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Amthal Fire & Security is a top achiever at the Marlborough Science Academy

Amthal Fire & Security is a top achiever at the Marlborough Science Academy

Editor / Provider: Amthal Fire & Security | Updated: 12/17/2014 | Article type: Education

Amthal Fire & Security has upgraded the fire and security measures at The Marlborough Science Academy to feature high performance IP CCTV, access control and automatic fire detection systems to provide ultimate peace of mind for staff, pupils and visitors.

The Marlborough Science Academy, situated in St Albans, is a specialist science secondary school and sixth form, educating approximately 1,200 students and employing over 80 staff. The school is increasingly being used by the local community out of school hours and so the site required a general upgrade to its security and fire detection systems.

Amthal Fire & Security worked closely with the Estates Management team to provide a comprehensive security overview and offered a number of innovative ideas to ensure complete perimeter security and a smooth operating system throughout the Academy.

The electronic security solution specified, incorporated state of the art IP CCTV together with access control and automatic fire detection systems, all integrated into existing platforms. The structure was installed in just three weeks to ensure minimal disruption to learning timetables.

Says Chris Paice, Estates Manager at The Marlborough Science Academy: “The school is committed to offering staff, students and the wider local community a vibrant, happy and nurturing learning environment. So that we can do this as safely as possible, we ensure the fire and security systems, right from the entrance to the school and throughout the site, are all maintained to a high level.

“Amthal Fire & Security has consistently been highly professional and knowledgeable, going above and beyond the call of duty to provide a complete solution that was even installed at a much faster rate than we had scheduled.

We would not hesitate to recommend Amthal Fire & Security to any educational facility looking for guidance and expertise on all aspects of site security.”

Jamie Allam, Commercial Director of Amthal Fire & Security added: “The Government’s continued pledge towards the extended schools agenda means educational premises operate today on a much more ‘open’ nature with either full public access or permitted group access increasingly required.

“This places added pressures on fire and security measures to ensure even out of traditional school hours, the site is carefully monitored. Here, The Marlborough Science Academy has shown how working with a trusted brand as Amthal Fire & Security right from security specification throughout the process, can ensure a bespoke security system is created to operate with existing site technologies to keep disruption, cost and install times to a minimum.”

Independently owned, Amthal Fire & Security is dedicated to satisfying end user needs for security safety and convenience offering design, installation, service and remote monitoring of advanced electronic fire & security solutions, including intruder, Fire, Access and CCTV systems.

Amthal Fire & Security is accredited by the Security Systems and Alarm Inspection Board (SSAIB) United Kingdom Accreditation Services (UKAS) and British Approvals for Fire Equipment (BAFE.)

Smooth vehicle access at retirement villages in South Africa

Smooth vehicle access at retirement villages in South Africa

Editor / Provider: Nedap | Updated: 12/17/2014 | Article type: Security 50

The security and care provided are important reasons why elderly people live in gated retirement villages. Recently Nedap's long-range vehicle identification system uPASS was installed to provide safe and convenient vehicle access at the two retirement villages Amber Valley and Amber Ridge. Windshield mounted tags enable residents, staff and contractors to have automatic convenient vehicle access. This ensures a smooth the traffic flow for all permitted vehicles.

Impro Technologies, Nedap's South African business partner, installed the uPASS system at the two newly built retirement villages. uPASS Reach readers are installed at all entrances and exits of the villages. Every vehicle is equipped with a UHF Windshield Tag that contains a unique identification number. The uPASS Reach allows a consistent reading of up to 5 meters. Without the need to open windows to present a badge. AVI (Automatic Vehicle Identification) ensures a smooth throughput of authorized vehicles and increases safety of residents, staff and contractors.

The uPASS system is integrated with Impro's access control system. This solution increases the security which is of value for residents who would like to live in gated living environment which offers them the facilities, security and care they require in later years of retirement.

In the security industry, AVI is the solution for fast, secure and hands-free parking and vehicle access. Nedap is the leading specialist for long-range vehicle and driver identification. Using RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) and LPR (License Plate Recognition) technology, Nedap systems automatically identifies approaching vehicles at entrances and exits of commercial and corporate parking areas, gated communities and airport, university and hospital car parks worldwide.

It is the most frustrating part of driving in a city: trying to find a parking space. Did you know that about 30% of all traffic in cities consists of motorists searching for a parking spot? However: new and clever technology is available to make these parking spaces easily findable. This results in less congestion, reduction of emissions and safer streets and thus a more attractive city for visitors and citizens.

TOP10 most popular security products for November 2014

TOP10 most popular security products for November 2014

Editor / Provider: Michelle Chu | Updated: 12/15/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

 

A joyful festival atmosphere pervaded the whole Taipei city, as Christmas vacation is only couple weeks away. Before we hit the end of this year, let's go over the most-popular monthly product rankings one last time!

 

 

In total, as the last six months, a prominent amount of the click frequency comes from American areas. In November, 40.53% of the click-through rate comes from American countries, and 35.57% from Asian. Interestingly, this is, perhaps, the only month in this year that Asian manufacturers took 9 out of the 10 seats – mainly from Taiwanese and Chinese manufacturers, and a few from German, Japanese and Korean suppliers.

Overall speaking, most of the most-popular products are IP-based surveillance cameras, with a remarkable amount of them featuring high resolution image quality such as 4K, HD, and Ultra HD, and smart functions such as facial detection, intrusion detection, just to name a few.

Dahua IPC-HF81200E 4K 12 MP Ultra HD Network Camera
Hikvision DS-2CD4232FWD -I(Z)(H)(S) 3MP WDR IR Bullet Camera
LILIN IPC0122 1080P HD Covert IP Camera   >>> Product Video
VIVOTEK IB8367-R bullet network camera
Geutebruck G-Cam GNSD1882

Other than video surveillance devices, several new faces that just made their debut on asmag.com in the late November had also made their way into the ranking! We have the latest model for IP camera for commercial and home sector, access control systems, test monitor, and touch screen alarm:

Sony CXD4145GG camera system LSI for IP security camera
Climax VL touchscreen alarm
Acula Test monitor - 4.3" IP cam tester
FUJICA FJC-Z2368 Swing gate

Last but not the least; we cannot underestimate the ever-growing popularity of HD-over-coaxial technology which has been staying at the first place on TOP10 for three month in a row.

Nextchip AHD (Analog High Definition)

 

 

* Please note that the above statistics are not based on the sum of clicks but the accumulation of IP addresses.

Top10 Rank for September and October 2014

Oil and gas fuel up on safety

Oil and gas fuel up on safety

Editor / Provider: Israel Gogol, freelancer, a&s International | Updated: 12/9/2014 | Article type: Infrastructure

From a safety and security perspective, oil and gas installations are among the most critical and challenging environments. The speed in which an incident can escalate to adisaster means that operators need to get information quickly to be able to react and minimize damages. Advances in video technology and video content analytics have great potential to assist oil and gas installations in detecting fires, leaks, and security threats, as well as help make operations more efficient.

As oil exploration moves to new regions across the world, so does the need for better monitoring of remote facilities, increased protection against terror threats, and pipeline and leak detection monitoring solutions. Exploration and drilling security systems will be the largest segment in terms of spending and adoption followed by refineries and storage facilities. According to research by Frost and Sullivan, the global oil and gas infrastructure security market was estimated at US$19.6 billion in 2013 and will grow to $24.7 billion by 2021. Including network and cyber security, the combined oil and gas security market will reach $30 billion by 2018.

Any damage to an oil and gas facility has grave consequences. Incidents have implications on employee safety, environmental damage, cleaning costs, damage penalties, equipment replacement, and the list goes on and on. This becomes even more challenging when considering the nature of these installations. There are hundreds of potential breach points for leaks and damages: numerous valves and pumps, meters upon meters of pipes. Even within the facility, environments are not the same. A refinery for example will include various types of oil, transported at different temperatures and pressures, from ambient temperatures and pressure up to 130 bars at 100°C.

In addition, sites are often located in remote and harsh environments. All these make the oil and gas industry one of the most demanding clients for safety and security products. One of the limitations of the oil and gas sector is the stringent regulations regarding equipment. For example, equipment for Class 1 Zone 1 areas — the areas closest to the drill site — needs to be explosion proof, making sure it will not cause an explosion in high risk areas. There are similar limitations on mobile devices since cellular radiation can also cause an explosion.

“If you are looking at a typical oil and gas plant, there will be between 300 to 500 cameras to monitor the perimeter and inner workings of the plant. In addition, there will be thermal cameras to monitor flames and detect leaks and specialty cameras for class and zone areas. In an ocean rig there are 16 to 20 explosion proof cameras and 40 to 50 standard cameras,” said William Moore, Senior Account Manager for Pelco by Schneider Electric.

With so many cameras involved, it is impractical to monitor them all the time; therefore, the cameras are monitored based on an alert rule-engine. In case of an event, whether security or safety related, the proper camera will be triggered and brought to the attention of the operator.

The second line of defense: Video analytics
Typically, video analytics are most appropriate for outdoor and wide-area use, when it is impractical to place sensors (i.e. outdoors or in a warehouse with high ceilings). Common analytics in use are smoke and fire detection, leak detection, gas leak detection, flare-size monitoring, and slip and fall (used for employee safety). In addition, more security-oriented analytics such as perimeter protection and theft detection are also used.

Despite technology advances, video surveillance and video analytics alone cannot replace traditional fire detection systems. Usually both are implemented as standalone systems. Analytics are however beneficial for verification and supplying secondary visual inputs to an alert triggered by other sensors. For example, a combination of a thermal camera and a visible spectrum camera can give a better understanding of a situation. “We use the video analytics only as a second layer of detection and we do not trust it to be the first line of alarm. The reason is due to the day camera sensor's capabilities. Our first line of detection is the thermal vision sensor,” explained Tomer Dadon, CEO of Ex-Sight. “The flame detector camera is normally packed inside the pan tilt video surveillance system. This system can connect directly to a video surveillance control center or a SCADA system.” Flame detection analytics enables the user to continuously assess and monitor target sites in the range of a few kilometers. While scanning the target area, the system identifies when a designated preset reaches a threatening temperature threshold. Once a flame is identified, the camera uses multiple alarm mechanisms, including transmitting the fire's coordinates. The specialty of the system is its ability to distinguish between flame and smoke sources which are part of the industrial environment and those which pose security risks.

“We see a strong trend for coupling video analytics with thermal video surveillance cameras,” said Laurent Assouly, Marketing Manager for Evitech. This combination enables a volume protection instead of line detection. Thermal cameras enable long range detection, such as 600 meters or one kilometer, while color cameras usually cannot see beyond 130 meters at night. Detection over color images would possibly raise more false alarms due to moving lights, flashing lights, etc., and would not reveal many details at the end of the fields of view at nighttime.

Video Analytics for Operations Monitoring
Video analytics can also be used for process monitoring and ensuring the facility is functioning properly. “We monitor pump jacks to detect any problems with their operation. By monitoring the cadence of the pump we can detect if it stops moving and alert the operators immediately,” explained Michael Von-Hauff, CEO of Osprey Informatics. This makes analytics exceptionally useful for remote sites that are not manned permanently. Without this capability, a malfunction can sometimes be detected only after hours, or even days if the pump is located in a remote location, when a human inspector visits the site. Such a solution, therefore, saves lost production time and helps turn video into actionable intelligence. Video monitoring can also be used to audit employee behavior during alarms and other safety events — it allows the relevant officers to check if all employees are following the relevant procedures.

Connectivity and systems integration
A growing market trend is connectivity and systems integration. “There are thousands of land rigs, gated and sensed-in, the clients are asking for the possibility to integrate cameras and access control,” explained Moore. “For example, we implemented such a solution in western Texas. A FOB key card swipe at the gate pops up the picture of the truck to the administrator.” The system is also integrated with LPR cameras, cell phones, and iPads and is used for site management and monitoring site visits. “Another thing the customer is looking for is a common platform such as ONVIF,” added Thomas Soderlund, Business Development Manager for EMEA at Bosch Security Systems. “With the old analog systems it was easy to pick any camera and plug it in and it would work due to the 1 volt peak-to-peak signals. With IP devices it is not always that easy since a new firmware or change of model mean additional programming of the main system is needed to be able to provide functionality.”

SCADA Integration
There is a benefit in connecting different systems to the SCADA system. The benefit of an integrated system is to have one common interface for alarm handling and monitoring, compared to moving between multiple systems in order to then build up the picture of the event. In addition this integration can help in halting delivery and limiting a leak's consequences. However, most platforms need to use SDKs to integrate with the SCADA systems, which is often a costly and complex solution.

Avoiding false alarms
There are several options to reduce false alarms. One is to install multiple different sensors for verification purposes. A second system for avoiding false alarms is to calibrate the system against an existing database of detections and false alarms. Tests can be performed using high pressure water cleaning tools, which deliver varying temperatures and pressures. These simulate various sorts of leaks in the different pipes (themselves at different temperatures). These tests can be used as a benchmark for the analytics and then need to be carried out at regular intervals to ensure the continuity of service of the solution. Artificial intelligence analytics check alerts and reduce false alarms by differentiating between real objects and other objects that might cause false alarms such as changes in lighting (e.g., a cloud passing over the sun or a light being switched off or on, long evening shadows, and bright lights pointed at the camera).

Not just video: Other senses take part
Dedicated sensors and video analytics are not the only features used for leak detection — there is also an audio-based detection method. “In a southern Louisiana installation, the cameras have the audio option turned on and in the case of an alert the operator can listen to the pipe to hear if there is a high pitch whistle coming out, indicating gas is leaking from the pipe,” described Moore. “This is already an automatic feature in the non-class and zone cameras. For class and zone areas it is more complicated due to technical reasons. The external microphone has to meet the safety criteria and not cause explosions.” iOmniscient combines with its video analytics smell sensors that can detect gas leaks and audio analysis to identify sounds. “When combined with the analytics from video these systems can provide an enhanced understanding of what is happening in an environment,” explained Dr. Rustom Kanga, CEO of iOmniscient.

Automated response
Information integration from various sensors into one platform is usually described as PSIM (physical security information management). Kanga described a solution where the information is not only pulled together but is also responsible for automated response. “The system, without human intervention, will find the nearest appropriate first responder and provide him with detailed information,” said Kanga. Relevant information can be pushed to the user's cell phone, turning the user's smartphone into a mobile control room. The user can use the phone to perform all the operations that he could have performed in a control room. However, the quality of the entire system depends on the quality of the core analytics. Automated responses reduce reaction time and as such are beneficial for both safety and security but also for operational efficiency — making sure malfunctions are treated fast.

Future trends
As oil and gas exploration continuous to expand further to more difficult environments so will the demand for video surveillance systems. The future calls for durable and reliable systems, able to withstand harsh field conditions and connect with other systems that will be able to give operators more than just security and also optimize operations. The future will no doubt involve more and more integrated systems, making full use of technology for both safety and security.

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

Fermax video entry system chosen to install in One57

Fermax video entry system chosen to install in One57

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

One57, one of the world's most prestigious skyscrapers, has chosen Fermax and the new LYNX communication system for buildings. Lynx's IP technology enables comprehensive communication, security and comfort management in this residential tower block, destined to become the city's ultimate icon.

Fermax enters the US market as a pioneer in IP systems. And what better way to do so than by going straight to the top? This is the brand's great achievement this year, having been chosen as the video entry system to be installed in One57, one of Manhattan's most important, representative and innovative buildings in architectural and technological terms, in the heart of one of the most desirable and important areas, a centre of culture and the most colourful cosmopolitanism.

One 57, a record-breaking building
Its 306 metres are spread over 90 floors, where residential use merges with 135 luxury apartments, alongside a hotel (Park Hyatt) with 210 exclusive rooms. The building has broken several records. On one hand, it saw in 2014 as the tallest residential building in New York and throughout the Western world. On the other, it has broken the market, as one of the apartments was sold for $90 million, the highest price ever paid in the city. In addition, as a curiosity, as revealed by Gary Barnett, CEO of the Extell Development Company, all buyers of the 19 highest apartments already sold possess fortunes valued at more than 1,000 million dollars.

VIVO, much more than a video entry system in One57
The One57 building chose VIVO, the most technological terminal from FERMAX, as its communication management system. With more than 190 monitors stationed in the tower, VIVO, through its glass surface and 7-inch touchscreen, offers a wide range of functions with intuitive handling, similar to the smartphones and tablets used by all the residents, thanks to its IP technology and Android operating system.

IDIS release a range of motorized focus and zoom dome cameras

IDIS release a range of motorized focus and zoom dome cameras

Editor / Provider: IDIS | Updated: 12/3/2014 | Article type: Security 50

IDIS has announced a new range of motorized focus and zoom dome cameras expanding its DirectIP™ camera line up. The new full-HD, two mega-pixel cameras allow auto-focus to build upon DirectIP™ plug-and-play technology and further reduce installation and commissioning time for installers and integrators.

The new IDIS DC-D2233 Series dome cameras are available in five variations. With all models offering the latest vari-focal motorized focus and zoom (MFZ) lenses, extensive features also include true day and night capability, built-in heaters, rugged IP66, and IK10 housing, all making the DC-D2233 Series perfect for both indoor and outdoor installations.

The new range also makes DirectIP™ true plug-and-play set up even easier. Zoom and focus are controlled directly from DirectIP™ network video recorders (NVR), or even remotely, to make fine tuning issues a thing of the past. The result is less implementation and commissioning time as well as the streamlining of routine maintenance.

Martin Cowley, Channel Manager at IDIS Europe, commented, “When we launched DirectIP™ we made a promise to make full-HD and network surveillance easier to implement and more cost effective without ever compromising on quality or performance. We’re continuing to building on that promise by extending our DirectIP™ line up and developing off-the-shelf integrations with leading access control systems and security management platforms to ensure a lower cost of ownership.”

Security 50 sets trends for 2015: new applications, new market

Security 50 sets trends for 2015: new applications, new market

Editor / Provider: Editorial Dept. | Updated: 12/4/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

David Gottlieb, Director, Global Marketing Communications, Honeywell Security Group
“The Connected Home is a great example where traditional security systems are now being used for non-security applications, like simple awareness and comfort control. One recently introduced Honeywell control panel can control everything from security to lighting, garage doors and more was one our most-important product launches this year in the Americas because it embodies that type of design; it features the ability to stream four IP camera feeds directly on a touchscreen and it can be controlled remotely from a Honeywell app.”

Karl Erik Traberg, Head of Corporate Communications and Business Development at Milestone Systems.
Milestone sees the healthcare industry using video surveillance for patient monitoring, schools are using it for parents to be able to see how their children are doing in class and on the playground, universities are using it for student training and teacher evaluations, utilities are using it to monitor equipment and operations including solar and wind farms overseeing remote operations, retail is using it to track customer flow and product areas of interest for improving floor layouts accordingly.”

Brian Matthews, VP of Global Marketing and Product Development, Video & Situation Intelligence Solutions, Verint Systems
“A great example is in Verint's retail business. One of the world's top retailers, with more than 2,000 locations, is working with us to reduce fraud and create a smarter workforce. Working with the Verint intelligence solution to solve the challenges of fraud, risk and compliance, this retailer has deployed Verint security systems to use with their physical security cameras and enhance their ability to detect, investigate and reduce fraud brought on by employee theft. The solution blends Verint's video management software integrated with their point-of-sale and exception reporting system. It allows them to identify fraudulent employee activity and take action, reducing loss and improving the bottom line. Since implementing the solution, the customer has seen loss due to employee theft drop dramatically, while making their investigators more efficient in their daily tasks by proactively prioritizing issues to investigate. Reducing loss improves the profitability of the retailer and helps keep prices down, which increases customer satisfaction.”

Erika Gorge, Corporate Communications Manager, Bosch Security Systems
“There are new developments within fire detection technology: With the use of video cameras for fire detection, we will be able to combine our expertise in both technologies in the future. These systems will open up new opportunities for special applications where conventional detection technologies have reached their limits. Examples of this are difficult ambient conditions, such as in tunnels, specialized production facilities or warehouses.”

Arjan Bouter, Head of Sales, Nedap Security Management
“With Nedap security management systems, users can channel signals from the different systems into it -- from cameras, dirty water pumps, air conditioning - you can link everything. At Ziggo Dome, the largest Dutch Music Centre, for example, the security and facility managers wanted to be able to set up links to other building systems in the future, such as the heating system, the air conditioning system, the beer cooling system and, something that is very important here, the lockers for visitors. So we were actually looking for something that offered building management system functionality.”

Bernhard Sommer, CEO, SimonsVoss Technologies
“One of our latest door monitoring cylinders not only offers the customer access control functionality but also a complete overview of the status and events of doors and accesses. We have a case that the aim for installing the door monitoring cylinders in cold storage rooms is to prevent wastage of unnecessary energy. This has nothing to do with safety, yet it affords the customer very high cost savings.”

The Secrets behind the Growth

Garrett Li, Manager of Product Marketing, DynaColor
Our sales keep finding new OEM opportunity in EMEA, US, and APEC and current customers get larger demand in local markets or more projects in their countries in 2014. This helps us increase our revenue gradually. Customers nowadays would like to select two suppliers to cover their middle to high and entry level products. DynaColor has product lines from Full HD Small and Medium Business Cameras to 4K real-time IP Camera/3M real-time IP Speed Dome and this might be reason kept DynaColor stay in their supplier candidate list.

James Lee, CEO , Suprema
Physical security market including access control has been worldwide growing with the forecast worth US$87.95 Billion by 2019. With the high potential and opportunity in the global market, Suprema sees more from convergence between both the technologies and markets of security and biometrics. As for the biometrics market, its market size is expected to be around US$15 billion in 2015 and more than 20 percent of CAGR is forecasted for the upcoming several years according to a market research. In conjunction with the technology advance and trends, one of our focal points to take initiative in the security market is providing easy and scalable solutions (yet powerful). As a physical security platform, our biometrics based security system including software as well as hardware is to integrate all security solutions to control and management, which includes access control, surveillance and intrusion alarm, etc.

Koji Masunari, GM of Industrial Optics Business Unit, Tamron
Tamron, we are a professional lens manufacturer. Recently, we have focused more on supporting video surveillance camera manufacturers to fulfil their various requirements. For instance, according to their demand, we've developed new technologies to increase value of total image quality by utilizing large image sensor, stepping motor iris system and the improved picture quality at near IR.

Hagai Katz, Senior VP, Marketing and Business Development, Magal S3
This year, Magal S3 marked two important milestones; first, Magal S3 introduced automation into the perimeter security market by launching a robot. The robot is ideal for remotely monitored unmanned sites and critical sites such as airports, seaports, military bases and prisons, where a timely first response by manned guards would may be impractical or expensive. In the same year, Magal also developed another business line in cyber security, focused in security networks, via the acquisition of CyberSeal.

Security 50 sets trends for 2015: tailored solutions for applications

Security 50 sets trends for 2015: tailored solutions for applications

Editor / Provider: Editorial Dept. | Updated: 12/3/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

 

 

a&s talked to the winners of Security 50 for 2014 to discuss what's really tending for 2015. These companies shared their latest strategies and predicted how the security industry would grow in the following years.

 

 

Migration from Device to Systems

Johan Paulsson, CTO, Axis Communications
Axis Communications also see this trend towards solutions. We have broadened our offering for small and medium-sized installations. Axis network cameras and software can now be offered as an overall solution adapted to end user needs. For an overall solution for mid-sized installations, for example in school environments and in the retail segment, Axis recently launched video recorders. The recorder includes three different server solutions, which are pre-installed with management software and configured to seamlessly match Axis' wide range of network cameras.”

“Also, the physical access control market is well-suited to Axis' long-term growth strategy. The investment is part of our ambition to broaden the global offering in security solutions and advance cooperation with partners around the world. The solution is offered in the USA and Europe through Axis' well-established network of distributors and partners.”

Matt Bretoi,VP, North America Field Sales, FLIR Systems
“Systems/solutions are an important element to our roadmap. FLIR has been investing significantly into a cloud-based service that brings all of our products together into a powerful management and search tool. This is not the only example though. We constantly evaluate how we can bring more value to our largest verticals, whether through internal resources or our partners. A simple example that we have used for years: a fixed thermal imager is a great 24/7 surveillance tool, but coupled with intelligent analytics it is a powerful pro-active security tool that greatly increases the customer's return on investment. We continue to look for ways on how we can build upon that solution.”

Steve Ma, Executive VP, VIVOTEK
“For the box moving business, the trend is going toward solutions type of business. In the past, there were many different vendors in the market, such as camera manufacturers, VMS providers, and systems integrators. However, since the margin has been squeezed, there is no room for multiple vendors. So, the trend is that we need to build total solutions for customers. It should be easy to use, have lower total cost of ownership, be very easy to install and very easy to maintain. That is what we are planning right now—we have cameras, we have software, NVRs, and PoE switches, so that installers can by a total system from us.”

Bernhard Sommer, CEO, SimonsVoss Technologies
SimonsVoss has launched a new digital access management system in building solutions. With this, we consequently pursue solution integration and cooperation with partners in access control. We will open up entirely new customer groups that have long wished to have SimonsVoss as a lock system with all of its strengths. The configuration of the system has been kept extremely simple, e.g. with self-configuring online routers to establish the optimum network. For installation, this is extremely simple and reduces costs. By providing this new system, SimonsVoss will enter SOHO users market. These solutions are expendable to high end systems and will grow with the users need.”

Integrated Systems, Well-designed for Applications

David Gottlieb, Director, Global Marketing Communications, Honeywell Security Group
“Within the last year, we've increased compatibility between two systems, enabling higher-end commercial end-users to have access to a technology that's used to support critical infrastructure sites – places like military bases, government installations, etc. – around the world. So the same type of high-tech system you see protecting a military base can now be used to protect large commercial sites like shopping malls, airports, and such. One of our security management systems can integrate intrusion, video and access systems, and this year we added more support for wireless locks to allow for users to protect more doors. For another Honeywell integrated solution, we also added new compact surveillance radar capabilities that will allow sites to detect intruders along perimeters when traditional ground surveillance radar systems are not practical.”

Brian Song, MD, IDIS Europe
“There's no single vendor out there offering best of breed across all disciplines including intruder, fire, access, surveillance, etc. Most corporate enterprises have a complex jumble of disparate and proprietary systems and that cause gaps in security. A control room with alarms and alerts from multiple disparate systems can result in alarms simply being ignored, through to chaos as operators jump from screen to screen as they try, and often fail, to verify each alarm.”

“To address these challenges, IDIS recently announced the integration with Maxxess eFusion (event management), SureView (alarm monitoring) and Lenel (access control management) particularly addressing the corporate enterprise market. These integrations delivers IDIS DirectIP video surveillance functionality through single security management platforms to enhance resilience through event and video correlation to increase operator effectiveness and in turn streamline operations to reduce cost. It also helps those customers integrate their legacy CCTV and develop an easy migration path rather than needing to rip and replace everything immediately.”

Karl Erik Traberg, Head of Corporate Communications and Business Development at Milestone Systems.
"Milestone open platform integrations with third-party solution partners constantly bring new innovations for more vertical or expanded market needs. For example, Milestone's video management software integrates GuardTrax mobile video alerts for roving officers, SICK and Optex laser scanners for critical perimeter protection and challenging physical barrier requirements, and Inovonics panic button interoperability for emergency communication."

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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