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Protected against harsh environments

Protected against harsh environments

Editor / Provider: William Pao, a&s International | Updated: 1/27/2015 | Article type: Tech Corner

When it's pouring outside, or the temperature hits -10 degrees, you want to make sure your surveillance equipment is still working properly. Nowadays, equipment for critical environments — those that are subject to water, dust, winds, sand, salt, or extreme climatic patterns — is built with durability in mind and can effectively withstand harsh conditions. This way, users can rest assured that their products will work normally no matter how tough the surroundings get.

Surveillance equipment isn't just for homes or offices. Sometimes, it is founded in some of the harshest and most unrelenting places in order to keep premises safe and secure. Whether it's set up on a maritime oil drilling platform or somewhere in the Middle East where summer temperatures may easily hit 50 degrees Celsius, equipment must be hardened and ruggedized to be able to perform smoothly and provide maximal safety for users.

International Standards
To help users understand whether certain products are suitable for certain conditions, several international standards have been formulated to indicate how effectively they can work in environments prone to water, dust, explosions, and impact. Some of these standards are listed below.

IP
IP or ingress protection ratings specify how capable equipment can withstand the ingress, or entry, of foreign solids or water. An IP denotation is usually consisted of two numerals, with the first indicating the protection of equipment against solid foreign bodies and the second indicating protection against water. For critical environment equipment, it should be rated IP66 to IP68 as opposed to IP32 to IP54 for indoor settings. A similar rating system, published by National Electrical Manufacturer Association (NEMA), specifies protection of electronic equipment against external ice, corrosive materials, and oil immersion in addition to dust and water.

Hazardous Areas
Hazardous locations are specified under different rating systems around the world. For critical environment equipment, it should be able to work well in areas designated as Class 1 Division 2 Group A or B in North America, or as Gas Group IIC in Europe. Both indicate places where easily flammable gases and vapors, such as hydrogen and acetylene, are present.

IK
The IK rating system is used to denote protection of equipment against impact produced by either a natural disaster or vandalism. It ranges from IK00, or no protection, to IK10, or protection against 20-joule impact, equivalent to the impact of a 5-kilogram mass dropped from 400 millimeters above impacted surface.

Others
Winds are categorized by their speed on the so-called Beaufort Scale. Equipment in critical environments should resist winds of up 61.2 meters per second, or No. 17 on the scale.

This is in contrast to typical equipment that only needs to work well in 41.4 meters-per-second winds, or No. 13 on the scale. Meanwhile, given temperatures often get extremely high or low in critical environments, equipment must be able to withstand these conditions. While typical equipment should have a working temperature range from -10 to 60 degrees Celsius, critical environment products should be able to work in a range between -40 and 70 degrees Celsius. For special equipment in factories monitoring boilers or furnaces, it must be able to withstand high temperatures from 300 to 1,000 degrees Celsius.

Hardened and Ruggedized
When security equipment is installed in critical areas for whatever purpose it's designed for — video surveillance, access control, or intrusion detection — it must be toughened to weather adverse conditions. Special technologies or materials, for example epoxy resin, polyamide, and aluminum alloys, are used to make the products work well in regions or vertical markets that call for hardened, ruggedized equipment.

Video Surveillance
Cameras are needed not just in commercial or residential settings but also in places that are subject to danger or extreme weather conditions. “There's high customer demand for rugged, environmental performance,” said Craig Dahlman, Director of IP Camera Products at Pelco by Schneider Electric.

“Rugged, fortified systems are needed to protect delicate and valuable camera and optics packages.” To meet that demand, Pelco by Schneider Electric has manufactured a series of products that are able to withstand explosions, water and dust ingression, fog, high and low temperatures, winds of up to 57 meters per second, and corrosion by salt and different types of chemicals.

Various cutting-edge technologies have been adopted to make those features possible. For example, certain products feature the pressurized integrated optics cartridge (IOC) technology, which protects the equipment from moisture and airborne contaminants and packages an auto-focus camera, lens, heater, and sensors in a small, self-contained, and sealed unit. Dry nitrogen pressurized to 10 pounds per square inch gauge (PSIG) protects the environment inside the cartridge, whereby sensors strategically placed in the cartridge send an alert message if changes in pressure, temperature, or humidity are beyond factory-set acceptable limits.

Certain models also feature heater, window defroster, sun shroud, and thermal insulation blanket to enable operation in temperature conditions ranging from as low as -46 degrees Celsius to over 49. In the event of a power failure during an ice storm, the entire unit can deice itself and become operational in just two hours after regaining power at a temperature as low as -25 degrees Celsius.

“Video security and surveillance is a mission-critical application … and there is a global demand for these products, particularly in hot dry areas, cold wet areas, marine environments, and humid environments,” Dahlman said.

Illumination products supplement video cameras by providing the necessary lighting and are sometimes placed in critical environments as well. “Housed in marine grade aluminum with a toughened glass window … our critical environment products have a wide operating temperature range from -52 degrees Celsius to 55. Our thermal management system achieves up to 60 percent better heat dissipation than other LED luminaires with a significantly cooler operating temperature,” said Barry Thompson, Head of Hazardous Area Division at Raytec.

These features make Raytec lighting products ideal for a variety of verticals and regions. “We are currently delivering illumination in a vast number of challenging and remote applications across the globe, such as oil fields in Kuwait and Dubai, oil pipelines in North Africa, and offshore platforms in UK and various Middle East regions,” Thompson said.

Access Control
No stringent requirements are demanded of access control readers for commercial or residential applications. But when placed on the outside or in a critical environment, that's a different story.

“The reader has to withstand torrential rain in an outdoor installation,” said Tom Su, Sales Manager at Hundure Technology, which is set to release an IP66 reader. “Plus, it has to be durable enough to be able to work properly in the long term in a harsh environment and withstand human-made damage.”

Materials play an important part in toughening the products. Hundure, for example, uses as a main ingredient epoxy resin, which is an excellent electrical insulator and protects electrical components from short circuiting, dust, and moisture. “We have epoxy inside the reader to make it totally waterproof for outdoor installations,” Su said. Potting, or the filling of a complete electronic assembly with a solid or gelatinous compound for resistance to shock, vibration, moisture, and corrosive agents, is also used during the manufacturing process. “We use potting material for the majority of our readers, which seal them from any kind of water penetration,” said Steven Katanas, Director of Sales for Australia and New Zealand at HID Global. “Potting completely encases all electronics and stands up well to many harsh outdoor environments. An outer case might get beat up a bit, but the inner electronics are durable.”

The other critical element in an access control system, namely the cards, should not be overlooked, either. “Some cards use more durable materials than others. For instance, a line of our smart cards use an ABS shell construction for durability in harsh environments, and can be used in diverse applications including physical access control, PC logon, biometric authentication, time and attendance, cashless vending, public transportation, airline ticketing, and customer loyalty programs,” Katanas said.

Perimeter Intrusion Detection
Perimeter intrusion detection systems (PIDSs) are almost always placed on the outside of important premises such as airports, power plants, and certain government facilities. Sometimes equipment is deployed at places with highly intensive electromagnetic waves, and electromagnetic interference (EMI) may occur. PIDSs with EMI-resistant capabilities are therefore a plus. “One of our perimeter security taut-wire products was installed around a Radio Free Europe site, which transmits one megawatt power of short wave radio using curtain array antenna. These are extreme RF condition,” said Hagai Katz, Senior VP Marketing and DB at Magal Security Systems. “The most demanding conditions were for sections of the fence, which happen to reside right below the antennas' feeders, absorbing very high radio frequency radiation. In spite of all, the system has managed to perform perfectly.”

Heavy winds are also a threat to equipment or products placed on the outside, and manufacturers have different ways to overcome that. For example, Navtech Radar, which makes radar-based PIDSs, puts all the moving parts inside wind-resistant enclosures. “Normally if you have a rotating part exposed to the wind, then the wind pushes on that rotating part, moving it in a way you don't want it to move,” said Philip Avery, MD of Navtech Radar. “All our rotating parts are inside an enclosure. There is a plastic radome that protects the rotating parts from the wind and other elements.”

Any fixings — connectors, screws, and others — that hold the radar together should also be protected. Navtech Radar, for example, is considering putting plastic coating on the connectors to protect them from corrosion, which may occur at heavily corrosive environments like road tunnels.

“Different parts of the radar are bolted together using screws, and the last thing you want is to have those screws heavily corroded so the radar will fall apart,” Avery said. “You need to make sure that not only the main body of your system is made of the right material, but the fixings that hold it together are also made of the right material.”

Door Phones/Intercom/PA
Placed at the entries of residences, door phones should be able to adapt to various local climatic conditions. “Our products are used in high-temperature regions such as the Middle East and Africa, and also used in low-temperature areas like Russia or Scandinavian countries,” said Yoshi Nishiyama, who works for the international sales department of Aiphone. “Regarding the materials, we use environmental friendly materials complying with WEEE & RoHS. And the plastic materials we use are self-extinguishing materials against fire. All the metal materials for door phone units are designed against vandalism, and they have protection against water, sunlight, acids, and so on.”

For intercom and PA manufacturer Zenitel, it chooses polyamide as the material for making its industrial-grade PA call panels and intercom stations.

“Initially, our PA system was designed for the oil and gas industry and marine vessels. Polyamide is resistant to corrosion, so it's suitable for marine environments. Also that material is quite strong so it can withstand impact,” said Piet De Vriendt, Commercial Product Manager for Vingtor-Stentofon at Zenitel. “Fewer and fewer companies are making intercom stations out of metal for industrial applications, as new technologies have improved for polyamide, which is also better for corrosion and chemical resistance.”

Thing to Look for During Installation
For critical environment installations, a rule of thumb is to get products that are rated for conditions worse than where the equipment is being installed. “At the very least, users should make sure they are not installing equipment that is rated for a temperature- and humidity-controlled environment into an area where there will be considerable heat and moisture fluctuation,” HID's Katanas said.

Integrators should also help clients build an infrastructure that presumes and prepares for changes in the future, including ensuring durable performance in harsh environments. “This requires a platform that is dynamic, open, and adaptable, and that ensures security is independent of hardware and media so that organizations can evolve their infrastructure to meet tomorrow's needs,” he said.

With security products becoming increasingly network-centric, how to protect the network infrastructure in critical areas is also important. Some countries or regions even have rules about how IP-based equipment should be installed.

“The Middle East has requirements for transmission equipment that can tolerate very high temperatures. In India we have the same requirements, and in both markets high winds, dust, and sand are an issue, which the transmission equipment must also be able to withstand,” said Sara Bullock, Business Development Director at AMG Systems, adding her company has devoted much R&D efforts on heat reduction.“Our products carry many interfaces within the same box, which dramatically reduces the equipment required at the remote position, which in turn reduces heat within the cabinets,” she said. “A critical factor is airflow. Our products have ventilation slots on the casing, and as long as they are mounted in the correct way, they allow airflow to be forced up through the units.”

Zenitel's De Vriendt stressed the importance of collaborating with someone who is strong at IP setup in harsh conditions. “The most important advice we can give to integrators and installers is to have good cooperation with the consultants who specify the system and to work with companies that have experience with setting up IP networks in these environments,” he said.

Built With Durability
Today's surveillance equipment is built with durability in mind, able to resist various harsh environments to satisfy users' needs. With an understanding in these products, and knowledge on how they should be set up properly, users can have full assurance that their surveillance systems will run smoothly in the midst of inclement conditions.

Banks cash in on integrated, scalable systems

Banks cash in on integrated, scalable systems

Editor / Provider: Israel Gogol, Freelancer, a&s International | Updated: 1/27/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

In recent years the most talked-about security threats to banks have been cybercrimes and fraud. Though it seems that traditional security systems are no longer in the spotlight; banks still make substantial investment in their physical security systems. Changes in the design and layout of banks as well as banks' desire to make the most out of their installed systems have great impact on the design and implementation of current security systems.

Banks hold the great responsibility of keeping our money safe. Even though most of this money is now in the form of electronic bits and bytes, banks are still one of the first associations when we think of security and surveillance systems.

Banks usually balance the mix of their security systems between discrete and unobtrusive systems such as emergency buttons and small hidden cameras (e.g., at the counter area or an ATM pinhole camera) and more visible measures such as guards and larger cameras. The visible security systems serve a double purpose, both deterring potential violators as well as giving customers a feeling the bank is indeed a safe place to keep their money. Surveillance systems installed in banks will usually combine several cameras with different functionality. Outside the bank infrared cameras will provide day and night monitoring. Inside the branch, dome and bullet cameras are used for lobby and counter monitoring for clear picture capturing and forensic evidence. The main purpose of these cameras is to prevent illegal intrusion by unauthorized people as well as monitoring the office environment to prevent property loss.

CHALLENGES OF THE BANKING VERTICAL
A major obstacle facing security companies and systems integrators is aligning the security needs of individual branch locations with the requirements outlined by the corporate headquarters. “Securing the bank branches themselves is different from securing a corporate headquarters or data center location, as branches are more often the targets for criminals since it's assumed that's where the money is located,” explained Matt Frowert, Director of Marketing for Financial Services at Tyco Integrated Security. Therefore, the standard level of security and defense are more in-depth at a branch than for a corporate office. Many times legacy systems, or different versions of the same platform, may be found in different regional branches of the same institution within a country, which makes centralized management difficult. In addition, there may be internal resistance to changes or upgrades that the corporate standards demand due to funding constraints, or the local staff being inexperienced and lacking training regarding proper security measures and systems. Another challenge may simply be a matter of timing and scheduling; implementing major technology upgrades across very large financial institutions with many branches and offices.

NEW BANK LAYOUTS
In recent years banks have been changing their traditional set-up to be more appealing to customers. There are more “light” branches located inside shopping malls and supermarkets. Traditional branch layout and design have also changed and now include more open floor plans and fewer staff which are tasked with broader responsibilities. “More in-branch automation and systems found in these new types of banks very likely means that they may not have the same levels of cash that traditional branches have,” added Frowert. “During a robbery attempt, the suspect may be confused when he discovers there is limited teller cash and no safe like there would be in a traditional bank set-up. These new frameworks for bank branches will affect the security of the customers themselves and the bank's security model for protection,” he explained.

As a result, emphasis is placed on new systems that offer increased ATM protection through anti-skimming technology, access control, and proper lighting measures for ATM vestibules to help ensure customers are properly protected.

BENEFITS OF INTEGRATED SYSTEMS FOR BANKS
Like any other enterprise, banks require their systems provide security, safety, efficiency, and cost saving. “Normally, powerful VMS software can integrate four systems, such as video monitors, access control, alarm systems, and the intercom system, which are used to communicate with bank clients at other locations, for example using an ATM at a different site,” said Nathan Chen, Solution and Product Manager at Dahua Technology. In turn, each system includes several components: alarm systems for example will include fire alarms, seismic sensors to detect if someone is digging into the bank, and emergency buttons. Access control systems will combine card readers, biometrics, magnetic door sensors, etc. This provides banks with an integrated solution instead of four stand-alone systems. In addition, sensors such as smoke detectors or temperature sensors are now built in the cameras and can send alarms directly to the DVR system. This way the bank can benefit from having several sensors on one platform and cut costs.

Systems integration is also critical for protection against insider threats by employees which can be very costly. “An increasingly popular step in mitigating insider threats through an integrated security system includes linking access control to identity management,” explained Frowert. By integrating these systems, financial institutions can restrict employee access to sensitive areas, track entry/exit times by employee or department, and use a log correlation engine or security information and event management (SIEM) system to log, monitor, and audit employee actions. By monitoring these types of systems, managers may notice individual employees trying to access part of the building they are not authorized for, which is activity they can then flag and subsequently continue to monitor the employee's behavior for other activity that might lead to an insider incident.

HYBRID DVRs AND NVRs
Hybrid DVRs and NVRs allow the integration of both existing analog cameras and newer IP cameras. The use of hybrid DVRs and NVRs can therefore help banks make the most out of their existing legacy systems and give them the flexibility they need in adding more cameras or testing new cameras and technologies.

“Our customers are interested in how they can protect their investments in legacy infrastructure while also taking advantage of the benefits of newer technology. There is an increasing move towards new NVRs because they can prolong the use of video surveillance systems as well as provide enhanced features to end users,” iterated Stefano Torri, European Sales Director of March Networks (an Infinova Company). These provide both analog and IP camera support and allow organizations to test and deploy IP cameras selectively, alongside existing analog cameras. “Banks are thinking about the broader benefits of the technology they use, so for example, NVR technology provides advances in video compression and storage management compared to earlier DVRs, and the use of H.264 compression, optimized to limit video signal noise, makes images clearer while reducing the use of bandwidth and storage. These things are important if a bank wants to tag video based on user-defined criteria, such as motion detection, transaction events, or alarms. Software that delivers intelligence and analytics is also a growing trend amongst banks and financial institutions,” he added.

ANALYTICS
An example of an analytics function used in banks is loitering detection, detecting for instance when a person lingers around an ATM machine. If such an event is detected, security personnel can then access the video recording in real-time and make a decision if further action is needed. Analytics can also provide information on customer behaviors (e.g., people counting, queue monitoring) which can be shared across the organization to improve not only security surveillance but also customer service and marketing. For example banks can analyze dwell and wait time at branches and change branch staffing appropriately to make sure there are enough tellers to service the waiting clients.

Apart from connecting the different systems in the branches, banks can also share information between locations. This feature has been gaining traction and makes security more comprehensive. Intelligent video applications allow an internal investigator to track fraudulent transactions and alert branches. “For example, entering a stolen card number into the system will deliver brief video clips of every associated transaction from anywhere across the entire retail banking network,” explained Torri. Not only can security managers easily export this information to branch managers, but they can also present it as integrated case evidence to the police.

KEYLESS ENTRY
Apart from using video analytics, banks are using intrusion detection and keyless entry to improve security measures and increase cost effectiveness. Replacing or re-keying traditional locks can cost a bank up to US$3 million in just one year. To mitigate the risks and costs associated with using traditional keys, banks are implementing new, wireless locks which work with inexpensive access cards to open entry doors. These new technologies also provide audit friendly reporting for the activities of any individual or of a specific entry point in the branch.

OPPORTUNITIES IN BANKING
Banks are relatively conservative players in the security market usually waiting to implement tried and tested solutions. Due to their large scale and many sites, frequent changes of security systems are not likely. Therefore solutions that help banks take advantage of their existing systems, integrate several functionalities together, and introduce newer technologies will be the choice for the banking vertical.

5 Tips for a Successful Security Installation in Banking
Matt Frowert, Director of Marketing for Financial Services at Tyco Integrated Security, provided the following five tips for banks when deploying a security surveillance system.

  1. Find an experienced integrator who specializes in bank physical security. 
  2.  Look for a partner who can support everything from single bank branches all the way up to money center banking models (banks who deal with governments, large corporations, and other banks).
  3. Network with security affinity groups of industry organizations, like the American Bankers Association, to receive recommendations on vendors from other banks in your area.
  4. Standardize on leading access, video, and intrusion systems supported by vendors that have a track record of investing in technology. 
  5. Invest in communication with and training of banking staff to enable them to effectively use the systems (e.g., arming the alarms at the branch level, managing the distribution of codes at the branch level, etc.).

Vanderbilt provides high-level security for Crider Foods

Vanderbilt provides high-level security for Crider Foods

Editor / Provider: Vanderbilt Industries | Updated: 1/22/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Vanderbilt Industries, a global leader providing state-of-the-art security systems, announced that Crider Foods, Stillmore, GA, relies on Vanderbilt Industries SMS Access Control system to provide security for its large production and processing facilities. Tutela, out of Brunswick, GA, is the integrator and installer on this long-running project.

Privately owned and operated, Crider Foods represents a commitment to quality, food safety and customer service. The Crider Foods Canning Facility was opened in Stillmore, GA after a fire destroyed their Augusta plant. In 2003, a “Fully Cooked” plant was added. Crider Foods is committed to being a leader in canning proteins and in its fully cooked operation. Crider is always investing in equipment and expertise to ensure continuous improvements.

After completion of the canning plant, Crider contracted with Vanderbilt and Tutela to set up a high-level security system. To date, the Vanderbilt SMS system manages access for over 500 employees and contractors at approximately 150 contact points spread over 11 locations at the Stillmore campus. Locations include the fully cook plant, company headquarters, the visitor's Lodge, canning plant, cooler building, transportation building, warehouses and others.

'The Vanderbilt system enables us to manage employees so that they can access only the areas where they have been scheduled to work,
when they are scheduled to work.
We also have the flexibility to easily change those access privileges as needed, at any time,' said Ron Sasser, Crider's IT Director.

“Our security system is absolutely critical to helping assure compliance to all the health and safety rules and regulations we have in the food production industry,” explained Ron Sasser, Crider's IT Director, who also oversees security. “We are committed to an extremely high level of access control management to prevent any cross contamination of our products.”

Sasser continued, “Our priority is to limit access for all our employees as to where they can go in the facility. The Vanderbilt system enables us to manage employees so that they can access only the areas where they have been scheduled to work, when they are scheduled to work. We also have the flexibility to easily change those access privileges as needed, at any time.”

Crider also uses their Vanderbilt access control system to verify time and attendance information. If an employee doesn't punch in, Sasser and staff can use the system to verify when any employee has entered the property. In addition to controlling access to buildings and within buildings, Crider employs guards at the facility's road entrances to verify all vehicles coming onto the property.

While asset protection is always an issue, for Crider Foods the number one priority is achieving full compliance with food and safety regulations in order to achieve the highest level of Safe Quality Food (SQF) Certification. Crider has succeeded in gaining SQF, Level 3. “Only a few companies reach this level,” explained Sasser. “To reach such a certification level, we carefully control the movement of all individuals within the complex, and this means, for example, restricting access to chemicals and to the roofs of our buildings, among other sensitive areas.”

Crider also deploys 100 IP video surveillance cameras to keep any eye on operations. “Cameras are helpful,” said Sasser, “but you have to start with access. My access control system tells me who I'm seeing on the video. Now, I know who someone is, because the access control system puts them in that location. Without access control, the cameras are only so good.”

“The Vanderbilt system is working well, it's doing everything it is supposed to do. We've used it for so many years, and Tutela has been very good taking care of any issues and system expansion needs along the way. If we have a need, this team gets it taken care of. “

The Vanderbilt system, under Tutela's watchful installation and administration, provides a layered level of security starting from the minute one steps onto the Crider property, down to limiting access to chemical storage. The system supplements time and attendance data and provides documentation for OSHA reporting. But, at the end of the day, Crider's high-level security system provides management the tools they need to achieve one of the highest Safe Quality Food (SQF) Certification levels in the industry, and that's worth a great deal in proof of product quality and company reputation.

The City of Venice chooses Avigilon to protect city's residents, visitors, and historic architecture

The City of Venice chooses Avigilon to protect city's residents, visitors, and historic architecture

Editor / Provider: Avigilon | Updated: 1/19/2015 | Article type: Government & Public Services

Challenge
One of Italy's most scenic cities needed to deploy an advanced HD video surveillance solution that could provide safety for its residents and tourists, protect historic buildings and landmarks from vandalism, and meet the city's multiple regulations.

Solution
Security personnel for the City of Venice manage their HD video surveillance system from the city's police telecommunications and video surveillance operations center that spans two rooms and has a total of 12 full HD 55-inch monitors installed on the wall. Additional client control centers are located in an inter-police force center in the Piazza San Marco, in the provincial operations center of the Carabinieri of Venice, and in the state police of Venice operations center. The City of Venice uses the Avigilon Control Center (ACC) Enterprise software with High Definition Stream Management (HDSM)™. This is the core of the central recording system, located at the city of Venice data center, managed by Venis, an information technology company based in the city. Avigilon 16 MP and 8 MP HD Pro cameras were installed to protect three important sites in Venice: Piazza Ferretto (the main square in Mestre), Piazza San Marco, and the Rialto Bridge. In addition, all video feeds from existing analogue cameras are converted to HD using Avigilon encoders. The city also uses Avigilon Network Video Recorders (NVRs) to store a minimum of seven days of continuous surveillance footage. The entire video surveillance network is based on an MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching) fiber optic infrastructure, built by Venis and owned by the City of Venice.

Benefits to the City of Venice
- Protect residents, tourists and historic architecture
- Save on staffing costs - Strengthen relationships with state police forces

Benefits of the Avigilon Solution
- Faster search times
- Provide indisputable evidence for incidents
- High-quality image detail

The City of Venice Chooses Avigilon HD Video Surveillance System to Protect City's Residents, Visitors and Historic Architecture
With its stunning architecture, canals and bridges, the City of Venice is universally considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world, attracting over 50,000 tourists per day. Located in Northeastern Italy, there are 118 small islands that are separated by canals and connected bridges. The City of Venice includes island and onshore territories and extends across the two distinct centers of Venice (on the Venice lagoon) and Mestre (onshore). Because of its unique landscape and artistic heritage, there are logistical problems associated with controlling the area. In a city like Venice, it is not only important to ensure the safety of its residents and tourists, but is also critical that the city secures its historic and world famous buildings. In the past, the Rialto Bridge had been vandalized by graffiti artists.

After years of relying on an outdated, analogue surveillance system, the city was ready to switch to a sophisticated, IP-based video solution that has an open platform. “The existing video surveillance system comprised of a city-owned system of approximately 60 analogue, low-resolution cameras which were very hard to analyze,” said Luciano Marini, Police Commander for the City of Venice, who also spoke of problems with the previous system's software and NVRs. “The video recording apparatus experienced frequent malfunctions that caused the partial loss of video feeds making it difficult to provide evidence in situations.” With the assistance of their security systems partner Venis, the City of Venice chose Avigilon because of the image quality and detail provided by the Avigilon cameras, and the efficient storage capabilities of the intuitive ACC software. Avigilon was also chosen because it is the only manufacturer capable of providing high-resolution cameras with a wide choice of lenses. “Other producers did not have comparable solutions in terms of resolution, nor did they offer the most suitable choice of lens for the type of frame,” said Commander Marini.

Superior Image Quality
In the Piazza San Marco, the two Avigilon 16 MP cameras were installed in St. Mark's Campanile, hidden inside the arcade. One camera provides coverage of the Piazza in the direction of the jetty on the San Marco dock and the other in the direction of the Ala Napoleonica (Napoleonic Wing) of the Correr Museum. “The use of high resolution cameras, like the 16 MP ones, gives us highly detailed images that can also be displayed while analyzing the recordings,” said Commander Marini, who states the image quality has been helpful to the police in solving crimes. “To obtain the same result, we would have had to install more cameras on neighboring monuments, with all the complications involved.” In the past, the city was forced to monitor key, high-traffic areas or areas subject to vandalism using multiple analogue cameras. “Using multiple cameras, it was easy to miss significant frames because of their position or being out of focus,” Commander Marini concludes. “The high-resolution fixed cameras, on the other hand, don't pose this problem: they are always in the correct position and they offer a high level of detail.”

Versatile and Scalable Solution
As a result of the Avigilon HD system's open platform, the City of Venice has been able to efficiently scale up their system in the last few years. With the assistance of Avigilon encoders, officials have been able to integrate existing analogue cameras and can now seamlessly manage all cameras under a single platform. The advanced search capabilities of the Avigilon Control Center (ACC) software have enabled officials to locate events in a fraction of the time of their previous system. “We find the ACC software to be very simple to use and it has helped us be a lot more efficient with our searches,” said Commander Marini, who is also impressed with the software's zooming capabilities. “The ability to display different parts of the same image with various zoom levels, and get those images in HD while continuously recording the entire frame is incredible.”

Effective Crime Fighting Tool
Identifying perpetrators of vandalism or crime by image analysis has been a key advantage of installing the Avigilon HD system. “The Avigilon system has on many occasions been a valuable aide to research operations, including for investigative purposes,” Commander Marini said. The high-resolution images have been beneficial in providing indisputable evidence for the city's police force. On top of the technical capabilities of the Avigilon HD solution, security personnel at the City of Venice also found the system to have an excellent price to performance ratio. “The benefits are seen on a daily basis,” concluded Commander Marini. “For example, in the field of fighting unlicensed trading in public areas, we now save on manpower. Previously we had to verify all reports of the presence of illegal traders but now we can constantly monitor the affected areas and intervene with certainty.”

Axis announces first temperature alarm cameras for remote monitoring of critical equipment

Axis announces first temperature alarm cameras for remote monitoring of critical equipment

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 1/16/2015 | Article type: Security 50

The outdoor-ready, bullet-style AXIS Q29 Series are Axis’ first temperature alarm cameras designed for remote monitoring of critical equipment, such as bulk storage sites, electrical sub stations or coal piles.

Axis Communications, the market leader in network video, introduces a new series of network cameras with remote temperature monitoring capabilities, AXIS Q29 Temperature Alarm Camera Series. With two available lens alternatives and a resolution of 336x256, the cameras allow remote monitoring of critical temperatures at both short and long distances.

“Since the launch of Axis’ first thermal security camera, we have had customers requesting network cameras that are also able to indicate the temperature of objects. The main application area for these cameras is to detect intruders, but also to remotely monitor critical equipment, server rooms or storage sites,” says Erik Frännlid, Axis’ Director of Product Management. AXIS Q2901-E Temperature Alarm Cameras can be used to monitor equipment’s temperature on a 24/7 basis to eliminate risks of overheating.”

With AXIS Q2901-E and AXIS Q2901-E PT Mount it is possible to set up multiple alarm zones, which send an alarm when the temperature reaches above or below a pre-configured threshold. To make it easy for the operator, the cameras provide visual aids, such as isothermal palettes and spot temperature capabilities, to fast predict failures by indicating problem areas before the issue becomes visible to the eye or before machinery stops working.

Thanks to features like one-cable installation and support for Power over Ethernet (IEEE 802.3af), AXIS Q29 Series is easy to install and can easily be integrated with existing security systems. AXIS Q2901-E PT Mount is an alternative model coming with support for RS485/RS422 serial port, which allows the camera to be easily mounted on a PT motor-head. The pan/tilt support enables a large area to be scanned for critical temperatures.

AXIS Q2901-E offers a wall bracket for installation on walls or ceiling. The latter camera also supports Axis’ Corridor Format, allowing the camera to deliver a vertical field of view, suitable to monitor server rooms or areas between piles or antennas. Axis temperature alarm cameras are mainly used for remote temperature monitoring with the possibility to set temperature alarms, but can also be used for detection, such as perimeter protection. AXIS Q29 Series can withstand harsh weather conditions and the casing offers protection from impact and vandal acts.

AXIS Q2901-E/Q2901-E PT Mount cameras are supported by the industry’s largest base of video management software through the Axis Application Development Partner Program, and AXIS Camera Station. The cameras include support for AXIS Camera Companion, AXIS Camera Application Platform, AXIS Video Hosting System and ONVIF for easy camera system integration and for application developers to provide the camera with intelligent capabilities.

Axis temperature alarm cameras are planned to be available in Q1 2015 through Axis distribution channels.

Bosch expands energy and building technology business with Climatec acquisition

Bosch expands energy and building technology business with Climatec acquisition

Editor / Provider: Bosch | Updated: 1/15/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Farmington Hills, MI - Robert Bosch North America Corporation has acquired Climatec, LLC, a leading provider of energy efficiency, building automation, security and life-safety solutions for the U.S. market. Headquartered in Phoenix, AZ, Climatec, LLC generated sales of 170 million dollars (128 million euros) in 2013. According to preliminary figures, Climatec increased its sales in 2014 to about 190 million dollars (143 million euros). The company employs some 670 associates at a total of twelve offices across Arizona, California, Nevada and Texas. Climatec has been majority-owned by Pegasus Capital Advisors, L.P. since April 2012. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“With the addition of Climatec, we are expanding our global presence especially in the growing North American market, strengthening our portfolio and becoming a comprehensive supplier of solutions in the area of energy, building automation and security services,” said Dr. Stefan Hartung, member of the Bosch board of management responsible for the Energy and Building Technology business sector. “The entrepreneurial spirit, industry expertise, customer focus and shared cultural values that have made Climatec successful are an excellent match for Bosch. Our heating, energy service, security systems, software, sensors and storage technology expertise, combined with the Climatec portfolio, positions Bosch to achieve Energy and Building Technology business sector sales of ten billion dollars (eight billion euros) in 2020.”

“Over its 40-year history, Climatec has established itself as a trusted provider of building comfort, safety and efficiency solutions across nearly all building segments. I was immediately impressed by Bosch's determination to create an environment that would preserve our business model and customer focus,” said Terry Keenen, president, Climatec, LLC. “I am confident that this acquisition will strengthen our position for sustained growth, benefitting our customers and employees.”

Integrated competencies for a growing market
The market for integrated energy services, building automation systems and system integration is growing significantly in the U.S. and around the world. As global energy needs have doubled over the last four decades, customer demand for energy efficiency has increased. And recent years have seen greater demand for comfort, connectivity and security. Rising energy costs, increasingly complex energy systems and a changing regulatory environment foster major growth opportunities in the residential and commercial building sector as well as the services segment. The Bosch Energy and Building Technology business sector combines several areas of expertise: broad technical systems know-how in video surveillance systems, intrusion and fire detection, access control, alarms, evacuation and public address systems, professional audio and conference systems, as well as water heating and comfort heating systems. As the global market leader in microelectromechanical sensors (MEMS), Bosch offers software and sensor technology for internet of things connectivity. The company also offers services for energy management, remote monitoring, and the handling of business processes.

Climatec is recognized in the building industry as an independent single-source integrator of critical building systems including energy services, building automation and security system integration in the U.S. market. The company provides consulting, planning, implementation and 24/7 remote management of comprehensive comfort, security, safety and efficiency solutions. Climatec is active in several market segments and industries including education, healthcare, the public sector, industrial/manufacturing, computing services, office buildings, federal, state and local government, hospitality and energy. Combining these strengths, Bosch can now offer customers a complete portfolio of networked and efficient energy, building automation and security solutions.

Climatec continues as largely independent entity
Climatec will operate as a largely independent entity, maintaining its offices in Arizona, California, Nevada and Texas. Operations will continue to be run by the same management team. Climatec will continue to represent and integrate numerous leading manufactures' product lines across its wide range of services, including Bosch products. As before, the Bosch Security Systems division, Fairport, NY, will continue to sell their security and safety products in the North American market through leading distributors and system integrators.

Global channel players get ready for solutions

Global channel players get ready for solutions

Editor / Provider: Editorial Dept, a&s International | Updated: 1/13/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

In the following, a&s interviewed several value-added distributors to see how they actually transformed to become value-added resellers, distributors and wholesalers. Locally, some provide better return merchandise authorization (RMA) and extra benefits for customers, such as free project consultation, warranty expansion, and free technical support. Some of them are also ready to launch solutions for customers, under their own brand names.

 

Aditya Khemka, CEO and Director, Aditya Infotech, India

Aditya Infotech (AIL), the technology arm of Aditya Group, is India's No.1 security products enterprise, delivering technology-driven security and video surveillance solutions with special expertise in electronic video surveillance products and solutions. AIL caters to 6,500-plus channel partners in more than 300 cities from 45 offices. Aditya Khemka, CEO and Director for Aditya Infotech, said, “In 2015, we will continue to consolidate our relationship with our business partners via best of services, be it pre-sales, designing, logistics, sales, service, commissioning, and tech support.”

Khemka also confirmed that the switch from devices to solution has been significant and was triggered by the complex surveillance needs of wider range of business verticals. He said, “Our channel community actively provided solutions and catered to the varied surveillance needs. We witnessed the introduction of wider range of cameras, which fit into every need — high resolution, hostile environment, fire, temperature, adverse weather, and so on. In 2015 as well, we will continue to focus on diversifying the range of products and solutions to cater to any custom needs.” CP PLUS launched a cloud-based free DDNS solution in 2014. With this service, DVRs can be configured and settings can be saved on the cloud. The latest trend in the security industry is integrated surveillance solutions. The company also provides a comprehensive, all-in-one, cost friendly, and comprehensive framework for specific needs. CP PLUS' latest home solution is a one-stop intelligent, integrated, and interactive solution.

Baltazar Zuniga, Director, TVC, Mexico

TVC is a professional and awarded security device wholesaler in Mexico for systems integrators, installers, and some local distributors. Being in the market for over 13 years, TVC has16 offices and branches in Mexico. Recently, the company just opened another new distribution center with a point of sales in Iztacalco, Mexico City, with almost 3,000 square meters.

Baltazar Zuniga, Director of TVC, said IP adoption in the Mexican market still remains very low, and IP is used mostly in large-scale, infrastructure, and government projects. The ratio for the number of IP versus analog systems is probably around 25 percent against 75 percent. There are several factors that cause the low IP adoption in this country: Mexico is a quite price-sensitive country, and also its IP infrastructure still couldn't be compared with other developed countries. Zuniga added, “It also explains why the latest HD-over-coaxial solutions, such as HDTVI and HDCVI, look very promising in Mexico.” Although the IP penetration is comparatively low in Mexico, TVC still has worked with several leading brands, such as VIVOTEK, for more than 10 years, and the company just recently started the partnership with Bosch.

In this price-sensitive country, TVC has started to become more focused in solutions since two years ago in order to get more involved in project markets. Zuniga said there are two ways for them to offer solutions. “One is through the original system/solution suppliers. For instance, VIVOTEK, Dahua, and Bosch provide solutions themselves. So, we just join them in the trainings for our channels. Otherwise, we cooperate with some suppliers to make some changes on the firmware in our device to make our products more compatible with other device. Recently, we tried developing a time-attendance system, particularly designed by ourselves through cooperation with ZKTECO. We worked with our own engineers to develop a time-attendance system using fingerprint recognition, and the connection can be through a cloud server. When the device sends the information to the server, the management in the headquarters can see all the information from the devices. With fingerprint recognition, the employees can freely go to any offices of the company.”

Maulik Shah, CEO, Facility Security Division, Autocop India

Autocop Facility Security Division, having a complete distribution and service network across India, is a one-stop-shop for all security and safety needs that caters to individuals and organizations across verticals. Maulik Shah, CEO for Facility Security Division at Autocop India said, “We have grown by 35 percent year-on-year and expect 40% growth in 2015. We have shed non-performing brands and been focusing on key brands and models to drive growth next year. We are also investing on refining technical and sales team and planning to expand in tier two cities. In addition, we would add brand-specific team members and business development teams for certain verticals.”

Maulik also said the company has moved from box selling concept to solution offering concept and is a valued-added distributor, offering technical end-to-end solutions, paid commissioning, and training services. He continued, “We are reaching out to key specifiers via roadshows and events and closely working on key projects that help partners win the case in their favor. We ensure that our partners are well trained and become more responsive in the areas where they are weak. We also reach out to end customers jointly and offer proof of concept, design assistance, and technical support. Recently, besides video surveillance, we also have added access and entrance control over last year which has given us new customer base.”

Leonard Tye Lee Yew, Business Development Director, Bricomp International, Malaysia and Singapore

Bricomp International, a major distributor in Malaysia and Singapore, has embarked on a transformation journey to become a total security solutions provider since 2011. Leonard Tye Lee Yew said the company has grown its team to include solution specialists and architects that can help customers design and tackle the most stringent requirements. “We've also spent many hours in educating our partners (systems integrators) in the latest IP solutions and technologies,” Tye said.

Introducing a partners' program is key to a successful relation with Bricomp's partners as this is a form of recognition to them. “Our partners' program includes the three main elements of support to our channel partners: sales and presales, marketing, and after-sales and technical. As projects become more complex, we have also started introducing professional services to our partners. In the event a partner needs a certified engineer to help with testing and commissioning, we can offer this option to them,” he said.

“We are also working with our partners to provide budgeting for customers planning to migrate to a hybrid/IP solution with the integration to electronic access control systems. The process is longer as educating the end-user about their options and the available technologies takes time. However, we find this segment very potential for real growth as systems start to age and products become obsolete and can no longer be supported/repaired,” he said.

Feodor Zhidomirov, CTO, Luis+ Security Systems, Russia

Luis+ Security Systems is the official distributor of many well-known Russian and foreign brands. The key points of its strategy are to work both in the field of simple distribution and in complex project realizations by selling affordable security products and supplying expensive security products. “We are the distribution partner for many Russian leading security manufacturers, such as Bolid, Argus-Spectr, PERCo, ITV-AXXON, and foreign leading security manufacturers such as Bosch, Honeywell, Pelco by Schneider Electric, Axis, Panasonic, Samsung, and Hikvision. We do not need to change anything in our strategy,” said Feodor Zhidomirov, CTO of Luis+ Security Systems. “We get a very high customers' satisfaction by suggesting complete security solutions to our customers via our strong marketing strategy, technical engineers, fair price, and technical training center that provides legal certification on different brands. We also develop our own OEM product lines: LTV (video surveillance) and LPA (PA),” Zhidomirov continued.

Mansour Farzaneh, Chairman, PFN Technology, Iran

PFN Technology is a major distributor of IP video surveillance and network devices in Iran. Mansour Farzaneh, Chairman of PFN Technology stated in 2015, there will be more challenges and competitions in the security market (Iran), which mostly comes from low cost brands like Chinese brands. “Our plan is to compete with them by reducing our cost, expanding warranty to three years, increasing free technical and marketing supports in training and exhibition, and free project consultant,” commented Farzaneh.

“We have free project consultants because we want to take care of our customers more. We want to have a more frequent communication with them to help find out what kinds of products and solutions are suitable for them since mostly the customers don't have enough product knowledge,” he continued. In addition, return merchandise authorization service and free technical support are also very important for us to get a project.

Moreover, to gain more market shares, “We need to provide our partners with solutions, not products only. We bundled cameras and NVRs as total video surveillance solutions for educational centers, hospitals, and healthcare offices. We also have developed and expanded our product range, for NVR, PoE switches, and software for better support for our partners.”

Rustu Arseven, GM, Tesan Iletisim A.S., Turkey

As a value-added distributor of many global brands, Rustu Arseven, GM, Tesan Iletisim A.S., Turkey shared the following: Tesan is unfortunately challenged by companies which import cheap, low-quality, and nonstandard equipment with false information in Turkey. With our sales, technical, and marketing teams we are able to stand strong against this price-oriented trend. As a result of our effort we have managed to grow 20 percent in security industry in 2014, compared to 2013. We are expecting to manage even better in 2015 due to our investments for especially Ttec surveillance systems, which is our own brand.

Tesan is already a value-added distributor which has more than 2,000 partners including resellers, systems integrators, and chain markets. We have been offering our brands to consumer, SMB, and enterprise markets. Next to our own brand Ttec, we have distributorships of so many global brands such as LILIN, Qnap, Engenius, Dell Sonicwall, Jabra, Zte, Billion, Panasonic (DECT phones), Sony (video conference), Energizer, Samsung (digital camera), Nikon (digital camera), and Verbatim (LED). With our extensive portfolio of network and telecom products we have been offering our partners the comfort of supplying all their communication and networking product needs from one point, as well as providing technical support even on the field most of the time. In addition to what we always have been doing, we have taken some aggressive actions with our Ttec brand and enhanced our surveillance system solutions in 2014.

Surveillance integration - why people matter

Surveillance integration - why people matter

Editor / Provider: Synectics | Updated: 1/13/2015 | Article type: Security 50

As investment in Middle East industrial, financial and critical infrastructure continues to rise, increasing protection of assets crucial to ongoing economic and social development is naturally becoming a higher a priority.

At Intersec 2015 in Dubai, global surveillance business Synectics will explain and demonstrate how achieving this is as much about people as it is about technology.

Paul Webb, Managing Director of Synectics, said: “The Middle East market is familiar with the concept of security systems integration – unifying multiple systems (CCTV, perimeter security, access control, emergency alarms etc.) into a single environment to streamline and enhance protection and operations. Advances in IP-based surveillance networks and HD camera technology have supported growth in this concept.

“But while integrated security represents a vital step forward in asset protection, collating information from disparate data streams in this way is only part of the equation. To fully maximize the opportunities this presents, it is necessary to understand the interplay between technology and personnel and then take action from that vantage point.

“How individuals and teams use and respond to data will ultimately dictate the security and operational outcomes for any site, whether that's an airport, gas plant or a city traffic network.”

In 2014, Synectics rolled-out its open and fully scalable Synergy 3 command and control software platform that integrates alarms and events, security and process control subsystems, surveillance, and other essential site systems. Crucially, the solution can be programmed to detect and understand potential threats by mining the data captured, and present that information to best guide appropriate action.

“It's about data ergonomics”, said David Aindow, Product and Technology Director at Synectics, “presenting the right data, in the right way, at the right time for the right people to act on it.

“This concept was integral to our development of Synergy 3, demonstrated by features such as the customisable Graphical User Interface (GUI), interactive mapping engine (with Geospatial Information System (GIS) technology), and dynamic workflow functionality to guide operators through required response procedures and protocols in specific situations.

“It's also the driving factor behind the latest enhancements we'll be highlighting at Intersec, specifically around task management – enhancements that help operators identify and enlist the skills required to resolve specific issues.

“For example, a single subsystem alert (perhaps form a perimeter fence) can now trigger immediate visual/audio feed correlating with the incident location, and an associated workflow programme to guide operators in responding. Operators can also cross-reference information received with a database of skillsets to identify appropriate first responders and issue coded alerts to the relevant personnel via SMS. On task completion, whatever that task may be, the responding personnel can then use mobile devices such as telephones and tablets to automatically update the control room operator accordingly.

“It's a solution that closes the loop on incident identification and response, and that's how ultimate protection and efficiency is achieved.”

Synectics will be demonstrating Synergy 3's mapping, workflow and integration capabilities at booth S1-D12, alongside its COEX™ C2000 TriMode and new C3000 HD IP camera stations.

The surveillance solutions specialist will also be demonstrating its Synergy Tablet which offers mobile situational awareness, taking the concept of personnel integration a step further by delivering system capabilities to operatives in the field.

Paul Webb concluded: “Intersec has always been a show about innovation and this year is no different. What's most exciting for us as a business though, is being able to meet customers face-to-face and demonstrate how innovation can marry with real world needs and practicalities in order to deliver tangible security and operational benefits.”

For further updates from Synectics regarding Intersec 2015, follow @synecticsglobal on Twitter

Expanded IP camera portfolio from Bosch makes professional surveillance easy for everyone

Expanded IP camera portfolio from Bosch makes professional surveillance easy for everyone

Editor / Provider: Bosch | Updated: 1/12/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

The recent release of the IP 2000, IP 4000 and IP 5000 camera families from Bosch Security Systems creates a comprehensive portfolio of IP cameras that make it easy for small and medium-sized organizations to set up professional surveillance solutions. With these cost-effective cameras, Bosch raises the bar and sets new standards in security and data management for everyday surveillance situations, including schools, hospitality sites, retail shops, commercial buildings and more.

The IP 5000 family offers resolutions up to five megapixel to make it easy to distinguish individuals or minor details, significantly increasing the effectiveness of retrospective analysis. For applications where cost is more important than fine scene details, the IP 4000 family offers 720p resolution. And, the IP 2000 family is ideal for small retail businesses, as it includes two-in-one solutions that combine a built-in passive infrared (PIR) sensor and a 720p HD IP video surveillance camera – guaranteeing easy identification of events or intruders day and night.

All cameras are equipped with Content Based Imaging Technology (CBIT) to tailor camera settings to scene contents. Depending on movement and varying light intensity, the camera settings are continuously and dynamically adjusted to ensure perfect exposure of objects of interest while reducing bitrate by up to 50 percent. Consequently, storage costs and network strain are reduced significantly without compromising video quality.

Video data can be stored in the cloud, on a network video recorder like the DIVAR IP 2000 recording solution from Bosch, or on the built-in SD card offered by many of the cameras. Users can easily access video data and control cameras with the free Video Client or Video Security app from Bosch. The Video Security app combined with Dynamic Transcoding technology delivers both smooth live video streaming and instant access to HD images when needed, regardless of available bandwidth. Users can easily control cameras and view live video streams and HD images via a mobile device anytime and from anywhere. The IP 2000, IP 4000, and IP 5000 cameras support Dynamic Transcoding when used with a DIVAR IP recording solution or VIDEOJET transcoder from Bosch.

The cameras also work seamlessly with security software and recording solutions from Bosch and many other industry providers. This is backed by ONVIF conformance (Open Network Video Interface Forum) and the Integration Partner Program (IPP), which gives developers immediate access to software development tools to easily integrate Bosch products with third-party systems.

Transportation vertical sets eyes on integrated and intelligent solution

Transportation vertical sets eyes on integrated and intelligent solution

Editor / Provider: Michelle Chu | Updated: 1/6/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

Transportation holds the key to the development of a city, ranging from public transport such as buses, trams, metro, trains, airlines, to waterways infrastructures and even terminals for passengers and cargos. As far as most of the governments are concerned, transportation security is the utmost prior issue when it comes to providing a safe and secure environment for their citizens. However, transportation security is a rather broad concept, in terms of security systems deployments, there are more details that we need to look into.

For rail and metro, they usually require a set of comprehensive and centralized system that allows the authorities to make prompt and precise decision, control various systems simultaneously, and work collaboratively between multiple offices and departments at the same time when dealing with emergency or large-scale incident.

On the other hand, airway transportation usually faces with national security-level issues. “Airport security is one of the biggest challenges in modern times. They are extremely busy public places and, unfortunately, so are prime targets for terrorism and activism,” said Adlan Hussain, VP of Marketing at CNL Software. “If we look at security breaches at airports, we can see that it that the damage caused is very often at a national level and involves civilians from many nations.” In the airlines security, , more information needs to be integrated into a central management system – starting from passenger security, cargo and baggage, environmental systems, emergency management systems, to employees' management.

Different means of transportation may emphasize on different security needs and concerns; however, all of the demands are pointing at the same idea – intelligent and integrated system.

IP vs. Analog
In general, IP-based system is definitely leading the transportation applications, especially in the European and North American market. However, with advantages such as quality real-time monitoring without image delay at a relatively fair price, analog is still an ideal option for limited budgets and retrofit project. In fact, a considerably large demand on analog systems, like HDCVI, for transportation is seen in Asian countries, according to Terry Yuan, Product Director at Dahua.

Moreover, due to limited budget for retrofit project, requirement for both analog and IP systems, hybrid system, that can help the end users to seamlessly integrate their old equipment with new IP surveillance systems is trending, according to expert from EverFocus. “Often, transportation customers leverage government funding for security expansions or upgrades and budgets are restrained. Therefore, they may choose to utilize existing infrastructure while migrating to an IP system. As a manufacturer, it is important to be able to integrate with existing investments as closely as possible to help maximize older technology. When budget becomes available, IP cameras, for example, can easily replace older legacy technology,” said Ron Grinfeld, Director of Global Vertical Markets at DVTEL.

Purposes beyond Security
Sharing across departments creates added values
Video surveillance in the city has usually been used for multiple purposes across various departments. Other than transportation security, video surveillance system is served for operational and managing purposes such as monitoring traffic conditions. Furthermore, it also helps reduce false accusations of injury on the municipally owned transportation.

Therefore, it is crucial for the surveillance materials to be accessible by all related authorities. “The main requirement here is that any system used needs to provide a simple way of sharing video across many departments, without the need for custom applications or programs,” said Rob Hile, Director of Strategic Accounts at SureView Systems.

Advanced video surveillance solution
Transportation sector usually calls for a more integrated security solution that comes along with advanced intelligent function rather than pure surveillance monitoring system. For most of the transportation cases, the end users are dealing with an enormous area with numerous premises. Not only they have to make sure that the best service is provided, they have to keep hundreds or thousands of passengers safe and secure – only with integrated and intelligent surveillance systems they can effortlessly achieve this goal.

“Transportation entities are often geographically diverse, incorporating multiple facilities, open spaces, and large parking areas. Overall, security solutions for transportation markets need to ensure public safety, improve operational efficiency, and add global situational awareness for mission critical systems,” said Grinfeld. “More specifically, security needs to include crowd/queue monitoring and management in airports, mobile systems for buses, track security for train and subway stations, and loading dock security at seaports,” Grinfeld continued.

*Business efficiency
Moreover, effectively integrating business systems with video surveillance may create exponential business efficiency and added values. A video surveillance system is usually considered a cost of safety and security; however, with fine integration with business systems such as train ticketing systems and Flight Information Display Systems (FIDS), the security systems will become more valuable. “With video, you can verify who is using an access credential, such as a Transportation Worker Identification Credential, at various secure entry points. You can verify if ticketing kiosks are operating properly before dispatching service. You can overlay FIDS data over video recording at each individual gate to increase the service levels of the aircraft and make it simple to identify gate activity with associated flights, which then creates further business efficiency,” explained Joshua Phillips, Director of Product Marketing for Video & Situation Intelligence Solutions at Verint Systems.

*Enhance situational awareness: management efficiency and intelligent analysis
In order to enhance situational awareness, help the users to be capable of making proactive response to threats, and optimize staff, it is necessary to adopt advanced video surveillance solutions – video management software, high-resolution image quality, and video analysis are the most common and basic requirements. It is even better to be able to seamlessly incorporate security devices with operational systems, boosting efficiency for management purposes. “The ability to coordinate response personnel is key to minimizing the impact of incidents and also increases the perception of security,” highlighted Patrik Anderson, Director of Business Development in Transportation at Axis Communications.

IP-based systems inevitably, have been playing a crucial role in terms of security and incident management in the transportation sector due to surging requirement on intelligent analysis functions such as loitering detection, facial recognition, and crowd management. “By carefully applying intelligent video where cameras analyze the video, security operators will also benefit from an additional detection mechanism to detect incidents early and thereby increasing their ability to respond to an incident successfully before it escalates out of control,” said Anderson.

“With the intelligent analysis technology evolvement, the adoption of the intelligent function on camera is on the rise since the security and operation efficiency can be significantly enhanced,” said Steve Ma, Executive Vice President of VIVOTEK. “VIVOTEK has developed VADP (VIVOTEK Application development Platform), an open platform for integrating video analytic functionality within its cameras. With VADP, line crossing detection can be directly installed in VIVOTEK cameras. Users can pre-set several lines for detecting object crossing. This intelligent function is especially ideal for monitoring platforms in train stations or metro stations, enabling police or security staff to take actions proactively before any damage or tragedy occurs,” Ma continued.

 

 

 

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