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VIVOTEK surveillance solution bolsters German Hypermarket EDEKA Voth

VIVOTEK surveillance solution bolsters German Hypermarket EDEKA Voth

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

The EDEKA Group is one of Germany's most successful companies, with success attributed to the seamless collaboration between the three levels of the Group - management, wholesale, and retail. EDEKA Voth in Lemgo is one branch among several EDEKA's retailers.

EDEKA HQ is located in Hamburg, where strategies are formulated to create and maintain smooth IT structures throughout the entire organization. The wholesale level, comprising seven regional wholesale businesses, is to supply top-quality goods to 4,000 subsidiary, self-employed retailers nationwide, and support management in terms of distribution and expansion. The retailers provide not only top-class products, but also friendly and professional customer service. The EDEKA Voth management acknowledges that the security plays a crucial role influencing the stability and sustainability of operations. From this aspect, EDEKA Voth places considerable effort in building an impermeable security infrastructure for protecting consumers and employees. EDEKA Voth has reviewed its security options in 2013.

A comprehensive solution is designed for encompassing the entire branch
SECOMP, a German-based distributor of VIVOTEK products, is widely known in the industrial, commercial, and institutional sectors for providing quality services in Germany. Therefore, SECOMP was commissioned to revamp the security system in EDEKA Voth. Following careful planning and cooperation with CNS in Lemgo, a comprehensive solution was designed that encompassed both indoor and outdoor surveillance throughout the entire complex. Twenty-four VIVOTEK's cameras were installed throughout the complex, comprising a combination of FD8166, FD8335H, IP7361, and MD7560.

FD8166, regarding its ultra-mini size, low-profile design and the excellent quality, was specifically selected for monitoring grocery aisle activity. Twenty FD8166 cameras, one between two aisles, were installed throughout the complex. This model features a 2-megapixel CMOS sensor capable of capturing 1920x1080 resolution video at 15 FPS. Additionally, the camera supports the industrial-standard H.264 compression technology, which drastically reduces file size and conserves network bandwidth. This technology is essential in this context due to the number of cameras installed.

The fixed dome network camera FD8335H, featuring WDR Pro, removable IR-cut filter, and built-in IR illuminators, was selected for monitoring back door activity around the clock. Designed with 1-megapixel CMOS sensor, the camera is capable of capturing 720p HD at 30 FPS. Additionally, the IK10- and IP66-rated housing renders this model ideal for outdoor applications.

The bullet style IP7361 was selected to monitor the warehouse loading area. The IP7361 is equipped with a 2-megapixel CMOS sensor (1600x1200) with a 6 to 9 mm vari-focal, auto-iris lens that enables the camera to deliver extremely detailed images at 6 times the coverage of conventional VGA cameras without sacrificing storage space or network bandwidth. Similar to the FD8335H model, the IP7361 features the IP66-rated housing, removable IR-cut filter, and built-in IR illuminators, making this model perfect for outdoor surveillance.

For the entrance of the complex, fixed dome network camera MD7560 was opted. The MD7560 features an advanced 2-megapixel CMOS sensor capable of capturing 1600x1200 resolution video. It also supports a wide-angle lens, making this camera ideal for areas with high volumes of activity, such as store entrances. The IP67-rated tamper- and vandal-proof housing further increases the robustness of the camera, enabling it to withstand the harshest environmental conditions.

Achievement: Fully satisfaction with the performance and highly confidence in future cooperation
Overall stringency in surveillance has increased significantly since the employment of the solution in November 2013 while maintaining the ease of use and seamless operations. The customer is fully satisfied with the performance of the solution and expresses confidence in future collaboration.

The strategic advantages of reinforcing the security of an organization from the bottom of the structural pyramid are countless. At a consumer level, the tangible sense of security throughout the shopping experience elevates consumers' loyalty, satisfaction, and repurchase intention, generating positive word-of-mouth. At a management level, a sound security infrastructure frees decision-makers to tackle other aspects of management, formulating decisions with greater value for the company. At an organizational level, consumers' positive word-of-mouth and managers' favorable decisions created in the previous levels reinforce investor confidence in the organization, ultimately increasing market size. Therefore, the state-of-the-art solutions developed by VIVOTEK not only explicitly satisfy security and surveillance demands, but also implicitly promote organizational progress.

Dahua secures safe city Ventanilla in Peru with wireless solution

Dahua secures safe city Ventanilla in Peru with wireless solution

Editor / Provider: Dahua | Updated: 3/2/2015 | Article type: Government & Public Services

Dahua Technology successfully helps to secure Ventanilla in Lima, Peru, together with local distributor Best Security del Perú.

Covering a total land area of 73.52 km², Ventanilla is the largest district of province Callao and accommodates over 500,000 population, which leads to a high population density and more pressure on city infrastructures and facilities. The same as some other rising cities around the world, Ventanilla is in face of problems such as traffic jams and crimes, so the municipal government determined to create a better and safer living environment for citizens by launching safe city project with an all-around surveillance deployment.

However, the project was ticklish to proceed at beginning as Ventanilla is a mountainous seaside city, which means installation and cabling would be a big challenge. To better figure out what would be the most optimal solution to this case, Dahua dispatched a professional team to Peru in order to provide first-hand support in time. Taking both topography and budget into consideration, Dahua and Best Security del Perú came up with a wireless solution, by which, all the media data can be transmitted to the center via access points, avoiding installation complexity and save spending on labor and cable at the same time.

The complete solution includes network speed domes, NVRs, transmission devices, video-wall system, a control keyboard, which are of the best C/P ratio and high stability as required by the government.

Hundred units of Dahua IR speed domes are installed across the city, getting streets and corners covered; and its IR distance is up to 80 meters, ensuring a good visual effect even under unfavorable lighting conditions.

Meanwhile, 128-channel super NVRs and 16-channel NVRs are used as storage devices in order to manage massive data volume. Take super NVR as an example, it is of 384Mbps incoming bandwidth capability, rendering a smooth HD real-time preview and recording; and the NVR supports RAID5, which further ensures data safety and system stability.

The wireless video transmission system includes access points, feeders, PoE, antennas and power cables, allowing a 3.0km to 5.0km long-distance fast transmission with a wide angle, by which, the coverage is further expanded.

In addition, there is a Dahua 3 x 3 46-inch video wall installed in control room, incorporated applied with a video-wall controller to have a better central management, which can better optimize the manpower and police operations.

“Generally, Dahua products performs well and the system operates stably for the whole project”, said Christian E. Buleje Pun, Manager of Information and Telecommunication Technology at Municipal of Ventanilla. “We appreciate the reliable quality, smooth running, low costs and advanced service of Dahua. Surely, we will continue select Dahua as our future cooperative brand for security projects in the future. If Dahua can provide longer warranty, that will be perfect. ” continued.

“It was always a pleasure to work with Dahua Technology,” said Manuel Nolazco N., Gerente Técnico Comercial at Best Security del Perú. “They’ve done a lot of safe city cases around the world, which is very helpful and supportive during the implantation, and we are looking forward to cooperate more on safe city projects with Dahua in Peru.”

Milestone Systems adds support for Axis wide-angle cameras

Milestone Systems adds support for Axis wide-angle cameras

Editor / Provider: Milestone Systems | Updated: 3/2/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), has just released its bi-monthly Device Pack 7.8 for the XProtect portfolio of products. The most significant feature in this upgrade is support for a new type of hybrid cameras combining a PTZ and a 360-degree camera.

An example of the new type of hybrid cameras is the AXIS Q6000-E network camera. This camera offers a 360° overview provided by four 2-megapixel camera heads, and when integrated with AXIS Q60-E camera, it simultaneously offers high-detail optical zoom on areas of interest.

Using XProtect clients, with just a single click operators can optically zoom in on details of interest with high precision while at the same time being able to maintain an overview of large areas of up to 20,000m² (215,000 sq. ft.) – about the size of four football fields.

The release of Device Pack 7.8 also marks that Milestone remains committed to supporting the broadest range of cameras and devices on the market – currently over 100 brands and more than 4,000 models. This means that more than 1,000 devices have been added in a year. This is the highest annual growth ever.

“The release of this device pack clearly shows the power of open platform technology. We are not only adding a brand new type of camera, we have also added support for more than a thousand devices in a just a year,” says Christian Bohn, Milestone Systems VP Corporate Marketing & Alliances. “This clearly shows our dedication to ensure that our customers and channel partners have the broadest and most comprehensive device support in the industry, now and going forward.”

Milestone XProtect Device Packs include optimized drivers that enable the relevant capabilities of a camera or other hardware device to be managed by XProtect software. Milestone works closely with the device manufacturers in the Camera Partner Program (CaPP) to achieve the optimal interaction between their devices and the XProtect VMS. This ensures the highest quality for a video surveillance solution, which is important for total system operability, efficiency and stability.

Axis launches rugged cameras designed for outdoor use on vehicles

Axis launches rugged cameras designed for outdoor use on vehicles

Editor / Provider: AXIS | Updated: 3/2/2015 | Article type: Security 50

AXIS P3905-RE is an outdoor-ready camera addition to the family of compact, rugged and discreet cameras of the AXIS P39-R Network Camera Series. They are all specially designed for onboard video surveillance in or on buses, trams, subway cars and other rugged environment vehicles.

Axis Communications announces AXIS P3905-RE Network Camera. It is designed to be mounted on the exterior of a vehicle, increasing safety onboard and to simplify incident investigations. For example, the camera can be used for rearview surveillance alongside the vehicle outer surface, or down mounted over a door. It could also be used as a forward-facing camera.

AXIS P3905-RE has passed the demanding IP6K9K tests. It withstands tough conditions such as vibrations, shocks, bumps and temperature fluctuations as well as normal maintenance of a vehicle like washing.

“AXIS P39-R series is specially designed for onboard use in a variety of vehicles. It delivers high image quality in HDTV resolution, and edge storage for demanding customer requirements. The cameras also feature an active tampering alarm function for the detection of tampering attempts such as blocking or spray-painting. AXIS P3905-RE Network Camera is a natural extension in this series. It comes ready in a rugged outdoor housing and offers a cost-efficient and reliable installation. It is ideal for buses, trams, trucks and emergency vehicles” says Erik Frännlid, Director of Product Management, Axis Communications. “Axis’ Corridor Format that gives a vertical image format is naturally supported and is perfect for these kind of applications” he concludes.

AXIS P3905-RE comes with a 6 mm lens that provides a 55° horizontal field of view optimized for the typical use of survellaince alongside a vehicle. If a wider field of view is required, the housing also allows customer to change to a 3.6 mm lens offering an 87° horizontal field of view. The new outdoor housing is offered as a separate accessory to AXIS P3904-R and AXIS P3905-R that comes with the 3.6 mm lens at delivery.

All AXIS P39-R cameras are available with either a male RJ45 connector or a rugged M12 connector. The cameras provide a pixel counter for verifying that the pixel resolution of an object meets specific requirements.

The new AXIS P3905-RE is available through Axis’ distribution channels.

Intelligent surveillance and incident reporting raising situational awareness

Intelligent surveillance and incident reporting raising situational awareness

Editor / Provider: Hayagriva Software | Updated: 2/27/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

Over the years, video surveillance has been the essential key to creating a safer environment. However, a tool needs to be developed to help sift through all the video footage, as well as manage and save the important details. With Com-Sur, a Windows and mobile (iOS and Android) based intelligent surveillance enhancing and incident reporting software, users can enhance surveillance, create standardized intelligent incident reports, and back up relevant data forever!

Video surveillance has become the de-facto means to create safer cities, workplaces, and homes. However, installing video surveillance systems is just the beginning. One needs to do more. One should be able to gain intelligence from video, which will help in preventing losses, reducing operational risks, improving business process, and subsequently sales. Additionally, in case of crime, standardized intelligent incident reports created in PowerPoint would help solve wrongdoing faster.

In the case of an incident, the DVR needs to be accessed to locate the footage, and presented to law enforcement agencies. This is where the trouble begins, and the following questions come to mind:

1. What if the DVR itself is stolen or destroyed?
2. What if the DVR failed to record?
3. What if the footage is lost due to human error, or deliberately erased?


Generally, to retrieve footage, systems integrators (SIs) who installed the video surveillance system are called upon, which can be an expensive and time consuming affair. Now, once the footage is found, the affected party is required to connect with the appropriate law enforcement agency and explain the entire case to them. Unless it is a high profile case, there is not a high chance that the over-burdened law enforcement agencies would be able to invest long hours on the case immedately.

With respect to law enforcement agencies, there are several issues that bog them down, when it comes to viewing video footage. Some of the issues include having to watch long hours of footage from different sources, especially when there is an incident which has occurred at a place not directly covered by the video surveillance — for example, the Boston marathon bombing case. In such cases, law enforcement agencies need to rely on footage derived from video captured by local businesses and/ or public video surveillance around the scene of the incident. Law enforcement agencies also have to deal with painfully aggregating videos from different sources and sharing them with other agencies or the public, as well as writing up reports, which is often a manual and non-standard process.

Furthermore, while cameras and video management systems (VMS) are increasingly becoming smarter, the reliance on alarms is growing to detect an exception. However, it is well known that several alarms can be false as well, which leads to human intervention. Moreover, it is also impossible to rely squarely on technology only. In order to decide whether a bag left behind by a passenger at an airport is a threat or a genuine error, some amount of human intervention or review is therefore required. However, because it is cumbersome to review long hours of footage, review is generally ignored. This could result in missing an event that may never be raised by a modern VMS, for example, a dry-run, or recce.

It is unanimously accepted that, monitoring surveillance video is a tedious and demanding task. According to research carried out by Police Scientific Research, video surveillance observers tend to suffer from video blindness after 20 to 40 minutes of observation, i.e., they cannot recognize the objects in the video anymore. It is also important to note that most DVRs usually retain video up to a maximum of 30 days after which it is overwritten. If one needs to access video after that, it is not possible.

The Solution To The Problem
Intelligent surveillance enhancement and incident reporting software such as Com-Sur converts video (in real-time or from recorded footage) into rapidly reviewable screenshots, enabling the user to review hours of footage in minutes. Things that seemed in order are suddenly discovered because of this feature. Example, a dry-run, or issues like whether the staff was paying attention to its customers, or if the shelves were well-stocked. This also makes it possible to review if camera positions were altered, or whether the cameras were working at all, which is often a big problem.

Standardized Intelligent Incident Reports
Incidents do not differ by regions — an incident that occurs in the U.S. is no different than an incident in any other part of the world. Therefore, use of standardized incident reports can lead to several advantages for users. For instance, stakeholders sharing one minimum industry standard of an incident report as opposed to different kinds of incident reports will lead to ease of taking action when every incident report arrives in one standard format. Additionally, metadata gathered while creating the report delivers intelligence through patterns, e.g., what kind of incidents are taking place at what locations, at what time, on which particular days, etc. This makes it possible to take corrective and/or preventive action.

Another advantage of standardized incident reports is that crime can be solved faster. Using Com-Sur, the affected party can convert video into screenshots, describe them, and create a storyboard describing the entire incident. The software also makes it possible to embed the relevant video clip within the report in order to deliver a complete package to law enforcement. Think of the burden that would be reduced for law enforcement agencies if the affected party is proactive and submits such an incident report to them.

Most importantly, since the reports are created in formats like Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, and PDF, sharing them becomes very swift and easy. Think of an incident that takes place in one suburb quickly being shared via email with other suburbs, cities, and even countries — all at the click of a button. And with the above formats, it's easy to view the report on a smart phone or tablet.

Backs Up Video Forever!
The intelligent incident management software makes it very easy to back up video in the form of screenshots at up to five different locations in real time. These could be one's own servers, such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and MS OneDrive, etc. This makes access and retrieval very easy. Furthermore, one can tag important screenshots and choose to retain them for as long as is needed.

Furthermore, the software also makes it possible to share large numbers of photos and their related information as a contact sheet (thumbnails with their relevant description). An example of this would be sharing details of suspects at various borders and entry points. With Com-Sur, one can create incident reports using photos from a camera or mobile device. Thus, incidents not captured by video surveillance can also be covered. Additionally, the software acts as a great training material creator. Since Com-Sur captures screenshots from any video, one could look up videos on sites like YouTube to capture screenshots, add subject matter expert comments, embed the link within the slide, and create customized training material. Think of videos in one language, and subject matter expert comments being quite another. Finally, Com-Sur works with any camera, DVR, or video surveillance system.

Axis joins the Queen City's guard

Axis joins the Queen City's guard

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 2/27/2015 | Article type: Government & Public Services

Mission
Cincinnati, Ohio is an historic American city of 300,000 with a highly developed downtown, diverse neighborhoods and over 20 miles of shoreline along the Ohio River. Working with Federal Signal Corporation, a security and safety systems integrator and Axis partner, the Cincinnati Police Department decided to enhance their operations by installing several analog cameras downtown in 2008. However, in just two years, the CPD decided the analog camera technology was not delivering the image clarity it needed. It decided to retire its analog cameras in favor of more advanced, high-definition network camera technology.

Solution
The CPD asked Federal Signal to design and install a new IP-based, citywide surveillance system comprised of nearly 100 Axis high-definition pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) managed by Genetec Security Center, the unified security platform which includes the Omnicast video management system. Most of the critical locations did not have a communications backbone, so Federal Signal, a wireless broadband expert, designed and deployed a wireless streaming solution featuring a secured Firetide mesh network and Point-To-Point licensed backhaul utilizing Cambium PTP 810 microwave transmitters for longer distances.

Result
While the Axis cameras are used to help the CPD deter and apprehend criminals, they also play a vital role in public safety. Cameras monitor the downtown business districts, neighborhoods throughout the city and the riverfront to protect the welfare of residents and visitors to the area. They have been used to rescue boaters on the Ohio River, monitor weather conditions on city thoroughfares and help contain hazardous spills.

To provide its officers with additional support, the CPD consulted with other departments and citizens' groups to discuss the benefits of installing cameras in the city. Together, they developed a plan and deployed the first analog video cameras in the downtown business district in 2008. Two years later, the department was ready to expand the coverage into neighborhoods and along the riverfront. At that point, they decided a more advanced IP video solution would deliver far better image quality than the original analog technology.

Immediate incident response
Axis partner Federal Signal recommended high-definition AXIS Q6034-E and AXIS Q6044-E PTZ Network Cameras for the job.

According to Nirmal Chudgar, Director of Business Development/Professional Services for Federal Signal, reliability was a key factor in recommending Axis. “From past experience we knew that Axis technology always worked and technical support would always be there when we needed it,” Chudgar said. All cameras are managed through Genetec Security Center video management system at a sophisticated operations center at police headquarters. The video travels over the City's fiber optic network, as well as by wireless technology. Firetide mesh nodes allowed the City to add Axis cameras in critical areas without wired connections. For longer distances, Cambium Networks' PTP 810 microwave transmitters provided a reliable high bandwidth backhaul for the video traffic. Highly efficient H.264 compression technology retains HD resolution without overwhelming the mesh network's throughput or consuming excessive data storage. The video is stored for 14 days on a 64 TB Dell Compellent SAN as well as on SD cards inside the cameras for backup.

“When an incident occurs, officers on duty in our Real Time Crime Center (RTCC) can grab control over the Axis PTZ cameras and zoom in for a closer look,” said Barry Whitton of the Cincinnati Police Department Technology and Systems Section. The cameras can also be accessed on video walls in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and 911 Center during major events. The readily accessible video allows the CPD to quickly assess situations and determine the most appropriate response. Whitton recalled one instance where the department received a report alleging a fight involving 20 people armed with guns and knives.

“There was a camera right there,” Whitton said. “We were able to see, almost as the incident was being dispatched, that the report was not correct. The crowd was small, and there were no guns and no knives.” In 2013, the CPD added the mobile application from Genetec Security Center to push video out to officers in the field. “This has been an especially valuable tool in covert operations and emergency response situations on the streets and along the Ohio RIver,” Whitton said.

In addition, the CPD operates a mobile command van that tows a trailer housing lights and Axis cameras mounted on a boom for events in open fields, parking lots or other temporary locations. Whitton stressed that the department is very conscious of the balance between public safety and individual privacy, and they have strict guidelines on who can operate the cameras and for what purpose.

“Everything we do is audited,” Whitton said. “We keep close tabs on who has camera access, and we tightly control who has permission to use them and request archived video.”

Providing digital back-up on the road and in the water
“Video cameras don't replace police officers in the field, but they do give them another set of eyes,” Whitton said. Those extra eyes have been particularly valuable in recovering stolen vehicles. When the Real Time Crime Center gets an alert that a stolen car has passed a license plate recognition camera, an RTCC officer takes control of the nearby Axis PTZ cameras, if available, to follow the car as it drives through the city streets.

“We had one case where we wanted to make a safe, controlled stop to apprehend the car thieves. We didn't want them jumping out of the car and fleeing the scene. We watched the vehicle on the Axis camera and radioed the officers near the scene to execute the stop when the car reached the bottom of the hill.”

The CPD also uses Axis PTZ cameras to support maritime security efforts along 25 miles of the Ohio River shoreline. They often share the video with the US Coast Guard and other regional maritime first responders from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

In one incidence, an intoxicated man crashed his car on the Kentucky side of the river and tried to flee by swimming to Ohio.

“I was able to track him as he swam along the shore and direct the police boat where to fetch him out of the water,” Whitton said.

Sharing the benefits of public safety cameras citywide
As the system grew, its role evolved from policing crime to enhancing public safety and increasing the City's overall quality-of-life. The CPD shares the real-time video with other city departments, including Fire, EMS and Traffic Engineering. The video has been used to support such diverse efforts as directing first responders during medical emergencies and diesel spills, tracking snowfall on major roadways and charting the progress of highway construction projects.

In addition, the CPD partnered with a major local university, parks, metropolitan housing authorities and a casino to add cameras along the perimeter of their properties to ensure the safety of those heading to and from those locations.

According to Chudgar, “What makes this such a successful public safety tool has been the strong collaboration among everyone involved in this mission critical initiative – our Axis and Genetec technology partners, our wireless broadband vendors, ourselves and the Cincinnati Police Department.”

Exacq and Arecont Vision secure Dubai Courts

Exacq and Arecont Vision secure Dubai Courts

Editor / Provider: Exacq | Updated: 2/25/2015 | Article type: Government & Public Services

Dubai Courts wanted a way to easily monitor day-today operations and easily export video of incidents. Dubai Courts consulted First Security Group LLC, a local security integrator, and Harco Group to find a video surveillance solution that fit their needs. After working with First Security Group and Harco Group and looking at various options, they selected Arecont Vision cameras, an exacqVision network video recorder (NVR) and exacqVision video management system (VMS) software.

First Security Group placed 58 Arecont Vision two megapixel IP cameras throughout Dubai Courts facility. Cameras cover both inside and outdoor areas. The new IP cameras provided high quality images and video details that their previous analog cameras did not have.

First Security Group installed an exacqVision Z-Series NVR. This recorder stores up to 32 terabytes of video and uses continuous-duty, enterprise-class drives. The front-mount drive bays provide Dubai Courts with the opportunity to easily expand their system in the future. The exacqVision recorder provided a high level of performance and reliabilty. Additionally it has the capacity for Dubai Courts to expand their system at any time.

To view live and recorded video, Dubai Courts IT and administration have access to view the exacqVision client on their desktop computers. They can easily monitor all areas of the courts with the exacqVision VMS software displayed on a video wall.

The ease-of-use and remote connection through the free web service application has made it easy for Dubai Courts employees to monitor and control security operations. The high performance exacqVision Z-Series supports simultaneous video to web and mobile clients with 1,800 frames per second.

With the exacqVision solution, Dubai Courts has prevented losing valuable assets and also has video evidence of any incidents reported. When a visitor or employee has a complaint about an incident on the facility, IT personnel can quickly review the video from that time frame and specific area. exacqVision gives them the capability to save incidents and group them together for later viewing with the bookmarking feature. exacqVision makes searching for video of incidents seamless.

Bosch surveillance cameras installed in Malaysian restaurant

Bosch surveillance cameras installed in Malaysian restaurant

Editor / Provider: Bosch | Updated: 2/24/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Bosch Video Surveillance cameras are now installed in Yun Lai Huat Dim Sum Restaurant located at Petaling Jaya, Selangor. A popular restaurant that is growing its business, its owners wanted a video surveillance solution that can be used to keep the restaurant safe and improve overall operations, especially during peak hours.

With the opening of their newest outlet, the owners wanted a CCTV solution that can be used to monitor the whole premise, including the cashier counter, kitchen and dining area. The video footage enables the owners to monitor their business in real time. This helps keep the restaurant safe and ensures that employees are working efficiently.

In addition to general security surveillance, the owners wanted to be able to understand their crowd flow better. This would help them improve operations across all their outlets. To meet these requirements, 8 Bosch VTI-216V04-1 bullet cameras, were installed. These Integrated IR bullet cameras can be used both indoors and outdoors which allows the owners to have a camera installed outdoors to monitor the entrance of the restaurant too.

With a solution that is easy to install and use, Bosch provided a cost-effective total security solution that was customized to the needs of the owners.

The customer was extremely satisfied with the video surveillance solution as they are now able to use the surveillance cameras as a tool to help with their business operations while keeping their patrons safe. The Bosch cameras also come with a 3-year warranty and quick after sales service, giving them peace of mind on their investment.

Bank Rakyat Indonesia Implements IP Access Control System

Bank Rakyat Indonesia Implements IP Access Control System

Editor / Provider: Genetec | Updated: 2/23/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Bank of Rakyat Indonesia implemented the Synergis IP access control system to restrict access to vulnerable areas and extends BRIZZI one-card application to include employee access.

Business Challenge
Incorporated in 1895, Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) is one of the largest government-owned banks in Indonesia. Today, BRI has over 10,000 outlets serving 30 million retail clients and a growing corporate clientele. BRI's headquarters is located in Jakarta and serves as the center of their national operations in a state-ofthe- art 35-story building.

As one of Indonesia's largest banks, the organization places a very high importance on security; not only to ensure its proprietary business information stays safe, but also to protect employees and visiting clients. With the aim of enhancing the security of their headquarters, BRI was looking to expand its physical access control system.While server rooms were restricted with a stand-alone access control system, the technology was extremely basic and could not accommodate their plans to implement access control enterprise-wide. BRI also wanted a more advanced and feature-rich IP-based access control system to protect main entrances and exits and other sensitive areas.

An open-architecture system was also important to accommodate device selection and other systems integration in the future. With the help of local integrator Golden Solution Indonesia, BRI chose Genetec Security Center, the unified security platform with Synergis IP access control. According to Mr. Yusuf, Head of Security at BRI, “Security Center met all of our needs in terms of system functionalities within our budget. It also gave us the flexibility to leverage advanced card technology for a unique one-card application with our BRIZZI payment card.”

One-Card BRIZZI Application Showcases Innovation and Simplicity
Today, Security Center manages 114 doors throughout BRI headquarters, securing access to server room areas, offices, and VIP guest locations. HID Global VertX controllers and readers were chosen to secure all doors. The Synergis IP access control system is also managing 12 tripod barrier gates at the main entrance of the headquarters.

Since all employees and some customers already carry the BRIZZI payment card from BRI, the bank wanted to leverage the flexibility of the system and the hardware to use this card for access credentials as well. Today, the 32-bit smartcard not only serves as a pre-paid debit card but is also used by employees to access various areas of the office building.

“The BRIZZI card is designed to serve multiple functions including a prepaid debit card for purchases and for road tolls from merchants who are affiliated with the bank,” said Mr. Yusuf. “By choosing Synergis and HID, we were able to add the access control application within our headquarters. This makes it easier for our employees who now only have to carry one card and this also helps us build on this bank-affiliated innovation.”

Granular Access Privileges and Visitor Management Secure Vulnerable Areas
In order to ensure employees only have access to the areas and floors that are necessary to their functions, BRI was able to create access control groups and pre-assign specific access control privileges to each group for easy cardholder enrollment. Special after-hour privileges are provided to senior-level employees who may require access beyond regular office hours.

The ability to pull detailed access control reports from Synergis has been instrumental to the security team at BRIZZI. During any active investigations, access control event reports provide a clearer timeline of when events might have occurred. Creating monthly reports on visitor access, event logs, and system health status have become routine for the BRI security team.

For clients and business affiliates who visit the headquarters regularly, the built-in visitor management feature in Synergis has facilitated the check-in and check-out process. “The enrollment process for our visitors is quick and easy, and having the ability to assign access control rights ensures our most vulnerable areas will always be secure.”

Growing Into the Future Without Restrictions
Beyond ensuring BRI headquarters are safe from any potential vulnerabilities, the security department is exploring the use of Synergis for a time and attendance application that will involve multiple departments.

Integration with video surveillance and fire detection systems are also on the horizon for BRI. Since Security Center is a unified platform, BRI is looking forward to managing all security and business systems from one easy-to-use solution. Syncing events and alarms with video will further simplify investigations for the security team. BRI is also looking to upgrade access control at other locations and centrally manage these sites from the main headquarters by implementing the Genetec Federation feature.

“ Synergis IP access control is a very effective product and has met all of our needs in helping us secure our headquarters. We look forward to expanding on the system by adding more advanced functionality, systems integration, and other sites. The Genetec solution has given us the freedom to grow, without restrictions, so we know our investment is protected,” Mr. Yusuf concluded.

Philippines: On the fast track to success

Philippines: On the fast track to success

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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