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Your Face Reveals More Than You Think

Your Face Reveals More Than You Think

Editor / Provider: a&s International | Updated: 11/24/2011 | Article type: Hot Topics

Distinguishing lies from truths has never been easy. A developing lie detection technology from the University of Bradford in the U.K., thanks to the R&D efforts led by Hassan Ugail, Professor of Visual Computing, leverages facial-recognition cues and is about to undergo a real-life trial.

A team led by Hassan Ugail, Professor of Visual Computing at the University of Bradford, combines an HD camera, a thermal camera and an algorithm to monitor changes in facial expressions, facial-temperature profiles and blood flow. After monitoring these traits in a group of volunteers, Ugail determined that certain expressions and changes were often associated with lying.

The standard HD camera captures subjects' faces, and the algorithm identifies facial landmarks. Facial expressions of subjects are classified according to a system, facial action coding system, developed by psychologist Paul Ekman. The camera and algorithm help monitor changes in expression frame by frame.

Similarly, the high-resolution thermal camera is used to detect the temperature profiles and blood flow patterns of subjects' faces, which the algorithm also helps monitor. Taken together with the facial-expression data, the algorithm eventually makes a decision about whether a statement is true.

This new form of lie detection deviates from the reigning polygraph lie detector because it does not require physical contact with a subject. Traditional polygraphs monitor blood pressure, pulse, respiration and skin conductivity — attributes that are difficult to monitor remotely. By using facial characteristics, it is possible to detect lies without contact, and perhaps, without a person's knowledge.

In fact, Ugail thinks that a hidden lie detector may give more reliable data. “We believe if this was done covertly, the results would be better. In all experiments, the facial temperatures of subjects always go up in interrogation simply because they are entering into a situation where they are being interrogated.” This issue would be minimized if subjects did not know they were being monitored.

When working with humans, Ugail recognizes the importance of dealing with variability in a population, and thus tries to establish a baseline for each subject. “For this test to work, ideally what we need is a baseline because every individual is different; we understand that. We need to calibrate our system to the individual. This allows us to identify the normal expressions of the subject and the normal blood flow pattern and temperature profile,” Ugail said. When forming the baseline, subjects are asked questions where they have no need to lie, such as a person's name. These questions help researchers establish a “normal” profile of the person in the absence of lying, against which subsequent statements can be measured.

This system currently has an accuracy level of 70 percent,but Ugail is aiming to increase the level to 90 percent. Given the variability in the human population, Ugail does not think that it will ever be 100-percent accurate. The new lie detector will be used as a tool to help humans decide whether they trust a statement.

No Silver Bullet
There are still a few kinks that need to be resolved. It currently takes a few hours for the results to come through, though Ugail sees that number coming down in the future. Additionally, this technology is focused, at the moment, on the proof of principle, that you can detect lies, rather than dealing with the issues that would arise from using this technology in the real world.

Ugail is optimistic about its basic lie-detecting functions, saying that it could be ready for interrogation purposes in about a year's time. Given the noninvasive nature of this technology, it has potential in arenas beyond traditional interrogation. At airports, for example, critical security questions are often asked as passengers pass through customs and immigrations — locations where authorities may want to know if passengers are lying. In fact, there are plans to pilot this technology at an airport in the near future. However, use in a more complex airport setting will likely take much more product development; equipment often works differently in a laboratory compared to an uncontrolled setting.

From the lab to Real Life
An anonymous airport security professional and Stewart Heffernan, CEO of OmniPerception, were asked to weigh in on bringing this biometric lie detection technology to market. They identified three important issues to consider.

With biometric technologies, testing and piloting are very important. Good laboratory preparation is often hindered by unexpected environmental factors. “We've found that a combination of testing the perimeters of the software or hardware sets the baseline , and testing with a real-world environment gives you real data,” said the anonymous source.

“When you walk into an airport or public arena, there are always environmental factors that you have not thought of when you deploy these things,” Heffernan agreed. “There are almost always things that crop up once you actually deploy the equipment in a trial situation or live environment.”

Marketing Hype
People have unrealistic expectations of what biometrics can do, because of movies and popular TV shows like CSI. It is important to not only create a good product, but to make sure customers understand the limitations of your products.

“People nowadays watch CSI and assume the impossible is quite easy. It's important, throughout the process when you're launching products and designing products, to realize what problem you're targeting, what problem you're trying to solve and making the product good enough for that particular market or need,” Heffernan said. “You need to make sure your customer understands what problem you're solving and that you can't solve all the problems.”

End Users
Airports have practical considerations about the usability of a technology, integration into its existing infrastructure and the final ROI. For example, does the algorithm limit the number of cameras you can have on a server, which then would require additional servers and increase costs? “ROI can be measured in many ways: reduction of staff, reduction of cost, improved detection or improved transfer of information. Just because I reduce or remove certain issues does not mean the cost of developing and installing such software or hardware will be lower than having the existing manpower to do the same task,” said the source that wished to remain anonymous.

Los Angeles Airports Upgrade to Contactless Access Control and Identification System for Staff

Los Angeles Airports Upgrade to Contactless Access Control and Identification System for Staff

Editor / Provider: Unisys | Updated: 11/16/2011 | Article type: Infrastructure

The Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), which oversees airport operations for the city of Los Angeles, has awarded a contract modification to Unisys to upgrade its access control and alarm monitoring system, used to identify the 45,000 airport employees, contractors, police and others who work at the organization's three airports.

The work is an early step in LAWA's plan to move to a biometrics-based identification system in which workers at the airports will be identified based on personal attributes such as fingerprints.

LAWA awarded a contract to Unisys to operate and maintain the access control and alarm monitoring system in 2009.

Under the modification, potentially worth an estimated $10.3 million over one year, Unisys will provide services such as site assessments, engineering, installation and training on the system's new features. Unisys will also upgrade LAWA's network infrastructure to provide greater levels of reliability and security.

With the new modification, Unisys will replace the airports' existing magnetic stripe card readers with a contactless system that will make it more difficult for non-authorized individuals to access secure areas. The contactless system can also save money by reducing the wear on cards and readers associated with magnetic stripe systems. The readers will be installed at 870 access points in the airports.

“As the operator of one of the world's busiest airports, LAWA understands the need for secure airport facilities,” said Steve Soroka, managing partner, homeland security, Unisys Federal Systems. “Through our expertise in physical access control, identity management, video surveillance and mobile communications network systems, Unisys is helping LAWA build and deploy a security environment that can serve as a model for other aviation facilities.”

Dubai International Airport Chooses CEM Systems

Dubai International Airport Chooses CEM Systems

Editor / Provider: CEM Systems | Updated: 11/16/2011 | Article type: Infrastructure

CEM Systems, part of Tyco Security Products, is pleased to announce they have been awarded the contract to secure the new Concourse 3 at Terminal 3 in Dubai International Airport. The industry-renowned CEM security management system will be installed to ensure the highest level of security. Concourse 3, which will take a similar shape to Concourse 2, is predicted to handle 15 million passengers annually. It is being constructed to accommodate 20 aircraft stands, of which 18 will be exclusively for use by the Airbus A380-800, and the remaining 2 for the Boeing 777.

“Being awarded the contract to secure Dubai International Airport is a significant win for CEM in the Middle East” said Philip Verner, Regional Sales Director EMEA, CEM Systems. He continued “Dubai International Airport joins some of the world's most prestigious aviation sites by selecting the CEM system to secure, Concourse 3, Terminal 3”.

Work on Concourse 3 began in 2008 and it is expected to open in 2012. It is reported this is part of a much wider multibillion dollar program to upgrade and extend Dubai International Airport, making it one of the world's largest airports by 2025.

ImageWare Systems and GCR Partner for Biometric Identity Systems in Airports

ImageWare Systems and GCR Partner for Biometric Identity Systems in Airports

Editor / Provider: ImageWare Systems | Updated: 11/9/2011 | Article type: Infrastructure

ImageWare Systems, a leading developer of identity management solutions providing biometric, secure credential and law enforcement technologies, has teamed with GCR & Associates, to provide secure biometric identity solutions to the U.S. Transportation Industry.

Many airports are contemplating major technological upgrades to the security and credentialing capabilities of their facilities and the GCR/ImageWare team has been created specifically to address this requirement. The companies are currently collaborating on several identified aviation projects.

“We have selected ImageWare for this most strategic venture because of its extensive history and capability in developing and implementing biometric identity management products and technologies,” says Phillip Brodt, VP of GCR. “The combination of the unique and specialized core patented technologies provided by IWS when coupled with GCR's total system development capabilities make our team the leader in this market segment.”

"ImageWare is delighted to be working with GCR, a company with a high level of expertise and experience within the aviation sector,” says Chuck AuBuchon, VP of Business Development for ImageWare. “GCR has been developing and integrating solutions for its airport clients for several decades. We are presently finalizing the contract for our first joint project and look forward to announcing the details as soon as they are completed.”

French Airport Deploys Axis Solution

French Airport Deploys Axis Solution

Editor / Provider: Axis Communications | Updated: 11/7/2011 | Article type: Infrastructure

With a growing influx of passengers every year, the airport of Carcassonne in the south of France had to comply with the regulations imposed by the French Civil Aviation authorities (DGAC, Direction Generale de l'Aviation Civile). The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Carcassonne-Limoux-Castelnaudary, which manages the airport infrastructure, contacted Sigma Mediterranee, a local integrator and Axis partner, to implement its video surveillance system.

To meet the Chamber of Commerce's requirements, Sigma Mediterranee designed a system based on Axis network cameras. The solution deployed at the airport fully complies with the standards imposed by the DGAC and provides the security officers with mobile and remote access to all the cameras installed at the airport.

The Carcassonne Chamber of Commerce and Industry is satisfied with the installation that combines security and reliability. Beyond its validation by the DGAC, the system has also won the vote of the security officers for its ease of use.

New Zealand's Second-Largest Airport Relies on Gallagher Access Solution

New Zealand's Second-Largest Airport Relies on Gallagher Access Solution

Editor / Provider: Gallagher | Updated: 11/4/2011 | Article type: Infrastructure

Christchurch International Airport Limited (CIAL) is situated on the east coast of New Zealand's South Island and receives more than six million passengers a year. It is New Zealand's second largest airport and the busiest and most strategic air connection from the South Island to the world's trade and tourism markets. With such high numbers of passengers going through the airport, providing a safe and secure environment is an important part of CIAL's vision to be recognised as New Zealand's leading tourism gateway.

In a legislation driven airport environment, CIAL is mandated by a number of Civil Aviation rules and regulations to provide control and monitoring of all access to restricted security areas. Gallagher protects all primary areas of aviation activity within the airport - terminal, airfield, support buildings and infrastructure. The Gallagher perimeter security system provides monitored electrical fencing for a small section of CIAL's 16km of fence line protecting over 300 hectares of land.

CIAL Operations Manager Tim Morris says the desire to operate a modern and reliable access control system prompted the need to upgrade CIAL's access system to Gallagher in 2007.

“We needed something to provide the required security functionality today and allow for easy integration for more advanced requirements for the future,” he says. “We followed a robust evaluation process and found the Gallagher product was the best value for money and the best support structure for our site. In-house capability was a feature that set it apart from other systems.”

Residing on the existing Local Area Network, using TCP/IP, the Gallagher system features peer-to-peer communications, so if communications with the head end need to be taken down, those on the airport using the system are not affected. This means if the airport experiences network communications problems, security and access control of the site won't be compromised. Multiple workstations access the database to manage cardholders, events, check on the status of doors, override doors and trace activity. System division is used to enable the airport to be divided for management and monitoring purposes.

With more than 5000 cardholders accessing more than 400 doors, gates and fences, cardholder management has to be efficient and allow for changes to be applied easily to groups of cardholders. The Gallagher system manages cardholders by groups for cardholders who share the same access requirements. A cardholder may belong to one or more access groups to get their full access privileges.

All service elevators are operated with an access card and once an area of the airport has been “sealed” for security (i.e. international departure lounge), access to these floors is automatically denied, so the areas become accessible only via a particular security clearance entryway.

There are three auto gates which allow authorised vehicles access onto the airfield at various points. When a vehicle drives up to the auto gate, the driver badges the access card and the information and photo of the cardholder pops up on the operator's screen. Granting access requires the operator to check the driver against the photo on screen, as well as ensure their competencies are up to date. If the driver's Civil Aviation ID or airside driving permit is due to expire soon, the operator is notified on screen and therefore able to advise the driver of the expiration date. The main auto gate is manned 24/7. If someone requests access at an unmanned auto gate, their photo and competencies are checked by the operator at the main auto gate and access is either granted or denied, saving on staff and running costs.

CIAL takes advantage of Gallagher's reporting functionality by running automatic shift change reports. These reports print at set times of the day at shift change, to provide the new shift with a variety of information relating to the previous eight hours of site activity.

Tim Morris says the system has also assisted in increasing in-house knowledge and driven down the annual costs associated to access control. “The system performs extremely well with no significant outages to date,” he says. “Our expectations were met overnight. It is easy to use, modern, innovative, and flexible with high quality installations and we have an excellent channel partner.”

CIAL intends to make a number of additional Gallagher installations to accompany their three-year terminal and aircraft apron expansion project. One significant application will be a Gallagher controlled swing gate area, where 14 doors will either automatically open or lock, to allow an aircraft to arrive as a domestic flight and depart as an international flight (or vice versa) without the need to move the aircraft. Tim says this installation means both the airport and airlines will save time and costs.

IndigoVision Streamlines Logistics for French Express Shipping

IndigoVision Streamlines Logistics for French Express Shipping

Editor / Provider: IndigoVision | Updated: 11/4/2011 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Chronopost International, leading provider of express parcel delivery services in France and worldwide, has deployed a complete end-to-end IP Video solution from IndigoVision to protect and streamline its logistics operation of its hub located at Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris. Around 150 cameras provide both security monitoring of the site and a valuable video record of shipments. Chronopost owns a network of 80 operational sites that enables them to deliver over 300,000 items a day to 230 countries.

The ability to provide high-quality video recordings is vitally important. The reliability and security of the system and recorded video was therefore one of the main reasons for Chronopost choosing the IndigoVision solution.

“We know with the redundant recording solution provided by IndigoVision the probability of losing any recordings is very small,” said Xavier Blanc, Chronopost's Technical Safety Manager. “If we lose a Network Video Recorder (NVR) on a Saturday night, the back-up NVR will automatically take over and we can wait until Monday morning for the unit to be replaced. This saves us money by not needing to have a 24/7 maintenance contract. The new system has also allowed us to improve the operational efficiency of the guards by deploying automatic alarm-based incident response.”

The original analogue surveillance system was upgraded and improved using IP Video when a new automatic dispatch system was installed at the facility. Analogue fixed cameras from the original system were reused by connecting them to IndigoVision encoders, which convert the analogue signals into high-quality H.264 compressed digital video for transmission over the network. IndigoVision IP cameras, both fixed and PTZ, were also installed.

“Onboard analytics built into the encoders and IP cameras help us to minimize video downtime,” added Blanc. “Obscured or unfocussed cameras are automatically detected and operators immediately alerted. Due to the modular and distributed nature of the system we are instantly aware of any problems, including interruption to video streams. Replacement of any encoders or IP cameras is very easy.”

Using ‘Control Center', IndigoVision's Security Management Software, operators view live and recorded video using one workstation located in the main security room of the Security Department and live-only video remotely in the guard's station. ‘Control Center' provides an advanced set of features and analytics for analysing recorded footage for specific incidents, together with full video synchronisation, which is an invaluable tool for evidence gathering. Recorded video from several cameras at different times can be viewed on the same viewing window. With a single click of the mouse all the cameras can be time synchronised together, allowing operators to track a shipment across several views as it moves through the hub.

A total of 11 NVRs, including the failover backup, provide Chronopost with a fully searchable, high-quality 30-day video archive of all the cameras. Due to IndigoVision's class-leading compression technology the amount of storage required is typically much lower than comparable systems. This storage requirement is further reduced by the use of Activity Control Framerate (ACF), a motion-based analytics function running in real-time in the encoders and IP cameras. ACF controls the framerate of the camera video stream based on the amount of motion in the scene. When there is no activity, video is streamed over the network at minimum framerate; the instant motion is detected the video is automatically transmitted at the maximum configured framerate.

Down Under? No, Up Above!

Down Under? No, Up Above!

Editor / Provider: Hayden Hsu | Updated: 10/27/2011 | Article type: Hot Topics

While mature markets like the U.S. and Europe are bracing for a possible second dip due to long-term debt imbalances, Australia's export and economic figures are looking particularly ripe among growth markets worldwide. Security is in for a treat, as the country continues to upgrade its network infrastructure and beef up its protective mechanisms and measures.

Australia is the world's 13th largest economy, with a GDP of US$1.3 trillion. GDP grew by 2.7 percent over 2010; it is forecast to grow more than 4 percent in 2011. According to US Commercial Service, Australia's per-capita GDP of $60,000 is among the highest in the world.

Since 9/11, the Australian federal government has committed more than $4 billion to counter terrorism. Current priorities for upgrading security include border protection, airport security, port security,critical infrastructure protection, mining facilities, street safety (city surveillance), health care and educational institutes, as well as new commercial and residential establishments.

The Dollar and NBN
To thrive in the Australian security market, two things should be kept in mind: the Australian dollar and the national broadband network (NBN).

Australia has a large services sector (80 percent of GDP), but is also a significant exporter of natural resources, energy and food. Australia's abundant and diverse natural resources attract high levels of foreign investment and include extensive reserves of coal, iron ore, copper, gold, natural gas, uranium and renewable energy resources. A series of major investments, such as the $25-billion Wheatstone project and the $43-billion Gorgon project, both led by Chevron, have significantly expanded the resources sector, according to US Commercial Service.

Asian demand for minerals, metals and energy resources has been an engine for growth nationally. With many mining sites in the state of Queensland (the country's largest coal-exporting state) suffering temporary production delays due to the January floods, liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects are moving forward, such as the contract signed between Australia and China to supply China with LNG for the next 20 years.

The result is a higher-than-ever Australian dollar, pushing many local end users of high-end technology to go for only the best of breed at much more affordable price points. Physical, commercial security is no exception.

Another buzzword is the NBN. The NBN is a wholesale-only, open-access data network initiative. A trial rollout of the fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network began in Tasmania in July 2010. The FTTP rollout is planned to reach approximately 93 percent of the population by June 2021. Construction of a fixed wireless network is planned to begin in 2011, delivering its first services in 2012 and to be completed by 2015; two satellites will also be launched by 2015, with an interim agreement with Optus and IPStar to provide satellite services to some customers from July 2011. The network will gradually replace the copper network, owned by Telstra and currently used for most telephony and data services. As part of an agreement with the NBN company, Telstra will move its customers to the NBN and lease access to its exchange space and extensive network ducting to assist in the rollout.

This nationwide broadband initiative is very well-received by security solution providers, as most transmission and streaming headaches with IP-based systems will be alleviated. It could also help yield more business opportunities and open up possibilities for different business models

Market Potential
According to the Australian Security Industry Association, expenditure on security hardware and software (video surveillance, access control and intrusion alarms) in 2007 amounted to $690 million. For this year, consensus was that recovery has been rampant, but the overall projected market size is still shy of the 2007 peak, only at roughly $450 to 500 million.

Distributor Pacific Communications estimated that the Australian video surveillance market could be worth $150 to $170 million this year. “We're seeing a lot of demand from street surveillance, transportation, mining, health care and education,” said Rob Rosa, National Sales Manager. “We, therefore, need proper product coverage with a good cross-section range as the largest distributor in Australia and New Zealand.”

Bosch Security Systems' projections for video surveillance were higher at $200 to $230 million. “Leads are mostly from mining, defense, commercial and street surveillance,” said Sean Borg, National Video Systems Manager.

For Sony Corporation, more than 90 percent of new tenders opt for IP-based systems. “People's understanding is improving, from pure cost considerations to picture quality and accessibility,” said Steve Charles, Sales and Marketing Manager for Security Solutions, Australia and New Zealand. “For my region, the video surveillance market is estimated to be worth $220 million, with IP sales expected to outweigh analog by 2015. Confidence in IP has increased noticeably.”

In terms of growth , Axis Communications is seeing 40 to 70 percent, depending on market segments. “While the overall market size here in Australia is not the biggest in the region, it does generate the most revenue for us,” said Oh-Tee Lee, Regional Director of South APAC. “Five years ago, some installers and integrators wouldn't listen and were scared to change (to IP). It's not that case any more. We now focus our education efforts on the building blocks of IP-based video (beyond cameras), such as storage and capable channel partners.”

For Lan 1, key market segments include government buildings and departments, residential buildings and retail outlets. “Education is good as well, but a bit slower; you get one or two projects from universities per year, and then a few smaller but ongoing projects from K-12,” said Basil Delimitros, Project Manager of IP Video and Access Control.

In physical access control and intrusion detection, a similar transition to IP can be seen as well, thanks to the NBN. “More hybrid converters and wireless transmitters are being demanded,” said Brett Lancaster, Sales and Technical Support for Security Distributors Australia. “While average prices are coming down, support and warranties are getting more comprehensive; now, you can see products with 10-year warranties and iPhone support very easily.” [NextPage]

Solution Requirements
While IP is gaining a lot of attention, analog is not “dying” anytime soon, Rosa said. “In terms of sales, analog and IP are about 70 versus 30; we are still seeing good growth on analog products. For bigger projects that require more than 100 cameras, IP gets specified, but it still depends on project type and available infrastructure.”

For existing establishments that require replacements or upgrades, local consultants and end users prefer devices or systems with hybrid capabilities that allow existing analog infrastructure to transmit signals over IP networks. “It is a strong selling bonus,” Charles said. “We tripled our sales in the first quarter over the same period last year, and we continue to work with more IT-level system integrators to service the entire spectrum of the market.”

To Borg, Australia is indeed in dire need of better IT and IP infrastructure. “While the economics around the NBN don't make much sense, we can definitely use newer, more reliable networks.” Analog technology is still robust, though. “A lot of system integrators, consultants and real-estate developers still ask for analog products, so we are still seeing singledigit growth; overall, sales figures split between analog and IP at 50/50.”

Started as an IT specialist 18 years ago, Lan 1 provides advice and support on network infrastructure. “Australia is a tech-savvy country, and growth in IP has accelerated for the last two to three years. With dollar appreciation and a number of budget offerings, users are enjoying 20- to 30-percent discounts (if not more), getting the biggest bang for their dollar,” Delimitros said. And more training is available today, further lowering t h e market's entry barrier.

For EOS Australia, the smartphone market is a good indicator. “We were a late adopter of smart cellphones, but look where we are today,” said Jeff Perrey, National Sales Manager. “The same goes for IP-based security systems; we are now seeing more organizations running multiple networks in parallel to support bandwidth requirements. The market is about solutions, not single products; Australians will use it if it is a robust, easy and open solution. It is a growth market beyond what people realize.”

Channel Challenges
With greater IP capabilities come both opportunities and challenges. While easier access and mobility are granted, the initial installation, integration and configuration can be very complicated, at least for the traditionally analog channel community in security. “Education is critical,” Rosa said. “It's our job to help the marketplace understand how to better leverage added benefits from IP-based systems. Product features and system limitations should also be made clearer.”

Keeping up with market growth and momentum is also a concern for Lan 1. For example, a number of Tier-1 suppliers are reevaluating and looking for more IT/IP-savvy distribution, installation and integration partners. “Aside from infrastructure shortcomings, we also need to think about our location. We live in isolation here, and not all manufacturers have local representation and support. So, we take device and system reliability very seriously, and we need more partners to help deliver that consistently,” Delimitros said.

Altech Computers, an IT distributor carrying brands such as Vivotek and GeoVision, has had similar observations. “The market has turned 180 in one to two years,” said Adam Storo, Surveillance Manager. “We need to keep up with different demands and requirements from various verticals, such as government, transportation, education, residential and SMBs. Having an IT background is, therefore, a massive advantage. With technology rapidly changing, it does take delivering functional hardware, software, solutions and services to a whole new level.” And “converting” integrators and installers and making them grow with you are no small feat.

Another IT distributor, ACA Pacific, deems end users having fully functional IP networks as the biggest challenge. “It's a slow process, as is training,” said Henry Patishman, Sales Manager. “On top of that, everyone wants control within an organization.” As a result, channel partners have to take it upon themselves to demonstrate to their end users that having open APIs and interfaces does not mean giving up departmental turf.

The IT cusp and bubble a decade ago could serve as a good reminder and lesson. “Support, beyond warranties, is critical. When faced with market pressure and ‘leveling' of real value and prices, we need to think about real-life implementations and implications,” Perrey said. “Our biggest challenge is having futureproofed solutions and partners.” [NextPage]

Up Above!
Depending on whom one talks to, the Australian security market has experienced growth between 5 to 70 percent over the last year or so. Political and financial brouhaha aside, the fruition of the NBN will level the playing field for many, catapulting Australia into a new digital age. From one camera or entry point to thousands of cameras, doors or detectors, the market will need to be serviced by professionals of different calibers. “Just like the Internet provided new access to trade, the NBN will enable service providers to cover all corners of the country with the same level of quality and efficiency,” said Kobi Ben-Shabat, MD of Open Platform Systems. “The direction and future of physical security have also been redefined. Being able to provide open but unified platforms and effectively manage explosive growth will be one of the defining factors of any business' success.”

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Russian Airport Duty Free Shop Protected by Axis and Axxon Solution

Russian Airport Duty Free Shop Protected by Axis and Axxon Solution

Editor / Provider: AxxonSoft | Updated: 10/24/2011 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Travel Retail Domodedovo LLC is a subsidiary of the large German holding Gebr. Heinemann, which develops distribution, logistics and retail sales in the Travel Value & Duty Free format, Gebr, Heinemann, founded in 1879, currently owns a chain of 228 shops in 47 international airports around the world and is one of the world leaders on the duty free market. The holding has been developing its own retail chain in Russia since 2008.

The client commissioned UNIMAX to equip a Duty Free shop and a warehouse with a video surveillance system with point of sale monitoring and the capability for remote monitoring. The shop and warehouse are on the territory of Ostafyevo International Airport and are quite far apart.

Considering the specific character of the task, only an IP video surveillance system would do. Communication lines and an Ethernet connection between the warehouse and the shop were already in place. Under these conditions, it was not practical to run new lines between the warehouse and the shop, among other things due to the large number of approvals needed and the complex work conditions.

For IP cameras, several models from Axis were selected: the Axis for general video surveillance, the Axis with megapixel resolution for surveillance at the register, and the Axis for outdoor video surveillance. All the current Axis cameras are powered through PoE, which substantially simplifies installation for the installer and makes it less expensive for the client; it also makes it possible to control the power supply of the device remotely.

In the end the client obtained a modern video surveillance and point of sale monitoring system which takes care of the tasks currently required and can be expanded and modernized in the future. Remote monitoring from the central office in Domodedovo Airport makes it possible to quickly obtain data from a remote site and monitor the situation constantly.

London's Second Largest Airport Deploys Iris Recognition from AOptix and Human Recognition Systems

London's Second Largest Airport Deploys Iris Recognition from AOptix and Human Recognition Systems

Editor / Provider: AOptix Technologies | Updated: 10/20/2011 | Article type: Infrastructure

AOptix Technologies, a leading edge developer of innovative iris recognition solutions, and Human Recognition Systems, the UK market leader in identity management announced their successful implementation integrating the AOptix InSight VM iris recognition system into 34 automated e-Gates at the Gatwick Airport South Terminal. AOptix was selected by HRS for their ability to bring a time saving, enhanced passenger experience to the world's busiest single-runway airport.

With the goal of improving the overall airport experience for millions of travelers from all over the world, the InSight VM is integrated into MFlow Track, developed by HRS for positive passenger identification as part of Gatwick Airport's automated security process.

“HRS has a great reputation in the aviation industry for deploying and integrating innovative world class identity solutions such as the one at Gatwick” says Dean Senner, CEO of AOptix. “Iris at-a-distance from AOptix and the HRS MFlow Track is the hassle-free, non-intrusive security experience that passengers are looking for at today's modern airports.”

The AOptix-HRS approach delivers a highly accurate match of passenger to boarding pass on a remarkably consistent basis. Designed for ease of use and high throughput, the system is intended to create secure, customer friendly passage into the international departure lounge area where passengers can shop, dine, and relax prior to boarding their flights.

“Human Recognition Systems has been deploying iris recognition systems for 10 years now and with the introduction of the InSight iris recognition solution from AOptix, we are able to exploit the full power of iris biometrics” said Neil Norman, Human Recognition Systems' chief executive. “We are pleased to be working with our partner AOptix and in having the InSight VM integrated into our MFlow product and having successfully deployed the first system in Europe at Gatwick Airport."

“Already passengers are spending on average less than five minutes in security” said Geoff Williams, Head of Security at Gatwick Airport. “With our new spacious preparation area and 19 security lanes, some of which are designed to assist families with young children and premium travellers, the new technology will help increase the efficiency of the security operation and provide a better service."

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