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A new image for city Maceió

A new image for city Maceió

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 10/24/2014 | Article type: Infrastructure

Axis network cameras help Alagoas' government reduce crime rates, identify unregistered vehicles and raise driver awareness.

Mission
The Secretary of State for Social Protection has taken on the challenge of fighting crime and reducing violence and traffic accidents. Its investments have included the expansion of the number of local and military police and the installation of video surveillance systems, not only in the capital, but also in cities in the interior of Alagoas.

Solution
A total of 125 AXIS Q6034-E, AXIS P1354-E and AXIS P1344-E Network Cameras were installed across 26 of Maceio's 50 districts. These models include mobile cameras that can pan 360° and fixed cameras for reading license plates, which are considered one of the more advanced features of the project. The system also uses the SecurOS video management software solution from Intelligent Security Systems (ISS), an Axis partner, and uses Eyes Nwhere for OCR, along with HP storage servers and Enterasys core switches.

Result
The cameras installed in Alagoas have boosted the agility of security force activities. The video surveillance center allows effective monitoring of Social Defense intelligence targets in the fight against organized crime. Thanks to their HD quality, these images can be used as evidence in police investigations involving various types of crimes. And crime rates have been falling.

Optimizing human resources
According to the Core Unit of the Social Defense Integrated Operations Centers, when a camera records an incident the response procedure starts with the work of the camera operator monitoring a certain location. A supervisor is informed and they immediately engage the operations center. At the operations center, teams can use ten high resolution screens and individual computers to display everything that is happening at key strategic points around the city.

The supervisor is also responsible for defining what kind of public safety personnel (firefighters, military police or local police) are to be sent to the incident. Depending on the incident, images can be shared with other security agencies after undergoing an internal review. So the cameras optimize the use of public resources and serve the needs of the population.
The same thing happens at bars and restaurants that have a “panic button”, which is used in dangerous situations. When it is pushed, it triggers an alarm in the Military Police operations center - following a cooperation agreement between the Maceió Association of Bars and Restaurants (Abrasel) and police headquarters. The entire 125-camera project includes mobile cameras that can pan 360º and fixed cameras that are ideal for reading license plates. The design uses 98 AXIS Q6034-E PTZ Network Cameras, along with 22 AXIS P1344-E and five AXIS P1354-E Network Cameras, all with high definition resolution.

License plate reading
One of the main advantages of the project is its ability to monitor traffic so as to ensure good traffic flow and keep an eye out for accidents and crashes.
Cameras operate along the main roads in and out of the city with the support of radio operators, and the images are monitored at the Municipal Transport and Traffic Division headquarters.
The license plate cameras allow plates to be crosschecked against a database of stolen vehicles and can identity vehicles that have not paid their registration fees.

Homicides on the decline
“One of the biggest technical challenges of this project was to put the first phase on-line in 30 days. We needed to install 20 cameras and 100 km of fiber optics, set up the entire server infrastructure, and remodel the Control Center. We had to increase the number of staff in the field to get the work done on time,” says Edson J. Pires, Eyes Nwhere Director of Projects and Products.
Police statistics are already revealing the outcomes of the project. Intelligence from the State Department of Social Defense shows the drop in homicides in the state is due “to operations and measures taken by the state government in fighting crime”, through measures that include “the added value of technology used in this initiative, including video surveillance in the capital and elsewhere in the state,” a government official said. Amilton de Lucca, CEO of Eyes Nwhere said that sharing images among various agencies and coordinating the work of the government plays an essential role in achieving a significant reduction in violence. “In the places where the Axis cameras were installed, crimes has fallen by as much as 70 %. The population is feeling much safer,” explains Amilton.
The images of public roads are also helping to raise residents' awareness of traffic laws. Maceió's Superintendent of Transportation and Traffic has released videos captured by Axis cameras showing serious accidents on Maceió's main roads, such as Av. Durval de Goés Monteiro and Fernandes Lima—such as a scene where a vehicle runs a red light and collides with another. In making the videos public, the Secretariat said that “many accidents could be prevented and lives saved if drivers drove more carefully.”

Axis transportation security solution for Quito really counts

Axis transportation security solution for Quito really counts

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 10/20/2014 | Article type: Infrastructure

Quito among the first using people counting for improved municipal bus system.

Mission
In the capital city of Ecuador over 100 trolley buses move through the streets where modern skyscrapers share space with churches and other colonial-era architectural gems. The Trolleybus public transportation fleet – overseen and operated by the Quito Metropolitan Passenger Transportation Authority (QMPTA) – mobilizes a ridership of 250,000 passengers daily. The population's reliance on the bus system required a security solution that could guarantee total control over a service that runs 24 hours around the clock, 365 days a year.

Solution
Under this premise it was necessary to implement a video surveillance system that would allow for the monitoring of bus stops and terminals as well as manage people counting. The system installed consists of 142 AXIS P1344-E; AXIS P1343 and AXIS P5522-E Network Cameras set up by systems integrator BT Security, an Axis partner in Ecuador, and managed using Intelligent Security Systems' (ISS) SecurOS software.

Result
Implementation of a system-wide video surveillance solution has enabled centralized monitoring by the Collection and Operations department, thus providing a tool that has contributed to achieving improved transportation service to the communities throughout Quito and its neighboring municipalities. Advantages derived from the installation of the system include prior notification of events that could affect operations, and the compilation of legal evidence in the event of incidents.

Making history
The QMPTA provides uninterrupted service all year round. Its urban transportation network consists of interconnecting lines between intermediate transfer hubs and designated stops, making it possible for passengers to design their own routes and reach any area of the city for just one single fare.

The system consists of main lines operating in dedicated lanes with large-capacity buses that travel between the majority of stops and stations. In order to provide a high-resolution security system, Axis partner and systems integrator BT Security installed 92 AXIS P1344-E Network Cameras at stops and terminals, all streaming HD-quality video. “The objective was to provide coverage of the areas of monetary exchange and around the stops, with the goals of improving collections performance and user access to stations, as well as bolstering security within the facilities and increasing availability of buses during peak hours”, explained Andres Dueñas, Director of Integration & Automation Solutions at BT Security. According to Dueñas, “An alternative solution was required that would be capable of incorporating times and dates scattered throughout our own internal systems into the new system, which was necessary for us to carry over our headcount data.” The project put in place consisted of five cameras with each one running people-counting video analytics technology provided by ISS. However, overcoming the obstacles to implementing such an innovative solution was not achieved overnight.

“Tracking headcounts in the vicinity of open-air transportation stations was a real challenge, in terms of dealing with issues such as shadows, contrasts, elevated groups of people and areas that include permanent security personnel”, affirmed Daniel Mariño, ISS regional director. The major difficulties encountered centered on the effects caused by direct sunlight casting shadows within headcount zones – solved with the use of polarized glass in the vicinity of stations along with careful positioning of the AXIS P1344 cameras. “With the right engineering and careful camera selection, this is today a reality”, recounted Mariño. The system integrator also installed 23 AXIS P1343 Network Cameras in areas of monetary exchange and customer service for improved security throughout these sites. “And to complete the project we have installed 21 AXIS P5522-E Network Cameras in terminals and at selected stops with the objective of improving the availability of transportation as well as the perimeter security of the chosen sites,” said Andres Dueñas.

Incidents resolved
On average, around 30 lost items per month are found by service personnel, conductors and security guards at the stops and inside stations and buses. It's a job that requires the aid of technology.

The video surveillance network is administered, monitored and managed through the ISS SecurOS system, supported by five servers with an archival recording capacity of 20 days. It runs on a multi-server architecture, managed as one unified command and control system from the headquarters of the QMPTA, allowing for the management of live streaming and recorded video, panic buttons and motion detectors during unscheduled hours aided by the automatic display of alarms before operators so they can react immediately. “It has become a reliable, low-maintenance solution seeing that the platform itself maintains its systems and databases without the need for human intervention”, detailed Mariño. In addition, a team of seven operators monitors the system in a 7x18 format in order to be able to attend to any alarms triggered and anticipate events. All components integrated into the system are of premium quality, such as Category 6A structured cabling.

For Franklin Caranqui, QMPTA Technology Coordinator, another advantage of the system is to be able to access video that allows the community to identify and resolve incidents or events arising during the use of the public transportation system. Once the project was up and running, an impressive capacity to withstand varied conditions was observed in the cameras, resulting in benefits to the use of video analytics that demand a zero failure rate while maintaining the continuity of a service that's heavily relied upon by the population 365 days a year.

 

 

Hikvision and Western Digital host video surveillance seminar in the Middle East

Hikvision and Western Digital host video surveillance seminar in the Middle East

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 10/20/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision, one of the global leading suppliers of video surveillance products and solutions, hosted a joint seminar with Western Digital, the global supplier of hard drives, at the Ramada Hotel in Dubai on September 18. The seminar was held to promote the latest technologies from both companies: Hikvision's Turbo HD Analog Solution and WD's Purple hard drives, attracting over 100 security professionals from more than 50 companies.

The seminar consisted of two segments. The first segment featured presentations of Hikvision corporate development and its successful vertical applications, as well as a live demonstration of Hikvision's Turbo HD Analog Solution.

As a top-notch technology, Hikvision's Turbo HD Analog solution proves Hikvision's dedication to R&D and technological innovation. It enables up to 500m HD video transmission over existing coaxial cable and offers seamless compatibility with traditional SD cameras, HDTVI-compliant cameras and DVRs, as well as IP cameras. During the demonstration, the attendees were impressed by the product's image performance, system compatibility and rich features.

During the second segment, experts from WD introduced their latest Purple hard drives. Designed specifically for video surveillance units, these hard drives excel in new and existing home and small business security environments with up to eight hard drives and up to 32 high-definition (HD) video cameras. Further advantages of the product include up to 4TB of hard drive space, making the WD Purple the largest surveillance drive on the market.

“This seminar was a great success. It helps our customers better understand Hikvision technical capabilities and solutions available in the Middle East market,” commented Max Wei, General Manager of the Hikvision Middle East branch. “We are excited to be co-marketing with WD to showcase our latest technologies and products, and we look forward to working together with them in the future.”

“The storage and integrity of video surveillance data is a crucial aspect of modern security systems. This joint seminar allowed us to demonstrate the unsurpassed reliability, quality and peace of mind that the WD Purple hard drive offers Hikvision and security professionals when storing their valuable video data,” said Khwaja Saifuddin, Senior Sales Director for WD Middle East, Africa & South Asia. “The drive is designed with exclusive AllFrame technology to reduce video data errors and video interruptions. It is also durable for today's 24/7 always-on video surveillance applications amidst harsh environmental conditions.”

The keys to seamless healthcare solution

The keys to seamless healthcare solution

Editor / Provider: Michelle Chu | Updated: 10/20/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

In the terms of security for healthcare vertical, there are different phases needed to be taken care of. Unauthorized access to the patient's medical record or expensive medications and equipment will not only cost the hospital a great fortune but also jeopardize their reputation. However, it is important to make sure that the visitors, patients, and injured are easy to go around in the hospital.

The multifaceted security challenge that the healthcare organizations are now facing now is to maintain flexible access and safe environment for patients and visitors while increasing protection on confidential data, staffs, equipment, and medications, suggested by Brian Song, Managing Director at IDIS Europe.

However, facing a more competitive market, many hospitals are demanded to upgrade infrastructure and heavily invest in IT systems in keeping accordance with regulations, and even expand into new areas beyond the hospital, according to Josh Phillips, Director of Marketing of Enterprise and Critical Infrastructure at Verint. “All new projects are selecting IP to match extensive investments that hospitals are making in IT infrastructure,” Phillips emphasized. “Those with analog are considering migration strategies.”

Regarding to the complex security demands from healthcare sector, asmag.com is going to present some highlights from the industry aspects.

Integration of Key and Facilities Management
The high staff turnover rate in a hospital can lead to unauthorized copies of keys distributed to people. Meanwhile, different security levels are in demand throughout the hospitals – from perimeter security for the surrounded area to personal storage. It is crucial to be able to distinguish individual access authority; in the mean time, making sure that patients and visitors are at their most convenience during their staying in the hospital. Therefore, instead of manual managing procedure, a comprehensive access control system that can effectively assist the manager to cope with urgent incidents is preferable.

“Having a master key system that can be managed centrally allows staff with the necessary authority to access rooms, without having to waste time trying to locate the correct key or find out the correct pass code,” said Tina Hughan, Marketing Director for ASSA ABLOY UK. Furthermore, the systems need to be easy and intuitive for less experienced users to manage.

Nothing can be more troublesome when it comes to physical key management. Imagine how much trouble you will have to go through if a person who possesses the key to the medication cabinet has left the building. “Integrating key management with access control allows businesses to meet their key and asset protection needs by implementing advanced key management and locker systems to provide a total solution for security and facilities management,” mentioned Ross Bale, Business Development Manager in the UK at Nedap.

Meanwhile, better management on the lockers can also reduce the physical lockers and space needed. “By seamlessly integrating electronic locker management into the access control platform, it ensures that the maximum numbers of lockers are available for staff to use,” Bale continued.

IP System and Video Analytics is Dominating
Hospital is one of the sectors that require high efficiency the most. When it comes to bringing out the utmost efficiency, IP systems are definitely the most convenient option. “In today's market, a majority of healthcare facilities seek out IP-based surveillance solutions. These technologies offer far more functionalities and return-on-investment than their analog counterparts,” stated Jack Meltzer, Senior Director of Global A&E Program at DVTEL.

Not only is CMOS sensor able to deliver high-resolution images with more details, but the real-time recording can be used for video analysis and integrated with alarms, access control, and other systems, helping end users to take appropriate actions on emergency immediately. For instance, IP surveillance systems can integrate with infant tagging systems at the nursery section in a hospital, providing live monitoring and deterring potential criminal activities, according to Meltzer.

“Video management software is suggested to install considering that the recording, live media data, and instant playback can be operated on a single computer or separate computers according to the client's preferences,” said Steve Ma, Executive Vice President at VIVOTEK.

Speaking of surveillance camera deployed by healthcare sector, other than superior low-light performance, a discrete design of the camera is often highlighted due to the demand not only on ensuring patient's privacy and also for blending into surrounded design. “Small form-factors cameras and cameras with WDR function and good low-light performance are suggested since they can be easily blended into the interior design and able to capture clear image quality under challenging lighting conditions,” recommended Ma.

PSIM Has You Fully Covered
Besides adopting surveillance and access control systems that come with added values, integrating all security systems under the same platform is trending in this vertical.

Lacking of prompt response to emergency may cost tens to hundreds of life in a hospital, leading to devastating consequence. In order to shorten response time to incidents, it is essential to have comprehensive preparation for any possible emergent scenarios.

“A PSIM based security management system offers healthcare environments with a wide range of benefits such as increased situational awareness, which enables a Common Operating Picture for all security operatives, as well as correlating intelligence for real time verification of alarms. It also provides improved efficiencies, which can be achieved from a reduction in false alarms, the prioritization of the most appropriate security resources, and better guidance of response teams using both audio and visual intelligence and helps to reduce training requirements,” said James Candy, VP Technical Services, CNL Software. “Sophisticated post incident reporting and dashboards also provide valuable insights helping to improve the overall performance of security personnel, processes and infrastructure.”

What's Coming Up

Home Care Market is Full of Potential
A promising growth on IP surveillance can be expected in the healthcare sector. As the budget remains a main concern for most of the hospital security manager, IP solution, coming with lower cost of ownership, is much more attractive.

Moreover, while the global population continues to grow and it will be even more difficult to provide sufficient rooms for all of the patients, a new healthcare market is rising. “It will become more common for the elderly and sick people to stay at home and receive treatment and support from the comfort of their home environment,” Johan Åkesson, Business Development Director for Retail at Axis Communications. “Within the home care market the use of network video surveillance plays an important role, making it possible for hospital staff to monitor patients in their home, follow up on treatment and take action in case something happens.”

RFID Propels Innovative Applications
“The recent launch of Apple's long-awaited tap-to-pay technology on its new iPhone 6, using NFC (near field communication) based technology, makes the residency of contactless access control on smartphone seem quite tangible and not too far away. The innovative world of gesture technology is also set to make an impact on how individuals will be able to control a variety of RFID devices,” suggested Hughan.

 

Editor's Highlights - Case Studies

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Nedap responds to market demands with software and open standards in security solutions

Nedap responds to market demands with software and open standards in security solutions

Editor / Provider: Nedap | Updated: 10/17/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Nedap responds to new challenges in the field of security with the use of software components in security systems. These challenges arise from changing laws and regulations – such as the Act on Privacy, proposed by the European Commission – and increasing external threats, such as hackers. Under the influence of these changes, Security Managers have to deal with a completely new reality. During Security Essen, Nedap demonstrated how security systems can be directly adjusted to meet new requirements in the field of security by modifying software. Together with other opinion leaders in the industry, Nedap also considered the question of how to respond to new trends. Open standards and new software solutions play a crucial role here.

‘The security world is constantly changing and new laws and regulations can have a major impact on the design of a security system. The number of threats a security system must offer protection against is also constantly increasing. This is difficult with systems that are based on hardware and which are therefore fixed and closed. These systems cannot adapt to the new reality of the Security Manager', says Ruben Wegman, CEO of Nedap. ‘The only way to solve this is with software. Software modifications not only allow you to respond flexibly to current requirements, but also to new security issues in future.'

During Security Essen, Nedap showed that it is possible to respond easily to existing and future requirements by separating hardware and software. For example, by offering anti-passback as a software component, the security system can be adjusted directly to changing rules, without having to adjust hardware. Anti-passback ensures that a person cannot re-enter a building using an access badge unless the badge has first left the building. This prevents the access badge from being lent to other people.

Open standards for more flexibility
The use of open standards can also result in greater flexibility in organisations. For example, SOAA – the open standard for electronic offline locks – provides organisations with greater choice when it comes to offline locks and a more secure system. Until recently, it was hardly possible to combine multiple electronic offline locks from different suppliers into a single access control system. However, this is a requirement for many large European companies, who indicate that they will no longer be investing in these locks until there is some form of standardisation. During Security Essen, companies such as Assa Abloy, Uhlman & Zacher and Nedap showed what this standard means in practice. The open standard allows companies to easily integrate different brands of offline locks, meaning companies can now choose the product that best fits their needs. This provides the company freedom of choice and saves costs, as they are no longer tied to one supplier. The combination of open standards and software-based solutions enables companies to build on their current system, without having to constantly buy completely new systems.

Companies need a partner who can help them make a risk-free investment, and who will act as an advisor and keep them informed about new developments. Effective collaboration between suppliers is also important, partly to avoid integration problems. The integration of the new AXIS A1001 Door Controller with AEOS software is a good example of this.

Unifying city-wide surveillance systems

Unifying city-wide surveillance systems

Editor / Provider: Genetec | Updated: 10/15/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Pervez Siddiqui, director of strategic markets, explains how cities can take a collaborative approach to improve the safety and security of their citizens.

Thousands, if not millions, of citizens rely on local and national governments to keep them safe. Protecting the public from crime, safeguarding buildings from vandalism, or simply ensuring a city is running smoothly requires multiple public sector agencies to collaborate, consult with citizens and secure buy-in from private enterprises. By combining resources and standardising public safety efforts using Genetec's unified security platform Security Center, cities can break down silos across agencies, cost effectively enhance city-wide operations, expand surveillance coverage, and improve emergency preparedness and response times.

Genetec Security Center combines Omnicast internet protocol (IP) video surveillance, Synergis IP access control and AutoVu automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) systems to deliver greater situational awareness to security and law enforcement personnel. It standardises common security operations from multiple systems – such as monitoring, reporting, alarm management and configuration – and makes all tasks easily accessible via a single intuitive application. Using Omnicast's IP video management system, cities can identify threats and manage hundreds or thousands of high-definition, megapixel cameras, while reducing bandwidth costs. The Synergis IP access control system enables cities to leverage existing network and hardware investments to extend security coverage to municipal and historical buildings. The solution also provides efficient workflows and greater automation, which allows users to focus on monitoring critical tasks. Meanwhile, fixed or mobile ALPR cameras can be attached to intersection lights, buildings or law enforcement vehicles to track stolen cars, wanted felons, or amber alerts around the city. In addition, cities can use Security Center to implement a phased growth plan as each new budget cycle is launched, enabling cities to start by upgrading video surveillance and unify other key systems over time. For example, the solution can be used to improve access control for enhanced security and centralised personnel management; enhance licence plate recognition, hot lists and reads systems; and develop video analytics to identify misplaced objects or trip wires, and count people. Security Center can also be used to unify evidence management systems hosted in Microsoft Azure for Government, as well as Microsoft Aware Consoles for threat, investigation and intelligence management. Furthermore, Genetec's platform can be deployed to establish a multi-stakeholder model that brings together publicly and privately funded security systems in one centrally managed, cost-effective system via the solution's Federation feature. This allows cities to extend security coverage by accessing video streams from private entities in emergencies, while retaining the autonomy of each individual system.

The Federation model also enables public organisations – such as educational institutions, utilities services and municipal buildings – to provide police departments with full control of their security systems at the click of a button. Police departments can then view cameras, lock down facilities and respond to threats in an effective, efficient and timely manner.

To protect citizens' privacy, the Federation model ensures video evidence is managed responsibly by providing both broad and granular system privileges, audit trails, customisable user access rights for cameras or files and monitoring document incident handling. Digital signatures can also be added to video to ensure authentic evidence is used in court.

What's more, Genetec's security platform helps to transform officer smartphones or wearable cameras into mobile monitoring stations, which are linked back to the central control centre via mobile apps. Meanwhile, officers on the road can also tap into the city's systems from their vehicle-based laptops to enable them to proactively assess and prepare for emergency situations and improve response times, while ensuring they remain safe. In essence, cities wanting to capitalise on their existing hardware and multiple networks can use unified security platforms to upgrade analogue technology over time. Solutions like Genetec's Security Center help cities to expand their surveillance systems to include thousands of devices with ease – potentially reaching up to 300 cameras per server – and expand with cloud camera connections, while eliminating the cost of on-site storage hardware and servers.

What Genetec's customers are saying about Security Center

Ville de Forbach
Located in France, the city of Forbach chose Security Center to protect more than 100,000 citizens from local crime. Using Omnicast, the city manages a combination of fixed and multi-lens IP cameras suited for different environmental conditions, while Synergis controls access to the command centre. Plus, the map-based interface enables police officers to easily search for and retrieve video evidence, which has helped to justify the future expansion of the system.
“The ease of use and the speed at which we can retrieve information is extremely impressive,” says Michel Fersing, the city of Forbach's municipal police chief. “Today, I can say with full confidence that every national police officer leaves our department with video evidence, within minutes. Security Center has been an instrumental addition to our city's security and we could not be more pleased with our new unified platform.”

Sanford Public Safety Complex
Security Center has also been implemented in the US city of Sanford in Florida as part of a major upgrade at a new state-of-the-art public safety complex. The system comprises more than 80 cameras managed by Omnicast and over 78 access control points controlled by Synergis. As Sanford has several municipal facilities with Genetec solutions, it also used the Federation feature to ensure it can centrally manage all systems from the complex.
“Security Center is a platform that can address all of Sanford's needs, allowing us to create a federated system that serves several types of facilities simultaneously,” says Nicholas McRay, senior project manager at the city of Sanford. “We never need to cross-reference information between discrete solutions across the city because it's all tied in. It works well for us, and it suits the widely varied needs of a municipality.”

 

Pelco names Kim Loy as marketing vice president of video line of business

Pelco names Kim Loy as marketing vice president of video line of business

Editor / Provider: Pelco | Updated: 10/14/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Pelco by Schneider Electric announced the appointment of Kim Loy to the role of Vice President of Marketing for the Pelco Video Line of Business. In this role, Loy will drive strategic marketing initiatives on a global level in support of the company’s continued investment and commitment to its Pelco IP video surveillance solutions. “Kim has a great deal of experience managing global marketing activities and we are pleased to welcome her to the Pelco family,” said Herve Fages, senior vice president, Schneider Electric, Pelco Video Line of Business. “Her knowledge of the security and surveillance industry will be instrumental in carrying out Pelco’s strategic vision and help drive global marketing efforts that amplify our presence as a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of video security systems, software and services.”

“I’m excited to be working with the Pelco team to build upon the company’s prestigious reputation for high-quality, innovative products and exceptional customer service within the surveillance and security space,” Loy said. “We will continue to define a well-planned strategic roadmap and maintain Pelco’s standing as a leader in the video business.”

Loy has more than 20 years of marketing and management success within the security and surveillance industry and previously served as VP of Global Marketing and as the General Manager of the Security Business Unit for Xtralis and held senior management positions with G4S, GE Security, and Siemens. Additionally, Loy has served on the SIA Board of Directors for two years, and served as Chair of the Access Control Industry Group for the Security Industry Association.

As the new VP of Marketing for Pelco, Loy is responsible for managing global marketing activities, including alignment of marketing strategies across vertical markets and developing effective advertising, marketing, and communications for the video business.

Understanding “Real” PSIM

Understanding “Real” PSIM

Editor / Provider: Israel Gogol, a&s International | Updated: 10/15/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

PSIM (physical security information management) software is a rapidly growing segment in the security market. Its core strengths lie in the ability to integrate disparate systems, creating an intelligencebased situation picture and supplying operators with active policy management. As the market learns more of the benefits PSIM they have the potential to go beyond security and turn into a complete site management platform.

The world market for PSIM (physical security information management) software in 2013 was estimated at US$160.3 million by IHS Research. Despite being a small segment inside the larger security market, PSIM has enjoyed rapid growth — it is estimated to continue growing at 20% and higher growth rates until at least 2018, according to IHS. Price and also end users' level of understanding of PSIM solutions are still main barriers limiting PSIM growth. In addition, the PSIM market's long-term growth is also limited by “competing products successfully being deployed in the mid-tier, a market that has historically been out of reach for the high-end PSIM software platforms due to their prohibitive price tag,” IHS commented.

What is a "Real" PSIM?
PSIM is a software platform that collects and manages information from disparate security devices and information systems into one common situation picture. These can be traditional security sensors like video cameras, access control, intrusion detection sensors, as well as “non-conventional” systems such as networks and building management systems, cyber security hacking alerts, and even weather feeds. A true PSIM solution is vendor and hardware agnostic, giving users the ability to integrate legacy systems and the flexibility and the choice to use best-of-breed technology in the future without limitations.

Being a relative newcomer to the security sector, and displaying a fast growth rate, there is confusion regarding what constitutes a “true” PSIM solution and how it differs from other command and control systems, video management software (VMS), or other security platforms, some of them offering their own integrations between different systems.

The main benefit of PSIM lies in its integration capabilities, being able to connect with existing and planned systems without being “locked-in” to any specific vendor. Usually VMS systems or access control systems use proprietary technology. In these cases, extending a system can only be done by the same vendor. Integrating with a legacy system provided by a different vendor could prove difficult, forcing replacement of existing systems.

In addition to this unique integration capability, PSIM offers another strong differentiator: PSIM is an intelligencebased solution. Collecting and correlating information from different sources means alerts are only raised on events that are important. “A true PSIM has the ability to identify unfolding events, manage them effectively, and mitigate their risk. For commercial, critical infrastructure, and homeland security markets, PSIM provides situation management and establishes the foundation for organizations' operations,” said Jamie Wilson, Security Marketing Manager for EMEA at NICE Systems.

A third important differentiator is the ability to provide active management of events, improving operational efficiency. By using adaptive workflows, the operator knows what is happening, where it is happening, and what needs to be done. Step-by-step action plans can be created to address different situations. This is vital in both making the operators job easier, but also in ensuring the company is following corporate safety and security policies every time and complying with local rules and regulations. “Without adaptive workflows, all you have is a lot of interconnected systems and you are solely reliant upon the experience of the operator to be able to coordinate the management of the incident,” added Wilson.

Adlan Hussain, VP of Marketing at CNL Software emphasized that dynamic workflows can change based on the time of the day, the threat level, and the number and types of alarms in the system. “This is what makes a PSIM solution an intelligence-based system and not a mere check list of processes to follow,” he explained.

These benefits, combined with growing connectivity, change the way corporations work. PSIM allows for a more centralized command and control, without being tied to a specific site. “In the past the security surveillance and sensors' monitoring had to be on-site at the place of the event. Today we can disconnect between the surveillance and the site. The benefit of a PSIM system is not only in connecting different sites, but thanks to the ability to display the same information in different languages we can connect a company headquarters in Europe with a site in Africa,” explained Hagai Katz, VP of Business Development for Magal Systems. “This connectivity allows the company headquarters to quickly address issues and make sure that the initial response is the correct one. A company can extend the benefit it gets from a PSIM system beyond safety and security. Other company procedures can be incorporated into the SOP, for example, making sure a proper media response is prepared by the PR function. In that sense a PSIM system also contributes to the company's risk management.”

Who should install PSIM?
From the technical point of view, PSIM solutions are intended for easy integration. It is therefore meant for cases when there are several legacy systems that need to be integrated, when there are several control layers (e.g., local and national), and when there are many sensors, or when future integrations with additional systems are needed.

PSIM is mostly needed for critical sites with high security requirements and large sites with many systems/ sensors. It is therefore mostly relevant for national infrastructure, large corporations, government buildings, mass transportation, and city protection projects. All these already have existing legacy systems and can benefit from integration. A city, for example, can integrate video footage from public space video surveillance cameras and traffic control cameras creating a unified situation picture in the control room.

Obstacles Facing Adoption
Though the benefits of PSIM seem natural and logical, there are still many barriers to its adoption. Some are due to lack of buy-in by different stakeholders that refuse to give up control of their systems and information; some are the result of past failures.

One of the biggest challenges faced by PSIM vendors is the availability of IT savvy channel partners. “Limitations to growth are predominantly around the current education levels within end users, consultants, and integrators,” explained Hussain,” We are working hard to increase education levels within each of these groups, and have created programs to address some of these challenges.”

Growing Connectivity and Greater Industry Cooperation
“With everything today moving at light speeds towards connectivity via the network and the Internet, PSIM is also migrating and expanding towards the ‘Internet of Things' via the information management aspects of PSIM,” said James Chong, Founder and CTO of Vidsys. “The open architecture and browserbased PSIM technology is enabling the software platform to rapidly and literally connect with almost any IP-based device, application, and system using open standards and protocols such as XML, SOAP, HTTP, SMTP, and others.”

Recent updates in PSIM software functions and features include integration with mobile devices, allowing ground forces to share and receive information through smartphones and tablets. In addition, there is an industry move towards greater connectivity with other business systems such as HR systems, internal directories, visitor management systems, building automation systems, RFID, intelligent transportation, and more. These will create opportunities for other benefits to be realized from PSIMs beyond safety and security.

“I think people are realizing that PSIMs can provide a lot more than just physical security,” said Michael Mesaros, Group Product Manager at Proximex, a Tyco Security Products brand. “We're being asked by customers to integrate with all kinds of systems — elevators, building management systems, luggage conveyors, and even environmental controls in airport jet ways. There is a combination of market forces at work and PSIMs must be capable of leveraging this data for more and more systems as it becomes available.” He pointed out that Proximex has worked to make their PSIM easier to integrate with — for example, by implementing APIs based on REST (representational state transfer), a standard integration in the enterprise IT world. “Following these standards opens up a lot of avenues for customers to integrate social and web solutions.”

toward greater connectivity and easier integration. CNL has created a PSIM driver development community, which allows other development houses, product vendors, and security integrators to create drivers to connect systems to CNL's PSIM platform. This allows fast production of drivers, and allows product vendors to create their own drivers if they are not able to share their SDK or APIs. In the past five years, CNL has also been running a technological partner program.

Another initiative to foster interoperability between manufacturers and establish industry standards is the Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA) led by companies such as Cisco, Tyco, Hikvision, and Kastle Systems. PSIA's mission is to develop specifications for physical security technology that will enable plug-and-play interoperability across the security ecosystem. This will make the integration of different systems under a PSIM solution quicker and easier.

Integrating Predictive Capabilities
PSIMs can go beyond event management and post-event investigation. The ability to integrate with media broadcasts, open source intelligence systems, and other information analytics gives PSIM a predictive capability, as well as a strategic advantage in predicting and preparing for incidents.

Earlier this year, Vidsys and HP Autonomy announced a collaboration to develop a solution that combines VidSys' PSIM with HP's advanced information analytics platform. “Social and broadcast media play an increasingly significant role in helping anticipate and mitigate potential security incidents around the world. The nature and profile of threats are constantly changing and this new generation of adversary often leaves a different digital footprint, creating potential gaps in traditional threat detection approaches,” said Chong. “The combination of a vast array of information, including social media chatter, video surveillance footage, emails, case files, criminal records, and physical location data help identify potential threats and take actions to neutralize the danger.”

PSIM to Offer Holistic Management
The benefits of PSIM, especially its ability to incorporate non-security systems, hold within them the promise of expanding beyond physical security and delivering comprehensive information management. A good example is seaport management, explained Katz. A PSIM system can make sure that an incoming truck is cleared quickly using LPR sensors for the truck and a biometric sensor for the driver. The containers can be recorded and stored according to their final destination and video surveillance can make sure the goods are not damaged. Since everything is audited by the system, the port can accurately bill the clients according to how long the cargo was stored before it was loaded on the ship. Usages like this, according to Katz, show how “PSIM allows combining these different work flows into one single story.”

All in all, the data gathered from security systems, combined with other systems can turn a PSIM solution into a comprehensive site control platform; thus demonstrating that PSIMs are not for security alone. In the future, PSIMs will allow for a more holistic management approach, combining safety, security, and management.

VIVOTEK's convenient retail solution is now on the market

VIVOTEK's convenient retail solution is now on the market

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 10/9/2014 | Article type: Security 50

VIVOTEK is pleased to announce that its Convenient Retail Solution is now available on the market. In the face of challenging economic conditions, VIVOTEK recognizes the demands of retail market customers and has responded by developing the cost-effective and user-friendly “Convenient Retail Solution”. The state-of-the-art solution comprises the ND8321, an 8-channel plug-and-play network video recorder, elegantly designed ultra-mini bullet network cameras, and ultra-mini dome network cameras. The solution is especially ideal for retail outlets like convenience stores, boutique stores, restaurants, and clothing stores.

Steve Ma, Executive Vice President of VIVOTEK, remarked, “There is a rising awareness of the benefits brought by security systems, and the installation of a surveillance solution has become something of a prerequisite in this regard. However, some smaller scale retail owners might hesitate to embrace high quality surveillance solutions because of the price tag. Whenever it comes to cost, retail owners often choose the most affordable solution, compromising quality by doing so. VIVOTEK, bearing the market in mind, has now developed the Convenient Retail Solution, a quality performance system at a reasonable cost. The goal is to help our customers improve the security, efficiency, operational flow and productivity of retail staff affordably, to ensure a safer and more comfortable shopping environment for customers without having to break the bank.”

VIVOTEK's Convenient Retail Solution is again a strong demonstration of VIVOTEK's innovation in solution design and development:
* Standalone Desktop NVR ND8321: ND8321 is a compact Linux embedded 8-CH NVR, designed for any small-scale video surveillance installation. The "One Button Setup" functionality makes ND8321 simple and easy to use. Supporting Full HD HDMI local video output, video from the NVR can be viewed directly. Together with VAST CMS and ST7501 VMS, users can set up an easy-to-use IP surveillance system. In addition, ND8321 supports mobile applications and iViewer for both Android and iOS handheld devices, enabling users to monitor live video anytime, anywhere.


* Ultra-mini Bullet Network Cameras IB8156 and IB8168: Both cameras are ultra-mini bullet network cameras with an elegant design, especially suitable for indoor applications in which discreetness is of utmost importance. Featuring 1.3-Megapixel and 2-Megapixel CMOS Sensors, respectively, IB8156 and IB8168 can produce superb image quality around the clock.


* Ultra-mini Dome Network Cameras FD8168: FD8168 is an ultra-mini fixed dome network camera. Similar to IB8168, FD8168 is equipped with a 2-Megapixel CMOS sensor, ideal for indoor applications in which cameras have to blend in with interior decoration.

Total Security Protection and Universal Security Systems earn highest certification on C.CURE platform

Total Security Protection and Universal Security Systems earn highest certification on C.CURE platform

Editor / Provider: Tyco | Updated: 10/6/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Software House, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, is pleased to announce that two systems integrators in the UK have achieved Enterprise Level Certification, the highest level of certification and training on the Software House C•CURE Security and Event Management system.

With this certification, Total Security Protection and Universal Security Systems join an elite group of integrators as part of the C•CURE Partner Program who hold C•CURE Enterprise Level Certification. Installers who earn this highest level of certification have undergone a lengthy and highly technical training program on the C•CURE 9000 platform. C•CURE Partners must also demonstrate expertise in IT expertise and certifications including Microsoft and Cisco certifications along with skills in networking, SQL Server and database administration.

“Total Security Protection and Universal Security Systems have undergone an extensive training program and have proven their capabilities over the past two years in delivering and maintaining complex integrated solutions with C•CURE 9000 at the core,” said Alan Riegler, Sales Director, Tyco Security Products, U.K. and Ireland. “With their Enterprise Level Certification, Total Security Protection and Universal Security Systems have positioned themselves to handle the most advanced, technologically-challenging projects in the industry.”

Total Security Protection, a leading independent integrated security system company based in Watford, has built a reputation for using the latest security technology, for following high installation standards and providing outstanding aftercare service. The company has worked across a broad range of business sectors, including M&E, data centres and government sectors. Total Security Protection supports systems on a national and international basis.

Universal Security Systems, an established security systems integrator based in East London, serves a broad range of clients, including IBM, Standard Charter Bank and the London Stock Exchange. It has won several prestigious industry awards, including the ‘Integrated Security Solution of the Year Award' and ‘Large Security Installer of the Year Award.' Its clients are primarily medium and larger sized organisations located in Europe or the Middle East who require protection for major, prestigious and/or multi-site property estates.

The C•CURE 9000 system provides a holistic, video-rich perspective of managing access control, video, and intrusion using a deeply embedded victor unifying client. victor is Tyco Security Products unifying solution that provides an integrator's customers with a unique management platform that links events from access control, video systems and other integrated applications through one feature-rich interface. Users can manage events through a PC, Web client, victor client or the new C•CURE Go mobile client.

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