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Dahua enhances security for Bank Central Asia in Indonesia

Dahua enhances security for Bank Central Asia in Indonesia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Localize or BUST! Searching for success in China

Localize or BUST! Searching for success in China

Editor / Provider: Eifeh Strom, a&s Asia | Updated: 2/13/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

Despite the fierce competition, multinationals are finding many ways to grow and get ahead in China's massive security market. With words like localization being emphasized by every player in China, multinationals have found ways to fit into and meet the requirements of this highly demanding market.

In 2014, China surpassed the U.S. as the world's largest economy. This, however, should not come as a surprise to anyone. With one-seventh of the world's population, an insatiable market, and exceptionally fast development, it was only a matter of time before China pushed out the U.S. to take over the number one spot. In the security and surveillance market, China has played a similar game — unbeatable manpower, ever-improving technology, and a market hungry for the latest and greatest in security products. In fact, as previously reported by a&s, according to IHS, China was estimated to be the largest regional market for video surveillance equipment in 2013, accounting for a third of global revenues.

It is quite clear that China is a force to be reckoned with, not just in security but generally as an overall economic giant. According to Memoori Business Intelligence, within the video surveillance sphere, China is now delivering the highest rate of growth and increasing its market share. What that has meant for the security industry is that everyone wants a piece of this massive market. Multinationals from every corner of the world have flocked to China to try to gain a presence and take some of the country's market share. However, this has not been easy. With local Chinese security manufacturers numbering in the thousands (and constantly on the rise) and power-house players like Hikvision Digital Technology and Dahua Technology quickly ascending in the ranks among the world's biggest security manufacturers, multinationals have their work cut out for them.

Everything Local
From manpower to manufacturing to offices to services, being local in all these categories is more than just an added bonus for multinationals in China: it's a necessity. Setting up local R&D, local manufacturing, and local offices has been the key to success for many multinationals in China. In fact, many of the world's top security brands are emphasizing localization as their key strategy. Companies like Axis Communications, HID Global, Infinova, Panasonic, Sony, etc., have all set up manufacturing factories in the country, which has proved to be very advantageous when it comes to competing with local manufacturers. “As we have local manufacturing and local R&D, we can, to an extent, reduce costs — we can be more aggressive with pricing with China-specific products,” said Jimmy Li, Sales Director for China at Axis Communications. Being able to compete in price is obviously quite an advantage as the price wars caused by Chinese manufacturers within the global security industry have affected every manufacturer.

Aside from local manufacturing, local manpower is also a key asset to multinationals. “The fact that we have local Chinese people in our office helps us a lot because they serve as a bridge of knowledge,” said Dror Irani, President and CEO of BriefCam, an Israeli-based software company specialized in video synopsis. “They take the local requirements of the market and translate it in a way our programmers understand what is required, which is not a simple task: it is both technical as well as cultural. Technical and cultural gaps exist in this communication and understanding all of that can immediately affect your entire product offering.”

Additionally, localization tactics like language are also quite important in the Chinese market. Eric Chiu, Sales Director for Greater China at HID Global pointed out, “Small things make a big difference — for example, language. Many global companies use English as a standard, but for HID, especially here in China, we are not that way. We still have English, but Chinese is our local language for communication. This is just one example. It looks like a very small thing, but it can basically show the customers we are local.”

Tailored for China
Among the most common characteristics pointed out by multinationals about Chinese users is their requests for tailored/ customized products. This customization extends from hardware to software. Some multinationals have seen requests for things like connector requirements for power supply in China, which is not usually seen in Europe or North America.

Oftentimes whether or not a company can meet these requirements can make or break a deal, particularly because of the willingness by local companies to customize products for individual projects. “From what we've seen in China, Chinese local players play a different game. They will take an offering and customize it, optimize it to a specific customer's need, while lagging behind on innovation that comes from within,” said Irani. This need for customization is harder for large overseas companies to meet, especially on a per project basis due to the affect it would have on the standardization of their products, according to William Pan, Sales Manager of the Sales and Marketing Division at EverFocus Shenzhen.

The need for customization is especially true in verticals such as city surveillance. “Most important is to customize the embedded software functions to meet the requirements of local customers,” emphasized Li. “In China, different verticals, different segments the customers have different standards and different requirements. For instance, for city surveillance, the police request that every camera vendor needs to comply with local standards. You have to comply with these standards to be able to participate in some local city surveillance projects.” Similarly, Daniel Zhao, Director of China Market at Infinova pointed out that the government has enacted many regulations and requirements for security, which he believes will help drive security growth.

Standards and regulations, in fact, play a large role in customization requests in the Chinese security market. “There are a lot of regulations like CCC (China Compulsory Certificate) and PSP (Public Security Police) certifications. We will ensure our products comply with government standards and regulations, as well as industry codes. All the products we are selling in China we will apply for local certifications before we launch them in the market. So, it's tough, but not that tough,” said Tony Wong, Strategic Sales Director for Greater China at Tyco Security Products. Other national standards such as GB/T 28181, a security and protection video monitoring network system technical specification of information transport, switch, and control, can be an important factor when trying to participate in government projects, are also quite important for security tenders.

High Levels of Integration
In addition to requests for custom, tailor-made products, multinationals have taken note of the demand for high levels of integration.

While it is true that integration has been a trend in the industry for some time now, the degree of integration required by Chinese users from manufacturers has been noted to be higher than that in other countries. “In markets outside of China video surveillance is focused on surveillance purposes, but in China they like to look at high-level integration systems,” said Kenneth Cheung, GM of Merit LILIN Guangzhou. “For example, they want to combine surveillance systems with building automation or access control. They want to integrate into one big system. This is a very big difference in China versus other world markets.”

However, a lack of education among Chinese systems integrators (SIs) is why full solutions have also become popular. “Why total solutions are very popular in China is because SIs do not have the competence. They need to rely on the vendors to give their package and then they can sell to the customer,” Li said. However, Li believes that this will change as eventually SIs will realize that they need to increase their value, which means they will need to increase their competency and knowledge, particularly for IP systems.

Importance of Software
Nowadays standing out among the competition is the best way to ensure survival. However, products now look increasingly similar to one another and features that once made products special have become standard. Cheung pointed out that with so many manufacturers in China (mostly concentrated in Shenzhen, Guangdong, and Zhejiang provinces), product homogenization has increasingly become a problem. Therefore, to standout, having unique features is more important than ever. One way to do this is through software. “The margin for hardware is ever decreasing. To survive in this situation, you need to reinforce software,” said J.S. Han, President and CEO of Microdigital.

Particularly in China, where integration is important, whether or not a company has software can make or break a deal. “In China, sometimes, the customer will request the camera and the VMS come from the same vendor,” Li said. “If we do not have the software, we will miss some opportunities. This is why we launched software for large systems. In the past we only had software to address medium to small systems, but now this gives a new option for our partners to address those opportunities where the VMS and cameras come from the same vendor. So, that is new to China and is only available in China.”

Government Protection
Compared to the rest of Asia, the Chinese government is more involved in the security market, especially in projects like safe and smart cities, Zhao noted. However, government involvement in China can be a cause for headaches when it comes to government projects, since long as a project if funded by the government, they can request the vendor is from China.

Protection by the government cannot be the only source for blame though when it comes to difficulties with Chinese projects. “The China market is maybe a little closed. The government will protect the local makers, but we cannot clearly say that they are protecting. Why? Because China's local vendors clearly know users' requests. They can give suggestions to users in order to use video/audio very well in vertical markets — what kinds of functions combined with your business logic, and you should have such kind of standards. In this way, I think international brands need to understand local vertical market business requests and also try to enter the standards-making process. So, I think it's protection, but mainly it is international makers cannot clearly communicate very well with the Chinese business logic,” said Xiaobo Zhou, Senior Manager of VS Marketing Department for Professional Solutions China at Sony (China). Regardless of government protection, a general preference for local products has also been noted by many multinationals. “One thing that is different about China is that there are a lot of manufacturers and they want to localize by themselves. China, whenever they can, they buy locally. Only when they cannot buy locally they buy from other countries,” Han said.

Lack of Patent Protection
One major challenge in China is the lack of intellectual property protection. Several multinationals noted that patents and licenses are not quite protected by the government at this stage. Han further pointed out that due to the abundance of manpower and technical power at Chinese makers' disposal they are able to expand on and develop new technologies within two to three years of a technology's original release. For small companies, keeping up with the fast-paced China is difficult due to how quickly the local market can adapt. “If it is a very difficult technology, China, maybe in the beginning they import, but they immediately make their own version,” Han added. This “copycat” issue has affected companies throughout the industry. “We have seen several local players introduce similar solutions. This obviously makes our life a bit more difficult in China compared to other places because in general we are a unique exclusive player due to intellectual property protection. But although we've registered our patents in China, we have not yet enforced them. The fact that we have local competition only makes us work harder to make sure we also have a technology edge,” Irani said.

Competition Pushes Innovation With more manufacturers that one can count, China's security market is fiercely competitive. Not only does China have the numbers, they have also caught up in quality and technology. While for many companies competition quells growth, sometimes leading to collapse, others have learned to thrive. “The competition is encouragement for us. You have to make sure that your company can keep moving on, going faster, that's how you can capture the market,” Chiu said. “Competition is everywhere, the most important thing is how you can make sure to move faster and go the right way.” Irani also noted: “I do see intensified pressure to close each deal with competitive pricing, etc., but there is still a lot of hunger and desire for innovation.”

Recipe for Success
Going into the China market, companies know to expect competition in all forms: price, product, endless options, etc. What it comes down to is a willingness to persevere in a highly competitive market. Those that are willing to stick it out, learn to localize, and figure out how to work with the market can definitely find success. One thing that is for certain is with such a large market, there is plenty to go around in terms of opportunity — all that is needed is a little patience and hard work.

Unique Requests From Chinese Users
It is not uncommon to have users from different countries have unique requests and requirements when it comes to security products. Many multinationals have noted certain quirks specific to Chinese customers.

Aside from general customization, Jimmy Li, Sales Director for China at Axis Communications noted the preference for fixed-box cameras without lenses. “In terms of cameras, in other countries, customers are more likely to want fixed-dome cameras, but in China they prefer fixed-box cameras,” Li said. “China also prefers cameras without lenses, but other countries prefer cameras with lenses. In China, they want to choose their own lens, especially for city surveillance where they sometimes need to have long-focus lens.” Vertical market requirements are one of the reasons fixed-box cameras are preferred. City surveillance, one of the biggest verticals in China, requires that cameras are able to be posted on poles. In this instance, fixed-box cameras best fit the need, according to Li.

Similarly, FLIR Systems has noticed a need for specific lenses by Chinese customers as well. “Some of our markets love smaller lenses, lower price, and high volume of those lenses. Some markets like China like big lenses at a higher price, which they can accept. They just like to look further in China. But it depends on the application and in many cases large area surveillance is the key driver for long lenses, like river monitoring and/or boarder surveillance,” said Paolo Gianni Saranga, Business Development Manager of Security and Surveillance for the Boarder Security Program and Maritime Products of APAC at FLIR Systems.

Samsung Techwin : A new era for video surveillance

Samsung Techwin : A new era for video surveillance

Editor / Provider: Samsung Techwin | Updated: 2/11/2015 | Article type: Security 50

The BBC News magazine recently published an article online under the heading, 'The end of the CCTV era?'. The piece reported that some local authorities are questioning if further investment in video surveillance can be justified.

So, is this the end of a long period of sustained growth for the video surveillance industry? Peter Ainsworth, Head of Product and Marketing for the Security Solution division of Samsung Techwin, confidently predicts that nothing could be further from the truth.

“ Whilst over recent years Town Centre monitoring schemes have represented a major source of revenue for all involved in the video surveillance supply chain, as a spokesperson for the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) states in the BBC News magazine article, public sector cameras are outnumbered by private sector cameras on a scale of 70 to 1.

The private sector is continuing to invest in and rely on video surveillance to help deter and detect criminal activity, with the latest generation of high definition IP network cameras proving to be very popular among users who require evidence grade images.

Open Platform ushers in a new era for video surveillance
The massive processing power of the DSP chipsets incorporated into latest generation of high definition cameras means that there are now some great opportunities to provide users with significant added value from their video surveillance systems.

It's a win-win situation for all parties, including manufacturers of cameras and recording devices who understand the value of working in partnership with specialist software development companies and it is certainly an opportunity for systems integrators and installers of video surveillance, whether they operate in the IT arena or are part of the traditional electronic industry.

Endless Possibilities- Open Platform is a phrase that we will hear increasingly used. It relates to the opportunity to take advantage of the spare processing power of a camera's DSP chipset to download and run edge based Applications in a similar way to adding Apps to a Smartphone, with the added bonus of reducing the need for dedicated video analytics servers by up to 90%.

Most Open Platform cameras which are currently available can only run one Application, but the processing power of Samsung Techwin's WiseNetIII DSP chipset provides customers with the option to run multiple Applications at the same time.

Bespoke video surveillance solutions - Having the ability to utilise on board Applications creates opportunities for cameras to be used for multi-tasking, with various departments within a business or organisation able to simultaneously collect and analyse valuable management information via different specialist video analytics Applications. It offers operation managers the potential to improve efficiency in areas such as process control, health & safety, marketing and human resource management, as well as enhancing the ability of security personnel to react quickly and effectively to any security threat.

Retailers, for example, can use cameras with an Open Platform capability to integrate with other in-store systems, software and technologies, such as EAS, EPOS, Access Control, ANPR, facial recognition, people counting, heat maps and human resource data, to analyse customer traffic patterns, manage queues or understand the implications of customer behaviour in relation to signage, store layout and promotions.

IHS Research note: Canon to acquire Axis Communications

IHS Research note: Canon to acquire Axis Communications

Editor / Provider: IHS | Updated: 2/11/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

Canon announced a public offer today to acquire Axis Communications. Axis is one of the world's largest suppliers of video surveillance equipment.

This is a massive development in the video surveillance equipment market. Until 2014, Canon was a small player in this market. However, back in August 2013, it revealed big ambitions when its CEO, Fujio Mitari, spoke about security cameras becoming an “important pillar” for the company and the market having “limitless possibilities for growth”. Then in June 2014, Canon acquired the world's largest supplier of video management software, Milestone Systems. Now, Canon is purchasing the world's largest supplier of network cameras. All of this shows just how seriously Canon is about expanding its interests in the video surveillance equipment market.

IHS estimates that Axis Communications was the third largest supplier of video surveillance equipment in 2014 with over 5% of a global market worth around $15 billion. Despite this, the company has faced intense competition, particularly from Chinese rivals in recent years. The largest of these, Hikvision and Dahua, have both been gaining market share faster than Axis. At the same time, the average selling price of a network camera has more than halved between 2010 and 2014.

Canon's acquisition of Axis is the latest in a number of major changes to the structure of the supply chain for video surveillance equipment. It comes just two months after Samsung Group sold Samsung Techwin. Today, the supply chain remains highly fragmented. The top fifteen suppliers account for less than 50% of revenues and there are thousands of small suppliers. Consolidation has been anticipated for some time and Canon's purchase of Axis could be just the start of a series of industry acquisitions in 2015.

Canon to acquire Axis for $2.8 billion

Canon to acquire Axis for $2.8 billion

Editor / Provider: Canon | Updated: 2/10/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

Canon Inc. announces that it has decided to make a recommended public cash offer (the "Offer") to the shareholders in the Swedish company Axis AB ("Axis"; President and CEO: Ray Mauritsson) to tender all their shares in Axis to Canon. Completion of the Offer is subject to a number of conditions. The Axis shares are listed on Nasdaq Stockholm.

The Offer is friendly in nature and the Board of Directors of Axis has decided to recommend Axis's shareholders to accept it. The three largest shareholders in Axis, including the founders, who hold in aggregate approximately 39.5% of the total number of shares and voting rights in Axis, have undertaken to accept the Offer subject to certain conditions.

Under Phase IV of its Excellent Global Corporation Plan, launched in 2011, Canon aims to maintain its highly profitable structure and join the ranks of the world's top 100 companies in terms of all key measures of business performance. As a key strategy toward the achievement of this goal, Canon aims to develop new business through globalized diversification.

In recent years, the video surveillance system market has continued to realize rapid growth. Canon views its network surveillance camera business as a promising new business area and positions the business as a driving force for future growth within the Canon Group. Canon would be pleased to welcome Axis, the global leader in the network video solutions industry, into the Canon Group.

After the completion of the Offer, Canon envisages the following synergies.

1. Strong technology synergies
The combination of Canon's excellent optical and imaging technologies and Axis's outstanding network image processing technology will enable both companies to offer innovative, sophisticated network video solutions. Furthermore, by making use of Canon's wide range of research and development capabilities and manufacturing technologies, Axis will be able to boost product competitiveness.

2. Strengthening the intellectual property portfolio
Canon and Axis each own intellectual property in different technology fields. Together, the combined intellectual property portfolio will be strengthened across a broad area of technologies, allowing leveraged product development which will contribute to an increased ability to introduce new and innovative products, solutions and services to the market.

3. Enhancing the distribution and service network
To date, Canon has created a global distribution and service network for its camera products and business equipment. Additionally, Axis has a well-established worldwide network of 75,000 business partners, including system integrators. With Axis joining the Canon Group, Canon will be able to add Axis's distribution and service channels for network system products.

Axis is a global company that has continuously created innovative products and services from its founding in 1984 to today through its entrepreneurship and unique corporate culture. Following completion of the Offer, Axis's current management team will remain in place and its headquarters, development centers, and sales offices will remain in their current locations. The strong Axis brand name will be maintained and applied in all relevant markets. Furthermore, Axis will continue to be a separate legal entity within the Canon Group.

Overview of the Offer
1. Offer Price
340 Swedish krona per share

2. Number of Shares to be Purchased by Canon
69,461,250 Shares (100% of the issued shares in Axis)

3. Funds Required for the Purchase (Estimated)
Approx. 23.6 billion Swedish krona (Approx. 333.7 billion yen when all issued shares in Axis are acquired)

4. Indicative Timetable
Estimated date for launch of the Offer: Early March 2015
The Offer will be launched as soon as the Offer document is approved by the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority and Nasdaq Stockholm in early March 2015.

5. Other
Completion of the Offer is conditional on receipt of necessary regulatory, governmental or similar clearances, approvals and decisions, including from competition authorities.

Exacq Technologies integrates with Lenel OnGuard products

Exacq Technologies integrates with Lenel OnGuard products

Editor / Provider: Exacq Technologies | Updated: 2/9/2015 | Article type: Security 50

The integration of Lenel's OnGuard 7.0 with exacqVision provides users with an easy-to-use, versatile access control and video surveillance security system combined in one platform. From one interface, users can utilize the functionality of exacqVision within the access control system. With OnGuard 7.0, exacqVision users can now access pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) focus and iris control for analog PTZ cameras. The new integration also features performance improvements with alarm monitoring when playing back recorded video.

This integration allows end users to:
* Add video sources within OnGuard
* View live and recorded video from exacqVision VMS software within OnGuard
* View the status of recorders and channels in the system
* Export recorded video
* Control PTZ from OnGuard applications
* Send motion detected alarms from exacqVision to alarm monitoring

This integration requires exacqVision version 6.6 or later with a current exacqVision Enterprise license and OnGuard 7.0. Download the plug-in. Previous certifications for earlier versions of OnGuard are also available.

New prospects for building management and security system integration

New prospects for building management and security system integration

Editor / Provider: Israel Gogol, Freelancer, a&s International | Updated: 2/10/2015 | Article type: Tech Corner

Combining security and building management gives an additional layer of information and operational capabilities. A growing number of network-based solutions will increase the benefits of building management systems and security integration. Even though the synergies between the two seem obvious, nonetheless, ownership issues are an obstacle to this integration.

A silver robot is seen gliding along the corridors of Akershus University Hospital (AHUS) in Oslo, Norway. AHUS is one of Norway's “digital hospitals” and among other cutting edge technologies it also uses automated guided vehicles, small robots that travel the hospital using a virtual “track” that deliver supplies (e.g., linens, food, and medicine) from storage rooms to the wards and clear waste. The robots transport special containers weighing up to several hundred kilograms, free up personnel, and increase the hospital's efficiency. However, unlike human employees, these robots can't swipe an access card or press an elevator button. Technology came up with a solution: “The robots are guided by the hospital's building management system (BMS) which is linked to our access control system. The access control system is in charge of opening the doors when a robot approaches, and operating the elevators to take the robots to the right floor,” described David Ella, CTO of AMAG Technology.

This is an example of how integrating security systems with BMS can add an additional layer of information and management capabilities to answer both security and operational needs. Currently these integrations are popular in large campuses like universities, hospitals, and large corporate headquarters.

The connection between BMS and the security system is two-way. “Our products can see the alerts in the BMS system and trigger an alarm,” explained Ella. For example, when a BMS sensor goes into alert (e.g., a heat sensor overheating), this can be converted to an alarm within the security system, prompting security personnel to check if there is a fire. If a fire is detected, the access control system can open doors to make evacuation faster, or provide a report describing which employees are inside the building and where. In the other direction, a swipe of an access card will instruct the BMS to switch on the lights and heating on the employee's specific floor or switch off the lights when the last employee has left. This way, it is possible to achieve cost efficiency, cutting expenses on lighting, heating, and other expenses as well as delivering an eco-friendly value.

Occupancy sensors, used by BMS to detect occupancy and automatically switch on the lights, can alert security systems that an intruder is in the building. For instance, if the security system detects an intrusion, it can switch on the lights in the area so that detecting the intruder is easier and the recorded video footage is clearer.

Market asks for Integration
The value of integrating an access control system with building management is critical in today's data-driven business environment. “More than ever, today's customers require that the systems they invest in be able to integrate with other network-enabled platforms, such as BMS,” explained Mitchell Kane, President of Vanderbilt Industries. The ability to change the environmental or power profile of a building based on information gathered in the access control system is highly valuable, and helps users reduce ongoing costs while controlling access points securely.

The main products integrated with BMS include access control systems (including readers, cards, controllers, and software used to create, manage, and use secure identities) and visitor management systems. “Other integrated systems are mobile access control solutions, including mobile IDs and mobile access apps that are used with mobile-enabled readers, door opening solutions, and lock systems,” said Simon Siew, MD of APAC at HID Global.

Access control and video surveillance are the two systems integrated the most. “By far, the integration between access control and video surveillance systems is the integration that customers request most,” Kane said. Video is a valuable tool when combined with access control data, as it provides visual verification of alarms and a variety of access control events. “The correlation of the data from these two systems also allows for an additional level of situational awareness. Video playback can provide security personnel or first responders with a better understanding of a security or life safety event before responding,” he added.

“In the last two years, we noticed that customers want to move from ‘traditional' BMS companies that are big, expensive, and not so flexible in integrating third party auxiliary systems,” said Rick Huang, Business Development Manager of Alstron. “The solution is software houses that provide third-party software that can connect to the energy management module, video surveillance, and access system. The limitation of these systems is that they have to rely on software development kits supplied by the manufacturer,” he added.

Integraing smart functions
Integration of systems is not the only thing that end users are looking for. In fact, the integration of smart functions, such as analytics is also in demand. “There is the growing demand of more intelligent security systems, intelligent electronic locking systems, and security cloud services that fill the gaps that current systems are either too expensive or cumbersome to maintain,” said Patrick Lim, Group Sales and Marketing Director at Ademco Security Group. “The biggest trend is in smart integrated security systems, or what we call human-centric security. The whole idea is to utilize security technologies to make a facility smarter and a lot friendlier to the inhabitants.”

“Currently, most systems are just integrated but not really smart. Using big data analytics, we can use security devices, which collect the data and have daily interaction with people to predict situations and automate intelligent decisions. This is very different from current solutions that are very rigid and mostly ignore human inhabitants for the sole sake of efficiency and energy saving,” Lim added.

Furthermore, through the use of big data analytics and correlating information from different sources, the systems will be able to predict situations and act accordingly. For example, if the system detects a buildup of people in the lobby of a convention center, this can trigger the air conditioning in the convention hall to start cooling the area in advance in a more efficient way. Currently, the systems only detect the people when they are inside the convention hall, forcing the air conditioning system to “blast” the venue to cool it quickly, which is inefficient and energy consuming.

IP IntegratIon and Its Challenges
Most companies and institutions today have installed a variety of generally disparate and isolated systems, ranging from security, access control, and video surveillance to incident response, perimeter detection, and alarm monitoring. “Although these systems typically cannot easily share information, if at all, there are natural synergies between each of them. IP-based solutions make it easier to integrate the information and provide the opportunity for a single new system that can be much greater than the sum of its individual, disparate parts,” Siew explained.

“IP-based access control is particularly important for organizations that want to integrate security and BMS,” he stressed.

Integrating access control with BMS on a single network delivers better facility management. “Today's IP-based access control systems enable facility managers to bring intelligence to each door for streamlined system monitoring, management, and reporting via standard web browsers. Facility managers and venue operators not only have immediate visibility when doors are forced open, but also gain valuable key remote-management, report-generation, and auditing capabilities. Additionally, points of failure in the system are reduced when deploying edge devices, since each device controls a single door,” added Siew.

In addition, there is a preference towards system integration in a single user interface. A single interface allows for centralized control and management and helps put in place standard operating procedures, explained Ken Lee, Director of Operations at KZTech. Lee also highlighted the role of PSIM solutions, “With more PSIM solutions getting cheaper, building security managers are moving into integrated solutions rather than multiple standalone systems.”

While IP integration may be the key to a more efficient system, there are still challenges. “When people say that systems ‘integrate' it is critical to understand what this means,” said Sean Ahrens, Security Consulting Services Practice Leader at Aon Global Risk Consulting Security Practice. “Is it possible to control the other system? Or only get information? For example, the access control and the video might not be completely compatible to each other. Integration should be seamless both-ways, with bi-directional information.”

The use of data communication protocols such as BACnet (building automation and control networks) or XML for buildings and ONVIF or PSIA for cameras greatly increases the potential for integration and the potential for limiting the control of proprietary systems. However, currently there is no open standard widely applied. “The more information we bring using common protocols, the more systems we can integrate,” summarized Ahrens.

Need for Network Savvy Integrators
With the growing role of IP-based systems, the importance of installers who are extremely network and computer savvy and are able to diagnose communication faults and port issues are also growing. “The key in choosing an integrator is having a knowledgeable integrator supported by a robust manufacturer that has quality and awareness to the clients, good warranty, and service, knowledgeable about information technology/programming and fast, accurate support,” explained Ahrens. “Installers nowadays need to understand also the network transmission and distribution levels and not just cameras and should maintain constant touch with manufacturers.”

“As a company, we [Vanderbilt] partner with systems integrators to deploy our systems and we provide them with the training necessary to gain the knowledge needed to best integrate our technologies with other IP-enabled technologies,” said Kane. “We invest in providing strong support and training to our resellers because it is their responsibility to explain the benefits of linking technologies together when possible. There are many instances in which a building's security is managed by a facility manager and a tenant's security is managed by the tenant. This can lead to the installation of multiple systems. If a systems integrator can bring these multiple stakeholders to the table to have a conversation about the integration of systems beforehand, an investment will be much more valuable to all parties moving forward,” he added.

Ownership problems and knowledge gaps hinder integration
The integration of BMS and security seems natural. However, few facilities choose this integration. “We started integrating BMS and security systems about 10 years ago, but this integration opportunity is not so popular. We sell about 2,000 systems a year, but less than 1 percent are integrated with BMS,” said Ella.

The main issue hindering integration is not technological but external. In most environments the systems are owned by different stakeholders; the BMS are owned by the landlords, whereas the tenants own the security systems. In many cases the BMS is already installed in the building and tenants can't change it. In addition, knowledge gaps exist between building and security systems professionals since each system has a different focus.

“End customers themselves are facing a dilemma regarding the integration of the systems and are looking for a system that can bring services together,” added Huang. “For example, installing anti-smoking detection sensors in ‘no-smoking' areas like hospitals, who should be in charge? The facility manager or the security manager?” As the industry is trying to find a balance between the two systems, Huang believes that there will be more integration in the future.

New regulation promotes Integration
The integration of BMS and security systems is easier to plan in advance when designing a new building. For existing buildings, the willingness to change systems is very low. A new environ-mental regulation is changing things in Singapore. The new regulation stipulates that all new and existing buildings needing extension or major retrofitting work, with an area of 2,000 square meters and above, must comply with the Environmental Sustainability regulation as stipulated in the Building Control Act. “As a result, this regulation became the drive for building owners to upgrade to BMS that can comply with the regulation and monitor and reduce their energy consumption. Along with the upgrade they also look for integration opportunities with other systems,” said Huang.

Similar initiatives around the world might prompt similar integrations in other places.

Future trends
Industry players are noting many other trends, in addition to integration, when it comes to BMS. “There is significant interest in mobile applications. Users of all sizes, whether it is an enterprise customer or a small-to-medium-sized business, want to be able to manage their security infrastructure from anywhere in the world. As the industry and technology continues to advance, mobile applications and functionality will become highly adopted,” said Kane.

Siew also expressed a similar view, “the introduction and accelerating adoption of mobile access solutions is one of the most important industry developments of the past few years. We anticipate there will be growing demand for mobile devices that provide a better way to open doors.”

Lim also sees a change in business models: “The industry already sold a lot of integrated systems in the last decade. The growing trend is towards a managed service model where customers do not just purchase hardware but requires integrated 24/7 management services to run and support these systems. There is also an emerging trend of customers procuring systems as services.” Purchasing a service gives clients the option to change providers as their needs change. The industry is moving towards greater integration of systems and sensors. New environmental regulations, the Internet of Things, and different programs for smart building management are all drivers that will increase integration opportunities in the future. Additionally, as the number of sensors that are internet-ready increases, so will the role of cloud applications that will manage these sensors for different platforms. Hopefully as integration becomes easier from a technology point of view it will also help to mitigate the problems associated with system ownership and increase the benefits for both building owners and tenants.

Hikvision announces 2014 Financial Revenues showing 60% Growth

Hikvision announces 2014 Financial Revenues showing 60% Growth

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 2/6/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision, the global leader in innovative video surveillance products and solutions, has announced revenues of US$2.82 billion for the financial year 2014.

This corresponds to a 60.37% growth rate year on year and a compound annual growth rate over the last decade of 53%

"Hikvision's continued growth is attributable to our product innovation capability and complete product and integrated vertical solution offerings, as well as the expanding global service network. Keeping in touch with market trends, Hikvision has made stupendous achievements in both domestic and overseas markets in the last year," says Cynthia He, vice president at Hikvision.

"In 2014, Hikvision invested 8% of its annual revenue into research and development. Looking to the future, we will continue to devote our R&D efforts into delivering innovative products and vertical solutions that fulfil the ever-changing needs of the security industry, in the belief that we are ideally placed to provide a complete video surveillance solution to the market globally."

CP PLUS to implement H.265 to break through bandwidth limit

CP PLUS to implement H.265 to break through bandwidth limit

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by Adytia | Updated: 2/9/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

CP PLUS Teknologix Labs is set to implement H.265/HEVC standard in its upcoming range of video surveillance devices. An immediate successor standard to H.264, H.265 standard offers various improvements over H.264. H.265 implementation has generated huge optimism given industry's struggle with shortage of bandwidth, spectrum, storage, and imminent need to take growing HD content for multi-platform delivery.

 

With the implementation of H.265 standards, CP PLUS plans to introduce a range of video surveillance devices that support H.265 decoding and deliver its benefits
over 40% lesser bandwidth use.

 

A video coding format is a content representation format for storage or transmission of digital video content (such as in a data file or bitstream). Examples of video coding formats include MPEG-2 Part 2, MPEG-4 Part 2, H.264 (MPEG-4 Part 10), HEVC, etc.

The existing standard H.264 offers 40 to 50 percent bitrate reduction over MPEG-2, yet it has limitation on delivering HD content for broadcast and online. With the 4K/UltraHD cameras being introduced as a video technology revolution, the need for improved H.264 standard was overdue. H.265 meets the Ultra HD rendering requisite over even lesser bandwidth.

H.265 or HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) doubles the data compression ratio compared to H.264/MPEG-4 at the same level of video quality. Alternatively, it can provide substantially improved video quality at the same bitrate. It can support 8K Ultra HD or resolutions up to 8192x4320.

With the implementation of H.265 standards, CP PLUS plans to introduce a range of video surveillance devices that support H.265 decoding and deliver its benefits over 40% lesser bandwidth use.

The potential benefits offered by H.265 standards are as below:
* Accelerate demand and sale of 4K/Ultra-HD screens which has been largely limited due to large price difference and absence of UHD content. H.265 can offset the second challenge.
* Huge opportunities from reduced bitrate requirements enabling broadcasters and broadcast & online vendors to bundle more channels/content on existing delivery mediums.
* Extend far greater video quality experience compared to H.264 encoded sequence at the same bitrate.
* Ability to offer higher quality video images under bandwidth-constrained mobile networks.
* Realize differentiated and premium 4K content, multi-view encoding etc.

“H.265 encoding standard is one of the major encoding standard which will allow us to implement 4k solutions while keeping all network bandwidth on the bay. It will be a significant development for the future technological growth in HD surveillance”, said, Yogesh Dutta, COO, CP PLUS.

Avigilon in Arizona: securing the Super Bowl

Avigilon in Arizona: securing the Super Bowl

Editor / Provider: Avigilon | Updated: 2/5/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

by Randy Lehman, Regional Sales Manager, Arizona

Being in the Phoenix, Arizona area right now is an indescribable feeling. With Glendale, AZ being the host city of this year's NFL Pro Bowl and Super Bowl XLIX, the atmosphere has been electric this past week with all the free concerts and fan events throughout the city, as well as the thousands of visitors, NFL Hall of Famers and celebrities walking around town. I've even seen Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch and coach Pete Carroll out on the town enjoying the festivities! But despite all of the exciting events, the most rewarding and proudest aspect of the week has been the fact that Avigilon has played such a prominent role in securing Sunday's big game.

If you have never been to the University of Phoenix Stadium, it is quite a site in person. One of the premier stadiums in the NFL, the world-class venue and home of the Arizona Cardinals can host 63,000 fans for football games and even more for other events. It's got a beautiful silver exterior, with a retractable roof, and possesses the first full retractable natural grass playing field, which makes transforming the venue for other types of events like concerts or conventions easy. As Avigilon's Regional Sales Manager for Arizona, I am part of the team - along with our trusted partner Climatec - that designed and built an elite, end-to-end security solution for the stadium last year.

We – Avigilon - deployed our industry-leading HD cameras – including our 16 MP HD Pro cameras and 2 MP PTZ cameras - to ensure full coverage of the entire seating bowl, field and plaza. The security team at the University of Phoenix Stadium also implemented our Avigilon Control Center (ACC) software to manage their security system efficiently and effectively. These are just the first stages. The University of Phoenix Stadium, Climatec and Avigilon are in the middle of a four-phased project that will eventually include over 200 Avigilon HD cameras to safeguard the entire facility including the stands, the plaza, the concourses and the parking lot. The stadium will also add Avigilon Access Control (ACM) into their short-term plans, completing an end-to-end security solution that will improve fan safety and business efficiencies for years to come.

With good technology, you can make your guard force appear a lot larger than it really is by providing the tools to be more effective and responsive when events happen.

Being in this industry for many years, I have seen a lot of trends within the arena/stadium sector. Not too long ago, you would be surprised to see how many stadiums cut corners when it came down to investing in a high-tech surveillance system, relying on outdated technology and/or just a limited guard force. By not putting good technology in place, you are limiting the effectiveness of your guard force. With good technology, you can make your guard force appear a lot larger than it really is by providing the tools to be more effective and responsive when events happen.

The combination of a prepared stadium management team and the best security technology on the market, I have no doubt in my mind that the University of Phoenix stands and surrounding area will be secure for Super Bowl XLIX. Since the stadium started using Avigilon last year, I have been able to see our products work on several game days leading up to this Sunday's event. Often, I will be in the stadium's command center when incidents occur, whether it is a fan incident or a medical situation, and I will see how the high-resolution footage has provided clarity and immediate response to live situations. For example, each 16 MP Pro cameras can not only cover a large amount of seats, but also capture facial details or logos on a shirt, which makes it easy to identify a particular person.

I have also seen how Avigilon software has been instrumental in investigating situations live or recorded in literally seconds. With that kind of response time, the Avigilon solution can be just as much as a proactive tool as a retrospective tool - which was what video surveillance systems were previously limited to. Our technology can prevent situations in the stands or corridors from escalating, and when there are over 100 million people worldwide watching the Super Bowl, it is important to avoid a negative incident at all cost.

It's actually a phenomenal feeling to know we're part of this wonderful event, both from a security and event management standpoint. The best compliment to our solution would be that the University of Phoenix Stadium can use our system to make everybody's experience at the Super Bowl much safer and enjoyable.

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