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Iveda deploys Sentir Cloud Video Surveillance Platform in Japanese Data Center

Iveda deploys Sentir Cloud Video Surveillance Platform in Japanese Data Center

Editor / Provider: Iveda | Updated: 10/30/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Iveda has announced this week that it has successfully deployed Sentir into the cloud infrastructure of one of the largest data center operators in Japan. The data center will white label Iveda's innovative video surveillance as a service (VSaaS) to offer customers the ability to record, monitor and store video from any IP-enabled camera anywhere in the world. Iveda expects to recognize licensing revenue from the deployment once the data center officially launches the offering within the next few months.

The milestone marks Iveda's entry into the fast-growing Japanese market. The Company is partnering with SS Unit, a well-connected security consulting company, to oversee the deployment of Sentir and manage the day-to-day relationship with their data center relationship. SS Unit, in cooperation with the government, security guard industry and construction industry, has been rebuilding infrastructure in preparation for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

“Today's announcement is just another example of how Iveda is executing on our channel strategy of leveraging our local partners' longstanding relationships with large enterprises such as telcos, ISPs and data center operators to enter new markets in an efficient, cost-effective way,” said David Ly, CEO and chairman of Iveda. “With licensing agreements in place in Mexico, Philippines and now in Japan, service providers around the world are quickly recognizing the benefits of the Sentir platform.”

The data center conducted market surveys and a rigorous due diligence process, including visiting Iveda management at their booth at the International Security Conference in Las Vegas in April 2014 before selecting Sentir. The data center was attracted to the platform's scalability, software-defined storage system and true cloud plug-and-play features. The data center chose SS Unit to deliver this new technology because of their longstanding business relationship.

“This is all in preparation for a true cloud Video Surveillance as a Service market launch in Japan,” said Yasunori Uchikado, president of SS Unit. “I look forward to making a joint announcement with our customer as we finalize our plans to market VSaaS in Japan.”

Based in Yokohama, Japan, SS Unit is a total security solution company providing security systems and security consulting services to organizations. The principals of the company have been in the security technology industry and serving large enterprises for many decades.

“We were interested in working with Iveda because of the flexibility of Sentir's platform, its quick go-to-market strategy and the compelling economics. Because Sentir does not require upfront capital expenditures and charges a licensing fee for each camera activated, Iveda provides immediate positive cash flow to service providers with significant upside,” said Uchikado.

Iveda and SS-Unit have successfully broken into the Japanese market and are seeing strong interest and fast adoption of cloud-based applications in the country – video into the cloud is the next succession.

Data centers in Japan provide more than just hard infrastructure and lease colocation services. They also deploy and market applications to end users, ranging from consumers to enterprises to government entities. They provide data, telecommunications and other managed services.

Sentir will enable cloud management of IP cameras for the home and business, as well as other video applications such as in-car video streaming for municipal busses and law enforcement vehicles and body-worn camera video streaming using 3G and LTE data network.

EverFocus anounces the release of Elite 2 NVR8004X

EverFocus anounces the release of Elite 2 NVR8004X

Editor / Provider: EverFocus | Updated: 10/27/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Elite 2 NVR8004X - UP to 16CH Tower NVR with 4HDD Bays

EverFocus Elite 2 NVR8004X is a professional standalone network video server designed for small and medium-sized businesses (SMB) and enterprises. Operating on a Linux-based system, the NVR offers quick PC-less configuration, network-based surveillance connection, megapixel recording as well as playback, up to 12 TB storage capacities and more. It also supports industry standard compression codec, such as H.264 and M-JPEG. The device is compatible with all EverFocus IP cameras.

Other cutting-edge functions available on EverFocus Elite 2 NVR8004X include multi-channel playback at multiple speed options and easy data search by event date and time. With the newly improved Event Management function, users are now supplied with a much larger range of supported event types and handling options in the database. Suspicious activities and behaviors can be detected and responded to on a much more accurate and timely manner. In addition, EverFocus has further strengthened users' account management for secure access control in vertical markets, such as residential communities, parking lot, retails stores, shopping malls, banks, hospitals, offices, factories and much more. Users may enable and perform the specified functions through the web-based GUI by the Web browser.

EverFocus Elite 2 NVR8004X NVR is the best choice for a complete network-based surveillance solution. It is versatile, flexible and well caters to the needs of the industry.

A new image for city Maceió

A new image for city Maceió

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 10/23/2014 | Article type: Infrastructure

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March Networks video surveillance selected to protect ATM in Sweden

March Networks video surveillance selected to protect ATM in Sweden

Editor / Provider: March Networks | Updated: 10/22/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

March Networks®, a global provider of intelligent IP video solutions, has announced that Bankomat AB, one of Sweden's largest ATM services providers, has selected the company's high-performance 8000 Series Hybrid NVRs for advanced security and asset protection of a 2,200 ATM network, with an initial large-scale rollout slated for completion by the end of 2014.

Bankomat is co-owned by the five largest banks in the country: Danske Bank, Handelsbanken, Nordea, SEB and Swedbank, and has been gradually consolidating each financial institution's ATM network. Many of the ATMs previously had no video surveillance or relied on a variety of different vendor platforms.

Stanley Security, a March Networks certified partner, recommended the March Networks 8704 Hybrid NVR as the ideal platform for Bankomat, and is currently managing the rollout. The 8704 model is designed for space-constrained locations like an ATM and has optimised H.264 compression – unique to March Networks – that delivers detailed HD video and noticeably sharper images from legacy analogue cameras without impacting video storage requirements. The highly-reliable recording platform also features an internal backup battery guaranteeing a systematic shutdown in the event of a power failure, a variety of security features and up to 2 TB of onboard storage.

“The unique model offered by Stanley Security and March Networks delivers greater efficiencies for ATM oversight,” explained Bankomat Security Chief Peter Svahn. “The ATMs are equipped with between two and four cameras. Many of the sites have older analogue cameras, but a transition to IP technology is in the works. IP cameras give us much better quality, so there's no reason I can see to work with analogue equipment.”

Stanley Security, which is also responsible for managing and servicing the video solution and retrieving video at Bankomat's request, is using March Networks' Enterprise Service Manager (ESM) software for centralised control of all recorder programming.

“The decision to standardise on March Networks made sense,” said Anders Gustafsson, Stanley Security's Stockholm-based Vertical Segment Manager for banking. “They are a preferred vendor in the banking market because of the functionality of their systems, their ease of use and reliability. It's not often that we have to replace a March Networks recorder.”

Complementing the video security at each ATM is Stanley's Pacom access control system, which allows security operations personnel to remotely unlock ATM service doors for authorised armoured car staff. Integration with the March Networks system allows Stanley Security guards to access video at the location to keep an eye on the scene and alert law enforcement in the event of a holdup or unauthorised access.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The keys to seamless healthcare solution

The keys to seamless healthcare solution

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What's Coming Up

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

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

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

 

Editor's Highlights - Case Studies

SALTO Systems safeguard Antrim Area Hospital in Northern Ireland

Nedap keyless drug storage for Darent Valley hospital

Hospital in India kitted out with VIVOTEK cameras

AXIS helps you keep an eye from home on baby in the hospital




Hikvision adds mini IR PT camera to easy IP range

Hikvision adds mini IR PT camera to easy IP range

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 10/16/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision's range of Easy IP solutions is boosted with the launch of a sophisticated Infrared Pan & Tilt IP camera. The DS-2CD2Q10FD-IW 1MP Mini IR PT network camera is in compact size yet features HD720p real-time video with motorized pan and tilt. The discrete housing also incorporates a built-in microphone and speaker, an SD card slot supporting on-board storage of up to 64 GB, a 100 MB/sec Ethernet interface plus Wi-Fi connectivity.

Despite its compact size, the Mini IR PT camera offers the full flexibility and manageability of an IP surveillance solution. It provides a 0° - 355° pan range and a -20° - 90° tilt range of view. The DS-2CD2Q10FD-IW is also ideally suited to quick and easy installation, the Wi-Fi WPS capability enabling automatic configuration even for users with limited or no network knowledge. With an IR range of up to 10 metres, the new camera features 3D DNR and DWDR image enhancement technology and zone configurable backlight compensation for outstanding day/night performance in any lighting conditions.

A core component of Hikvision's Easy IP range
The DS-2CD2Q10FD-IW is the latest addition to Hikvision's Easy IP range, which brings together a complete solution of cameras, Plug & Play NVRs (network video recorders) and VMS (video management software) focused on easy installation, easy viewing and easy Wi-Fi connection. Easy IP allows users to monitor their home or business in Full HD on their PC, tablet or smartphone through a uniquely simple interface.

Installation is a simple 2-step process that's even easier than Analog - plug the camera(s) into the NVRs PoE port(s), then connect the monitor and you're ready to enjoy HD video recording instantly without IP address forwarding. Easy Viewing allows you to watch and play live video anytime and anywhere. Users just need to simply download the Hikvision EZVIZ smartphone app for free, by scanning the QR code on the back of camera through EZVIZ app, live video viewing and playback will be available over the internet remotely. It's completely configuration free and it's that easy!

Users can now choose from a full range of Easy IP cameras, including indoor and outdoor bullet and dome cameras, mini-dome cameras, cube cameras and the new DS-2CD2Q10FD-IW Mini IR Pan & Tilt camera. All share the combination of a rich feature set, including Hikvision's latest encoding algorithm for highly efficient compression that reduces the transmission and storage burden by up to 50%, and unmatched price-efficiency.

 

Nedap keyless drug storage for Darent Valley hospital

Nedap keyless drug storage for Darent Valley hospital

Editor / Provider: Nedap | Updated: 10/15/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

A hospital obviously needs to rely on safe storage for their drugs. Nedap enables to do so in cost effective, user friendly and keyless way.

‘Before, all of our 65 nurses owned mechanical keys to the 16 cupboards in our ITU ward. In a busy environment like this, the cupboards are sometimes opened 100 times a day. The locks wore out regularly and consequently the nurses bent or broke their keys all the time. Patient safety always comes first, and we had to be confident that the cupboards were secure at all times. We also had to comply with the national NHS policy to securely store the drugs. That's where Nedap came in.' --Tara Laybourne, Manager ITU ward Darent Valley hospital

Patient's safety comes first
‘In the busy environment of our ITU ward we have nurses working in shifts and visitors walking in and out. Consequently, the policy of the NHS trust is that we need to securely store our drugs. Before, we used key based cupboards to do so. Each of our 65 nurses owned a key to operate them, sometimes up to 100 times a day. As a result of the intensive use, the locks wore out regularly. Sometimes the nurses couldn't lock the cupboards properly anymore and bent or broke their keys as a result. Patient safety always comes first, and we had to be confident that the cupboards were secure at all times. We also had to comply with the national NHS policy to securely store the drugs. That's where Nedap came in.'

Recommendation for Nedap
‘When we asked our partner Carillion, facilitator of the NHS trust fund buildings, about a solution to comply with the NHS security policy, they recommended Nedap. They worked with Nedap before in other NHS site projects, for example NHS Crawley & Horsham hospital. Carillion had heard about the locker management functionality of Nedap's security management platform AEOS. They told us that this solution could help us solve our key-management problem in a cost effective way. Not only for us, but also for Carillion themselves,' says Tara.

No more key management
‘Because the mechanical keys and locks wore out all the time, Carillion had to come over very often to replace them. Also, every time you copy a key, the key gets worse. Eventually it didn't fit the lock anymore. It was an ongoing problem. That's why we chose AEOS Locker Management,' says Tara. ‘The main reason is that the locks can be operated with badges instead of keys. All of our nurses now have one single badge which operates every drug cupboard on the ITU ward.'Also from a maintenance point of view the electronic locker management solution is very cost effective; locks and keys don't have to be replaced anymore and as the locks are wired, there's no need to replace batteries. Tara says: ‘Generally, the solution serves a good purpose and is worth for money.'

Track and trace access
‘Apart from the fact that we can now secure the access to the cupboards, we can also track and trace who's accessed the cupboards at what time. That's also one of the reasons why we've chosen for AEOS Locker Management. According to NHS policy, we have to keep our drugs securely stored. They regularly perform audit trails to check if we comply to the policy. In case of an audit trail, we can easily prove that only authorized persons had access to the cupboards,' says Tara. AEOS Locker Management provides access control on micro level. Via an easy to use web application, accessible via every web browser, users can easily define who should have access to which lockable compartment at what time. When asked about the user friendliness of the system, Tara says: ‘We're happy about the system, but still finding our way around it though. Sometimes, when we issue a new badge to a new colleague, we accidently issue a visitor badge instead of an employee badge. Consequently, the new colleague can't open the cupboards. Then we know that we did something wrong. With a few mouse clicks we can fix our mistake; the system is easy to manage. To keep the process of managing the cupboards secure and clear, only myself and someone else are authorised to manage the system and assign badges. In case both of us are out, the others have an algorithm to check user history if necessary.'

User experiences
When asked about the cooperation with Nedap and its certified Business Partner, Tara says: ‘The cooperation was good. Nedap was available to come over in case of an event. For example, one time, the cupboard wouldn't close. It turned out that the hinges where dislocated. Because the nurses lean on it all the time, we had to renew them. So, it wasn't really due to the system. In the past keys were sometimes lost or misplaced. Since the installation of AEOS Locker Management, they never lost a badge, so that's a great benefit too.'

Future proof
Darent Valley hospital is now ready for the future. In case more drug cupboards should be equipped with Nedap's electronic locks, they can be integrated into the existing AEOS Locker Management system with a few mouse clicks. Because the hospital opted for the solid AEOS security management platform, they can also choose to add on functionalities like access control, intrusion or video management later on. For now, they only use the locker management functionality of the platform and they only pay for the locker management feature they use.

Darent Valley hospital
Darent Valley is a modern hospital in Kent offering professional care, exceptional quality. We provide patients with the latest technology for their treatment in safe, comfortable and clean surroundings. The hospital's team of around 2000 professional and friendly staff provides care for patients across a full range of day-patient, inpatient and out-patient care. We work closely with our local community to improve the standards of our services and welcome all patients both locally or further afield.

 

Unifying city-wide surveillance systems

Unifying city-wide surveillance systems

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What Genetec's customers are saying about Security Center

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

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

 

AXIS helps you keep an eye from home on baby in the hospital

AXIS helps you keep an eye from home on baby in the hospital

Editor / Provider: AXIS | Updated: 10/16/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Mission
The Maas Hospital in Boxmeer (NL) gives young parents the opportunity to keep an eye on their child being cared for in the incubator, over the Internet, thanks to Axis network cameras.

Solution
J&K Automatisering, a company based in Oploo (NL) and a partner of Axis, advised the Maas Hospital to opt for a user-friendly application based on Axis network cameras. This solution is practical and nurse-proof. The monitoring system is simple to operate, with few commands and little opportunity to get things wrong. The incubator unit is divided into sections, and everything in a particular section is shown on the image. The cameras are all connected to a central server, which receives the images and controls access to them.

Result
Babies in the incubator unit cannot be discharged immediately because of illness or premature birth. This solution allows the hospital to give parents the opportunity to see their baby all the same. Parents can also authorize close friends and relatives to see the baby, too. The hospital mentioned a medical reason as well: mothers in the hospital's maternity unit need to be able to see their baby via a laptop, as contact between mother and child speeds up the mother's recovery.

Professional and easy to use
Images are accessed via a single portal, a central point of access to the images taken by the cameras. This gives the system a professional feel. Using a portal also means that information can be displayed on screen as well: for instance, telling viewers that babies are taken out of their cots when the nurses are carrying out nursing or medical procedures. If parents log on while this is happening, rather than looking at an empty cot they will see a message saying “We are looking after your baby.” It's also possible that a technical fault might have occurred, or that the camera might have been switched off for some reason. If that happens, the message “No image is currently available due to a fault or because the camera has been switched off.” For unexpected events the system has an emergency button. By pressing this button the power is cut and the image will disappear.

AXIS 211 Network Camera
The Maas Hospital chose the AXIS 211 Network Camera for the “Keeping an eye on your baby at home” project. This model always produces sharp, clear pictures. A varifocal DC iris lens, with a light sensitivity range from 0.75 to 500,000 lux, ensures that images are sharp even in low light conditions - during the evening and night, for example.

Another advantage of the AXIS 211 is its ability to take power via the midspan: a box that allows the network cable to feed both images and power to the camera. This means that no separate power cable is required. The emergency button is also connected to the midspan and controls the flow of power.

Privacy and storage
An important feature of this project is its matter-offact nature. It's a service that the hospital offers to parents - nothing more and nothing less. That is another reason why images of the newborn babies are never stored. Van Zitteren told us that this was a deliberate choice: “It has to do with privacy rules. If you create video images of someone and want to keep them, you have to comply with all kinds of legal regulations on privacy. The images in the Maas Hospital are changing all the time. The frames refresh every three seconds, and each new image takes the place of the preceding one. This has an added benefit: the cameras don't take up much room in the server's memory.”

Parents can create a photograph of their baby by means of a right-click with their mouse on the moving image. The response has been positive. Van Zitteren continues, “Of course, the system isn‘t designed to replace visiting the baby, but people at home want to know that everything‘ s OK. The images give them the reassurance or confirmation that their baby is in good hands.”

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