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SCATI provides surveillance solution controlling 300 bank branches in Venezuela

SCATI provides surveillance solution controlling 300 bank branches in Venezuela

Editor / Provider: SCATI | Updated: 7/3/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

The video-surveillance solution implemented by SCATI has the capacity to control 300 bank branches and more than 1,000 ATMs distributed throughout the country

Challenge
The facility houses the corporate headquarters of a large financial institution and is located in the fifth highest skyscraper in Venezuela. The building, which is 159 metres tall, was inaugurated in 1982 and has 32 floors, including 4 for parking. The purpose of the project is to offer the company a complete security solution for its network of banking branches and ATMs as well as other special installations.

Solution
The solution to provide security for BBVA headquarters consists of more than 20 SCATI VISION IP video recorders able to record more than 700 IP and analogue cameras installed, with enough storage to capture high-definition images. SCATI's security platform can manage multiple CCTV systems in 3 special facilities, 300 bank branches and more than 1,000 ATMs distributed throughout Venezuela from a single control centre.

The video recorders are managed by three SCATI WATCHER management workstations with hardware redundancy, located in the control centre of the building and with support from the AMC (Advanced Management Centre). This powerful software has been designed for easy remote administration of the complete plant of video recorders and offers multiple functionalities to cover the needs of bank operators: video display, equipment configuration, alarm management, advanced search functions, map management and the generation of groups of devices, among others.

The main control centre is also equipped with the powerful SCATI WALL management and monitoring tool for professional monitoring of a large number of cameras. This application offers high response capacity in the event of incidents thanks to automatic display of video associated with alarms.

Users can manage and view all the cameras installed in the building from a single station and set up the scenarios that best match their distribution and critical video surveillance areas.

The control centre consists of two virtual matrices with two SCATI WALL operator workstations, each covering four monitors and capable of managing up to 64 cameras and viewing scenarios from up to 36 cameras simultaneously at 300 IPS and up to HDTV resolution, or 4CIF in the case of analogue cameras.

The 20 latest-generation video recorders installed are equipped with redundant power supplies, hard discs (Raid6) and network cards (teaming). In addition, 40 encoders are installed to convert analogue signals to IP.

The project also entails the design and installation of a dedicated fibre network, with redundancy between control centres through a 20Gb/s LAN backbone and a latest generation network infrastructure that enables optimum CCTV system performance, ensuring availability of the video and future growth.

Advantages
The hybrid solution for video management provided by SCATI allows scalable migration to an IP system using the existing cameras without over-dimensioning the recording equipment. This is a comprehensive and flexible solution to manage and monitor a large number of geographically dispersed unattended systems: bank agencies, ATMs and corporate offices.

The implemented solution offers high image-quality and availability for the identification of offences in real time. It is based on state-of-the-art compression formats that optimize and adapt to available bandwidth.

SCATI SUITE's powerful tools make it easy to customize and automate video recorder plant maintenance and supervision tasks and reduce the management resources required.

Among the solutions implemented is SCATI HUB, from which users can perform advanced management of alarms triggered in any security facility. It is characterized by easy integration with all the security systems of the facility: access control, anti-intrusion systems, physical sensors, etc., thereby enabling centralized management of all the alarms from a single control centre. Minimum incident response times are ensured by its wide range of customized parameters and the possibility to program automatic actions in the event of alarms.

The institution thereby benefits from automatic supervision and management of its large number of remote devices and has considerably reduced ATM fraud. At the same time, this flexible platform optimizes all the resources by generating automated tasks.

Grundig protects the National Archives of the United Arab Emirates

Grundig protects the National Archives of the United Arab Emirates

Editor / Provider: Grundig Security | Updated: 6/16/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

The National Archives of the United Arab Emirates was established in 1968, at the request of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al-Nahyan. The National Archives is a collection of valuable, historical material of public and scientific relevance, housed in a purpose-built site in Abu Dhabi, UAE. It is imperative that a building and archive of such national and regional significance is well-protected. Many of the items stored are irreplaceable, including maps, photographs, documents and books.

Telectron, a well-respected and experienced security integrator, with offices in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai, was chosen to design and install a new, networked security and CCTV system to protect the building, its contents and staff. Telectron, established in 1974, just three years after the UAE itself was formed, has a long-standing reputation in UAE security.

The brief was to install an intelligent CCTV security system that provided alarm notifications of significant events, from a change in scene to active intrusion; provided 24/7 visual surveillance; and recorded and stored all video data. The system also had to be viewed from a number of remote locations, as well as be monitored centrally from a dedicated facility.

Telectron installed 140 Grundig IP cameras; 95x GCI-K1523D, 2 megapixel (2MP) indoor dome cameras positioned within the building; 20x GCI-K1585V, 2MP, vandal-resistant, external dome cameras around the building exterior and site perimeter; a 5x GCI-K1812W cameras in the elevator and an additional 20x 3MP, GCI-F0505B box cameras for high resolution images and recording. The cameras were positioned around the entire site, including the museum areas, entrances, public areas and server room. All the cameras offer exceptional image quality and reliability. A Milestone Corporate Level VMS system, using CISCO network switches, managed and controlled the system.

Mr Mazen Minawi of Telectron commented, “We have used Grundig cameras in a number of applications and have always been impressed by their exceptional image quality and reliability. In a high–end application like this one, it is essential that no cameras fail, compromising site security and putting priceless, irreplaceable artefacts at risk.”

Grundig offers a full support service to customers in the Middle East region, headed up by Yalcin Demirak. Services include project and sales support, technical certification for Grundig Security installers and post-sales support.

The National Archives are so important to the UAE, that their existence and practices became law in 2008. UAE president, HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, officially designated the centre the ‘National Archives of the UAE' under the name ‘National Centre for Documentation and Research' (NCDR). The name was changed in 2014 to National Archives.

The National Archive is responsible for collecting, preserving, researching and documenting the history and heritage of the United Arab Emirates and the Gulf region in general. It also has an educational role, promoting cultural and historical awareness. In the light of current events in the region, its importance is hugely significant and its effective protection is mission-critical.

The state-of-the-art building includes a museum-style exhibition that can be viewed by the public; a 600 seat auditorium for lectures and educational purposes; a 3-D Reality Hall; and vast archive storage areas. Many of the items in the collections are rescued, then restored and preserved in highly controlled environments and atmospheres to ensure they remain intact.

The new security system is a success. Mr Fadi El Khoury, Head of Technical Support at the National Archives commented, ”We monitor all key areas of the site from our central control room. The facility has eight work stations with dual monitors for tracking anything of concern in real time. The VMS is installed onto three management servers, plus a failover server for additional backup. We also have a remote viewing facility for the Vice President and General Manager, if required. The National Archive is exceptionally well-protected and any incident or potential risk can be addressed appropriately and immediately.”

Grundig is proud to be protecting the National Archives of the United Arab Emirates, a site of such historical and global significance.

Win a FLIR T43 thermal mini bullet

Win a FLIR T43 thermal mini bullet

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by FLIR | Updated: 6/10/2015 | Article type: Security 50

FLIR TCX Mini Bullet Combines Detection and Verification in One Device
The FLIR TCX is the first class of cameras to combine 24/7 high-contrast thermal video and high-performance built-in video motion detection (VMD) with a level of affordability that the industry has never seen. FLIR TCX is powered by the company's revolutionary Lepton camera core and outperforms visible-light security cameras by providing the advantage of seeing clearly in complete darkness without any illumination, in bright sunlight, through smoke, dust, or even light fog.

More reliable than visible cameras, high-contrast thermal imaging results in a dramatic reduction in false alarms
* Not affected by changes in lighting, low-contrast scenes or inclement weather
* No illumination is required
* Outperforms comparably priced visual cameras at night and in challenging lighting conditions

The TCX Mini Bullet provides affordable intrusion detection and accurate video alarm verification in one device.
* Detection with built-in VMD or third-party analytics
* Detection Range: 50⁰ ~ 20m, 25⁰ ~ 40m
* Clear video 24/7 for video alarm verification

Visit us at IFSEC 2015 and Win a FLIR T43 Thermal Mini Bullet
Dropping by the FLIR booth at IFSEC really pays off this year. Not only will you get to know all the new products we have to offer, you might also win one! All you have to do is leave your business card at booth #E730 for your chance to win a FLIR T43 thermal mini bullet. We're having a drawing every day at IFSEC, so make sure you're present at the booth around 3:00 pm to see if you are the lucky one.

FLIR FX: Versatile Wi-Fi Video Monitoring
FLIR FX is a compact, versatile Wi-Fi-enabled HD camera that integrates unique cloud-based analytics and flexible application-specific mounts. With FLIR FX, you can stream live HD video to your smartphone or tablet with or without an Internet connection, record video to a removable Micro-SD card, review events that are recorded utilizing motion detection algorithms, communicate with two-way audio, and quickly review hours of video with FLIR's Cloud-based RapidRecap capability.

What you get with the FLIR FX:
* RapidRecap: See the day in a minute. Review events from hours of cloud recorded video simultaneously.
* SmartZone Alerts: Recordings and alerts happen only in your specified area with motion sensing technology.
* Live Streaming Video: Watch footage live on your mobile device – anytime, anywhere.
* Direct Wi-Fi Connection: Stay connected to what matters most with Wi-Fi.
* Storage: Keep footage stored in the cloud for up to 30 days.
* Free 30 Day Trial: try before you subscribe with a free trial of FLIR Cloud Plus

FLIR MPX Makes Upgrading to HD Easy without the Expense of Re-cabling.
FLIR MPX is a revolutionary video surveillance format powered by HD-CVI technology. MPX delivers megapixel picture quality over coax, meaning you can upgrade your existing analog systems to HD resolution (1MP & 2.1MP) over a single coax cable (existing RG59 & RG6 compatible).

Ideal for retrofit, MPX makes upgrading to HD easier than ever without the expense of re-cabling. MPX facilitates powerful functionality previously unattainable over coax with duplex communication, enabling full UTC PTZ control and audio transmission without running additional cabling.

MPX is an over-coaxial-cable analog HD video transmission standard utilizing bidirectional full duplex communication. A single run of coaxial cable is used to reliably transmit HD images, audio, and data, which enables high-performance functionality such as intercom, UTC PTZ and OSD menu control with a single cable run.

CEM AC2000 selected to secure the largest single NHS hospital in Scotland

CEM AC2000 selected to secure the largest single NHS hospital in Scotland

Editor / Provider: CEM Systems | Updated: 6/1/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

To secure the largest single NHS hospital build in Scotland, CEM AC2000 was selected to ensure the safety of patients and staff as well as the new hospital buildings.

AC2000 security management system and access control hardware provide the South Glasgow Hospitals with a comprehensive integrated security system to meet their requirements now and in the future.

CEM Approved Reseller Boston Networks installed the multi million pound Intelligent Building solution for the new super hospital, with CEM AC2000 security management system securing over 400 doors throughout the facility.

Introduction
The new 14 floor adult hospital will house 1109 beds, state of the art emergency, acute receiving, critical care, 30 modern operating theatres, diagnostic services and a full range of in-patient and day case paediatric services.

Part of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, the publicly funded hospital development gives Glasgow one of the most advanced adult acute service hospitals in the UK.

Working with CEM Approved Reseller Boston Networks the CEM AC2000 solution was selected as part of an overall Intelligent Building solution for this new state of the art hospital. Commenting on the partnership, Paul Goodbrand, Director of Intelligent Buildings, Boston Networks states, ‘‘Due to the sheer scale and complexity of the new South Glasgow Hospitals project, Boston Networks had to consider numerous factors when choosing our security partners, such as future proof technology, integration capabilities and the ability to provide a solution that would allow us to meet all elements of the installation and commissioning program”.

Solution
The CEM AC2000 system provides the South Glasgow Hospitals a powerful and fully integrated security management solution. AC2000 offers a comprehensive suite of client and browser based applications including central alarm monitoring, integrated command and control, sophisticated ID badging, visitor management and much more. The AC2000 set of software applications enhance site operations and security.

The new South Glasgow Hospitals utilize AC2000 VIPPS (Visual Imaging & Pass Production System), which allows users to design professional, quality ID passes which can include text, logos, graphics, photos, barcodes and signatures. The hospital can easily personalize ID badges to suit their security requirements, enabling them to produce both permanent and temporary ID badges for medical staff, students, contractors and other people who require access to the building.

The Hospital is also using AC2000 AED (Alarm Event Display). AC2000 AED provides a dynamic and real-time graphical view of all alarms and events that occur on the AC2000 system. AC2000 AED allows the hospital to easily view the status of their entire AC2000 system. Therefore if a door is forced at an access point, such as a ward entrance or pharmacy, an alarm will trigger on the AC200 AED, allowing hospital security to respond quickly.

Power over Ethernet
As a new building with an Ethernet infrastructure the hospital was also able to utilize CEM's Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology. This means that only one Ethernet cable is required at the door, ensuring simplified installation and time savings; a welcomed benefit in such a huge project.

“The technological capabilities of CEM's unique Power over Ethernet (PoE) solution along with AC2000 met the needs of the Hospital's multifaceted Access Control demands and also provided Boston Networks with the integration capabilities essential to deliver a robust and future proof IP security solution, within program and budget”, continued Paul Goodbrand, Director of Intelligent Buildings, Boston Networks . “By having complete control of the installation and working closely with CEM, Boston Networks will ensure that we meet and exceed the project milestones, installation and commissioning dates.”

Integration
The CEM AC2000 system acts as the central security management system, supporting high levels of integration and providing on central command and control interface for video, fire, intrusion and much more.

At the new South Glasgow Hospitals, AC2000 provides a highly flexible and integrated security solution by linking to both the Pelco Endura CCTV and Honeywell Galaxy Intruder Detection systems.

The AC2000 video interface for Pelco Endura provides the ability to associate access control alarms with Pelco Endura digital video clips. The system allows the Hospital to fully integrate the power of a Pelco Endura video system with the central AC2000 Alarm Event Display (AED) application. AED enables all alarms, events and associated camera footage to be displayed centrally on the AC2000 system.

The AC2000 Galaxy Dimension interface enables zones from intruder panels to be placed as icons on the AC2000 AED. This provides, on a single screen, a graphical representation of the physical layout of intruder sensors and allows for central alarm monitoring of both access control and intruder alarms.

CEM Hardware
The South Glasgow Hospitals have selected CEM EtherProx readers to secure the site. EtherProx is the industry's smallest Ethernet card reader with integrated keypad, LCD display and internal database giving off-line validation and intelligent decision-making at the point of entry, even when host communications are not available. EtherProx readers can display hospital cardholders with immediate text descriptions on the swipe of their card i.e. a hospital porter trying to access the hospital pharmacy may get the message - Access Denied and a red LED will flash indicating access has not be granted.

FLIR thermal security cameras help the Newport Beach Police take back the night

FLIR thermal security cameras help the Newport Beach Police take back the night

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by FLIR | Updated: 6/1/2015 | Article type: Government & Public Services

TV cameras don't work at night, and night is when you need cameras the most. Police officials in Newport Beach, California found this out and came to FLIR for the solution.

One of the most exclusive communities in the country, Newport Beach is home to movie stars, industrialists and entrepreneurs. Befitting its exclusivity, the beach closes to the public each night. Once the sun goes down, however, groups of young people flock to the beach, creating disturbances and disrupting the citizens' lives in Newport Beach.

To counter this nighttime mischief and keep the residents safe, Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) officers patrolled the beach every Thursday through Sunday evening.

This cost the Department thousands of dollars a month and kept officers from patrolling other areas of town.

The Assessment
In early 2007, the NBPD started looking into a technological solution to this problem: video beach surveillance.

After initial discussions with Jay Gill of Bassett Sales, a local security camera representative, NBPD IT manager Tom Encheff realized that neither daylight nor infrared illuminated cameras would be up to the job.

Illuminating the beach was not a viable option, as the lighting infrastructure alone would cost millions of dollars. Not to mention the resulting glare, which would be offensive to residents and visitors alike. Gill saw the solution right away, telling Encheff, “You need to go thermal.”

Thermal Security Cameras – the right solution
Thermal security cameras make pictures from heat, not light, detecting the tiny differences in heat energy that are around us all the time.

Day and night, in good weather and bad, everything emits thermal energy. What's more, the hotter something is the more thermal energy it gives off. FLIR's thermal security cameras take this energy in and make pictures that look like black and white TV video.

Thermal energy is part of a continuum of energy called the electromagnetic (EM) spectrum.The EM spectrum includes gamma rays, X-rays, ultraviolet, visible light, infrared, microwaves, and radio waves. The only part of the EM spectrum that we can see is the small band of energy called “visible light.”

Visible light reflects off objects, our eyes sense it, our brains interpret it, and we experience that as sight. Household cameras and camcorders work the same way: they detect reflected visible light and their electronics create pictures. Thermal security cameras, on the other hand, sense and create images from emitted heat energy.

Because most things generate heat, thermal cameras can see as well at night as during the day. Visible light detectors (like our eyes) don't work well at night without the help of lights. FLIR's thermal security cameras don't have this shortcoming.

NBPD officers were familiar with thermal imaging; their helicopters fly with FLIRs every night. They were not aware, however, that thermal security cameras make a financially viable solution for beach surveillance. Once NBPD officers experienced how FLIR cameras let them see at night, they were sold on the concept and the solution.

In June 2007 FLIR partners Bassett Sales and Thompson Engineering installed seven thermal security cameras in Newport Beach. The NBPD chose five SR-19 fixed cameras, one fixed SR-100 and one PTZ-50MS. This mix of cameras lets NBPD keep an eye on large areas of beachfront around the clock.

What's more, the SR-100 long-range camera lets them cover areas they thought would go unobserved. Once they saw the camera's range performance and image quality, they decided to include its capabilities in their surveillance program.

The combination of cameras let the NBPD design a security net with overlapping imaging zones. The PTZ-50MS in particular gives watch standers flexibility in responding to alarms, using a pan/tilt/zoom camera to back-up their fixed cameras.

The video from all seven cameras is transmitted to the Department's command and dispatch centers. There, motion detection software monitors the incoming video and alerts watch standers to activity on the beaches. When someone trips an alarm, commanders can evaluate the intrusion and decide if they need a patrol officer to respond. This allows NBPD to keep its officers on citywide patrol, saving money and using resources more efficiently.

The Happy Ending
Installing FLIR thermal security cameras allows the NBPD to cover the beach thoroughly at night, responding more effectively than ever before. Officers previously assigned to beach patrol are now free to cover inland sectors, saving the city money while providing better police services to the public.

The Newport Beach Police Department has seen for themselves that FLIR's thermal security cameras work better at night than any other imaging technology. Just when they are needed the most.

 

 

 

Please visit http://www.flir.com/cvs/americas/en/security/view/?id=44280 for more thermal products.

 

FLIR presents affordable TCX Security Camera

FLIR presents affordable TCX Security Camera

Editor / Provider: FLIR | Updated: 5/22/2015 | Article type: Security 50

FLIR Systems will presents its new TCX Thermal Mini Bullet camera at this year's IFSEC exhibition in London. The FLIR TCX security camera combines 24/7 high-contrast thermal video and high-performance built-in video motion detection with a level of affordability that the industry has never seen. FLIR TCX is powered by the company's revolutionary Lepton camera core.

New TCX Thermal Mini Bullet
FLIR TCX outperforms visible-light security cameras by providing the advantage of seeing clearly in complete darkness without any illumination, in bright sunlight, through smoke, dust or even light fog – enhancing accuracy and dramatically reducing false alarms. Flexible for integration in any environment, indoors and out – even in temperatures as cold as -40°C – FLIR TCX is ideal for ensuring safety of public buildings, industrial facilities, large and small businesses, or residential areas. Featuring both intrusion detection and accurate video alarm verification in one device, FLIR TCX supports lighting control, people counting, retail traffic flow, and queue management, and enables a whole range of other applications including:
* Intrusion/presence detection: vehicles, people, animals
* Video alarm verification
* Night vision – 24/7 CCTV
* Residential security
* Short-range perimeter security
* Safety and fire assessment

“Whether you're a small business looking for intrusion detection and video alarm verification, a retail company looking for a solution to monitor customer traffic flow, or a small business trying to prevent break-ins, the TCX Mini Bullet is an extremely accurate solution,” said John Distelzweig, Vice President and General Manager of FLIR Security. “As a leader in thermal security, FLIR is advancing the technology in such a way that makes thermal cameras accessible for anyone.”

Full line of security products
At IFSEC 2015, FLIR will also present a number of innovations, which the company has recently added to its full line of security cameras, recorders, and software. One of these innovations is the FLIR FX, a compact, versatile Wi-Fi-enabled HD camera that integrates unique cloud-based analytics and flexible application-specific mounts. FLIR FX optional accessory mounts facilitate use in an array of applications including in-home monitoring, outdoor security, sports activity and vehicle dash-camera recording. Users can stream live video to a smartphone or tablet, record video to a Micro-SD card, review events that are recorded utilizing motion detection algorithms, communicate with two-way audio, and quickly review hours of video with FLIR's Cloud-based RapidRecap™ capability.

Defining a well-integrated access control management system

Defining a well-integrated access control management system

Editor / Provider: William Pao, a&s International | Updated: 5/21/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

A major trend in access control is its migration to IP. In fact, IP-based access control is now seen in most new buildings and projects around the world. According to IHS, IP-based access control accounted for nearly 60 percent of the market in 2014 due to a ramp-up of new constructions, in the process contributing to a 7.6 percent growth of the industry. As for this year, IHS's initial estimates put growth at 8.8 percent. In terms of regions, growth in North America may drop a bit, while APAC and Latin America are expected to pick up steam, according to a previous interview with Tyco Security Products.

Central to IP-based access control is the access control management system, which, when integrated with other subsystems, can do much more than merely granting or denying access to users as they walk to a building.

What Defines Well-Integrated
So what makes an access control management system well-integrated? There are several criteria, for example the types of subsystems that can be integrated, the ability to have them interoperate smoothly, and the flexibility the system provides when it comes to supporting the types of hardware and credential. Finally, open standards are key to ensure interoperability, future scalability, and cost reduction.

Systems that Can Be Integrated
One factor to determine whether an access control management system is well-integrated is its ability to integrate with different types of subsystems. “There are several subsystems that can be integrated into the access control management software, which goes beyond granting or denying access to users. Elevator, parking, meal vending, CCTV, and student ID cards are all examples of the subsystems that can be integrated,” said Tom Su, Sales Manager at Hundure Technology.

Besides the aforementioned, today's access control management systems can also integrate with HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) as well as telecommunications systems to save energy and provide more convenience for users.

“If the CEO presents his credential to the outside of the building, they will understand what areas of the building that CEO will get through to get to his office. There is no need to illuminate the entire building,” said Brad Aikin, Business Leader of Electronic Locks at Allegion. “The same thing extends over to telecommunications. When someone comes in, the system will transfer their out-of-office e-mail to in-office. It can not only adjust their e-mail status but also switch the forwarding to their desktop versus their mobile phone.”

 

Smooth Interoperability

A well-integrated access control management system can also allow the different subsystems to operate seamlessly at the same time, even to the point where “the customer cannot distinguish
the boundary between the systems,”
- said Daniel McVeagh, Senior PM at Gallagher.


“The best integrations which achieve this tend to exhibit the following traits: a comprehensive set of application programming interfaces (APIs), good integration documentation that allows the integrator to achieve a seamless and bug-free integration, a comprehensive testing process ensuring bugs and weaknesses in the integration are found before they reach the customer, and a track record of successful previous integrations.”

 

Compatibility With Different Hardware
A good access control management system should also be able to support different types of hardware and credentials.

“I think it is important for integrative systems that they can handle and integrate different types of hardware within the same system to be called well-integrated. For example, it should be able to handle different types of door controllers, as well as different readers and credential technologies to be truly integrative and offer the benefits of such an open system to the end-user/system owner,” said Ola Jönsson, Business Development Manager at Axis Communications.

“Depending on what region of the world or what vertical market, there are certain credentials that are prominent,” said Aikin. “I think it's very critical that the access control system be flexible to accommodate the credentials that the user has today, and also flexible enough to provide a migration path to what credentials will be in the future, whether that is near-field communication, or Bluetooth low energy.”

Mobile authentication by way of NFC or Bluetooth low energy can be supported by today's access control management systems as well. “The most basic approach is to replicate existing card-based access control principles: the phone communicates identity information to a reader, which passes it to the existing access control system,” said Eric Chiu, Segment Director of Physical Access for APAC at HID Global.

 

Openness Is Key
To enable this kind of integration, open standards are critical, ensuring that interoperability between disparate systems is achievable.

“Open protocols and agreed standards such as ONVIF have made it possible to integrate previously disparate systems and open up the possibilities of what a truly integrated security system can offer,” said Sarah Phillips, Product and Marketing Manager at TDSi. “Modern integrated access control systems offer a broad ability to work directly with other buildings control systems on this level rather than purely via hardware panels. For example the integration of intruder and fire detection systems directly into a centralized software platform gives greater situational control and automated responses to any issues.”

Openness, meanwhile, also ensures scalability, allowing users to add or integrate more systems into the access control management software, regardless of the brand. “Users also can simplify future infrastructure enhancements and modifications since they can invest in hardware platforms that are not tied to proprietary protocols and software,” said Chiu. “Basing solutions on an open architecture with standards-based APIs will enable customers to meet evolving requirements and future expansion needs while protecting the value of their overall investments.”

 

Access Control and Video Integration
Access control management systems integrated with videos is perhaps the most popular integration among users. Due to the increased situational awareness that they provide, such integrated solutions are seeing rising demands and applications, especially in areas that are more critical and sensitive in nature.

Rising Demand
Integration between access control and video is set to see rising demands. “I do think where there is video today, there is a desire to integrate it more closely with access,” said Aikin. “Today from what we have found, globally, the typical number of access points in a commercial building that have video and access management is 10 percent of less. With the devices becoming easier to deploy and lower in cost to acquire and manage, the market is able to deploy a credential reader or access control mechanism to the other 90 percent of openings.”

When access control and videos are integrated, no matter which one serves as the anchor platform, the two complement and add intelligence to each other. “When video is used as part of an integrated security management platform, it enriches the information provided by access control and intrusion detection, and vice versa,” said Arjan Bouter, Head of Sales at Nedap Security Management. “You get maximum control and protection of your premises and benefit from the unlimited scalability and extreme controllability.”

“While video management and access control have been integrated for some time, access control is now able to be deployed to more access points in the building, allowing a richer set of data to be used in video management,” said Aikin. “If you have access control tied to video, you are able to see what credential was utilized at what time of day and at what location, and that adds a lot of value in your video management. In the past, you were able to put an IP camera or Wi-Fi camera in, but you weren't able to afford to put a reader or access control device at that opening, so you had to scroll through footage and try to distinguish what was occurring simply based on the visual video. Now, because you are able to deploy access control at that portal as well, you're able to really connect it and sort it based on an audited event in a credential.”

Due to the increased situational awareness such integration brings, it is commonly used in higher security applications. “These include parts of a healthcare environment like pharmaceuticals or the maternity wards, where they are worried about infant abduction, and areas where there are sensitive assets or sensitive chemicals,” Aikin said.

 

Single User Interface
When videos and access control are integrated, they should be integrated on one single user interface to allow easy monitoring and control by the administrator.

“It is pointless to integrate video and access control if they need to be treated separately by the user,” said David Weinbach, PM at AMAG Technology. “While it may be logical to try to source all components from one supplier, that limits choice and may not allow an optimal solution. A better solution is one that allows different brands and multiple systems to be integrated in a way that makes the details of each transparent, and provides a consistent, common interface.”

Mobile Applications
Increasingly, video-access control integration will move towards mobile applications. “Mobile applications will become more widespread. That's the trend of the future,” said Su. “With video surveillance, monitoring of doors through one's mobile phone is now very common. If you integrate access control into it, you can control access from your mobile phone as well.”

Dahua introduces Eco-Savvy 2.0 series network cameras

Dahua introduces Eco-Savvy 2.0 series network cameras

Editor / Provider: Dahua Technology | Updated: 5/12/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Dahua Technology, a world-leading manufacturer and supplier of video surveillance products headquartered in Hangzhou, China has introduced its new Eco-Savvy 2.0 series of network cameras.

The new cameras feature a 4-megapixel progressive-scan CMOS, which delivers high quality images at 20fps.The end result is an image twice as clear as a traditional 1080p camera.

Dahua’s latest 2.0 series offers impressive new surveillance features while maintaining the ‘green’, energy-saving concept of its Eco-Savvy equipment range, including the enhanced, performance-boosting Ambarella S2LM chip.

The Eco-Savvy series features an impressive range of smart detection features, including face detection, tripwire detection, and intrusion detection. These features mean that users are equipped with more precise video analysis and, as a result, greater security efficiency.

The series also boasts WDR image enhancement technology, triple video streams, and Intelligent Video Surveillance (IVS). The wide dynamic range (120dB) ensures the cameras offer impressively high performance in scenes that are backlit as well as those situated in dark areas, which has traditionally been challenging for surveillance cameras. Dahua has also introduced improvements in the series’ sensors. The infrared light sensor allows the camera to switch between day and night modes dynamically and automatically, changing as needed according to illumination levels. All of these improvements are designed to provide Eco-Savvy 2.0 users with unparalleled ease-of-use and outstanding performance.

WDR
The new series also features IP67 ingress protection and IK10 vandal-proofing to ensure the performance of the cameras in the most challenging conditions. What’s more, the 2.0 series operates in temperatures between -40degrees F (-40degrees Celsius) and 140degrees F (60degrees Celsius), providing users with the peace of mind that comes with knowing their cameras will keep working even in the toughest environments. The compact design of the Eco-Savvy 2.0 series is ideal for medium and large-scale applications, such as schools, hotels and factories.

Key Features
* 4M@20fps; 3M@25/30fps
* Triple streams supported
* Smart video detection
* True WDR(Wide Dynamic Range) up to 120dB
*Max IR distance 50 meters
* IP67, IK10 Protection

University in Riyadh utilizes OT Systems' media converters

University in Riyadh utilizes OT Systems' media converters

Editor / Provider: OT Systems | Updated: 5/7/2015 | Article type: Education

Princess Nora Bint AbdulRahman University in Riyadh recently enhanced its billion dollar surveillance system by adding 150 pairs of OT Systems' ET1111 media converters to its state-of-the-art access control system spanning the entire campus. This is the University's second phase of OTS product installations. It first installed OTS solutions nearly four years ago as part of their video surveillance and perimeter-intrusion detection systems.

Princess Noura Bint AbdulRahman University, the kingdom's flagship security project featuring OT Systems' industrial Ethernet media converter, is the first women's university in Saudi Arabia as well as the largest women-only university in the world. In the campus, patrol patterns require more areas to be monitored by CCTV and access control systems when security guards are not present. The system utilizes a number of IP cameras installed along the fence and inside university buildings for perimeter protection and surveillance. Leveraging 986 pairs of OT Systems ET1111 (Industrial grade 10/100Base-TX + 100Base-FX media converter), each converter is dedicated to one IP camera or device. OT Systems guarantees the safety and stability of data transfer throughout the site using the point-to-point media converting solution. Only one camera will be affected if a converter is in trouble. Thanks to its extremely compact size design, the media converter is small enough to fit inside the IP camera housing. Its 24VAC power compatibility also shares a power source with the camera. Designed for outdoor installation, the ET1111 withstands operating temperature from -10oC to 60oC.

OT Systems' media converters offer customers a reliable and stable device for connecting IP devices with fiber links, providing an excellent transmission solution for the university access control system. It offers the flexibility of connecting the biometric readers at each access control location and the central server with a variety of fiber links (single-mode/ multi-mode, 1/2 core), extending the transmission distance up to 20km.

As security projects continue to increase in scale and complexity, system integrators face the issue of enhancing efficiency over longer distances. OT Systems' Ethernet media converter plays a key role in promoting a safe learning and working environment for its users.

Solutions Item:
ET1111 series: Single-port 100Mbps Ethernet to Fiber Media Converter; to provide a point-to-point connection in fiber network system and extend the transmission distance

>>>Features & Benefits: 1. Sleek microtype design 2. Plug and play 3. 12VDC/ 24VAC power inputs 4. -10℃ to 60℃ (14℉ to 140℉) operating temperature. 5. High system availability 6. Good for outdoor environment with enclosure

                 

Danfoss rolls out Nedap's security platform AEOS globally

Danfoss rolls out Nedap's security platform AEOS globally

Editor / Provider: Nedap | Updated: 5/5/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Danfoss gives the green light for the international rollout of AEOS, Nedap's security platform. The next five years this platform will be introduced globally
at all 80 locations.

Danfoss - an international supplier of mechanical and electronic components for various industries - gives the green light for the international rollout of AEOS, Nedap's security platform. The next five years this platform will be introduced globally at all 80 locations. In 2014 Danfoss, together with Nedap, applied its company strategy ‘one company, one way' to a central strategy and programme for security and access control. The programme lays the foundation for increased security by optimising processes and using fewer resources.

Danfoss is an international supplier that plays an active role in the main growth themes in a world that is rapidly changing: infrastructure, food, energy and climate are the focus of their business. Danfoss has clients in many different industrial sectors in more than 100 countries and employs over 24,000 people. In 2013 Danfoss selected Nedap as its global partner for physical security after a competitive selection process with the top of the international security industry. A component of this partnership is the software-based security platform AEOS which was developed by Nedap. This platform integrates access control, intrusion detection and video management. Danfoss decided to partner with Nedap because it offers a proven and standardised approach for the global implementation of physical security.

One integrated platform
With its Global Client Programme Nedap supports Danfoss in the development of a strategy, technology and a central server environment. ‘We wanted to achieve a higher efficiency and Nedap's Global Client Programme has made this possible. It has already proven itself on 7 locations in North America, Europe and Asia. Previously, the preparation of the implementation of a security solution on location took at least four weeks. With Nedap this is possible in one week,' says Fritz Lorenzen, Security Manager at Danfoss.

Now that the central programme is up and running and the first locations have been completed successfully, Danfoss gives the go-ahead for the global rollout. ‘Danfoss is ready to migrate all 80 locations to Nedap's security platform AEOS in the next five years and we look forward to it with much confidence,' says Henrik Hansen, Head of Real Estate Portfolio and Facility Director at Danfoss.

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