores, the retailer undertook a review of its incumbent analog surveillance systems with the aim of improving colleague safety, incident detection, response times and conviction rates though the adoption of IP video technology.

Solution
Installer and Axis partner, Kings Security, developed an interactive security solution that utilized Axis networked video cameras to measurably increase the personal wellbeing of Co-operative colleagues, and improve loss prevention across the supermarket estate.

The final installation incorporated Axis' compact fixed dome cameras and high performance video encoders, controlled by a Milestone Professional operating system, sitting on a Razberi server.

Live surveillance footage from each store is streamed to a central control room and monitored by a dedicated operator at Kings Security. Staff can directly communicate with the control room via an incident button and operators can both listen to and broadcast messages in-store.

Result
The Co-operative Food reported an average 50% reduction in reported instances of crime and a significant reduction in unrecorded loss from theft of attractive commodities in stores where Axis cameras had been installed. Following a staff engagement survey, an average 34% increase in ‘perception of safety in the workplace' was reported, as measured against the previous year. Feedback from local law enforcement has also been positive, with system footage routinely used to support prosecutions.

Making the switch from analog to digital
The Co-operative Food is the UK's fifth biggest food retailer, with almost 2,800 local, convenience and medium-sized stores. Its supermarkets range from between 1,000 and 24,000 sq ft. It has food stores in every UK postal area, and over 75,000 employees, serving a total of 14.5 million customers per week.

Having acquired much of its estate though a substantial acquisition and integration program, diverse surveillance set-ups existed across the chain, operating in silo, with no centralized control platform. Axis partner, Kings Security, was selected to transition the retailer onto one unified, future-proof security system and implement a sustainable asset renewal program.

Graham Watt, loss prevention manager at The Co-operative Food, explained: “Our stores trade from 6am to 11pm across very mixed-demographic locations. Some sites are higher risk than others. We needed a system that would cope with disparities in each location, could be easily scaled up or down as necessary, and that would connect the estate on one integrated platform. “After analyzing the market, we chose Axis because its product range and camera quality meant we could use a minimum number of suppliers and maintain the same blueprint system across the entire estate.”

Colleague and customer comfort is a top priority
The solution was an interactive security network that improved surveillance cover for high-risk stores and increased the safety and security of customers and colleagues. Kings Security installed an ‘incident button' that could be pro-actively used to alert control room operators when a colleague feels at risk. Steve Evans, commercial director at Kings Security, said: “We have a 24-hour manned control room, with a dedicated operator monitoring up to 20 stores. If an incident occurs or a staff member anticipates that a situation may escalate, they can alert the operator. It's incredibly comforting for staff to know that someone is watching over them and that support is on-hand whenever necessary.”

When locking-up, colleagues can request that operators assess the area, using the cameras to scan and identify any potential threats. Steve added: “Axis' unique Lightfinder technology means the picture quality is clear and precise – even in the dead of night.” AXIS P8221 network I/O audio module adds two-way audio capabilities, allowing control room operators to make in-store announcements, speak directly to colleagues or deliver instructions.

Subtle and effective surveillance
Axis' camera's wide angle view allows fewer units to be used to deliver full coverage of the shop floor and sensitive areas. Graham explained: “We often change store layouts – promoting specific products, reorganizing shelves etc. The picture quality, maneuverability and depth of field of Axis' cameras mean that there's no need to increase camera numbers or move them around whenever we have a re-shuffle.”

Axis cameras have also helped fulfill the retailer's central aim of improving the comfort of its staff and shoppers, thanks to the camera's discreet and compact design.“Security should never be obtrusive,” says Graham. “The system Kings Security and Axis have delivered provides an effective deterrent for thieves, but is subtle and effective enough to ensure that customers and colleagues feel protected, not scrutinized.”

Milestone Systems announces extended availability of Milestone Husky Series

Milestone Systems announces extended availability of Milestone Husky Series

Editor / Provider: Milestone Systems | Updated: 3/27/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), announces extended availability for the Milestone Husky Series of network video recorder (NVR) appliances. These NVR appliances – preinstalled with Milestone's XProtect video management software (VMS) – will be available in 2014 Q2 in Europe, Middle East and Africa, and in Q3 for Asia and Pacific regions.

The Milestone Husky Series of NVRs has already been introduced in the U.S. and Canada, with the Milestone Husky M50 model being available first. Due to the demand, a staged roll-out plan has been put in action. The entire line of models are now available in the U.S. and Canada and will be showcased at the ISC West show in April.

Based on appearances alone, the Milestone Husky NVRs are different from others in the market. The appliances are sleek and sophisticated – designed to fit any environment, even on a small retail shop's shelf. Ensuring reliability and durability, the hardware is industrial-grade and works seamlessly with Milestone's VMS. Yet, it is the flexibility of the Milestone Husky Series is what makes the solutions stand out.

“We have redefined the NVR concept by providing our customers with embedded surveillance solutions that are customizable and scalable,” says Lars Nordenlund, VP of Incubation and Ventures at Milestone Systems. “Milestone Husky has already had tremendous response in the market because the series makes it so easy to customize a solution that meets their specific needs – from a single location flower shop to multi-site installations. Milestone Husky offers simple solutions with more than 50 preconfigured options.”

Milestone Husky is available in three models designed for different security or business video requirements:

* The Milestone Husky M10 is a very sleek and small fanless device ideal for entry-level surveillance and sites with no space for traditional IT equipment. The model supports up to 8 cameras. 
* The Milestone Husky M30 Designed for workstation installations with comprehensive surveillance needs. Customizable and scalable for business growth, the model supports up to 20 cameras. 
* The Milestone Husky M50 is a rack-mounted solution, feature-rich with unlimited options, and perfect for advanced installations with sophisticated security needs. The model supports up to 80 cameras.

The Milestone Husky appliances are ready to use, featuring automatic device discovery with wizards for configuring the entire system, and the device license keys are pre-activated.

Customers get instant and remote access to live and recorded video through a flexible choice of client interfaces: Milestone XProtect Smart Client (available with the Milestone Husky M30 and M50 models), XProtect Web Client or Milestone Mobile – all available in 27 languages.

The Milestone Husky M30 and M50 will not only be offered in preconfigured versions, Milestone also offers an online configurator that makes it simple for customers and partners to explore their options.

The Milestone open platform supports more than 3,000 camera models from over 100 manufacturers, as well as compatibility with ONVIF and PSIA compliant devices. Third-party integrations with video analytics and access control add even more value when using the Milestone M30 and M50 models.

Milestone customers are not the only ones who can benefit from the Milestone Husky solutions. “I believe that Milestone Husky is a tremendous opportunity for Milestone partners as well, since these appliances enable them to focus 100% on their customers' business needs and not worry about the technology behind the solution,” states Nordenlund.

Milestone expands Solution Certification for IT infrastructure vendor products

Milestone expands Solution Certification for IT infrastructure vendor products

Editor / Provider: Milestone Systems | Updated: 3/24/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS) announces fully reported performance certification of Milestone Solution Partners with IT infrastructure components such as servers, storage, and workstation products. The first to achieve this comprehensive process with documented results are HP, NetApp, PROMISE Technology and Razberi, with several others in process.

The IT infrastructure, server, storage and client platforms are integral parts of a video surveillance management system, so miscalculation on server or storage requirements impacts the success of a system's operation, resulting in support calls. Milestone has therefore been working extensively with IT infrastructure vendors to ensure their systems are optimized for the Milestone XProtect product family, and that the infrastructure vendors understand how to specify, build and deliver optimal systems for the customer environment.

The Milestone Solution Certification for IT infrastructure vendor products provides verification of the components being interoperable and optimized for performance with XProtect VMS. The certification process results in documentation of a solution's proven maturity and quality, and differentiation from non-certified components for a competitive market advantage.

Each certification project consists of three phases, beginning with two scenarios, where there is both a benchmark test and a maximum performance test. During each test, statistics from the Milestone XProtect Recording Servers are gathered to judge the performance of the system as a platform for video recording. After the tests are conducted, this data is analyzed and the findings are presented in a full report, with details on the configuration of the test system and a summary.

These tests identify that a given system meets minimum expected performance thresholds based on known benchmarks. The certification also measures the maximum number of cameras, at a given frame rate, resolution and codec that can be supported by the server and storage system.

The end result is a definition of the system's capabilities compared to the known benchmark values, which are also used by Milestone to create generic server and storage recommendations. The end result is the certification of the server/storage products' operational performance capabilities in the known environment. The documentation outlines how best to tune the product for the Milestone XProtect platform.

The Solution Certification full report includes a ‘known good' (optimal) configuration for a surveillance system using the Milestone XProtect VMS and the solution partner's products. The optimal configuration contains the solution architecture, the performance results, use-case information, detailed system configurations for both the XProtect VMS components and the solution partner's products.

“Integrators and end users can reference the known good configuration data from the Milestone certification process to help build a solution with confidence. They get documented proof that these video surveillance solutions operate within the parameters of the maximum performance test results,” says Christian Bohn, VP Strategic Alliances at Milestone Systems. “Certifying our partners is not new - we have been doing it successfully for several years with software integrations, and the expansion of this with the hardware vendors is natural to build continuing trust in Milestone for both partners and customers.”

The Milestone certification results are valid for the lifecycle of the products tested, and there are options for yearly re-certification. This means that when Milestone or the partner launches a new product version, it can be documented that the integration is compatible and optimized.

Secutech 2014 highlights growing trends in security technology

Secutech 2014 highlights growing trends in security technology

Editor / Provider: Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media | Updated: 3/19/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Secutech, organized by Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media Ltd, opens the doors to its 17th edition from 19 – 21 March at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, taking up over 35,000 sqm of exhibition space. Over 500 exhibitors from 17 countries and regions present a range of security devices and systems both for residential and commercial use.

One of the most anticipated highlights to this year's show is the growth in IP surveillance technology. Exhibitors will showcase state-of-the-art IP-based products that utilise technologies such as HD, H.265, 4K2K, lowlight as well as high-frame resolution.

Mr Parson Lee, Manager Director for Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media Ltd commented: “We are expecting a phenomenal edition for the 2014 show. Our exhibitors have consistently affirmed that each year, Secutech provides one of the best opportunities to them for connecting with existing customers, as well as discovering new business. And this year, we believe exhibitors will have even more business opportunities, as over 28,000 electronic security as well as fire & safety professionals are projected to visit the show from more than 100 countries and regions.”

Secutech provides a number of product presentations, forums, seminars and networking platforms to not only increase knowledge between professionals, including Secutech Excellence Award, Global Digital Security Forum Asia, SMAhome International Conference, and CompoSec.

Secutech Excellence Award gathers manufacturers of HD surveillance devices. This award presents the best brands in IP cameras and Network Video Recorders (NVRs). From 19 – 20 March, attendees will be able to witness demonstrations from nominated brands, and allowed to vote on this year's main criteria – cameras that offer superior quality under low-light environments. Over 20 industry brands, including Dahua, Bosch, Hikvision, QNAP and Sony will participate in this event. The award presentation ceremony is scheduled to take place at 11:00am on 21 March.

Global Digital Security Forum Asia 2014 focuses on global video management and integration platforms. The forum will look into the growth of video management systems. Special highlights will include a case study presentation from Mr Suwich Chitkasemsuk of Digitalcom, Thailand, regarding the security management system deployed in Thailand's Customs Department. A panel discussion is also scheduled on the present and future state of video management systems from such influential brands as Aimetis, Milestone, Mirasis and Verint Systems.

SMAhome International Conference, newly-launched this year, focuses on home security camera technology. The conference is held alongside a demonstration hall and display booth to present a range of WIFI and other wireless transmission-based security cameras for comparison purposes.

CompoSec, together with its concurrent three-day conference, serves as a comprehensive platform for security device component suppliers to present their designs and solutions as a cohesive collection, in one of the most in-demand sectors of the security market. Suppliers of semi-conductors, hard disks, software and much more will all be on display, with HD surveillance, diversified storage and system upgrade taking centre stage for the event's fifth edition. Over 70 brands such as ADATA, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Intel, Microsoft and Semtech are confirmed to participate this year.

With twelve events, Messe Frankfurt is one of the world's leading organisers of fairs and congresses for the expanding international field of safety and security technology. Nine trade fairs and three high-grade congresses in Germany, Asia, the Middle East and South America and the Russian Federation provide optimum opportunities for gaining a foothold in these dynamic growth markets. Further information is available at www.intersec.messefrankfurt.com

Milestone appoints new Director of Corporate Marketing and Director of Sales Distribution

Milestone appoints new Director of Corporate Marketing and Director of Sales Distribution

Editor / Provider: Milestone Systems | Updated: 3/14/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), has hired Inger Holm Vinther as Director of Corporate Marketing and Kitty Van Der Sluis as Director of Sales Distribution in EMEA.

Christian Bohn, VP Alliances and Corporate Marketing, says: “Inger's experience from marketing positions at large Danish technology corporations with worldwide presence makes her a perfect fit for Milestone. Most recently she was head of Corporate Marketing at the global IT concern 3Shape, a 3D software and scanner company. In this position, Inger was supporting their rapid growth in 100 countries by building up a successful marketing department,” states Christian Bohn, Milestone Systems.

Prior to 3Shape, Inger held Marketing Manager positions in GnNetcom, Excitor and the ad agency Kunde & Co.

“With the continuing trend for open platform IP video technology uptake, there will be many exciting product launches from Milestone to handle the demand. It is my job to make sure that Corporate Marketing is geared to support this development. With responsibility for the Milestone brand and product brands, one of our most important tasks is to be even better at presenting them in new and interesting ways,” states Inger Holm Vinther, Director of Corporate Marketing, Milestone Systems. “I am also intrigued by the atmosphere and culture at Milestone. I like the entrepreneurial atmosphere, and I feel that technology is far more interesting and challenging to sell than shampoo or shoes - it requires experience and skill to communicate about the products in a way that makes it easy for everyone to understand.”

Milestone focus on relationships with distribution partners
Milestone Systems has been evolving its partner initiatives over the years, including more resources being allocated to enhance collaborations with distributors. To help lead these activities in Europe, the Mideast and Africa, Kitty Van Der Sluis is the new Director of Sales Distribution in EMEA.

“With a clearly tiered business model, Milestone sells all of our software through distribution partners - which makes them a very strategic relationship chain to foster. We aim to listen, support and grow together for mutual success. I am looking forward to continue strengthening the relationships with our partners, making use of my previous experience from the IT and security business. I am familiar with many of the challenges our distribution partners face in driving growth, and Milestone has the right components to address these,” says Kitty Van Der Sluis, Director of Sales Distribution, Milestone Systems.

Thomas Lausten, VP of Sales in EMEA, also highlights the importance of collaboration with both security and IT distributors: “Milestone actively interacts with our distributors, who play a key role in our go-to-market strategy. Kitty has gained valuable experience in supporting and improving sales and distribution channels in Europe, the Middle East and Africa in her previous positions at the international corporations Anixter and Tyco. Moreover, Kitty has comprehensive knowledge about the IP video surveillance business from an earlier position at Genetec.”

OPTEX protects Canada’s construction sites in harsh weather conditions

OPTEX protects Canada’s construction sites in harsh weather conditions

Editor / Provider: OPTEX | Updated: 3/5/2014 | Article type: Security 50

The site
Cove Properties, one of Canada's luxury condo (condominium) builders had a large construction site located in Northern Canada to secure. The site is exposed to very harsh weather conditions and a very short amount of daylight during the winter months.

The challenge
Many developers and construction companies build throughout the year and are forced to battle different weather conditions including rain, sleet, snow and extreme cold. They also face the problem of theft and vandalism; theft of tools, machinery, new materials and scrap material costs contractors millions of dollars per year and leads to higher insurance premiums and potentially months of delays.

To avoid the major ramifications of construction site theft, Cove Properties turned to 2020 Digital Security Solutions of Alberta, Canada for help. Cove's requirements included a mobile solution capable of wireless communication that could be moved from site to site with surveillance, motion detection, lighting and remote monitoring capabilities. In addition, it had to survive the harsh outdoor elements of Northern Canada. .

The solution
2020 Digital Security Solutions found the perfect solution in PowerSentry by Mobile Pro Systems. The PowerSentry is a self-sufficient temporary or permanent surveillance solution, built as a ‘power platform' to power any security, communications and/or network equipment. In this instance the platform is powering 6 REDSCAN laser scanners from Optex which protect the perimeter and the inside of the site, two 8,000 lumen LED flood lights motion triggered by the REDSCANs, 2 fixed cameras used in conjunction with Milestone VMS platform for visual verification and event response; and finally a horn/speaker control.

“Despite abnormal cold temperatures, the systems are working great and we haven't had a system go down at all,” said Gene Telfer, president of 2020 DSS.

Statue of Liberty upgrades video surveillance with Milestone

Statue of Liberty upgrades video surveillance with Milestone

Editor / Provider: Milestone Systems | Updated: 3/5/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Total Recall, a video-centric security technology provider specializing in surveillance solutions, has brought together 9 state-of-the-art technology vendors to deliver an award-winning IP-based, digital video surveillance solution used by the U.S. Park Police, National Park Service (NPS) and the Department of Interior (DOI) to enhance public safety and improve operational efficiencies at the recently renovated Statue of Liberty National Monument and Liberty Island.

The high-profile project kicked off 2014 with a Government Security News Homeland Security Extraordinary Achievement in Public Safety and Security award after having received the 2013 Bronze STE Security Innovation Award from the Security Industry Association (SIA).

The Statue of Liberty reopened to the public on Independence Day, July 4, 2013, following eight months of renovation and repairs due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. As part of the refurbishment, Total Recall reached out to the U.S. Park Police, NPS and DOI with a state-of-the-art surveillance system proposal that would be designed, installed and maintained as a donation by the company.

In preparation for the reopening, Total Recall redesigned the Statue's surveillance and security system from top to bottom, including migrating from outdated analog CCTV to the latest in IP-based digital video technology, building an intelligent and ultra-modern command center to help the NPS and U.S. Park Police do their jobs more effectively and enabling the park to cover areas with video surveillance that they could not reach before, such as the security screening facilities.

“The National Park Service and Statue of Liberty National Monument greatly appreciate the comprehensive security system donated by Total Recall,” Capt. Gregory Norman, Commander of Liberty District, U.S. Park Police said.

“We are extremely honored to once again be part of the surveillance system design and installation at the Statue of Liberty,” said Jordan Heilweil, president, Total Recall Corporation. “We assembled a Dream Team of cutting-edge security technology providers to give her the best protection possible while helping the Park Police, Department of the Interior and National Park Service deliver a memorable experience for the millions of families who visit the Statue each year.”

IP-based technology and the system's innovative design enables it to cover the entire perimeter of Liberty Island, as well as the park's security screening facilities and all 393 steps from the main lobby to Lady Liberty's crown. The technology will be used for the day-to-day safety and security of the park's visitors while also helping the U.S. Park Police and NPS monitor traffic flow and expand people management to keep lines moving, assist ferry service operation, reconnect parents with misplaced children and effectively respond to any medical emergencies on the island or inside the Statue.

“All of our partners are proud to be part of this mission,” continued Heilweil. The partners selected by Total Recall for the Statue of Liberty's new surveillance system include:

* Axis Communications to provide a mix of nearly 160 IP cameras with HDTV quality, exceptional nighttime performance, powerful zoom, reliability and discreet appearance;

* BriefCam for its unique Video Synopsis software solution that enables law enforcement and security personnel to review hours of surveillance video in minutes;

* DragonWave to supply multi-gigabit packet microwave radios, delivering carrier-class transport for mission critical public safety communications;

* Milestone Systems for its open platform IP video management software that integrates all components, enabling first responders to view live or

* Pivot3 for reliable digital storage and compute devices specifically designed for the IP video industry;

* Proxim Wireless to deliver high capacity, wide area wireless broadband utilizing WORP technology in order to connect IP cameras in areas the previous system could not reach;

* RGB Spectrum for enabling multiple video feeds to be displayed on the massive video wall in the new command center using its MediaWall 2900 Display Processor;

* Scallop Imaging for perimeter security via its all solid-state M6-200 IP cameras with six megapixel, extreme low-light video and undistorted panoramic 200° FOV;

* Winsted Corporation for ergonomically designed command center consoles that allow operators to be as efficient and comfortable as possible in a high-stress environment.

The current surveillance deployment marks the first time an all-digital surveillance system has been installed at the monument, which will allow the NPS to cover areas of the island that were previously unreachable with the old analog system, thanks to a mix of fiber and wireless connections. Total Recall designed and supervised the last major security system overhaul for the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island in 1999, with the latest upgrade made in 2004.

Conditions for installing the new system were not easy, Heilweil continued, noting that the environment presented unique challenges even without the damage done by Hurricane Sandy. “The lack of electricity, flooding and damage caused by Sandy could not stop the amazing team from making sure that Lady Liberty could welcome visitors – as she always has.”

According to the National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy, approximately 4 million people visit the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island each year.

Total Recall will present the Statue of Liberty project at the upcoming ASIS New York City Security Conference and Expo, March 13-14, 2014 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York. Media enquiries welcome. Contact details follow.

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