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Exacq Technologies partners with VoloForce to leverage video security

Exacq Technologies partners with VoloForce to leverage video security

Editor / Provider: Exacq Technologies | Updated: 1/23/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Exacq Technologies, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, a leading manufacturer of video management system (VMS) software and servers used for video surveillance, has announced an integration with VoloForce Real Cadence, a software as a service (SAAS) real-time retail execution solution. Real Cadence goes beyond loss prevention to leverage the exacqVision security system as much more than just a security system. This provides retailers with a tool to manage strategic branding, store operations and every aspect of the business.

Users can visually see their product placement in each individual store throughout the world and ensure their brand is being properly executed.

Real Cadence by VoloForce enables exacqVision users to control their global brand appearance and improve the customer experience through operational insight. With the integration, users can visually see their product placement in each individual store throughout the world and ensure their brand is being properly executed. This integration allows corporate office users and regional store managers to associate the exacqVision video of specific retail locations with corporate checklists and brand processes within Real Cadence, saving them time and reducing operational costs of traveling to each location. Video from the appropriate camera is automatically mapped to the zone within the store department. Real Cadence also connects exacqVision video to the traffic counter feature to verify the video with the number of people entering and exiting the store. At any time, a regional manager can view and receive the necessary insight into all locations operations.

“The VoloForce Real Cadence integration allows exacqVision users to leverage surveillance video for operational benefits beyond security,” said Scott Dennison, Director of Marketing, Exacq Technologies. “Now, retailers can visually monitor their store's key performance indicators without costly travel.”

This integration requires an exacqVision server with a current exacqVision Professional or Enterprise license.

Expanded IP camera portfolio from Bosch makes professional surveillance easy for everyone

Expanded IP camera portfolio from Bosch makes professional surveillance easy for everyone

Editor / Provider: Bosch | Updated: 1/12/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

The recent release of the IP 2000, IP 4000 and IP 5000 camera families from Bosch Security Systems creates a comprehensive portfolio of IP cameras that make it easy for small and medium-sized organizations to set up professional surveillance solutions. With these cost-effective cameras, Bosch raises the bar and sets new standards in security and data management for everyday surveillance situations, including schools, hospitality sites, retail shops, commercial buildings and more.

The IP 5000 family offers resolutions up to five megapixel to make it easy to distinguish individuals or minor details, significantly increasing the effectiveness of retrospective analysis. For applications where cost is more important than fine scene details, the IP 4000 family offers 720p resolution. And, the IP 2000 family is ideal for small retail businesses, as it includes two-in-one solutions that combine a built-in passive infrared (PIR) sensor and a 720p HD IP video surveillance camera – guaranteeing easy identification of events or intruders day and night.

All cameras are equipped with Content Based Imaging Technology (CBIT) to tailor camera settings to scene contents. Depending on movement and varying light intensity, the camera settings are continuously and dynamically adjusted to ensure perfect exposure of objects of interest while reducing bitrate by up to 50 percent. Consequently, storage costs and network strain are reduced significantly without compromising video quality.

Video data can be stored in the cloud, on a network video recorder like the DIVAR IP 2000 recording solution from Bosch, or on the built-in SD card offered by many of the cameras. Users can easily access video data and control cameras with the free Video Client or Video Security app from Bosch. The Video Security app combined with Dynamic Transcoding technology delivers both smooth live video streaming and instant access to HD images when needed, regardless of available bandwidth. Users can easily control cameras and view live video streams and HD images via a mobile device anytime and from anywhere. The IP 2000, IP 4000, and IP 5000 cameras support Dynamic Transcoding when used with a DIVAR IP recording solution or VIDEOJET transcoder from Bosch.

The cameras also work seamlessly with security software and recording solutions from Bosch and many other industry providers. This is backed by ONVIF conformance (Open Network Video Interface Forum) and the Integration Partner Program (IPP), which gives developers immediate access to software development tools to easily integrate Bosch products with third-party systems.

Transportation vertical sets eyes on integrated and intelligent solution

Transportation vertical sets eyes on integrated and intelligent solution

Editor / Provider: Michelle Chu | Updated: 1/6/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

Transportation holds the key to the development of a city, ranging from public transport such as buses, trams, metro, trains, airlines, to waterways infrastructures and even terminals for passengers and cargos. As far as most of the governments are concerned, transportation security is the utmost prior issue when it comes to providing a safe and secure environment for their citizens. However, transportation security is a rather broad concept, in terms of security systems deployments, there are more details that we need to look into.

For rail and metro, they usually require a set of comprehensive and centralized system that allows the authorities to make prompt and precise decision, control various systems simultaneously, and work collaboratively between multiple offices and departments at the same time when dealing with emergency or large-scale incident.

On the other hand, airway transportation usually faces with national security-level issues. “Airport security is one of the biggest challenges in modern times. They are extremely busy public places and, unfortunately, so are prime targets for terrorism and activism,” said Adlan Hussain, VP of Marketing at CNL Software. “If we look at security breaches at airports, we can see that it that the damage caused is very often at a national level and involves civilians from many nations.” In the airlines security, , more information needs to be integrated into a central management system – starting from passenger security, cargo and baggage, environmental systems, emergency management systems, to employees' management.

Different means of transportation may emphasize on different security needs and concerns; however, all of the demands are pointing at the same idea – intelligent and integrated system.

IP vs. Analog
In general, IP-based system is definitely leading the transportation applications, especially in the European and North American market. However, with advantages such as quality real-time monitoring without image delay at a relatively fair price, analog is still an ideal option for limited budgets and retrofit project. In fact, a considerably large demand on analog systems, like HDCVI, for transportation is seen in Asian countries, according to Terry Yuan, Product Director at Dahua.

Moreover, due to limited budget for retrofit project, requirement for both analog and IP systems, hybrid system, that can help the end users to seamlessly integrate their old equipment with new IP surveillance systems is trending, according to expert from EverFocus. “Often, transportation customers leverage government funding for security expansions or upgrades and budgets are restrained. Therefore, they may choose to utilize existing infrastructure while migrating to an IP system. As a manufacturer, it is important to be able to integrate with existing investments as closely as possible to help maximize older technology. When budget becomes available, IP cameras, for example, can easily replace older legacy technology,” said Ron Grinfeld, Director of Global Vertical Markets at DVTEL.

Purposes beyond Security
Sharing across departments creates added values
Video surveillance in the city has usually been used for multiple purposes across various departments. Other than transportation security, video surveillance system is served for operational and managing purposes such as monitoring traffic conditions. Furthermore, it also helps reduce false accusations of injury on the municipally owned transportation.

Therefore, it is crucial for the surveillance materials to be accessible by all related authorities. “The main requirement here is that any system used needs to provide a simple way of sharing video across many departments, without the need for custom applications or programs,” said Rob Hile, Director of Strategic Accounts at SureView Systems.

Advanced video surveillance solution
Transportation sector usually calls for a more integrated security solution that comes along with advanced intelligent function rather than pure surveillance monitoring system. For most of the transportation cases, the end users are dealing with an enormous area with numerous premises. Not only they have to make sure that the best service is provided, they have to keep hundreds or thousands of passengers safe and secure – only with integrated and intelligent surveillance systems they can effortlessly achieve this goal.

“Transportation entities are often geographically diverse, incorporating multiple facilities, open spaces, and large parking areas. Overall, security solutions for transportation markets need to ensure public safety, improve operational efficiency, and add global situational awareness for mission critical systems,” said Grinfeld. “More specifically, security needs to include crowd/queue monitoring and management in airports, mobile systems for buses, track security for train and subway stations, and loading dock security at seaports,” Grinfeld continued.

*Business efficiency
Moreover, effectively integrating business systems with video surveillance may create exponential business efficiency and added values. A video surveillance system is usually considered a cost of safety and security; however, with fine integration with business systems such as train ticketing systems and Flight Information Display Systems (FIDS), the security systems will become more valuable. “With video, you can verify who is using an access credential, such as a Transportation Worker Identification Credential, at various secure entry points. You can verify if ticketing kiosks are operating properly before dispatching service. You can overlay FIDS data over video recording at each individual gate to increase the service levels of the aircraft and make it simple to identify gate activity with associated flights, which then creates further business efficiency,” explained Joshua Phillips, Director of Product Marketing for Video & Situation Intelligence Solutions at Verint Systems.

*Enhance situational awareness: management efficiency and intelligent analysis
In order to enhance situational awareness, help the users to be capable of making proactive response to threats, and optimize staff, it is necessary to adopt advanced video surveillance solutions – video management software, high-resolution image quality, and video analysis are the most common and basic requirements. It is even better to be able to seamlessly incorporate security devices with operational systems, boosting efficiency for management purposes. “The ability to coordinate response personnel is key to minimizing the impact of incidents and also increases the perception of security,” highlighted Patrik Anderson, Director of Business Development in Transportation at Axis Communications.

IP-based systems inevitably, have been playing a crucial role in terms of security and incident management in the transportation sector due to surging requirement on intelligent analysis functions such as loitering detection, facial recognition, and crowd management. “By carefully applying intelligent video where cameras analyze 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,” said Anderson.

“With the intelligent analysis technology evolvement, the adoption of the intelligent function on camera is on the rise since the security and operation efficiency can be significantly enhanced,” said Steve Ma, Executive Vice President of VIVOTEK. “VIVOTEK has developed VADP (VIVOTEK Application development Platform), an open platform for integrating video analytic functionality within its cameras. With VADP, line crossing detection can be directly installed in VIVOTEK cameras. Users can pre-set several lines for detecting object crossing. This intelligent function is especially ideal for monitoring platforms in train stations or metro stations, enabling police or security staff to take actions proactively before any damage or tragedy occurs,” Ma continued.

 

 

 

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Sony's video security solution selected for Tokyo's New Transit Waterfront Line

Sony's video security solution selected for Tokyo's New Transit Waterfront Line

Editor / Provider: Sony | Updated: 12/23/2014 | Article type: Infrastructure

Sony has been selected to equip and install a video security solution capable of covering all of the stations operated by Tokyo's New Transit Waterfront Line - the Yurikamome Line.

The project, which is scheduled to be completed in January 2016, will see over 200 Sony HD-capable network cameras installed throughout the 16 train stations on the Yurikamome Line, all managed from a customized Sony-built central monitoring station.

Fast-moving transport environments can present numerous security risks, as bustling crowds can provide cover for potential crime. As a result, the transport sector has very specific video security needs, requiring clear, reliable images in busy areas, and under any lighting condition. Sony's cameras were selected for the Yurikamome line thanks to their innovative View-DR technology, which combines multiple images taken at different exposures to provide a final clear image. When this is combined with Sony's dynamic light response and image stabilizing technologies, consistently high-quality images are delivered, even under shifting light and weather conditions, such as glare from the sun, overcast days, and even at night. Operators will now be able to monitor security images in real time, helping to ensure the safety of travellers and a smooth-running service throughout the line.

The upgraded video security solution is in response to renewed commercial investment in the Tokyo Waterfront area in recent years, which has made the area increasingly busy. As one of the main transport lines for this area, the number of travelers using the Yurikamome Line is expected to grow. Sony's video security solution will help ensure their safety as they travel, and reflects the company's commitment to making viable, high quality security solutions available for all market applications.

The full solution comprised of:
Installed in Stations:
* HD Network Cameras: 202 units
* Box cameras: 94 units
* Dome cameras: 64 units
* PTZ cameras: 44 units

Central Administration Building
* Monitoring system

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Ryan Kawashima, Strategic Marketing Manager for Video Security, Sony Europe said: “The transport sector is a key focus for Sony and we are delighted to have been selected to equip all of the stations operated by Tokyo's New Transit Waterfront Line with our HD video security cameras. We trust that these discreet cameras will help to ensure that travellers on the Yurikamome Line travel in safety at every point in their journey.”

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

 

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