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The 10 musts of museum access control and one technology that does them all

When Munch s The Scream was stolen from an Oslo museum in 1994, the thieves left a handwritten postcard. It read: Thanks for the poor security. As that famous heist and others show, every exhibit risks theft, damage, vandalism or terrorism both carefully planned and opportunistic.

In 2008, a gallery in Z rich lost artworks by Monet, C zanne, Degas and van Gogh in under five minutes. According to the FBI, less than five percent of stolen masterpieces are ever recovered. Evidence suggests most thefts occur where security systems are inadequate. Within a multi-layered system, effective access control can play a key role in ensuring the worst does not happen whether in a heritage property with historic architecture to maintain, or in a modern building where contemporary security blends in easily. The basic principles of access control are well established: only authorised people should have access to display or storage areas, only at times that can be defined in advance, and only within a system that can identify exactly who went where, and when. Traditional mechanical lock-and-key systems cannot accomplish this at least, not without a huge admin burden on security staff. But modern, electronic wireless access control has the functionality and flexibility to achieve it, if a simple checklist of 10 musts is covered: Is your system comprehensive, covering all doors and other openings, including basements, storage areas and the roof? Are locks certified for resistance to physical attack (e.g. anti-picking technology)?

Can any compromised lock be re-keyed and/or replaced instantly? Is key tracking straightforward so you always know who exactly has keys or access permissions, and can amend those permissions quickly? Are full audit trails easy to generate, detailing who has gone where, and when? Have you minimised the number of keys in circulation, and only issue them based on need, not convenience or seniority? Can you offer fine-grained levels of access to different site users as required? Are your physical keys protected against unauthorised copying? Is remote unlocking or locking of the main door enabled if there s an emergency? Are locks and other devices discreet enough to maintain a property s appearance (castle treasury, country house, historic theatre, church sacristy, and so on)? CLIQ has the credentials for national heritage CLIQ is a locking system which combines high-end mechanical and electronic protection.

A range of key-operated cylinders maximise physical security. CLIQ technology then adds an extra layer of encrypted, user-friendly electronic security on top. Security managers at Berlin s Deutsches Theater chose CLIQ to protect their historic premises, an icon of 19 th -century Neoclassical architecture. The theatre s new system integrates CLIQ s cutting-edge microelectronics with a high-quality mechanical cylinder system. Security staff simply program each CLIQ key with the exact access rights its user needs. Fine-grained permission schedules, right down to the individual door, can be set for every employee and contractor. Using straightforward system software, any CLIQ key can be scheduled to permit entry only at pre-set times during public opening times, for example, or after hours for cleaning staff. Permission updates are communicated from system to door via CLIQ programming keys. Because CLIQ locks are wireless, no major alterations were needed to existing door hardware or building aesthetics a critical feature when refitting an historic property like the Deutsches Theater.

In Sweden, Stockholm s Vasamuseet also upgraded an old mechanical system to CLIQ . Staff used to carry heavy keychains with 10 or more keys. Now facility managers can amend the access rights of everyone s single CLIQ key at any time, even remotely. Previously, the biggest problem was lost keys, says Michael Andr sen, Operations and Security Officer at the State Maritime Museums, Sweden. Then the lock had to be replaced, which was expensive. With CLIQ , a lost key s access rights are simply removed, instantly, and it no longer opens any doors. With CLIQ , it s clear where our keys are. Making museums more cost-efficient CLIQ can be installed from scratch or retro-fitted to existing mechanical locks. Once CLIQ has been installed, administrators can immediately de-authorise a lost key or change a key s permissions, at any time and from anywhere.

Only genuine CLIQ keys with a valid software authorization will open a CLIQ lock, eliminating any potential risks from stolen or copied keys. Returns on security investment for museums are often measured in what doesn t happen. CLIQ , however, also has a positive impact on workflows, saving time and money. By eliminating the need for physical key handover, CLIQ removes delays caused by logistical bottlenecks. When facility needs change, site users simply update their key with programming devices or via an encrypted Bluetooth connection to their CLIQ Connect mobile phone app. It s enough to make an art thief scream. ASSA ABLOY sells and supports CLIQ technology under several locking brands, including IKON, ABLOY, Mul-T-Lock, ASSA, Vachette, FAB and KESO. About ASSA ABLOY ASSA ABLOY is the global leader in door opening solutions, dedicated to satisfying end-user needs for security, safety and convenience. Since its formation in 1994, ASSA ABLOY has grown from a regional company into an international group with about 47,000 employees, operations in more than 70 countries and sales close to SEK 71 billion.

In the fast-growing electromechanical security segment, the Group has a leading position in areas such as access control, identification technology, entrance automation and hotel security.

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Honeywell releases enhanced digital video management software: DVM R620

The latest release of Honeywell s digital video management technology exploits Internet of Things (IoT) to improve connectivity. It also uses open standards to improve operator efficiency and improve response times. The new release, called DVM R620, lets organisations more easily secure large-scale security operations.

The features include improved operator efficiency and situational awareness to speed up incident identification and resolution. embedded content DVM R620 can be deployed in a range of facilities, including those with complex security arrangements and specific/stringent requirements. For example airports, prisons, hospitals, universities and colleges and urban areas. The system The latest software features an enhanced user interface. It includes updates to enable operators to capture, view and manage live and recorded video with ease. The system uses edge recording playback and backfill capabilities for capturing video footage on camera memory cards. The footage is then backfilled to the system s main server. This makes the system more resilient even when interruptions occur, such as server failures or cybersecurity threats and breaches. The cameras are able to consistently and reliably capture video footage.

DVM R620 also includes a more intuitive user interface making it easier to learn and operate. New productivity features include bookmarking, where operators annotate and navigate video footage, for faster footage identification and also retrieval. This development is key since security operations at large sites, like airports, can include thousands of cameras capturing hours of footage. Interopability DVM R620 also supports open standards like the Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF) standard. Such standards are important for enabling interopability and connectivity so organisations can more easily integrate different makes and models of video cameras and third-party systems like analytics in order to adapt to changing security threats. Clients One client for DVM R620 is Marywood University in Pennsylvania. Our security department s primary mission is to keep students and faculty safe and secure, and we look to technology to bolster these efforts so we can be as effective as possible, said Myron Marcinek, director of facilities for Marywood University. The software makes finding footage, from more than 80 cameras around the campus, easier so security officers can spend more time on foot where they re most effective. DVM R620 enables organisations to authenticate video footage with watermarks or digital signatures, when exporting video for use as evidence.

The software also keeps footage secure by exporting it in password-protected files. DVM R620 uses network and hardware resources more efficiently. For example, by using a lower resolution for video streams, valuable network bandwidth is made available also requiring less from individual monitors for decompressing and video rendering. Organisations can lower hardware costs and view more cameras within a single view. Wayne Memorial Hospital, a not-for-profit facility in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, also uses DVM R620 to improve its safety and security operations and standardise compilation of video footage for multiple uses. For more information see Honeywell Digital Video Manager 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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Finalists announced for the Security & Fire Excellence Awards 2017

AWARDS Finalists have been announced for the 2017 edition of the Security & Fire Excellence Awards. The winners will once again be revealed at the London Hilton on Park Lane, on 22 November 2017. The event, which is supported by IFSEC and FIREX International, was sold out in the previous three years so you are advised to book your place as soon as possible.

This year s headline sponsor is Hanwha Techwin, the video surveillance specialist whose flagship brand is the WISENET series of CCTV cameras and equipment. Other sponsors include First Response Group, ICTS UK and Ireland, Oprema, Axis Communications and Honeywell. Find out who won in 2016, when the awards were compered by comedian Jimmy Carr. Here are the confirmed finalists for 2017, chosen from a record number of entries: Access Control Product of the Year (including biometrics) Avigilon Corporation with Access Control Manager (ACM) System with ACM Verify Browser DataScope with Fully-integrated online induction and access control system Doordeck by Doordeck FST Biometrics with IMID Access 4.0 Gallagher Security (Europe) with Gallagher Mobile Connect App Gingers Spark with Micro Power Lock Matrix Comsec with Matrix COSEC DOOR FMX Nedap Security Management with AEOS end-to-end security Paxton Access with Net2 Entry Touch Panel PLATFORMBASE Inc. with ICT Compact Digital Locking System RBH Security Group with RBH AX-R Reader Range Vanderbilt ACT365 Cloud-based Access Control and Video Management Solution ACS Champion of the Year Active Response Security Services Axis Security Cadogan King (Security) (Part of The PCS Group) Effective Security Services Exclusec Security Solutions FGH Security ICTS UK & IRELAND SecuriGroup Services SmartSec Solutions Lovely way to start the week Oculi has made it as a finalist in the Security & Fire Excellence Awards @SecurityXAwards pic.twitter.com/BvQwnpNBbl Luminite Electronics (@LuminitePIR) September 25, 2017 Active Fire Innovation of the Year Accessium with Emergency Evacuations Management System Honeywell Security and Fire with VESDA VEA Nobel Fire Systems with Avantis Fire System Control Panel Ontech Security with Wardiam Pro Fire Trust Security with Haddon Hall, Derbyshire Best Contribution to Standards in the Security Sector Linx International Group Sainsbury s, Mitie, PaS and Sussex Police by Mitie Total Security Management CCTV Camera Equipment of the Year Avigilon Corporation with H4 Mini Dome Axis Communications with AXIS Q1659 Network Camera Dahua Technology Mini Thermal Hybrid Bullet Camera FLIR Systems with PT-Series HD Hanwha Techwin Europe with Wisenet X series of 2MP and 5MP H.265 cameras and domes Hikvision with DarkfighterX Honeywell Security and Fire with equIP camera range Panasonic Business with Aero PTZ Cameras Panasonic Business with WV-X6531N Weatherproof dome camera Reveal with D5 Body Camera Wireless CCTV with WCCTV Body Worn Camera (Connect) CCTV System of the Year (Excluding Cameras and Lens) Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Company (ADNEC) Security System Project Agent Video Intelligence (Agent Vi) with innoVi Edge Avigilon Corporation with Appearance Search Technology Axis Communications with Axis Camera Station Integrator Suite Digital Barriers with SmartVis Identifier Elmdene International with 4HR-UPS Range Guardia Systems for Beirut City Surveillance Project IDIS with IDIS Smart Failover Pelco by Schneider Electric with VideoXpert Professional SECOM with ROGUES (Repeat Offenders Gallery Under Electronic Surveillance) Sunstone IP Systems with Solar IP CCTV System (SICS) Total Integrated Solutions with West Midlands Combined Authority CCTV system Combined Security & Fire Solution of the Year Accessium with eEscape BT Redcare with Redcare Secure Fire IP Gerda Security Products with ACB Project Lazerbeam Fire & Security with The Westbury Hotel, Mayfair Mitie Total Security Management and Vodafone VSOC Securitas UK Securitas UK with University of Hertfordshire Swift Fire & Security with Caffe Nero Combined Staff Safety & Security Project Communication Product of the Year Carlisle Support Services with Work-IT Concorde Security with IFS CSL with DualCom MiniAir Digital Barriers with SmartVis Identifier Matrix Comsec with SARVAM UCS Milestone Systems with Milestone Husky M550A Panasonic Business UK with IP Video Intercom Qognify with Qognify Extend Situm Indoor Positioning StaySafe Lone Worker Safety Terracom Informatics with MyLoneWorkers PRO Verint with Verint Dispatch Manager STM Account Manager Nigel Moss shortlisted for the Security and Fire Excellence Awards Security Manager of the year category. ‘ ‘ ‘ pic.twitter.com/RZEOvpAkd5 STM Group (@STMGroupLtd) September 22, 2017 Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year Amberstone Technology with Risk Watch Axis Communications with Removing PVC plastics to boost sustainability with Gatwick Airport Dot Dot Dot Property FGH Security Glevum Security Magenta Security Services Swift Fire & Security CSR programme Vigilance Wilson James Counter-Terrorism Innovation of the Year Frontier Pitts with Terra Gates Gatwick Airport Behavioural Detection Team Stratfor with Threat Lens VSG Customer Care Initiative of the Year BusinessWatch Group Chris Lewis Fire & Security with Getting Serious about Customer Service Crystal Peaks Shopping Mall and Retail Park with Customer Care Exclusec Security Solutions FGH Security with Hospitality at the Core of Our Business ICTS UK & IRELAND ISS Facility Services (Security) in collaboration with ATOS Mitie Total Security Management with Eurostar Mitie Total Security Management with Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) Mitie Total Security Management with Vodafone VPS Home Security Emergency Response Customer Care Initiative Wilson James with Core Customer Values Great news! We’re so proud to be finalists in 3 categories in this year’s Security & Fire Excellence Awards! @SecurityXAwards pic.twitter.com/JMbc5HqtnK Chris Lewis FS (@ChrisLewisFS) September 25, 2017 Cyber Security Innovation of the Year Axis Communications with Ensuring surveillance camera cybersecurity with Dell and Device Authority Genetec with CHAVE IndigoVision with CyberVigilant Nedap Security Management with AEOS end-to-end security Event Security Team of the Year Croma Vigilant Edinburgh International Conference Centre Security Team Effective Security Services Exclusec Security Solutions FGH Security with Worthy View Security Team Glastonbury G4S with One Love Manchester Concert Team Houses of Parliament with Parliamentary Security Department Jaguar Land Rover with Corporate Security & Business Protection Logic Service Management Boston May Fair Event Security Team SecuriGroup Services with Events Division SGC Security Services Intruder Alarm or Exterior Deterrent Product of the Year Ajax Systems with Smart wireless security system Avigilon Corporation with Presence Detector Axis Communications with AXIS D2050-VE Network Radar Detector Chuango Security Technology with Chuango D11 WiFi & Cellular Smart Home Control Enforcer V10 by Pyronix ERA with HomeGuard GJD with Laser-Watch Luminite Electronics with Luminite OCULi Wireless PIR Camera Ontech Security with Wardiam Perimeter Tyco Security Products / Johnson Controls with Visonic GB-502 PG2 Glass Break Detector Large Security Installer of the Year CBES Kings Security Mitie Total Security Management SecuriPlex Thompson AVC Universal Security Systems VPS and VPS Site Security VSG So pleased to be a finalist at the Security and Fire Excellence Awards 2017 https://t.co/8HU9j0lcw4 looking forward to the night! pic.twitter.com/BWH6UBbHBm NW Systems Group (@nwsystemsgroup) September 25, 2017 Passive Fire Innovation of the Year Hilti (Gt. Britain) with Hilti CFS-TTS Firestop top track seal LINIAN with LINIAN Fire Clip Parhelion with LDG StripeLight fireman torch Safe Connect with Hot Connection Indicator Security Consultancy of the Year CornerStone GRG CS Risk Management Future Risk Management Linx International Magenta Security Services MIPL QCIC Group Security Management International VIDEF Security Consulting Security Guarding Company of the Year Over 50M Turnover Axis Security ICTS UK & IRELAND Mitie Total Security Management Wilson James Security Guarding Company of the Year Under 50M Turnover Active Response Security Services CIS Security Croma Vigilant Exclusec Security Solutions FGH Security Global Guardians GMS Security Services Kings Security Magenta Security Services Pilgrims Group SecuriGroup Services Vistech Services Security Manager of the Year Andrew Sindall, Senior Security Manager, SGN David Cox, Security Manager King s Cross Estate, Andrews International Jason Hopwood, UK Strategic Account Manager, Santander by Wilson James Kuldeep Kainth, Security Contract Manager, CIS Security Lee Connelly, The King s School, Canterbury by Sunstone IP Systems Mark Burgin, Head of Security & Risk, Crystal Peaks Shopping Mall and Retail Park Martin Falsey, Physical and Electronic Security Manager, Yorkshire Water Matthew Hollick, Security Manager, Axis Security Muhammad Fahim, Eurostar by Mitie Total Security Management Nigel Moss, Account Manager, STM Group (UK) Paul Brady, Contract Manager, Croma Vigilant Shane Bailey MSyI, Network Rail (High Speed) So proud! TWICE: Qognify is a Finalist for Two Security & Fire Excellence Awards 2017 https://t.co/jPtiHZpNqH Hagar Lev (@hagarlev) September 26, 2017 Security Partnering Initiative of the Year Andrews International with Kings Cross Belfast City Centre Management with Retail Crimewatch CBES/Edesix in partnership with Asda with Body Worn Video System Chroma Vision with Westfield London CornerStone GRG with Google FGH Security with Long Term Brand Contribution iNCENTIVE fm with Bluewater Jaguar Land Rover Corporate Security with GMS Security Services SafetyNet Security Group with Leamington Student Street Marshal Scheme Wilson James with Santander Wilson James with Tate Galleries Security Project or Installation of the Year 2020 Vision Systems with the Yorkshire Seabird Centre, RSPB Bempton Cliffs Axis Communications video monitoring system at Chester Zoo installed by NW Systems Carlisle Support Services with Work-IT for The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust CBRE Global Workplace Solutions and the Post Office with Modernising the Post Office (Security Systems) G4S with East Midlands Airport Refurbishment Project Meesons Speed Gate Installation at 55 Colmore Row, Birmingham Panasonic Business with Rethinking CCTV in Regensburg Case Study Qognify with Gatwick Airport Integrated Security SECOM with Co-op iCCTV Sunstone IP Systems with Solar IP CCTV System (SICS) Swift Fire & Security Domestic sprinkler Installation at Nottingham City Homes Springhead and Holwood Court Syntinex with Tinsley House, Gatwick Universal Security Systems with the GHERKIN Security Training Initiative of the Year Active Response Security Services with Security Awareness Programme Banham Academy with Traineeship and Apprenticeship Programme Chris Lewis Fire and Security with Core Values Training CIS Security Academy Development Journey Croma Vigilant with Critical Incident Management Training Crystal Peaks Shopping Mall and Retail Park with Continuous Improvement Houses of Parliament with Conflict Resolution Training ICTS UK & IRELAND with Charter Management Institute programme (CMI) Layer 8 with Layer 8 Toolkit Milestone Systems Learning & Performance Program Pilgrims Group with Lifesafe Training Programme Swift Fire & Security Culture of Compliance Small to Medium Security Installer of the Year 2020 Vision Systems Chris Lewis Fire & Security CSS Systems Lazerbeam Fire & Security Meesons A.I.

Security Engineering Sunstone IP Systems Taylor Technology Systems Tyneside Security The Inspiration in HR Award Axis Group & The Axis Academy CIS Security Securitas Ward Security Wilson James We are over the moon to announce that we are shortlisted for TWO entries in the Security & Fire Excellence Awards 2017! @SecurityXAwards pic.twitter.com/9eAmnKC8cm Lazerbeam F&S (@LazerbeamF_S) September 26, 2017 Related Topics Young professionals: Share your fire-safety ideas and jumpstart your career (and maybe win a prize) Benchmark Innovation Awards 2017: winners revealed Mike Tennent of Tavcom Training wins posthumous industry contribution award all winners revealed

How 360 cameras are a hit in casinos and why Oncam is relishing its Milestone partnership

Oncam is a leader in 360-degree network cameras and recently launched a 360-degree dewarping preview tool and a visualisation tool to give users a way of virtually sampling its signature innovations. To find out more about the company s latest products and strategy for growth, we spoke to Simon Reed, regional sales director for EMEA at Oncam. IFSEC Global: Hi, Simon.

So how did IFSEC 2017 go? Simon Reed: It was a super busy show for us. We were, for the first time, exhibiting in the main hall, as one of the partners featured on the Milestone Systems stand. Over the course of three days we did 70 presentations to individual companies, so we felt we had a really good response from the people coming to the booth and hearing about our technology and vertical market offerings. An Oncam 360-degree camera can cover an entire gaming table up close or several gaming tables while still maintaining picture quality and retention rates While retail is one of our strongest vertical applications, we have made significant strides within the casino and gaming industry, as well as hospitality, transportation and manufacturing. So overall, the show was good for us as a brand and a team. IG: Interesting that you have a strong present in gaming and manufacturing; they must have quite specific requirements? SR: Yes, they typically do and this applies to the global market. There are stringent regulations in place that have to be met when implementing security technology, such as video surveillance cameras, and the 360-degree camera we produce does lend itself well to the environment.

An Oncam 360-degree camera can cover an entire gaming table up close or several gaming tables in an area while still maintaining picture quality and retention rates. Within a manufacturing environment, larger areas can be monitored with fewer cameras which isn t the same with fixed and pan-tilt-zoom cameras that only cover specific focused areas. Additionally, the day-to-day mechanisms in use within the plant can be seen using the advanced picture quality found in Oncam cameras, so security managers can be made aware if people are putting foreign objects into food being processed, for example; so the development of this camera has been a big win for us in these applications. embedded content IG: Did you launch any new products at the show? SR: While we didn t launch new products, we did demonstrate a rewritten version of our software development kit (SDK) as it works with products from Milestone Systems. As they released their upgraded version of their product line, we delivered our updated SDK, ensuring that our products integrate seamlessly with one another for customers. As a result, we re able to speak with Milestone customers about our technology, and they are able to recommend panoramic cameras like ours to their customers. Over the last year, we introduced our new Evolution Stainless Steel camera in both 5MP and 12MP solutions, which has opened up a world of possibility within the pharmaceuticals, food processing, industrial/chemical plants, ports and marine industries. It was specifically designed to meet the needs of customers operating in more extreme environments, with special attention to ensuring the casing is resistant to corrosion from power washing and extreme heat/cold.

NSF International recently certified the camera in the United States with the NSF mark for food service, and it s the first video surveillance camera to have such a distinction. It also boasts IP69K/IK10 ratings, which make the enclosure resistant to high-pressure water jets, dust and vandalism. It s a very unique offering with multiple uses across applications. IG: What s the company s strategy? Where are the most auspicious areas for growth? SR: As we continue to grow and add more technology to our portfolio, there are several vertical market applications that are natural fits for our technology. We have a strong client base in retail, and anticipate adding to that in the coming years, while adding significant presence in the hospitality sector, such as on cruise ships and hotels/resorts. These facilities with their wide-open expanses are ideal for the 360-degree technology we offer. We will also continue to grow within the casinos and gaming market.

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Why home security systems are worth the investment

With inflation outstripping wage growth, most of us are trying harder to find ways to save money. We might cut down electricity usage and avoid unnecessary expenses. Perhaps, you consider a home security system as a luxury you can t afford.

However, when the well-being and safety of your loved ones are so important to you, you might consider a reliable home security system as a valuable investment especially when it can lower your insurance premiums and actually save you money. We ve prepared a list of this and other advantages to installing a good security system. Peace of mind It is undeniable that we live in a dangerous world. In Australia alone where I live there are more than 200,000 burglaries every year. According to the Australian Institute of Criminology, 20% of burglary victims will have their homes broken into more than once. If this happens to your family, it can take a long time to recover from the trauma. Burglars are finding ingenious ways to steal cars without even entering the house, making security gates a worthwhile investment And it s a similar story in the UK and other advanced economies. Your loved ones should feel safe inside your home and consider it as a safe haven. While alarm systems do not guarantee 100% security, they can still make a huge difference.

Protect your assets We also want our family to live a happy and comfortable life. That is why we spend most of our waking hours trying to provide for them. It can be devastating to have all our hard-earned possessions taken away from us in one night. Burglars are finding ingenious ways to steal cars without even entering the house, making security gates a worthwhile investment. Burglars often take items with sentimental value to us too. What if they steal the last piece of jewellery that a departed loved one gave you? What if they take a mobile phone filled with pictures of your kids growing up? When you install a reliable security system, you can prevent this from happening. It is better to be prepared and spend a little over your budget than be regretful in the end.

Visual documentation of the crime Burglars themselves have told that CCTV cameras (along with barking dogs) are the best deterrent. And where they don t deter, they can visually document the crime and be used as evidence in a criminal prosecution. Monitor your home We often worry about home security the most when we re away on holiday or a business trip. Luckily, security systems and surveillance cameras can now be monitored remotely from your phone and send alerts if a break-in is suspected. If burglars see CCTV or motion detectors installed around your property, they ll probably remove you from their hitlist If alerts are triggered then you can visually verify if there s an intruder and alert the police if so; if you don t get an alert, then you can enjoy your holiday with peace of mind. Discourage burglary attempts Burglars only need about eight to 12 minutes to accomplish their goals. However, when they hear the blaring siren of your security system, they usually make a quick exit without taking much or anything, knowing that the police are just a few moments away. You can mount motion detectors on your windows and doors. When someone comes near them or tries to damage an entry point, the sensors will either light up or sound the alarm.

Before committing the crime, burglars usually observe the house they are targeting. If they see that you have CCTV or motion detectors installed around your property, they will probably remove you from their hitlist. Thieves prefer to commit crimes in darkness and cameras and light triggering motion sensors pose a big problem. Protection during a fire Investing on a smoke alarm is also necessary especially when you live in a bushfire zone or you have elderly people in your house. When someone forgets to turn off the stove, you can be alerted and take preventative action. But what if the smoke alarm goes off and no one is in your home? What if no one hears the alarm? Well, you will be delighted to know that there are smoke alarms that can be connected to a third-party monitoring company. So even when no one is at home, someone can alert the authorities and dispatch firefighters to your house.

Lower your insurance premium When you improve the level of security of your home, you can get lower home and contents insurance premiums. When your insurance company sees that you are taking preventative measures in securing your home, they will consider your house as less of a risk. You can even ask for a discount on your premium. Emergency medical assistance If you live with elderly loved ones or with relatives who suffer from certain medical conditions, you can find systems that can be customised to include medical emergency features. Your loved ones can wear a pendant that can be connected to the security system. In the event of a medical emergency, they just have to press the button on their pendant and a medical team will be dispatched to your home right away giving you peace of mind when they re at home alone. Home security systems are definitely a valuable investment. To enjoy maximum benefits, you can contact a security specialist and ask them about other safety features you can install, such as roller shutters, security doors and infill grills. Free Download: The smart buildings report 2017 Are you one of the 70% felt that there was room for improvement to your smart building?

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Fixed cameras will account for less than 50% of surveillance footage in five years time

Bjorn Skou Eilertsen, CTO of Milestone Systems, was thinking big in the Security Management Theatre on day three of IFSEC International. Speaking on the topic of how hardware-accelerated video content analysis and the internet of things will transform surveillance , he reflected on the changes disrupting the industry now and the paradigm shift still to come. With 90% of the world s data created in the last two years, the term big data doesn t even begin to encapsulate the magnitude of the data revolution, he argues.

Is big data even enough now? Gigantic data might be better, said Eilertsen. Despite the ubiquity of fixed CCTV cameras, they account for a shrinking share of surveillance footage as mobiles, body-worn cameras and drones proliferate. We believe that in less than five years from now, more than 50% of streams managed by video management systems will not be from fixed cameras, he predicted. Aggregation, automation and augmentation A trinity of aggregation, automation and augmentation will equip the industry to accommodate the burgeoning volume of data, said Eilertsen, who joined Milestone in 2013 having worked for both IBM and Microsoft. Aggregation happens all around you, he explained. Only a few years ago it would be a fixed camera, fixed sensors, very rule-based. But now there are 285 million surveillance cameras in operation. That s only a fraction, because everything is being captured on mobile.

With neural networks we can start predicting behaviour. Bjorn Skou Eilertsen, CTO, Milestone Systems How do we automate these things? This is where our vision of intelligent data plays a role. Deep learning plays a role. Augmentation: how do we put these things together? So a vast amount of information is being gathered. This is why a lot is going to happen on the service side. People think it will be on the edge, out there on a single device. Eilertsen pointed out that Data is already being aggregated from multiple sources in an automated process deployed on assembly lines in manufacturing plants.

Aggregating forms patterns, but it s so much information petabyte after petabyte of video and sensor information. What will we do with it? Who is going to look at the patterns and figure out what the intelligence is? That is where the important changes are coming in terms of AI, deep learning and neural networks. For simple systems with only a few components, it s fairly easy to make rule-based analytics and go with the flow. However: When you start aggregating data so big and complicated that humans simply cannot operate them, that s where automation and augmentation come in. Neural networks The shackles are now off thanks to quantum leaps in technology. This has been difficult to do for a long time because conventional CPUs cannot compute fast enough. That s changing now with the introduction of the GPU, said Eilertsen.

The GPU is a multicore computer. It changes the way we can make models, neural networks. It makes a lot of different ways of working the data. The days of having one company try and do everything is over in my opinion. Bjorn Skou Eilertsen, CTO, Milestone Systems He refers to a prototype that can show 1,500 surveillance cameras, to full HD quality, continuously recording, including motion detection. For those who can t do the maths, that s 45,000 frames a second. It is very, very difficult to do on regular computer hardware. He says there is a big shift away from conventional, rule-based analytics to systems managed by neural networks. Neural networks, deep learning algorithms and artificial intelligence are not based on fixed outcomes.

The problem about today s analytics is it s a predetermined outcome. With neural networks we can start predicting behaviour, he says. However, human operators will still have a role to play. How do we make machine intelligence combine with human intelligence? The point is to enable people to make faster and better decisions. He says this new paradigm has huge potential in the field of body-worn video for law enforcement. You can take all the aggregated media from years back, days back, minutes back, and time-lapse it. They identify all different objects and put them into a sequence, so a one-hour video can be reviewed in one minute. That s a really good example of how we start adding human interaction based on machine learning.

It really makes it a lot easier to work with these systems. Collaboration Collaboration with partners has long been part of Milestone s modus operandi, but its importance is growing further still. The aggregation, automation and augmentation will transform the entire industry, says Eilertsen. But it s impossible to do alone. For a very long time it s been everyone on their own trying to make their own analytics a little bit better than the rest. But it s really holding back innovation. What Milestone and the Milestone community is really about is enabling everyone to participate. If he s correct about the industry s direction of travel then the changes ahead are nothing short of revolutionary. The days of having one company try and do everything is over in my opinion.

We all need to collectively move forward. I think in five years when we look back at the industry, we ll have two ways of looking at it. One person will say: Why did we miss it, why didn t we see what was happening? The other, more interesting way is: How did we use our imagination, how did we change the rules, set the agenda and change the industry? We need to think as a community. We need to start innovating together, and we can move a lot faster. 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.

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Oncam pioneers 360-degree dewarping and visualisation tools to aid system design

CCTV system design Oncam has launched a 360-degree dewarping preview tool and a visualisation tool so users can test out the surveillance brand s signature innovations through its website. Anyone looking to procure 360-degree surveillance cameras can test out Oncam s dewarping capability through all browsers. The tool simulates a traditional video stream unfolding in real time.

Operators can use their mouse scroll wheel or trackpad to zoom in or out on, rotate or convert any area of the fisheye image. The online visualization tool, meanwhile, generate views from both the Evolution 05 and 12 cameras based on various heights and object distances. Users can also dewarp the image: ie reverse the effects of geometric distortions caused by the camera lens. The tool was designed as an alternative to the traditional pixel density calculators commonly used in CCTV system design, because the latter could not adequately showcase the dewarping function. Oncam says they are the first tools of their kind in the security industry. Design agencies Storm12 and 41,29 helped Oncam develop the tools, which allow CCTV buyers to road test the solutions before committing to seeing the product in person. Oncam is excited to release these tools to the public, allowing integrators, consultants and end users the ability to view our video technology as today s security leaders are able to in real-time and with exceptional functionality and picture quality, said Richard Morgans, chief marketing officer at Oncam. The tools integrated together show Oncam s adaptability in the security market and willingness to go beyond what is expected to showcase its components and capabilities. Founded in 2007, Oncam is part of Oncam Technologies Group and a pioneer in 360-degree video technologies.

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How prison authorities are grappling with the rise of drone-assisted smuggling

Anti-drone tech Prison services are grappling with a growing phenomenon that didn t even exist three years ago. Intrusion by unauthorised drones accounted for 33 incidents at prisons in England and Wales in 2015 a 1,550% jump on the two recorded in 2014. The year before that not a single incident was recorded.

In one particularly daring plot criminals used drones in a failed bid to flood prisons with contraband worth around 48,000. A specialist team of prison and police officers has been set up to combat the problem. Law enforcement agencies and HM Prison and Probation Service will inspect drones recovered from jails in order to identify, track down and prosecute those involved in drone-assisted smuggling. In footage obtained by the BBC below, surveillance cameras show a drone delivering drugs and mobile phones to inmates in a London prison in April 2016. An inmate grabs the goodies by reaching through the prison bars. embedded content It s a global problem. A recent report from USA Today revealed that drones have been used more than a dozen times to smuggle contraband into federal prisons over the last five years. In 2016, a recently released inmate and two accomplices were convicted of smuggling porn and drugs into Maryland s Western Correctional Institution using a drone. The perpetrators reportedly earned about $6,000 per drop.

Lethal items US prison management consultant Donald Leach told US Today that traditionally some inmates would bribe the staff or visitors to bring drugs and other small items into jail illegally by hiding them in body cavities etc. But drones have opened up the possibility of transporting much bigger and much more lethal items like guns into the facilities. Correctional Service Canada, the federal agency responsible for management of Canadian prison facilities, recorded 41 drone-related incidents at federal prisons between July 2013 and December 2016. In four of those cases, the authority believes that contraband was successfully smuggled into the facility. Would it not be more effective to spread nets over the prisons and obscure sensitive areas from view? Martin Grigg, director, CHQ There are myriad ways of deterring, repelling, disabling or seizing drones. However, the problem is still so new that prisons around the world are very much in a trial and error phase regarding deciding on the best solution. A prison in Guernsey recently became the first in the world to use an invisible shield to foil repel drones. The shield uses sensors to jam radio frequencies that return the drone to its sender.

Martin Grigg, founder and director of security consultancy CHQ, told IFSEC Global that: Drones are an area of increased concern in that they present a new threat to prisons for both remote reconnaissance and delivery of contraband. Disabling a drone in a pre-defined area is relatively straightforward. A high-power directional microwave pulse will fry its electronics and will kill it in mid-air. But he outlines two legal problems associated with combating the problem, including the law around damaging other people s property and, more fundamentally, safety concerns. What do you do with 5kg of metal falling out of the sky? There are many health and safety risks associated with disabling drones. A falling drone could kill an innocent person. The technology that returns a drone to its last way-point is a good solution but it is not hard to imagine a drone that is not using standard aviation navigation techniques. Lateral thinking may well be an approach to practical solutions.

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How evolving terror tactics have driven advances in perimeter security

Many urban threats used to be seen, at least in the eyes of the public, as things that happened on other shores. However, an increase in urban attacks of late has put pressure on security services to come up with innovative solutions that allow business to continue as normal and the public to enjoy some peace of mind. Amid these new threats, coupled with geopolitical fears and the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe, governments are attempting to make borders more secure and event venues and stewards of high-risk public areas are following suit.

With terrorists now using vehicles as weapons, many existing security solutions need reassessing as they are inadequate at preventing vehicular attack. This month marks the anniversary of the Nice attack and similar incidents have occurred since in Berlin, Stockholm and London. The change in tactics has rendered current security provisions outdated. A proactive, preventative approach is now required if security personnel are to put a stop to such incidents. Mitigating risk While no guarantee can be made about the safety of those attending events or conducting their daily lives in high-risk, crowded public areas, perimeter security does provide an increased level of protection and has seen advancements designed to mitigate the risk and impact associated with today s urban threats. Previously seen on military bases, oil and gas fields and other important infrastructure, perimeter security products have become popular for those looking to secure their event and put public safety firmly back on the agenda. Threats are, of course, unpredictable. However, providing a readily-available solution for areas deemed high-risk due to large volumes of the public passing through, including stadiums or other event spaces, can help deter or reduce the impact of vehicular and some other attacks. The concrete blocks so far installed have actually been found to be near to useless when tested by researchers in Germany While video cameras and security guards are two of the most common security measures that organisations have in place, they aren t always the most effective.

With hostile events increasing in frequency, there has been a reliance on video surveillance to identify perpetrators and ensure that every angle is covered. However, surveillance cameras are mostly effective when the attack has already happened. There s no doubt that the increased threat level has meant that event organisers and those managing security in high-risk areas have had to look at alternative ways in which they can prevent attacks or reduce their impact. Protecting civilian areas has become a higher priority, with perimeter security generating much interest and innovation. In reaction to the London attacks, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick announced that vehicle barriers were to be installed across London in some form or other. Yet while such reactive measures are of course welcomed, it s imperative that everyone involved in public security should take action in the threat against urban terror. The concrete blocks so far installed have actually been found to be near to useless when tested by researchers in Germany, who found that they would be unable to prevent similar attacks. These revelations have prompted the development of barriers that are crash-resistant up to speeds of 50mph and use an anti-climb mesh to prevent further intrusions. As the solutions are flat-packed and can be earth-filled, they are an effective option for event security, minimising installation time and the impact on the surrounding environment.

Units can also be branded, so they remain inconspicuous and in line with an organisation s existing branding. New threats are presenting themselves every day. Organisations and urban spaces are aware they can no longer be just reactive in the wake of a hostile event. Precautionary measures are becoming increasingly advanced and accessible, and where public safety is concerned, you truly cannot put a price on it. Free Download: Securing UK borders: An examination of the implications of leaving the EU for UK border management. Recent tragic events in Manchester and London have, among other things, underscored the importance to national security of getting Brexit right. This report considers the implications of leaving the EU for the management of the UK s borders and making it as easy as possible for international business to thrive and legitimate movement to occur in a post-Brexit UK.

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Turn your employees into human security sensors: Qognify launches Qognify Extend

situational awareness Qognify has launched a range of integrated mobile solutions with which organisations can enhance situational awareness by harnessing field resources and responders. Cloud-based and powered by CloudScann, Qognify Extend effectively extends the reach, coverage and effectiveness of the control room by turning personnel and their smartphones into human sensors. Qognify Extend integrates with Qognify Situator, an open platform, situation management solution, and VisionHub, Qognify s video management system.

It also works as a standalone solution. Qognify Extend triggers incidents automatically in Situator, including textual, visual and geographic information captured by a smartphone. Features Advanced GIS capabilities display map location Video feed from surveillance cameras in area will pop-up and an adaptive response plan , based on organisation s best practices, guides operator actions Connectivity to VisionHub and Qognify s video analytics suite enhances automatic information analysis and takes effective action eg through apprehension of a suspect through Suspect Search. Qognify Extend modules SeeItSendIt: Field personnel can report into control room with their smartphones Live Video Broadcast: Personnel can broadcast live video directly to control room Dispatch : provides operators with simple Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) functionality, including locating closest guard, suggesting best route to the incident, sending notifications and comments to guards mobile phones. Personal Safety: Personal security features include monitoring an individual s progress along a route, immediate report of distress situations via a panic button, and raising an alert for any failure to arrive safely Qognify VICC (Visual Intelligence Command Center) a desktop application that collects and aggregates information from various mobile applications, presenting it on a map Qognify and CloudScann say We re proud to partner with Qognify, the leader in Situation Management, said Dan Kerning, CEO of CloudScann, a specialist in crowdsourcing, human intelligence and data mining for the enterprise market. . extending to the field is firstly about collecting invaluable information, yet the trick is establishing the link to the control room, and providing a new layer of data and intelligence, allowing operators to act faster to resolve them. Says Moti Shabtai, CEO and president of Qognify: The ubiquitous nature of smartphones together with their range of capabilities, makes them an ideal tool to leverage for improving security, safety and operations. Bringing these into Situator and VisionHub is a no-brainer, as it s the Qognify vision is to provide as many sources of information as possible- smartly. With Qognify Extend, organisations can literally extend coverage, turning personnel and their mobile phones into smart sensors.

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