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CEM Systems Secures Sky Court at Budapest Airport

CEM Systems Secures Sky Court at Budapest Airport

Editor / Provider: CEM Systems | Updated: 8/25/2011 | Article type: Infrastructure

CEM Systems, part of Tyco Security Products, announced that the CEM AC2000 system at Budapest Airport, Hungary, has been successfully extended to cover the new €200 million terminal at the airport – the ‘Sky Court'. The extension was installed by Approved Reseller, Bull Hungary.

The project which began in June 2009 and was opened in March 2011, involved the construction of the 40'000m(2) Sky Court building as well as the renovation of 55'000m(2) of existing facilities. The Sky Court links two existing terminals at Budapest Airport - 2A and 2B – and will double the airport capacity. The CEM AC2000 system was originally installed at Budapest Airport in 1995 and has been continually upgraded over the years to keep up to date with current technology. This system has now been extended to cover the new SkyCourt building, with over 200 S610e & S610f fingerprint readers installed throughout the development.

S610e IP card readers feature LCD screens to provide staff with instant feedback on the system such as ‘Wrong TimeZone', ‘Card Expiring' etc. With the added benefit of a keypad, staff can also enter PIN codes for additional security. The S610e reader offers the highest level of reliability as it features an internal database for offline card validation. This means that should communication be temporarily lost with the host AC2000 server, staff can still validate cards using the card records stored in the reader's internal memory.

The project also utilizes the CEM S610f Fingerprint reader for added biometric security at critical airside/landside boundaries. The reader eliminates the need for a separate biometric system as fingerprint templates are captured at the same time as capturing other cardholder details on the AC2000 system, such as personnel information and image. The AC2000 software does not store an actual image of the fingerprint anywhere in the system. Instead a unique ID number is derived from the fingerprint scan and is stored into both the AC2000 central server database and the S610f Fingerprint reader database at the door.

“In addition to extending the AC2000 system to support the new SkyCourt building, Budapest Airport security system was also upgraded to meet their changing needs”, said Andrew Fulton, Business Development Director, CEM Systems. “The upgrade included customized modifications to the airport's AC2000 Visitors application, as well as the move towards highly secure PicoPass smartcard technology”.

“The move towards PicoPass smartcard technology was an important step for Budapest Airport as it brings their system in line with the latest technology” said Bela Troszt, Consultant, Bull Hungary.

With the upgrade to the Budapest system and the Sky Court now complete, Budapest Airport can continue to be a leading airport in Central-Eastern Europe.

Singapore Wind Tunnel Skydiving Simulator Uses Milestone Open Platform to Integrate

Singapore Wind Tunnel Skydiving Simulator Uses Milestone Open Platform to Integrate

Editor / Provider: Milestone Systems | Updated: 8/19/2011 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Wanting to fly is an ancient human aspiration, and while our imaginations have always been light years ahead in our quest to take flight, it has taken much longer to overcome the hurdles of the physical world. Even so, hurtling through the sky at breakneck speeds in jet-driven aircraft is disappointingly more an exercise in sitting than it is in flying. And while some might consider skydiving a close enough alternative to unhindered, birdlike flight, most people prefer to observe such death-defying maneuvers from a safe distance, preferably from the comfort of their living room sofas.

Now iFly Singapore brings the reality of unfettered flight to everyone. A vertical wind tunnel (the largest in the world) in the form of a glass-walled flight chamber, with views of the South China Sea and nightly fireworks displays, allows anyone with a passion for flying to experience the thrill of simply spreading their arms and taking off. Four 7-ton fans generate an airflow of hurricane-like magnitudes inside the flight chamber, which allows flyers to reach heights of up to 5 stories.

Professional skydivers use the flight chamber as a skydiving simulator, to hone their skills by letting them "fly" longer than they would during a normal skydive, and to save on the costs involved in actual skydiving.

Twenty professional flyers can be accommodated at a time. However, while the professionals are able to perform impressive acrobatic displays, the flight chamber, which has an accident rate of zero, is also safe enough for anyone aged 7 to 106 to use, which makes it an ideal destination for a family weekend getaway.

Lawrence Koh, Founder and MD of iFly Singapore, is a professional skydiver himself. He has clocked over 1,000 hours of skydiving in 3 years, while holding many professional free-fall qualifications – and he has amassed more than 100 hours of wind tunnel skydiving time.

“My own love of skydiving motivated my vision: that ‘Anyone Can Fly’ in a safe environment. And the wind tunnel approach is also cost efficient. iFly Singapore makes this comes true, and Milestone video is our tool to help ensure safety,” explains Koh. He also intends to build more iFly sites in Southeast Asia in the near future.

The iFly Singapore experience is designed around an airport theme. "Passengers" check in and are given an RFID (Radio Frequency ID) tag in the form of a bracelet. The tag contains information about the passenger, including time of entry, duration of flight and time of exit. The RFID system is integrated with Milestone XProtect video management software, which handles a number of high definition (1080p HD) IP cameras to record each flight experience. The Milestone software is able to export the video to DVD, so customers can view it later. Professional skydivers also use the video for training purposes, to de-brief, review and improve their technical skills.

Certis CISCO Security installed the security system, including an access control system (ACS), intrusion detection system (IDS), and a time attendance system for their users to check in and out of the premises, all of which are integrated with the Milestone video management software (VMS).

“Milestone XProtect was the video solution of choice because its open platform video management software allowed integration with the RFID system, it can connect to any brand of camera, and its interface is intuitive and easy to use,” states Koh. In addition to cameras inside the facility with the RFID integration to tag guests, the Milestone video monitoring uses 60 HD cameras outside the premises, for building surveillance and security of the park grounds.


US Market Grows with Backlogged Demand

US Market Grows with Backlogged Demand

Editor / Provider: a&s International | Updated: 8/16/2011 | Article type: Hot Topics

With increased cash flow, pent-up demand for security is rallying in 2011. Critical-infrastructure applications, as well as education projects, are going strong. In product adoption, IP smoothes the way for enhanced interoperability, indicating a good year to come.

US security demand reached a boiling point after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Homeland security boomed, as states and municipalities rushed to secure citizens and critical infrastructure. The detection market for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear and hazardous material decontamination technologies is expected to reach US$1.5 billion by 2016, according to the Homeland Security Research Corporation.

A need for a unified response drove access control demand. “Access control is growing in government, utilities and health care,” said Paul Everett, Research Director for Access Control, Fire and Security at IMS Research. “The government has federal Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 and personal-identity verification mandates, which drive growth.”

Critical infrastructure continues to heat up, as the market rebounds from the economic downturn. US government installations are stringent about IT and will specify standards for hosted video and access control in the cloud, said Matt Barnette, VP of Sales and Marketing, AMAG Technology.

Rising Verticals
Transportation and City Surv eillance
The transportation market is witnessing strong growth as air and rail hubs remain on high alert. “Critical infrastructure is growing, such as for city surveillance, airport, transport and roads, seaports and railways,” said Kim Robbins, Director of Marketing Communications for DVTel. These verticals are sustained by continued grant funding to meet specifications.

State spending for intelligent transportation systems (ITS) was expected to reach $1.4 billion in 2010, said IMS Research. California and Florida lead in spending, with another 26 states increasing the scale of their ITS deployments by $10 million to $100 million each.

City surveillance is well underway in large US cities. “Just about every major metropolis is adding traffic cameras for analytics,” said Lance Holloway, Director of Technology Strategy, Stanley Convergent Security Solutions.

Analytics can speed up video searches, identifying objects as people or vehicles, as well as classifying colors. “More system integrators request real projects,” said Zvika Ashani, CTO of Agent Video Intelligence. “We see demand in critical infrastructure and city surveillance.” Integration of large camera deployments in critical infrastructure requires better integration, making PSIM providers hotly in demand. “It's why we acquired PSIM provider Rontal to expand our technology into critical infrastructure and the enterprise space,” said Courtney Jaret, Marketing Director for Verint Systems.

Adoption of PSIM is growing to streamline operations. “We have massive buildings and corporations spread across the U.S., making the addressable market enormous,” said Matthew Kushner, President of the Americas, CNL Software. “That has largely come about because of the economic tone. As more budgets are released, integration problems that haven't gone away since 2008 mean more demand for PSIM.”

End users look for fully integrated solutions. “Customers want to sit down in front of one software package and one interface to control their facility or multiple facilities,” Barnette said.

Comprehensive solutions need to deliver true value beyond equipment. “Users look for a full platform that can control heating and cooling, count people and monitor displays,” said Gadi Piran, President of On-Net Surveillance Systems.

However, America's large installation base of analog equipment is slowing network uptake. “The smart-city market outside the U.S. is massively larger,” said Steve Collen, Director of Business Development, Physical Security Business Unit, Cisco Systems. “Cisco has about 500 smart-city deals worldwide.”


Best in Class
Education has long been an early adopter of security, with good growth expected in the U.S. “Education is sadly seeing more uptake because of violence, bullying and vandalism,” said Steve Gorski, GM of the Americas, Mobotix. “If you think about schools, they have good network infrastructure, which lends itself to supporting network cameras.”

Higher education is seeing a change from the traditional security channel. Instead of going through installers, some end users are deploying network video surveillance themselves. A US university had its own IT security team install 500 cameras, heightening vigilance to crime or deliberate violence, such as shootings. “The university used video surveillance very effectively to deter and solve incidents on campus,” said Wendi Burke, Manager of Global Marketing Communications, IQinVision

A college deployed a solution combining a strobe, sensor and camera at its observatory, after the theft of a $2 million telescope. “The institution didn't secure the telescope because they thought it was too big to take,” said Rollie Trayte, President and COO of FutureSentry.

Cashing In
Gaming projects slowed during the recession, but are seeing renewed movement. “Gaming is big for us,” said Scott Paul, Senior Product Marketing Manager for Pelco (a Schneider Electric company). “We have a number of installations and reference sites around Las Vegas, including the Bellagio, the Mirage and McCarran Airport.”

HDcctv enables HD resolution over coaxial cables, which is suited for casinos betting on upgrades. This utilizes legacy wiring while covering key areas such as entrances or dealer tables with better detail. “The big benefit is that casinos don't need to change cabling over existing RG 59, and you don't need to rip apart the casino,” said Mark Wilson, VP of Marketing for Infinova.

“If you just change the cameras, that expense can come out of the maintenance budget.”
Retail has stabilized, as consumer spending increases.
“Retail is growing for wholesale chains with many stores and a central video system,” said Lars Gudbrandsson, Head of Product Management for Milestone Systems. “The U.S. is good at incorporating large installations and taking advantage of IP surveillance.”

Video surveillance can provide real ROI to retailers. “Wal-Mart saved millions of dollars on litigation from fraudulent slip-and-fall claims by being able to display detailed video of people deliberately pouring water or pretending to fall,” said Bengt Christensson, Senior Marketing Director for Ambarella.

A strong retrofit market in the Americas kept intrusion from declining too much as new construction slowed, according to IMS Research. More interactive systems are seeing uptake, such as video verification.

Cloud applications are particularly appealing, with several rollouts underway in the U.S. “The cloud is seeing movement for video verification,” said Jon Hughes, Product Marketing Manager for Video Surveillance, Interlogix (a UTC Fire & Security company). “We have third-party development partners.”

Slow economic conditions hastened adoption of easy-to-administer access control solutions such as software as a service (SaaS). “Greater emphasis has been placed on streamlining and reducing operational costs for security operations covering broad geographic deployments,” said IMS Research in an April report. “However, uptake will be modest until mainstream users identify the same benefits as niche users. One barrier limiting mass adoption is end-user reluctance to store security data on a third-party server rather than on-site.”

Migrating to IP
IP video has matured, with breakthroughs in resolution, compression and storage. While the technology is essentially unchanged from prerecession specifications, buyers now are actually able to pick up the tab.

“IP uptake is accelerating,” Gorski said. “We have had tremendous growth in the U.S., which is up 50 percent.” More cameras and DVRs are opening up to IP. “VARs from the IT world are now in security,” said Joe Cuellar, Sales for DNF Security.

One of the biggest draws of IP video is higherresolution imaging, with 2.1-megapixel resolution equaling that of six D1 cameras. All those extra pixels require a significant amount of storage, which is becoming more affordable. “The increases in the number of video channels per installation and the resolution of the cameras are some of the primary reasons for the growth of data in video surveillance applications,” wrote Frost & Sullivan in its 2010 “North American Physical Security Network Storage Market” report. “As end users weigh the benefits of expenditures for installation and implementation of updated and advanced technology against existing infrastructure, recovery in this sector is expected to begin in 2010.”

The value of network storage is also driving adoption in the U.S. “Falling prices and greater levels of innovation among the IP-based physical security systems are helping the shift to more IP-centric systems requiring networkbased storage,” Frost & Sullivan said. “Integrated security management offers huge potential for network storage systems in physical security. Security systems can be incorporated into enterprise databases to expedite business processes.”

Strategic partnerships are the way forward, as seen in Cisco Systems joining forces with Pelco for its network camera business. Pelco's acquisition by Schneider Electric furthered strengthened Cisco's ties, as it had worked extensively with Schneider on building projects. “What we see in the future of that relationship is much more than physical security; with building automation and access control, it's packaging all those things together,” Collen said. “I think the security market's a good one to be in, as it seems quite robust.”


ONVIF and PSIA are the dominant interoperability bodies, with PSIA being the first body formed during February 2008 in the U.S. PSIA is working on comprehensive standards for video surveillance, access control and intrusion, while ONVIF is more video-centric.

Today, ONVIF is the one with more members — 296 as of press time. “We have close to 800 products,” said Jonas Andersson, Chairman of ONVIF's Steering Committee and Director of Business Development and Global Sales at Axis Communications. “Consultants have started specifying the standard, which no one could imagine.” Each standard has its own merits. However, as most vendors specialize in video surveillance, they adopted the standard followed by network camera king Axis.

While both ONVIF and PSIA promise to address access control and intrusion, the first iteration of the standards covers getting video from third-party network cameras. Playback, compression and PTZ controls are not yet covered, as each company does things differently.

As end users mix and match cameras, interoperability standards relieve headaches. “Many customers have come to trust the quality and the performance of our products, and will be able to continue doing so as they use their VMS or NVR of choice,” said Steven Sung, Regional Sales Manager of CNB Technology. “We want to be an integral part of the process in making network cameras more available than ever.”

However, technical issues still need to be ironed out. “Real-time streaming protocol is not detailed enough in ONVIF, which is why some cameras display with better quality than others,” said Qiwei Zhang, Assistant Chief Engineer of SAE Electronic. “Equipment in the network is not detected if it goes offline, which is covered in the PSIA standard. We're leaning toward PSIA compliance, as it's a more complete standard.”

Each body has multiple levels of membership; fees are not charged for manufacturers conforming to the standard, while higher-level paying members are involved in writing the specifications. “ONVIF has achieved so much, and it's foolish to expect everything to be perfect from the start,” said Anders Ulle, Communications for Siemens Building Technologies.

“ONVIF doesn't test all devices; it's an honesty game.” The current version of ONVIF is incompatible with past versions, causing great developer consternation. “Future releases of the standard will be backward-compatible,” Andersson said. “We will just add to the standard, not modify it.”

However, each manufacturer will interpret the standard differently to maintain their competitive advantage, making true interoperability elusive. “I was the vice chair of PSIA and saw where the market was going,” said Danny Petkevich, VP of R&D for Next Level Security Systems. “Everyone was doing the same thing. Where the future is and where it is now is taking all the pieces, putting them together and making it easy for people.” Standards are in their infancy, but are a step in the right direction for a highly fragmented industry.

The American market has made an impressive rally in the past year, with fervent hopes that the worst of the downturn is over. Increased funding and healthy domestic demand are spurring an uptick for IP and solutions that deliver cost-saving results. US security is on the rebound, hoping to score big in 2011

Shanghai Aircraft Manufacturing Implements Integrated Surveillance System from Axis

Shanghai Aircraft Manufacturing Implements Integrated Surveillance System from Axis

Editor / Provider: Axis Communications | Updated: 8/11/2011 | Article type: Infrastructure

Shanghai Aircraft Manufacturing (SAM) was founded in 1950. As well as owning the intellectual property rights to the Shanghai Y-10, a four-engine commercial passenger jet aircraft, it is responsible for development and production of a number of different aircraft.

The management and monitoring of a plant of the size of the SAM one in Shanghai posed a complex challenge. SAM approached Axis Communications partner Ziya Information Technology to design a comprehensive surveillance system. The system would need to be integrated into the building management system and incorporate applications designed to increase operational efficiency. Specifically, SAM wanted not only a video surveillance system but wanted to include a video conferencing system, a training system which was to be accessed via the network, mobile terminals for end users and a facial recognition application for the access control system.

SAM had specific requirements in order to ensure full coverage of the plant and various functionalities were required. The cameras needed to be strategically placed at different nodes in the system to cover the entire layout of the plant and certain key areas needed to be monitored at specific times. There needed to be a predefined procedure in place for response to activity in these areas and in some parts, day/night coverage was essential.

After an analysis of client needs, 2 network cameras were selected for the system: day/night fixed AXIS P1344 Network Camera, and the AXIS P5534 PTZ Network Camera which delivers HDTV quality images and is suitable for monitoring large areas due to its 18x zoom.

This allowed the different needs in terms of time of day and area to be monitored to be fulfilled. Full coverage of the plant was achieved, with key areas being covered by high resolution cameras.

An integrated management system was implemented which combined video surveillance and access control. The video conferencing system was integrated into the existing architecture and could be viewed by 2,000 users live online or played back after the fact. This resulted in time and costs savings by reducing the amount of travel by workers. The integration of digital training into the system was one of the main objectives of the project. The client's research and management resources were digitized and are accessible on the platform for raining purposes. A facial recognition application is used with the access control system for both security and building access purposes.

Users at multimedia terminals in the form of iPads were able to monitor and manage production, utilize training facilities and access video conferences and ensure the safety and security of the plant and workers. The end result was a unified and efficient management system with multiple network visualization capabilities which has enhanced the production, operation and management of SAM.

Messoa Ensures VIP Safety at the Congo Presidential Pavilion

Messoa Ensures VIP Safety at the Congo Presidential Pavilion

Editor / Provider: Messoa | Updated: 8/11/2011 | Article type: Residential & Consumer

Messoa, a leading forefront of complete high-resolution IP video solution have released details of an installation of its IP solution which is protecting Presidential Pavilion in the Congo. Situated by the Congo airport, sits President Pavilion, this has VIPs from all over the world stay with them.

Guest security was of the utmost importance. A guard station checked every vehicle that entered through the gate. With such a high emphasis on security, only the cutting edge in surveillance security would do. That's the reason Democratic Republic of Congo government chose to use MESSOA IP security cameras. The Messoa High Quality Indoor and Outdoor IP Cameras Were Both Required.

The Messoa NCR870 cameras were installed outside. The NCR870 was chosen because the camera is a ready to go out the box infrared (IR) camera that is able to see even in total darkness. 24 high quality IR illuminators built around the lens reveal crystal clear pictures even in the darkest night as far as 25 meters (82 ft). With IP67-rated all-weatherproof, aluminum casing, the NCR870 ensures reliable operation in any environment. This camera proved ideal for the hot Congo weather.

The Messoa SDS750PRO cameras were installed outside. The SDS750PRO is a speed dome security camera with low lux capabilities. A Sony EXview CCD, 128X Wide Dynamic Range and Day/Night function with ICR ensures 24 hour monitoring in even the most difficult conditions. An LED Illuminator was added for long distance illumination of up to 160 meters (525 ft.).

The Messoa IP D/N Vandal IP Dome cameras -NDF820 were placed throughout the inside of the building. The NDF820 IP camera is a cost-effective full HD camera designed to show you extremely detailed images. It features Lumii technology that significantly increases light sensitivity to deliver crisp image in the dark. Motion detection and day and night functionality ensures that all visitors can be recorded at any time.

The Messoa IP Dome cameras with WDR and ePTZ -NDF831 were also installed for entrance. The premium NDF831 is a cutting edge 1080p camera equipped with mechanical (ICR) day/night switch for 24/7 surveillance. As part of MESSOA MegaSmar IP products family, the NDF831 features intelligent detection capabilities including motion, audio, blur and network disconnection detection. Completely vandal-proof and IP67 water-proof, along with an optional heater, the NDF831 can withstand even the harshest of conditions.

Speaking from the main control room, a security official who did not wish to be identified said that these new cameras were unlike any he had seen before. Pictures were sharp and the features were helpful. Smiling, he said this would make his job just a little bit easier.

G4S Selected by Canadian Air Transport Security Authority to Provide Screening Services

G4S Selected by Canadian Air Transport Security Authority to Provide Screening Services

Editor / Provider: G4S | Updated: 8/9/2011 | Article type: Infrastructure

CATSA announced that it has selected G4S as the Security Screening Contractor for the delivery of Airport Screening Services in the Pacific Region. G4S Secure Solutions (Canada) will provide services at 20 airports, including Vancouver International Airport.

G4S is delighted to have been chosen as a partner to help CATSA to achieve its mission to protect the public by securing critical elements of the air transportation system, including passenger, hold baggage and non-passenger screening at Canadian airports. As Canada's gateway to Asia, airports in the Pacific Region play a significant role in commerce and tourism. We look forward to facilitating a successful transition and engaging with current screening personnel to welcome them to the G4S family.

This award builds on our recent successes in Europe and the Middle East, where G4S has been selected to provide aviation security services at a number of key airports. G4S provides services at 61 other airports worldwide, with services including perimeter security, airside security, passenger, baggage and cargo security screening (including behavior observation) and various related services.

Grahame Gibson, COO G4S plc and CEO of the Americas Region said "G4S always aims to be a strategic partner to its customers. The contract with CATSA represents a great opportunity to demonstrate the effectiveness of partnering over the long term. We look forward to delivering high quality services that promote an efficient screening process and a positive passenger experience, while working with CATSA to continuously improve and innovate."

The 5-year contract (with an option to extend for up to an additional five years) is valued at more than CAD$400M over the initial five-year term. Screening services will commence on 1st November 2011.

Singapore Changi Airport Enhances Perimeter Security With ST Electronics

Singapore Changi Airport Enhances Perimeter Security With ST Electronics

Editor / Provider: Singapore Technologies Electronics | Updated: 8/4/2011 | Article type: Infrastructure

Changi Airport Group (CAG) and ST Electronics' wholly owned subsidiary, ST Electronics (Satcom & Sensor Systems) announced a collaboration to implement a Perimeter Intrusion Detection System (PIDS) based on Fibre Bragg Grating (FBG) sensor for Changi Airport's perimeter fence to further strengthen security of the airfield. This is the first time that such technology is being used for perimeter security enhancement anywhere in the world. The proprietary AgilFence PIDS with intelligent signal processing is developed by ST Electronics based on fibre sensor technology licensed from its research partner, the A*STAR Institute for Infocomm Research. AgilFence PIDS is specially customised for Changi Airport to meet its unique operational requirements.

Changi Airport's perimeter is presently covered by a double-layered fence, and round-the-clock patrolling is carried out by security teams. The implementation of AgilFence PIDS will result in better detection of perimeter intrusions, more accurate determination of the incident location and a faster response time by the security team.

CAG's collaboration with ST Electronics is the result of a consultancy study undertaken by CAG in 2010 to enhance the security of Changi Airport's perimeter. Detailed market research and technical analysis of various perimeter intrusion detection solutions available in the market were carried out. AgilFence PIDS, which embeds FBG sensors in optical fibre to pin-point the intrusion location, was deemed most suitable.

Unlike non-fibre sensor technologies, the performance of AgilFence PIDS is not affected by factors in Changi Airport's operating environment, such as the presence of electromagnetic and radio frequency interference. Also, AgilFence PIDS, with its high pinpointing accuracy, allows optimal deployment of CCTVs around the perimeter fence. The unique signal processing algorithm in AgilFence PIDS allows FBG sensors at specific areas to be customised to achieve a higher probability of detection while reducing the possibility of false alarms triggered by weather elements and wildlife along the perimeter (see Annex A).

“We are pleased to have ST Electronics partner CAG in this effort to enhance the security of the Changi Airport airfield. At Changi, we take safety and security seriously and are committed to maintaining the highest standards. The implementation of AgilFence PIDS complements the security measures we already have in place to protect the airport perimeter. We are proud to support innovation by Singaporean organisations and be the first to use this groundbreaking technology.”

FOO Sek Min,
Executive VP, Airport Management, Changi Airport Group

“ST Electronics is delighted to work with Changi Airport Group to implement this first-of-its-kind, made-in-Singapore product to strengthen Changi Airport's security capabilities. This system will enhance security and complement existing systems to provide round-the-clock protection and safety for the airport. Globally, there is a growing demand for such a solution to protect high value assets against intrusions and attacks. We are therefore confident that the collaboration with CAG will prove beneficial to both parties. Hence, we are particularly positive as we plan the launch of this product into overseas markets.

LEE Fook Sun,
President, ST Electronics

Work on the implementation of AgilFence PIDS at Changi Airport will commence immediately. It will be rolled out in stages along the airport's perimeter and is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2012. As part of the partnership, CAG and ST Electronics will also work together to promote AgilFence PIDS on a commercial basis to other airport operators and installations with long fence lines looking for solutions to enhance perimeter security at their premises.

King Abdulaziz Airport in Saudi Arabia Secured with Avigilon System

King Abdulaziz Airport in Saudi Arabia Secured with Avigilon System

Editor / Provider: Avigilon | Updated: 7/21/2011 | Article type: Infrastructure

Avigilon, the performance and value leader in high definition (HD) and megapixel video surveillance solutions, today announced that King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA), Saudi Arabia's third largest airport, has deployed the Avigilon HD Surveillance System in 13 parking lots, its terminal lobbies, duty free shops, retail market, restaurants and coffee shops to capture, review, and store indisputable evidence for quick and successful investigations and management.

"The Avigilon HD Surveillance System gives us the tools to effectively review and take appropriate action as quickly as possible to resolve conflicts and secure parking lots, terminal lobbies, duty free shops, restaurants, retail market, and coffee shops," said Adel Safadi, Manager of CCTV & Video Analytics Systems at Al Musbah Trading Group, who is responsible for the Avigilon HD Surveillance System at KAIA. "Using Avigilon Control Center software, we can retrieve superior evidence at a phenomenal speed-the search capabilities are truly unrivaled."

A total of 274 Avigilon HD cameras ranging from 1 MP to 16 MP provide complete coverage of the airport's parking lots, terminal lobbies, duty free shops, restaurants, retail market and coffee shops. All Avigilon HD cameras are streamed and monitored around the clock in the airport's state-of-the-art control room. Security personnel manage the Avigilon HD Surveillance System using Avigilon Control Center Enterprise Network Video Management Software (NVMS) with HD Stream Management, which was built from the ground up to manage HD surveillance video.

With the Avigilon HD Surveillance System installed, security officers can easily navigate and manage its 274 cameras, delivering irrefutable evidence to facilitate investigations, monitor inventory levels, and ensure best practices in all covered areas. The airport lowered installation and labor costs by reducing the number of cameras required from 2,100 analog-based cameras to just over 274 Avigilon HD cameras. Leveraging Avigilon's use of JPEG 2000 compression technology and High Definition Stream Management technology, KAIA was also able to achieve superior image quality with minimal network bandwidth requirements.

"The Avigilon HD Surveillance System delivers high image quality, ease-of-management, and reliability to ensure fast and accurate resolution of incidents in the airport's covered areas," said Keith Marett, Director of Marketing and Communications at Avigilon. "At the same time, the airport has been able to lower installation and management costs, along with bandwidth requirements, for greater operational efficiencies."

Security at Delhi Airport Duty Free Services Enhanced by CNL Software

Security at Delhi Airport Duty Free Services Enhanced by CNL Software

Editor / Provider: CNL Software | Updated: 7/18/2011 | Article type: Commercial Markets

CNL Software, a world leader in Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) software, is pleased to announce that Delhi Duty Free Services (DDFS) has chosen to deploy its PSIM software on a Cisco IP physical security network to safeguard merchandise and shoppers.

With the commencement of operations at Terminal 3 (T3), the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi has become India's and South Asia's largest and most important aviation hub. With a current capacity of handling more than 46 million passengers, the Delhi airport is set to become a premier global duty free shopping destination and DDFS.

With five locations within the T3, DDFS has thousands of shoppers moving in and out of its stores daily. In order to ensure the safety & security of people and merchandise, and to create a world-class retail experience, DDFS was looking for a solution that provided detailed reporting and the ability to see every item in the stores.

The solution had to operate without downtime, provide high scalability, and enable staff to monitor, assess, and deliver information reliably and securely across its locations while maximizing staff productivity. In addition to preventing theft, the solution had to enable DDFS staff to locate lost children, baggage left behind, identify serial offenders and manage aggressive customers on a daily basis. DDFS had to implement a security management system that would comply with the corporate as well as other legal obligations at T3.

The solution provided by Cisco included the seamless integration and inter-operability of Cisco LAN, Unified Communications, Wireless, Cisco Video Surveillance and Cisco Physical Access Management.

A total of 300 Cisco cameras including high definition (HD) cameras, standard definition (SD) wired and wireless cameras and SD dome cameras are being managed using the Cisco Video Surveillance Management (VSM) Platform. Cisco's Physical Access Management (PAM) is being used to provide access control capabilities. All the video and access control information along with data from Point Of Sale transaction terminals are being integrated within IPSecurityCenter from CNL to provide an enhanced loss prevention posture.

According to Mr. Abhay Pandey, Head IT, Delhi Duty Free Services Pvt. Ltd, “Spread across a sprawling 40,000 square feet, Delhi Duty Free has been conceived and designed to provide travelers with an incredible shopping experience. Cisco is an industry leader and our association with them is a reflection of our endeavor to strengthen the security systems at Delhi Duty Free, and ensure that our customers get a comfortable shopping environment, one which is free of security concerns”.

The use of IPSecurityCenter as a platform in this implementation, will allow DDFS to build cost-effective, modular physical security solutions that will integrate all components of different technologies and verticals while proactively reporting possible events such as fraud and revenue loss. The solution will empower DDFS to detect and respond immediately in case of security lapses or events that can cause retail revenue loss. The solution's ability to store and manage data will serve as an invaluable tool to provide business intelligence such as customer behavior trends for marketing purposes.

Schiphol Airport Deploys Automated Border Control Systems from Accenture

Schiphol Airport Deploys Automated Border Control Systems from Accenture

Editor / Provider: Accenture | Updated: 7/18/2011 | Article type: Infrastructure

Accenture has been selected by the Ministry of Internal Affairs to design and deliver Automated Border Control Systems (ABCS) at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam. The new systems will reduce the waiting time of travelers passing through one of the world's busiest airports during peak immigration periods by more efficiently validating passenger identities and documentation.

Accenture will initially deliver 36 electronic border-crossing gates to be used at Schiphol airport during 2011. The Automated Border Control System will use the latest in biometric technologies, including facial recognition, to validate passenger identities and passports.

Accenture is supported on this project by subcontractors Vision-Box and Capgemini. Accenture and Vision-Box have successfully implemented similar programs across Europe to facilitate border crossings of large numbers of travelers in an easy and customer-oriented way. Accenture will work alongside Vision-Box and Capgemini to develop and implement the ABCS solution and is responsible for the on-going training, support and maintenance of the electronic border-crossing gates.

Speaking on the project, Ger Daly, Managing Director, Defense & Public Safety, Accenture Health & Public Service, said, “With growth in traveler numbers and increased documentation and visa complexity, border crossings around the world are now busier than ever. Accenture and our partners have extensive experience developing and introducing robust, resilient, secure and scalable electronic border-crossing systems at international airports in the United Kingdom, Finland and Portugal, and we have already overseen a successful pilot program for Schiphol.”

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