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TOP10 most popular security products for June 2014

TOP10 most popular security products for June 2014

Editor / Provider: Erica Lin | Updated: 7/15/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

asmag.com here presents the TOP10 products with the most click-through rate in June 2014.

First have a quick look: the TOP10 rank in June is taken by 7 manufacturers—Axis, D-Link, EL.MO. S.p.A., Exacq Technologies, Hikvision, VIVOTEK, and Theia. Among them, two are Taiwan manufacturers, D-Link and VIVOTEK, unsurprisingly. Of the 10 products, it is worth noticing that six cameras enter the June TOP10, with two of them fisheye cameras while panoramic camera has been  increasingly popular on market. And still two out of the six cameras are for the application of  smart home, one from Hikvision and the other from D-Link. Hikvision's 1.3M IR cube camera has successfully achieved the first place for six months in a raw, while D-Link's baby cam makes its first time on rank.

Over all, each of the top 3 winnersHikvision, VIVOTEK, and EL.MO. S.p.A..has received higher total click-through rates than those in May!

1. Hikvision DS-2CD2412F-I (W) 1.3M IR Cube Network Camera

As expected , Hikvision's 1.3M IR cube network camera again becomes the number one on the rank! Receiving a total of 553 clicks this month, it has also got more clicks from last month. Of them, more than half came from America. For six months in a row, the DS-2CD takes the first place on the rank. Though, the other IR cube network camera, Hikvision DS-2CD2432F-I (W), falls out of the rank this time.

2. VIVOTEK FE8174v 5MP 360 degree Fisheye Fixed Dome Camera

The FE8174v is the latest fisheye fixed dome network camera dedicated by VIVOTEK. It jumped from No.7 last month to No.2 in June with a total of 402 clicks. The FE8174v features a detailed 5-Megapixel resolution sensor and is able to provide surveillance coverage in wide, open areas, such as airports, shopping malls, parking lots, retail stores, offices and more. Its high-performing ePTZ function enables smooth shifts of zoom in and focus on a region of interest (ROI). Just in July, asmag.com has released a video to introduce this sleek and durable panoramic cam. Check here: Spot the fishy incidents — 11 perspectives from the industry

Go for more up-to-date panoramic cameras at here.

3. ELMO ANIMA touchscreen control keypad


The No.3 is taken by ELMO ANIMA, control/management keypad with a total of 354 clicks. ELMO ANIMA sees the most of its total viewers from America(42%). Presented by the Italy company, EL.MO. S.p.A., provider of wireless intrusion detection control unit, ELMO ANIMA owns sleek design as well featuring LCD touchscreen and backlighted foldaway buttons. 

4. VIVOTEK MD8531H 1.2 MP WDR Mobile Dome Network Camera


Among the first five seats, two (No2 and No.4) are taken by VIVOTEK cameras. The No.4 goes to VIVOTEK MD8531H, 1.2MP WDR camera, which is also a new comer on the rank with a total of 286 clicks. Nearly 80% of tis viewers came from America and Europe(46%, 33%). The MD8531H is designed ideally for transportation applications such as buses, trains, and other vehicles.

5. D-Link DCS-820L Wi-Fi Baby Camera


The No.5 is taken by another new comer, D-Link DCS-820L Wi-Fi Baby Camera, which was just released in May. With a total of 267 clicks, this baby cam had more than half of the viewers from America(55%), which is a growing market for the manufacturers. The Wi-Fi Baby Camera includes advanced features like motion and sound detection, instant push alerts, integrated lullabies, night vision technology, two-way audio and temperature measuring.

6. exacqVision VMS version 6.0


The six place goes to exacqVision VMS version 6.0, with a total of 256 clicks. ExacqTechnologies, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, has just in March released the latest version of the Video Management System(VMS), Version 6.0 since the prevision version 5.2 was launched in 2013. Among the views, over half of them came from America(52%). The new release comes with new features such as radically-faster search through new SpeedSearch, advanced camera configuration, faster more responsive PTZ control, and over 80 new IP camera integrations.

In May, exacqVision is integrated with Connect ONE, a web-based physical security information manager(PSIM). Live video from exacqVision video management system(VMS) software is linked to events within the Connect ONE interface.The integration of exacqVision with the Connect ONE interface allows users to view live video associated with events from one or more locations, generate customized reports, set up alarm or event alerts for instant notification of security concerns, manage users and access privileges and more.

7. Hikvision DS-2CD6362F-I (V)(S) 6MP Fisheye Network Camera


The No.7 goes to the second fisheye camera on this rank — Hikvision DS-2CD6362F-I (V)(S). It is the latest fisheye camera from Hikvision. This 6MP fisheye network camera supports up to 3072 x 2048 real-time streaming, with multiple viewing modes available. As expected, fisheye cameras have become increasingly popular across various verticals. Go find out more about 360-degree cameras on asmag.com June feature: Spot the fishy incidents — 11 perspectives from the industry.

8. AXIS Q16 Series-- Q1615/Q1615-E HDTV Network Camera

The No.6 goes to Axis Q16 Series HDTV Network Camera. This HDTV network camera series, just released in June, receives a total of 246 clicks. This new camera is Axis' first fixed cameras to provide 50/60 frames per seconds in HDTV 1080p resolution. With twice the normal frame rate, the cameras can even better record smooth video when people or vehicles are moving fast.

9. VIVOTEK ND8321 8CH Standalone NVR


No.9 is taken again by VIVOTEK. The ND8321 8CH Standalone NVR enters the rank with a total of 238 clicks. It is also the only NVR ranked on June Top10. ND8321 and IP8355EH are VIVOTEK's key products included in smart and simple solutions for smart city. Interestingly, IP8355EH, outdoor bullet network camera, was the No.2 in April Top10. To improve staff's security, efficiency, and productivity, and to ensure a safer shopping environment for customers, VIVOTEK has developed a user-friendly “Convenient Retail Solution,” comprising the ND8321, a plug-and-play network video recorder, elegantly designed ultra-mini bullet network cameras, and ultra-mini dome network cameras.

10. Theia SL183 Ultra Wide 5MP DN Lens


The last seat on the rank is taken by Theia SL183 Ultra Wide 5MP DN Lens with a total of 235 clicks. Over this period, SL183 has most of its viewers from Europe(47%), the highest on the rank. Theia SL183 features unique, distortion-corrected megapixel lenses, with 1.8 - 3mm varifocal range and Theia's patented Linear Optical Technology.

* Please note that the above statistics are not based on the sum of clicks but the accumulation of IP addresses.
For last month's TOP10 products, click here.

Market demand spurs versatile commercial building solutions

Market demand spurs versatile commercial building solutions

Editor / Provider: a&s Editorial Department | Updated: 7/14/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

In Asia, the commercial building market has relatively strong potential compared with other parts of the world as private funds, such as those in the U.S., have been showing great interest in the region in recent years. Some US private funds are either buying commercial properties in countries like Singapore or taking on new construction projects. Due to a great number of new constructions in Asia, the demand for integrated building automation (BA) systems are also on the rise.

INTEGRATED BA SOLUTIONS WITH SECURITY
In some developed economies like Singapore and Hong Kong, office buildings and financial buildings are common types of commercial structures. Office buildings can range from state-of-the-art skyscrapers housing regional headquarters of multinational corporations (MNCs) to mid-end buildings accommodating small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Financial buildings are those whose tenants are banks and financial institutions.

Office buildings used as regional head offices and financial buildings are the types that would resort to an integrated solution that bundles security and BA systems at the same time. As to the commercial building market in Asia, where building codes are not as clear as those in Europe or North America, what devices and functions should be included in an integrated system and how they should be done are largely dependent on the whims of building owners. But in general, the integrated BA solutions which highlight the improved energy efficiency and identity management is getting popular in these countries.

Identity Management in High Demand
The type of commercial buildings whose occupants are MNCs are required to protect physical and non-physical intellectual property, since the wealth of intellectual property, be it product prototypes, business letters, or customer information, can fall prey to break-ins and database infiltration. Moreover, the flow of of the outsourcing trend among some MNCs has caused a need for stringent security control. On the other hand, financial buildings that have safety deposit boxes, ATM machines, counters, and employee offices all within one construction also demand rigorous control as cash and client profiles require extra protection.

Therefore, a highly-integrated security solution focusing on identity management has become an answer to the protection of intellectual property, cash, and crucial client information. Identity management is an integrated solution that coordinates BA systems, security hardware, and oftentimes, biometric identification. Patrick Lim, Director of Sales and Marketing at Ademco (Far East) put it this way: “The management of identity using several ID technologies is important as not a single piece of information can properly authenticate an identity.”

What makes identity management so special in a highly-automated building is that as BA leaves the control of a building's access and other security matters to a computeroperated system, identity management, oftentimes with the help of biometrics, exerts a more humanized influence to the system.

Besides, identity management also works with a BA system to provide a customized environment for an individual. Lim took a CEO's office as an example. When a CEO steps into a building, the executive lift is already there waiting for him/ her and their office has been tuned to his/her preference upon arrival (e.g. the blinds are opened to allow in more sunshine).

Energy Efficiency Becomes Unique Selling Point
Both headquarters and financial buildings have added energy saving to in their integrated solutions. Ricky Law, Account Manager at Ensec Solutions, said lighting controls can go with access controls to achieve light saving functions, such as switching lights on and off with an access control card. Lighting controls can also be bundled with a building's heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems for more energy savings.

New building projects in Asia's developed countries are also increasing demand for a highly automated security and energy saving systems. “Developers and engineering consultant firms [are] looking for energy saving and a more cost effective solution for building projects,” Law said, noting that the incorporation of more energy saving functions into an integrated automated security solution can be a selling point to new construction projects. In new constructions, energy saving functions like how lights and air conditioning systems should be controlled and preconfigured in the BA system have been considered in advance when buildings are under construction.

However, for SMEs, instead of occupying the whole or part of a commercial building, they are often only tenants of a floor or sometimes just a room. Energy saving “can be too rigid and creates inconvenience to tenants,” said Lim, referring to the complexity of integrating too many functions into existing building.

The re-modeling and re-deployment of pipes and wires in buildings can be a painstaking process, not to mention all SMEs in the building have to sit down, make negotiations, and reach agreements to get an integrated system done.

In addition, money is also an issue, Lim said. “The high cost of some of these systems can prevent smaller buildings and cost-sensitive organizations from adopting energy saving solutions,” he explained.

SECURITY PLATFORM SECURES MULTIFUNCTIONAL BUILDINGS
Developing countries are investing heavily in their shopping centers and retail stores as it is the most efficient way to bring cash in. Building fancy malls and enticing tourists to buy have become a fast lane towards economic growth for countries like Thailand, which is a self-proclaimed “shopping paradise.” The shopping industry in Thailand is so strong that one of the country's mall developers, Central Pattana Pcl (CPN), is actually expanding its business to other parts of Southeast Asia and building shopping malls in Malaysia in 2016, followed by more shopping centers in Indonesia and Vietnam, according to Reuters.

The vibrant shopping industry in Thailand has brought in the demand for multifunctional buildings, where shopping centers occupy the first few floors while companies and other type of offices take up the upper layers of the building. The massive flow of shoppers downstairs and office workers upstairs have created a special demand for security.

The latest security solutions in multifunctional buildings in Thailand are adopting a security platform, close to the concept of physical security information management (PSIM), integrating all security data obtained from surveillance monitoring devices at all entrances and elevator doors, according to Nuttawaj Chieobangyang, CEO at Coretech Corporation, a security solution distributor in Thailand. This allows for “easy control and checking of all events inside the building.”

The security platform can grant different levels of control according to different layers of activities in the building. It can set a tighter control for company offices upstairs and less control to shopping centers downstairs. Aloysius Loy, MD at ACTAtek, a service provider of web-based security solutions, stressed that a security platform is able to provide a more comprehensive picture of a building's security conditions as the solution organizes all security equipment in the building, such as video surveillance systems, glass breaker detection, fire alarms and smoke detection, and temperature control systems, putting all information into a single platform and displaying it on a touch screen monitor.

FIRE PREVENTION MAIN CONCERN IN VIETNAM
As one of Asia's rising economies, Vietnam launched its economic reform in 1986 and has since enjoyed economic growth second to China. The Vietnam government's GDP growth rate surpassed 7 percent during the 1990s and was even able to register an over 5 percent growth between 2009 and 2012 when world economy slumped into recession, according to the World Bank. Also since the 1990s, more than 30,000 private businesses have been created.

The revitalized economic conditions of Vietnam have reflected on the construction of new buildings, including those for commercial purposes. The Vietnam Country Report 2012 showed that construction demand for office buildings surged to 493,000 square meters in 2010 from 245,000 square meters in 2008.

Mid-end office buildings are the major commercial building type in Vietnam. Unlike commercial buildings in other parts of Asia that place emphasis on intellectual property or unauthorized trespassing, buildings in Vietnam stress fire prevention, according to Thomas Tran, MD at Citek, manufacturer of surveillance equipment.

Fire prevention is also the main theme of the building's integrated security solutions. Centered on fire alarms, a buildings' security system can combine with video surveillance, access control, and intrusion alerts, said Tran. Fire alarms can also be bundled with public address (PA) systems for evacuation purposes. “In addition to fire, unauthorized entries and malfunctions on supervisory control and acquisition data (SCADA) systems are also security concerns,” said Tran.

Integrated Solutions Vary Based on Demand
Different types of commercial buildings have been presented in Asia based on business activities. Regional headquarters, financial buildings, and smaller office buildings housing tenants like SMEs have been particularly noticable in Singapore and Hong Kong.

Thailand's tourist-driven industry has led to the construction of multifunctional buildings that combine shopping centers and offices. Vietnam has initiated massive construction projects, including office buildings for the country's growing number of enterprises. Each type has different demands as to how its security can be done. Types of commercial buildings may vary, but further integration of all systems in a building is a foreseeable trend in the future in most parts of Asia.

Optex celebrates growth with new EMEA HQ located in UK

Optex celebrates growth with new EMEA HQ located in UK

Editor / Provider: Optex | Updated: 7/4/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Optex, one of the global supplier in sensor technology, has announced its new EMEA headquarters based in Maidenhead, Berkshire in the United Kingdom. The new headquarters is the company's latest strategy to capture and support customer demands from the continuously growing security market across Europe, Middle East and Africa.

According to a report from IHS, the global market for physical security equipment and services was worth $110 billion 2012 and is expected to grow to $170 billion by 2017. As stated in the ‘Total Physical Security Equipment and Services – 2013' report, the Americas made up 41 per cent of the worldwide market in 2012, generating $46 billion in revenue, followed by Asia with $33 billion and the EMEA region with $29 billion. Each of these markets is expected to see strong growth over the next few years.

Mike Shibata, chairman of Optex EMEA, commented: “The United Kingdom is an ideal location for us to expand our international reach outside Japan. Currently, 35 per cent of our global sale is from Europe, which is just as important as our native Japanese market. In addition, Optex's biggest core business is in security, and the UK has the biggest security market throughout EMEA, so we see lots of opportunities for further growth.”

With the new localization of strategic planning in place and directions straight from EMEA, Optex aims to be the number one in each specialist market with strong customer-oriented strategy. The company's focuses include:
* Creating extra value by integrating surveillance cameras with sensing devices for quicker and more reliable detection of possible threats;
* Improving the security level of infrastructure-related facilities such as protection of public facilities against terrorist attacks;
* Enhancing the effort for advanced outdoor security ‘pre-alarm' penetration that enables advance warning of intruder before the break-in;
* And lastly, utilizing Optex's technology in automatic door operation safety to comply with European standards for automatic door activation.

Shibata added: “I believe that there are an infinite number of opportunities in between sensing technology and human life other than the above. Optex EMEA headquarters has established a mission to develop those new possibilities from the close contact with our customers and regional market place. Our goal is to contribute to a safe and comfortable society. With this in mind, we expect to see future success of Optex in EMEA.”

Tyco: Do you need more from your security investment?

Tyco: Do you need more from your security investment?

Editor / Provider: Tyco Security Products | Updated: 6/26/2014 | Article type: Security 50

There's an old saying, “Half a loaf is better than none.” While that might be true for bread, it's not really true when it comes to security, is it? Rarely are we satisfied with just a little bit of information about a situation. Rather, as inquisitive human beings, we want to take in as much information as possible, especially when there's a critical decision tied to it.

When dealing with a security incident, we want to be presented with as much detail as is available so we can take the proper action. If an alarm sounds, but we have no information on why it sounded, what choices can we make? Do we dispatch someone, only to find out later that it is a false alarm? Or do we wait until we have confirming data, and risk that something untoward happens — a theft, an attack or some other event? If, on the other hand, there is an alarm and we have video that immediately pops up to show us the scene that goes with it, it's that much easier to react appropriately.

The industry has a name for this operational benefit: situation awareness. Situation awareness involves providing operators with a complete picture of what is happening in the incident location so they can better understand threats, evaluate risks, and make better decisions. The advent of integrated systems has helped us improve situation awareness and brought us that other half of the information we are missing. Whether it's a business looking at providing security for its employees and premises, or a consumer interested in a home security program, integration of alarms, access control, and video gives a more complete picture.

Integration not only allows us to react based on better information, but it speeds up the entire process. No longer are we waiting around for more data to come in; instead it is presented to us all at once. When an alarm sounds, we aren't going to a secondary source to find the appropriate video that matches the time and location of the alarm — it's all tied in together and presented in real time.

Having access to integrated information can be a cost saver as well. False alarms are a distraction and there can be costs with having an outside source, such as the police, respond to them. Or even if it's only the internal security staff that has to check out each alarm, the cost of that response quickly adds up in the time wasted and resources squandered.

Today, more and more applications are being integrated to the benefit of security system users. Beyond the traditional video, access control, and intrusion alarm systems, we're seeing the addition of video analytics, perimeter detection, tracking, and mass notification systems. Even systems that aren't typically thought of as security related, such as building controls, are being tied in because of the important information that can be provided. For example, just think how timely it would be to be able to know and confirm that there was a water main break and a building was flooding.

While it seems great to know that all these systems can be integrated, there may be some concern about the cost and complexity. Wouldn't hooking up all these systems and maintaining integrations be cost prohibitive? And won't people become overwhelmed by all this data coming from multiple systems? The good news is that technology, in the form of physical security information management systems (PSIM), has allowed for these different systems to be integrated onto a single platform. With PSIM solutions as few or as many systems can be brought together as needed. This means someone could start out by just tying together alarms and video, but then easily progress to the next levels of adding in video analytics or perimeter monitoring without having to undergo a lot of additional training.

With today's integrated systems it is becoming easier to gather information and make the most informed decisions yet. And get the complete answer.

How big data and IoT revolutionize the security industry (Part 1)

How big data and IoT revolutionize the security industry (Part 1)

Editor / Provider: Jill Lai, a&s International | Updated: 6/24/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Big data is a buzz word. Many industries have tried to reply by analyzing big data to make good predictions on everything ranging from weather forecasts to decision making in different forms and subjects. However, why has the security industry also become so fascinated by “big data?” The reason could be traced back to the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing investigation. The United States successfully crowdsourced information from social media, like Twitter and Facebook, and multiple video surveillance cameras to quickly identify and locate the criminals. This lesson opened the eyes of the whole world to learn the power of using mass data provided by the public, and more importantly, the different resources from security systems.

However, many experts also pointed out current security systems do not provide much information before an event even though they are connected to an IP network. Therefore, the industry has been trying to figure out how to make security equipment get involved in pre-event management and also play an active role in preventing crimes or disasters, instead of merely acting as a tool for post-event investigation. Of course, first of all, networkability is definitely a must in security devices, then, each device must be connected, like multiple sensors, to provide data. Then, there is intelligent video (or VCA), which is getting more important since it helps to make security information meaningful. By using intelligent video, security systems can produce loss prevention data or heat maps for retailers. Whenever the video security systems are connected with “external” WiFi-enabled tracking devices, the shop can better prevent perspective shoplifters and plan their marketing campaigns. Secondarily, it needs a proactive situational awareness tool, something like physical security information management software (PSIM), to seamlessly integrate different security and non-security equipment and further provide an immediate response to events.

In addition, through cloud computing, all the data is processed in the cloud; therefore, people are starting to wonder who is able to access this data and how to protect the integrity of the data. In the physical security world, we may also care about who is in my space and where these visitors are going and what they are doing. Therefore, identity management may play a vital role in the trend of big data.

To sum up, when the world starts to look into “big data” and how IoT can benefit everyone, the trend forces the security industry to gradually switch their attention to data and content beyond product specifications to better fit the needs of a connected world. Major technologies providers have started to add more value to security information/ content with their unique approaches.

Ultra-high 4K Resolution and Wide-angle Cameras Provide More Details
Although the improvement to 4K resolution seems very natural in consumer electronics and security technologies, 4K-resolution, ultra-high HD security cameras still captured the limelight at major security shows this year. Whenever 4K starts to become the mainstream in the industry, security cameras can be expected to provide more detailed and clearer video images of the environment, events, and subjects than the past. More importantly, 4K resolution cameras can largely reduce the total cost of ownership of a project by doing more with less, compared to low resolution cameras. Companies such as Axis Communications, Arecont Vision, Bosch Security Systems, Hikvison Digital Technology, IQinVision, and Sony Electronics all pre-announced 4K cameras last month. Performing at 30 frames per second makes 4K cameras stand out. “Arecont Vision 4K camera produces high-quality image at 30 frames per second and delivers about 8.3 megapixels. Arecont Vision‘s10- megapixel camera delivers 7 frames per second. When it was released in 2010, it was the first dual mode 10-megapixel and 1080p camera in the industry,” said Scott Schafer, Executive VP of Sales, Marketing, and Service at Arecont Vision. It can be predicted that all these companies should have their 4K cameras ready for the market later this year. However, some experts still warn that 4K camera users need to pay extra attention to selecting compatible 4K NVRs and monitors. Without using a 4K monitor, the video quality might be compromised.

Pelco is focusing on a different approach to provide more details to situational awareness video with their latest 360-degree camera, which is a joint venture combining OnCamGrandeye's technology and Pelco's video managment applications. Coupled with Pelco's customer support and service, this adds an important tool to the market, said Craig Dahlman, Director-Analog Video Products of Video Line of Business at Pelco by Schneider Electric. Similar products can also be seen at other major network video surveillance vendors, like Panasonic System Communications. Panasonic‘s 360-degree cameras enable several different viewing options. For example, diverse image distribution modes, including four independent video streams for maximum flexibility.

Intelligent Vi deo Helps Deliver Meaningful Messages
It is not enough to have a high-resolution video only for generating data. In order to acquire meaningful information, rather than just raw data, and even provide timely diagnosis/response to an event, intelligent video is the best candidate, when talking about big data. What it influences in the security field now is how to use the accumulated data from intelligent video for different purposes. “The focuses of video surveillance innovations have evolved from video functionality, to video integration, and now to video enabling. By enabling processes with video, the open platform fosters many innovations to optimize business operations in different verticals,” according to Karl Erik Traberg, Head of Corporate Communications and Business Development at Milestone Systems.

For example, “A retail store uses multiple cameras enabling real-time analytics such as traffic counting, queue management, heat maps and demographics. The system accumulates all the information by date and time, and if associated with the POS information, can deliver key information, such as average sale and conversion metrics. Ultimately, and depending on the information, retailers can leverage these insights to adjust their marketing strategies and even staffing for different time periods,” said Masa Karahashi, Senior VP, Engineering at 3VR.

Hank Monaco, VP of Marketing at Tyco Integrated Security also further explained in a big picture, “For many retailers, we are also seeing a big move now toward leveraging multiple technologies working together to help drive higher store performance. For instance, retailers are finding that leveraging video services to gain visibility into POS activity helps to drive improved customer experiences and manage more accurately what is on the shelf which also can lead to higher sales. We see technologies working together, such as EAS used byond loss protection, and tied into POS register, RFID for inventory tracking, and also analytic video to understand customers‘ behaviors, such as dwell time — how much time a customer stands in front of the stock display without making a purchase or how fast a customer picks up a product(s) from a shelf and then makes a purchase. Essentially, retailers are seeing that technology that does more can also help them make decisions in the store on a more predictive basis and allows them to see farther ahead. This drives the store performance which helps them gain competitive advantage and improved bottom line results.”

We can imagine that, if the information is also shared with or connected to other non-security, external systems, it could be something really valuable even to city surveillance or other researches. However, how to reduce false alarms in intelligent video is always the focus for security. The latest motion sensor detection sensors by Mobotix are able to filter the objects according to directions of movement. Therefore, it only records video or triggers an alarm if an important event actually occurs. Interference caused, for instance, by trees moving in the wind, shadows, passing clouds, or snowfall is consistently ignored.

Thermal Comes to Intelligent Video for 24/7 Detection
In some particular scenarios, intelligent video might meet certain limitations and challenges. “The main drawback of standard CCTV systems arises from their reliance on reflected light — inability to operate at night, adverse effects due to shadows and lighting changes,” according to the research paper titled “Thermo-Visual Feature Fusion for Object Tracking Using Multiple Spatiogram Trackers,” by Ciaran O Conaire et al. For a critical environment, the combination of thermal cameras and intelligent video is a good match for 24/7 detection. After the partnership of FLIR Systems and VideoIQ in 2010, FLIR also recently partnered with PureTech Systems for wide area surveillance solution.

Another piece of good news for the industry is that the falling price in thermal technology will allow more security cameras to enjoy the benefits of thermal. FLIR announced the release of three new lines of its thermal security cameras starting at economical prices, which further demonstrates how the combination of thermal cameras and intrusion video analytics can actually be an affordable and also effective solution, said Andy Teich, President and CEO of FLIR Systems. At the same time, DVTel also announced its thermal cameras at an affordable price, also featuring intelligent video analytics.

FLIR also launched its cloud-based platform for users to remotely access their security cameras. In the future, thermal with intelligent video cameras will also start to provide more meaningful data to make our environment safer.

 

* Take a look into How big data and IoT revolutionize the security industry (Part 2)

 

 

Beyond opening doors: Access control management rules

Beyond opening doors: Access control management rules

Editor / Provider: William Pao, a&s International | Updated: 6/27/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Access control remains a major segment of the physical security market and is set to enjoy continued growth. In a recently study, HIS Technology predicted that the global market size for electronic access control will top US$3.5 billion this year, driven by returning growth in the Americas, the Middle East, and Africa. High demand for access control has created opportunities for new products and technologies. One of them is access control management software, which can be useful to users from different verticals. “These may include education, healthcare, retail, transportation, manufacturing and Industrial, sports and leisure, museums, data centers, corporate, airport authorities, and ports,” said Steve Barton, CTO of Software & Controls at Pacom. With strong demand and business from different vertical markets, access control management software's popularity and growth are set to endure.

Integration Drives Efficiency
Access control management software has evolved over the years from being a simple software application with basic functions to being a cutting-edge technology that allows users to access and retrieve information about an access-related event more easily and quickly. On top of that, the increase in integration and interoperability has continued to grow. Today's access control management software can integrate not only with other security systems, such as video and intrusion detection, but also with non-security systems such as HR, room booking, cashless payments, elevator controls, and visitor management.

The resulting optimization in efficiency can help the end-user organization in many ways. “If an employee gets a new role, the authorizations on his access card will change automatically as soon as his new position is activated in his HR system,” said Nancy Wanders, Sales Manager of Global Clients at Nedap Security Management. “This level of automation means a big reduction in administrative tasks for security managers, so they can focus on other tasks and stay in control.” While the initial cost of investing in an access control system may be high, increased efficiency can ultimately cut cost down the road. “Efficiency and cost reduction can be provided in a variety of ways through access control solutions. Some of these include: elimination of cost of re-keying doors when a key is lost, and the ability to pre-register visitors, which is a more efficient process for visitor management,” said Jeremy Krinitt, GM of Frontier Security. “An access control system can streamline the processes and enable operators to wrap up investigations quickly. It can save operating costs for years to come through the efficiency it provides. Access control does that.”

Integration with Videoa Must
Pairing access control management software with video surveillance has become a must for running security operations at end-user organizations. With video and access control both becoming more IP-based, integrating the two has become easier. Players from across the supplier chain — vendors, distributors, and systems integrators — are closely watching how video-access control integration may further play out. Together, access control and video form a comprehensive and efficient security solution for users who can make the right decision in the event of an emergency. During an access control event, the security personnel can quickly pull the video from an integrated system instead of running to a separate video system to figure out who is trying to enter. A faster and more efficient way to investigate an event means quicker response and better situational awareness, which cannot be achieved by just video alone.

“By using only video management, a security operator is only able to gain evidence of a breach, without being able to automatically act upon it,” said Mike Sussman, Engineering and Operations Director at TDSi. “Using an integrated access control system means that the security team can put in place measures or act directly to counter any threats, so there is also a preventative element dealing with any potentially unauthorized intrusions.”

In short, access control management software prevents intrusion by denying access to those who are unauthorized to enter a certain area. Videos, meanwhile, provide visibility and evidence to an event. When combined, access control management software and video management software (VMS) offer a more comprehensive and all-around way to run security.

Multi-site Management
Access control management software plays a critical role in multi-site management, which has become essential as a rising number of companies now have operations in different parts of the world. Effective management software should offer a global view of what's going on at each branch office, while giving the local branches authority to make changes or adjustments as needed.

“In many companies, you have multiple locations, but there is a corporate human resources department that's responsible for the initial enrollment,” said Jerry Cordasco, CTO at AMAG. “So what they would want to do is to enroll a new employee in the system with basic access rights to the employee entrance of the facility, and then push that record down to a localized database.”

Access control management software and VMS are both important technologies for managing multiple sites. Choosing which one as the primary component, again, relies on the user's specific needs. “Both have their place as the primary engine, and the choice is dependent upon the business and risk,” said Sussman. “Video can only report on something that has occurred or is happening, whereas access control can prevent an event from taking place, backed up with evidential information.”

“Access control and video management each provide benefits, but access control provides many of the necessary pieces of managing a multi-site environment,” said Krinitt. “These key elements include audit of employee location, alarm monitoring, alarm response and processing, guard tour, visitor management and many more.”

Visitor Management:Efficiency and Safety
In today's security management, more end users are tying access control with visitor management, which is an effective way to grant, deny, and control access by visitors and contractors who are not regular employees of a company. In a non-integrated system, visitors are given a badge or temporary ID card after they write on a paper log their names and other information, which can be illegible at best and at worse, fake. Some visitors are also known to walk away with their ID cards, which can then be reused to enter buildings, creating security concerns. Combining visitor management with access control management software, on the other hand, can help improve security and efficiency by registering, badging, and checking out visitors all at the same time, and their ID cards expire at a certain time after which entry will be denied.

An integrated system can even have more advanced features. “It can be used to screen each visitor on states' registered sex offender databases and other watch lists, and flag those visitors at the time of check in,” said Harm Radstaak, MD of Identity & Access Management for EMEA, HID Global. “And it can be used to identify guests who haven't checked out by the end of visiting hours, and flag visitors who, for instance, may have repeatedly violated check-in procedures or stayed too long, and issue alerts upon their arrival.” Integrating access control management software with visitor management systems offers an ideal solution for end-user organizations, especially those that deal with large amounts of visitors such as corporates and hospitals. They can enjoy stepped up security and efficiency made possible by the integration.

Integration: Ne w Hopes for Verticals
When the access control management software is bundled with other subsystems, it can help optimize efficiency and create extra business opportunities for users in different vertical markets. Primary and secondary schools, for example, may bundle lockdown systems and video surveillance with their access control software to better ensure the safety of students and faculty. Colleges and universities, on the other hand, may integrate their access control management software with non-security systems such as meal vending and room booking to maximize the value of students' ID cards. Healthcare facilities may combine access control with elevators, granting access privileges to emergency personnel who can reach critical areas in the quickest time. In other words, if access control management software is deployed at the right time at the right place, it truly works wonders to end users in different verticals.

Choosing the Right Solution
When deciding what type of access control management software to purchase, the user should consider many factors — the size of deployment, the overall objectives that need to be achieved, and whether the software is suitable for the vertical it is to be deployed in.

“Any solution needs to be fit for the purpose and will demonstrate increased security levels along with improved efficiency and savings to the bottom line. For example, it may seem favorable to replace a whole security system with all the latest components. However if the security needs are low and the budget is tight, it may not make sense to do so,” Sussman said. “Conversely, if a number of security systems are aging and ready for renewal, buying fully integral systems could make very sound business sense, both in the short term and also for long term investment.”

Meanwhile, the user also needs to consider the level of ownership that it wants. “When buying an access control system, you need to start by determining whether you want to own and maintain the system or opt for a managed/ hosted platform where everything is outsourced,” said Jason Ouellette, Product Line Director for Access Control at Tyco Security Products. “Do you want to handle the maintenance or pay a service to do it? Once you determine the level of ownership, then you can look at the options that allow you to balance capital expense vs. operational expense.”

It All Boils Down to Efficiency
With its highly integrative capability, today's access control management software can combine with different technologies to help end users take care of security and non-security tasks with greater efficiency. An integrated access control management system makes life easier for users when they investigate events, manage multiple sites, and control access for visitors, not to mention the convenience of performing different tasks with just one ID card. The benefits of integrated access control management software are felt across different vertical markets, and systems integrators should maintain good and open relations with customers to deliver solutions that they truly need.

Optex unveils new EMEA headquarters expecting for market growth

Optex unveils new EMEA headquarters expecting for market growth

Editor / Provider: Optex | Updated: 6/16/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Optex, the industry-known provider of sensor technology, has just unveiled its new EMEA headquarters. The new headquarters, based in Maidenhead, Berkshire in the United Kingdom, is the company's latest strategy to capture and support customer demands from the continuously growing security market across Europe, Middle East and Africa.

A report from IHS shows that the global market for physical security equipment and services was worth $110 billion in 2012 and is expected to grow to $170 billion by 2017. As stated in the ‘Total Physical Security Equipment and Services – 2013' report, the Americas made up 41 per cent of the worldwide market in 2012, generating $46 billion in revenue, followed by Asia with $33 billion and the EMEA region with $29 billion. Each of these markets is expected to see strong growth over the next few years.

Mike Shibata, chairman of Optex EMEA, commented, “The United Kingdom is an ideal location for us to expand our international reach outside Japan. Currently, 35 percent of our global sale is from Europe, which is just as important as our native Japanese market. In addition, Optex's biggest core business is in security, and the UK has the biggest security market throughout EMEA, so we see lots of opportunities for further growth.”

With the new localization of strategic planning in place and directions straight from EMEA, Optex aims to be the number one in each specialist market with strong customer-oriented strategy. The company's focuses include:

* Creating extra value by integrating surveillance cameras with sensing devices for quicker and more reliable detection of possible threats
* Improving the security level of infrastructure-related facilities such as protection of public facilities against terrorist attacks * Enhancing the effort for advanced outdoor security ‘pre-alarm' penetration that enables advance warning of intruder before break-in happens
* Last, utilizing Optex's technology in automatic door operation safety to comply with European standards for automatic door activation

“I believe that there are an infinite number of opportunities in between sensing technology and human life other than the above. Optex EMEA headquarters has established a mission to develop those new possibilities from the close contact with our customers and regional market place. Our goal is to contribute to a safe and comfortable society. With this in mind, we expect to see future success of Optex in EMEA,” added Mr. Shibata.

The Japanese innovator announced its major investment in the 100 percent share capital of UK lighting manufacturer Raytec in 2012. This partnership allowed the two companies to capitalize on many common synergies in sales and technology bringing both sensor and lighting technologies together. The Raytec brand remains in place and its focus remains firmly on innovation and illumination.

NICE solution deployed in Glasgow to bolster operations management

NICE solution deployed in Glasgow to bolster operations management

Editor / Provider: NICE Systems | Updated: 6/12/2014 | Article type: Security 50

NICE Systems announced that the city of Glasgow is deploying its security solutions to enhance the community's safety and security infrastructure. The implementation, which includes NICE Situator and NiceVision for video management, will help the city strengthen its daily operations and streamline incident response.

Glasgow was recently awarded funding from the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) Future Cities Demonstrator competition to show what can be achieved by innovative use of today's technology.

The city is using NICE Situator, an advanced Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) system, to consolidate data from various city-wide services like Public Space CCTV and traffic control within a single operations center. This information is filtered into pre-defined response plans to help operators better manage situations in real time. It also provides improved visibility and control of different sensors and better collaboration across relevant security and safety departments.

This initiative fuses Community Safety Glasgow's (CSG) CCTV operation with Traffcom, the Glasgow City Council team which monitors the city's road networks, traffic lights, and traffic cameras. By pooling these resources, CSG and Traffcom now have joint access to the city's entire network of live and recorded CCTV footage.

As part of the USD$40 (£24m) Future Cities Glasgow program, the city will also install an advanced digital camera network to be integrated with Situator. Any unusual activity that is detected over the cameras will trigger an alarm in the command center, prompting further investigation by emergency services.

Phil Walker, Managing Director of Community Safety Glasgow
“The NICE solutions will enable us to address safety and security requirements, and beyond that the solutions can be further scaled in the coming months and years to help us improve city services and crime prevention. We have also been impressed with NICE's ability to help us deploy the solution in a short amount of time.”

Chris Wooten, Executive Vice President, NICE Security Group
“This deployment reinforces our expertise in helping cities around the world manage day-to-day life, as well as large-scale events, from both a security and operational perspective. We are very pleased to be a key player in safeguarding the city's facilities as well as the huge influx of visitors that are expected this summer, and look forward to a continued partnership with the city of Glasgow. Glasgow is the first city in the UK to earn a ‘Safe City' status, fully utilizing the capabilities that NICE Situator can provide.”

Nedap to collaborate with security professionals at IFSEC 2014

Nedap to collaborate with security professionals at IFSEC 2014

Editor / Provider: Nedap | Updated: 6/11/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Nedap Security Management, developer and manufacturer of the software-based security management platform – AEOS, is collaborating with different security professionals at IFSEC to solve security challenges that IFSEC visitors are facing. Security experts such as prominent security consultants and Physical Security Managers from leading organisations, collaborate with Nedap to share their knowledge and experience with visitors during IFSEC. Visitors are invited to discuss and find answers to their security challenges at Nedap's social hub: stand E1450 in the London ExCeL.

“IFSEC is a social event for security professionals to meet, find new ideas and solve challenges - and that's exactly what we'll be offering”, says Daryn Flynn, Nedap's country manager for the UK. At IFSEC 2014 Nedap are collaborating with experienced security professionals to discuss, debate and offer solutions to your challenges.

Besides answering questions and sharing knowledge, prominent security experts from Perpetuity Research & Consultancy International, Atkins Consultants, CHQ Consultants, Canon and Assa Abloy are hosting seminars on the stand to discuss challenges that are current in the industry, e.g. the convergence of IT and physical security and the value of security to the business.

At IFSEC, Nedap Security Management will demonstrate the software-based security management platform: AEOS. AEOS uses generic controllers which can accommodate functionality for access control, intrusion detection, video management and locker management via software. This unique AEOS architecture allows for one truly integrated, flexible platform instead of drivers linking separate servers and systems.

The new AEOS 3.1 application builds on the usability of AEOS, giving a unified design, while keeping in mind the different users. From the Configuration & Maintenance application to the Identity & Authorisation interface – AEOS maps to the way people actually work. This also applies to AEOS Surveillance, this renewed web application gives users a clear overview at all times. This clarity reduces the chance of mistakes, while increasing security and responsiveness.

“The response to AEOS 3.0 has been incredible, and we're excited for clients to experience the new AEOS 3.1 with a clear and consistent design for all applications, “said Arjan Bouter, Nedap's director of sales. “Our clients need to protect their people, property, intellectual assets and reputation. And with AEOS 3.1 we believe customers can focus on what is most important – a secure environment.”

The new 3.1 application will be demonstrated at IFSEC, showing visitors the possibilities for managing access control, intrusion detection, video management, and locker management on one single platform, within one single application. A team of Nedap experts will be available on stand E1450 to meet with visitors and answer any questions.

Milestone Learning Portal offers tailored online training

Milestone Learning Portal offers tailored online training

Editor / Provider: Milestone Systems | Updated: 6/11/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Milestone Systems has created the Milestone Learning Portal for online education to train and certify industry professionals on the technical and commercial details of Milestone product offerings. The portal contains a variety of online resources designed to enhance a flexible, self-directed learning experience.

Created for professionals in the physical security and surveillance industry, the Milestone Learning Portal provides a knowledge environment for all members of the Milestone community: system integrators, consultants, IT professionals, security dealers, Milestone distributors, strategic partners and end users. It features online training and certification programs that have been specifically tailored to meet educational needs at every level of technical competence and practical know-how.

Each user enrolled in the Milestone Learning Portal is able to proceed at his/her preferred pace and to track individual progress. This flexibility allows the learning experience to be adapted to the needs and availability of each person. Participants in instructor-led Milestone training and certification programs can also access course materials and additional resources anytime.

The Milestone Learning Portal offers access to the same materials used in Milestone's instructor-led courses, in addition to the continuously expanding selection of online course options. Current course and material offerings include: Milestone Fundamentals Course and Assessment (online), Milestone Professional Course and Certification Test (online), course materials for Milestone Professional, Advanced, and Expert Certifications (classes held in person).

“The Milestone Learning Portal supports the mission of our Milestone Knowledge Program to provide the highest standard of educational services to our ecosystem partners, to enable members of the Milestone community to develop and maintain a high level of competence in the areas of physical security and video surveillance,” states Eric Fullerton, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Milestone Systems. “Such knowledge keeps people on top of the latest advancements and helps ensure that customers are more satisfied with their installations.”

Milestone partners can hone skill developments in sales, product licensing, installation, and configuration of MilestoneXProtect VMS offerings. Re-certification options are available for maintaining their Milestone partner status and professional competencies. Continuing education credits like BICSI will be available for a selection of the courses.

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