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Secutech 2015: Source security's next big thing

Secutech 2015: Source security's next big thing

Editor / Provider: Secutech | Updated: 12/8/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Secutech is the annual international exhibition and conference for world-class manufacturers and discerning buyers of security products and solutions. The 18th edition is officially confirmed to take place from 28 – 30 April 2015 at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center in Taiwan.

Mr Parson Lee, Managing Director of organiser Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media Ltd, said: “In 2014, Secutech's dedicated sections for smart home garnered accolades with the booming industry outlook. In 2015, the sub-show, SMAhome under secutech will be dedicated to home security, home control and connected home. In line with Taiwan's excellent IT framework, Networks & IC (Integrated Circuit) industries, Taiwan manufacturers in the telecom and connected-home fields such as Chicony, D-Link, Foxconn, also known globally for their competitive edge will join the show in 2015. In addition, the show is highly anticipated by suppliers from China and South Korea, with product design talents, customization prowess and technical support. Delivering from DIY gadgets to project-based solutions, SMAhome will serve as a top-tier platform for global smart home professionals to connect with Asia's premium manufacturers.”

Held concurrently with SMAhome, Secutech 2015 aims to cater to demand for a wider spectrum of safety and security-related products. The latest zones cover:

• High Definition
Now, the resolution gets sharper, in smartphone and everywhere. With better image quality, 4K camera, H.265 NVR, UHF monitor at secutech 2015 will be incorporated with smart edges, facial recognition, and loitering detection. Over 1,000 choices of Ultra HD and HD equipment and facilities will be showcased onsite.

• Transmission & Network
Transmission distance limitations have been a major obstacle for HD migration. Ranging from coaxial, Ethernet, to fiber connections, whether sending signal or power, the Transmission & Network zone will feature 30 leading Taiwanese information and communications technology (ICT) solution providers including CTC UNION, Dintek, EtherWan, LANTECH, LEX, ORING to present last mile technologies.

• Storage
Higher-resolution images are calling for larger data storage. To back up systems, a complete storage line-up is showcased from SSD, commercial NAS, enterprise NAS, NVR, server storage, Cloud service in secutech 2015.

• Software
The Software zone, focusing on Video Management Software (VMS) and Video Content Analytics (VCA) technologies will be a networking platform for hardware makers, software developers and system integrators to interact. VMS is the foundation for video monitoring, analysis and recording. The development of its extensive application is influential to various vertical markets in the industry, such as home automation, retail, transport, safety and security.

In addition, zones for Access Control, HD-over-coaxial Solutions, Key Components & Parts, and Fire & Safety will provide an ideal place for worldwide importers to experience the latest technical development within the industry.

Secutech will also organise a series of highly thought-provoking seminars. Prominent industry players, keen on sharing their knowledge and experiences, will be the speakers. Highlights include the Global Digital Security Forum (GDSF) and the Composec Conference. Attendees can expect to gain insights into the evolving global security industry through presentations and interactions with experts.

Sponsored by:  
Secutech, the annual international exhibition and conference for world-class manufacturers and discerning buyers of security products and solutions, will take place from 28 – 30 April 2015 at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center in Taiwan. 
Now in its 18th year, secutech features some 500 exhibitors from 20 countries and attracts over 26,000 visitors. Dedicated pavilions for the following sectors: Surveillance | Software & Management Systems | Transmission & Networks | Smart Homes | Key Components / Parts | Electronic Systems

Register your FREE visitor badge now at www.secutech.com/registration/en

Japanese security market shines with unlimited potential

Japanese security market shines with unlimited potential

Editor / Provider: Michelle Chu | Updated: 12/5/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

 

Looking back over the last year, despite experiencing slight slowdown, a stable growth is still seen in the global security market. According to the latest industry report, 2014 Security 50, presented by a&s International last month, the top 50 companies in the ranking this year generated 8.2% growth in average.

 

 

Network systems take the lead
Although business opportunities of analog upgrades solutions such as HD-over-coaxial are seen in many Asian countries, network camera is still the major market share holder in Japan in terms of shipping quantity and total sales revenue, according to Takashi Komori, the Publisher of a&s Japan. Other than network surveillance camera, resolution requirements of HD and full-HD are trending in the local market. In fact, 1.3-megapixel is the most basic resolution standard currently, and higher demand on 4K technology in next few years is foreseeable. A remarkable sales growth of 18 to 20% is seen in the video content analysis (VCA) systems, as functions such as people counting, license plate recognition (LPR), and flow line analysis are popular in the security market in Japan.

“In 2014, cross-referencing from at least 3 professional research companies in Japan, in terms of the sales volume, about 470,000 units of HD IP cameras are acquired; 250,000 units of analog cameras; 35,000 units of HD-SDI,” Komori said. “Even though it is convenient and easier for the suppliers to provide merely products to the end users, a more comprehensive solution is more desired from the market now.” Facing new business challenges, in order to remain revenue growth, leading channel players has started to provide various solutions instead of single hardware.

Leading players in Japan
A quick review to the security market in Japan in 2014, Panasonic is taking up the largest market share by 55-57%, with Axis Communications coming after by 9-10%. Right behind taking up 6-7% in the Japanese security market is Sony, which has developed well connections with NVR solution providers in the recent years. Hikvision, a rising star in Japan. Besides taking a prominent advantage with its competitive price, Hikvision provides superb delivery service and fully dedicates into establishing local support and service center. Meanwhile, suppliers from Taiwan such as VIVOTEK, Hi Sharp, GeoVision, and DynaColor are starred players in this market as well.

Market prediction for 2015 
It is estimated that a growth of 55% will be seen in the network cameras in 2015. As more companies originally from IT industry make their debut in the security sector, cloud services for both private and public cloud solution is going to be one of the key market focuses.

Unlimited opportunities seen in verticals
As for the vertical markets, with dynamic relations with surrounded countries, border and coastal security are bringing out higher demands on security equipments and systems. In the government sector, transportation and city surveillance are highly focused in Japan, in order to maintain public security and social stability and decrease crime rate in the cities. Increasing demand in security applications also comes from commercial sectors, especially in hotel business, retail, and food factory – not only for security concerns but for a more integrated and effective business management model and marketing purposes.

Long-term commitment is the key
Speaking of investing in Japan, Komori pointed out that it usually takes a solid resolution for long-term business commitment for the foreign investor. Despite the fact that Japanese market is relatively tougher for the new comers, if the manufacturers is determined to take part in this soaring security market, OEM and ODM will be an ideal starter.

Prophecy from Security 50: Time for Integrated Systems!

Prophecy from Security 50: Time for Integrated Systems!

Editor / Provider: Jill Lai, a&s International | Updated: 12/5/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Time for Integrated Systems
In the video surveillance product sector of Security 50 rankings, company performance is strongly correlated with its overall product strategy. If we divide the video surveillance companies by their tendency to develop systems versus single devices, the average revenue growth and profit growth of these groups were found to be different. Overall video surveillance companies grew 9.2 percent on average. Companies developing systems grew 14.4 percent, 5.2 percent more than those that only develop devices. In addition, the average profit growth for overall video surveillance is 38.9 percent. System developers grew 14 percent versus negative 2.2 percent in the device part. Gross margin of some companies, from the device part, barely kept single-digital growth.

To stay profitable and competitive in the market, offering devices only is not enough. Successful suppliers provide systems suitable for different types of projects. IP video surveillance systems, for instance, are well designed for solutions in different applications and vertical sectors. Most importantly, they are well tested and configured and ready to be integrated into a management platform, which saves a lot of headache and troubles for systems integrators and installers. On the other hand, for some small to medium-sized companies, the capability to tailor-make certain unique features in systems for different projects are also required.

Developing integrated systems, which are ready to use for different projects, is not only a buzzword but also exactly what is happening right now for the most profitable companies in security. Keen Yao, International Marketing Director of Hikvision Digital Technology pointed out, “Almost all the big suppliers give total solutions. Hikvision, we also are a total solution provider. Our R&D resources make Hikvision very powerful in different vertical markets. We have seven vertical markets — we call them Seven Stars. For different vertical markets we have different solutions that combine almost all security functions, including access control, alarm systems, surveillance systems. So this is Hikvision's strategy.”

Tim Shen, Marketing Director for Overseas Business Center at Dahua Technology continued, adding, “We are also in the transition stage from device to solutions development. Dahua is one of the few companies which are able to develop solutions in China. To develop solutions, it requires not only a complete wide range of product portfolios but also takes higher level of profound know-how to bring them together for a better integration purpose. Dahua has proven to do several large projects in bank, city surveillance, transportation and commercial sector not only in China but also overseas. We are able to transfer our know-how in China to provide suitable products for solutions in overseas market.”

Taiwanese and Korean Companies Prepare for Their Next Leap
From Security 50 reports over the past few years, major Taiwanese and Korean companies continue to be in recession, which has lingered a little bit longer than expected. It is never easy to transform from a device supplier to a systems or solution provider and even harder to change the corporate focus from OEM business to branding. However, the rising of Chinese companies has forced these companies to differentiate themselves. IDIS, a leading video surveillance company in Korea, is one of the most significant ones that have started to promote its own brand business in Europe since two years ago. Even though the outcome for its brand business has not been confirmed yet, the company seems to be headed in the right direction, developing positively in the future.

Some of the traditional, analog-based Taiwanese companies might take a little while to take off; however, the IP/IT-based companies, such as VIVOTEK and GeoVision, have maintained steady growth over the years and are active in the market. We predict that in the near future, there will be more corporate consolidation among Asian companies.

The security market is still full of opportunities. Some small to medium-sized Taiwanese and Korean companies are striving to find their own “blue ocean,” to differentiate themselves from Chinese companies. EverFocus also provided a good example here. The company is ready to demonstrate its capacity to develop an integrated security system to its clients, too. Even though it has gone through obstacles, the company has started to receive some positive outcomes. Jemmy Huang, Chairman & President of EverFocus Electronics also shared, “Now, customer's demand for security products has become much more diverse. They expect the system to integrate with more devices and realize multiple purposes. For example, the customers might have some special requirements for the synergy between video surveillance systems and elevators whenever an emergency happens in the building. ” Therefore, “we've transformed to be a solution provider, our open-platform central management system is well designed to integrate with a wide range of systems and extremely scalable for future expansion. With this system, we can make sure systems integrators have no further problems in product integration to meet customization requirements perfectly and ensure their projects can well be completed.”

Looking to 2014 & 2015
Looking into the financial reports for the first half for 2014, the companies which are more likely to continue growing significantly both in 2013 and 2014 are Avigilon, Dahua, Hikvision, ITX, and Tamron. These five companies were ranked in the top 10 companies with the highest revenue growth. However, out of the 29 companies, who shared their financial figures in the first half of 2014, the average growth rate fell to 2.8 percent. Twelve companies are in recession. Korean and Taiwanese companies have experienced even bigger challenges in the first half of 2014, which can be obviously found in their reports.

Cross referencing profit growth and gross margin of these 29 companies in the first half of 2014, it is also confirmed that the companies that have developed fully integrated systems outperformed the ones which develop only devices, again. When we look into 2014 and 2015, we predict that the trend to develop solutions for verticals/applications will be much more obvious.

 

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Hikvision again sees phenomenal growth in 2013 & 2014

Hikvision again sees phenomenal growth in 2013 & 2014

Editor / Provider: the a&s Editorial Team,Sponsored by Hikvision | Updated: 12/2/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Hikvision Digital Technology has experienced significant growth over the past two years. 2013 and 2014 have been especially meaningful to the company, with the sales growth rate reaching more than 100 percent for the overseas market. a&s explored what is behind the success of Hikvision and how it pictures itself in the world market in the future.

Hikvision Digital Technology marked another milestone in its own history to be ranked third in Security 50 rankings, 2014, as conducted by a&s International. According to the report, in 2013, Hikvision reached a new sales record with a total revenue of US$1.6 billion and 53.2 percent growth rate. And in the first half of 2014, Hikvision also gained $1 billion in sales revenue with 53.9 percent growth, while for the overseas market the sales growth rate reached more than 100 percent. “The success can be attributed to the company's long-term commitment toward product strategy and customer services in the worldwide markets, and also proves that Hikvision starts to receive considerable returns after years of efforts in overseas markets,” said Keen Yao, International Marketing Director of Hikvision Digital Technology.

 

Increasing Global Demand for Multiple HD Solutions
The requirement from customers is very clear: they want a high resolution video system but at a more affordable price. No matter an analog or IP system, the mainstream now is HD. However, the customer's choice toward specific HD solutions is still varied. “For example, HD-over- coaxial solutions are welcomed, particularly in developing countries, like APAC, Latin America; even in the U.S. and Japan,” Yao said. For IP video surveillance solutions, the growth momentum is now in the small and mid-sized business (SMB) sector. SMB customers have a very clear demand for clear images, and they want the systems to be easy to use, install, maintain, and also affordable. For SMBs, to fully meet their actual requirements is much more important than introducing high technologies to them. However, for large-scaled projects, customers want more smart (intelligent) video functions to fulfill their needs in order to mitigate different threats. Meanwhile, in this sector, there is always a large demand towards large storage and high bandwidth, which explains why H.265 compression technologies will be the future, according to Yao.

Therefore, Hikvision now offers complete HD product lines and specific sales strategies tailored for different market segments such as smart IP solution, easy IP solution, and turbo HD solution, etc., to meet different requirements from customers and projects. Systems, which adopt new technologies of 4K and H.265, and upgraded VCA and VMS, should be ready for the market by the end of next year, said Yao. Next, Hikvision's ambition is to provide total solutions for its worldwide customers.

 

High Penetration in Verticals
Developing solutions for verticals has also been the main key in Hikvision's long-term commitment toward its customers. Hikvision has been recognized in many large-scale projects, ranging from transportation, industrial, residential, city surveillance, financial institutes, retail, and education, in the overseas markets. Some significant projects of Hikvision recently include the installation of over 750 units of Hikvision 2-megapixel network dome cameras in Seoul, Korea, valued at $1.6 million; and a housing facilities project in New York, U.S., with over 5,000 video stream channels. Other projects include Tesco in the U.K., Mineirao Stadium for the World Cup in Brazil, and multiple top luxury hotels in the Middle East. Besides, Hikvision has vast domestic market for vertical applications, which provides all the necessary elements and valuable experience for them to explore vertical markets in overseas market.

Not only for security, Hikvision's solutions also help achieve management purposes. For example, it has a solution for financial management. In China, for certain investments, banks must tell people about the risks before they sign a contract. The solution is at the desk and allows the bankers to record them telling the customers about the risks before signing. This allows them to have records just in case an investment goes bad and the customer comes back to claim they were not warned about the risks.

In another case, Hikvision worked on a special project for the Prison Administrative Bureau of Liaoning Province, China, where they were also involved in the policy writing regarding how to manage the prison system. The prison project, while security was definitely a key, access management was a main requirement. In certain parts of the prison the doors can only be opened if there are at least two people present. Therefore the solution included sensors that can tell how many people are at the door. If there is only one person, the doors will not open. If there are at least two, access is granted. According to Yao, this type of management system can now be provided to other environments such as vaults in banks.

With all the achievements in worldwide markets, Hikvision now has become a multinational in the security industry that is able to supply professional video surveillance solutions to customers.

 

Enhanced Localized Services and Partnership
As of the end of 2014, Hikvision has around 16 branch offices around the world. The company aims to reach 20 offices by the end of 2016. By means of these branch offices, Hikvision is able to provide more localized services and support to its regional markets, which explains the company's high growth in overseas markets. Yao said the company's management style is more centered in each local regional office; they are well supported by warehouses, logistics centers, pre/after-sales service centers, and others. Hikvision recently expanded its warehouses in Amsterdam and the Americas, such as in Brazil and the U.S., to make sure product supply is instant to its local markets. In the U.S., Hikvision also set up a calling center and repair center to provide more efficient customer service and technical support. In addition, “We work very closely with our partners to win the trust of our customers and projects. In the U.K., working with our distributors, we launched ‘Added-Value System Partner — AVSP' Program to group distributors and systems integrators together for more support in technology and direct conversation,” said Yao.

 

Next for Hikvision: 4K & H.265 Technologies
Looking to the future development of Hikvision, there are three major directions. First, in security, Hikvision will continue in its leading position in technology to develop complete 4K and H.265 video surveillance systems. According to Yao, although HD is the mainstream, due to customers' increasing demand toward high picture quality, 4K has a huge potential to grow in the future, especially in the large-scale projects and high-end applications. Once the middle market is ready to adopt more 4K, it will become the mainstream. At that time, H.265 will also become much more crucial for users to keep low bandwidth while maintaining smooth video streaming.

Meanwhile, the company will also continue to upgrade their VCA and VMS products. As VCA becomes more and more important in the security industry, many new applications and markets will be opened up; especially in smart cities. “With VCA, structured security video data can be created. Then through integration with other metadata, we can acquire more valuable information to increase the extra values of a solution, such as ITS and public safety, which is also something that Hikvision would like explore more in the near future,” said Yao.

In regard to access control, Hikvision currently provides total solutions for intelligent building systems, which includes access control and video surveillance. “We also see that integration drives the market demand,” Yao said. “It is a must to integrate access control with video surveillance and alarms, which can be seen in the building automation sector which requires total solutions. Therefore, to become a total solution provider, Hikvision will soon launch access control products in the near future to the overseas markets.” In addition, the company also actively seeks new opportunities in the home security sector, with its EZVIZ brand. The company will first focus on some mature markets, like the U.S. and Europe, to roll out its products. In addition to being an equipment provider, Hikvision is also a service provider in China and has partnerships with some major Internet service platform providers, such as Alibaba, Baidu, and Tencent. Based on the Chinese business model, we can expect Hikvision might do the same in the overseas market in the near future.

 

Going Beyond Security
Hikvision has successfully transformed into a solution and service provider with a global presence. Its strong technology background will continue to drive the company to explore more markets. With all its recent plans, we can picture how Hikvision will grow beyond security for other video applications.

Tyco appoints Daryll T. Fogal as CTO and launches

Tyco appoints Daryll T. Fogal as CTO and launches "Tyco On" platform

Editor / Provider: TYCO | Updated: 11/24/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Tyco International announced that it has taken important steps to bolster its technology capabilities, appointing Daryll T. Fogal as Chief Technology Officer, launching its new "Tyco On" software solutions platform, and making a strategic investment in Qolsys, a provider of innovative home automation solutions.

Daryll T. Fogal Named Chief Technology Officer
As Tyco's Chief Technology Officer, Mr. Fogal will have global responsibility for the company's technology vision, strategy, capabilities and operations to support the development of products, services and solutions that meet the needs of customers ranging from multinational corporations to households. Most recently, he served as Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Engineering for Eaton Corporation's Electrical Sector. Based in Princeton, N.J., Mr. Fogal will report directly to George Oliver, Tyco's Chief Executive Officer, and will serve on Tyco's Management Team.

"Technology is the key to advancing our leadership position in the industry, so we are pleased to have a technology leader of Daryll's caliber join us in this critical role," said Mr. Oliver. "Daryll's extensive experience leading large-scale engineering and R&D organizations, his previous responsibility for developing an Internet of Things strategy and execution model, and his strong general management and operations mindset will enable him to provide the strategic leadership necessary to achieve our growth and innovation vision."

Prior to joining Tyco, Mr. Fogal was responsible for the development of the product portfolio for Eaton's $13.6 billion Electrical business. Previously, he held senior technology, R&D program management and operations positions over a 15-year career with Honeywell, including Vice President of Engineering and Technology for the company's Building Solutions business from 2003 to 2011. Mr. Fogal holds B.A. Sc. and M.A. Sc. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Tyco Reveals 'Tyco On' Smart Services Platform, the Core of its Internet of Things Strategy
The company also introduced Tyco On, its integrated data and smart services platform. Tyco On provides a set of software-enabled Internet of Things capabilities that enhance safety and security systems using open standards to connect a wide range of intelligent devices, systems and services, enabling customers to improve their operations.

Solutions enabled by Tyco On will address varying needs of multinational, small business and residential customers, ranging from efficiency to complex system integrations and intelligent operations. For example, Tyco On enables improved efficiency through a service application already in use in the company's Installation and Services business that allows a single technician to perform fire alarm testing. Using a mobile app, the technician can test detectors throughout a building and connect remotely to the system's fire panel, where a second technician would have been stationed in the past, to complete the procedure. In the future, this application will also offer immediate cloud-enabled access and storage of testing documentation, providing an overall more cost-effective solution that would appeal to a broad base of customers with standard needs.

Tyco On will also enable more complex, "smart" solutions that leverage data from varied devices and systems and apply advanced analytics to reveal insights that lead to better decisions, faster execution and transformational business outcomes for customers. Tyco has been delivering such solutions and outcomes for several years in its Retail Solutions business that serves some of the world's largest store chains. In over 4,000 retail locations, Tyco is helping retailers tie together data from RFID tags, video, electronic article surveillance and traffic sensors, transforming it into actionable intelligence through Tyco's TrueVUE software. With these insights, retailers are empowered to optimize their inventory management, deliver a more pleasant shopper experience, and maximize revenue across their operation.

"As the core of our Internet of Things strategy, Tyco On builds on our deep expertise in systems integration and services and our installed base of more than a billion sensors, tags, devices and systems around the world, and unlocks the value of this data with the power of analytics to deliver a range of smart services for multiple vertical markets, from healthcare and hospitality to petro-chemical operations to education and more," Mr. Oliver said.

In the next phases of development of Tyco On-enabled solutions, customers will see additional benefits, such as proactive alerts with contextual information, coordinated multi-system responses and an interactive and personalized experience for system owners, users and customers. As a result, Tyco's safety and security customers will find ways to gain additional competitive advantage while continuing to protect people and assets.

As these advanced solutions integrate additional systems and data into the Tyco On architecture, including third-party software, products, and services, protection of the data is a paramount consideration. Recognizing the importance of these mission-critical systems, Tyco has established security policies and protocols that protect the data. The Tyco On architecture also supports both cloud-based and on-premises deployment so that customers can control exactly what systems can access the physical sensor data, enhancing system reliability, responsiveness and integrity.

Tyco Makes Strategic Investment in Qolsys
The company also advanced its Internet of Things strategy with a strategic investment in Qolsys, a San Jose, Calif.-based innovator that has extended the boundaries of "all-in-one" home automation with its IQ panel. The Android-based panel delivers the industry's most advanced, connected home control platform supporting life safety, residential security, home control, energy management and other functions, supported by best-in-class technology providers, including Google, Foxconn Technology Group and Alarm.com.

The IQ panel has a seven-inch touchscreen with a built-in panel camera, six built-in wireless radios with no external antennas, Z-Wave for home control devices, two-way voice, siren, an SD Card slot, 24-hour lithium-ion battery, and interactive services powered by Alarm.com. The groundbreaking panel's Dual-Path Connectivity enables communication over cellular and broadband WiFi channels enabling interactive services, adding redundancy to support reliability across all connected home services while making the solution more flexible.

"The partnership with Qolsys is exciting news for Tyco and further demonstrates our commitment to enabling new intelligent services via the Internet of Things," said Mike Ryan, President, Tyco Security Products. "This investment deepens our intrusion security portfolio offering so that we can continue to deliver the most innovative and intuitive solutions to our customers in the residential, commercial and service provider segments."

Comprehensive access control solutions feature at Secutech 2015

Comprehensive access control solutions feature at Secutech 2015

Editor / Provider: Secutech | Updated: 11/18/2014 | Article type: Tech Corner

Access control has long been a vital portion of physical security and can be divided into three categories, namely password-based access control, card-based access control, and biometrics-based access control, according to the system's input, transmission, and control methods. The functions and characteristics of each type of access control are explained here in this article.

Password-based access control: This is a system that requires a password to open doors. The electronic lock will open once the password is deemed correct. The advantage is that the system requires no keys or cards; only the password needs to be entered. But there are some disadvantages, too. One of them is that the key-in and reading of passwords may take some time. This may result in a long queue as workers enter a building to get to work. Another disadvantage is a low level of security: passwords can be guessed by people's gestures or stains that they leave on the keypad. Passwords are also easily forgotten or revealed. That's why access control systems based on passwords have become less and less popular.

Card-based access control systems can be further divided into two subcategories: those using contact cards and those using contactless cards. Contact cards, which can be broken or worn out, have become less common and are seen only at banks or unmanned ATM vestibules. Contactless cards, meanwhile, are durable, cost-effective, fast, and more secure. These features have made contactless cards the mainstream access control technology at present time. Contactless cards, indeed, are seen as the embodiment of access control.

The last category is biometrics, which identifies people based on their particular physical attributes. Common biometrics technologies include fingerprints, finger veins, iris scans, and facial recognition. A key advantage is that cards are not required for opening doors. In addition, overlapping or duplication of physical attributes is extremely unlikely, making the system secure. A disadvantage is that biometrics solutions are expensive. Meanwhile, physical attributes may change according to variations in the environment. For example, disparities in humidity may cause minor changes to fingerprints, while finger veins and the face may change along with age. The iris may change slightly due to eye diseases. These changes may increase the system's false acceptance rate and false recognition rate. Yet, the accuracy of biometrics systems has improved continuously, and cost has gone down by the year. This has led to increased deployment.

In addition, in recent years we are seeing more diverse applications in different vertical markets. These include NFC- and RFID-based access control and solutions that combine access control and mobile equipment. All these products and solutions will feature at the Access Control Pavilion – Asia's most comprehensive access control exhibition – at secutech 2015, held from April 28 to 30. To find out which access control companies will take part in the show, please go to www.secutech.com.

Sponsored by:  
Secutech, the annual international exhibition and conference for world-class manufacturers and discerning buyers of security products and solutions, will take place from 28 – 30 April 2015 at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center in Taiwan.
Now in its 18th year, secutech features some 500 exhibitors from 20 countries and attracts over 26,000 visitors. Dedicated pavilions for the following sectors: Surveillance | Software & Management Systems | Transmission & Networks | Smart Homes | Key Components / Parts | Electronic Systems

Register your FREE visitor badge now at www.secutech.com/registration/en

The 18th Secutech offers biz opportunities for global security players

The 18th Secutech offers biz opportunities for global security players

Editor / Provider: Secutech | Updated: 11/10/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Secutech is the annual international exhibition and conference for world-class manufacturers and discerning buyers of security products and solutions. The 18th edition is officially confirmed to take place from 28 – 30 April 2015 at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center in Taiwan.

Mr Parson Lee, Managing Director of organiser Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media Ltd, said: “The upcoming edition of Secutech will be held in April. This strategic timing allows exhibitors to present their latest technologies and launch new products during the optimum sourcing season. The show is highly anticipated by suppliers from across the globe, especially those in China, South Korea and Taiwan. These three major manufacturing bases account for up to 70% of the global security-based product output. We will once again serve as a premier networking platform for fair participants to form strategic partnerships and distributorships.”

Two debut product zones with enhanced categorisation cater to industry needs
Secutech 2015 aims to cater to demand for a wider spectrum of safety and security-related products. As a result, six special product zones, two of which are new additions to the fair, will be featured. The latest zones cover:

* Transmission & Network
Transmission distance limitations have been a major obstacle for HD migration. However, recent advancements in transmission and networking technologies allow video feeds to be sent at higher speeds. The Transmission & Network zone will feature leading Taiwanese information and communications technology (ICT) solution providers to present last mile technologies. There will also be a demonstration area for industry professionals to exchange ideas for smoother HD migration.

*Software & Storage
Higher resolution images are propelling intensive usage of data storage and management. The Software & Storage zone will be a networking platform for hardware makers, software developers and system integrators to interact. This zone aims to raise awareness of Video Management Software (VMS) and Video Content Analytics (VCA) technologies in Asia. VMS is the foundation for video monitoring, analysis and recording. The development of its extensive application is influential to various vertical markets in the industry. Regarding VCA technologies, they automatically analyse video to detect and determine temporal and spatial events. These technologies are applicable to home automation, retail, transport, safety and security.

These two zones make their debut alongside returning product zones for Access Control, Key Components & Parts, IP & HD World, and Smart Home. All zones aim to promote development within the industry.

Secutech will also organise a series of highly thought-provoking seminars. Prominent industry players, keen on sharing their knowledge and experiences, will be the speakers. Highlights include the Global Digital Security Forum (GDSF) and the Composec Conference. Attendees can expect to gain insights into the evolving global security industry through presentations and interactions with experts.

For more details about Secutech 2015, please visit www.secutech.com. Alternatively, please call Ms Sandra Chen at +886 2 2659 9080 ext 761, or send an email to sandra.chen@newera.messefrankfurt.com.

With 12 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, South America and the Russia Federation provide optimum opportunities for gaining a foothold in these dynamic growth markets. Further information is available at www.safety-security.messefrankfurt.com

Background information on Messe Frankfurt
Messe Frankfurt is one of the world's leading trade fair organisers, generating around €545 million in sales and employing some 2,000 people worldwide. The Messe Frankfurt Group has a global network of 28 subsidiaries and around 50 international Sales Partners, allowing it to serve its customers on location in more than 150 countries. Messe Frankfurt events take place at more than 30 locations around the globe. In 2013, Messe Frankfurt organised a total of 113 trade fairs, of which more than half took place outside Germany. Comprising an area of 578,000 square metres, Messe Frankfurt's exhibition grounds are home to ten exhibition halls. The company also operates two congress centres. The company is publicly owned, with the City of Frankfurt holding 60 percent and the State of Hesse 40 percent.

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IdenTrust IGC PKI certificates cross-certified with the U.S. Federal Bridge Authority

IdenTrust IGC PKI certificates cross-certified with the U.S. Federal Bridge Authority

Editor / Provider: HID Global | Updated: 10/29/2014 | Article type: Security 50

IdenTrust, part of HID Global, has achieved U.S. Federal Bridge Authority (US FBCA) cross-certification at Basic, Medium Software, Medium Hardware, and PIV-I Assurance levels with its IGC PKI certificate. HID Global will be exhibiting at the Smart Card Alliance Government Conference on October 29-30 in Washington D.C.

Each individual IGC PKI certificate includes both a certificate for identity authentication and digital signing and a certificate for encryption. The certificate pair enables a wide range of uses, particularly for the healthcare and government industries, where a high degree of trust and interoperability is required. Customers can deploy IGC PKI credentials via a “Software as a Service” delivery model or via delivery through an on premise CMS such as HID Global's ActivID® CMS.

“Cross-certification with the U.S. Federal Bridge transforms the IGC PKI certificate,” said Karen J. Wendel, CEO of IdenTrust. “Our customers in the healthcare and government industries have a significant, and often times mandated, need for both physical and logical security. The complexities of managing a different system for physical and logical access lead to processes that are faulty and cumbersome. IGC PKI certificates streamline the entire approach by providing a single credential that secures doors, devices, and software. It's intelligent, efficient, and seamless.”

The Drug Enforcement Agency's Electronic Prescriptions for Controlled Substances (EPCS) program accepts IGC PKI credentials, making the certificates especially of value in the healthcare industry. This is particularly important for practitioners in states such as New York, where deadlines loom for mandated EPCS. IGC PKI certificates also enable Directed Exchange in compliance with the National Health Architecture guidelines.

“HID Global provides a majority of the physical access cards in use at hospitals today. By incorporating IGC PKI certificates onto our ActivID CMS systems, our customers deploy the highest level of security with the most simplified method of delivery,” said Sheila Stromberg, Director of Vertical Markets and Healthcare Solutions with HID Global. “It is the most streamlined, secure, and convenient restricted access solution available today.”

IGC PKI certificates are a critical component of converged physical and logical access credentials that are compliant with Personal Identity Verification Interoperable (PIV-I) and Personal Identity Verification Compatible (PIV-C) standards. With IGC PKI certificates, IdenTrust customers who are government contractors can issue a branded, single credential to their employees for the purpose of physical access to restricted areas and buildings while also using the same credentials to authenticate, securely exchange email and other information, and establish non-repudiation with digital signatures on documents and transactions. Moreover, the IGC certificates on these credentials provide interoperability with the U.S. Government.

“IdenTrust and HID Global set out to provide a comprehensive identity and access management solution for our healthcare and government customers. IGC PKI combined with a compatible CMS is that solution,” said Vishvas Patel, Chief Architect and Vice President of Products at IdenTrust. “Better still, many of our customers are already realizing the cost benefits from the convergence of logical and physical access by using this solution.”

EverFocus anounces the release of Elite 2 NVR8004X

EverFocus anounces the release of Elite 2 NVR8004X

Editor / Provider: EverFocus | Updated: 10/27/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Elite 2 NVR8004X - UP to 16CH Tower NVR with 4HDD Bays

EverFocus Elite 2 NVR8004X is a professional standalone network video server designed for small and medium-sized businesses (SMB) and enterprises. Operating on a Linux-based system, the NVR offers quick PC-less configuration, network-based surveillance connection, megapixel recording as well as playback, up to 12 TB storage capacities and more. It also supports industry standard compression codec, such as H.264 and M-JPEG. The device is compatible with all EverFocus IP cameras.

Other cutting-edge functions available on EverFocus Elite 2 NVR8004X include multi-channel playback at multiple speed options and easy data search by event date and time. With the newly improved Event Management function, users are now supplied with a much larger range of supported event types and handling options in the database. Suspicious activities and behaviors can be detected and responded to on a much more accurate and timely manner. In addition, EverFocus has further strengthened users' account management for secure access control in vertical markets, such as residential communities, parking lot, retails stores, shopping malls, banks, hospitals, offices, factories and much more. Users may enable and perform the specified functions through the web-based GUI by the Web browser.

EverFocus Elite 2 NVR8004X NVR is the best choice for a complete network-based surveillance solution. It is versatile, flexible and well caters to the needs of the industry.

HD-over-coaxial: Ultimate battle for survival by analog manufacturers

HD-over-coaxial: Ultimate battle for survival by analog manufacturers

Editor / Provider: Alf Chang, a&s International | Updated: 10/23/2014 | Article type: Tech Corner

The overarching view in the security industry right now is that IP, which employs a network infrastructure and offers HD video, will one day replace analog solutions, which have defined video surveillance for half a century. For analog players, who are seeing declines in sales and revenue, they must find ways to regain their former dominance in the industry. HD-overcoaxial solutions, which deliver HD video over users' existing coaxial cabling, represent their ultimate battle for survival amidst the IP invasion.

Ever since 960H and HD-SDI emerged in 2011, video surveillance players have been trying to find solutions that enhance the quality of CCTV, which remains the mainstream surveillance technology. Analog cameras are inexpensive and easy to install, and they still dominate the market with 70 to 80 percent of market share. However, IP cameras are threatening the very existence of analog players, who are seeing a steady revenue decline. Against this backdrop, analog players seeking to survive have put intensive efforts into the R&D of high-resolution HD-over-coaxial solutions. HDCVI, HDTVI, ccHDtv, and AHD are the products of those efforts.

Any HD-over-coaxial solution, be it 960H, HD-SDI, HDCVI, HDTVI, AHD, and ccHDtv, must be easy to use over the end user's legacy coaxial cable. HD transmission should be achieved using 5C-2V (RG-59U) or 3C-2V (RG-6) coaxial cable without quality loss, and the traditional distance barrier of 100 to 200 meters must be overcome. The solution must incur no extra cost for installation or upgrade, resist quality loss over a long distance, and enable easy upgrade to megapixel-level HD surveillance. Further, it must be high in quality and competitive in price to gain a stronger foothold in vertical markets. In summary, for a solution to be called HD-over-coaxial, six basic requirements must be met:

1. It must have high video clarity and color separation, as well as high signal filtering, noise reduction, and image restoration capabilities;

2 .As HD-over-coax is claimed as a breakthrough technology, it must be able to transmit signals for a longer distance over existing coaxial cable;

3 .The solution must not be subject to latency, compression-related quality loss, or any compromise to video quality;

4 The backend equipment must be compatible with the 960H format, and future compatibility with analog splitters and matrix systems must be considered;

5. HD-over-coax must be easy to use and operate and allow settings on both frontend and backend equipment;

6. Any solution must have low cost and high quality.

There are HD-over-coaxial DVRs that can support both 960H and 720/1080p. These are called hybrid HD DVRs. There are even HD DVRs that are bolstered by Intersil's decoder chip and the TCP/IP interface to support 960H, 720p/1080p, and IP signals. These are called Tri-brid HD DVRs.

Compare and contrast between solutions
HDCVI, HDTVI, and AHD share one thing in common: as opposed to 960H that uses the CCD sensor, HDCVI, HDTVI, and AHD use the megapixel-level CMOS or Exmor CMOS sensor. The purpose is to capture HD images at the source level. Among manufacturers of CMOS sensors are Sony, Omnivision, Pixelplus, and BYD. The formation of images differs slightly according to brand.

Another similarity as far as components are concerned is the use of an image signal processor (ISP) in conjunction with the sensor. This device ultimately determines the final image displayed by HDCVI, HDTVI, and AHD solutions. The chipset could be integrated into the sensor module or into the transceiver at the backend of the HDCVI, HDTVI, or AHD camera. Image signal processors, whose manufacturers include Sony, Fullhan, Nextchip, and Eyenix, process and enhance images formed by the sensor. As ISPs of different companies are designed differently, they have different ways of handling backlight compensation, WDR noise reduction, and the 3As, namely auto white balance, auto exposure, and auto focus.

One final thing that the solutions have in common is the presence of a signal transceiver, which produces different signal formats based on the technology in question, namely HDCVI, HDTVI, and AHD. Regardless of the technology, these transceivers are similar in that they combine signal augmentation, voltage augmentation, and MCU all in one device and emit signals over different transmission distances. There is also a circuit switch that allows cameras to switch between HD-over-coaxial and CVBS output.

All HD-over-coaxial signals travel through coaxial cables, which can be 5C-2V (RG-59U) or 3C-2V (RG-6) for transmission of between 300 and 500 meters. Among the things that set them apart are the codec engine, which is made by TI, Hisilicon, or Grain Media, and the performance of ISP processing.

Application in verticals
Based on how things look right now, to popularize HDCVI, HDTVI, and AHD and widen their reach in different verticals, it seems manufacturers still have lots of publicity and marketing to do. In fact, I still have doubts over their market acceptance beyond the banking, financial, and retail verticals, as 960H and HD-SDI themselves are still mostly deployed in retail, banking, and education. It is my hope that fiber optic providers can develop and commercialize HD-over-coaxial interfaces, so that HDCVI, HDTVI, and AHD can go beyond small and medium implementations and find their way into city and highway surveillance, which requires HD and real-time video transmission.

Currently, there aren't any credible or authoritative figures on the market acceptance toward HDCVI, HDTVI and AHD. Yet, marketing strategies differ according to manufacturers and their OEM partners. Based on our observation, a lack of understanding of the different solutions is the biggest obstacle that manufacturers need to deal with right now.

Opportunities and future development
HD and intelligence are future development trends that analog players seeking to upgrade their HD products future, advances in CMOS, ISP, and transceivers will cause HD-over-coaxial surveillance to become a norm. Applications in different verticals will also become more noticeable. In security, there is a notion that IP will replace analog. But this will not happen anytime soon, and HD-over-coaxial marks the effort by analog players to at least slow the IP invasion and analog's decline. In the end, maybe there is a purpose for the existence of these solutions.


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