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Bosch to display full-range intelligent solutions for maximize connected security in Dubai

Bosch to display full-range intelligent solutions for maximize connected security in Dubai

Editor / Provider: Bosch | Updated: 11/21/2014 | Article type: Security 50

From 18th to 20th January INTERSEC 2015 in Dubai will showcase the latest technologies in Commercial & Information Security, Homeland Security & Policing, Fire & Rescue and Safety & Health. Bosch Security Systems will display its full range of security, safety and communications products as well as solutions for stadiums, airports, energy & utilities and hotels in Saeed Hall 1, booth S1-H18.

 

 

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Video Surveillance Systems:
Punishing winds, relentless rain, temperatures that drop far below zero - no matter how severe the conditions get, a surveillance operation must go on without interruptions. The MIC IP 7000 HD family is developed by Bosch for these extreme applications. These PTZ cameras combine high-quality HD image capture with an IP68/NEMA 6P certified housing, meaning they can be used at temperatures from -60 to +60 degrees Celsius and humidity of up to 100 percent. They are also resistant to rain, snow, dust, wind and powerful vibrations. This means the MIC IP 7000 HD family is particularly suitable for outdoor use. Even in extreme low light conditions (down to 0.01 lux) the MIC IP starlight 7000 HD provides HD images and clear color images where other cameras would have already switched to monochrome. The MIC IP 7000 HD family provides IP video images of the highest quality, and is used among other things to provide security for inner cities, highways and critical infrastructures.

With DINION IP ultra 8000 MP, Bosch is setting new standards in the field of wide-angle yet detailed surveillance. This new camera simultaneously supports a wide-angle overview and multiple focus points on a single screen to focus on details without losing the bigger picture. Its 12 megapixel or 4K ultra HD resolution allows any given subject to be viewed in hitherto unknown detail even when zoomed-in. The DINION IP ultra 8000 MP offers the decisive clarity needed for collecting security relevant evidence for highly detailed and effective retrospective analysis. Now it is easy to keep an eye on the crowd, for example in a football stadium, and providing enough detail to identify individual persons.

The DIVAR IP 2000 storage unit from Bosch makes professional video surveillance easy for everyone. Many small and medium business owners would feel safer with a professional video surveillance system to secure their personnel and property. However in reality, the vast majority of solutions that are available are beyond most people's technical capabilities. Now Bosch has revolutionized the market with the DIVAR IP 2000 – a cutting edge video recording system offering the ability to create a video surveillance solution with professional security features that is both easy to install and easy to use. All it takes is installing the IP cameras, connecting them to the DIVAR IP 2000 storage unit and going to its web address to start the configuration. Its intuitive set-up wizard guides through a few quick steps to get the system up and running. There is no need to be an IP specialist; the system is ready to go in about 15 minutes to record everything that happens on a premises.

With the Bosch Video Management System (BVMS), operators can always playback or view live video and rely on continuous recording, even if network components and the servers fail. This is enabled by an Operator Client that streams video directly from the cameras and storage whilst running independently from the Management server. With edge recording and ANR (automatic network replenishment), recording is guaranteed even when the system is down. This unique build-in resilience is protecting the system against critical failures. This is “Maximize system availability”.

Fire detection System:
The AVENAR detector 4000 with the new eSMOG feature provides constant monitoring of environmental electromagnetic conditions. This combines unsurpassed reliability with an outstanding detection performance.

The AVENAR detector 4000 features Bosch's proven ISP technology (Intelligent Signal Processing) through which all sensor signals are processed continuously by smart algorithms using neuronal networks. This results in best in class differentiation between real fires and disturbance values. The detector series also includes models with the innovative Dual Ray technology.

Intrusion detection System:
The Modular Alarm Platform “MAP 5000” is a flexible intrusion alarm system – covering up to 1,500 addresses, 500 areas and 1,000 users per system. It is tailored for medium sized applications up to high end projects such as airports or other transportation premises. The system allows for expansion at any time in the project and is backed up with a secure, fast and robust addressable bus technology “Local Security Network”.

Going global with top-tier Taiwan products & services

Going global with top-tier Taiwan products & services

Editor / Provider: Lingo Lin, a&s SMAhome | Updated: 11/20/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

It's only been the last few years since the smart home sector has picked up widespread attention. Sensing such explosive growth, Taiwan traditional security camera makers and component suppliers have all jumped on the bandwagon, all hoping to grab a share of the global market. To date, Taiwan's export destinations of smart home products have spanned across major markets in the US and Europe, with most of their businesses channeled through telcos, distributors, retailers, solution providers, and project-based SIs.

By having a rich experience in working with European smart home brands, Huang of Philio observed some key popular items – the combination of good designed product appearance, stable technology and safety certification assured. “Too-cute designed products can be regarded as toys in some markets. Clean and light design is preferable now when talking about business prospect. Also, safety certification is a must-have for European partners,” he said, adding that Philio also aims for the US market in 2015.

Dextech, a company who has been providing the entire ecosystem of smart home items that include cloud servers, software app and firmware development, said it is also targeting two of the world's biggest markets – Europe and the US.

However, there are still those who see vast potential in emerging markets, notably South and Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America.

“Our business scope encompasses ‘ROW', or simply, rest of world,” Dr. Chen of Skywatch said, adding that their customers now include Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Dominican Republic and Panama.

“Although Quadrant's target markets are the US, Western Europe and Southeast Asia, we also hope to reach to markets in Africa, Eastern Europe and China with the launch of our new products,” said Quandrant's product marketing director Debby Chen.

Quadrant is in the production of consumer video monitoring with wireless technology and cloud service. Since 1999 it has built its reputation by making quality memory and camera modules for the aftermarket, distribution and reseller channels.

The survival of the fittest rule is practiced and promoted everywhere, even in business. In most cases, it ignites competitiveness among businesses, not cooperation. In a business structure, businesses forge partnerships to raise awareness among consumers, tapping each other’s potential and maximizing it to the fullest.

In today’s connected world, the role of system integration is becoming increasingly important: more and more systems are designed to connect, to be interoperable, both physically and functionally.

Indeed, by developing our own unique strengths and talents and focusing on cooperation instead of competition, we keep the ecology of the business world diverse and healthy. There’s no need for anyone to claim a generalized top position. We have to work together to make the system function and opt for a brighter, sustainable future.

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Made-in-Taiwan shines under the spotlight
Taiwan creates value through innovation & user experience
The best of both worlds – Taiwan hardware & software savvy
The powerhouse of product customization by Taiwan suppliers

Made-in-Taiwan shines under the spotlight

Made-in-Taiwan shines under the spotlight

Editor / Provider: Lingo Lin, a&s SMAhome | Updated: 11/20/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

The global smart home has really hit its stride. Even the big boys – Google, Apple and Samsung – are all head over heels looking to make a statement. According to a study released by Juniper Research, the smart home market will reach a staggering $71 billion by 2018.

So who are amongst the drivers behind the move toward mass adoption? For one, Taiwan makers are very much onboard the smart home bandwagon, providing new features and solutions that help push the industry into the next generation as our homes become the hub for smarter living.

The smart home arena in Taiwan is a colorful representation of those in the know. It can generally be summed up by three types of players. First, there are those that are already IT and networking experts in their respective fields, providing gateways, home cameras and cloud services for telcos, MSOs, retailers, SIs, and IT distributors respectively. Companies falling into this category include D-Link, Gemtek, Advantech, Sercomm, AlphaNetworks, Chicony, Liteon, and JSW, just to name a few.

Secondly, there are those carried over from the traditional security sector. Companies like BarvoTech, Lilin, StarVedia, Amegia, Vivotek, ACTeck, GKB, AMTK and Pixord are some examples of those who offered home cameras, NAS, or home NVRs for security distributors, alarm monitoring companies and SIs. Due to their earlier presence, these companies are well positioned globally by name and expertise in the security arena.

On further note, Unitech, Climax, Everspring, Amroad and Touchlife are some of the veterans in the intercom and anti-theft fields who have since been making PIR sensors, wireless alarm kits, video door phones, control panels and HA solutions for security distributors and SIs, alarm monitoring companies, or home automation SIs. These experts are all vying for smart home solutions through enhanced user experiences.

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The powerhouse of product customization by Taiwan suppliers
The best of both worlds – Taiwan hardware & software savvy
Taiwan creates value through innovation & user experience
Going global with top-tier Taiwan products & services

Axis announces innovative surveillance solution with full 360° overview and detailed zoom

Axis announces innovative surveillance solution with full 360° overview and detailed zoom

Editor / Provider: AXIS | Updated: 11/20/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Axis Communications, the world leader in network video, announces AXIS Q6000-E, an outdoor-ready 360° network camera that integrates seamlessly with the AXIS Q60-E Series of PTZ dome network cameras, providing a unique surveillance solution. With just a single click, operators can optically zoom in on details of interest with high precision while at the same time being able to maintain an overview of large areas of up to 20.000m² (215,000 sq. ft.) – about the size of four football fields. This makes the AXIS Q6000-E ideal for city surveillance applications such as monitoring of public squares and parking lots, as well as food courts in shopping malls and other open areas.

“The AXIS Q6000-E addresses the need for a simple way to monitor a wide area and, simultaneously, be able to optical zoom in on details,” says Regional Country Manager of Axis Communications, Mr. Ivan Tjahjadi. “The seamless integration with AXIS Q60-E Series of outdoor PTZ cameras provides a smart, innovative and space-efficient solution offering new and unique video surveillance possibilities.”

This new product will open up new opportunities to solve a common problem, for example in the city surveillance field where there is a need for both a PTZ camera to provide detail, and for a full overview camera to cover the entire area. A single click on any object in AXIS Q6000-E, using the one-click PTZ control feature, will trigger the AXIS Q60-E allowing operators to optically zoom in on the specific object of interest. The use of two screens gives a full 360° overview from AXIS Q6000-E, and a zoomed-in view from AXIS Q60-E, providing operators with a high level of detail while simultaneously being able to maintain an overview of the entire monitored area.

AXIS Q6000-E provides multiple, individually configurable video streams in H.264 compression to greatly optimize bandwidth and storage without compromising image quality. Motion JPEG is also supported for increased flexibility.

Any AXIS Q60- E camera is quickly and easily mounted inside the AXIS Q6000-E, allowing also existing AXIS Q60-E installations to be upgraded to monitor wide areas, while simultaneously capturing every detail of interest, with just one click. There's no need for any mounting brackets or extra equipment as AXIS Q6000-E uses the same brackets and network cable as the AXIS Q60-E, minimizing time and cost of installation. Furthermore, AXIS Q6000-E is supplied with Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) through AXIS Q60-E, eliminating the need for power cables.

AXIS Q6000-E is supported by the industry's largest base of video management software through the Axis Application Development Partner Program. The camera includes support for AXIS Camera Companion, AXIS Camera Application Platform, ONVIF specification for interoperability of network video products and AXIS Video Hosting System (AVHS) with One-Click Camera Connection. AXIS Q6000-E is planned to be available in Q4 2014 through Axis distribution channels.

IDIS DirectIP deployed in Sawbridgeworth Town Council in the UK

IDIS DirectIP deployed in Sawbridgeworth Town Council in the UK

Editor / Provider: IDIS | Updated: 11/19/2014 | Article type: Government & Public Services

Sawbridgeworth Town Council in Hertfordshire has completed its upgrade to next generation IDIS DirectIP™ full-HD wireless network surveillance. Designed and installed by systems integrator, Sunstone IP Systems, the council selected the DirectIP™ solution based on performance, affordability and Sunstone's innovative system design. The system, which is ‘free to air' also provides Sawbridgeworth with significant ongoing savings against using leased lines.

With incidents of theft, vandalism and anti-social behaviour Sawbridgeworth Town Council wanted to upgrade its surveillance capability to cover shopping areas, main thoroughfares and its new town council offices. Following a thorough technology evaluation, Sawbridgeworth selected Sunstone IP Systems for its forward thinking approach encompassing IDIS DirectIP™ full-HD cameras, IDIS video management software and a digital wireless network to keep infrastructure and installation costs to a minimum. The Sunstone team demonstrated how next generation technologies from IDIS, including the intuitive software platform, would support the detection of criminal activity and ensure public safety.

Sunstone installed a digital point to multi-point wireless network throughout the town with link speeds in excess of 100mbps per location. The network currently supports external DirectIP™ dome cameras, installed on existing Hertfordshire County Council owned lamp posts, back to DirectIP™ network video recorders (NVRs) located in Sawbridgeworth's town council offices. The vandal proof, day and night cameras feature infrared, audio input and output as well as motorised vari-focal lenses for ease of configuration. The cameras provide coverage of the town centre, including a major road junction and thoroughfare in and out of London, plus the new town council premises.

The Sunstone designed system provides council staff with a centralised monitoring capability, while giving Hertfordshire Police remote access to full-HD footage in order to detect and solve crime including while on the move via tablets. To date the DirectIP™ solution has provided vital evidence for three crimes since its implementation in the late summer of 2014, and has become a blueprint for town centre surveillance in the Hertfordshire and Essex area.

Richard Bowran, Town Clerk of Sawbridgeworth Town Council, said, “Frustrated with much of the dated technology and inflexible, expensive service levels on offer we talked with Sunstone about their innovative approach to providing a solution for Sawbridgeworth. Their solution fits in with our conservation area, covers with remarkable clarity the key areas of the town and is expandable for the future. Commended by Hertfordshire Police, it has already proved its worth in safeguarding the people of the town.”

Paul Schellhaas, Managing Director, Sunstone IP Systems, added, “The IDIS DirectIP™ solution has enabled us to present a very competitive offering that combined high performance with plug-and-play installation and simple configuration. We are thrilled that the implementation has now become a showcase for other town councils looking to affordably upgrade to full-HD and network surveillance.”

Sao Bernardo do Campo leverages Verint intelligence solutions to expand

Sao Bernardo do Campo leverages Verint intelligence solutions to expand

Editor / Provider: Verint Systems | Updated: 11/18/2014 | Article type: Infrastructure

Verint Systems announced that São Bernardo do Campo has deployed a comprehensive security intelligence platform that includes Verint Video Management Software, Verint Situation Management Center and Verint IP Cameras as part of its “Safe City Program.” The goal of the initiative was to implement comprehensive supporting technology to facilitate collaboration between the city's municipal agencies to enhance public safety.

The City of São Bernardo do Campo, located in the Brazilian state of São Paulo, is home to more than 750,000 people. Like many large urban centers, São Bernardo do Campo has a myriad of civil agencies that are responsible for helping ensure public safety and the delivery of public services, such as transportation, education and healthcare. As such, coordination and communication between these agencies is paramount. Leading the charge to bring them together was the Secretaria de Segurança Urbana (Department of Urban Security), the municipal body responsible for forming and implementing public municipal city security policies.

In June 2014, the municipality deployed Verint's comprehensive security platform to bridge together a network of more than 400 surveillance cameras, 400 panic buttons, 100 vehicles and 20 meteorological sensors, along with numerous other sensors. This integrated platform has helped streamline operations and expedite investigations across São Bernardo do Campo, including traffic violations, civil defense and police activities. The platform was chosen after a bidding process was awarded to Informatica El Corte Ingles, which coordinated a consortium of three additional entities for the municipality.

“We are proud of the protection we provide to the city. The deployment of this video network represents a key investment we have made in our ongoing effort to make São Bernardo do Campo a better place to live,” says Benedito Domingos Mariano, Secretaria de Segurança Urbana. “Verint's security intelligence solutions have enabled an end-to-end system that is central to how we maintain a safe city environment for our residents.”

The Verint Situation Management Center solution generates Actionable Intelligence® from vast amounts of data, while facilitating system management and optimizing costs. The system delivers immediate situational awareness and rapid response leveraging an intuitive, multi-layer user interface and efficient organizational control and management through systemic procedures and standards. Verint Video Management Software streamlines video security operations to help users make sense of the vast volumes of video and data that are captured at an enterprise or citywide level. The software features powerful, fully integrated video management tools, including automated system health monitoring and event responses, investigation management, a software-based virtual matrix, interactive facility maps, a powerful and intuitive video viewing interface, and an ultra-thin client for remote/mobile users.

“São Bernardo do Campo is leading the way for other urban areas by leveraging Verint's advanced technology that provides new levels of public safety,” says Steve Weller, senior vice president and general manager, Video and Situation Intelligence Solutions, Verint. “The city has taken a proactive approach to improving security operations, which has led to a successful initiative that can serve as a model for other cities.”

Casino x VCA say no to wrong doers

Casino x VCA say no to wrong doers

Editor / Provider: Lisa Hsu, a&s International | Updated: 11/18/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Everyone knows what surveillance cameras in casinos are for, but no one really worries about them unless they have something to hide, and for people who do, they hide it well. No longer do casinos bet solely on security cameras to spot crime ongoing in their premises, with video content analysis (VCA) to detect any unusual incidents, the house will always win.

Casino get thousands of visitors on a daily basis, and with people bustling in and out of the premises, it gets hard to keep track of what is going on. Cameras are employed to cover every inch of the property to ensure there is no unlawful activity or accidents. However, with all the video coverage, it is impossible to expect humans to not miss a single frame that could lead to suspicious activity when monitoring the casino.

Most common threats in casinos
Although casinos have gaming regulations that are implemented for safety measures, law enforcement employed to fight crime, and surveillance cameras on every gaming table, there are still people out there who believe rules are there to be broken. According to the Nevada State Gaming Control Board, approximately 500 people are arrested each year for attempting to cheat at casinos in the state of Nevada, U.S., and out of the total number of arrested, nearly a third of those arrests are casino employees. This staggering fact has urged casinos to be more aware of their security, as even insiders cannot resist the lure of “easy money.”

VCA is not just the eye in the sky
Perhaps it is because of the large amounts of cash situated on the premises, but casinos have always been a natural target for criminal activity. Some of the most common threats in casinos are cheating, theft, and fraud. In a gaming facility constantly humming with activity, it is impractical to only rely on the security team to be able to identify all potentially suspicious activity. In the past, most casinos encountered various crimes even under conditions where video surveillance cameras were installed. Insufficient resolution to identify offenders, the need for humans to constantly watch or monitor screens, or even the fact that cameras might be easily damaged could all result in a poor video surveillance system.

Ever since intelligent video solutions have been introduced to the gaming industry, more game frauds have been detected, said Maike Hermanns, Marketing Assistant of ViDiCore. Specifically with industries moving from analog to IP systems, detection and management of incidents have become faster and more efficient, observed Maor Mishkin, Director, Product Champion of Video Analytics of DVTel.

Theft
There are many features of VCA that can be used to detect theft. Features such as motion of stationary objects, which alerts the operator if an item is moved without authorization. By programming VCA to detect suspicious directional movement, stealing can also be detected, such as reaching over a counter top, or a gaming table to steal chips. However, “there are plenty of other technologies used to track individual items, i.e., RFID tags, or those that provide perimeter security at the exit of stores using tagging systems. However, video analytics can provide a backup to these systems in real-time and forensically,” notes Bill Flind, CEO of Ipsotek. According to Mishkin, VCA can detect theft as long as there is enough video coverage with great resolution for prosecution needs.

Loitering
Loitering is quite frequently a precursor to crime, so suspicious persons hanging around a site, particularly a known trouble spot will be identified, and the operator's attention drawn to the situation. Features such as after-hours human presence detection and dwell filters can support security staff to protect the casino at night. “When monitoring the entrance hall, every time an object appears in the predefined zone, an alarm is triggered,” explained Hermanns, “dwell filters can detect people who loiter over a suspicious time within a zone. For example, someone behind a gambling table without joining in, or in the casino shop without purchasing something.”

With features such as tailgating detection, it can detect if an individual or vehicle follows the person or vehicle in front too closely to gain access to controlled entrances or barriers. Similarly, virtual tripwire or sterile zone monitoring is used in applications for detecting intruders in high security or safety sensitive areas. This attribute is especially helpful to detect critical areas like the strong room, said Hermanns. “If someone enters the room, and within a predefined time zone a second person enters the room, an alarm is triggered.” As casinos should be cautious of insider and outsider jobs, “cash rooms and back office video coverage can identify internal and external issues,” said Mishkin.

Cheating
In the casino, gamers and dishonest employees continue to search for new methods to cheat the house. VCA can effectively detect cheats and other kinds of tampered activities, such as insertion of electronic devices into slot machines to rig the game.

It is important to note that some situations provide no substitute for the trained eye of an expert security operator, such as the swift movement of hand mucking. That being said, more routine behaviors, such as breaking in to a sensitive perimeter or loitering in a car park can be easily detected. It is in these scenarios where VCA can prove to be most effective, providing surveillance 24 hours a day.

Accidents
In a venue constantly full of people that serves free or low-cost alcohol, accidents are bound to happen in casinos. VCA can provide real-time alerts to security when they detect someone has fallen, and can document the incident to refer to later for slip-andfall liability mitigation. “Most companies use intelligent video solutions for security applications, such as theft or vandalism. However, we are seeing a growing number of companies using intelligent video solutions for safety purposes. A good example is workers' compensation issues that arise when employees get injured on the job. This also applies to casinos when a customer or employee may get injured,” says Mishkin. Similarly, Flind also believes health and safety monitoring and enforcement are important to prevent accidents for both staff and customers.

“Video analytics can provide a good platform for identifying a multitude of issues, for example, blocked fire exits, smoke detection, or concentration of a crowd using heat mapping technology. Evidence from these kinds of alerts can help to prevent accidents and provide video footage to establish the cause of the violation.”

Marketing
Traditionally, VCA was designed and used for security purposes only. However, the role of VCA has evolved to also help businesses improve customer service. According to Daniel Wan, UK Channel Marketing Manager of Honeywell Security, “VCA can provide an alternative view and identify potential opportunities rather than threats. In a store, loitering could be a sign of a potential crime, however it could also be a sign of something else: indecision. This kind of insight could prove invaluable to the floor manager who can then deploy a sales assistant to assist the customer. Casinos can use this intelligence in much the same way ensuring customers are looked after.”

“These modern systems can also help managers improve customer service levels. Nothing is more off putting to a potential customer than a long queue. Again, video solutions normally applied for security purposes can provide a store manager with a way of tracking the buildup of queues and alerting the relevant staff accordingly in order to ensure customers are seen to in a timely fashion. In larger venues with limited on-floor staff, this can be particularly important as it is easy for some customers to be overlooked,” said Wan.

Business data generated can improve customer service as well as measure the return on dollars spent on various promotion, merchandising and marketing activities. Frank Sheu, President of hiQview explained that VCA can support casinos to decide their marketing strategies based on customers' gender and age. People counting can monitor queue length and wait time in gaming and retail services, if a certain threshold is crossed, additional staff will be allocated to quicken the process. According to Mishkin, VCA can also analyze traffic paths and high density areas to pinpoint premium positioning within the facility and the most appropriate locations for promotional campaigns. Hermanns also observed that “counting people at entrances or exits, or in specific areas makes it possible to optimize staff planning by matching numbers of staff with numbers of gamblers, analyze which tables or machines are preferred or less used, and evaluate marketing campaigns.”

Integration brings extra benefits in management
VCA can also be used to analyze and detect unusual events by integrating with other technologies. According to Mishkin, “intelligent video solutions incorporate many internal and external technologies, which can be comprised of physical sensors, such as access control and video analytics, to assist with the detection and forensic process of a casino. For example, a door forced alarm is received and a camera can be positioned to the door to record the activity or the video can be bookmarked and viewed at a later time.” According to Flind, “there is a huge potential to utilize information gathered through a variety of systems. Platforms such as PSIM or incident management systems breakdown the traditional view of information held in silos. Using intelligent video solutions to augment existing systems enriches data leading to greater situational understanding, statistical evidence, and trigger actions in corresponding technologies.” Integrated with other systems, VCA's capabilities enables users to transform solutions into intelligent tools that respond to the practical challenges faced in the casino. By integrating incident management software with the functions of VCA, the security department of casinos can receive the latest information of incidents and arrange the security staff to handle the incidents immediately.

Let there be (stable) light
In a casion setting, unstable lighting conditions can be a major problem that can lead to false alarms. Features like IR illuminators with an illumination distance up to 20 meters or digital wide range dynamics for optimal backlight compensation can help with this issue, explained Hermanns. “Furthermore, the integrated video helps to deal with difficult light conditions. A self-learning algorithm automatically adapts to environmental changes ignoring light changes due to artificial light or repetitive movements, e.g., from gambling machines. Moreover, video analytics adjusts to image degradation e.g., caused by blinding effects,” she added.

Don`t tamper with VCA
One of the most important aspects of VCA is capable of protecting itself from being altered without authorization. ”The intelligent video solution includes tamper protection, so that moving, bagging, and defocusing of the camera are detected, and an alarm is triggered in the event of it,” explained Hermanns. Without this feature, all aspects of the solution would be deemed worthless if surveillance could be simply removed.

Is it all just a hype?
Talk of intelligent video solutions have been going around for years, and rumors about how futuristic it is have left end users disappointed. The hype has led people to believe VCA can detect crime before it has actually taken place, and unfortunately, that is one of the things video analytics cannot do.

Video analytics are essentially based on algorithms that have simple mathematical rules and simple measurements of color, size, and shape for decision making. Users configure VCA to supervise an area, program what to monitor and what to ignore. Analytics cannot tell the difference between a car and a person as the human brain does, we understand what we are seeing due to our common sense. VCA on the other hand, view the pixels it captures and recognizes a human based on their moving limbs, whereas a car would have a constant silhouette. In that sense, intelligent video is not smarter than a human. However, VCA when set up correctly, can be more accurate and efficient than humans when identifying specific behaviors, such as stealing over a counter, as VCA does not take breaks or get sore eyes.

That being said, video analytics is not for every industry. It is essential to realize what issues or threats an industry is facing before deciding on a security solution. For instance, VCA would not be appropriate for people counting in places that are too crowded, as the technology would have difficulty categorizing pixels into individual humans due to constant overlapping — for example, train stations at rush hour.

What it all comes down to
Surveillance has come a long way since the days of video motion detection. VCA may still be taking baby steps easing into the gaming industry, but in situations that rely immensely on video analytics, such as loitering and theft, they create great benefits by saving human resources. For gaming industries, VCA is a helpful tool for various applications; however, at this moment the inability to be detailed enough to capture a professional cheater's sleight of hand may be a limitation for companies who plan to solely use VCA as their only security solution. We hope in the future VCA can be sophisticated enough to analyze detailed human behavior with minimum false positives.

ADT reports Q4 and Full Year 2014 result

ADT reports Q4 and Full Year 2014 result

Editor / Provider: ADT | Updated: 11/14/2014 | Article type: Security 50

FOURTH QUARTER 2014 FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
* GAAP results: revenue of $883 million, net income of $82 million, diluted EPS of $0.47
* Diluted EPS before special items of $0.55(1); up 19.6% over prior year period
* Recurring revenue of $819 million, up 5.4% or 5.8% in constant currency(1)(2)
* EBITDA before special items of $458 million(1), up $27 million or 6.3%
* BITDA margin before special items of 51.9%(1), up 100 basis points from prior year
* Operating cash flow of $354 million and steady-state free cash flow of $966 million(1), up 3% from prior year

FOURTH QUARTER 2014 BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS
* ADT Pulse customers grow to over 1 million
* Lowered revenue attrition to 13.5%, a sequential and year-over-year improvement of 40 basis points
* Lowered unit attrition to 13.2%, a sequential improvement of 30 basis points
* Reduced Direct Channel net SAC creation multiple to 30.1x, a sequential improvement of 1.0x
* Customer base reaches 6.7 million, not including wholesale contract monitoring accounts of approximately 95,000
* Completed post-separation transition activities from Tyco
* Completed 83,000 2G conversions in fourth quarter 2014; 221,000 in FY 2014

The ADT Corporation reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2014. The Company reported diluted earnings per share of $0.47. Excluding special items for the separation from Tyco, merger and restructuring costs, 2G radio conversion costs, and discrete tax items, diluted earnings per share was $0.55, a 19.6% increase as compared to diluted earnings per share excluding special items of $0.46 in the fourth quarter of 2013. Using the Company's cash tax rate, diluted earnings per share before special items was $0.79

The Company reported total revenue of $883 million, an increase of 4.4%, or 4.7% in constant currency, compared to the fourth quarter of 2013. Recurring revenue, which made up 93% of total revenue in the quarter, was $819 million, up 5.4% compared to the same period last year and up 5.8% in constant currency. Recurring revenue growth in the quarter was primarily driven by an increase in ADT's organic average revenue per customer, which rose 3.7% over last year to $42.32, and the consolidation of Reliance Protectron for eleven weeks in the quarter. Revenue attrition for the quarter improved 40 basis points sequentially and year-over-year to 13.5%, while unit attrition for residential and small business improved 30 basis points sequentially, and 10 basis points from last year, to 13.2%. ADT closed the quarter with 6.7 million customer accounts, including Reliance Protectron accounts, a 3.6% increase over last year. The customer accounts exclude approximately 95 thousand wholesale contract monitoring accounts. EBITDA before special items increased by $27 million to $458 million, 6.3% higher than the prior year and EBITDA margin before special items was 51.9%, a 100 basis point improvement over the comparable period last year. The year-over-year increase in margins was primarily attributable to recurring revenue growth, productivity improvements and cost efficiencies slightly offset by the consolidation of Protectron in the quarter. Excluding Protectron, EBITDA margin before special items was 52.6%, 170 basis points above fourth quarter of 2013.

Free cash flow before special items was $54 million(1) in the quarter, down from $91 million(1) in the same period last year due to an increase in customer acquisitions and other growth investments, as well as higher interest paid on incremental debt in the quarter. The Company also reported steady-state free cash flow before special items, calculated on a pre-tax and unlevered basis, of $966 million(1), up 3% from last year.

FULL YEAR 2014 RESULTS
For the year ended September 26, 2014, the Company reported net income of $304 million and diluted earnings per share of $1.66. Total revenue was $3.4 billion, a year-over-year increase of 3.0%, or 3.4% in constant currency(1). Recurring revenue was $3.2 billion, up 3.7% compared to the same period last year and up 4.0% in constant currency(1). EBITDA before special items increased by $77 million to $1.8 billion(1), ending 4.6% higher than the prior year and EBITDA margins before special items was 51.8%(1), a 70 basis point improvement year-over-year. EBITDA margins before special items excluding Protectron was 52.0%(1), 90 basis points above 2013, in line with our guidance for margin improvement of at least 50 basis points. Excluding special items, diluted earnings per share for the year was $2.02(1) compared to diluted earnings per share excluding special items of $1.84(1) in 2013. Using the Company's cash tax rate, diluted earnings per share before special items was $2.92(1).

"We ended the year with a solid quarter, consistent with our most recent guidance, positioning us to drive profitable growth in the year ahead," said Naren Gursahaney, ADT's chief executive officer. "I am proud of how our team has responded to the competitive landscape, while continuing to leverage ADT's competitive advantages to deliver a great customer experience and create long term value for our shareholders. We continued to build on the momentum we have seen over the past two quarters, as we drove increases in gross adds, exceeding last year's strong fourth quarter performance, and reduced attrition below prior year and our guidance for the year. Our strong operational results and our continued commitment to cost efficiency fueled improvements in EBITDA before special items(1) and bottom line results(1). Pulse continues to perform well, as we recently added our one millionth Pulse customer, and our overall fourth quarter take rate was 51%. We completed our post-separation transition activities from Tyco, freeing up resources to sharpen the focus on our operations, to improve the customer experience, and to strengthen our competitive position. While we are pleased with our progress this quarter, we recognize we have more to accomplish and I am excited about what our team can accomplish in the year ahead."

PROGRESS ON 2014 PRIORITIES: DELIVERING ON GROWTH INITIATIVES
* Growth investments in ADT Pulse propels Pulse customer base to over 1 million subscribers - The Company continued to extend its position as a leading provider of monitored interactive home automation solutions, achieving strong growth in its ADT Pulse platform. In our residential direct channel, approximately 70% of new customers purchased a Pulse security system, and upgrade units more than doubled from a year ago. Total ADT Pulse surpassed the one millionth customer milestone and now make up 16% of ADT's total customer base.

* Attrition reduction initiatives leading to improved customer retention - The majority of customer attrition is driven by relocations associated with the housing recovery as well as non-pay customers. The Company continued to take action to reduce customer attrition by completing its roll out of tighter credit screening policies and implementing other non-pay initiatives, strengthening resale efforts, customer loyalty programs, and driving increased penetration of ADT Pulse automation services, which currently exhibits better retention characteristics. These actions, along with a more stable housing market, drove improvements resulting in revenue attrition in the quarter of 13.5% -- a 40 basis point improvement sequentially and year-over-year, and unit attrition in our residential and small business channels of 13.2% -- a 30 basis point improvement sequentially and 10 basis points below 2013.

* Increases in dealer channel production surpasses prior year level - Aligned with a key priority to improve productivity in the dealer channel, the Company took steps to strengthen the quality and output of this channel.
* *Customer adds from the dealer channel grew by 20% sequentially and 17% from the fourth quarter last year. ADT dealer production, excluding Protectron, rose 7% sequentially and 5% from the fourth quarter last year. Dealer production has risen every quarter this year and this is the first quarter in 2014 we reported year-over-year growth.
* *The Company expanded its dealer network and drove a 47% take rate in ADT Pulse units in the quarter, up from 23% in the comparable period last year.

* Expanding presence in business interactive security and automation - The Company is executing on growth initiatives in the small business and mid-size commercial space.
* *Following the expiration of the non-compete provisions with Tyco, the Company re-branded its Small Business channel as ADT Business, with an expanded focus into the mid-size commercial space.
* *ADT Pulse take rate in the small business channel continued to improve as 46% of new small business customers added during the quarter adopted Pulse.
* *The Company expanded its video surveillance and analytics offering to include both cloud-based and on-site secure storage solutions, providing small business owners with enhanced visibility into the security of their business premises.
* *The Company continued to execute upon its strategic plan to deliver customized security and automation solutions to address the most common needs and concerns of business owners within a particular industry by announcing the Food and Beverage Solutions Bundle in addition to the previously announced ADT Retail Solutions Bundle.

* Forging new partnerships to achieve future vision - The Company continued to build out its strategic partnerships as it looks to expand beyond its strength in managing and protecting physical assets to protecting digital assets and protecting its customers outside of the home.
* *The Company announced that it will begin marketing its products and services at Best Buy, creating a strong reatil presence for ADT in the US.
* *The Company announced a new relationship with IFTTT, a service that enables consumers to create powerful connections with one simple statement - if this then that. The partnership will enhance the ADT Pulse home automation experience as ADT and IFTTT are planning to test a beta version of an ADT Pulse Channel on IFTTT, connecting a customer's ADT Pulse-enabled home with more than 100 existing Channel partners. Whether it's adjusting the thermostat in reaction to local weather conditions, or arming the security system based on users' GPS data, an ADT Pulse Channell on IFTTT could enable users to put many aspects of their home on auto-pilot.

* Completed Reliance Protectron acquisition positioning Canadian operations for growth - The Company completed its acquisition of Reliance Protectron, expanding and strengthening its position in Canada. The Company has begun integrating Protectron's operations and customer base, which includes approximately 370,000 high quality residential and commercial customers (excluding approximately 30,000 wholesale contract monitoring accounts). Included in the Company's consolidated results are Protectron's operations for 11 weeks of the fourth quarter 2014.

"We delivered another quarter of solid execution and improved operating metrics, while accelerating our investment in growth," said Michael Geltzeiler, ADT's chief financial officer. "In the fourth quarter, we closed the Protectron acquisition, prepared for the launch of expanded commercial capabilities and advanced several new partnerships designed to strengthen our business for the future. We achieved our cost objectives for the year, grew steady-state free cash flow(1), improved EBITDA margin before special items by 90 basis points(1) before Protectron and drove direct subscriber acquisition creation multiples back below 30x for the quarter. For the year, we reported a 10% increase in diluted EPS before special items(1) enhanced by optimizing our capital structure with the repurchase of 35 million shares and increasing leverage. We also increased our quarterly dividend by 60%. With the post-separation transition activities behind us, we have a healthy list of productivity improvements still to be executed in both cost to serve and SAC, providing a runway for increased profitability and investment funding to fuel growth."

PROGRESS ON 2014 PRIORITIES: DRIVING COST EFFICIENCIES
* The Company made progress on its cost efficiency initiatives, improving its EBITDA margin before special items(1) and direct creation multiple excluding the impact of upgrades over the course of the year. Total operating expenses before special items(3) were up only 5.5% over last year despite the acquisitions of Reliance Protectron and Devcon as well as higher depreciation and amortization ("D&A") expenses of 10.5%, as we transition our customer base to Pulse and home automation. Excluding D&A, total operating expenses before special items(3 rose 1.8%.


* Cost to serve / G&A - Cost to serve before special items(3) was up 3.5% compared to last year and increased 6.8% sequentially due to higher product related costs associated with the increase in ADT Pulse accounts and the addition of Reliance Protectron.


* Subscriber acquisition cost (SAC) / Creation multiple - Total net SAC creation multiple, excluding the impact of Pulse upgrades, was 30.6x, a sequential improvement of 0.4x. Direct net SAC creation multiple, excluding the impact of upgrades and Protectron was 29.9x. Sequential improvements in the net creation multiple were driven by SAC improvements, partially due to the higher level of gross additions, rationalization in the installation area and higher ARPU from our new customers. We expect to benefit more from these and other initiatives, including the launch of electronic contracts and planned hardware efficiencies in 2015.

PROGRESS ON 2014 PRIORITIES: CAPITAL STRUCTURE OPTIMIZATION
* Share repurchase - In 2014, the Company has repurchased 35 million shares for $1.4 billion, at an average price of $38.49.
* Debt/Capital Structure - Long-term debt totaled $5.1 billion at the end of the quarter, bringing the Company's leverage ratio, based off of a trailing twelve month EBITDA before special items, to 2.8(1) on a pro-forma basis.
* Quarterly dividend - The Company paid a quarterly dividend of $0.20 per share on August 20th, an increase of 60% versus last year.

FULL YEAR FISCAL 2015 GUIDANCE
The Company is providing the following guidance for full year fiscal 2015:
* Recurring revenue growth in the range of 5% - 6%
* EBITDA before special items growth in the range of $70M - $100M
* Year-over-year increase in gross additions for direct and dealer channels
* Unit attrition below 13%
* Steady-state free cash flow before special items greater than $1 billion

Fairmont Jakarta safeguards the guests security with QNAP VioStor NVR solution

Fairmont Jakarta safeguards the guests security with QNAP VioStor NVR solution

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by QNAP | Updated: 11/24/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Situated at the south end of Jakarta's central business district, Fairmont Jakarta features 380 well-appointed guestrooms and suites. Known for its location and scale, the Fairmont Jakarta hotel features 3,500 square meters of function space, including a 1,200 square meter ballroom.

With hundreds of guests visiting each day, Fairmont Jakarta management requires a large-scale surveillance system to ensure customer safety while monitoring and recording hotel activities. In the first stage, they needed to deploy a video surveillance system capable of simultaneously monitoring tens of security cameras in the extensive areas in and around the hotel building. The management also preferred a surveillance system that would be highly flexible and expandable, allowing for the easy addition of new IP cameras.

After thorough research, Fairmont Jakarta selected the QNAP VioStor VS-12164U-RP Pro+ NVR for their security system deployment. The VS-12164U-RP Pro+ NVR features extensive expansion capabilities and allows for new models to be easily integrated into the system using simple network connections without physical cabling and complicated setup procedures.

The QNAP VS-12164U-RP Pro+ VioStor NVR is a high-end 2U chassis network surveillance server that supports high quality real-time video/audio monitoring, megapixel recording (up to 10-megapixel), and playback of multiple IP cameras. The VioStor VS-12164U-RP Pro+ can simultaneously handle inputs from up to 64 megapixel cameras. Featuring a powerful Quad-core Intel® Core™ i5 processor with 8 GB DDR3 RAM, it is an enterprise-grade NVR that delivers high performance with 450 Mbps throughput for recording and smooth playback of multiple megapixel cameras. With HDMI output and hardware decoding, the VS-12164U-RP Pro+ provides the ability to deliver up to 300fps Full HD local display. The Linux-based VioStor VS-12164U-RP Pro+ enables quick and easy deployment of multiple NVRs. It is designed with the user in mind and offers a simple and intuitive setup in six steps. Coupled with powerful performance and stability, this solution is tailor-made for enterprise surveillance needs.

The 18th Secutech offers biz opportunities for global security players

The 18th Secutech offers biz opportunities for global security players

Editor / Provider: Secutech | Updated: 11/10/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Secutech is the annual international exhibition and conference for world-class manufacturers and discerning buyers of security products and solutions. The 18th edition is officially confirmed to take place from 28 – 30 April 2015 at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center in Taiwan.

Mr Parson Lee, Managing Director of organiser Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media Ltd, said: “The upcoming edition of Secutech will be held in April. This strategic timing allows exhibitors to present their latest technologies and launch new products during the optimum sourcing season. The show is highly anticipated by suppliers from across the globe, especially those in China, South Korea and Taiwan. These three major manufacturing bases account for up to 70% of the global security-based product output. We will once again serve as a premier networking platform for fair participants to form strategic partnerships and distributorships.”

Two debut product zones with enhanced categorisation cater to industry needs
Secutech 2015 aims to cater to demand for a wider spectrum of safety and security-related products. As a result, six special product zones, two of which are new additions to the fair, will be featured. The latest zones cover:

* Transmission & Network
Transmission distance limitations have been a major obstacle for HD migration. However, recent advancements in transmission and networking technologies allow video feeds to be sent at higher speeds. The Transmission & Network zone will feature leading Taiwanese information and communications technology (ICT) solution providers to present last mile technologies. There will also be a demonstration area for industry professionals to exchange ideas for smoother HD migration.

*Software & Storage
Higher resolution images are propelling intensive usage of data storage and management. The Software & Storage zone will be a networking platform for hardware makers, software developers and system integrators to interact. This zone aims to raise awareness of Video Management Software (VMS) and Video Content Analytics (VCA) technologies in Asia. VMS is the foundation for video monitoring, analysis and recording. The development of its extensive application is influential to various vertical markets in the industry. Regarding VCA technologies, they automatically analyse video to detect and determine temporal and spatial events. These technologies are applicable to home automation, retail, transport, safety and security.

These two zones make their debut alongside returning product zones for Access Control, Key Components & Parts, IP & HD World, and Smart Home. All zones aim to promote development within the industry.

Secutech will also organise a series of highly thought-provoking seminars. Prominent industry players, keen on sharing their knowledge and experiences, will be the speakers. Highlights include the Global Digital Security Forum (GDSF) and the Composec Conference. Attendees can expect to gain insights into the evolving global security industry through presentations and interactions with experts.

For more details about Secutech 2015, please visit www.secutech.com. Alternatively, please call Ms Sandra Chen at +886 2 2659 9080 ext 761, or send an email to sandra.chen@newera.messefrankfurt.com.

With 12 events, Messe Frankfurt is one of the world's leading organisers of fairs and congresses for the expanding international field of safety and security technology. Nine trade fairs and three high-grade congresses in Germany, Asia, the Middle East, South America and the Russia Federation provide optimum opportunities for gaining a foothold in these dynamic growth markets. Further information is available at www.safety-security.messefrankfurt.com

Background information on Messe Frankfurt
Messe Frankfurt is one of the world's leading trade fair organisers, generating around €545 million in sales and employing some 2,000 people worldwide. The Messe Frankfurt Group has a global network of 28 subsidiaries and around 50 international Sales Partners, allowing it to serve its customers on location in more than 150 countries. Messe Frankfurt events take place at more than 30 locations around the globe. In 2013, Messe Frankfurt organised a total of 113 trade fairs, of which more than half took place outside Germany. Comprising an area of 578,000 square metres, Messe Frankfurt's exhibition grounds are home to ten exhibition halls. The company also operates two congress centres. The company is publicly owned, with the City of Frankfurt holding 60 percent and the State of Hesse 40 percent.

For more information, please visit our website at http://www.messefrankfurt.com/.

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