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Online forum: The new concept for the new age

Online forum: The new concept for the new age
In the second half of July, a&s Adria magazine, in cooperation with Messe Frankfurt New Era, organized its third online forum in 2020, which, this time, was dedicated to the security industry during the coronavirus pandemic. With its main topic defined as “Shaping the New Normal in a New Era”, lecturers from the leading global security companies such as ASSA ABLOY, Bosch, Dahua, MFNE and Seagate, talked about what the security industry and market currently look like and how they operate and what changes they will have to face in the coming years.

Catalyst for changes

The Covid-19 crisis will trigger changes that will drive the digitalization of services and change existing business models in the security industry, according to Israel Gogol of MFNE. The impact of the crisis will be felt most in two segments: the first one is the financial uncertainty, with almost 50 percent of companies in the B2B segment reducing their short-term consumption in response to the crisis, and, second, in the digitalization of services. Digital communication will become indispensable because all companies and users are now online, so the providers must approach them with a strong and effective message. In addition, companies in the security industry will have to offer new products and business models. Cloud technology will be at the heart of current demands, together with contactless technologies and remote surveillance. We will also witness the transition to the opex model, in which the manufacturers will have to focus on recurring revenue or subscription models, with greater reliance on digital channels for education and sales.

Greater reliability with quality storage

For the operation of advanced video surveillance technologies, proper and secure storage is crucial as it offers greater reliability and scalability of the system, higher level of data protection and less maintenance. Karol Narojczyk, Seagate’s Sales Representative for Central and Eastern Europe, presented several product series intended for use in video surveillance. For DVRs and NVRs in small and medium-sized installations, Seagate offers its affordable SkyHawk technology, while AI NVRs in a system that can generate structured analytical data and metadata can utilize SkyHawk AI. In case of VMS servers and shared storage (SAN, NAS and JBOD), Exos should be used for larger, more expensive and faster installations, while NYTRO SSD is intended for deep learning and analysis. When it comes to data protection, the company offers its ADAPT software, which is 95 percent faster in copying data in case of disk failure compared to traditional RAID solutions. If one needs to monitor disk performance, there is also SkyHawk Health Management 2.0 software with the most advanced feature set in the industry.

Towards new future with INTEOX

Bosch has developed and improved several solutions to combat the coronavirus and these were presented by Danijel Jerković, Sales Manager for Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Tiberiu Nicolae, Business Development Manager for Southeast Europe. One of these solutions is the new INTEOX open video surveillance platform which will allow integrators and developers to develop custom applications without any restrictions. In the 3rd quarter of 2020, the first PTZ mobile INTEOX IP camera will be presented, while the same is planned for fixed cameras in early 2021. There’s also a people counting solution that will combine Bosch’s smart cameras and Philips’ Android displays, allowing for more efficient and effective crowd management. The camera monitors the number of customers entering and leaving the premises and notifies visitors when it is not safe to enter via the display. The People Counting solution normally uses one Bosch camera with built-in video analytics and one of Philips’ D-Line, Q-Line or H-Line displays, but it can also be used in larger areas with as many as 80 cameras and 20 monitors. Finally, there is a public address system for the retail industry, which informs customers to keep their distance from each other.

Managing hardware and software from a single location

Representatives of ASSA ABLOY, Denis Dunaj, Digital Access Solutions Manager with this company, and David Hughes, Product Development Manager for the EMEA region, presented the novel Incedo Business access control management software solution for all types of business environments. Facility managers can now manage all of their security and access control systems from a single location, get the maximum return on investment without the need to re-train their staff, choose local or cloud-based management, opt for cards, tokens or mobile keys, and enjoy personalized access and live control. Through the user interface of the Incedo Business software, you can specify in detail who has access to which door and when. The software comes in three versions – Lite, Plus and Cloud, allowing the users to choose the one that suits them best for their security needs.

Four steps in the fight against the pandemic

How a micrometer can affect a  US$50 billion industry overnight was a topic discussed by Jacek Weglarz, technology evangelist with Dahua Technology. In times of fundamental changes, Dahua has adapted to the market in both the business and manufacturing segments, offering a range of solutions to combat the coronavirus. At the forefront is the HBTM body temperature measurement solution, which features thermal cameras with artificial intelligence, 400×300 px resolution, and a black body for easier calibration of temperature measurements, thus achieving an accuracy of ± 0.3 ℃. In addition to thermal cameras, Dahua also offers several AI cameras that can detect if a person is wearing a face mask and count people in lines, as well as mobile access control and face recognition terminals. Dahua’s system can instantly recognize a person, measure his/her temperature, check if they are wearing a mask and open the door for them.

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