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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."

Danish Airport Fortifies Security Using Axis and SeeTec Solution

Danish Airport Fortifies Security Using Axis and SeeTec Solution

Editor / Provider: SeeTec | Updated: 10/11/2011 | Article type: Infrastructure

SeeTec, one of Europe's leading suppliers of video management software, makes travelling a little bit safer. Together with Solar Denmark as the solution provider, SeeTec delivered a cutting edge video surveillance system to Karup Airport (Denmark), thus updating its security system to latest standards.

After September 11th, a seamless control of passengers and luggage had been established at the airport. For that purpose, an analog video system had been installed. However, during last year the decision was made to observe all critical security restricted areas in addition. Erik Jacobsen, Director of Karup Airport, explains: "We had the choice to fulfill the additional requirements by hiring additional security staff or by installing a new video surveillance system. We finally decided in favor of the new video system. The main reasons for that decision were that the costs for the new system are lower, that it is very easy to extend and that our security staff can operate it quite conveniently. We went for a cutting edge video surveillance system to replace the old analog one which would have been extremely difficult and expensive to upgrade."

Together with Solar Denmark, Karup airport chose video management software from SeeTec and camera technology from Axis. "We got in touch with Solar and they offered a solution based on SeeTec software and AXIS P1346-E Network Cameras. From the beginning, all project partners supported us in a perfect way throughout the whole project" says Jens Andersen, technician at Karup airport.

The cameras, which are mounted on poles all over the airport ground, can be operated in day and night mode, thus being perfectly suited for the changing lighting conditions at the airport. With a resolution of three megapixels, they allow identifying persons even from a long distance. The outdoor housing protects the cameras perfectly against environmental conditions so that they can be operated without any problems even at -40°C. Like all Axis network cameras, they are deeply integrated in the SeeTec software which makes it very easy for Karup airport to add further devices like an additional camera in just a few minutes.

Karup Airport chose SeeTec as it can be extended easily – not only by further cameras or servers but also by additional functionalities. The feature set of the software which is currently available in 16 languages can be widened by using third party interfaces, extension modules such as license plate recognition or vertical solutions from the SeeTec Multi Solution Platform. If for example Karup Airport plans to monitor the occupancy of waiting zones or wants to check the required capacity of escape routes, they can realize that completely within SeeTec just by adding the SeeTec counting suite module. No third party application will have to be installed or configured for that purpose.

Another reason for the decision was that with SeeTec Anywhere technology the security personnel of Karup airport can log in to the surveillance system from any Windows-based PC in their network without having to install any client software before. In addition, SeeTec offers the extension modules of the SeeTec Analytics product line, adding powerful and reliable video analysis features to a basic SeeTec installation. Karup airport uses video analysis to detect people on the airport ground automatically. In contrast to many simple motion detection algorithms, the SeeTec solution contains powerful filters which allow to avoid false alarms e.g. by weather influences or by cars and planes passing by on the airport ground.

Jens Andersen from Karup airport again: "The new solution is extremely flexible, easy to use and delivers brilliant images both day and night. As the images are stored in full HD quality with a resolution of three megapixels, we can e.g. read number plates or identify faces in the camera image. Due to the new system, it will be very hard for trespassers to move on the airport ground without being noticed."

The successful project at Karup airport shows, that real IP based video surveillance is a lot more than just recording and displaying camera images. "The additional technological options IP technology offers for the video security market have to be transferred into real customer benefits" says Roland Keiser, chief technology officer at SeeTec: "New, comprehensive solutions that are embedded into customer's business processes and perfectly fit the needs of particular industries make video surveillance more efficient and open up new application areas and markets".

Edwin Beerentemfel who is responsible for Business Development in Middle Europe within Axis agrees to that, welcoming SeeTec as one of two Axis Gold Application Development Partners (ADPs) headquartered in Europe. "SeeTec has increasingly addressed vertical markets with special tailor-made products." he says. "The early and deep integration of our products in the SeeTec software, the good market position of both SeeTec and Axis Communications and the joint vision of focusing on the needs of vertical markets provide a strong basis for our partnership."

New York New WTC Deploys Physical Security Infrastructure from Quantum Secure

New York New WTC Deploys Physical Security Infrastructure from Quantum Secure

Editor / Provider: Quantum Secure | Updated: 9/13/2011 | Article type: Government & Public Services

Quantum Secure, the leading provider of enterprise software to manage and streamline security identities, compliance and events across disparate physical security systems, announced that it has deployed phase one of its SAFE physical identity and access management software solution for the new World Trade Center.

With this phase of SAFE deployment, the WTC will centralize identity authentication and reporting along with policies and rules associated with management of different kinds of identities, alarms and events types into a single SAFE policy engine. The eventual goal of the SAFE suite deployment is to create a unique platform of real-time identity risk assessment and remediation platform that includes daily management of identities and alarms campus-wide, making it more likely to identify a potentially volatile situation.

Speaking about Quantum Secure's SAFE physical identity and access management suite in a recent interview, Lou Barani, Security Director for the World Trade Center, commented on how physical identity and access management is critical to the success of the project. Barani explains that, “If someone steals a card and is trying to get into a critical area, such as a closet containing sensitive assets, a central chiller plant, or a critical electrical area, it will generate a single alarm. But if there are multiple attempts made using that card, it will be flagged by the system because it does not clear a threshold of acceptability.”

Quantum Secure's SAFE software suite for integrated physical identity and access management will unify employee, contractor, visitor and vehicle identity management in one integrated console and auditable database. By monitoring all identities and their assigned access privileges against pre-determined Port and City policies, SAFE will ensure that everyone accessing all areas of the WTC campus have proper authorization to gain access to the areas and buildings throughout the campus.

These efforts cannot be strengthening at a better time, as President Barack Obama has placed a strong emphasis on critical infrastructure protection efforts at the federal, state and local levels. “We must work to empower communities, an integral part of critical infrastructure security, to work with local infrastructure owners and operators, which will make our physical and cyber infrastructure more resilient,” the President said in a November 2010 proclamation. “Working together, we can raise awareness of the important role our critical infrastructure plays in sustaining the American way of life and develop actions to protect these vital resources.”

“The deployment of the SAFE software suite at the WTC highlights a growing need for Quantum Secure products to safeguard our nation's critical infrastructure, said Ajay Jain, President & CEO of Quantum Secure. “Other Quantum Secure customers in this space include airports and ports such as San Francisco International Airport and Toronto Airport, utility companies such as Pacific Gas & Electric Company, U.S. Department of Energy nuclear sites and the Empire State Building, to name a few.”

The Quantum Secure SAFE solution helps critical infrastructure organizations significantly streamline their physical identity and access management efforts and simplify their compliance challenges, resulting in increased security, simplified management of internal and external controls and substantially reduced costs related to physical security operations.

"As volatility around the world continues to increase, governments face ever more demanding challenges for protecting people and property," added Jeff Vining, Gartner VP and research analyst for government, homeland security and law enforcement. "To ensure safety and security, it is essential that governments deploy a comprehensive and collaborative approach that leverages technologies to ensure they are equipped to detect and assess a broad range of threats, and respond as effectively and efficiently as possible."

Russian Market Booms With Oil Prices

Russian Market Booms With Oil Prices

Editor / Provider: The Editorial Team | Updated: 9/13/2011 | Article type: Hot Topics

The Russian market remains subject to fluctuating oil prices, a harsh reality in a global economy. While the economic recession made its mark, Russia is seeing renewed market activity in the public and private sectors, attracting players from all over the world.

Russia is the largest country in the world, covering more than an eighth of Earth's inhabited land mass. The vast nation attracts global players with its strong growth opportunities, natural resources and untapped potential. Russia enjoyed nine straight years of growth, from 2000 to 2008, as part of the BRIC bloc with Brazil, India and China.

The economic crisis dealt a crippling blow to growth. “Revenue dropped in 2009 for the whole market,” said Maria Satunovskaya, Head of CCTV Department for Vidau Systems, a distributor for EverFocus Electronics. “People think the Russian market did not drop much officially, but we are sure the Russian market lost around 30 percent.”

Others reported even steeper drops of 50 percent in 2009, said Kubysheva Ekaterina, Business Development Director of Grandprix, a distributor. However, growth went up in 2010 and should continue into 2011.

Many projects were delayed in 2009, but were back online in 2010. “We have business we didn't get in 2009 because many government projects were frozen for the financial situation,” said Stanislav Guchia, General Director of Axis Communications. “This year, we had a terror attack at the airport, which was terrible. Many different organizations decided to improve security.” Demand continues for security solutions, albeit more affordable ones. “The Russian market now is about the same size as before the recession, or about equal to 2008 levels,” said Andrei Subbotin, Deputy Director of Sales and Marketing for Skyros, a VMS provider. “Demand is increasing not only for cheaper products but for middle- and high-priced products as well.”

However, returning to prerecession sales may be a long way off for the whole Russian economy. “With the general tendency for market recovery, it will be two or four years before the market completely recovers,” Satunovskaya said.

Oil prices remain a key benchmark of growth for Russia, which translates into an optimistic economic outlook. “The Russian economic situation directly reflects the oil price,” said Hiroaki Yamauchi, Chief Representative of CBC. “The oil price is going up to more than US$100 a barrel.” Threats also drive security uptake. “People invest in security because the crime rate is getting higher,” said Alexey Uretskiy, Commercial Director of Akvilona, a distributor for Samyung and Nuvico.

Moscow is undeniably Russia's locus of power. “Nearly 90 percent of the money is concentrated in Moscow's central government or corporate offices,” said Vadim Makarov, CCTV Products Supervisor, B&I Department for CJSC Sony Electronic. “Even if the project is in Siberia, the money goes to Moscow.”

Even Russia's second-largest city, St. Petersburg, is dwarfed in comparison. “The St. Petersburg market is about 40 to 50 percent the size of Moscow's,” Subbotin said. “Moscow has 10 million people, while St. Petersburg has 4.5 million people. Moscow is the capital and the economic center.”

However, the capital's strategic location makes it vulnerable to threats. January's suicide bombing at the Moscow airport left 35 dead and 100 wounded. In response to the attack, more government spending has been allocated for public transportation. “An urgent matter in Russia is to provide safety and security on public transport after the terrorist acts,” Satunovskaya said. This includes mobile DVRs onboard buses and police vehicles.

Transportation is Russia's top market,according to Guchia. Along with public transportation such as railways, airports are also deploying more video surveillance.

Public monitoring is increasing as part of the response to terrorism. Bloomberg reported a possible Moscow surveillance project, covering 95 percent of apartment buildings and 75 percent of infrastructure by 2016. The project would be worth $11.7 billion, including online services for residents. While the project has yet to be finalized, it represents a significant boost for video surveillance spending. Along with Moscow, neighboring Ukraine is also implementing city surveillance, Guchia said. ITV, best known for its AxxonSoft VMS, has established a firm presence in Russian city surveillance. “Our biggest project to date is 175,000 cameras in one system with 10,000 servers,” said Evgenia Ostrovskaya, Global Business Development Director of ITV. The project started in 2003, growing from 5,000 cameras to many times that amount. As more projects are slated, public monitoring represents a booming market segment for Russian security.  [NextPage]

Oil is a lucrative business, requiring effective security to guard precious resources. “Oil-related projects in Siberia grew,” said Yoichiro Akahane, Manager of the Project Department for Panasonic Russia. “We delivered a huge shipment for cameras for oil factories.”

Fire solutions are essential for oil and gas projects, which are deployed by Gazprom, said Natalia Novikova, Marketing and PR Manager for ADT Security Solutions. Remote monitoring is also required for pipelines, Ostrovskaya said.

Retail is deploying more security solutions, such as EAS. Retail represents about 80 to 85 percent of ADT Security Solutions' Russian sales, said Alexey Novikov, Sales Manager.

Russian consumers are making retail a top market, filling malls and outlets. “There are more than 15 big shopping centers in Moscow,” Makarov said.

Financial institutions are deploying video surveillance for bank branches and ATMs, although there are no specific mandates governing the amount or type of equipment. One bank is deploying ITV solutions at more than 2,000 ATMs for remote monitoring, Ostrovskaya said.

Retail and private systems are expected to deploy more cameras and alarm systems, said Lev Kabanov, Project Manager for LUIS+Center Security Systems. “People, rather than the government, have more money to spend on security.”

Russia will host a number of global athletic events in the next 10 years, requiring a significant security presence at multiple venues. The 2013 World University Games will take place in Kazan, while the 2014 Winter Olympic Games will be in Sochi. Russia will also kick off the 2018 World Cup at several strategic cities.

Each event yields strong potential for security providers. A total of 13 stadiums will deploy Bosch solutions for the World Cup, said Christoph Hampe, Country Director for Bosch Security Systems. Cameras are already being installed at the Winter Olympic venues, said Yamauchi of CBC.

Russia has a large existing base of analog installations, making IP inroads tough. While network video vendors have certainly tried to change market perceptions, government mandates for real-time images have spurred uptake. “In this time, network cameras became more popular,” Ekaterina said.

IP market growth estimates range from 10 to 40 percent. Axis Communications is No. 1 for network camera market share in Russia, representing a whopping 50 percent of cameras based on local analysis, Guchia said. “Now the IP penetration is 15 percent. Growth in IP is much higher in Russia than in Europe.”

Russian demand is growing for both IP and analog solutions, but IP is growing more rapidly. “The market in Russia is growing, despite some difficulties due to the economy,” Makarov said. “I think IP growth is about 25 to 30 percent, while analog is 15 to 20 percent.”

Local manufacturers are gearing up for IP demand. “We will have our own network camera this summer with video analysis,” said Evgenij Eroshin, Marketing Director of Byterg CCTV Systems.

IP uptake is poised to grow, with the tipping point expected to be reached in five years. “But today for our customers, analog is more popular,” Novikova said. “Cost is the main factor.”

Network infrastructure is also limited outside of Tier One cities such as Moscow. Internet access is limited in remote areas in the north, Ekaterina said. [NextPage]

Climate conditions in Russia are not always kind to security equipment. Outdoor cameras are required to operate in subzero temperatures, requiring tough cameras. The heaters that keep the cameras from freezing usually make cameras a drain on power.

Local vendors have designed low-power outdoor cameras expressly for the Russian climate. “It operates in temperatures as low as -50 degrees Celsius,” Eroshin said. Vandal-proof models are also in demand, using polycarbonate housings to withstand tough knocks.

High-level integration remains rare in Russia, for instances of deeply integrating multiple systems such as video surveillance, access control, intrusion and fire safety. While large multinationals may have complex integration, most local companies keep security systems separated in their respective niches, Guchia said.

This was particularly glaring during the investigation of the January Moscow attack. When the authorities tried to reconstruct the events, they found three agencies were responsible for airport security. “They were absolutely independent and had no connection,” Guchia said.

Open platforms are being developed to break down barriers to communication. ITV tries to integrate as many manufacturers as it can, including video surveillance, access control and fire, so operators can choose equipment that best suit their needs, Ostrovskaya said.

Russia's large analog base makes HD-SDI or HDcctv solutions a good fit. While the technology is currently too expensive, it holds potential. “I think HD will be a good competitor to IP,” said Vladimir Osipov, VP of Satro-Paladin Security Systems. “But I don't see high demand in Russia.”

Some limitations remain, such as CMOS low-light imaging issues. “If the technology produces something that gives us high-resolution video for low-lux situations, that will be good for Russia,” Ekaterina said. Other issues include limited storage options and transmission constraints for HD-SDI.

Channels in Russian security are still developing. While IP and software distribution is still in its infancy, some system integrators and VMS providers have stepped into this niche. One VMS provider has a distribution arm which sells hardware to its system integrators, who perform the installation. This distribution branch offers computers and cameras along with VMS , making it a one-stop shop. It does not conflict with major distributors, as they have existing relationships with system integrators, while its installers work in a different niche.

More local production is done in Russia. Brands such as Byterg became No. 1 for camera market share in 2010. Other manufacturers include control panel and building automation manufacturer Bolid, as well as software providers EVS and ITV.

Byterg makes 40 different models of cameras, along with distributing Samsung and CNB products, Eroshin said. However, its own-brand products make up most of its sales.

Bolid started out with fire and intrusion alarms 20 years ago, then progressed to access control and video surveillance. “Our position is that everything should work together,” said Igor Babanov, CEO of NVP Bolid. “Fire alarms should work with access control to open doors. We began integrating video surveillance in 2005 when we migrated toward software.” [NextPage]

The recession made buyers more careful about their purchases. In the past, government projects almost always used top brands. After the economic crisis, more of that investment is shifting toward the mid- to low-end. “For government projects, their priority is cost,” said Yamauchi of CBC. “If the project has enough budget, they are concerned about quality and functions.”

While buyers are more cautious, they are still concerned about quality. Branded products are preferred over unknown or Chinese products. “They buy brand names like Bosch or made-in-Japan ones,” Yamauchi said.

Even though branded product sales are picking up, there remains demand for good price performance. In light of this emphasis, top brands are rushing to produce midrange products that hit the price sweet spot. “We introduced this year our new portfolio for the midpriced range,” Hampe said. This includes cameras that start from 120 euros. “Bosch is competitive on midpriced products. It's recreated from high-end solutions.”

Panasonic has also launched a midend line for IP and analog solutions, along with modules and components for local manufacturers. “After the crisis, the government hesitated to spend so much,” Akahane said. “The majority of the market changed to the midend products. Most of our customers were government users, and now their budgets have shrunk. This is true even for private customers, such as banks.”

While brands dominated in the beginning, a growing demand for value leaves room for Korean players priced in the midrange. “People are considering value much more thoroughly,” said Christophe Guillot, EMEA Marcom Manager, Honeywell Security. “They want to get more value for the same money in the past. We have three-in-one or four-in-one solutions as more economic options.”

Success in Russia means mastering the Russian language. Breaking into the market means translating all materials into the Cyrillic alphabet. Sales and support staff must be local, with different regions requiring multiple branches nationwide.

ITV expanded to 10 offices throughout Russia last year. “Every strategy in each office is different,” Ostrovskaya said. “We from headquarters support them but we don't dictate how they do things. “We support, watch and help them for localization and features,” Ostrovskaya said. “Some features are popular in one country but not another. We need industry people who can understand the needs of the customer.”

Bosch provides a Russian 24-hour hotline for technical support. “It doesn't matter if you call from Vladivostok at 8 or from Moscow at 10,” Hampe said. Grandprix's distribution network extends throughout Russia, requiring Web media such as webinars and teleconferencing to span vast distances. “The Internet is necessary for many companies because this country is very big and people need to understand our products,” Ekaterina said.

However, being local is not enough to succeed. Distributors or manufacturers must spend time with clients to build trust and develop a good reputation, Kabanov said.

While low prices are attractive, cultivating customer relationships requires continued support and mutual trust. “If any company tries to steal from another company, it will be known very soon,” Osipov said. “The security market in Russia is stable because we trust each other.”

Local Russian distributors maintain close relationships regardless of their business dealings. “For me, a competitor is a good friend,” Osipov said. “We are very friendly and ready to hear from each other if we have any business problems.”

Since some distributors carry the same brands, business is bound to overlap. However, Russian distributors do not aim to drive their competitors out of business. “It's not fierce competition as it is with Korean brands, who hate each other, like Samsung and LG,” Osipov said. “Russians are different. They are not involved in these products and don't get angry with each other.”

The Russian market is not for fly-by-night companies out to make a quick buck. It requires hands-on communication with partners and customers. Fair and honest dealings will reward providers who are committed to stay for the long term.

Education –Key to Unlocking Thailand's Potential

Education –Key to Unlocking Thailand's Potential

Editor / Provider: The Editorial Team | Updated: 9/7/2011 | Article type: Hot Topics

The overall market in Thailand is strong. 2010 saw steady growth, the pace of which is expected to be maintained in 2011. While the majority of the market continues to be video surveillancedriven, demand for pedestrian barriers and more integrated security systems is increasing. Although integration has been around in other regional markets for a long time, it is only beginning to grow in Thailand, as people are beginning to understand the benefits of an integrated system.

Thailand has relatively low security awareness, as the risk is not perceived to be high. Indeed, the national crime rate is lower than that of many other countries.

For example, banks in the U.S. are secured with man-trap doors, armed guards and an abundance of surveillance cameras. In Hong Kong, cash in transit is delivered by armored cars and two men with shot guns, said Henny Beeber, CEO and CTO of AES Group. “But you walk into a bank here in Thailand, and you find unarmed guards and no counter-to-ceiling bulletproof glass — yet they have tens of millions of baht behind the counter.”

Research reports provide valuable insight on the overall market, but industry experts recommend doing your own homework. “Market research firms estimate 10- to 12-percent growth. From my own dealings, it is closer to 30 percent, so I generally take market research with a grain of salt,” said Sumrith Ngaochai, GM of Guts Securitech.

However, recovery from the financial crisis was slow for some security players. After five years in the business, last year was the worst one ever, said Somchai Junpuan, Country Manager, AVerMedia Information. “However, we have a positive outlook for 2011. The market and political front will stabilize this year, and we expect a big jump to happen in 2012, as the economy continues to recover.”

The economy and the market were rather slow compared to previous years, but there are good signs for a bright future this year, said Jason Kwan, MD at CommExpress.

With the growing number of companies entering security, the market is becoming competitive. Ultimately, the way to stay ahead in the race is to provide good service, said Kittichai Samittiwuttikul, President of Smart Computer International.

“With branded products, we have been very successful in the past year,” said Dej Churdsuwanrak, MD at Bangkok OA Coms. “People come to us, and we have a competitive edge when it comes to major projects.”

The products selected must perform well and satisfy customers' needs, said Suwich Chitkasemsuk, MD at Digitalcom. “What we try to do now is communicate with the customers for their specs, requirements and budgets before coming up with the solution.”

The market in Thailand is dynamic, and this year new technologies will fight hard to gain a foothold in a sweetand- sour country. “I believe technology is facing an uphill battle, and it is important to not only be able to offer new products, but also understand how the market works in Thailand,” Ngaochai said.

Many organizations are switching from analog to IP, including airports and international schools, Chitkasemsuk said. “The people writing the specs must consider the life span of the system, and IP is the most future-proof way today.”

Those who are new to video surveillance tend to choose analog systems, especially if they have slim budgets, said Narathip Patcharothai, GM at I Security Center. “Small mom-and-pop shops prefer a US$500 analog system.”

“The market is limited if you aim to offer premium-grade products, which are niche. Government projects tend to adopt IP for new projects, since tech specifiers believe analog systems are not advanced enough,” Ngaochai said. “The general market, however, is very sensitive to price. Sure, you can upgrade systems with IP, but analog use is far higher, at more than 70 percent. Research claims analog has 70 to 80 percent of the market share, but in reality, it's much more.” Customers are very price-sensitive. “Everyone definitely wants the best system they can get, but if you go over their budget, they will want to find a new contractor,” said Arnon Kulawongvanich, GM of Sales and Marketing at Chubb (a UTC Fire & Security company).

While analog still dominates, IP is expected to overtake analog in the next five to 10 years. “It may not be this year or the next, but we have come from pure analog to hybrid and will eventually move to IP,” said Pichai Sihsobhon, MD at Semple Cochrane (Asia).

From a commercial point of view, analog systems are more popular in Thailand and easier to control, Patcharothai said. “Many people don't know about IP solutions. When we propose IP and educate them on the benefits, they are almost always wowed. However, they will still prefer analog because of the price. We need to prepare for IP solutions, but analog will still dominate the market for the next two or three years.”

Three advantages of wireless infrastructure are mobility, cost and cable elimination, Kwan said. “Customers today are dealing with larger-scale projects, where previous data-driven implementations such as point-topoint (PtP) and point-to-multipoint are no longer sufficient. However, customers are often confused by marketing, so there is still a strong need to educate the market.”

A wireless infrastructure is about three times cheaper than running fiber optics in Thailand, said Jeremy Koh, Regional Sales Manager of APAC for Firetide. “For the traffic-packed streets of Thailand, cabling is probably not even an option. Since video is the most demanding kind of traffic on a network, a reliable network with high throughput is crucial. So, critical wireless infrastructure has huge potential in Thailand.” [NextPage]

There is a strong need to educate the market, as the government sometimes directly specifies the tenders, as opposed to consulting an unbiased firm. The end result can be specs that mix and match products from four different brands. “When the customer uses different products from different companies, it opens the door for a lot of finger pointing,” Kulawongvanich said.

Countries such as Korea have organizations that act as a bridge between the government and the security industry, but there is no such body in Thailand. “A nonprofit organization in Thailand called the Engineering Institute of Thailand (EIT) has the potential to assume such a role,” said Somvith Leelaprapal, MD at JES CQtec. “However, security has not yet established deep roots in the EIT.”

Educating the market is necessary for new technologies. People are generally unfamiliar with transmission, as PtP has traditionally been the dominant choice, Koh said. “We are putting a great deal of energy into this space, but it is a difficult process since this is an industry where people are reluctant to adopt new technology. They tend to continue to use whatever is available to them, but as we go about this education process, people will start to see the value of this technology.”

Many end users deploy IT equipment for video surveillance; a year later, they will realize it does not work, Ngaochai said. “There's a general lack of knowledge for security systems, and educating the market is essential for future growth. It's a very technical market where things are no longer as simple as plug-and-play. Today, many people don't even understand the difference between a box and a dome camera.”

Many project specifiers and decision makers do not know why they need a wireless infrastructure, or why they need a specific type of camera. End users can be educated through road shows and seminars, but consultants need exhibitions, Chitkasemsuk added.

Distribution is a challenge in Thailand. “The distribution channel is difficult to set up because the market here is significantly smaller compared to markets such as the Americas, Europe and China,” Koh said. “We need to deal directly with the system integrators, and ship our products to them, especially for high-end offerings.”

“Much of the spending comes from the government,” Sihsobhon said. “It comprises roughly 50 percent of the total market, and there will be significant growth in the public sector this year.”

Government security spending is a major market driver. “Even during the 2009 financial crisis, liquid cash from the government pumped into the public sector helped propel security,” said Panja Klaipothong, Country Manager at Firetide. “When times are bad, people need security. When times are good, people also need security.”

The security business has significant growth potential. “If it's commercially driven, everybody pulls back when a crisis hits,” Klaipothong said. “But the government puts money into security; large, public safety infrastructure projects were still sustained by government funding, regardless of the political situation.”

Some experts expect the market to peak before dropping again. “What we're seeing now is that most of the money put on hold is finally being released,” Beeber said. “Projects from two years ago were put on hold and are now going forward.”

Thailand's public bidding process is electronic and intended for fairness. This works well for construction, but is challenging for integrated security bids. For example, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (city government) has thousands of cameras installed, which cannot all be viewed on the same system. However, if the government did not have an open-bid process, it would be accused of corruption.

The lowest bid or “survival of the cheapest” has other effects. A mass-transit subway project four years ago received three or four proposals, with all bids differing only by 3 to 4 percent. One company — which had never worked on security before — proposed using equipment that was more expensive than its competitors and pitched its bid 18 percent below the top bid. Earlier this year, the company announced it could not finish the subway security project.

The unpredictable political climate means government projects may be put on hold for a variety of reasons, Kuan said.

“But the private sector is also strong in Thailand, and we have a strong presence in that space,” Junpuan said. “We prefer to focus on the private sector, and our records show that only 30 percent of our sales went to government projects.”

Thailand's market is difficult for foreign companies to compete in, since it involves politics, said Kazutoshi Takakura, GM of Thailand, CBC. “When I entered Thailand two years ago, we heard good news about the expanding market. Many projects have been postponed for a year or two due to politics, but security in the public sector is huge right now.”

“Just five years ago, people were more concerned with security in terms of projects. Now, we also see growth from residential end users. This can be observed in public development projects such as apartments, condos, car parks and more,” said Phrot Srisumran, Manager at LG Electronics.

Despite the political unrest, the market outlook in Thailand shows great potential as more people become aware of personal security. “We're very positive on the outlook. Although we experienced a minor setback due to the political situation, these are the very events that increase awareness and drive growth in the security industry,” Koh said. “When everyone is concerned about airport bombings in Thailand, they will want to invest in better security, which is a good thing for us. As long as security is good, Thailand will be fine — that is why the public sector will always be funded.”

The general consensus is that political conditions of Thailand should be stable this year. Business will boom for the security industry in Thailand from 2011 to 2012

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