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Creative applications illustrate wonders of RFID

Creative applications illustrate wonders of RFID

Editor / Provider: William Pao, a&s International | Updated: 11/25/2014 | Article type: Tech Corner

In many ways, RFID is like a paintbrush or building blocks, allowing the user to be as creative as they can to solve a particular problem or dilemma. Its technology is quite simple, consisting of only a reader and a tag. But applications can be diverse, wide-ranging, and even wild. Regardless how the solutions are implemented, the goal is the same: to help the user save cost, reduce administrative waste, and manage and track items effectively. This article examines some of the unique and special applications of RFID in different verticals.

Logitag Solutions Make Sure Hospitals Are Always Stocked
How do hospitals keep track of medical supplies used by patients? How do they know when it's time to reorder supplies? Logitag solutions address those needs with RFID solutions, which have helped operators save on labor and management cost.

Logitag's solutions have been deployed in various medical facilities, including Wyoming Medical Center and New York Hospital Queens. One of the solutions employs a two-bin Kanban system where both bins are tagged with RFID tags and filled with medical supplies. When one of the bins runs out, the nurse can push a button on the RFID tag, and an order is automatically generated and sent to the supplier. Status of the order can be written into the tag and displayed on a monitor on the tag. The supplies can be delivered directly to the bin, which is kept at a department of the hospital, thus eliminating the need for central storage. “What happens typically by using this technology is a reduction of 40% of inventory room,” said Shlomo Matityaho, CEO of Logitag. “We see a reduction of labor and elimination of people who count and order.”

Another solution employs cabinets filled with medical supplies, each of which is tagged with an RFID tag. Each time a supply is taken out, a record is generated on who took the supply and which patient received the supply, so that the patient can be billed accordingly. A third application is for protection of infants at hospitals. A baby and its mother are given a pair of RFID tags, and both tags must be present in order for them to exit the infants ward.

Grapes of Satisfaction at Argentine Vineyard With HID Solution
Currently, there is a trend of moving RFID towards NFC, where tags can be read by one's mobile device. If implemented right, such a combination can work wonders for users. That's exactly what happened at Argentina-based Bodega Norton Winery, which uses a solution from HID Global to manage workers, pay them properly, and create an overall more pleasant working environment.

Before the implementation, the vineyard paid its grape harvesters by way of plastic chips of different shapes and colors to indicate the number of bins each worker filled. The workers would pocket the chips and then collect their pay at the end of the workweek. Several issues arose as a result of this. First, chips are easily lost or stolen during the week. Second, some workers would use the chips to settle their personal debts. A more efficient way to manage workers and pay them according to their workload was therefore needed. With HID's solution, the cumbersome chips were eliminated. Each harvester is assigned an armband tag. At the end of the day, the workers would put the grapes they picked into bins, each equipped with a tag. Now, the supervisor would take his NFC-enabled mobile phone, point it at a worker, and then point it at the bin that he is associated with. The system would automatically create a record for the amount of work that the harvester did and credit the payments to him.

Benefits of the solution are manifold. “Beginning with the grape harvest, HID can help Norton improve quality, optimize data accuracy, and streamline critical systems at every stage of the wine production and distribution process,” said Richard Aufreiter, Director Product Management at HID Global.

GIGA-TMS's Citizen Tracking Solution First of Its Kind
Imagine a shuttle bus picking up senior or disabled citizens from their homes and taking them to a daycare center. Each time people get on, they need to sign a paper log to help the driver keep track. This was burdensome and ineffective, as many of the passengers have a hard time writing legibly.

The solution to this real-life problem in a major western city led to the world's first RFID application for tracking passengers on a public shuttle system, according to Brian Ma, Sales Representative at GIGA-TMS, which created the UHF RFID application.

Since most citizens of this city already have RFID-enabled citizens cards, GIGA-TMS' solution took advantage of that. Once people get on the vehicle, their cards would be detected by the reader inside the vehicle, and a record would be produced on who took the ride. This created convenience for all stakeholders, including the driver, the passengers, and the shuttle service provider.

There were challenges, though. As UHF RFID is highly susceptible to liquids, the human body — made up of 70% liquid — often absorbs the energy transmitted by the reader. As a result, from time to time cards carried by the passengers couldn't be read. To solve this problem, GIGA-TMS placed the reader strategically on the side of the vehicle door through which the passengers enter and exit. Read accuracy increased to 87%. The rest 13% were people who either forgot their cards or lost their cards, Ma said.

Another UHF RFID solution by GIGA-TMS helped solve logistics issues facing cargo operators. With drivers loading and unloading cargoes at different delivery points, it's easy for them to miss cargoes, and mistakes like that would be costly. With GIGA-TMS' solution, trollies of cargoes are tagged and can be read by readers inside the container truck. Each time things are loaded and unloaded, the system would do a count and decide whether the driver is good to go. “Thirty seconds, and it's done,” Ma said.

Grabbing a Bite Can't Be Any Easier With LEGIC Solutions
When you grab something to eat at a football stadium during a game, the last thing you want is a long line of people waiting in front of you to pay for their food. LEGIC Identsystems, an RFID company, has applied the technology to cashless meal vending, making purchasing food simpler and less time-consuming. The solution was deployed at the NV Arena in Austria. To get food, all people need to do is to get an Arena Card, point it at the checkout reader, and the amount is immediately debited by the checkout system. Charging up the card is also simple. Mobile employees with handheld terminals equipped with LEGIC's RFID module can charge up existing cards.

According to LEGIC, the solution has made purchasing food a smoother and more seamless experience. “There is no more hunting for cash, no more large notes to break, and no more double checking by employees,” the company said.

With the solution, operators can also quickly react to queues forming and staff those hotspots. For game spectators, the time saved on buying food can then be spent on actually watching the game. LEGIC has also deployed a similar solution at a factory in Bulgaria churning out components for refrigerators and freezers. Under the cashless payment system, LEGIC collaborated with a partner that provided cash register readers equipped with LEGIC's reader chip.

With the solution, waiting time at the cash registers has been significantly reduced. “There is no more need to search for cash in wallets or for cashiers to find the right change. This eliminates queues and gives employees a longer break,” LEGIC said.

Retail With Finesse With Tyco Solutions
T he iconic Saks on Fifth department store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan is a favorite shopping destination for New Yorkers and out-oftowners alike. While the store is frequented by myriad shoppers daily, few know that RFID has been deployed to enhance the customer experience.

The shoe section in the department store had a problem with tracking and replenishing items on display. When done manually, the process is complex, time-consuming, and detrimental to the shopping experience. As a result, Tyco Retail Solution came up with a solution using RFID to make tracking and replenishing of shoes more seamless and effective. With the solution, the store tags all shoes on display with RFID labels. The sysem then generates a replenishment report for the backend stockroom, which will immediately know particular styles or models of shoes missing on the selling floor. With the solution, Saks on Fifth has been able to dramatically enhance the inventorying and replenishment process.

“Display compliance rates have reached nearly 100%, compared with previously 65%,” said Atul Ghaisas, Business Development Manager of Store Performance Solutions for APAC at Tyco Retail Solution. “Associates are no longer tied up with inventory tasks and are able to spend more time serving customers.” Tyco solutions are especially useful in the midst of a focus on the so-called “omni-channel retailing,” where users make purchases via different channels including physical stores, the Internet, home shopping networks, and mail catalogs. Ensuring that the right products are in the right place at the right time is therefore of utmost importance.

“Our RFID-based inventory intelligence solutions allow retailers to integrate their inventory information from their chain stores as well as their distribution channels, enabling significant direct and indirect business benefits in the areas of cost reduction, inventory management, and sales uplift as they reduce the need for markdowns,” Ghaisas said.

Parking Made Easy with Nedap Solution
Parking lots can especially benefit from RFID, which can detect vehicles meters away before they enter. Once the vehicle is cleared, the barrier will open automatically to allow the car in. This reduces the wait time and can make parking a more pleasant experience for workers, visitors, and residents.

RFID solutions by Nedap Identification Systems are found in parking facilities across the globe. One of them is the University of Alabama, which hosts over 33,000 students and employees. Before the solution was deployed, short-range readers and cards were used, causing a major throughput problem for people trying to get in. This has often caused users to arrive at class or work late, drawing criticism from students, faculty, and staff alike.

To rectify the situation, the university sought the help of Mississippi-based Access Control Group, which installed Nedap's UHF readers. Mounted at the parking facility entrance lanes, the readers enable 4 meters of read range and allow for approaching vehicle credentials to be read and processed without the driver having to stop and present a credential.

Typically UHF RFID is deployed in this type of applications due to its longer reading range. “Vehicular access control based on normal proximity access control cards or, even worse, barcode or magnetic stripe cards often results in people leaning uncomfortably out of their windows towards the reader to show their access credential. Opening a barrier like that is no treat: it takes too long, is ergonomically irresponsible, and often causes damage to the vehicle or vehicle access control installation,” Nedap said.

According to Nedap, RFID applications for parking not only save time but also contribute to a greener environment. “Automatic remote detection prevents cars from standing still with the motor running. It prevents congestion and ensures swift and fuel-efficient transportation of vehicles and goods,” the company said.

Tyco appoints Daryll T. Fogal as CTO and launches

Tyco appoints Daryll T. Fogal as CTO and launches "Tyco On" platform

Editor / Provider: TYCO | Updated: 11/24/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Tyco International announced that it has taken important steps to bolster its technology capabilities, appointing Daryll T. Fogal as Chief Technology Officer, launching its new "Tyco On" software solutions platform, and making a strategic investment in Qolsys, a provider of innovative home automation solutions.

Daryll T. Fogal Named Chief Technology Officer
As Tyco's Chief Technology Officer, Mr. Fogal will have global responsibility for the company's technology vision, strategy, capabilities and operations to support the development of products, services and solutions that meet the needs of customers ranging from multinational corporations to households. Most recently, he served as Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Engineering for Eaton Corporation's Electrical Sector. Based in Princeton, N.J., Mr. Fogal will report directly to George Oliver, Tyco's Chief Executive Officer, and will serve on Tyco's Management Team.

"Technology is the key to advancing our leadership position in the industry, so we are pleased to have a technology leader of Daryll's caliber join us in this critical role," said Mr. Oliver. "Daryll's extensive experience leading large-scale engineering and R&D organizations, his previous responsibility for developing an Internet of Things strategy and execution model, and his strong general management and operations mindset will enable him to provide the strategic leadership necessary to achieve our growth and innovation vision."

Prior to joining Tyco, Mr. Fogal was responsible for the development of the product portfolio for Eaton's $13.6 billion Electrical business. Previously, he held senior technology, R&D program management and operations positions over a 15-year career with Honeywell, including Vice President of Engineering and Technology for the company's Building Solutions business from 2003 to 2011. Mr. Fogal holds B.A. Sc. and M.A. Sc. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Tyco Reveals 'Tyco On' Smart Services Platform, the Core of its Internet of Things Strategy
The company also introduced Tyco On, its integrated data and smart services platform. Tyco On provides a set of software-enabled Internet of Things capabilities that enhance safety and security systems using open standards to connect a wide range of intelligent devices, systems and services, enabling customers to improve their operations.

Solutions enabled by Tyco On will address varying needs of multinational, small business and residential customers, ranging from efficiency to complex system integrations and intelligent operations. For example, Tyco On enables improved efficiency through a service application already in use in the company's Installation and Services business that allows a single technician to perform fire alarm testing. Using a mobile app, the technician can test detectors throughout a building and connect remotely to the system's fire panel, where a second technician would have been stationed in the past, to complete the procedure. In the future, this application will also offer immediate cloud-enabled access and storage of testing documentation, providing an overall more cost-effective solution that would appeal to a broad base of customers with standard needs.

Tyco On will also enable more complex, "smart" solutions that leverage data from varied devices and systems and apply advanced analytics to reveal insights that lead to better decisions, faster execution and transformational business outcomes for customers. Tyco has been delivering such solutions and outcomes for several years in its Retail Solutions business that serves some of the world's largest store chains. In over 4,000 retail locations, Tyco is helping retailers tie together data from RFID tags, video, electronic article surveillance and traffic sensors, transforming it into actionable intelligence through Tyco's TrueVUE software. With these insights, retailers are empowered to optimize their inventory management, deliver a more pleasant shopper experience, and maximize revenue across their operation.

"As the core of our Internet of Things strategy, Tyco On builds on our deep expertise in systems integration and services and our installed base of more than a billion sensors, tags, devices and systems around the world, and unlocks the value of this data with the power of analytics to deliver a range of smart services for multiple vertical markets, from healthcare and hospitality to petro-chemical operations to education and more," Mr. Oliver said.

In the next phases of development of Tyco On-enabled solutions, customers will see additional benefits, such as proactive alerts with contextual information, coordinated multi-system responses and an interactive and personalized experience for system owners, users and customers. As a result, Tyco's safety and security customers will find ways to gain additional competitive advantage while continuing to protect people and assets.

As these advanced solutions integrate additional systems and data into the Tyco On architecture, including third-party software, products, and services, protection of the data is a paramount consideration. Recognizing the importance of these mission-critical systems, Tyco has established security policies and protocols that protect the data. The Tyco On architecture also supports both cloud-based and on-premises deployment so that customers can control exactly what systems can access the physical sensor data, enhancing system reliability, responsiveness and integrity.

Tyco Makes Strategic Investment in Qolsys
The company also advanced its Internet of Things strategy with a strategic investment in Qolsys, a San Jose, Calif.-based innovator that has extended the boundaries of "all-in-one" home automation with its IQ panel. The Android-based panel delivers the industry's most advanced, connected home control platform supporting life safety, residential security, home control, energy management and other functions, supported by best-in-class technology providers, including Google, Foxconn Technology Group and Alarm.com.

The IQ panel has a seven-inch touchscreen with a built-in panel camera, six built-in wireless radios with no external antennas, Z-Wave for home control devices, two-way voice, siren, an SD Card slot, 24-hour lithium-ion battery, and interactive services powered by Alarm.com. The groundbreaking panel's Dual-Path Connectivity enables communication over cellular and broadband WiFi channels enabling interactive services, adding redundancy to support reliability across all connected home services while making the solution more flexible.

"The partnership with Qolsys is exciting news for Tyco and further demonstrates our commitment to enabling new intelligent services via the Internet of Things," said Mike Ryan, President, Tyco Security Products. "This investment deepens our intrusion security portfolio offering so that we can continue to deliver the most innovative and intuitive solutions to our customers in the residential, commercial and service provider segments."

Axis introduces out-of-the-box-ready recording solutions

Axis introduces out-of-the-box-ready recording solutions

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

AXIS Camera Station S10 Recorder Series comprises three out-of-the-box-ready desktop and rack-server models. The new series offers recording solutions that will simplify installation and setup for mid-sized installations such as schools, industries and larger retail stores that require a feature-rich system for high-definition surveillance.

Axis Communications, the world leader in network video, announces AXIS Camera Station S10 Recorder Series. AXIS Camera Station is preloaded on high-quality servers and configured to perfectly match Axis' wide range of network cameras, providing both ease of installation and reliability.

“Axis continuously develops innovative products and solutions in order to optimize our customer's businesses. AXIS Camera Station S10 Recorder Series presents packaged, plug and play solutions that help our customers easily get up and running with their mid-sized video surveillance installation,” says Regional Country Manager, Mr. Ivan Tjahjadi.

AXIS Camera Station S10 Recorder Series consists of:
* AXIS S1016, workstation model for use in office environments for installations up to 16 video channels
* AXIS S1032, rack server model for installations of up to 32 video channels
* AXIS S1048, rack server model for installations of up to 48 video channels

AXIS Camera Station video management software is pre-installed. The software offers an intuitive user interface with features to meet the demand for effective and active surveillance such as a flexible live view layout, site maps, powerful event configuration, efficient alarm management and responsive PTZ control. System settings such as camera and storage are configured to further simplify system setup and maximize performance.

Hardware components such as hard-discs, graphic card and CPUs, as well as storage capacity are optimized to meet the demands for reliable high-definition surveillance. To further safeguard system uptime, the package includes hardware and software support for three years.

Further features of AXIS Camera Station S10 Recorder Series include:
* Pre-installed system software such as Windows 7
* The recorders are easily scalable with additional AXIS Camera Station licenses
* Support for multiple screens
* AXIS Camera Station S9001 Desktop Terminal available as an option

AXIS Camera Station S10 Recorder Series is expected to be available in the US, Canada in October and in EU countries in December 2014 through Axis' distribution channels. Suggested retail price for AXIS S1016 is $3999, AXIS S1032 is $10999 and AXIS S1048 is $15999.

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The best of both worlds – Taiwan hardware & software savvy

The best of both worlds – Taiwan hardware & software savvy

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

Cloud computing is a key contributor in innovative application towards the internet of things (IoT). This trend is gradually taking form, which will bring forth new challenges for enterprises in business models and innovations.

StarVedia president Jeffrey Wu explained that the IoT is the next stage of evolution for information and communications technology (ICT), and that Taiwan's cloud service capability will put it ahead of its competitors.

StarVedia currently offers one-stop-shop for OEM and ODM (GUI and back-end infrastructure.) The company is launching its own “YesCam” brand in a bid to tap into the Chinese market. Wu said their Wi-Fi module is 100% MIT (Made in Taiwan), beginning from material and design to production.

When it comes to software powerhouse, D-Link is one of the many shining examples to be reckoned in Taiwan.

D-Link, a leading global networking solutions provider for enterprise and consumer markets, has in the last 2 years endeavored to provide a fully-integrated, easy to use smart solution for the masses. Their smart home lineup includes network cameras, gateways, routers, smart plugs, sensors, cloud service, and app.

With D-Link's software ingenuity, the company has spent two years in the development of their own cloud service, named aptly the “D-Link Cloud,” which is a revolutionary product series comprising of D-Link cloud router, cloud camera, and cloud storage products. The Mydlink Home app works in conjunction with their cloud service.

Also, JSW is a renowned wireless solution provider based in Taiwan, with products ranging from digital wireless security systems and network cameras to video door phones and home control gateways/sensors, including Cloud and app solutions. Their wide-ranging services encompass the security sector, home safety, agricultural vehicles and front/backend S/W related solutions.

According to OvisLink Vice-President Albert Yeh, the company is integrating “intelligence” to the mini-dome camera line by incorporating new features to their bundled software. The AirLive smart software has built-in Intelligent Video Analytics that features: Face detection & recognition, iMotion detection, Trip zone, Object counting, and e-Fence.

As smart cameras continue to evolve and improve with time - new CPUs, ICs and image sensors, - the technology gap will remain tight amongst competitors because everybody is churning out cameras with near or similar hardware specs.

“Expertise is not about having the best components, but in component tuning,” Dr. Yeh said.

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Morpho places first in NIST 2014 MINEX fingerprint benchmark

Morpho places first in NIST 2014 MINEX fingerprint benchmark

Editor / Provider: Morpho (Safran) | Updated: 11/20/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Morpho (Safran) announced that its fingerprint matching technology placed first in the ongoing Minutiae Interoperability Exchange Test (MINEX) sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)*.

Results published by NIST reveal that Morpho ranked first in all 3 major categories. All tests are done with fingerprint “templates” which are digital representations of fingerprint images created for matching and storage.

Over 30 companies submitted technology for NIST testing. Morpho achieved top performance in the following areas:
* First in fingerprint matching accuracy using Morpho templates and matching algorithms. Morpho's matching results are 60% higher than the next closest vendor.
* First in template interoperability in which Morpho templates out performed all other templates no matter which vendor's matcher was used. Morpho's template interoperability results are 10% higher than the next closest vendor.
* First in matcher interoperability, where Morpho's matcher out performed all other matchers no matter which vendor template was used. Morpho's matching interchangeability scored 44% better than the next closest vendor.

“The 2014 MINEX benchmark results confirm Morpho's leadership in the field of biometric identification,” observed Celeste Thomasson, CEO of the U.S. company MorphoTrak. “For government agencies tasked with ensuring security and safety, using superior technology helps avoid security lapses, missed identifications and other serious vulnerabilities for law enforcement, border control, access control, traveler safety, etc. The results of Morpho's continuing R&D investments are apparent in these tests and in our growing list of worldwide customers who choose security as their top priority.”

Interoperability among various vendors and deployed systems is key to the exchange of records, and accuracy in matching for meaningful identification. Morpho-encoded fingerprints provide the greatest number of accurate matches, under the broadest range of conditions.

*The NIST program's mandates are to measure and publish performance and interoperability of template and matching capabilities, and to establish compliance standards for template encoders and matchers for the U. S. Government's Personal Identity Verification (PIV) program. Test results for all compliant ongoing MINEX vendors are published on the NIST website. In this table, Morpho is represented as 4S.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hikvision's DarkFighter PTZ nominated as “CCTV Camera Equipment of the Year

Hikvision's DarkFighter PTZ nominated as “CCTV Camera Equipment of the Year"

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 11/19/2014 | Article type: Security 50

As the world's first 1080P Full HD ultra low illumination PTZ network camera. Hikvision DS-2DF8223I-A(AEL) delivers full color images in conditions that would defeat conventional monochrome IP cameras and competing low-light cameras

Hikvision's ultra-low-light surveillance DarkFighter PTZ camera has been nominated as a finalist for "CCTV Camera Equipment of the Year" in ISFEC's Security & Fire Excellence Awards. This cutting-edge camera utilizes Hikvision's industry-leading, ultra-low-light MP lens and is designed specifically to capture sharp color and monochrome images in extreme, low-light conditions. The result is crystal-clear color images down to 0.0005Lux and the delivery of full color images in conditions that would defeat conventional monochrome IP cameras and competing low-light cameras. As well as opening up new opportunities for 24-hour CCTV surveillance, it is the ideal replacement for conventional IP network cameras.

According to Keen Yao, International Marketing Director at Hikvision, "We are very pleased to see the DarkFighter camera's ultra-low-light sensitivity and unique Smart detection technologies rewarded with this nomination. Competition for these industry-leading awards was very fierce this year with a record number of entries received and our being shortlisted as a finalist is a testament both to the outstanding qualities of the DarkFighter camera and to the innovative approach Hikvision takes to the global CCTV surveillance market."

Award - Winning Specifications
The DarkFighter camera features a two-megapixel, 1.9 inch high definition progressive scan CMOS image sensor. Together with a 120 dB WDR (Wide Dynamic Range) and Hikvision's 3D DNR (Digital Noise Reduction) technology, the camera is capable of streaming video in full 1080p HD, with 23X optical zoom.

The camera features a wide range of Smart detection features, including Face Detection, Intrusion Detection, Line Crossing Detection and Audio Exception. These features, combined with an IR distance of up to 200 metres, defog ability; Smart Tracking and Electronic Image Stabilisation place the DarkFighter head and shoulders above other PTZ and IP cameras.

MPEG4, MJPEG and H.264 video compression formats are supported and the camera features multiple H.264 compression profiles, allowing users to optimize bandwidth and storage without compromising image quality. With support for ONVIF, PSIA, and CGI standards, the new camera also offers quick and easy integration with other video surveillance equipment and systems. The DarkFighter is also protected by an IP66 rating against rain and dust, making it the perfect candidate for deployment in challenging outdoor environments both day and night.

The Security and Fire Excellence Awards final will take place on Thursday, 27th November 2014 at the Hilton Park Lane Hotel, London.

Milestone integrations with EMC, HP Workstation, NetApp, PROMISE Technology and Seneca

Milestone integrations with EMC, HP Workstation, NetApp, PROMISE Technology and Seneca

Editor / Provider: Milestone Systems | Updated: 11/17/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), has fully reported performance certification of five more Milestone Solution Partner integrations with IT infrastructure components such as servers, storage, and workstation products. The companies achieving this comprehensive process with documented results are EMC, HP Workstation, NetApp, PROMISE Technology and Seneca.

The IT infrastructure, server, storage and client platforms are integral parts of a networked video management deployment. Therefore, any miscalculations of the server or storage requirements will impact the success of a system's operation, resulting in system outages and downtime. To address this, Milestone works closely with IT infrastructure vendors to ensure that their systems can be optimized for the Milestone XProtect software portfolio, helping implementations to be specified, built and delivered as optimal systems for each customer's technical environment.

The Milestone Solution Certification for IT infrastructure products gives verification of the components as interoperable and optimized for performance with XProtect VMS. The certification process delivers documentation of a solution's proven maturity and quality as assurance of system integrity and differentiation from non-certified components.

“Integrators and end users can build solutions with confidence when referencing the tested configuration data from the Milestone certification process. The documented proof describes how these video solutions operate within the parameters of the maximum performance tests,” says Christian Bohn, VP Strategic Alliances at Milestone Systems. “We have been doing integration certifications for several years, and these additions continue to build trust in Milestone solutions for both partners and customers.”

Each certification project has three phases, beginning with two scenarios of a benchmark test and a maximum performance test. Statistics from the Milestone XProtect Recording Servers are gathered to judge the performance as a platform for video recording. The analyzed data and findings are presented in a complete report with details on the configuration of the test system and a summary.

These tests identify that the given system integrations meet minimum expected performance thresholds based on known benchmarks for best practice. The certification also measures the maximum number of cameras, at a given frame rate, resolution and codec that can be supported by the server and storage system. A summary report from the Solution Certification includes optimal configuration for a surveillance system using the Milestone XProtect VMS with the solution partner's products. This contains the solution architecture, the performance results, use-case information, detailed system configurations for the XProtect VMS components and the solution partner's products.

The Milestone certification results are valid for the lifecycle of the products tested. Yearly re-certification options mean that whenever new versions are launched by Milestone or the partner, the documentation will prove that the integration continues to be compatible and optimized.

The Milestone Solution Finder displays the wide choice of third-party applications that are compatible with XProtect VMS. Certification also applies to Milestone Solution Partners who develop software or device plug-ins for integration to the XProtect software portfolio.

ADT reports Q4 and Full Year 2014 result

ADT reports Q4 and Full Year 2014 result

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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