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University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Campus deploys advanced security camera system

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Campus deploys advanced security camera system

Editor / Provider: Scallop Imaging | Updated: 3/27/2015 | Article type: Education

HIGHLIGHTS
* Designed a state-of-the-art surveillance system
* Enhanced public safety initiatives and improved operational efficiencies
* Streamlined monitoring capabilities
* Integrated various technologies delivering a new layer of safety and security

CUSTOMER
With a population of more than 53,000 students, faculty, and staff, the University of Illinois is a “city within a city.” Like any municipality, the university works to prevent and respond to criminal activity and emergencies by offering a variety of programs that create a safer place in which to study, work and socialize.

Campus lighting improvements, emergency phones, Student Patrol and self-defense classes are just a few of the resources available to enhance student safety. The university has also invested in the technologies to support its safe campus initiatives, including access control and video security systems. At the Urbana-Champaign campus in east-central Illinois, for example, the University Police and Campus Informational Technologies and Educational Services (CITES) group have partnered to design an advanced, campus-wide security camera system, which includes Scallop Imaging cameras to better protect students, staff and assets across the 1,800-acre campus.

CHALLENGE
When the university made the decision to add more cameras to its existing system, there were two primary areas of focus: situational awareness and image identification. Scallop Imaging delivers full situational awareness with a constant 180° view and simultaneous zoom details in one standard video frame, delivering on both key requirements. “Scallop Imaging addressed our need for a camera that could deliver awareness in areas across campus where we wanted a wider view, such as hallways and open areas,” explained Uros Marjanovic, Network Service Engineer at the University of Illinois. Each department is responsible for its own security budget, so cost was also a key consideration.

SOLUTION
The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus has hundreds of cameras installed in academic, athletic, cultural and student housing buildings, as well as outdoor public areas. “The Department of Public Safety takes a holistic approach towards security on campus, with the camera system being a key piece of that plan,” said Ken Felsman, Life Safety Engineer at the University of Illinois, who explained that the campus-wide system runs on Milestone Systems open platform IP video management software (VMS). The team has installed 150 Scallop Imaging cameras – about 16 percent of the total camera count – including both the D7-180 and M6-200 security cameras in areas where standard cameras were unable to perform at a high enough standard for clear identification.

The 6 MP Scallop Imaging M6-200 camera is the first distributed image panoramic camera specifically designed to provide outstanding image quality under very low-light conditions, giving the university the ability to accurately see events at any time of the day or night. “We installed the M6-200 cameras in areas that are naturally darker or not well lit and in corridors where there are exposed light switches that can be turned off,” noted Marjanovic.

As part of its mandate to provide patrol, investigation and emergency response services, the University Police have access to the campus-wide camera system 24/7. “Campus Police use the information gathered to create reports about specific events and can easily export video to share with stakeholders if necessary,” commented Felsman.

RESULTS
Each department requests system access for specific employees to see their departmental cameras. Those employees may use the cameras primarily for live viewing. “Someone might check the cameras to be sure the path to the parking lot is clear before leaving at the end of the day,” said Felsman. The Scallop Imaging technologies directly address the university's key requirement for complete situational awareness and detailed image quality, while meeting budget requirements. Instead of the traditional “one lens, one piece of film” box camera approach, Scallop Imaging distributes the imaging task among multiple sensors and combines their output at video rates in the camera itself to work similar to the human eye. Delivering a true 180° view without using fish-eye lenses that can distort images, Scallop Imaging can deliver exceptional image quality.

The cameras are durable, easy to install and have an extremely low failure rate. “We do all installations in-house and found it very straightforward,” affirmed Marjanovic.

One of the main reasons the university chose to install Scallop Imaging cameras was because of the cameras' sleek and discreet form factor. The fact that Scallop cameras blend in where conventional cameras do not was of particular importance because the university strives to maintain the architectural integrity of its buildings “Scallop cameras fit in better with the campus' overall design than a traditional dome camera mounted on a wall would,” commented Marjanovic. The cameras are so discreet that individuals walking by may not even know that there are cameras in the area.

From a security and safety standpoint, the university's goal is to deter criminal activity and protect students and staff from potential harm using a variety of methods and tools. “The Scallop Imaging cameras have helped achieve objectives put forth by our Department of Public Safety,” concluded Marjanovic. The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus plans to add more as the need arises and funding becomes available.

Bosch upgrades fire protection in one of Germany's largest data centers

Bosch upgrades fire protection in one of Germany's largest data centers

Editor / Provider: Bosch | Updated: 3/26/2015 | Article type: Infrastructure

Bosch Security Systems has upgraded the fire protection system of the Telehouse data center in Frankfurt and installed a modular and networked solution based on its Universal Security System UGM 2040. Using its Building Integration System (BIS), Bosch has also integrated the new fire panel into existing Bosch solutions for access control and intrusion detection.

With a total area of 25,000 square meters, the data center run by Telehouse Deutschland GmbH is one of the largest in the country. Many international corporations, financial service providers as well as providers of cloud services use the data center as their primary or backup site to ensure uninterrupted operation of their critical IT systems. Next to redundant IT infrastructures, Telehouse also offers an emergency power supply supporting full load operations for three days as well as sophisticated and comprehensive solutions for physical safety and security for its servers.

The new fire protection solution comprises the highly scalable Universal Security System UGM 2040 and eleven concentrators supporting the different zones of the building.
All systems are networked via optical fiber
in a ring topology.

Existing fire extinguishing and sprinkler systems were also connected to the UGM 2040. More than 3,800 fire detectors and a large number of smoke aspiration systems were installed throughout the data center. Critical detector data such as temperature, operation hours and degree of pollution are constantly collected and stored in a database (condition monitoring).

Based on these data, Telehouse can very exactly plan both maintenance and replacement of individual detectors. Continuous analysis of disturbance variables also allows very timely reaction to critical developments.

The customers of Telehouse demand the highest security levels for their critical IT systems. To guarantee this security, Telehouse has developed a very good partnership with Bosch over the years. With security solutions from Bosch, Telehouse can very flexibly respond to customer's requirements and also ensure fully certified operation.

The new fire protection system meets all requirements as set forth in the EN54 norm. Due to its modular architecture, it can easily be adapted to changing needs whenever these come up.

Finnish museum protects priceless works of art with March Networks security solution

Finnish museum protects priceless works of art with March Networks security solution

Editor / Provider: March Networks | Updated: 3/25/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

The newly-built Serlachius Museum in Finland is benefiting from a video surveillance system powered by March Networks Command™ Professional video management software and capturing video from more than 90 IP cameras located throughout the facility. The solution provides the museum with comprehensive oversight and awareness of visitor movements and will deliver solid video evidence in the event of an attempted theft.

Live video from selected cameras is available for viewing at the museum's reception area, and authorised museum employees are able to watch live or archived video from their own workstations using March Networks'
browser-based Command client.

The ultra-modern museum built out of sleek wood and glass is based in Mänttä, Finland, 260 kilometres north of Helsinki, and opened last summer. It comprises three exhibition spaces, a restaurant with spectacular views, a festival hall and a spacious museum shop. It is the legacy of paper mill owner and art collector Gösta Serlachius, and sits adjacent to Gösta Manor which was Serlachius' private residence.

The March Networks IP video system has been designed to cover the Manor, the new Pavilion which houses the museum's collection of Finnish and European masterpieces and a glass-walled passageway which connects the two buildings.

The Serlachius Museum's local security systems integrator, KMV Turvapalvelut Oy, recommended a March Networks video surveillance solution based on previous experience and teamed up with March Networks certified provider Tele-Projekti Oy to design the state-of-the-art, server-based system.

“Following a demonstration, we were satisfied that March Networks could provide us with the reliability and ease of use we were looking for,” said Gösta Serlachius Art Foundation CFO Juha Roponen.

Thirty-six March Networks MegaPX WDR NanoDomes and WDR MiniDome Z cameras cover the interior of the Pavilion, capturing crystal-clear images during the day when bright sunlight streams through the glass-walled structure, as well as in near-dark conditions at night – a feature of the cameras' wide dynamic range capability.

Video from Gösta Manor is captured by 16 analogue cameras that were part of the museum's previous video surveillance system, while 28 Infinova T Series bullet cameras record activity in the sculpture park, parking lot and other outdoor areas. Several Power-over-Ethernet switches provide power to the cameras.

Live video from selected cameras is available for viewing at the museum's reception area, and authorised museum employees are able to watch live or archived video from their own workstations using March Networks' browser-based Command client.

“The system gives our customer service personnel awareness of where our visitors are in the museum, and in the event of a theft, vandalism or other incident, it provides solid evidence of what happened,” said Roponen.

Video is stored on an external hard disk array with archiving capacity of approximately six days – more than enough to investigate reported events.

Bosch pools Industry 4.0 expertise in the “Connected Industry” innovation cluster

Bosch pools Industry 4.0 expertise in the “Connected Industry” innovation cluster

Editor / Provider: Bosch | Updated: 3/24/2015 | Article type: Security 50

The work pieces of Industry 4.0 are intelligent. They are equipped either with barcodes, RFID chips, or internet-enabled sensors. Thanks to partially or fully automated information gathering and transmission, a virtual copy of the physical world can be created... This makes constant coordination and improvements between locations or even beyond the walls of the company possible.

Bosch has concentrated its activities in the field of networked production manufacturing in a new innovation cluster. “We are pooling our Industry 4.0 expertise in the Connected Industry innovation cluster. This will make us large enough to provide our customers and the 15 Bosch divisions with the flexible and agile support they need to implement Industry 4.0,” said Dr. Werner Struth, member of the Bosch board of management. “The topic of Industry 4.0 is strategically important because it offers Germany a historical opportunity to enhance its competiveness as an industrial location.” In the area of networked production, Bosch is both lead supplier and lead user.

New business ideas for a connected world
Based on the ongoing “Industry 4.0@Bosch” project, the innovation cluster currently counts around 100 associates. By further combining its manufacturing expertise with its sensor and software know-how, Bosch expects to see additional progress in the development of new business models. To this end, a network of experts will be created at the global provider of technology and services. Specialist groups have already been established at many of the company's locations, and more than 100 pilot projects are underway. By the end of 2015, the innovation cluster will count some 200 associates. In cross-sectoral innovation clusters such as this one, Bosch develops new business ideas for a connected world. The company has established other clusters in the areas of connected building, connected mobility, and connected energy.

Pursuing a dual strategy: lead provider and lead user
Bosch offers hardware and software for networked production. As a manufacturer, the company is also a user of Industry 4.0 technology. The global provider of technology and services has extensive expertise in the realm of production, which it has acquired through the manufacture of millions of automotive components, for instance, or in the production of individual complex packaging machinery. This expertise is complemented by the software know-how of Bosch Software Innovations, the company's own software and systems provider. In addition to this, Bosch has long mastered the software embedded in things. All of this means that it is better prepared for networked production than almost any other company.

APAS: Cooperation without protective barriers
Dr. Stefan Aßmann is the head of the new innovation cluster. The Bosch engineer previously held positions as site manager in Germany and abroad, and was also head of engineering for special machinery at Bosch. Under his leadership, many Industry 4.0 solutions have been industrialized, among them the APAS automatic production assistant. This robotic arm is the first and thus far only assistance system in production that cooperates with people without a protective barrier. Aßmann reports directly to the Bosch board member Dr. Werner Struth, who is in charge of production coordination and thus also oversees the topic of Industry 4.0.

Major improvements to productivity
As a result of networked production processes, Aßmann expects productivity to increase by up to 30 percent. “With Industry 4.0, we can also remain competitive in Germany in spite of it being a high-cost location. Networked production is set to become the new normal. This is clear at this year's CeBIT, we will see it again at the Hannover Messe, and it will certainly continue to be a hot topic in the years to come.”

Focus on users
“We are developing new solutions for networked production and are putting them into practice at our locations in Germany and abroad,” said Aßmann. “Moreover, we offer many of the solutions we've developed to external customers. We also provide a broad range of software as well as drive and control technologies for industrial automation. Customers can use these solutions efficiently for their own projects. With this portfolio, we have demonstrated our expertise as lead provider and lead user in connected industry.” And yet, according to Aßmann, technical innovation is not the only consideration. “In order for Industry 4.0 to be successful, connected solutions must focus more on users and their requirements than on the technology or product.”

International cooperation
In order to meet the standards required for networked production, Bosch is also cooperating closely with other partners in Germany and abroad. One example is the company's collaborative project with Tech Mahindra and Cisco. Together with these two partners, Bosch is pushing the networking of industrial tools forward as part of the Industrial Internet Consortium. The first outcome of their collaboration is the ability to determine the position of the Bosch Nexo cordless nutrunner on the shop floor with extreme precision. This positioning information is used to automatically select the correct torque for the respective task, making it possible to tighten safety-relevant bolts with exactly the required torque, for example. It is also possible to automatically document these settings to ensure and test product quality. Potential applications include the maintenance and construction of engines and aircraft.

One line, two hundred modules
In Homburg, Bosch already has a multiproduct line that can produce two hundred different hydraulic modules up to batch size 1 very flexibly. This is because the line's nine stations are connected to one another in a smart network. Thanks to an RFID chip on the workpiece, the stations recognize how a product should be assembled and which work steps are required. This also enables the efficient production of small quantities. This is necessary because some modules are needed more frequently than others. The multiproduct line is capable of producing several different modules simultaneously. The corresponding work plans are automatically retrieved and displayed as photos or films on monitors – they are even tailored to the associate's level of education and native language. Associates thus receive the best possible support with their work. Out of 2,000 different components that are automatically made available when they are needed, they assemble 200 different variants of hydraulic modules. These modules control the work and traction hydraulics in trucks or tractors, for instance to tip loading beds or lift a plow. At the end of December 2014, this multiproduct line won the “Industry 4.0” award, which was presented by the specialist magazine Produktion in cooperation with ROI Management Consulting AG. The award honored the key elements of Industry 4.0 that Bosch has already put into practice: decentralized intelligence, fast connectivity, context integration in real time, and the autonomous performance of tasks.

Industry 4.0: background
The work pieces of Industry 4.0 are intelligent. They are equipped either with barcodes, RFID chips, or internet-enabled sensors. Thanks to partially or fully automated information gathering and transmission, a virtual copy of the physical world can be created. The network of software programs, mechanical parts, and electronic parts communicates around the world via the internet. This makes constant coordination and improvements between locations or even beyond the walls of the company possible. But business models are expected to see the most dramatic change, for instance in the area of new operator models. In the future, manufacturers of production machinery may retain ownership of their machines. Rather than selling them, they may offer their customers specific produced quantities or operating hours. The potential for the development of new and profitable business models is practically unlimited.

Specialized selects MOBOTIX CCTV and access control solution to protect UK head office

Specialized selects MOBOTIX CCTV and access control solution to protect UK head office

Editor / Provider: MOBOTIX | Updated: 3/19/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

MOBOTIX AG, a leading manufacturer of digital high-resolution, network-based video security systems has released details of a project at Specialized Bicycle Components in the UK to secure access to its headquarters, workshop and showroom protecting high value engineering tools and concept models.

Specialized is one of the most famous cycling brands in the world, with its iconic ‘S' favoured by professional road cyclists and mountain bikers the world over. With headquarters and design teams in California, the company's UK head office in Chessington includes extensive workshop and engineering expertise as well as a collection of high end models and concept designs within its showroom.

As part of a continual assessment of its security and procedures, in late 2014, Operations and Logistics Manager Ken Butler began a process to strengthen its general security and access control. “Although our UK headquarters are within a secured business park, we felt that with the prominence of our brand and value of some of the items within the showroom, our security could do with improvement.”

The UK site includes finances, sales and HR departments alongside a showroom and engineering workshop. The site also has extensive car parking and welcomes high profile figures from the cycling world for meetings within its well-equipped boardroom. “As an engineering focussed company, we are very conscious of using the right technology for any task and this ethos also extended to our choice of access control and CCTV system.”

Butler sought recommendations from another trusted supplier for a specialist able to advise it on strengthening its security posture. “Switchnet Systems came to us highly recommended as knowledgeable and highly skilled security specialists and at our initial meeting introduced us to the MOBOTIX technology which fitted well with our requirements for a powerful system without the complexity, maintenance or reliability issues that legacy CCTV has traditionally experienced.”

Switchnet Systems proposed using a MOBOTIX decentralised CCTV and access control system across its headquarters building.

The system removes the need for a central control room and allowed Specialized to set up flexible access control and monitoring options at multiple location as well as mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones.

Working closely with MOBOTIX Award Winning distributor NBM, Switchnet Systems undertook a site survey and rapid implementation project over a 6 week period. Using the existing local area network with the addition of just a single additional network switch and NAS for archiving video footage, Switchnet Systems installed 11 MOBOTIX CCTV cameras, providing 13 individual video streams plus a T25 video door station. The system is also integrated with multimedia phones at several places in the building with handsets to allow rapid verification of visitors and remote door opening. The majority of the system comprises of MOBOTIX Q25 cameras offering a 360° all-round view to capture an entire room, a panorama function and a quad view to show images from four different angles simultaneously.

“The solution proposed by Switchnet Systems uses far fewer cameras than we expected while still monitoring every inch of our ground floor and entrances with exceptionally high quality video,” says Butler, “We were also impressed by the attention to detail and ability to meet some of our technical requirements demonstrated by Switchnet Systems and the MOBOTIX technology.”

Butler points to one example where the front door is connected to the MOBOTIX T25 and sensors provide an alert sent to the multimedia handsets to warn that a door has been wedged or left open for an extended period of time. “The CCTV cameras are virtually undetectable and the functionality and features of the system are simple to operate yet extremely powerful without requiring a dedicated security guard.” The system has performed flawlessly since installation and Butler is now evaluating the use of MOBOTIX to upgrade its 35,000 sq/ft equipment warehouse. “This has been a successful project that matches our ethos of innovation and engineering excellence while protecting our staff and visitors without obtrusive cameras or obstructive access controls.”

Sony IP cameras chosen by Virsig in New York City Marathon

Sony IP cameras chosen by Virsig in New York City Marathon

Editor / Provider: Sony | Updated: 3/12/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

The New York City Marathon is a tradition held sacred not only by New Yorkers, but by people from around the globe who come to take part in the yearly event. Participants from more than 130 countries vie for a select number of spots to run the 26.2 mile course. Meanwhile, the whole city unites as spectators to cheer on those undertaking one of the most grueling feats of physical stamina and endurance, which in 2014 took an average of 4 hours and 35 minutes to complete.

The 2014 TCS New York City Marathon — held November 2, 2014 — was completed by more than 50,000 runners who ran through all five boroughs ending in the scenic embrace of Central Park. Furthermore, over one million spectators crowded the length of the course for hours to cheer on runners on.

When large crowds gather in confined areas for many hours, the topic naturally turns to security. As a result of this spotlight on safety issues at large-scale and widespread events, like a marathon, a comprehensive plan is put in place to keep the race runners and spectators secure. This year, the New York Road Runners (NYRR), the running club who organizes the annual race and their medical team chose New York City-based networked technology and systems integrator, Virsig, LLC to spearhead and execute their security plans, and to provide technological assistance and direction to increase safety.

Sony was chosen by Virsig to be the IP camera of choice to securely monitor the world's largest marathon, along with support from several other global technology partners including: Firetide, Inc.—a Division of UNICOM Global; Milestone Systems and Network Video Technologies. Sony's cameras were required to perform multiple functions ranging from situational awareness at all entrances and exits, to threat assessment, and personnel management. In excess of 50 Sony security cameras were installed along the route, including SNC-HM662, SNC-XM632, SNC-WR632C, SNC-CH260 and SNC-CH280; which includes fixed cameras with on-board video analytics, dome, bullet, 360 degree and pan-tilt-zoom style cameras.

“To help ensure the safety of the biggest marathon in the world is no small task. Sony is pleased that we were able to be an integral part of the security process for the second year in a row,” said Phil Coppola, Northeast Security Manager, Sony Electronics' Security Systems Division. “Virsig worked day and night to get their system up and running and they had to contend with some terrible weather leading up to the race. With their experience in wireless transmission and video surveillance system design and installation, Virsig allowed the Sony cameras to operate to their fullest potential and play a pivotal role in helping to secure the marathon participants and spectators.”

Although the marathon takes place during the day, the setup occurs over the course of several preceding day, and Sony's cameras needed to be able to perform reliably during daytime and nighttime hours. The Sony high-definition bullet cameras that were used come equipped with infrared illuminators that provided race coordinators with uninterrupted views, regardless of lighting conditions.

Sony's IPELA ENGINE security cameras, which were also installed at the 2013 New York City Marathon, were coordinated through Milestone Systems XProtect Corporate, a powerful IP video management software (VMS) designed for large-scale and high-security deployments. Meanwhile, Sony's new, ultra wide dynamic range IP surveillance cameras were placed throughout the last mile of the race in Central Park and around the finish line.

The innovative SNC-XM632 IPELA ENGINE camera was used in multiple locations for a broad overview of the areas around the entrance and exit points at the race. The camera has a 113-degree wide angle field-of-view and a hi-res, full HD imager, allowing for images that were far more detailed and expansive than anything used in the past.

Additionally, the marathon coordinators required a camera that would provide situational awareness to monitor the activities inside the emergency and medical tents. Because these were temporary structures, they were unable to take advantage of multiple camera views. For those areas, the SNC-HM662, a 5MP camera capable of providing 360 degree views from a single sensor, was selected. From this one camera, race organizers were able to know exactly what was going on in each tent, at all times.

 

“We selected Sony for multiple reasons; first and foremost because of the quality of the picture, and secondly because of the ease of installation,” said Glenn Taylor, Executive Director, Virsig. “We have a very short window to get the equipment up and running and we don't have a lot of direct access to the cameras during the actual marathon. This is particularly why we relied on the photo framing and auto focus that's built into the electronics of the Sony camera.”

The weather leading up to the marathon was very challenging, including freezing cold temperatures and rain, so it was important for Virsig to use cameras that were durable, reliable and self-sufficient. Sony's security cameras automatically adjust to meet requirements in lighting and environment, and hold up to the unpredictable demands of the weather. This ensures that race managers can deal with unforeseen circumstances and medical emergencies and rest assured that the cameras will perform their functions without the attention of a team.

The casual observer may not have noticed Sony's cameras or seen them on the front lines of the marathon, but according to all involved, it was a job well done. Runners were able to focus on their exhausting task while race organizers could concentrate on logistical issues and medical matters, without worrying themselves with the overall safety. Sony's end goal of maintaining a secure and worry-free environment for the over one million people involved in the world's largest race was met, for the second year in a row.

2015 Access control: Integrated and open standards rock

2015 Access control: Integrated and open standards rock

Editor / Provider: William Pao, a&s International | Updated: 3/10/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

More and more integrated
Integration of access control with video surveillance or other security systems will continue to prevail. Such integration combining access control with video surveillance, perimeter control, and others offers a more holistic view to security managers, allowing greater visibility of the building and the people being secured.

But beyond physical security, access control can do much more, especially when it comes to managing staff, visitors, or other individuals within an entity. “End users continually seek complete back-office integration — that is, facilitating workflow from the time an individual is hired until the time he or she leaves the enterprise,” said Mitchell Kane, President of Vanderbilt Industries.

To optimize the performance of an integrated solution, access control is often used as the centerpiece of the system that other systems are integrated to. “It becomes the anchor platform, being able to integrate to provide a wider degree of solutions,” Ouellette said. “This is allowing us to integrate PSIMs, building management, visitor management, and so on. These things are an extension beyond access control to provide stronger value, but come back to being based on that anchor platform.”

IHS's Kozak, meanwhile, said whether access control serves as the head-end platform depends on the use case. “Some suggest that the building management system will be at the center. Active Directory could also play a central role,” he said.

“Overall, access control will have a central role in buildings over the next several years since it can determine logical access, flag a system for possible cyber-attack, integrate with training and HR, and provide an alert on a reader.”

Open standards rock
To ensure this kind of integration and interoperability, open standards are a must. “Today's access control customers require open, easy-to-use products that seamlessly integrate with other systems — especially video surveillance — in order to maximize security,” Kane said. “The adoption of these standards offers many benefits to security system users, of which freedom of choice and dealing with legacy might be the most important,” said Arjan Bouter, Head of Sales at Nedap Security Management. “Introducing standards allows clients to mix and match not only the cameras they need or the card readers that best fit their budget, it also allows them to select the specific functionality that suits their security policy.”

The industry has sensed the need for integration and interoperability, prompting organizations like PSIA and ONVIF to drive open standards, especially with Profile C and A as well as the PLAI Agent, which allows multiple brands to be used together in one system.

“It is rapidly reaching the stage where security providers that don't offer interoperability will struggle to maintain a market share when this has become so important to customers, specifiers, and installers,” Mike Sussman, Technical Director, TDSi said.

Future prosperity
Access control has become a vital, critical component in the security arena, offering protection for homes, companies, and premises as well as helping users raise productivity and achieve more efficient management. Advancements in technology as well as the ability to integrate, supported with open standards, have also benefitted users from different verticals. Prospects for this market look robust and rosy this year and the years to come.

Bosch security solution for Lotte Center, Ha Noi, Vietnam

Bosch security solution for Lotte Center, Ha Noi, Vietnam

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

Bosch video surveillance products are now installed at the Lotte Center in Hanoi. A 65-floor skyscraper with modern architectural style, it is one of the tallest buildings in Vietnam. A mixed use complex, it comprises offices, residential housing, a hotel and departmental store.

LOTTE CORALIS VIETNAM CO., Ltd entrusted Bosch Security Systems to be their solution provider for a complete video surveillance system. IP PTZ dome cameras (indoor and outdoor) and IP dome cameras have been installed all over the building to monitor activities in the public, office and residential areas. Helping to deter and prevent crime and having a reliable source of video footage for forensic investigation when required. With system integrator, Visco Joint Stock Company, the entire solution proposed was designed to combine the highest security level with great efficiency in both operations and cost.

Bosch cameras produce images that are perfect for a detailed and effective retrospective analysis.

The cameras' ability to give a wideangle overview and multiple focus points on a single screen helps the end-user focus on details without losing the bigger picture. The Bosch digital video recorder installed is easy to operate and requires minimal maintenance. This easy-to-use solution has proven to be a worthy investment providing thorough surveillance of the main areas in Lotte Center.

To provide better after-sales service, authorized repair centers have been setup in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City for faster turnaround time. In addition, Bosch provides continuous product training to its partners to keep them updated of the latest technology and innovations from Bosch so end-users are always provided with solutions that meet their needs.

Honeywell releases multilingual iOS demonstration Apps for LYNX touch systems

Honeywell releases multilingual iOS demonstration Apps for LYNX touch systems

Editor / Provider: Honeywell | Updated: 2/25/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Honeywell released two first-of-their-kind multilingual demo apps for its LYNX Touch 5200 and 7000 home security systems. Dealers and integrators can now easily transition between English, Spanish and French languages within the same app, depending on a customer's language preference, to demonstrate system capabilities.

The apps interactively showcase the features of Honeywell's latest LYNX Touch security systems by simulating the experience on an iPad® or iPhone®. Dealers can demonstrate functions such as how to arm and disarm the system, view video, open and close garage doors, modify thermostat temperatures, and control lights and door locks.

“Easily transitioning between three languages using one app lets dealers more effectively demonstrate end-to-end security and lifestyle systems to a more-diverse group of consumers in North America,” said Alan Stoddard, senior marketing director, Honeywell Security Products Americas. “Apps like these will help dealers demonstrate to customers the power of the ‘Connected Home' and how it will enhance their everyday lives, as well as their security.”

In addition to the multi-language product demonstration capabilities, consumer marketing materials have been translated for immediate, on-the-spot access via the apps. The apps are available for free download on iTunes and are compatible with the latest Apple iOS software.

Philippines: On the fast track to success

Philippines: On the fast track to success

Editor / Provider: Lisa Hsu, a&s Asia | Updated: 2/20/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

The Philippines have defeated all odds and will make a remarkable recovery in 2015 despite the impact of natural disasters over the past few years. Economic growth is back on track, with public-private programs that will help boost the growth of the private sector, and big events happening this year will fuel the growth for security.

This year will be a positive year for the Philippines, with a forecast GDP growth of 6.8 percent, fueled by inflow of foreign direct investment and remittances. Impacted by a string of natural disasters in the past two years, including Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, the strongest typhoon to ever hit land, the Philippines still managed to achieve a 5.3 GDP growth last year. According to BDO UniBank, the biggest likely change for 2015 will be accelerated implementation of infrastructure projects under the government's public-private partnership (PPP) scheme. Moreover, as the world's largest center for business process outsourcing (BPO), opportunities will present itself with more demand for security and protection for data and employees who work at unruly hours.

Uncertainty for 2016 Elections
Presidential elections will be held in 2016, which may lead to postponement of some projects. Some investors may delay key decisions till a new government is formed and wait to gauge what the future policy environment will be before launching major projects. At the same time, nearing the upcoming election, talk of more projects and activities from the government to gain more votes will hopefully turn into real projects, as growth initiatives must continue. According to Rosalie Real, Project Manager of CBR2 Marketing, “Some agencies will hurry up and purchase before elections, while others who are either indecisive or have no final requirement yet will have to wait after the election is over to continue their projects.”

According to Matthias Boehm, Country Manager of Bosch Security Systems, the elections are considered to be “hot months” in security and safety; most projects are still being rolled out, while some are put on hold.

Security Growth Benefits From Economy
The Philippines has recently been named one of the fastest growing economies in Southeast Asia, and the security industry has benefitted from this trend. “The security industry matures almost every day. As we integrate electronics to this field, the security industry then takes a bigger leap, which opens up many possibilities for surveillance, access control, finger prints, face detection, voice recognition, and building management systems (BMS), etc. If we look at it on a general basis, growth for the industry doubles every year,” said Zel A. Ortiz, Sales and MD of Alcon Philippines Technologies and Solutions.

2015 is a busy year for the country, with events that will be sure to fuel the growth of security. The Asia-Pacific Economic Corporation (APEC) Summit will be held in Manila this year, which the country will appoint a large amount of the budget to security, as it is a main concern. “We are preparing for important visits in 2015, particularly for the APEC summit, for which reason our airports are already in the process of renovation. Entertainment facilities such as casinos and resorts are also in progress in several parts of the country, but predominantly in Manila,” said Boehm.

Also this month, Pope Francis will visit the Philippines to give blessing to the country that suffered from Typhoon Haiyan, which will urge the country to be more aware of security, and take extra precautions by upgrading their current systems at crowd drawing events during the Pope's visit. The Pope's decision to ride in an open vehicle instead of a bulletproof, enclosed "popemobile" poses as a security challenge, and the country has issued additional security forces to ensure protection, including additional soldiers and maritime security surveillance.

“No CCTV, No Permit” Fuels Growth
The policy “no CCTV, no business permit” implemented in 2014, is an essential driver for the security industry, especially surveillance growth and security awareness. With law enforced to mandate surveillance systems as part of business owners' security measures, the public will soon realize the importance of monitoring their premises that can not only deter criminal activity, but also catch culprits.

The policy is implemented in most of the major cities in the Philippines, requiring new and existing businesses to install surveillance systems on their premises in order to obtain business permits. Establishments such as banks, shopping malls, service stations, super markets, money changers, 24-hour convenience stores, schools, fast food restaurants, car dealerships, and other crime-vulnerable establishments such as jewelry and pawnshops, hotels, game and amusement establishments, and health clubs are under the ordinance to install surveillance cameras in order to continue their businesses. “The new legislations implemented by local government units all over the Philippines have definitely placed importance on security, particularly in the use of surveillance systems as a preventive measure against crime. It is now a matter of strictly implementing this policy that will define the standard for surveillance with help of video surveillance manufacturers. This way, more options will be made available to SMBs and will then spur growth in the sector,” Boehm explained.

“No CCTV, no business permit” has set the standard for surveillance systems as the policy has specified a range of requirements for surveillance placement of cameras inside and outside of the establishment, hardware requirements that are needed to record incidents and clearly identify culprits, as well as suitable storage memory that can store the footage for forensic evidence. “The policy will push surveillance growth because it can greatly reduce petty crimes in SMB sectors like supermarkets, convenient stores, etc., and at the same time it helps to contribute security in the public,” said Ortiz. Moreover, in order to push the growth of surveillance in the Philippines, education is essential to allow consumers to know what is appropriate for their requirements. “We manufacturers have to keep educating SMB customers what will be their benefit when they deploy security surveillance systems, or they will simply install no-use cameras just to meet regulation, which is not beneficial at all,” Masami Eguchi, GM of APAC at Panasonic System Communications stressed.

As growth for surveillance is fueled by the policy, business owners have started to realize the importance of video surveillance for their establishment. “Since the government issued a video surveillance requirement, most business owners at first resolve to buy cheap surveillance products just for compliance. Later on as they experience the importance and what good quality products could bring, they are adapting to change. IP cameras and HD-over-coaxial products are fast becoming popular. Consumers learn by asking about resolutions, clarity, and infrared for night viewing. The Philippine government offices, schools, private businesses will surely evolve to upgrading their system these coming years,” said Real.

Private Sector Takes the Lead
Recently, growth in the private sector has been booming with the help of PPP projects. As a result of the government's agenda in the development and implementation in infrastructure, project demand is high. “Mid-high projects have been stronger driven from the commercial sector, e.g., hospitality and gaming that needs security in their operations, which are verticals driving the security industry in the Philippines. It will continue in 2015 with commercial projects from the private sector driving forward,” said Sunny Kong, Director of Sales in APAC at Milestone Systems.

According to Eguchi, though the current market size in the Philippines is still small, it has extremely high growth. “Panasonic would like to contribute to the commercial sector, such as retail stores, and banking,” he added.

Projects to Improve Tourism 2015 is “Visit the Philippines” year, a campaign designated to bring in more tourism to the country, with a target to reach 10 million tourist arrivals. To promote this, there is a need to improve facilities for airports, hotels, residential, commercial, and entertainment establishments that will help bring in more tourists within the year, which will also further boost the security market. According to Tamir Ginat, Senior VP for APAC at IndigoVision, some of the big projects going on that will boost tourism in the Philippines are casinos, smart city projects, the Philippines international airport, and the Philippines light rail transit (LRT).

According to Ivan Tjahjadi, Country Manager of ASEAN at Axis Communications, “To date, the highest growth for us is manufacturing, transport and commercial projects. These industries now require more security and intelligence in their system. Integration also is a big factor since most of them have old systems running.”

Residential Boom
In recent years, various verticals have been growing, especially the residential sector which continues on its cycle of boom as a result of rising demand, capital growth, and rental yield. Developers are committed to addressing the problem on housing shortage. Lately, the trend now is to build mix-use township projects in order to house various types of establishments.

“In all these constructions, security will definitely have a big part to play in ensuring the safety of the general public,” said Boehm.

All Eyes on Philippines
All eyes are on the Philippines as it continues to grow at an optimistic pace, with the help of the BPO industry and government spending for PPP. Additionally, the “no CCTV, no business permit” policy will be a crucial factor that can help the security industry in the Philippines to grow awareness and promote growth. The Philippines will see a prosperous year as it goes on the fast track to success.

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