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The panomorph lens will imitate human eyesight and empower AI

ImmerVision is a one-of-a-kind company intent on persuading the security industry that its patented panomorph lens is far superior to the widely used fisheye lens. Founded in France in 2000, the company has a large and expanding ecosystem of tech partners, with many surveillance camera developers using its 360-degree panomorph technology. Louis Brun, director of marketing and communications at ImmerVision at the time of the interview (he has since moved on from the company), spoke to IFSEC Global about the applications of 360-degree panomorph lenses including for drones, body-worn video and artificial intelligence and ImmerVision s mission to expound its benefits in the security market and beyond.

IFSEC Global: How did IFSEC 2017 go for ImmerVision? Louis Brun: This year at the show we focused on the latest commercially available 4K panomorph lenses and the launch of new 4K panomorph cameras. The 4K lenses are from Evitar and CBC Computar which are supplying to several camera manufacturers. Because of the availability of these high definition 4k lenses, several manufacturers decided to come out with new products during the show. For example, VIVOTEK came out with a new 4K panomorph camera. If you don t have electroninc image stabilisation, what s the point of a body-worn camera? Are you going to put that on an officer and ask them not to move? We also showed Dahua with their latest 4k panomorph camera, also Hanwha, FLIR, Sony, Brickcom, Vista and many others. The image quality from all of these cameras offers edge-to-edge clarity, consistency and no drop in resolution.

All panomorph cameras are instantly compatible with over 50 VMS software partners. In our demos, we showed live video from the 4K cameras and everyone who saw it was really impressed. The cool thing is that you can see people even their faces as they move around the floor at IFSEC. IG: So IFSEC seems like a great place meet everyone all at once? LB: Absolutely. IFSEC is a key venue for us to meet all our partners and new partners. It is a great place to promote our partners and the fact there s a better alternative to fisheye lenses. I m not putting down anyone who has the fisheye solution; it might work for them. But a lot of people are not satisfied with fisheye.

Every day we have a lot of visitors who are wondering how they can integrate 360. When we show integrators and distributors that there s another option to fisheye, they say: Oh my God, we can get this quality ? IFSEC is the perfect opportunity to educate people and talk about how this technology can help them. IG: Are any other companies doing what ImmerVision does? LB: There are no other technology companies focused on 360 like us. Our technology is being leveraged by several companies in other industries for example ACER with their launch of the Holo360 camera or Motorola and their Mod 360 camera. There are also 6K panomorph broadcast cameras which filmed the Superbowl. I can say that we are world s specialist in 360-degree technology. IG: What about the body-worn video market?

LB: There were quite a few at IFSEC. I have noticed two things about the solutions on the market. Most of them weren t using a quality super wide angle lens. They have some quality on there, but they were lacking one thing which in my humble opinion is important: electronic image stabilisation. Given the variety of off-the-shelf panomorph lenses, you re giving a lot of flexibility to manufacturers to find the combination of cost and resolution they want. If you don t have that, what s the point of a body-worn camera? Are you going to put that on an officer and ask them not to move? They re not the Queen s Guards! Electronic image stabilisation is part of our image processing algorithm.

We showcased how that and our latest panomorph lens are implemented in a body-worn camera solution. The lens used in the body-worn reference design can give you up to 21MP in resolution. It s the size of a one pence coin. That 21MP lens is designed to work with several types of sensors from OmniVision, Sony and Samsung. This gives great flexibility and potential to manufacturers. IG: I m guessing the panomorph lens would be invaluable in the drone market? LB: The drone market is interesting and certain companies are now looking at panomorph lens technology, because again, the quality, the size, so many software solutions are compatible and our ecosystem has probably doubled in two years. This would include chip, sensor, module and product manufacturers. IG: If the panormorph lens is superior performance-wise to fisheye, is it not more expensive too?

LB: The technology has been designed to be competitive and to outperform fisheye. Given the variety of off-the-shelf panomorph lenses, you re giving a lot of flexibility to manufacturers to find the combination of cost and resolution they want. Moreover, those cameras are instantly compatible with any software system in the world. Overall, many of our partners are recognising the value that using our technology brings to them and to the market. We are bringing tools to enable manufacturers to create really cool products which are easily integrated across security, consumer, aerospace, AI, automotive, drones and more. IG: What are the possibilities of this technology in the near future and beyond? LB: There was a big announcement at IFA Berlin about a product using our technology solutions: the first 360 360 camera with LTE, the Holo360. This camera will capture full 360 images that can be shares live online. We re also being pulled into artificial intelligence, robots, drones The panomorph lens will imitate human eyesight and enable an evolution in AI.

ImmerVision is the 360 specialist and we are constantly moving forward. Free download: The video surveillance report 2017 Sponsored by IDIS The Video Surveillance Report 2017 covers all things video surveillance based on a poll of hundreds of security professionals. Specifically looking at topics such as open platforms, 4K, low-light cameras, video analytics, warranties and this year due to the growing threat posed, the cybersecurity landscape.

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UK government issues cybersecurity guidelines for connected cars

Cyber The Department for Transport has published cybersecurity guidelines for manufacturers of smart or connected cars. Written with help from the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure, the principles implore everyone in the automotive supply chain to collaborate during the design process and over software upgrades and maintenance long after cars hit the road. The authorities are concerned about the prospect of older vehicles running outdated software.

As cars become increasingly automated and ultimately, driverless the stakes will rise. Last year ethical hackers managed to wrest control of a Tesla Model S while the car was moving and slam on the brakes (see how they did it in the video below). Attacks can even inject malicious code into the electronic control units (ECUs) and controller-area-network (CAN) bus, which control critical systems such as electric steering and braking. Mark Noctor, VP EMEA, Arxan Technologies The eight principles, which were launched by transport minister Lord Callanan, follow: Organisational security is owned, governed and promoted at board level Security risks are assessed and managed appropriately and proportionately, including those specific to the supply chain Organisations need product aftercare and incident response to ensure systems are secure over their lifetime All organisations, including sub-contractors, suppliers and potential 3rd parties, work together to enhance the security of the system Systems are designed using a defence-in-depth approach The security of all software is managed throughout its lifetime The storage and transmission of data is secure and can be controlled The system is designed to be resilient to attacks and respond appropriately when its defences or sensors fail embedded content Connecting to WiFi and external devices via Bluetooth, Modern cars are increasingly smart . The communications and entertainment systems are particularly vulnerable to attack, and can be reverse engineered to access the API libraries that facilitate data sharing between systems, says Mark Noctor, VP EMEA at Arxan Technologies. From here attacks can even inject malicious code into the electronic control units (ECUs) and controller-area-network (CAN) bus, which control critical systems such as electric steering and braking. Preventing application code from being accessed and tampered is one of the biggest priorities in protecting a connected vehicle, and it is encouraging to see the government s guidelines specifically list the ability to protect code and ensure its integrity as key principles. Manufacturers must deploy code hardening measures to prevent attackers from accessing their source code and removing vital data such as cryptographic keys which can be used to access other systems. Anti-tampering measures should be hidden in the code to alert them if the code has been changed, and prevent systems from starting if alterations are detected.

The government announced the Autonomous and Electric Vehicles Bill, which will allow innovation to flourish and ensure the next wave of self-driving technology is invented, designed and operated safely in the UK , during the Queens Speech in June. The outcome of recent efforts by the US government to engage with US automakers over the issue do not augur well. Asked by a Senate committee if they supported mandatory privacy and safety standards, executives from Google, General Motors, Delphi and Lyft were evasive. Free Download: the Cyber Security Crashcourse This report contains 40 slides packed with insight into the trends shaping the industry and how you can protect yourself. Eric Hansleman from 451 Research presents a rapid-fire overview of cyber security.

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Home automation: A beginner s guide

Home automation has come a long way since the 1960s when British racing driver Stirling Moss fitted his newly built House of the Future in London s Mayfair with the latest gadgets. The extension of commercial heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) controls into the residential market alongside smart lighting and security solutions has since revolutionised the way home owners interact with domestic systems and appliances using an expanding combination of hardware, communication protocols and electronic interfaces. Certainly use of devices such as IP cameras for domestic surveillance systems, motion detection hardware, door opening sensors and remote controls have surged, though from a low base.

The ubiquity of wireless networks using Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and to a lesser extent ZigBee and Z-Wave in the home has also helped, providing the communications channel that devices, sensors and back end software systems need to transmit, store and analyse the information being collected. Security is the biggest are of demand amongst smart home users, with sales of connected cameras and remotely controlled door and window locks driving much of that usage. But the volume and diversity of deployments and applications is diverse, including connected white goods appliances (fridges, cookers, washing machines etc) alongside audio devices and entertainment hubs, lighting and heating controls, pet and baby monitors, and even products designed to automate the watering and monitoring of plant growth. Developments elsewhere may also have a galvanising affect, particularly the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) which is forecast to connect over devices by 2020. This vast network of interlinked monitors, sensors, computers, controllers, switches and other industrial and consumer gadgets will collect and analyse information from systems as diverse as manufacturing, retail, transportation, automotive and agriculture. The considerable efforts being put into driving the IoT market by the likes of Cisco, Intel, IBM, Microsoft and other heavyweight information communications technology (ICT) companies will inevitably help to push home automation systems (a form of consumer IoT) into the spotlight. Barriers to adoption But while there is a strong feeling that the home automation industry stands on the brink of mass market adoption, significant barriers to its further development remain. The lack of interoperability between so many different devices, protocols, networks and applications continues to undermine user confidence, for example. Home owners also find systems difficult to use, a problem exacerbated by those incompatibility issues and a general lack of familiarity with home automation in general.

Though they have steadily fallen in price, home automation devices remain expensive and are likely to remain so until their popularity reaches a tipping point that will persuade large scale manufacturers to drive down costs further by producing equipment in higher volumes. Long device replacement cycles push suppliers to charge a premium for current deployments and make it difficult for them to build profitable businesses based on recurring revenue streams one reason why many seek to push consumers into managed services contracts wherever possible. Housebuilders are building smart heating controls and thermostats into new homes designed to give residents greater control over their energy costs, but retrofits on older properties remain more difficult and expensive and a thriving DIY market makes it difficult for professional installers to compete. The potential for cyber security breaches to cause disruption is finally starting to be recognised, if not necessarily addressed. But the biggest barrier is the technological fragmentation of the smart home ecosystem that involves so many different types of devices, networks and software systems, and needs them all to work together to deliver value to the house owner. Market adoption rates One analyst firm has gone so far as to predict that sales of home automation hardware, software and services will exceed US$78bn by 2022, with more conservative estimates forecasting US$20.78bn by 2020. As ever with analyst forecasts, there can be discrepancies of definition that tend to skew the numbers one way or another however, though research firm Gartner has predicted that the average home could contain as many as 500 smart devices by 2022. Much of that turnover will continue to be driven by the larger population base of the US and China, followed by Japan ahead of Europe and the UK which are collectively yet to show the same levels of enthusiasm. Figures from Statista suggest that the number of smart homes in the US will grow from 4.6m households in 2015 to 24.5m by 2020 for example, compared to 400,000 growing to 3.3m in Japan and 300,000 increasing to 2.1m in China over the same period.

Statista calculates Germany to be the single largest European market, with 300,000 smart homes last year growing to 2.4m by 2020 compared to 200,000 in the UK increasing to 1.5m in the same period. Key players Research published by CBInsights earlier this year suggests that a lot of venture capitalist funding is going into home automation start-ups such as Nest Labs. These now fight for market share alongside established industrial automation companies which have moved into the home automation space (Honeywell International, GE, Legrand, Siemens, ABB, and United Technologies Corporation, for example) but also home automation specialists such as Crestron Electronics, Savant and Control4. Technology giants such as Samsung, Google and Amazon are also coming to the fore, having spied parallel opportunities for mobile apps, devices and operating systems alongside information processing platforms that they can exploit. Flagship home automation products to date include the Nest smart home thermostats and cameras, Sonos music systems, GE s Z-Wave components and Samsung SmartThings Hub. Amazon s Echo and Google s Home voice activated smarthubs are also driving usage by delivering Internet connected, multimedia gadgets that can also be used to control smart thermostats and other devices. Free download: The video surveillance report 2017 Sponsored by IDIS The Video Surveillance Report 2017 covers all things video surveillance based on a poll of hundreds of security professionals.

Specifically looking at topics such as open platforms, 4K, low-light cameras, video analytics, warranties and this year due to the growing threat posed, the cybersecurity landscape.

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FIREX 2017: ASFP Passive Protection Zone to include live installations

FIREX 2017 Exova Warringtonfire and Exova BM TRADA have alighted on the theme achieving best practice passive fire protection for this year s ASFP Passive Protection Zone at FIREX International (20-22 June 2017, Excel London). For the first time ever, passive protection measures will be installed live during the show. Each day at the three-day event Q-Mark and Certifire-approved contractor London Fire Solutions will demonstrate best practice passive fire protection product installation on Exova s 80 square metre stand C100.

The first session, which starts at 12 noon, will involve the installation of a double doorset into a full-scale mock-up of a typical corridor. The installation will be filmed and relayed live to a seated audience on the stand, with expert commentary provided by senior product assessor Simon Bailey. At 2pm, London Fire Solutions will complete the installation of the remaining passive fire protection measures, including service pipes and protective collars alongside cables, cable trays and a fire bat. Again, the installation will be filmed, with Ross Newman, Principal Technical Officer at Exova BM TRADA providing detailed expert commentary to the audience. Both sessions will include a question and answer session with the audience and an opportunity to examine the installation work close-up. In addition to the full-scale simulated cross-corridor set-up, the stand will feature a number of displays including a burnt fire door, three types of burnt fire resistant glazing, burnt structural steel and a burnt service pipe and collar. Visitors to the stand will also be able to test their knowledge of fire doors by examining two seemingly identical specimens to determine which has been installed correctly and which has not. The installation demonstrations will be one of the key highlights of the ASFP Passive Fire Protection Zone. Exova BM TRADA Exova BM TRADA provides independent certification, inspection, technical and training services.

It helps organisations to prove their business and product credentials and to improve performance and compliance. Exova BM TRADA has have a long history of technical excellence in management systems, supply chain and product certification. The organisation offers certification to businesses in over 70 countries to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 50001, BS OHSAS 18001, ISO 27001, FSC A000503, PEFC , BRC, RSPO and UTZ. Exova Warringtonfire Exova Warringtonfire is one of the world s leading independent fire testing, assessment and consultancy organisations, offering a diverse range of specialist fire safety services to international markets from a network of accredited sites around the world including Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia. Exova Exova BM TRADA and Exova Warringtonfire are part of Exova group which is one of the world s leading laboratory-based testing groups, trusted by organisations to test and advise on the safety, quality and performance of their products and operations. Headquartered in Edinburgh, UK, Exova operates 135 laboratories and offices in 33 countries and employs around 4,200 people throughout Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Asia/Asia Pacific and Africa. Exova s capabilities help to extend asset life, bring predictability to applications, and shorten the time to market for customers products, processes and materials. With over 90 years experience, Exova specialises in testing across a number of key sectors ranging from Aerospace to Fire & Building Products; Oil & Gas and Industrials; Infrastructure & Environment; Automotive; and Health Sciences. FIREX International (20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL) is Europe s biggest annual fire-safety show.

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Home automation: a guide to the smart home market

Home Automation: A Guide To The Smart Home Market

Everything you need to know about the home automation market, including national, regional and global growth rates, barriers to mass adoption, key players and the lowdown on the latest smart home devices and systems. embedded content Home automation: an introduction Home automation has come a long way since the 1960s when British racing driver Stirling Moss fitted his newly built House of the Future in London s Mayfair with the latest gadgets. The extension of commercial heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) controls into the residential market alongside smart lighting and security solutions has since revolutionised how home owners interact with domestic systems and appliances through an expanding combination of hardware, communication protocols and electronic interfaces.

Certainly, the use in domestic environments of IP cameras, motion detection hardware, door opening sensors and remote controls has surged, though from a low base. The ubiquity of wireless networks using Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and to a lesser extent ZigBee and Z-Wave in the home has also helped. They have provided the communications channel that devices, sensors and back-end software systems need to transmit, store and analyse the information collected. embedded content Security accounts for most demand among smart home users, with sales of connected cameras and remotely controlled door and window locks driving much usage. But the volume and diversity of deployments and applications is diverse, including connected white goods appliances (fridges, cookers, washing machines etc) alongside audio devices and entertainment hubs, lighting and heating controls, pet and baby monitors, and even products designed to automate the watering and monitoring of plant growth. Developments elsewhere may also have a galvanising affect, particularly the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) which is forecast to connect over devices by 2020. This vast network of interlinked monitors, sensors, computers, controllers, switches and other industrial and consumer gadgets will collect and analyse information from systems as diverse as manufacturing, retail, transportation, automotive and agriculture. The considerable efforts being put into driving the IoT market by the likes of Cisco, Intel, IBM, Microsoft and other heavyweight information communications technology (ICT) companies will inevitably help to push home automation systems (a form of consumer IoT) into the spotlight. Challenges and barriers to mass adoption But while there is a strong feeling that the home automation industry stands on the brink of mass market adoption, significant barriers to its further development remain.

The lack of interoperability between so many different devices, protocols, networks and applications continues to undermine user confidence, for example. Home owners also find systems difficult to use, a problem exacerbated by those incompatibility issues and a general lack of familiarity with home automation in general. Though they have steadily fallen in price, home automation devices remain expensive and are likely to remain so until their popularity reaches a tipping point that will persuade large scale manufacturers to drive down costs further by producing equipment in higher volumes. Long device replacement cycles push suppliers to charge a premium for current deployments and make it difficult for them to build profitable businesses based on recurring revenue streams one reason why many seek to push consumers into managed services contracts wherever possible. Housebuilders are building smart heating controls and thermostats into new homes designed to give residents greater control over their energy costs, but retrofits on older properties remain more difficult and expensive and a thriving DIY market makes it difficult for professional installers to compete. The potential for cyber security breaches to cause disruption is finally starting to be recognised, if not necessarily addressed. But the biggest barrier is the technological fragmentation of the smart home ecosystem that involves so many different types of devices, networks and software systems, and needs them all to work together to deliver value to the house owner. embedded content Market adoption rates One analyst firm has gone so far as to predict that sales of home automation hardware, software and services will exceed US$78bn by 2022, with more conservative estimates forecasting US$20.78bn by 2020. As ever with analyst forecasts, there can be discrepancies of definition that tend to skew the numbers one way or another however, though research firm Gartner has predicted that the average home could contain as many as 500 smart devices by 2022.

Much of that turnover will continue to be driven by the larger population base of the US and China, followed by Japan ahead of Europe and the UK which are collectively yet to show the same levels of enthusiasm. Figures from Statista suggest that the number of smart homes in the US will grow from 4.6m households in 2015 to 24.5m by 2020 for example, compared to 400,000 growing to 3.3m in Japan and 300,000 increasing to 2.1m in China over the same period. Statista calculates Germany to be the single largest European market, with 300,000 smart homes last year growing to 2.4m by 2020 compared to 200,000 in the UK increasing to 1.5m in the same period. embedded content Key players in the smart home Research published by CBInsights earlier this year suggests that a lot of venture capitalist funding is going into home automation start-ups such as Nest Labs. These now fight for market share alongside established industrial automation companies which have moved into the home automation space (Honeywell International, GE, Legrand, Siemens, ABB and United Technologies Corporation, for example) but also home automation specialists such as Crestron Electronics, Savant and Control4. Technology giants such as Samsung, Google and Amazon are also coming to the fore, having spied parallel opportunities for mobile apps, devices and operating systems alongside information processing platforms that they can exploit. Flagship home automation products to date include the Nest smart home thermostats and cameras, Sonos music systems, GE s Z-Wave components and Samsung SmartThings Hub.

Amazon s Echo and Google s Home voice activated smarthubs are also driving usage by delivering Internet connected, multimedia gadgets that can also be used to control smart thermostats and other devices.

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LA hospital ransomware payout shows astronomical cost of neglecting cyber threat

LA Hospital Ransomware Payout Shows Astronomical Cost Of Neglecting Cyber Threat

Interest in cyber security has rocketed in the last few years amid a torrent of hacks of major companies and government systems. From small businesses to the biggest corporate brands, no one is safe it seems, although the last few years have seen hospitals become a favourite target for hackers. This year a hospital s systems were even taken hostage by ransomware.

This is something we expected to see based on attacks on financial systems, Mike Ahmadi, global director of critical systems security for the Synopsys Software Integrity Group, told me. The reality is people don t just walk into banks anymore to rob them; they d rather just do it the comfort of their home whilst eating Cheetos. Ahmadi , a member of the US Department of Homeland Security Industrial Control Systems Joint Working Group and part of the advisory board for the US Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force, says one thing is for sure when it comes to cyber security trends: We re going to start to see a lot more malicious activity . One reasons why t s so easy to break into a system today is the power of the computer is so insane that passwords aren t even a challenge Ahmadi has been in the industry for a few years. He started in the medical industry and has since worked in industrial control systems, the automotive industry and recently started working with the International Atomic Energy Administration (IAEA), helping them figure out cyber security issues for nuclear facilities. One thing that has struck him during his career is a growth in awareness of the discipline. When I started working in cyber security in 2007 full-time and people asked what I did, he recalls, I would say cyber security and they didn t have a clue what that meant. Today when I say I work in cyber security, everyone knows what I m talking about. Additional opportunities As traditional crime rates continue to fall across the Western World (in contrast, it seems to the fear of crime), cybercrime seems to be heading in the other direction, while the internet of things is multiplying the vectors of possible attack.

The continued growth of technology and continued increase of power and computational power is going to create additional opportunities for hackers to break into systems. So why do the criminals seem to have the upper hand in what used to be called cyberspace, even as some traditional crimes, like burglary or armed robbery, are much less practical and worthwhile than they used to be? One of the main reasons it s so easy to break into a system today is the power of the computer is so insane that passwords aren t even a challenge, says Ahmadi. Nevertheless, growing awareness does not necessarily equate to taking the problem seriously. The software industry are really pushing back on any attempts to regulate them against cyber security issues, explains Ahmadi. If governments don t start mandating some sort of real responsibility for software companies, where many of the serious issues actually lie, I believe we may be facing a black-swan event. He believes we are getting closer to such a black-swan event a term popularised by Nicholas Nassim Taleb that means an event that is low probability, high impact and extremely difficult to predict. There will be at least one very big event that will be devastating. As much as I hope this doesn t happen, all the data seems to be pointing in that direction .

We ve done tests at some places where we ve seen you can take down an entire network of infusion pumps by just sending a couple of bad packets to the network. In early 2015, an LA hospital s entire internal computer system went down for more than a week by ransomware, which encrypted patient records and set the ransom for unlocking them at 9,000 bitcoins (almost $3.7m). It meant that the hospital was unable to access patient s records, having to revert to paper registrations and medical records and sending A&E patients to different hospitals as emergency rooms were unable to function properly. Though the systems affected were not actual medical devices, Ahmadi believes hackers were capable of doing so. We ve done tests at some places where we ve seen you can take down an entire network of infusion pumps by just sending a couple of bad packets to the network. Indicators Drawing an analogy with society s response to environmental crises, he says: We all knew pollution was getting bad, we knew about it for a long time, but by the time we started to do something on a global basis, it had grown to be huge problem. He continues: The thing that is interesting about black-swan events is that they re usually preceded by a bunch of indicators that something like this is coming we ve seen what s happening with security but the amount of action that people in the government are taking to solve the problem is nowhere near how bad the problems are getting . Ahmadi believes this is not entirely a technological problem; rather it s more of a policy and people problem. People don t want to spend the time or money, or make the change.

Unfortunately, it takes a major incident for real action to be taken. Organisations tend to be reactive rather than proactive. I was working with a major medical device manufacturer when their insulin pumps were hacked and because they faced such a huge PR issue and backlash about what happened, they put a lot of time, effort and money into fixing their problem and have now got to a point where there systems are really solid. Unfornately, the risk of anything happening in a single instance is so low it breeds complacency, even if the chances of things happening across thousands of instances is actually very high. Because we haven t had a black swan event yet, people always look at the numbers and risks and it looks like a fairly safe risk for them to take. They look at it and think: what are the odds of it happening? If you look at the numbers, the risk can be construed as being small.

I understand they re playing the odds, but if it happens, the consequences could be really huge.

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Motorsport case study: Watch the results of Sony s revamp of Paul Ricard s monitoring and AV solution

Motorsport Case Study: Watch The Results Of Sony  S Revamp Of Paul Ricard  S Monitoring And AV Solution

Forty Sony SNC-WR632 dome cameras and five SNC-EM632R outdoor IR ruggedized cameras formed part of a recent AV overhaul of legendary motorsport circuit Paul Ricard. Watch the video and read the case study below to find out more about this project, including challenges faced and outcomes. embedded content An iconic venue in French motorsport since 1970, the Circuit Paul Ricard is located at Le Castellet, near Marseille.

The circuit s owners recently decided that its ageing AV systems needed an upgrade, including its video monitoring systems. Bulky, inefficient CRT screens, which were more than a decade old, were increasingly unreliable, while the owners recognised the potential rewards of upgrading their video surveillance set-up from analogue to IP cameras. Hurdles With cars hurtling around the track in scorching on-track temperatures that can rise as high as 50 outdoor motorsport presents a challenging environment for AV solutions. Rain, snow and wind also pose problems too. More difficult still, Racing at night means cameras must capture detailed pictures in near-darkness with added glare from cars headlights. The track, which is 5.8km long, can be configured to more than 160 variations, all of which must be monitored comprehensively. Indoors, analogue video monitoring screens are power-hungry and generate a lot of heat, especially when used 24 hours a day, as is the case on occasion. Sony solution Circuit Paul Ricard appointed Sony, networked communications specialist SOGETREL, software vendor SeeTec to update its entire video monitoring infrastructure. The control room now features a large video wall, consisting of nine Sony 60 BRAVIA Full HD Professional Displays.

The wall is supplemented by further Sony monitors in portrait mode displaying images from cameras around the circuit, plus a dedicated screen displaying race timing information. In addition, a VPL-FHZ55 3LCD laser light source projector displays crisp images of the race leader, while a second VPL-FHZ55 assists safety and efficient race management by providing an overall situational view of the circuit captured by on-track cameras. Race fans can enjoy the day s events in comfort, watching real-time race footage plus videos and other information on over 100 interconnected BRAVIA Professional Displays around the venue. Now we re getting pictures from night-time races with a quality that s close to daylight conditions. We can really follow the cars and react quickly if something happens. Video from the cameras can be displayed on the video wall of Sony screens and video projectors, and we can also share this externally with our customers. What we really appreciated above the quality and compatibility of Sony s products is the responsiveness of the team, who ve always been on hand to answer our questions. Thierry Dostes, IT Systems Manager, Circuit Paul Ricard Twelve VIP boxes are equipped with 48 BRAVIA displays. They re supplemented by a further 75 32 Full HD displays in the main stands and eighteen 40 Full HD displays in the Press room.

Sony solutions also feature in the main reception area, with three 65 BRAVIA 4K Professional Displays offering stunning 4K image quality of the Circuit Paul Ricard, together with touch-enabled BRAVIA professional display solutions to guide visitors around the installations. Kids and adults can even play automotive games on Sony PlayStation 4 to enhance the true fan experience. The nearby Grand Prix Burger restaurant is also kitted out with eight Sony displays in 48 and 65 sizes that show menu prices and sporting action. Sony SNC-EM632R Five SNC-EM632R outdoor IR ruggedised 1080p/30fps cameras keep a watchful eye around the venue. Out on the circuit itself, 40 SNC-WR632 Full HD PTZ network cameras capture every split-second move of the speeding race vehicles at a crisp, detail-packed 60fps (frames per second). HD streams are transmitted over IP to feed the live BRAVIA video wall in the Control Room. A separate analogue video output is distributed simultaneously to BRAVIA displays around the venue, which allow a double safety of recording. Outcomes In the Control Room, streams from the track-side PTZ cameras provide a crisp, detail-packed High Definition view with virtually no latency. It s easy to identify each car clearly, even in dark weather conditions or when races sometimes happen at night.

Offering up to 20,000 hours operation without replacement, the laser light source in the VPL-FHZ55 dramatically cuts maintenance overheads for busy technical support staff. What s more, the laser projector s near-instant start-up means that no time s wasted waiting for lamps to warm up at the start of a session. Winning the contract As Circuit Paul Ricard s long-term technology partner, Sony was selected to provide a complete, integrated network AV solution with the help of system integrator SOGETREL and VMS specialist SeeTec. The circuit s owners wanted to future-proof their world-class venue with a solution that incorporated the latest AV innovations including laser and 4K display technologies. Sony,which satisfied this brief with a solution that included cameras, screens and projectors, says the customer appreciated their promptness in delivering products on time and answering technical questions. Sony says its PTZ cameras powerful optical zoom gave the client the close-up detail it sought, allowing operators to distinguish between oil and water when analysing distant trails on the track. The new system has also helped to locate the cars tiny transponders, which often go missing during races. The cameras on-board image stabiliser, meanwhile, helps in windy conditions. Energy-efficient BRAVIA Professional Displays have slashed electrical power consumption.

Sony reports that positive feedback from the customer over the displays ease of installation, picture quality and range of screen sizes.

Sony SNC WR632 Products installed Control room: 2 x Sony VPL-FHZ55 3LCD laser projectors 9x Sony BRAVIA Professional Displays FWD-60W600P 60 3x Sony BRAVIA screens (48 ) In the car stands: 75x Sony BRAVIA Professional Displays FWL-32W705C/T (32 ) VIP boxes: 12 x Sony BRAVIA Professional Displays FWL-48W705C (48 ) Around the circuit: 40x SNC-WR632 rapid dome network cameras Within the installations: 5x SNC-EM632R Outdoor IR Ruggedized 1080p/30 fps cameras Main entrance: 3x Sony BRAVIA 4K Professional Displays FWD-65X8600P (65 ) Grand Prix Burger restaurant: 6 x Sony BRAVIA Professional Displays FWL-48W705C/T (48 ) 2 x Sony BRAVIA Professional Displays FW-65X8570C (65 ) Panoramic restaurants: 6x Sony BRAVIA Professional Displays FWL-48W705C (48 ) Press room: 18x Sony BRAVIA Professional Displays FWL-40W705C/T (40 ) ISV : SeeTec INTEGRATOR : SOGETREL Download: The Video Surveillance Report 2016 This exclusive report covers the security needs of surveillance systems as shaped by the physical environment including: What do security professionals think about plug-and-play systems Challenges like low-light conditions or large spaces and the threats posed in various sectors Which cutting-edge features such as mobile access, PTZ smart controls or 4K resolution are most important to security professionals What are the most important factors driving upgrades and would end users consider an upgrade to HD analogue Download the full report here.

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