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IndigoVision appoints Tamir Ginat new Regional Director APAC

IndigoVision appoints Tamir Ginat new Regional Director APAC

Editor / Provider: IndigoVision | Updated: 12/4/2014 | Article type: Security 50

 

IndigoVision, one of the leading global providers of end-to-end video security solutions, announced the appointment of Tamir Ginat as Regional Director APAC effective immediately. Based in Singapore, Tamir will be responsible for leading IndigoVision's sales, business development, and customer support in APAC. Tamir will report directly to Marcus Kneen, IndigoVision's Chief Executive Officer.

 

Tamir has 20 years of experience in sales and global business development, including 15 with NICE, focused on airports, cities, call-centers, public transportation, banks, utilities and critical infrastructure. Tamir joined NICE before it went public and concluded his career there as EMEA President. Since early 2012 Tamir has been based in Singapore as VP APAC Sales for AMDOCS.

“IndigoVision APAC has enjoyed great success particularly in airports, casinos, resources, education, prisons, stadiums and cities. The APAC team recently completed their best ever year,” stated CEO Marcus Kneen “With Tamir's experience and knowledge of the region APAC will continue to prosper, building on this success.”

After seven years Clynton Higgs steps down from IndigoVision APAC to take up a new business opportunity in Sydney, Australia. Clynton, however will provide an advisory service to IndigoVision to ensure the growth of APAC is maintained. “I wish Clynton all the best for his future success and thank him for all he has done developing and growing the APAC region.”

With sales and support staff in 30 countries, IndigoVision provides support from 15 regional centres including New Jersey, Sao Paulo, Singapore, Dubai, London and Edinburgh, with training facilities, demo suites and local stocking.

When "mission critical" really matters, people choose IndigoVision for the resilience of our solution backed by first class support. Working across some 20 market sectors, we serve end users to improve their operational efficiency, enhance public safety and enable timely emergency response.

Sao Bernardo do Campo leverages Verint intelligence solutions to expand

Sao Bernardo do Campo leverages Verint intelligence solutions to expand

Editor / Provider: Verint Systems | Updated: 11/18/2014 | Article type: Infrastructure

Verint Systems announced that São Bernardo do Campo has deployed a comprehensive security intelligence platform that includes Verint Video Management Software, Verint Situation Management Center and Verint IP Cameras as part of its “Safe City Program.” The goal of the initiative was to implement comprehensive supporting technology to facilitate collaboration between the city's municipal agencies to enhance public safety.

The City of São Bernardo do Campo, located in the Brazilian state of São Paulo, is home to more than 750,000 people. Like many large urban centers, São Bernardo do Campo has a myriad of civil agencies that are responsible for helping ensure public safety and the delivery of public services, such as transportation, education and healthcare. As such, coordination and communication between these agencies is paramount. Leading the charge to bring them together was the Secretaria de Segurança Urbana (Department of Urban Security), the municipal body responsible for forming and implementing public municipal city security policies.

In June 2014, the municipality deployed Verint's comprehensive security platform to bridge together a network of more than 400 surveillance cameras, 400 panic buttons, 100 vehicles and 20 meteorological sensors, along with numerous other sensors. This integrated platform has helped streamline operations and expedite investigations across São Bernardo do Campo, including traffic violations, civil defense and police activities. The platform was chosen after a bidding process was awarded to Informatica El Corte Ingles, which coordinated a consortium of three additional entities for the municipality.

“We are proud of the protection we provide to the city. The deployment of this video network represents a key investment we have made in our ongoing effort to make São Bernardo do Campo a better place to live,” says Benedito Domingos Mariano, Secretaria de Segurança Urbana. “Verint's security intelligence solutions have enabled an end-to-end system that is central to how we maintain a safe city environment for our residents.”

The Verint Situation Management Center solution generates Actionable Intelligence® from vast amounts of data, while facilitating system management and optimizing costs. The system delivers immediate situational awareness and rapid response leveraging an intuitive, multi-layer user interface and efficient organizational control and management through systemic procedures and standards. Verint Video Management Software streamlines video security operations to help users make sense of the vast volumes of video and data that are captured at an enterprise or citywide level. The software features powerful, fully integrated video management tools, including automated system health monitoring and event responses, investigation management, a software-based virtual matrix, interactive facility maps, a powerful and intuitive video viewing interface, and an ultra-thin client for remote/mobile users.

“São Bernardo do Campo is leading the way for other urban areas by leveraging Verint's advanced technology that provides new levels of public safety,” says Steve Weller, senior vice president and general manager, Video and Situation Intelligence Solutions, Verint. “The city has taken a proactive approach to improving security operations, which has led to a successful initiative that can serve as a model for other cities.”

NBM Distribution Limited as the newest UK MOBOTIX distributor

NBM Distribution Limited as the newest UK MOBOTIX distributor

Editor / Provider: MOBOTIX | Updated: 11/5/2014 | Article type: Security 50

MOBOTIX AG, a leading manufacturer of digital high-resolution, network-based video security systems has recognised NBM Distribution Limited, a specialist supplier of data network cabling architecture solutions and security products, as its “Newcomer of the Year” following its first full year as the newest UK MOBOTIX distributor.

The award presented at the recent partner event at the MOBOTIX headquarters in Langmeil, Germany follows NBM achieving target growth and certifying its technical lead to the MOBOTIX “Train the Trainer” programme allowing NBM to offer advanced training courses on MOBOTIX technologies to its active partners.

Established in 1988, NBM Distribution services the growing demands of the networking market. Based from premises in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, NBM supplies products to an active community of data cabling installers, IT professionals and security specialists across the UK.

“We are pleased to have been recognised by MOBOTIX for our hard work over the last year and consider our relationship a great part of our ‘single vendor strategy' designed to offer our partners a complete stack of solutions across CCTV, access control, networking and power systems,” explains Danny Kindell, Managing Director for NBM Distribution. “MOBOTIX is the only CCTV vendor we work with and this gives us a great focus and desire to commit resources to helping add value to our relationship and build a professional sales and support distribution business in support of MOBOTIX and our channel partners.”

NBM operates a 11,000 square foot warehouse that carries in-depth stock of structured cabling, switching, racking and security products from leading manufacturers including Brand-Rex, Hellermann Tyton, Prism, Allied Telesis, Ackermann, Fujikura, Ideal, Unite Technologies, Psiber, Cablelay, Tecspur, Power Data Technologies and Rittal.

“NBM has shown a real commitment to MOBOTIX and has grown beyond expectations,” said Dominic Chapman, UK & Ireland Country Manager for MOBOTIX UK, “It is for these reasons that we selected NBM for our annual ‘Newcomer of the Year” award and look forward to working closely with Danny and his team during 2015.”

March Networks video surveillance selected to protect ATM in Sweden

March Networks video surveillance selected to protect ATM in Sweden

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pelco names Kim Loy as marketing vice president of video line of business

Pelco names Kim Loy as marketing vice president of video line of business

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

Pelco by Schneider Electric announced the appointment of Kim Loy to the role of Vice President of Marketing for the Pelco Video Line of Business. In this role, Loy will drive strategic marketing initiatives on a global level in support of the company’s continued investment and commitment to its Pelco IP video surveillance solutions. “Kim has a great deal of experience managing global marketing activities and we are pleased to welcome her to the Pelco family,” said Herve Fages, senior vice president, Schneider Electric, Pelco Video Line of Business. “Her knowledge of the security and surveillance industry will be instrumental in carrying out Pelco’s strategic vision and help drive global marketing efforts that amplify our presence as a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of video security systems, software and services.”

“I’m excited to be working with the Pelco team to build upon the company’s prestigious reputation for high-quality, innovative products and exceptional customer service within the surveillance and security space,” Loy said. “We will continue to define a well-planned strategic roadmap and maintain Pelco’s standing as a leader in the video business.”

Loy has more than 20 years of marketing and management success within the security and surveillance industry and previously served as VP of Global Marketing and as the General Manager of the Security Business Unit for Xtralis and held senior management positions with G4S, GE Security, and Siemens. Additionally, Loy has served on the SIA Board of Directors for two years, and served as Chair of the Access Control Industry Group for the Security Industry Association.

As the new VP of Marketing for Pelco, Loy is responsible for managing global marketing activities, including alignment of marketing strategies across vertical markets and developing effective advertising, marketing, and communications for the video business.

Smart camera surveillance and modern incident management

Smart camera surveillance and modern incident management

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by Axis | Updated: 10/13/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Perceived and actual security
We all want to feel safe and secure, it's a basic human need. It comes way before in the hierarchy of needs than esteem or self-actualisation. However, we all perceive that security differently. There are cultural and geographical differences in this perception and also a correlation to the actual level of security based on the individual's knowledge of the situation or based on the sequence of events that have occurred historically.


Surveillance is a tool that public transport transit authorities can use to both manage the present security level, in terms of reducing incidents and crime and also to address passengers' fears concerning safety and security on the transport network. Used proactively in real-time, rather than merely recording the footage, camera surveillance is one dimension for security managers to consider when building a security system.

The main goal in any incident management system is to not overreact or underestimate any incident when it occurs and to use the right resources early on to reduce the number of incidents or avoid them entirely.

An incident lifecycle
The incident lifecycle can be characterised in five or six distinct steps:
Detection → Prioritisation → Response → Re-prioritisation → Investigation → Follow-up

Detection
This is the phase where an incident happens and is discovered. Incidents can be discovered manually when for example a passenger reports the incident via phone to the security centre, or it can be done automatically through automatic video analysis by a modern network video camera system. Examples of automatic video analysis could include overcrowding on platforms or entry into a restricted area or entry onto the rail tracks.

Prioritisation
Once the incident is detected, it needs to be prioritised in terms of what the nature of it is. This information is then prioritised against all other activities that response personnel are currently occupied with. By using high quality video from network video cameras, operators can make an informed assessment in real-time of the incident from a remote location and decide on the appropriate action.

Response
When the incident is fully understood by the security operators, it can be classified to follow a protocol; a set of operating procedures that have been determined beforehand in order to defuse and minimise the situation. The security centre can continually use network video to monitor how the scene potentially escalates and develops.

Furthermore, as modern network video cameras provide crisp, clear HDTV-quality video, not only can operators recognise what is currently happening they can also clearly identify the individual(s) involved. It is vital in a real-time situation to give a clear description of a perpetrator or someone in need of help (ie. clothing, height, body shape etc.) to allow the response to be quickly co-ordinated. With older camera technologies this was not really possible in many situations, but now it is.

Re-prioritisation
Sometimes an initial response to an incident is made with vague or limited information at hand. Sequences of events that have happened shortly before detection of the incident need to be reviewed and operators have to create a picture of the situation.
Furthermore, live and recorded video from other nearby locations can be used to continue the search for people involved and help responders be in the right place. Key to any successful response is the speed of that response and here network video also plays a central role in reprioritisation of incidents.

Investigation
After an incident is dealt with, there usually follows a period of investigation where the facts are established and the sequence of actions reported to the authorities. Video evidence is key as it helps to show the actual scenario from many different angles. By using modern network cameras, the image quality is the same as the HDTV broadcasts we are accustomed to at home. Positively identifying people where there can be no doubt of who did what and when, is a vital benefit to any investigation process.

Follow-up
The final phase is the step of follow-up and learning. Here video can be used to review real incidents with staff and security partners in order for them to discuss and learn from the footage.

Proactive video use with centralised surveillance in real-time
To create a new level of security for public transport, centralised, real-time surveillance and the ability to coordinate response personnel is key to minimising the impact of incidents and increase the perception of security. Network video has a clear role to play in all phases of modern incident management. By carefully applying intelligent video where cameras analyse the video, security operators will also benefit from an additional detection mechanism to detect incidents early and thereby increasing their ability to respond to an incident successfully before it escalates out of control. 


--Contributed by Patrik Anderson, Director Business Development Transportation, Axis Communications

 

Vicon names Eric Fullerton CEO and Director

Vicon names Eric Fullerton CEO and Director

Editor / Provider: Vicon | Updated: 9/15/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Vicon Industries has announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Eric Fullerton, formerly Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of Milestone Systems A/S, to succeed Kenneth M. Darby as Chief Executive Officer and as a Director of Vicon.

In its search for a new CEO, the Board sought a candidate who could return Vicon to prominence in the video security and surveillance systems market and also integrate the businesses and operations of Vicon and IQinVision, Inc. following their recently completed merger.

“We had very specific criteria for our new CEO, and we were highly strategic about finding the right person – Eric is that person,” said Julian A. Tiedemann, a Vicon Director, “No one better understands the market intersection of video management software and HD/megapixel cameras, which he demonstrated during his 10 year tenure at Milestone Systems, the world's leading provider of open platform IP video management software. Eric has a recognized ability to set strategy, lead teams and drive growth and innovation at the highest level. He is also a natural cultural fit for Vicon. This is a great development for our company.”

Following senior positions at netVigilance, Inc., Intel and Nokia, Fullerton joined Denmark based Milestone Systems A/S in 2004. During his tenure, the company grew from start-up to more than $70M in revenue and was named a Europe Fast 500 company.

“It is a great privilege to be asked to lead Vicon at this important juncture in the company's history,” said Fullerton. “I see great opportunities ahead for us by combining IQinVision's strong brand in HD/megapixel cameras with the long history that Vicon has in video management systems. I look forward to joining this great team.”

4 hotel security highlights provided by 5 leading suppliers

4 hotel security highlights provided by 5 leading suppliers

Editor / Provider: Michelle Chu | Updated: 9/12/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Hotel security deployment has become even prominent than ever as a strong growth has seen in the international tourism industry over the past decades. It is projected that in 2030, international tourist arrivals worldwide will reach the gate of 1,800 millions, compared to around 500 millions arrivals back in 1995, according to Statista.

The requirements from hospitality vertical are no longer merely focusing on traditional surveillance and access control deployments, despite it is widely recognized that blending in the surrounding decoration is the baseline for hotel security installation. In today's market, a unified solution that effectively assists hotel operation and staff management is much more popular and desirable.

In this article, asmag.com would like to show our readers some of the latest and the must-know considerations provided by several professional global suppliers in the terms of deploying hotel solution in the up-to-date market:

1. Guests' comfort and safety always come first
In the hospitality security market, guests' requirements have to be the highest consideration. Despite the fact that the most important thing for video surveillance is capturing clear monitoring pictures possibly needed, in a hotel, the foremost function of surveillance systems should be providing guests peace-in-mind feeling.


“For guests, the hotel rooms as well as the public areas of the hotel are used for their purposes and comfort. But for the hotel staff, it is seen as their workplace, which also brings a different aspect of video surveillance into mind,” according to AXIS Communications. “A video surveillance system will contribute to the guest safeguarding since it can help hotel security management to detect incidents and intrusion and act upon it as well as preventing it from happening.”

The luxury boutique hotel, La Suite West, located in London has deployed a discret surveillance system consisting of Axis network cameras that blend in with hotel decor.

2. IP gets an upper hand for its flexibility, remote monitoring, high-quality image, and cost-efficiency
Undeniably, compared to analog system, network systems is more flexible and, generally, cost-efficient when system expansion is in need. “We are definitely seeing a trend of more hotels adopting IP cameras as opposed to analog, due to the ease of integrating IP cameras with current security or control systems, and the cost saving achieved by using less cabling,” according to SONY Electronics Asia Pacific.


Not to mention the high image quality delivered by IP systems which makes it easier to spot details such as suspects' facial features. More importantly, network recording can be forwarded to related authorities conveniently as emergent incident taking place. Network systems also imply that remote monitoring via smart devices has become a real possibility.


Dahua Technology has also provided an alternative option for end user who desires for HD image resolution without immigrating from analog to IP systems. “HDCVI provides full HD and 720p image resolution based on the exsisting cabling, while it's cheaper than IP solution at the same time, so it is very natural for HDCVI to gain the favor from owners who run places with analog surveillance systems,” as Sancha Xia, Overseas Sales at Dahua Technology indicated. Earlier this year, Dahua has provided in-house HDCVI solution to 5-star hotel in Shanghai better securing the hotel and guests.

3. Extreme light and low-light condition make image unrecognizable – WDR & 3D DNR
For the end users in hotel vertical, it is inevitable to deal with surveillance under extreme light or low light condition. The entrance is one of the most important locations to watch over carefully 24/7. However, the surveillance could be challenging at the entrance and areas with varying light condition making people and incident too hard to recognize.


“Wide dynamic range (WDR) technology is a network camera feature that handles a wide range of lighting conditions in a scene…WDR enables objects to be visible in both bright and dark areas by applying various techniques,” as AXIS Communications suggests.


On the other hand, noise reduction is a necessary technique when it comes to hotel surveillance systems adoption. Under low-light or no-light condition, increased noise in the monitoring picture may lead to misjudgment, taking image noise as a true motion. “IP cameras provided by LILIN are equipped with 3D digital noise reduction (3D DNR), and, at the same time, incorporate spatial noise reduction. The entire image processed with 3D DNR technology is clear and noise-free,” according to Merit LILIN. One of the most established chained hotel in Beijing deployed LILIN's video security systems with advanced technologies such as WDR and 3D DNR to reach total situational awareness.

4. Security systems as added value for hospitality – branding and operation management
Due to the increasing terrorism incidents in the past decade, security has become a main concern for the tourists and business trip travelers as many are aware of possible security threats during trips. Therefore, a high-level and stringent security system can often drive hotel revenues and boost occupancy, as Pavel Petrov, Solution Consultant of Business Developement of EMEA at Bosch Security Systems convinced. “Therefore, more and more hotels worldwide do opt for voluntary certification procedures, marketing themselves as safe hotels. On the other hand, a major security breach can have devastating effects on hotel's brand, which is usually its most important asset.”


Moreover, security systems deployed in hotel can be further used as part of the hotel management. For example, not only biometrics access systems can be installed in guest rooms and staff offices, it can also be used for time attendance management. Surveillance monitoring, other than its security purpose, can be used as food and beverage management and staff training material in order to improve hotel services.

 

 

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SeSys delivers 500th ATEX certified digital IP CCTV

SeSys delivers 500th ATEX certified digital IP CCTV

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

MOBOTIX AG, one of the leading manufacturers of digital high-resolution, network-based video security systems has announced that SeSys, an Advanced Partner has shipped its 500th ATEX / IECEx digital IP CCTV camera based on a modified MOBOTIX core within a unique design certified for use within inhospitable, hazardous or explosive areas.

The SeSys ATEX and IECEx certified models offer high resolution images for live monitoring and can include integral storage to record any images for post processing or record keeping. Recording can be event driven based on motion, light, or an external trigger, for example a temperature or water vapour sensor. Events can also generate alarms, sending images to alert users or alarm receiving centres of any activity.

All units have been validated by Sira, the UK's leading Notified Body for Ex Product Certification across both the ATEX and IECEx standards. The cameras are certified for ATEX zones 1, 2, 21 and 22 as well as IP66 rated and an optional IP67 rating.

The SeSys models utilise core MOBOTIX features such as Power-over-Ethernet, no moving parts and decentralised connectivity which allows the cameras to be quickly installed and integrated into existing environments.

“Our ATEX cameras have proven popular with defence equipment manufacturers and contractors due to their small size and extremely high levels of reliability,” explains Dan Eames, Technical Director for SeSys, “With no moving parts and a purely digital PTZ function, cameras do not need servicing once deployed – in fact some of our original units deployed in 2008 have run continually without requiring any maintenance which can be an expensive process requiring production lines to be suspended.”

The cameras are used for both security and manufacturing control processes. For example, in one installation, ATEX cameras are used to display the lights and dials on a remotely operated piece of equipment in a high risk area. “In that installation, a particular set of lights turning on will generate an alert to staff in the control room,” says Eames. According to Eames, at half the cost and a third of the size of legacy analogue ATEX certified units, SeSys has experienced strong demand for its cameras and will be demonstrating the units at the upcoming ‘security essen 2014' event in September.

Dominic Chapman, UK country manager for MOBOTIX added, “We actively encourage our partners to build on our technology and develop new use cases and we applaud the technical evolution that SeSys has shown in establishing itself as an innovator in this exciting sector of the market.”

American Dynamics' integrated security solution safeguards Atlanta school district

American Dynamics' integrated security solution safeguards Atlanta school district

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

American Dynamics, a Tyco Security Products brand that is part of Tyco, the world's largest pure-play fire protection and security company, announced that Cherokee County School District (CCSD), located in the Atlanta metro area, has chosen its American Dynamics video security solutions to secure its schools and other facilities. One of the largest public school systems in the state of Georgia, CCSD encompasses 57 schools and other buildings, including 24 elementary schools, seven middle schools, seven high schools, three preschool centers, central offices and warehouses, along with its 40,000 students and 4,500 staff.

The school district needed a surveillance solution that would enable public safety staff to actively monitor both live and recorded video from its facilities, both from desktop workstations and remotely using mobile devices. CCSD selected the VideoEdge hybrid recording platform from American Dynamics to allow the school district to upgrade and grow its surveillance security system gradually, without completely replacing its existing analog infrastructure, keeping the overall project costs within the district's budget.

“As time goes on and our existing analog recorders die out, we will replace them with new hybrids,” said Mark Kissel, Chief of Police, Cherokee County School District. “It gives us the greatest potential for growing with the solution.”

The installation of this IP-based, high resolution surveillance system will meet the school district's self-identified need for additional cameras in several of its elementary schools, the installation of new Illustra IP cameras and equipment in its high school and middle schools and for better management of its video systems. Tyco Integrated Security served as the systems integrator for this project.

With VideoEdge Hybrid recorders in place, CCSD's safety officers will have faster search capabilities, including Smart Search for searching through days or weeks of video within seconds. Another advancement for the school district, according to Kissel, is better image quality and remote capabilities.

Once the installation is complete, CCSD will be able to employ more of the surveillance system's features and capabilities for a seamless, integrated platform across all of the district's facilities.

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