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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.”

Samsung Techwin security cameras secure a vital part of British film heritage

Samsung Techwin security cameras secure a vital part of British film heritage

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

Situated in South West London, Twickenham Studios offers a bespoke service to all media, including film and television, and can claim to be the only London based studios that caters for both stage and post-production requirements. The very latest Samsung Techwin video surveillance technology now plays a key role in helping create a safe and secure environment for all who work on the studio site. First opened to the world of film in 1913, the studio has worked on highly successful films, such as 'The Others', 'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' and 'The Iron Lady'. The Studios went into administration and in 2012 seemed destined for demolition. However, following a successful Save Twickenham Studios' campaign, the site was purchased by British businessman and property magnate Sunny Vohra, who quickly implemented a multi-million pound plan to modernise and re-equip the Studios.

The Challenge
With the need to ensure that valuable production equipment and other assets will not be an easy target to would-be thieves, Carl Childs, Head of Engineering for Twickenham Studios was tasked to source a video surveillance system that would allow the monitoring of all activity throughout the studio. “The cost implications of having to replace equipment can be significant, but equally important was the need to safeguard against any disruption to film production and to verify 100% compliance with the Studio's strict health & safety procedures.”

With the assistance of Aray Architects, a tender process resulted in video surveillance specialists Securebase being awarded the contract to install a 28 camera IP network based system.

“Having successfully installed Samsung Techwin security equipment on a number of previous occasions, we were pleased to see that Twickenham Studios had specified the company's cameras for this particular project,” said Dariush Hekmat, Director of East Finchley based Securebase. “We needed to install and commission the system within one week and so it was very helpful that all cameras and recording equipment were sourced from a manufacturer who we had confidence in, and whose products we were familiar with. This was very much a team effort. We received excellent technical support from Samsung Techwin and our ability to complete the project on time was further enhanced by Twickenham Studio's engineering department overseeing the professional installation of an IP network infrastructure before we arrived on site. With the Samsung Techwin featuring POE (Power over Ethernet), installation time was further reduced as this negated the need to install power points at each camera location.”

27 of the installed cameras, which are equipped with Samsung Techwin's Open Platform WiseNetIII DSP chipsets, are capable of capturing 2MP Full HD (1080P) images when the lighting level is as low as 0.01 Lux and have an ultra fast frame rate of 60fps which results in latency free clear images. This can be particularly beneficial in a scene with moving subjects by ensuring image edges are kept sharp and clear. 13 of these cameras are SNO-6084R weather resistant Bullet cameras, 10 are SNV-6084R vandal resistant dome cameras and 4 are SND-6084R internal dome cameras. All are day/night cameras with motorised varifocal lens and have built in IR LED illuminators to capture high quality images, even in total darkness.

An SNF-7010 360-degree 3 megapixel camera has also been installed at a specific location at the Studio where a large number of standard cameras would normally be required to monitor such a large area without any blind spots.

The images from all 28 cameras are simultaneously recorded on a Samsung Techwin SRN-1000 network video recorder which has 12 terabyte on-board storage capacity, enabling Carl and other authorised personnel, to quickly retrieve recorded video evidence of any suspicious activity.

“By investing in a future proof IP network based video surveillance system that can be expanded at any time if our requirements change, we have put in place a highly effective tool which should help us to protect our assets and maintain a welcoming, as well as safe environment, for many years to come for everyone who visits or works at the Studios,” said Carl.

[asmag feature] Wireless transmission for traffic vertical

[asmag feature] Wireless transmission for traffic vertical

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by ALCON | Updated: 10/9/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

It is widely known that choosing the right camera and back-end storage device are crucial in terms of video surveillance. As a matter of fact, transmission is the key factor that is easily overlooked in the entire monitoring systems.

If we're talking about surveillance in a flat or wherever wire cabling construction is convenient to install, stable transmission might not be a tough task to achieve. However, when it comes to video surveillance for traffic utilities, a wrong set of transmission system can make the project a nightmare if you do not fully understand what you are dealing with........ continue to read this article

 

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Wireless transmission goes beyond boudaries

Wireless transmission goes beyond boudaries

Editor / Provider: Michelle Chu | Updated: 10/13/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

It is widely known that choosing the right camera and back-end storage device are crucial in terms of video surveillance. As a matter of fact, transmission is the key factor that is easily overlooked in the entire monitoring systems.

If we're talking about surveillance in a flat or wherever wire cabling construction is convenient to install, stable transmission might not be a tough task to achieve. However, when it comes to video surveillance for traffic utilities, a wrong set of transmission system can make the project a nightmare if you do not fully understand what you are dealing with.

In the following paragraphs, asmag.com would like to show you some decisive aspects on the advantages of applying wireless transmission systems and reasons why you should especially consider to deploying in traffic sector.

Advantages of Going Wireless
1. Flexibility: No matter it is for 100 meters or 40km, wireless transmission can easily tailor to different circumstances. Meanwhile, since there is nothing holding devices back, you can move the entire system around just to fit in new decoration. Distance and cabling can hardly be any issue if wireless system is your call.

2. Easy to Install: All you have to do is providing certain data such as transmission distance and range of bandwidths; the systems will be all set when it is arrived at your doorstep, and it takes only few steps and steady hands to mount the devices at the places you want.

3. Cost-saving: Cabling can cost a huge amount of your fortune, not to mention all the follow-up maintenance. Meanwhile, don't forget that hiring professionals to install the surveillance systems and cables is definitely not going to save you any penny.

Wireless Transmission for Traffic Utilities
City Traffic and Highway
Let's start from the basic – city traffic and highway. First of all, in the middle of a metropolitan, it is extremely difficult to install cables or upgrade the cabling infrastructure from time to time. Since you cannot stop the city from being functioning and it is even harder to keep cables from being damaged while all kinds of vehicles running by all the time. It just costs too much to maintain cable transmission systems.

Secondly, distance has always been an issue! On the highway, it is not realistic to stick to wire transmission if we're talking about a matter of 30-kilometers. Furthermore, there is a great chance that the highway is running across areas under harsh environment condition such as extremely low and high temperatures, etc. It is vital that the devices can work under various conditions.

Some traffic construction projects might require surveillance systems for monitoring constructiion sites and then continuously deploy the same systems for traffic monitoring. Wireless transmission is definitely the solution made for this demand. Rather than worrying about cabling, you only need to reset the systems according to different environment.

Harbor
Coast and sea shore are one of the trickiest locations for setting up surveillance devices. Industrial enclosure is a must-have due to the erosive environment. Other than that, wireless system seems to be the most reasonable solution for harbor application, since it would be a tough task to tailor wire transmission to various demands.

When it comes to wireless transmission, a crucial prerequisite is the line-of-sight (LOS). The Wi-Fi connection fails when containers or ships blocking in between. Without auto-reboot and auto-reconnection functions, it would require technical support to reconnect and reset the systems every time disconnection occurs. Therefore, auto-reboot and auto-reconnection functions are absolutely necessary, enabling the wireless connection back to work in a just couple seconds from disconnection.

Airport
Any trespassing incidents in the airport surrounding area can lead to destructive consequences. Maintaining wire surveillance systems can be troublesome, as previously mentioned; wireless equipment seems to be a wiser solution that saves you some troubles and ensures airport 24/7 security and operation.

Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFC) is an important function that comes with the wireless system, in order to make sure that the surveillance frequency will not interfere the communication between control tower and airplanes. DFS allows wireless LANs to coexist with radar system, and automatically selects a clean channel and frequency.

Hikvision and Smartvue joint camera to cloud solution innovates video surveillance

Hikvision and Smartvue joint camera to cloud solution innovates video surveillance

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

Hikvision, a global provider in cutting-edge video surveillance products and solutions, has announced a collaboration with Smartvue® Corporation, an enterprise cloud software company whose solutions combine cost-effective edge devices with cloud storage and video management services. Together, the two award-winning companies will provide a cloud-based video surveillance service and camera-to-cloud solution for small, medium, and enterprise organizations in the U.S. and Canadian markets.

Smartvue's state of the art technology gives users access to video surveillance and storage from any smartphone, tablet, or web browser, which means they can log in remotely to view live or recorded video from anywhere in the world. The management tools allow for alerts when an alarm has been triggered, enabling motion detection, setting recording schedules, and storing and accessing surveillance data securely in the cloud, among other features. The result is a powerful yet user-friendly cloud video surveillance that is also highly scalable. The video capture component of the solution is supported by Hikvision's IP camera lineup, which boasts award-winning WDR technology along with cutting-edge video intelligence algorithms and low bandwidth.

"As the video surveillance industry grows, demand increases for a surveillance platform that can be centrally managed from up to thousands of locations,” said Martin Renkis, founder and CEO of Smartvue Corporation. “With over a decade of experience and with its robust Video Platform as a Service (VPaaS), Smartvue is exceptionally qualified to deliver this solution.” The industry agrees: Smartvue received the Maximum Impact Award for cloud surveillance at the Electronic Security Expo in June 2014, as well as Security Products Magazine's 2014 Product of the Year Award for Best Cloud Video Surveillance Solution.

Jeffrey He, president of Hikvision USA, explained the strategy behind building Hikvision's reputation as an industry leader. “As our technology leadership in the North American marketplace grows stronger, it's important to choose technology partners whose products complement our own high standards for quality solutions in the security industry. We are very excited to work with Smartvue.”

The greatest Slovak aviation show is supported by Axis IP cameras

The greatest Slovak aviation show is supported by Axis IP cameras

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 10/7/2014 | Article type: Government & Public Services

Mission
58 airplanes from 13 countries carefully watched by more than 90,000 spectators. That was the 4th Slovak International Air Fest whose scope puts it among the biggest air festivals in Central Europe. However, the large number of guests at the Sliač air base made the organizers apply rigorous organizational and security measures.
This year, the organizers specifically focused on greater monitoring of people's movements and greater incident resolution. The situation called for the use of a camera system; nevertheless, the need to monitor remote locations without electric power supply and data system connection represented a challenge.

Solution
Therefore, the Slovak Aviation Agency decided to utilize the capabilities of the Axis IP cameras and the wellproven mobile monitoring solution of NetRex. A total of 9 battery-powered NetRex MVSi 01 systems were deployed at the air force base. The system monitored the entrance gates and other selected locations. The mobile sets featured top quality AXIS P1354-E HDTV Network Cameras designed for 24-hour operation. Using the mobile Internet, the NetRex Monitor service fed live views and recordings to the organizers' computers and their smart phones. Lower level recordings were stored at remote secure servers and high level recordings were saved on the SD cards inside the cameras.

Result
Thanks to the installed cameras, the organizers comfortably monitored the whole air base. The stored recordings were available to solve potential security incidents, and they shall certainly be useful during the next year's show promotion in the media. The installation's speed and flexibility, and the cost-effective rental further supported the solution's overall benefits.

In the name of independence and reliability
The sensitive environment of the military air base without any additional electric power supply and Internet connection, including the event's short time period, made the camera system selection relatively demanding. Based on good credentials, the mobile monitoring system of NetRex was selected. The system proved its qualities in this environment.
“The NetRex MVSi 01 systems feature high-capacity batteries, which support at least 20 hours of operation. They can be charged in only 6 hours. The distribution boxes with accessories and cameras were positioned on easily portable tripods with telescopic legs. If necessary, the equipment may be quickly mounted on a wall or a public lighting pole, which may conveniently provide power supply,” says David Capoušek, the manager of NetRex, which designed, sells, and rents this solution. Reliable Internet connection was based on the 3G/EDGE router available in every set. The router also provides Wi-Fi signal coverage for the monitored area.
However, the NetRex does not transmit video only. “The system web interface continuously provides you with information on the equipment actual condition. The integrated GPS unit displays the equipment current location, and it informs you of any potential location changes through SMS or e-mail. The system reports any opening of the distribution box, weak battery condition, line voltage interruption, or potential camera failure to you as well,” adds David Capoušek.
The selected AXIS P1354-E Network Cameras have practically proven their benefits a few times already. Their HDTV resolution combined with the Lightfinder technology, which guarantees excellent sensitivity and colours even under very poor light conditions, make these cameras an ideal monitoring tool. Their integrated SD card slot supports high quality and elegant data storage. The mobile Internet connection enabled the transmission of lower resolution data to the NetRex backed-up servers. This recording backup has also facilitated quick searching for specific events.

Rental for any occasion
Besides the system's technical properties, the aviation show organizers have also appreciated the cost-effective possibility of renting this solution. An amount, which represented a meaningless item in the event's budget, was enough to obtain a professional camera system whose complete commissioning and subsequent disassembly took the NetRex technicians only a few hours. This, together with the possibility of uploading other intelligent applications directly into the camera, opens up numerous possibilities not only in relation to location security, but also during various events and data transmissions. Such an expanded mobile system may then easily transmit data online from your event to YouTube, and it may count your guests or warn you of suspicious people moving at specified locations.

 

Clustered RAID storage and enterprise CMS protect capital of Mongolia

Clustered RAID storage and enterprise CMS protect capital of Mongolia

Editor / Provider: Surveon | Updated: 10/6/2014 | Article type: Government & Public Services

City surveillance plays an important role in crime prevention and criminal prosecution. For a mission-critical project like this, it calls for not only high performance and reliable solutions, but the capability to handle the harsh outdoor environment and large data storage for 24/7 non-stop recording for 90 days. “With Surveon's end to end solutions, from 3 megapixel IP66 cameras, hardware RAID NVR, clustered storage, to enterprise VMS, we are now better equipped to monitor the entire district and protect the community against illegal activities, ” said the Sukhbaatar district police officer.

Customer
The Sukhbaatar District is situated in the capital Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia. With 18 sub-districts and a population of more than 112,000, this area is the center of the city with major government buildings, embassies, banks, and universities. “With all the residents and visitors, this district needed an advanced and professional video surveillance system to provide additional support for the police force,” the officer pointed out.

Challenges
Located in the coldest national capital in the world, the Sukhbaatar District features brief, warm summers and long, bitterly cold and dry winters, with extreme temperatures ranging from −49 °C (−56 °F) to 38.6 °C (101.5 °F) in the year. The harsh weather conditions challenge outdoor cameras to function properly and record clear images day and night.
With all the political and financial activities taking place in the large territory, the police department required a surveillance system that would allow them to remotely monitor the entire area and quickly respond to events in different sections of the district. An advanced TV-matrix wall functionality to see everything around this neighborhood at a glance was the key demand in the implementation. And a reliable storage system that supports 24/7 continuous megapixel recording for 90 days is necessary in city surveillance projects. The Sukhbaatar police department wanted to install enterprise-grade data storage to ensure long data retention period with no video loss.
Solutions

3 Megapixel 30 FPS HDR Outdoor Cameras for Extreme Weathers
Surveon CAM3471 provides 2048 x 1536 resolution at 30fps, true HDR (high dynamic range), IP66-rated weatherproof housing, and wide temperature to combat the harsh conditions. Installed atop streetlight poles, Surveon CAM3471 cameras enable police to monitor the downtown areas, tourist destinations, main roads, busy intersections, and the city's most violent neighborhoods. With the smart image optimizers, Surveon cameras can analyze lighting changes and automatically adjust the image functions to ensure clarity can be obtained under different lightings. The Smart Auto HDR can be automatically activated or deactivated according to the lighting, refraining images from being too bright or too dark. The Smart Shutter can capture precise images of fast-moving objects by adjusting the shutter speed automatically to avoid captured images going blurry or dragging.
In addition, the Smart Auto Exposure automatically adjusts the exposure based on a targeted area to bring out the proper exposure for the overall image, and the Smart Auto Focus allows users to apply auto focus on a targeted area, showing the clear image of the region that really matters. Surveon cameras also offer ROI (Region of Interest). Users can create up to eight independent regions, each with different video quality and frame rate, saving up to 30% of the network bandwidth.

Enterprise Video Solutions for Centralized Management
For a mission-critical project, an enterprise-grade video management solution is the ultimate choice. Surveon's intuitive VMS provides enterprise-level features such as real-time analytics, live view, instant playback, multiple clients, video bookmarking, remote monitoring, and centralized domain management. The software also adopts PIP, fisheye, back-forward, and frame by frame in live view and playback modes, offering partners the powerful yet easy to use solutions for professional surveillance.
Based on the client-server architecture, the Surveon Control Center (SCC) works on a simple yet compelling platform. With a single login from any PC/client at any remote location to the SCC central domain server, the SCC can take controls of monitoring, playback, configurations, and log management of all connected appliances, including cameras, NVRs, monitors, and I/O devices to ease the complications of configuration and maintenance.
The SCC supports the advanced TV-matrix wall that allows the police to know what is happening in the district in a glimpse inside the control room. In addition, the central alarm monitors not only events but overall hardware and software system status from one single platform to control operations, ease maintenance, and shorten response time.
Premium-Level Storage for Data Recording Supporting up to 64 channels of Full HD video recording, the Surveon NVR2100 with subsystem storage was chosen to provide large capacities up to 448 TB for longer video retention periods, overall system stability and zero video loss.
The EonStor RAID storage is an advanced data storage system designed for server, PC and NVR. The controller-based system with a dedicated “RAID controller” provides the highest performance and reliability with all data protected and backed up. Surveon's NVR2100 also comes with the SANwatch storage monitoring suite which helps the police easily manage and monitor the status of the storage, ensuring the high availability of recorded video.

How security enhances metro emergency management

How security enhances metro emergency management

Editor / Provider: William Pao, a&s International | Updated: 10/6/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Taking public transportation has become a normal way of life for people constantly on the go. Yet despite various safety measures implemented by the operator, disasters, whether natural or caused by human, occur from time to time. Luckily, today's security technologies have evolved to enable better emergency management for operators, and passengers can travel with peace of mind.

Public transportation has become a common way for people to commute, travel, or get to wherever they want to go. According to figures provided by UITP in 2013, 148 cities in the world have a metro system, carrying a total of 150 million passengers everyday. As for buses, 32 billion passenger journeys are made in a year worldwide — that's roughly 56% of the 60 billion for the entire public transportation system.

But, while operators around the world work hard to make sure their public transportation systems are safe, major accidents still happen from time to time. Also, due to public transit's open nature and the fact security checks are less stringent than air travel, metros and buses are easy targets for terrorist attacks. The 2004 Madrid train bombings and the 2005 bombings on London's subway and bus systems are two horrific examples in recent times. Against this backdrop, security plays a major role in emergency management. Take the 2005 London bombings as an example. Immediately after the first bombings on July 7, law enforcement officials searched for suspects via videos taken by the roughly 6,000 cameras deployed throughout the London Underground. Four days later, the images were discovered, and the identities and backgrounds of the four suspects were found. They were arrested within a week.

For today's metro operators, they can be aided by the latest developments in security technologies, including PSIM, PA, intercom, and intelligent software such as VCA to deal with emergencies even more efficiently. With these technologies in place, operators can detect threats, act upon them, and respond to incidents quickly.

VCA : Detecting Threats Early
A major component for preventing disasters in public transit is early detection of threats. Unattended bags, individuals loitering on the platform, or unauthorized entry into tunnels may lead to disastrous consequences if not dealt with in time. In fact, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security allocates millions of dollars annually to support the deployment of tunnel intrusion detection.

An effective tool that can help operators detect threats early is video content analysis (VCA), also known as video analytics, which has become more advanced and intelligent. Among the things that VCA can do are passenger counting to avoid overload, facial recognition to identify potential terrorists, and detecting objects left behind to prevent bomb explosions. Today's VCA can be embedded directly into surveillance cameras. “This enables the cameras to automatically alert the security center in case of, for instance, unauthorized access at rail yards, bus depots, or tunnels. As a result, the transit authorities can get early warnings for potential incidents such as graffiti, metal theft, sabotage, or tunnel trespassing,” said Patrik Anderson, Director of Business Development for Transportation at Axis Communications.

While VCA is claimed to have various intelligent functions, overreliance should be avoided. “Analytics is in most cases not designed for 100% accuracy and cannot completely replace security staff,” Michael Port, Head of Technology at SeeTec, reminds.

PSI M: Responding to Incidents Faster
Physical Security Information Management, or PSIM, is an effective incident-response tool that has been deployed in numerous public transit systems around the world including those in Washington D.C., London, and Moscow.

PSIM's value is twofold. First, it allows the consolidation of disparate metro command and control subsystems, such as security, operation, emergency, and even maintenance into one centralized room. “This consolidation in which police, emergency forces, and metro operation team share the same room and use PSIM as the glue that provides common operating pictures has proven to have drastic effects on metro organizations' ability to respond quickly in a collaborative manner to unfolding situations,” said Udi Segall, Director of Business Development at NICE Systems.

Secondly, once a threat is detected or an accident has already happened, PSIM provides instructions on how to respond, based on pre-defined standard operating procedures. “It provides operators with step-by-step guidance on what to look for, who to contact, how to respond, and when to escalate an incident. It is also helping to create meaningful reports on long-term trends, so future investments can be targeted to risks,” said Adlan Hussain, VP of Marketing at CNL Software.

According to Hussain, deploying a PSIM platform across an enterprise is unlike any other physical security investment in that it reaches across more stakeholders within an organization. “Time and effort need to be given in order to create the processes for managing incidents. Some of these processes may cross departments, so it is important to work with all stakeholders on their expectation from the system,” he said.

Cameras and Storage
Surveillance cameras are now installed in trains and buses throughout global public transit systems to step up security. In particular, network or IP cameras can offer high-resolution images, some up to 6 megapixels, delivering crystal-clear videos that can help improve surveillance efficiency and enhance targeting of suspicious objects or individuals.

As video data generated by IP cams get bigger, network video recorders (NVRs) in trains or buses must have better storage management capabilities. With event recording, “users can first configure the event tags, such as motion detection in the form of line crossing or intrusion detection. When the event is triggered, the video recording is activated,” said Jianjun Pei, Director of Traffic Solutions at Hikvision.

Soft Power: VMS
Video management software nowadays can automatically detect and configure cameras, analyze and process videos generated by hundreds if not thousands of cameras deployed throughout a metro system, provide centralized control of these videos, and give operators greater situational awareness.

VMS products are also highly integrative and can combine with access control, fire detection, and other building automation technologies. “This way, situational awareness is dramatically improved for safety staff. They will be able to assess a situation much more effectively using live video feeds from the area where alarms are triggered,” said Jens Johansson, Transportation and City Surveillance Sales Manager at Milestone Systems. Despite the advances in network technologies, there is a sense of reluctance for some metro operators to migrate their legacy systems to IP. “It may be a challenge for transit authorities to make sound investment cycles towards the new level of public transport security offered by open network video technology. However, as major cities around the world have begun their journey towards a better way to manage incidents, transit authorities can turn to their fellow peers in other cities to learn,” Anderson said.

Breaking the Sound Barriers
Besides visuals, sounds, such as gunshots, glass breaking, or even passengers gasping in horror, can also indicate something is going wrong.

Consider a recent and less devastating example of how operators can be alerted through sound. On August 26, a woman taking the Taipei metro alleged a male college student of “touching” her. A passenger who saw this pressed the emergency call button and notified the operations command center (OCC) of the incident. When the train rolled into the next stop, police went into the car and took the suspect away.

Today's intercom and public address (PA) systems have become more network-centric and can help enhance incident management for metro operators. According to Simen Kjellberg, Commercial Product Manager for Rail and Metro at Zenitel Group, modern intercoms or emergency call points (ECPs) have become more complex yet powerful. Supported with audio analytics, they can detect gunshots, glass breaks, and various forms of aggression, and then trigger cameras and send the feeds back to the command central. Active voice cancelling filters out background noises, which can be louder than people talking. “This way, the elderly with weak voices can be heard even if a train is passing,” Kjellberg said.

With open duplex conversations, both sides can communicate simultaneously rather than one person speaking over a uni-direction link. Automatic gain control automatically adjusts the volume level of people's voice even if they are up to five meters away. “In case of a conflict, with people being pushed away from the ECP or injured people lying on the ground, they can still be heard,” Kjellberg said. As for PA, one of the most important breakthroughs is its integration with radios carried by field personnel, who can listen to PA broadcasts through their devices or better, make announcements through their radios that can be used like a microphone.

Increasingly Wireless
Wireless technologies have advanced significantly and can allow transmission of huge amounts of video data to the OCC seamlessly, even from moving trains. Charlie Chen, Sales Engineer at Oring Industrial Networking, said for ground rail systems, wireless transmission is easier to implement. “Access points can be put in the train and every 300 meters along the track to make sure that transmission is smooth and uninterrupted,” he said.

Yet concerns have been raised over connection dropouts in tunnels, especially at sharp turns. Cosimo Malesci, VP of Sales and Marketing at Fluidmesh Networks, said this is a non-issue, as long as the implementation is done correctly. “We have done a lot of tests in tunnels on moving metro vehicles, and it works properly. Of course, the number of radio in curvatures should be higher than in straight lines,” he said.

Sit Back and Relax
Security technologies nowadays are evolving to help prevent and respond to emergencies. While they are not 100% effective, and while challenges still remain, they are being deployed in a growing number of metro systems and have proven effective in helping operators gain situational awareness and protect passengers' lives and assets. To make sure passengers can sit back and relax on metros and buses, investment in security overhaul and upgrades is justified.

Tips on Surveillance Deployment on Trains or Buses
The most ideal spots to install cameras are entrances and exits of buses and trains, since “every suspect has to enter or leave the vehicle,” said Michael Port, Head of Technology at SeeTec, adding cameras should also be distributed equally along the vehicle axis. In general, four to six cameras are the ideal number for installation on each bus or metro car.

When purchasing cameras, the user should identify their overall objective. “Should a particular camera make it possible to identify individuals? Or recognize? These two use cases result in different requirements on the camera in terms of resolution and low-light characteristics,” said Jens Johansson, Transportation and City Surveillance Sales Manager at Milestone Systems.

“The selection of lenses and field of view of each camera should be considered so that one can clearly identify the person. Several lenses may be needed in various locations in the vehicle,” said Patrik Anderson, Director of Business Development for Transportation at Axis Communications.

Panoramic cameras are ideal, as they are able to cover a wider range of a given area. As an example, Dallmeier's panoramic solution was deployed by South Africa's metro system, which faced the problem of vandalism and theft on trains parked at the rail yard at night. With the solution, which uses several lenses with different focal distances, more areas can be monitored and suspects identified, resulting in a reduction in crime.

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